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I am not the kind of person who guesses who did it. I fully expect to be surprised at the end of a mystery. At least the first time. I re-read to see where the clues have been hiding all along, if I need to appreciate Agatha Christie’s genius as a clockmaker or if I am suffering a lack of Peter Wimsey in my life (although in the latter case, the mystery is really not the point). So I am sad to say that Anne Perry does not fool me. I fingered the perp, so to speak, well before the last page in both Half Moon Street and Funeral in Blue.

What kept me reading anyway was the likeable nature of her characters. I just like them. I like hanging out with them, in the way I might meet a friendly person at a café and strike up a pleasant conversation for a few minutes.

That said, I probably won’t be buying more any time soon.

In other news, I have purged my bookshelves of Greek drama I haven’t looked at since my first semester at Cal, as well as a book detailing the expedition to find the source of the Nile (horrible racist exploitation alert!), and one about the concept of the “Grand Tour.” I read about a third of Melmoth the Wanderer before deciding that it was too depressing to finish, even though it had extremely evocative gothic prose.

I also accidentally bought three more picture books today (I went with a friend to buy onion seed at the Indian market that happens to be next to Lakeshore Learning. I went in to get some People Color crayons and the picture books just jumped out and mugged me), but I’ll save those for another day.



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