A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

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Monday, September 3, 2007

#67. Pure Dead Wicked by Debi Gliori

Pure Dead Wicked by Debi Gliori
Second in the Pure Dead series

Pages: 211
Finished: Sept. 2, 2007
Reason for Reading: next in the series, this is one of my picks for the RIP Challenge
First Published: 2002
Genre: YA, urban fantasy, humour
Rating: 4/5

First Sentence:

Much later, Titus was to remark that this must have been the only time in history when a dirty diaper could be said to have saved several lives.

Comments: The second entry in this series is just as good as the first (see my review here).

The Strega-Borgia's castle is in need of roof repairs and they head off to a hotel while it is being fixed. Little do they know that the building contractor is in cahoots with a real estate developer who wants the property for himself.

The Scottish humour is hilarious. The author puts a capital G on the word "Gross", but in such a funny way you don't mind being grossed-out. My favourite characters are the nanny, Mrs. McLachlan, a witch, and Tarantella, a lipstick-wearing spider who lives in the attic. The whole family is endearing, including the servants and the mythical beasts who live in the dungeon (a dragon, a yeti and a griffin). I'll certainly be reading the next book in the series and I'd recommend this to anyone who finds the idea of a Scottish Addams family appealing.

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