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Books 96-98 for 2013

96. Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingoes by Donna Andrews. 219 pages.

Third in the Meg Langslow series. This time Meg is helping organise a craft fair at a re-enactment of the battle of Yorktown. She thinks it's bad enough that the organiser is not only hell-bent on everyone at the fair keeping strictly in period, but also her boyfriend's mother. And then she finds a dead body in her sales booth….

I think I like this book best of this series so far, perhaps because it's the one which features Meg's mother least….

97. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire. 272 pages

I was prompted to read this by reading a short story about the same character in the anthology I read recently. Unfortunately that had a few spoilers for the series, as it was set, as I found out later, after book four, but this book was still very enjoyable, despite that.

October "Toby" Daye is a changeling - which in this fictional universe means she's half human and half fae. When one of the pureblood fae is murdered, Toby is charged with finding the killer. But first she has to work out who she can trust.

Good stuff, although the author seems to be of the "beat the protagonist to a bloody pulp at regular intervals" school of storytelling, sometimes to a point that stretches belief.

But I'd still like to read more of this series.


98. The Big Over Easyby Jasper Fforde. 325 pages.

In which DI Jack Spratt and DS Mary Mary investigate the murder of Humpty Dumpty. Which manages to be as silly as it sounds without being the least bit twee - in fact it's a hardboiled detective story par excellence.

Will definitely be reading the sequel.
Tags: crime fiction, fantasy
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