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rabbitprincess

Joined May 2016

"Reading & sauntering & lownging & dozing, which I call thinking, is my supreme Happiness." -- David Hume
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Pickpick

Another enjoyable adventure tagging along with Peter and the Folly crew. I love how the magical and the mundane interact (esp. when Nightingale is using modern tech 😍), and as a process nerd I am ridiculously intrigued by the little glimpses of how they're documenting Folly processes and procedures.

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Mehso-so

This is a light, popcorn-y thriller that rattles along comfortably enough but that I am not likely to remember for long. Nevertheless, it would make a good palate cleanser between heavier reads, and there is no gore or scary stuff, so I can recommend it if you like light thrillers.

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Three Men in a Boat | Jerome Klapka Jerome
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Hugh Laurie is the perfect reader for an audio edition of this book...but I think that edition might have been abridged 😕 Nevertheless, I thought this was light and fun, and I chuckled aloud a fair bit. Would read again in print.

Eggs 💗Hugh Laurie 6d
rabbitprincess @Eggs He is truly delightful! ♥️ 6d
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Bay Used Books | Sudbury, Ontario, Canada (Bookstore)
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One last #BookHaul of our trip, and my first chance to use the new "tag a bookstore" feature! Bay Used Books is AMAZING. Two levels and a quarter of a million books ? I bought four books, shown here, and one for my mum.

Evaine I'm new to Litsy and have no idea who to follow, but anyone who picks up Nigel Tranters for their library is alright by me! :) His Robert the Bruce Trilogy and The Black Douglas are still faves of mine after all these years. 4d
rabbitprincess @Evaine Welcome to Litsy! Thanks for commenting -- I love meeting fellow Tranter fans 😊 This year I'm planning to read The Wallace, because I visited Stirling and the Wallace Monument last year. 3d
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Belated #BookHaul post from Parry Sound's Bearly Used Books. An excellent store; you must visit if you end up in Ontario cottage country. Not pictured are three mysteries I bought for my mum 😁

batsy That Oxford anthology 😍 1w
rabbitprincess @batsy I had to partly dismantle a stack to get at that one! 1w
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Bailedbailed

If your book is called Corporal Cameron of the North West Mounted Police, Cameron should at least be IN the police by the halfway mark, if not at the beginning of the story 😐 I've been trying to get through this for over a month. Time to move on.

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A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax | Dorothy Gilman
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This is one of my favourite Mrs. Pollifax novels. The story moves at a breakneck pace and has some funny moments.

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The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax | Dorothy Gilman
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A jaunt through the Hamilton/Burlington area today took us to Pickwick Books in Waterdown. Three of the four were on my to-read list. I'd been waiting for the pb of The Witch Elm but I won't say no to a cheaper secondhand hc!

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A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax | Dorothy Gilman
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I was up before 7 (on a Sunday, ON VACATION 😑), so I decided to grab the opportunity for a re-read of a book I still have at my parents' place.

Melissa_J Don‘t you hate when you wake up early when you don‘t have to? That happens to me all the time, but funnily enough I never wake up early on work days 😂 2w
rabbitprincess @Melissa_J It is so annoying! Part of that might have been the sunlight; we have blackout curtains at home, but my old room at my parents' place doesn't, so that probably woke me up. 2w
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Human Factor | Nicholas Briggs
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I enjoyed this second installment of the first series of Dalek Empire. But then I do love me some Dalek voices, especially the really deep-voiced Dalek Emperor 😂 Good cliffhanger. On to the next installment.

tournevis I have that cycle. I think. 2w
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Another great book in the Lady Astronaut series! Much higher stakes now that they're headed for Mars. I love the atmosphere of the early space program and the character development as the series has progressed. Looking forward to more!

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Watership Down | Richard Adams
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There's a new audiobook of Watership Down read by PETER CAPALDI 😍😍😍😍😍

Swe_Eva Oooh, I may have to splurge on that one! 2w
rabbitprincess @Swe_Eva I definitely splurged! 😅😄 2w
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Blame It on the Weather: Strange Weather Facts | David W. Phillips, Michael Parfit, Suzanne Chisholm
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To quote the bowl of petunias in Hitchhiker's Guide: “Oh no, not again.“

More rain Thursday and Friday! More possibility of flooding!

Time to start evolving gills...

