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Books 27 & 28 - 2014

Book 27: Mortal Remains by Kathy Reichs – 306 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
When Tempe is called to the scene of an autoerotic death, she has little idea of the tangled chain of events that will follow. Because the man whose body she is examining apparently died in a helicopter crash in Vietnam 40 years before. So who is buried in the soldier's grave? Tempe's investigations take her to Honolulu where she is caught up not only in the mystery of the unidentified body in the soldier's grave, but also dragged into investigating who, or what, killed the young men whose body parts have floated up onto a popular Hawaiian beach. And as Tempe gradually unravels the tangled threads of the mystery, it becomes clear that there are some who would rather the past stays dead and buried. And when Tempe proves difficult to frighten, they turn their attention to the person who means more to her than anyone else in the world.

Either I am getting used to Reichs’ writing style, or her books are getting better. I actually quite enjoyed this one. Maybe this is partly because I have been to Hawaii, and knew many of the places Reichs references. Maybe it was because it was one with Andrew Ryan, whom I enjoy. Basically the premise is Reichs must go to Hawaii to investigate a death that seems to be have been of a Vietnam Vet who apparently is already dead. She takes her daughter Katie with her, Katie having just lost her boyfriend who was killed in Afghanistan (or Iraq, I can’t remember which). Eventually Andrew Ryan and his wayward daughter Lily join them, and the plot of the Vietnam Vet gets all the more confusing. The murders are pretty typical Reichs, but I really enjoyed the relationship between Andrew and Temperance, and Katie and Lily. Definitely more readable than the first few.

27 / 50 books. 54% done!

9453 / 15000 pages. 63% done!

Book 28: A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book the Eighth: The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket – 255 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
The Baudelaires need a safe place to stay - somewhere far away from terrible villains and local police. A quiet refuge where misfortune never visits. Might Heimlich Hospital be just the place? In Lemony Snicket′s eighth ghastly installment in A Series of Unfortunate Events, I′m sorry to say that the Baudelaire Orphans will spend time in a hospital where they risk encountering a misleading newspaper headline, unnecessary surgery, an intercom system, anesthesia, heart-shaped balloons, and some very startling news about a fire.

The Baudelaires story continues. This time the kids find themselves working in the library in a hospital. They are also still trying to solve the mystery of Jacques Snicket and his involvement with their parents. Olaf, of course, finds out where they are, and in a rather disturbing scene, tries to amputate Violet’s head. These books are getting less and less playful and more and more ‘unfortunate’ in the stories, and the final scene of this one sees the Baudelaires effectively climb into the snake’s nest, if you will. With each book, these definitely get more interesting to read, but maybe not so good for a young audience.

28 / 50 books. 56% done!

9708 / 15000 pages. 65% done!

Currently reading:
-        Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton – 596 pages
-        A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book the Twelfth: The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket – 353 pages
-        The XX Factor: How Working Women Are Creating a New Society by Alison Wolf – 401 pages

And coming up:
-        The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Volume 3: White Gold Wielder by Stephen Donaldson – 500 pages
-        The Odyssey by Homer – 324 pages
-        One for the Money by Janet Evanovich – 290 pages
Tags: crime fiction, kidlit, lemony snicket, murder mystery

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