Here's Book #56
A Grave Denied by Dana Stabenow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A Grave Denied is another terrific installment in the Kate Shugak series. Kate's "ward" Johnnie Morgan and his classmates discover the frozen body of a long-time Park resident in a glacial cave. Jim Chopin asks Kate to help with the investigation, much to the jealous dismay of Dandy Mike, who's hoping to become Jim's assistant trooper. As in all the other books, a few more murders/attempted murders occur before Kate gets it all sorted out. What made this book standout for me was the inclusion of Johnny's journals. I really liked his point of view about the events, and about Kate. Perhaps too, there's some foreshadowing for future novels as it's clear he has a major crush on Kate. I also like the way Kate was honored by her community, and especially her reaction to their love!
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And here's #57:
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I've always enjoyed Agatha Christie, but somehow had never read this one which introduce Tommy and Tuppence and the Young Adventurers partnership. This was quite entertaining with very likable characters and a sensational plot ripped out of 1920's headlines. I'm guessing it was written early in her career because while there were several plot twists, I actually figured out two of them on my own. In other words, my own "little grey cells" were up this challenge. I also think that she captured the flavor of the time quite well - or at least the stereotype of the era. I haven't read other Tommy and Tuppence novels, yet, but will be putting them on my list.