Swe_Eva 😲 2w
rabbitprincess @Swe_Eva One of the bridges over the Ottawa is actually closed because the water level is mere centimetres below the bridge. This rain won't help 😑 2w
Swe_Eva OK, I'd recommend a detour... 😭 2w
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tournevis Yeah. Woo. Hoo. Yee. Pee. 2w
Melissa_J Yay for more rain! Said no one in Ottawa ever. 2w
rabbitprincess @Swe_Eva The buses are on detours for the foreseeable future. More reading time, I guess... @tournevis 🎊😐 @Melissa_J I know eh? And I bet the summer will be bone dry. 2w
CouronneDhiver Seriously. My backyard is a swamp... it‘s disgusting. 😫☔️ 2w
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I read this book in an afternoon. Could not put it down. This may be at least partly because I am a huge aviation nerd, but I did find it interesting to follow the survivors and see how they rebuilt their lives after narrowly escaping death.

rwmg My book club read it 4 years ago, and the author joined us by Skype! 3w
rabbitprincess @rwmg Cool! That would have been a neat conversation. 3w
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The 12.30 from Croydon | Freeman Wills Crofts
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A well-structured mystery with some great airplane bits at the beginning! I quite like Crofts' work and will have to continue reading it.

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The 12.30 from Croydon | Freeman Wills Crofts
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#BookAndLunch: poutine from the local poutine festival. YUM! Perfect festival weather too: blue skies and sunshine, and high of 16 C.

tournevis My friend told me about it. On Sparks, right? Must be the last weekend. 3w
rabbitprincess @tournevis No, it's in front of City Hall. The Sparks Street one was last week. I was going to go to that one, but the weather was yucky. 3w
tournevis @rabbitprincess Ok. Interesting. Two poutine fests in teo weeks. 3w
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rabbitprincess @tournevis Yeah, I wish they'd spread them out a bit! Oh well. 3w
Traci1 Mmm, poutine. It's one of the things I miss the most about living just across the border from Quebec. 3w
rabbitprincess @Traci1 It was so good! I have to limit my intake to a couple of times a year, though. 3w
shanaqui Ah, you've got started! I need to find a spare minute somewhere, gah! 3w
rabbitprincess @shanaqui I ended up finishing yesterday! 😁 Sorry, I should have posted when I started! 3w
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The Sisters Brothers | Patrick DeWitt
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I've read this twice and loved it both times. Eli makes a strangely charming narrator, and there is a good deal of wry humour. I'd recommend it if you liked the Coen brothers' version of True Grit or that kind of humour.
Content warning: animal with an eye injury 😖

BiblioLitten I read French Exit, but I‘m more curious about this one. 3w
Dragon 😀🐉 3w
LeahBergen Such a great read! 👍🏻 3w
rabbitprincess @BiblioLitten French Exit is also on my list! And I have Undermajordomo Minor as well (not yet read). @Dragon 😊 @LeahBergen It is! I was amazed at how little I remembered of the second half, though. Maybe I was so traumatized by the eye injury that everything after it was forgotten. 3w
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April 2019 recap: 15 books read.
Favourite: The Calculating Stars (with No Hard Feelings, by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy, a close second)
Least fave: Across the Plains, by Robert Louis Stevenson

tpixie 🥳🥳🥳🥳 3w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nice job! 📖💖 3w
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Mary's story is truly remarkable. I am impressed at the variety and volume of aircraft she ferried under such challenging conditions. It's a chatty memoir, sounding very much like she's right there talking to you. Good bibliography too.

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"Romantic encounters weren't my reason for living. Flying was my real soulmate....I wondered if any mere human being could ever successfully provide me with those pleasures in life."

Mary Ellis's experiences as an Air Transport Auxiliary pilot during WW2 make fascinating reading!

CaramelLunacy If you read YA, have you read 4w
rabbitprincess @CaramelLunacy I have not read that but have heard it's good! 3w
CaramelLunacy @rabbitprincess i really loved it - just reminded me as one of the main characters was also a pilot for the auxiliaries ferrying planes 3w
rabbitprincess @CaramelLunacy Nice! I might have to hunt that one down then 😊 3w
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All the Colours of the Town | Liam McIlvanney
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Doing a bit of bookshelf reorganizing. My mum is going to take my Arnaldur Indridasons, so that's opened up a bunch of space on my shelves! The left corner on the second shelf hasn't seen the light of day in ages 😂

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Invasion of the Daleks | Nicholas Briggs
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I'll call this a Pick because that's what I would probably give it if I weren't feeling so dreary and blah today. It's a low Pick though because I found some of the dialogue a bit repetitive, and I had a hard time understanding the Dalek Supreme sometimes (good thing his minions always read back his orders 😂). But I do like a Dalek story.

