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Galapagos Gone

Galapagos Gone
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, Book # 6
Poisoned Pen Press
April 14th 2019
eBook
152
English
December 11, 2022 December 22, 2022
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When Detective Virginia Holmes and her plucky assistant take on an investigation in the Galapagos islands, they quickly find themselves embroiled in a dispute that goes back generations … and leads to more than a few grisly revelations. Secret clues, giant tortoises, and a few murders will keep the world's greatest detective busy while she's piecing together the truth!

For curious readers new to the Virginia Holmes series, this is the PERFECT book to start your adventures with Detective Virginia Holmes and Samantha Fox!
(my comment about the last sentence: please don't, read them chronologically)


What I think

Nice, too descriptive, but understandable given the place where we are. Some things were easy to understand before the final explanation, (also because a fact was taken up by Bones or rather that part was also in Bones so the solution was clear to me).

Scarecrow Calling

Scarecrow Calling
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, Book # 5
Poisoned Pen Press
January 29th 2019
eBook
99
English
December 8, 2022 December 10, 2022
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The past has come to haunt Detective Virginia Holmes as the infamous Scarecrow Killer strikes again … and this time, Holmes is the victim! With poison running through her body and only hours to live, she'll need to employ every trick in the book if she wants to solve this case!


What I think

Hmm that the beginning is always the same, the author who always says to go and read the previous books, is a pain in the ass! Especially in this 5th story. Especially when you’re reading the complete series in one book. Sure she wrote them and maybe published them at different times but what a bummer!

The case could have been interesting but I find certain ideas of the author, childish. First of all, if Fox says metaphors and no one understands them in the book, you must at least write in such a way that the reader doesn’t understand them either or, else, someone in the book understands them, because like this, the characters all look like idiots.

Second, if the poison has damaged Holmes’s stomach, she can’t get well right away…

And then it was clear that the killer was *** (spoiler, so I’m not saying). It would have been 5 stars if it weren’t for these things.

Dickens’ Christmas Collection

Dickens' Christmas Collection


Peter Haddock Publishing
1843
Hardcover
English
December 15, 2022 December 18, 2022
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During the hectic Christmas season, slow down with these heartwarming stories from some of literature’s most beloved writers.

Curl up by the fire this holiday season with a timeless Christmas tale.

Perhaps no Christmas novel is more beloved by readers than Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol—the Victorian story of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. This giftable edition of Dickens’s 1843 work will delight those who already know the perennial classic, as well as any collector of beautiful case-bound books.


First of all, I have only read A Christmas Carol of the collection, the other stories are too “dense” and I easily lose attention. I like reading about Scrooge near Christmas, but I have to get more Christmas stories or I always end up reading the same story. There isn’t much to say about this book that hasn’t already been said. I enjoyed it, as always, maybe I “learned” something more from my first reading.

Obviously I read it in English, I thought it was a more difficult and sophisticated English but I understood everything. Maybe I’ve gotten better since I first read it.

Iced Out in Iceland

Iced Out in Iceland
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, Book # 4
Poisoned Pen Press
December 7th 2018
eBook
180
English
December 1, 2022 December 7, 2022
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When a grisly murder occurs in a remote Icelandic town, it's up to Detective Virginia Holmes to fit together the pieces! But with no leads and only a few clues, she'll have to dig deep into the town's history. What she finds is almost as explosive as the volcano threatening to erupt at any moment …


What I think

Nice, but nothing special. Yep, really small review.

Deadly Odds

Deadly Odds
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, Book # 3
Poisoned Pen Press
September 1st 2018
eBook
159
English
November 9, 2022 November 12, 2022
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An ancient chalice. A missing man. A mysterious death ...

Retired detective Virginia Holmes arrives in Las Vegas and quickly finds herself taking on more than she bargained for! With the help of her plucky assistant, she'll need to uncover the mystery of an ancient artefact if she has any hope of finding an important executive who's gone missing in the Sin City. But the closer they get to the truth, the faster the bodies pile up.

And if she's not careful, Holmes will be next!


What I think

I liked the story. That “that person” **** (sorry spoiler) was obvious but at least it wasn’t the usual story of disappearance. I enjoyed the background story and maybe, just like Holmes, I also like the cases set in history.