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Friday, March 18, 2022
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Wednesday, March 09, 2022
Three Dieners, church elders, come to Kate and ask her to investigate as they are positive that Jonas is innocent.
As always, I enjoy the way Castillo reveals Amish customs and culture and I enjoy the way Amish beliefs influence the plots. When I finished The Hidden One, I felt like this was one of my favorite books in the series.
The next morning, however, I had some questions... something that was not resolved. Doesn't change my overall opinion about the book because I was completely engaged throughout, but I am really curious about a couple of things that were not explained. Spoiler: Who called Kate and said, "They were all there!"? Were the Dieners there? Did I miss something?
I checked the reviews on Goodreads, and no one mentions the thing that is bugging me.
NetGalley/St. Martin's Press
Mystery. July 5, 2022. Print length: 320 pages.
Claudia Linn works for Veracity, a company that verifies profile information if a client finds something that doesn't ring true or that worries them. When a client ends up dead, Claudia gets involved.
There were several elements that evoked my interest about online dating profiles. I mean, we've become accustomed to the jokes about "I enjoy sunsets and walks on the beach" kind of thing. I was curious about the kinds of questions matchmaking sites actually asked to try for a match. Do these sites try to match only similar interests (if people are even honest in their interests)? Do they ever match "opposites," I wonder. What algorithms?
On a more serious level, how do companies go about checking for out-and-out dishonesty about professions, locations, financial situations, etc. in a client's profile? The match-making sites are part of our lives since the advent of the internet, but I have never really thought about them in a way that doesn't include the use of online-dating in a mystery novel or thriller.
Unfortunately, this book was not a match for me--the characters felt artificial, the promised humor was hit or miss, I didn't learn much about what I was curious about, and the plot itself didn't really engage me. Note: I'm in the minority about this according to GR reviews.
LGBQT Mystery. February, 2022. Print length: 368 pages
Note about earlier review of The Silence. In America: An 1893 court ruling increased pressure to keep Indian children in Boarding schools. It was not until 1978 with the passing of the Indian Child Welfare Act that Native American parents gained the legal right to deny their children's placement in off-reservation schools.
Also, Cathy mentioned the film The Rabbit-Proof Fence in her comment , and I want to see it. I may just read the book, but Kenneth Branagh is in the film, and he is always worth watching.
Monday, March 07, 2022
Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens by Andrea Penrose, The Silence by Susan Allott, and The Summer We Forgot by Caroline George
Friday, March 04, 2022
International Correspondence Writing Month (InCoWriMo) is over, but I still have some letters to respond to. It was difficult to get a letter in the mail each day in February and there were days when I had to catch up with three or more letters at a time. A challenge, but fun--especially getting so much mail!
I've received letters from new people, in addition to the folks I usually write, and this has been especially enjoyable. The incoming mail will continue into March--because letters written later in the month take awhile to arrive and some folks are from the UK, Canada, France, and Australia. The main requirement is to write back to everyone who writes you, and I already do that. Maybe not promptly, but persistently.
The last batch of February letters went out on Saturday and on Monday (2.28.22).
Of course, I've been reading, too. A new-to-me series by Rachel McLean; the Dorset Crime books are fast-paced, and I couldn't go through them fast enough! There is an overarching plot that links the books, but each is fine as a standalone.