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.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Monday, July 22, 2013

227. The Lighthouse Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Lighthouse Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Boxcar Children, #8

Rating: (3.5/5)

(US) - (Canada) - (UK)

1963, Scholastic, 128 pgs

Age: 7+

"Renting a lighthouse is unusual, but even more so is an unfriendly boy's peculiar behavior."

Purchased a used copy from a thrift store.

I am in the process of re-reading the original 19 in order.  This book takes place immediately following book 7, The Woodshed Mystery.  It is the same summer and as the family is driving home from a visit to nearby Aunt Jane's new home, they decide to stop at the beach where they find a lighthouse for sale.  They end up renting instead of buying and this is where they stay for the next couple of weeks.  While the last book had one of the finest mysteries to date in the series, this one is hard pressed to even find a mystery within its pages.  A truly charming story which I thoroughly enjoyed but the mystery consisted of wondering what the boy next door was up to and figuring it out all very quickly.  Of course, they didn't tell the boy they knew what he was up to but that's not exactly mysterious!  This one contains quite a bit of interesting information on sea life and seafood and Warner actually makes a political statement on her thoughts on the space race.  She thinks that time and money would be better spent on exploring the sea (for the purposes of feeding the world) than on exploring outer space.  A new character is introduced and ends up going to Henry's college so I expect we'll see him in future books.  A perfectly enjoyable story about the family, has the family very gently "roughing it" in an old lighthouse but not exactly a mystery.

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