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# 68 & 69 Phil Rickman: Cure of Souls and Lamp of the Wicked
Another two books in Merrily Watkins series, a mystical thriller/mystery about a modern day exorcist, who happens to be a 37 year old single mother of a teenage daughter. I really like the series. You are never really sure how much supernatural is in it, and the suspense is
masterfully built up and maintained right up to the very end.

# 70 & 71 Jason Vail: The Wayward Apprentice & Baynard's List (A Stephen Attenbrook mysteries 1 and 2)
A good historical mystery series. Looking forward to the next installment.

# 72 Robin Hobb: Fool's Errand
I realise, I am starting kind of in the middle, but I liked it. Perhaps, it was actually lucky to start with middle aged protagonists rather than the typical come of age quest. Planning to go on with the series.

# 73 Philippa Gregory: The Taming of the Queen.
I like Philippa Gregory's books, but some of them are better than others. This one just felt strange. The pieces did not fit. The characters seemed too self-contradictory. The scene in the bedroom was simply bizarre. I get the author's desire to benefit from symbolism, but the whole situation felt unnatural.

# 74 Clive Cussler: The Pharaoh's Secret: NUMA Files #13.
At some point, I really enjoyed Clive Cussler's thrillers with Dirk Pitt, but then, somehow, they got forgotten and I haven't read his book in a long while. Until now. It was not bad, but I did not find it particularly enthralling either.

# 75-77 Brian Sanderson: Mistborn Trilogy (The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension, The Hero of Ages.)
After "Elantris", I wanted to read some more of Brian Sanderson's works. The trilogy is absolutely fantastic! I love the element of a mystery, almost a whodunit, in it. I found the ending, the final battle, a bit dragging, but still, a great book.
Tags: fantasy, historical fiction, historical mysteries, thriller
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