magisterium37 (magisterium37) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books # 4 & 5

John Thorndyke's Cases by R. Austin Freeman

This is the second book in the Dr Thorndyke series, which is actually a collection of short stories/novellas, and while the characters are not as strongly developed as they were in the first book, it still made for an enjoyable read. The mysteries are not overly puzzling, but Thorndyke and Jervis are excellent characters, and the scientifically crafted revelations are built on a solid foundation of logic. I am very impressed.

Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

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