There wasn't much time for reading this week, what with Heart-A-Rama rehearsals starting. I did manage to finish Ripper, Isabel Allende's first mystery novel. Not her best work, but still gripping. All the facts in this serial killer drama led logically to the resolution. I liked that. No new character introduced at the 11th hour. No supernatural element entered the picture. She didn't even employ that standard trick where the third person questioned is the perpetrator. No matter how many pages come between the questioning and the revelation of motive, means and opportunity - it is the third person. And no, there is not a butler in this novel. All in all, a pretty fresh book.
So as not to be a total slacker, I read this delightful St. Pat's day book. For years, the townspeople of Tralee and Tralah have been competing in a decorating contest. Every year Tralah wins. However, this year little Fiona Riley has an idea that will help Tralee win the contest for sure. But, into the mix wanders a stranger - a funny little man with pointed ears and boots trimmed with bells. And...his intentions are not all good - or are they? His appearance turns the towns' rivalry upside down. The story is nicely sprinkled with traditional Iris lore and symbols.
Now on to the Snark Report
My book group is reading The Life List and that is the real reason why I have not read anything of substance this week. Reading this book is painful. Turning each page is an effort knowing that I will be confronted with more drivel. I have never been good at keeping two books going at the same time so I have to finish this one before I can move on. Really, I may have enjoyed this book when I was 15, but it offers little except words in print that will eventually lead to the back cover. The plot? Some woman (I don't even care enough to know her name) will not be given her inheritance from her wealthy mother until a life list written when she was 14 is completed. For example - she has to get a dog. I can't go on.
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