cat63 (cat63) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books 33-43 for 2014

33. Styx and Stones by Carola Dunn. 188 pages

Book 7 in the Daisy Dalrymple series.

This time, Daisy’s brother-in-law asks for her help when he receives anonymous letters, but when Daisy starts to investigate, things become rather more serious….

Lightweight entertaining stuff. Very enjoyable.

34. The Woodcutter by Kate Danley. 219 pages

There are more than a few retellings of fairy tales out there these days and some are much better than others. This one, I’m glad to say id definitely one of the better ones.

The Woodcutter finds a dead woman in the forest. Her body is unmarked and the only clue to her identity is the chipped glass slippers on her feet….

At times this tale had a slight hint of Diana Wynne Jones about it, which I consider high praise. I’d not heard of Danley before, but I’ll be interested to see what else she writes.

35. The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun. 145 pages.

Reread of this first in the “Cat Who” series. Reporter Jim Qwilleran gets a job on the culture section of the “Daily Fluxion” newspaper. But when a local gallery owner is murdered, Qwilleran’s crime reporter instincts are quickened, and with the aid of his landlord’s Siamese cat, he starts to unravel the clues…

Lightweight mystery with an engaging cat :)

36. City by Clifford D. Simak. 159 pages.

I couldn’t remember having read this classic sf tale of the decline of humanity and the world being left to dogs and robots, but parts of it seemed pretty familiar.

It’s rather melancholy, as might be expected given the sugject matter, but not entirely without hope for all that.

There is one rather strange bit where an important document is stolen and it later becomes apparent there there was only one copy of it in the entire world, which seems a strange thing - if it was *that* important, you’d think they’d have had copies made, even if it was difficult to do….

37. The Attenbury Emeralds by Jill Paton Walsh. 190 pages.

Not proper Peter and Harriet, but first-rate fan fiction. This book wasn’t as good as the last two in which Paton Walsh was involved, which leads me to suspect that there was less of Sayers’ notes in the making of it.

38. Rattle His Bones by Carola Dunn. 190 pages.
39. To Davy Jones Below by Carola Dunn. 202 pages.
40. The Case of the Murdered Muckraker by Carola Dunn. 193 pages.

Books 8- 10 in the Daisy Dalrymple series. Mostly good engaging stuff, but book 10 wasn’t as good as the rest, perhaps because Daisy was out of her usual setting - it’s set in America and involves a long and tedious chase across the continent, which seems largely contrived as a travelogue. Daisy works much better on a small canvas, I feel.

41. Gently Does It by Alan Hunter. 250 pages.

First of the Inspector George Gently series. Decent enough detective plot, nothing inspired.

42. Mistletoe and Murder by Carola Dunn. 194 pages.

Back on form with book 11 of this series - Daisy combines Christmas with distant relatives and writing an article on the house they live in. But of course the festivities are interrupted by untimely death…

43. Die Laughing by Carola Dunn. 201 pages.

Daisy goes for a dentist’s appointment - only to find the dentist dead in his own chair…

More entertaining detective fluff.
Tags: crime fiction, fantasy

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