Lori, Bill and their children are targeted by a murderous stalker. These books get sillier and sillier and I really hope Americans don’t take them as a real depiction of what life is like in rural Britain, but I can’t seem to stop reading them anyway….
169. Local Custom by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. 292 pages
This book fills in the story of Shan’s parents. It’s basically a love story in space, but at the same time it’s relevant to stuff that happens later. Very readable, apart from wanting to bash the characters round the head and tell them to think about stuff properly….
170. Skulduggery Pleasant - The Dying of the Light by Derek Landy. 605 pages.
Last book in this series. rather bitty and despite having the clear intent to wrap everything up neatly, fails to do so.
The back of the book says it’s suitable for 11 years old and up - seems a bit graphically violent for 11 year olds to me, but then I don’t have kids, so maybe that’s normal these days….
171. Aunt Dimity Goes West by Nancy Atherton. 184 pages.
Lori and the twins go to America for a holiday to recover from the events of the previous book - and of course they stumble onto yet another mystery.
172. Scout’s Progress by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. 305 pages
This book fills in the backstory of Val Con’s parents.
173. Aunt Dimity - Vampire Hunter by Nancy Atherton. 186 pages.
The twins start school and Lori gets overprotective. Hilarity ensues.
174. I Dare by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. 435 pages
The culmination of the Korval vs the Ministry of the Interior storyline. A bit rushed in my view - I think t could easily have been spread out over two books with no harm done - but enjoyable nonetheless.
175. The Axe Factor by Colin Cotterill. 200 pages.
Third Jimm Juree novel. This time Jimm meets an English author and investigates the disappearance of an elderly doctor. Rather better than the previous book in the series.
176. The Cats That Surfed the Web by Karen Anne Golden. 153 pages.
In order to inherit a fortune, a siamese cat owner must move to another state and live there for a specified period….I think it’s fair to say that this book owes a thing or two to Lilian Jackson Braun….
LJB had her faults, but she could teach this author a thing or two about using contractions in dialogue.
The cats were more interesting than most of the human characters who were largely incompetent and clueless and the main character had only a tangential involvement in solving the mystery. I don’t know if I’ll bother with any more of this series.
177. Stork Raving Mad by Donna Andrews. 211 pages.
Another visit to the Langslow clan. Meg is heavily pregnant, has a house full of students and an imminent theatrical production. So of course things get even more complicated with great rapidity and before long there’s that classic of detective fiction - a body in the library…
Massive, implausible fun.
178. A Colourful Death by Carola Dunn. 274 pages.
Second in the Cornish mystery series. Still not as good as the Daisy Dalrymple books, but an improvement on the first of this series.
179. Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon by Nancy Atherton. 190 pages.
King Wilfred’s Faire comes to the village of Finch - but it looks as though someone is plotting regicide….Lori investigates as usual…