Saturday, June 23, 2007

The Sunday Philosophy Club

The Sunday Philosophy Club (Isabel Dalhousie Mysteries)This was a mystery like no other mystery that I've read. A woman witnesses a man fall to his death at the opera and takes it upon herself to find out what really happened. But she goes all wrong trying to figure this out. I've read my share of mystery novels and most people actually ask questions and follow people and do what they can to figure out if the person the suspect is who did it, but she sat around and asked philosophical questions about things that had nothing to do with anything. And you don't even know who actually pushed this guy over the balcony until the last page. As far as mysteries go, this one was pretty weak.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

A Charmed Death

A Charmed Death (Berkley Prime Crime Mysteries)This is the second book in this little magical mystery series, and it wasn't nearly as good as the first one. I just couldn't seem to focus on it. I hate books where someone the main character barely knows dies, and the character feels the need to act like Sherlock Holmes and solve the mystery. And it's even worse when you figure out who did it with 50 or so pages left in the book. I like the ones where I'm surprised. So, needless to say, I wasn't impressed and don't recommend it. The only plus to it was the all the talk about spirits and ghosts freaked me out a little, but that's not very hard to do.

Friday, June 8, 2007

The Trouble With Magic

The Trouble With MagicI don't really know what drew me to this book. It's a mystery and mysteries make you think, so I think that I just wanted something that would get my mind working. Plus, in the day and age of Harry Potter, magic just doesn't seem so unrealistic anymore. The story is about a girl who gets a job at an antiques shop and the owner is a witch who's sister is murdered, and everyone thinks it's the witch, so the girl tries to clear her name and in the process realizes that she is becoming part of the magical world. In a few parts they talk about ghosts and spirits and of course I read this in the middle of the night so it freaked me out. If a book can give me the shivers, then it's well written. I'm reading the second book in the series, and if I remember, I'll probably grab the 3rd when it comes out.