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Murder After Christmas | Rupert Latimer
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Books tentatively planned for #CloakAndDaggerChristmas 🎄🗡️

Alliterative: The Chocolate Cobweb, Charlotte Armstrong
Buddy read: Tagged, with @merelybookish and @quietjenn 🎉
Translated: Murder in the Crooked House, Soji Shimada
Foil cover: Unsure, might skip?
Wild card: The Hours Before Dawn, Celia Fremlin
Nobility: A Gilded Grave, Shelley Freydont
Listen: Not so great with audio books, will likely skip 🙃

Please join in for a murder-y Xmas! 😅

Rabbits | Terry Miles
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I forgot to post my #12booksof2021 selections for #November & #December As a mood reader it is extremely rare for me to sign on to any challenge but in Nov I surpassed my goal for #nonficttionNovember of 4 NF books by reading 6 & I also met my goal for the delightful #cloakanddaggerchristmas Honorable mentions for Nov/Dec:Vet's Daughter, B is for Burglar, Girl 11, Dear Reader.

vivastory Although my posts turned into more #120booksof2021 I had a blast reflecting on an otherwise grim year. Thanks @andrew65 11mo
RaeLovesToRead Well done on Cloak and Dagger challenge! Hope 2022 is less grim 🤞🤞 11mo
vivastory @RaeLovesToRead How did you do on the challenge? I added a couple of the books you read to my TBR. Thanks! I really appreciate it. I hope you have a great year too. 11mo
RaeLovesToRead I managed 5 prompts in the end (including watching a mystery on TV) - The Honjin Murders was delightfully convoluted and well worth a read, but I didn't think much of the Real Town murders. My bookspin & doublespin this month are mysteries though, so cloak and dagger January begins now 😄📚🎉 11mo
BiblioLitten Now nonfiction November sounds like a good challenge for me. Might try that this year. 11mo
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My Bookspin / Doublespin picks! @TheAromaofBooks 💕

Following on from #cloakanddaggerchristmas it looks like I'm going to have CLOAK AND DAGGER JANUARY!!! 🗡

(Sadly, I already know exactly who did The Mirror Crack'd.. there is an absolutely STUNNING version of it starring Julia McKenzie in the series Agatha Christie's Marple which I recommend +++)

Happy with these picks!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I love that cover for Death in August!! 11mo
RaeLovesToRead @TheAromaofBooks I know 🥰🥰🥰 Hope it's good! 11mo
Branwen Those covers are ❤❤❤😍 11mo
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen Yes! Especially the Death in August one 💙 11mo
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen (although The Mirror Crack'd is delightfully vintage) 11mo
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Murder After Christmas | Rupert Latimer
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These British Library Crime Classics vary tremendously.

Murder After Christmas was a lively mystery with lots of Golden Age elements thrown in (and delightfully subverted.)

The only problem (and the reason why it's only a ⭐⭐⭐ 3 star read, for me) is that it all felt very long winded.

Also, I couldn't tell if the characters were MEANT to be behaving weirdly.

A decent festive mystery, regardless.

RaeLovesToRead This is also my 5th and final #cloakanddaggerchristmas read 11mo
shanaqui Yes! I felt very similar about this one. Like, it was lively and bouncy all along but omg, it felt so convoluted, and I got really tired of characters talking at length about basically nothing. It was comic at first and then got old... but if the book had been a few pages shorter -- even 30 pages or so -- I think I'd have rated it higher. 11mo
RaeLovesToRead @shanaqui Agree completely! All the elements were there but it felt rather rambling. I enjoyed the twists and clues but it took me way longer to read than it should have done 😅 11mo
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Follow Her Home | Steph Cha
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Now that is officially the last of the year, doing some wrap-up posts, like many others! First up is my #cloakanddaggerchristmas finale! What a fun challenge! Thank so much to @merelybookish for bringing it over to Litsy. I read a lot of mysteries anyway, but this was a fun way to be a little more deliberate about the ones I choose and to finally check out (or re-visit) some authors/titles I've been meaning to. I enjoyed pretty much all of them!

quietjenn The tagged book is, I think, the only one I didn't post to Litsy about at the time. I'd originally tapped it for the Kinsey prompt, but Juniper is still an amateur in this one, so it worked for Agatha instead 😁. Would be totally okay if this challenge became an annual tradition! 11mo
Ruthiella I loved Your House Will Pay by Cha. I‘ll have to check this one out. I would also love this to be an annual event. There‘s also March Mystery Madness on YouTube in March. Maybe we could bring that over to Litsy? 🤔 11mo
quietjenn @Ruthiella that one is definitely on my tbr, as well as the other two in this series. I don't know the March Mystery Madness, but would all about bringing it on over this way! 11mo
merelybookish Congrats on finishing 6 prompts and thanks for joining me. Totally up for doing it again next year! 🗡️🎄🕵️‍♀️ 11mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella I also liked This House Will Pay. I think I read it for TOB. 11mo
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Later | Stephen King
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I have an appointment & then I'm picking up groceries. After I'm done with my errands I will be starting my final book of the year. Since 2019 either my final book of the year, or my inaugural book, has been a King. It's one of my new favorite traditions.

