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.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

A Murder for Max: A Maxine Benson Mystery by John Lawrence Reynolds

A Murder for Max: A Maxine Benson Mystery by John Lawrence Reynolds
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Orca Books
Source: Received a print review copy through Library Thing

Rapid Reads

This is a book from Orca Books' Rapid Reads collection. These books are intended for adult literacy and ESL. Reluctant teen readers will also enjoy them if they don't mind books with adults as the main characters. I've read several of these now and some are better than others but it is hard to write a "good" book when using a limited vocabulary. This first in a mystery series is written at a Grade 3.6 level. Canadian author Reynolds has succeeded in writing an entertaining and engaging mystery at this vocabulary level. The book takes place over the course of an afternoon into early evening which works very well with this type of book. This is done in the classic Christie style of a group of people, one of whom must be the murderer and the police chief gathers them together to reveal who the murderer is. Reynolds has also been able to give the main character depth and have her come to terms, over the course of the book,with a slight inferiority complex of being a woman in a "man's" job. Among the better books I've read in this collection.

1 comment:

  1. If its a Christie style book, it is definitely for me. Making a note of this one.