CaramelLunacy I hope you feel less blah soon. Hang in there 4w
rabbitprincess @CaramelLunacy Thank you! ♥️♥️ It was cold enough to snow yesterday, and that plus all the rain and flood concerns earlier this week made it a very blah day indeed. My place is safe from flooding but I will likely have to work from home for a few days to avoid going near the river. 4w
CaramelLunacy Glad to hear you are safe, but that sounds unpleasant/inconvenient! 4w
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Mehso-so

I don't know whether I found this particular story "meh" or whether I find the overall Key to Time story arc "meh". I felt restless in a similar way to my experience with The Pirate Planet, which is about the second segment. But I did like K9 and Romana.

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Dark Road: A play | Ian Rankin, Mark Thomson
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3.5⭐️ -- 3 for the play itself, which was good but not a replacement for an Ian Rankin novel, and an extra 0.5 for the bonus material about the process of bringing the play to the stage. I also liked the photos from the original stage production.

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@squirrelbrain look what I found at the grocery store this morning! I hadn't intended to buy any post-Easter chocolate but couldn't resist this 😂🐿

squirrelbrain 🤣 I do hope you‘re not seriously considering eating him though?! 😲 1mo
rabbitprincess @squirrelbrain I am more likely to eat him than to eat a chocolate bunny, let's put it that way... 😬😅😱 1mo
Cinfhen Hahah hahaha This above exchange is hilarious @squirrelbrain @rabbitprincess 😂😂😂😂🙌🏻💕 1mo
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Bklover 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
squirrelbrain Well, seeing as I ate a 🍫 🐰 for Easter, I‘m going to have to let you eat a 🍫🐿 aren‘t I?! @Cinfhen @Bklover - this is NOT a laughing matter...! 🤣 1mo
rretzler 🤣🤣🐰🐿🤣🤣 1mo
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Mehso-so

I wanted to like this, but I lost focus and ended up abandoning it. Others may have better luck than I did.

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Pickpick

I loved this book and need my own copy. I especially liked the chapters on spreading the emotional culture out from yourself, and on the difference between task conflicts and relationship conflicts. I liked the cartoons and the links to other resources as well.

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Actual footage of me in high school 😂

Cinfhen Ha!!!! 1mo
BookishMarginalia Me too! 1mo
Swe_Eva 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
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AmyG It‘s quite true. 1mo
Melissa_J Yes!!!! 1mo
CouronneDhiver Right!?! This was me at my job today 🙄🙄🙄🙄 1mo
rabbitprincess @CouronneDhiver Ugh! I'm sorry you had that happen today! 1mo
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I LOVED this book! It felt plausible as an alternate history and has a Hidden Figures vibe that I enjoyed. Also loved that Elma was a pilot, because that meant some great flying scenes 😄 I have already requested the next book in the series.

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In the Wet | Nevil Shute
Mehso-so

A Pick for the story, because I love planes and the structure was interesting once I figured it out. But the main character has the worst nickname ever 😖 so it's a So-so rating in the end.

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The Stolen Voice | Pat McIntosh
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I like the setting of this series and find it light and undemanding. This book takes place near Balquhidder, with detours to Dunblane and Perth. Especially fun to read about St. John's Kirk after having been there myself recently 😄

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The Metamorphosis | Franz Kafka
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April 14 2019: Happy birthday, Peter Capaldi: a brilliant actor, a wonderful man, and a talented artist. He designed this cover of The Metamorphosis for an auction back in 2017.
(On a related note, he directed an Oscar-winning short film called Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life.)

rretzler 💕Peter Capaldi. He‘s such a talented man. Miss him as the Doctor. 1mo
rabbitprincess @rretzler He also does great audiobooks! I fell totally in love with his reading of 1mo
BiblioLitten Such a cool cover! 1mo
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@shanaqui Here are the British Library Crime Classics I own and haven't read yet, listed in order of acquisition. Let me know if you have any of these TBR as well.

And now I'm on the British Library website coveting even MORE of them...😁😏

shanaqui I've got the Freeman Wilks Crofts ones, and could get the Arsenal one -- the others I've read, I think! Hang on, I'll do a post with my unreads, too... 1mo
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I ended up liking this well enough, but it took a while to get into. I think the cat was my favourite character 😆 But I did like the message of deeds speaking louder than words.

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Well written and illuminating. I've already started applying the concept of the habit loop, with some success 😊 Would pick up my own copy if I came across it.