TrishB A great tradition 👍🏻 11mo
vivastory @TrishB I figured you'd approve. I was hoping to read Needful Things this month, but just didn't have the time w/ #cloakanddaggerchristmas (edited) 11mo
TrishB I‘m excited for you that you still have it to look forward to! 11mo
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vivastory @TrishB Having read IT, Dark Tower, The Stand etc sometimes I think that I have all of his best books behind me & then I remember that I still have at least half of his bibliography to read 😍 11mo
TrishB You still have some fab reads to look forward to! 11mo
sprainedbrain This will be a great last book! 11mo
Addison_Reads Great tradition. Enjoy! 11mo
vivastory @sprainedbrain I've been looking forward to it! 11mo
vivastory @Addison_Reads It's a great way to end the reading year. I hope your final book of the year is a great one! 11mo
Leftcoastzen That‘s a nice tradition! I liked this one! 11mo
LeahBergen Fun tradition! 11mo
Cathythoughts Nice tradition 👍 I enjoyed this one 11mo
LKK526 I liked this book. Don‘t miss “Billy Summers” also by King 11mo
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Death in the Stocks | Georgette Heyer
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Did a switch for my final #cloakanddaggerchristmas prompt & went with this for the Golden Age mystery. It's a bit of a Bright Young Things escapade, though published in 1935, with a lot of zinging wit & repartee, murders, & romance. I enjoyed it though it's by no means perfect.

I really enjoyed this challenge; murders are perfect for December! Lol. Completed 6 prompts:
Inspector Bucket
Tommy & Tuppence
Agatha Raisin
Hercule Poirot

batsy @merelybookish Thanks for getting us excited about this challenge 😁 11mo
merelybookish @batsy 6 done! I think we both exceeded our expectations. Murder is the perfect counterbalance to Christmas cheer! 😁 11mo
Reggie @merelybookish ☝🏽lololol 11mo
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batsy @merelybookish 😆😆 11mo
Cathythoughts 👏👏👏I love Colombo 🕵️‍♂️ 11mo
charl08 👍🎄Definitely a good time for some crime. 11mo
batsy @Cathythoughts It's a good show! 😁 11mo
batsy @charl08 🎄🕵🏽‍♀️ 11mo
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And that's a wrap on #CloakandDaggerChristmas. I managed 7/9 prompts! It was a fun December project! Turns out my favourite mystery books are not really about the mystery. The tagged book was definitely my favourite of the bunch, although I do very much enjoy Flavia. Thanks to everyone who joined me!

RaeLovesToRead Nice work! I'm on 4.5 prompts! Do I have until the end of December? If not, I'm going to pretend I have til the end of December 😄 11mo
Ruthiella Good job! I managed two. I think it‘s interesting, your observations on what kind of mystery you like. I‘m tempted to recommend Tana French‘s books to you. They are mysteries, but really more characters studies than anything... 11mo
merelybookish @RaeLovesToRead I think you can take as long as you want! I've just had my fill of mysteries for now. 😉 11mo
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merelybookish @Ruthiella Thanks! I definitely prefer a more character driven story. I tried reading one Tana French, but I baile. It was just too long. But it was one of her later ones and I wondered if her earlier books would be better. In general I don't love super plotty and mysteries by default are pretty plotty. 😁 This is the Tana French I tried. 11mo
Ruthiella @merelybookish French‘s novels do tend to move slowly. Maybe take it under advisement and try her first book when you are next tempted to read a mystery 11mo
batsy Well done! I'm almost finished with my last book and might not have hit all my prompts but it was fun. 11mo
BiblioLitten The tagged book was one of my top reads from last year. Brilliant writing! 11mo
merelybookish @BiblioLitten I loved it. I loved all her theories and the way her mind worked! 11mo
vivastory I'm thrilled you loved Drive Your Plow etc It's a personal favorite 11mo
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Candy Slain | Chelsea Thomas
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I‘m beginning to really like this series. They‘re lightheaded and funny, and feature all sorts of delicious sounding baked goods. In this one our sleuths must come to the rescue when Santa is found stabbed by a candy cane at the village‘s tree lighting ceremony.

#wintercosy #Verymerryreadathon #Cloakanddaggerchristmas #holidayhorrorsreadathon #wrapitupreadathon #christmasmyway #bookspinbingo #wintergames #mistletoemaniacs

TheSpineView Awesome! 11mo
keys_on_fire Sweet! (Pun intended! 🤣🤣) 11mo
Bookwormjillk @keys_on_fire 😂🤪😂 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
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Blood Hollow: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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I got my booster yesterday and slept off and on until 2 pm today 🙀 Then I woke up and read this entire book. All in all not a bad day.

This book from the Cork O‘Connor mystery series is a wild ride that starts with a murder on New Year‘s Eve. I really like this series.

#wintergames #mistletoemaniacs #wintercosy #averymerryreadathon #cloakanddaggerchristmas #holidayhorrorsreadathon #wrapitupreadathon #christmasmyway #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
TheSpineView Awesome! 11mo
DieAReader Great job!🎉🎉🎉 11mo
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