I've reached the end of the series thus far, though the author's note at the back did imply that there would be a next adventure, so I'm hopeful!
September 1st: *taking forever to get here*
I've got my card printed, my list made, my books are rounded up...I am ready to go!
This is only the second book* I've read by Ann Rule, so the fact that a lot of these stories were reprints (though updated) from other books didn't really bother me.
Most of these cases took place in the 1960's and 70's and were, therefore, cases I'd not heard of before. They were well researched and told in a way that presented the facts, but not in a cold, clinical manner. Though each story was short, you certainly felt for each of the victims in these horrific cases.
There were a few stories I'd rather have not read, especially those involving children and animals as victims. I say this as someone who is a regular viewer of Discovery ID and Oxygen. (I usually switch off shows on those channels when I realize that children or animals are going to be involved.)
*By the by, the only other book I've read by Ann Rule was, If You Really Loved Me. I read it when I was a teenager, and the only thing I remembered about it over the years was that it involved a teenage girl named Cinnamon Brown. I've since seen a couple of shows about the case on one or both of the two networks I listed above.
...it may or may not be final, but it is complete!
An Interesting Read (Date unknown) by William Banks Fortescue (1850-1924) [x]
Following a suggestion from Moonlight Reader, I thought I'd compile a list of online photo editing sites that players can use to mark their cards since Picmonkey no longer has free accounts. Which I rather rudely found out in the middle of Halloween Bingo last year. It's a shame because I really liked Picmonkey. I believe that MR uses the site to make our absolutely gorgeous bingo cards.
I've not been able to find anything I liked quite as much, but here are a few options. Note: outside of the first one, I've not tried any of these. I've only checked to see that they offer a free option and have stickers that are Halloween/Autumn related.
BeFunky - This is the one I settled on after I had to stop using Picmonkey. It's easy to use and has a nice selection of stickers. You can also upload your own graphics to use as stickers. There are free and paid versions. I used a combination of Halloween and Autumn stickers to mark my card last year. Not sure if I'll use the same stickers or choose new ones. Or try one of these other options.
Ribbet - Has free and paid accounts. There's a small selection of Halloween stickers. This one seems to save a copy of the last thing you edited even without an account. I signed up for a free account and it says I can now upload 100 photos.
Fotojet - Has free and paid accounts. There is a small selection of Halloween stickers.
Fotor - Has free and paid accounts. Has a nice selection of Halloween stickers. You can also upload your own images to use as stickers.
Pixlr Express - Free. Doesn't have a Halloween sticker section that I can see, but a few stickers out of some of the other categories would work.
If anyone has more suggestions, please let me know in the comments and I'll edit them in.
A free copy of Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear.
I think if you'd seen any of my previous updates, then you'd know I was going to rate this book highly.
I listened to the Audible Studios production which featured Richard Armitage as narrator. I've said it before about other audiobooks he's narrated, but he's an absolutely fantastic narrator. He has a wide variety of accents and voices and he lends the right amount of gravitas to the non-dialogue parts of the prose. I could honestly listen to him narrate the phone book.
As to the writing itself, it was excellent. This book read like a really good British tv crime drama. In fact, it would make a really good British tv crime drama.
A teenage girl is found wandering the fens, and another teenage girl is found murdered. DI Jackman, DS Evans, and their team begin to investigate, while also investigating a cold case from nearly a decade ago involving a missing little girl.
As Jackman, Evans, and team investigate they have to navigate through many twists and turns as the cases uncover secrets bigger than anyone could have possibly imagined.
The characters are compelling, well written, and likeable, and I loved the Fenlands as a setting.
I highly recommend this book if you like British Crime books.