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At the Earth's Core | EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS
Mehso-so

Ehh. Like much early sci-fi, it is unintentionally hilarious based on our knowledge today. It is also disheartening because the author's imagination doesn't extend to making a society where women actually have autonomy 🙄

tournevis I love Bouroughs. He's amazing and so very reflective of the period. He was such a racist and the casual sexism was quite something, even if he was much less so than a lot of other writers of the time. Barsoom had very strong independant women considering. 1mo
rabbitprincess @tournevis I'll have to read Barsoom then! 1mo
tournevis @rabbitprincess The Mars books. The first is tagged. 1mo
rabbitprincess @tournevis Oh good, that one is on my to-read list on Serial Reader! I shall have to get to it sooner rather than later. 1mo
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YES Peatzeria!

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The Round Church in Bowmore was "built in circular form to ensure that the devil had no corners to hide in. He was last seen in one of [Islay's] distilleries."

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Tragedy of Richard III | William Shakespeare
Mehso-so

This is a play that probably works better for me on stage or adapted in some way than just as text. I found it hard to keep the character relationships organized in my head, and with most of the violence happening offstage I found myself losing interest (a bit like with Julius Caesar). Just going to have to watch Benedict again 😍

Swe_Eva Don‘t really need a reason to watch Benedict. 😉 2mo
rabbitprincess @Swe_Eva True dat! 😉 2mo
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The Arctic Patrol Mystery | Franklin W. Dixon
Mehso-so

This was very silly, although it did keep me reading. Planes and boats and Iceland are always a plus for me in books. I don't regret reading this, but I don't regret not owning it.

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I enjoyed this memoir, particularly the photos, the stories of his friendships with George Harrison and Robin Williams, and the glimpses into screenwriting, playwriting and composing (namely the composition of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life").

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I've been binge-listening to Benny Goodman's instrumental version of "Sing, Sing, Sing", and HOO BOY does it ever make a great cardio workout ???

Also looked up some swing-dance steps on YouTube. I used to know them better (we did swing dance in high school gym class), but I've lost some of the technique.

MrBook 🕺 2mo
rabbitprincess @MrBook Trying to do the Charleston step, and largely failing 😂 2mo
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The Blue Castle | L. M. Montgomery
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March 2019 stats: 18 books read. Fave book: The Blue Castle 💙 Binged on public-domain ebooks (4) and audiobooks (2...for me that's a binge 😂).

Also, after watching The Ribos Operation this weekend, I think Valancy on the cover of The Blue Castle looks a bit like Romana (Mary Tamm).

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nicely done! 📖💖 2mo
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it if you're interested in aviation from the perspective of a pilot. He gives realistic answers to common questions about planes and flying, and he does it with humour.

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Reading while waiting for the BF to clear off the car -- a highly appropriate topic given the weather. 🌨

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Panpan

Ehh, I didn't like this book nearly as much as the first two. It took me a while to get into the story, and then it took a creepy, sensationalist path. Ended up skipping to the end to find out whodunnit but still read too much 😐

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Clouds of Witness | Dorothy L. Sayers
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This was a lot of fun. I enjoyed Peter and Parker's relationship and their ability to work together. I also liked how Sayers crafted dialogue to evoke French while still writing in English.

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Doctor Who: 11 Doctors, 11 Stories | Neil Gaiman, Patrick Ness, Richelle Mead, Derek Landy, Malorie Blackman, Eoin Colfer, Philip Reeve, Marcus Sedgwick, Michael Scott, Charles Higson, Alex Scarrow
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Using this Eleven Doctors, Eleven Stories book as a placeholder for Destiny of the Doctor 3: Vengeance of the Stones, by Andrew Smith (read by Richard Franklin and Trevor Littledale). I loved the setting (Scotland) and the inclusion of fighter planes. It was a very quick listen. 4⭐️ Now I'll have to read the other Destiny of the Doctor stories sharpish!

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Clouds of Witness | Dorothy L. Sayers
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"These," said Parker, "belong to nobody--to nobody I've ever seen or heard of, I mean."
"Hurray!" said Peter.

I don't know why that "Hurray!" cracks me up so much, but it does ?

shanaqui I do love their whole friendship. I like the ditch Peter "proceeds to fall into", too. Ugh, now I want to reread. Again. 2mo
rabbitprincess @shanaqui I was grinning a fair bit throughout the book 😄 2mo
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The Way of All Flesh | Ambrose Parry
Mehso-so

For me this was a 3⭐️ so-so. I kept forgetting it was supposed to be a mystery, although it was indeed a nicely executed historical novel. I think I just had too-high expectations for it. If Raven and Sarah have more adventures, I'll read them...