The Wager by David Grann

Subtitle: A Tale Of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder

Very good book. Reading time well spent. The true (at least according to the survivors) tale surrounding the shipwreck of The Wager, it makes for a very compelling read. I look forward to reading more from this author--although I am a little apprehensive as he is the author of "The Killers of the Flower Moon".

Due to a snafu at the airport I ended up reading almost an entire book, flight delay turned into unexpected reading time, so I needed another book once I got to my destination. I knew this book was on a Vignovic book shelf (not that he has read it yet) so I scooped it up and read it myself.

The Roses of May by Dot Hutchison

This the second book in the author's Collectory Series. It holds remnants and characters from the first book (The Butterfly Garden) and adds a new serial killer to the mix. I am really enjoying this author, reading time well spent. Look forward to my next outing.

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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

A book that dovetails neatly into many of my categories. Readers/ reviewers seem to be divided on what to make of this book. I fall on the side of "loved it" with a few caveats.

I loved the old fashioned language, niceities (sp) and the little synopsis of chapters at the beginning of each. The mystery was compelling and the plot was complex, it kept me engaged throughout.

Caveat--it was extremely long, I kept losing the thread that entwined the characters together. To me, it left several plot points and characters dangling--but it could have been me losing that thread yet again. Not sure I still really understand it. The author ended several plot lines by killing the characters in the middle of their story.

Caveat--I did not understand the zodiac charts (at all) nor did I understand their importance to the story or plot. While I do have a category devoted to the Zodiac and the Zodiac signs--I myself don't read my horoscope nor have I ever had my chart read.


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