Book It!

This month’s Book It! post is a little late in arriving.  I normally post these on the last Monday of the month, but with Mildred home now, I’ve been spending most of my spare time sleeping. And I completely forgot about getting this post up for you.  However, late is better than never.  And since I did want to keep you updated about the books I’ve been reading.  I managed to finish 2 books this month, which I figure is great since Mildred came early.

The Mystery of the Hidden Room

The Mystery of the Hidden Room is a classic mystery/detective story by Marion Harvey. Written in the Sherlock Holmes tradition, the story is told by Carlton Davies, former lover of the accused.  When the husband of Ruth, his former lover is found dead one night at the stroke of midnight, and Davies finds her standing over the dead body immediately after the shot was fired, with a gun in her hand, Davies takes it on himself to prove her innocence.

After Ruth is sent to prison, Davies finds a detective McKelvie to take on the case, leading to a series of events with twists and turns and surprises that kept me guessing who the murder was until the very end.  As a public domain book, you can download it for free for your Kindle app.

A Study in Charlotte

Brittany Cavallaro’s A Study in Charlotte is the 1st in a trilogy featuring the descendents of Sherlock Holmes and James Watson.  The book is written from the perspective of Jamie Watson as he is sent to a boarding school in Connecticut where he meets Charlotte Holmes.  Their friendship is marred with difficulties, both personal and circumstantial – especially once they are framed for a murder taken directly from the pages of an old Sherlock Holmes novel.  

Overall, I felt like A Study in Charlotte was an enjoyable mystery with a YA bent. The references to original Sherlock mysteries were a great touch. However, I could do without the romance that always seems a necessary part of YA novels.  I plan to read the other 2 books in the series.

Books I’m Actively Reading

Hopefully, you’ll see these books in the finished books section next month.

The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness- I’m currently 2/3 of the way through this novel. It has been interesting so far, so I am looking forward to seeing how it ends.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown- This book has a lot of information in it, so it will be a long-term reading project.  I’ve currently read the chapter.

Your Books

Have you been doing much reading lately?  Would you recommend any of the books you’ve recently finished.

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