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Melismatic
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Panpan

Well, this lil dally into horror was a bit of a fail. Interesting premise that took too much of a walk to get to, then crash ending that was bewildering. Maybe if you‘re into Lovecraft you‘ll get more from this?

JamieArc That was my experience with one of his other books… That‘s too bad. I really want to like his books. 6d
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Dragon
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Mehso-so

Just finished listening to this 2 hour audiobook on Libby . It‘s a prequel to the Finley Donovan cozy mystery series. It‘s fun to meet Vero before she became the nanny for Finley‘s kids. It was maybe a bit too short and not as funny as the longer books. Still enjoyed it but would only recommend it to fans of the series.

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Resting Scrooge Face | Meghan Quinn
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Pickpick

I wasn‘t really sure how to rate this. Like some of the other reviewers, I too feel like it was too short. The narration felt a little less polished than I would‘ve preferred. That said, it was a feel good quick story to listen to while I was prepping dinner tonight, so I‘m giving it a soft pick. #romantsy

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ManyWordsLater
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💕❤️💕❤️

JuniperWilde So so good 📚 1w
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Roary47
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I found a free library near my house. Sadly sun damaged for the majority of them, but Arizona problems. The picture on the app is not what I expected. Mostly romance for me and quite a few kids books. At least my kiddos found something. 🤷‍♀️

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ReadingOver50
The Pram | Joe Hill
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Pickpick

I enjoyed reading this. The ending left me a little unsatisfied. I had some questions.

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sebrittainclark
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Mehso-so

3/5

When Rosie and her sister go for a spa day, the last thing she expects is to be trapped in a float pod and to make a connection with the firefighter who rescues her. This is a very short story that just focuses on these two characters meeting. I found Rosie a little annoying, but I think it's hard to get a lot of personality into such a short story.

It is free if you have amazon prime, but it's so short I wouldn't recommend it otherwise.

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dabbe
The Man with the Twisted Lip | Arthur Conan Doyle
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IndoorDame I‘m of 2 minds about this one. At first I was delighted by the surprise reveal! But in the end I genuinely wasn‘t convinced that someone could support a wife and kids in an upper/middle class-ish lifestyle by begging 3w
Librarybelle I found this one to be weak - in the prior cases, there has been murder and revenge and other elements akin to a mystery. This one just seemed so lackluster. As I read, I kept thinking something big had to happen, and well, it didn‘t for me. Though, I‘ve been reading thrillers and other mysteries lately that have my pulse on edge, so this could be a fairly poor assessment. 3w
Cuilin Started off slow, the mystery was interesting. And as @IndoorDame said I also wasn‘t convinced that begging could support an upper middle-class life style. 3w
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dabbe Other than perhaps Doyle giving us his “just say no“ to drugs policy, I didn't see why we had to be inside the opium den--unless it was again to see how excellent Holmes is at disguising himself. Agree with all of you above re: just how much one could make on begging. 3w
CogsOfEncouragement I figured this one out, I think mostly because Holmes himself is always using disguises. The hidden clothes clued me in. 3w
CrystalE02 I did like the story, not my favorites from the others. I get a kick out of Holmes and his disguises. 3w
kelli7990 I liked this one. 3w
Aimeesue I like this one. Stephen King also used the businessman to beggar idea in a section Hearts in Atlantis, which I reread tonight. Depending on where you‘re asking for handouts, and your skill, you can make quite a bit, according to those who‘ve done it. My area has a lot of panhandlers who work the main streets - some of them have been doing it for years in the same locations. 3w
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The Man with the Twisted Lip | Arthur Conan Doyle
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IndoorDame I thought it revealed surprisingly similar attitudes to things you hear today about charity, welfare, and panhandling 3w
Librarybelle Agreed, @IndoorDame . It made me think of stories you hear regarding welfare and panhandling in today‘s news. I could see this happening today, and it may actually happen. 3w
IndoorDame @Librarybelle I can see the part where someone tries to hide it from their children happening. I cannot see the part where somebody does this as a ruse happening 3w
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dabbe This society deeply disapproved of begging; otherwise, why would St. Clair feel complete and utter SHAME for his actions, so much so, that he tries everything to conceal and fake his own disappearance? 3w
CogsOfEncouragement Red hair comes up again. This time, part of what makes him as pitiable as possible. I have always loved red hair, adored the lovely strands of some women I know, and had a crush on two different boys with red hair in high school. So I never understand when redheads get made fun of. But I know in movies and real life they get told (fill in mean statement) because they are “a ginger“. 3w
CogsOfEncouragement Making money at something that does not require an education or “worthy“ skill has me thinking about some other jobs that people do only because the money is so good, not because it is what they really want to do. Bartending for one, I've known at least one person with a degree do that because they can more easily pay off their school debt with the money they make doing that than the entry level job in their field. 3w
CrystalE02 It sort of reminds me of what is going on today with what is heard on the news and everything else. What is the deal with the red hair theme? I am guessing that people with red hair back then were bad. Lol!!! I have family members with red hair and they are good. 3w
dabbe @CrystalE02 Maybe Doyle sees them as fiery and spirited! 🤩 3w
Librarybelle @IndoorDame I could see both. I‘m also thinking of modern day GoFundMe scams, which is different and kind of stretches what happens in the story, but if this can happen… I think my reading books featuring horrible people also makes me extremely suspicious. 😂 3w
Aimeesue @dabbe Red hair makes him very identifiable as the beggar and draws attention while he‘s begging. It‘s also light years away from his natural appearance. People remember the remarkable characteristics and don‘t look any deeper. (edited) 3w
dabbe @Aimeesue Excellent point. 3w
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The Man with the Twisted Lip | Arthur Conan Doyle
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Librarybelle Perhaps the twist itself, identifying the man…we knew a few things going into the conclusion - the disappearance, the individual picked up - but it‘s almost coincidental that the two are the same person. I did read this late last night, and as I mentioned before did not find it very strong, so I may have missed a key section! 3w
IndoorDame I thought not! I think his cryptic line about the key being in the bathroom is supposed to be the “fair play” element, but I can‘t imagine anyone figuring it out from that 🧐🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
CatLass007 There was no “fair play” element in this story. Everything relies on coincidence. 3w
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dabbe I think compared to the others we've read that this is the one that gives us the most clues, and we don't see Holmes showing off some pie-in-the-sky talent (à la Nancy Drew, too) where his extreme knowledge of tobaccos, for example, is what leads him to solve the case. I agree with you, @IndoorDame, that the key line was a bit obscure and might be why we are like Watson in that we never can solve the case like Holmes can. 3w
CogsOfEncouragement Well, I figured it out by there being one man but two sets of clothes, one set being hidden. But maybe knowing of how Holmes uses disguises is “extra“ knowledge? Maybe not though, assuming you read these stories in order, we all have that info. 3w
CrystalE02 I don't think so. I think it was twist. Just the simple fact that Holmes always has something up his sleeve. 3w
Aimeesue The clues were there. Hidden set of clothes was telling. Why would he have taken his clothing off or been stripped if they‘d killed him? There wasn‘t time anyway. 3w
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