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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 %

The 9th Girl ★★★☆☆

The 9th Girl (Kovac and Liska #4) - Tami Hoag, David Colacci

A quick, easy, undemanding read, perfect for the audiobook format, and fairly typical but still good for the genre and this author’s usual work. I hadn’t read any of the earlier books in this series but was able to easily pick up with the recurring characters without having to endure a huge info dump in the first chapter - the backstories were introduced gradually and with some skill. The characters were fairly interesting, with a strong female MC, the plot and action were fast paced, and I didn’t guess whodunit until close to the end. There were a few tiresome stereotypes – the angry feminist, the irresponsible ex-husband/father, the douchebag political police chief, etc. But overall, not bad.


Audiobook, borrowed from my public library, competently read by David Colacci. Audio is a good format for this book, if you’re looking for something to entertain your mind and imagination while multitasking with chores, etc.