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Thrifty Thursday: The Clue by Carolyn Wells

Posted April 13, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | | 0 Comments

Thrifty Thursday: The Clue by Carolyn WellsThe Clue by Carolyn Wells
Series: Fleming Stone #1
Published by Open Road on December 30, 2014
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 159
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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three-stars

Madeleine Van Norman is the most eligible young woman in the state, a beautiful young lady who is soon to come into her fortune. From her countless suitors, she makes a peculiar choice, agreeing to marry a stuffy man who loves someone else. On the eve of the wedding, Madeleine shuts herself away in a locked room to think about what she is about to do—and in the morning, she is found gruesomely murdered.

Every member of the household is a suspect, but no one understands how the killer could have slipped through the locked doors of Madeleine’s bedroom. As the town whirls into a tailspin of suspicion and fear, it falls to the brilliant detective Fleming Stone to pick out the person who stabbed Madeleine to death—a baffling mystery that hinges on the discovery of a single, all-important clue.

      

 

 The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).

Kindle freebie on April 2, 2017  (currently $0.99 as of writing this post)

Overall rating 3.53 with 184 ratings and 29 reviews

 

A classic mystery is a great change of pace for me. I enjoy the historical societal nuances and the writing style. The Clue was originally published in 1909. Life was certainly slower and simpler in this time period. Sadly, the roles of women were often defined by the men of their family or marriage.

There are 159 pages in this book and it seemed to take forever to read. I have to wonder if the pages are longer than normal length?

Anyway, I recognized the murderer and “the clue” almost right away. I couldn’t see how it was accomplished, though. It was interesting to follow the “detectives” working through the facts and different suspects. In this time, the lack of technology is paramount. The key is following the motives and locations of the suspects. I enjoyed the procedural process, conducting interviews and learning all the secrets of the suspects. Even though, women were stupidly portrayed. There were a few romantic touches.

I liked this quite well for what it is. This is apparently the first of 61 titles in the Fleming Stone series.  Fleming Stone doesn’t show up until the 75% mark, and has a very short part in the proceedings. It is the barest introduction to the character. I’d be interested to read more.

 


Thrifty Thursday: Eternity by Maggie Shayne

Thrifty Thursday: Eternity by Maggie Shayne

Posted March 23, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

           The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on February 25, 2013  (currently FREE as of writing this post) Overall rating 3.98 with 2,853 ratings and 223 reviews   I had a lot of trouble with reading my Kindle freebies during the COYER challenge. A LOT. It’s not so much a problem when I am reading one a month for a Thrifty Thursday post. I can choose one with a more well-known author which is the first of a series or I got free years back. The quality of books I have access to read (which anyone can get at the library, it just takes longer) is so high I’ve gotten […]


French Roast by Ava Miles

French Roast by Ava Miles

Posted February 26, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

             Read It, Track It is a way  to track books for my reading challenges and they will be super short. Kindle freebie on August 12, 2015  (currently $4.99 as of writing this post) Overall rating 3.91 with 2,066 ratings and 181 reviews   This would be a Thrifty Thursday review except Thursday was busy. I’m trying to get most of my reviews published related to the COYER challenge (Clean Out Your Electronic Reads) so here we go. I was SO excited when I got this as a Kindle freebie. I had read the first one and liked it. I remembered that Jonetta likes this series and she reviewed French Roast, just before I got it. She gave it 5 […]


Thrifty Thursday: A Touch of Midnight by Lara Adrian

Thrifty Thursday: A Touch of Midnight by Lara Adrian

Posted February 16, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

       The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on December 20, 2013  (currently FREE as of writing this post) Overall rating 4.10 with 7,258 ratings and 397 reviews   I’m a fan of the Midnight Breed Series. I listened to books 1-10 on audio last year since the author would be at NOLA Storycon. I meant to just listen to one and then move on to another author but I got sucked into the overall story arc and just kept going. This novella was a freebie I got four years ago and it’s odd I didn’t read it first to be in order. It did, however, come out after the first 10 books […]


Thrifty Thursday: Oracle by Kelly Meading

Thrifty Thursday: Oracle by Kelly Meading

Posted January 19, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on December 16, 2016  (currently $3.99 as of writing this post) Overall rating 4.0 with 8 ratings and 3 reviews   This would be an unlikely choice except I have been reading more science fiction and Kelly Meding is an author I have wanted to try. The blurb is longish and does not match my sense of Oracle.  The title doesn’t seem to fit, either. The beginning felt slow with the world-building.  Once I got to know a few of the characters, and care about them, it was interesting. There was action throughout, so it’s odd the beginning didn’t quite capture me. Olivia and Nick are my […]


Thrifty Thursday:  John Milton prequel novellas by Mark Dawson

Thrifty Thursday: John Milton prequel novellas by Mark Dawson

Posted January 19, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

          The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on November 23, 2016  (currently FREE as of writing this post) This is a special edition of Thrifty Thursday which is akin to Jennifer’s Read It, Track It where I am reading more “free” books for the COYER Winter Storm Challenge   1000 Yards is a prequel novella in the John Milton series. It is a detailed, political operation by a coldly rational assassin.  Milton is obviously skilled and intelligent. Although, he seems to be having health issues; it is not developed. It is frightening in its suspense and the unemotional progression of events. Similar to 1000 Yards, Tartantula is another mission from […]


Thrifty Thursday: A Cowboy for Christmas by Katherine Garbera

Thrifty Thursday: A Cowboy for Christmas by Katherine Garbera

Posted December 29, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on December 22, 2013  (currently $2.99 as of writing this post) Overall rating 3.71 with 434 ratings and 86 reviews   This is a nice enough novella with a TINY bit of holiday theme. It is fluffy as expected. I’m tired of the wealthy guy, broke gal story. I’m not sure if it is that, or the novella length, but the characters were not very real to me. Everything was okay while reading, but looking back nothing interesting happened overall. Stereotypes which sometime lend comfort, just felt boring here. A Cowboy for Christmas was a light, quick read. There was too little to make it memorable


Thrifty Thursday:  Redemption River / Resurrection River by Lindsay Cross

Thrifty Thursday: Redemption River / Resurrection River by Lindsay Cross

Posted November 17, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

  This review is for the first two books in the Men of Mercy series by Lindsay Cross. I confused this with another author with the last name Cross. My bad and if I wasn’t try to review it for you all, these would likely be a DNF.  I sadly recommend them to no one. There are some reasons for this. The characters, which are of the utmost importance to me, were flat. It felt like they had one thought, one emotion, and no complexity. They were cliche; the plot was also sort of ridiculous. The bad people are really evil, no redeeming qualities at all.  The good guys have guilt over things which aren’t their fault and they finally see the light. UGH. Both […]