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Portable Magic

Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

Currently reading

The Bungalow Mystery
P.M. Carlson, Russell H. Tandy, Carolyn Keene
The Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro, Simon Prebble
Duel of Eagles: The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo
Jeff Long
Progress: 11/431 pages
The Secret of Shadow Ranch
Carolyn Keene
I am No One You Know
Joyce Carol Oates
The Return of the King
J.R.R. Tolkien, Rob Inglis
Progress: 13 %

After I'm Gone ★★★★★

After I'm Gone - Laura Lippman, Linda Emond


This mystery story kept me guessing until the end. Guessing so wildly that I suspected nearly every character, and even wondering whether there was a murder at all. Even better, I was glued to the story for the characters as much as the plot. They were nuanced enough that none were heroic, but nearly all were sympathetic in some way. The ending was not quite tied up neatly and was not exactly happy and was very, very, satisfying.


Audio version, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive. Linda Emond’s performance had the right blend of emotion and pacing, but it was a little difficult at times to distinguish the different “voices” of each character.