Friday, February 21

This year's reading challenges

The color coded challenge hosted by the lovely Bev- yup, and no not because I won last year's challenge (it was a random draw and I got lucky!) 

1. A book with "Blue" or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc) in the title.
2. A book with "Red" or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgandy, etc) in the title.
 RED AZALEA by Anchee Min
3. A book with "Yellow" or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.) in the title.
4. A book with "Green" or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc) in the title.
5. A book with "Brown" or any shade of Brown (Tan, Chocolate, Beige, etc) in the title.
6. A book with "Black" or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc) in the title.
7. A book with "White" or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc) in the title.
8. A book with any other color in the title (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, Magneta, etc.).
9. A book with a word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.).

And the Vintage Mystery Challenge

Book set in England: Footsteps at the Lock
Book with a woman in title: The case of Jennie Brice
Currently reading: The Chinese Parrot 

Book with color in title: A Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne
If you are a Winnie the Pooh fan, then you would probably know that it was written by Alan Alexander Milne. A Red House Mystery was his only mystery- a "locked room" whoddunit published in 1922. 
The story is set in Mark Ablett's red country manor in the English countryside. While Mark Ablett was entertaining guests, his infamous, black sheep brother Robert Ablett shows up to meet with his brother. Soon after, he is found dead and Mark is missing. This coincides with the arrival of Tony Gillingham who called upon to visit Bill Beverly, one of the guests staying at the Red House. The two become Holmes-Watson of the story, except Tony is an amateur detective. At times the authors even pokes fun at Holmes and Watson- I thought that was interesting. 

“Are you prepared to be the complete Watson?” he asked.
“Do-you-follow-me-Watson; that one. Are you prepared to have quite obvious things explained to you, to ask futile questions, to give me chances of scoring off you, to make brilliant discoveries of your own two or three days after I have made them myself all that kind of thing? Because it all helps.”
“My dear Tony,” said Bill delightedly, “need you ask?” Antony said nothing, and Bill went on happily to himself, “I perceive from the strawberry-mark on your shirt-front that you had strawberries for dessert. Holmes, you astonish me. Tut, tut, you know my methods. Where is the tobacco? The tobacco is in the Persian slipper. Can I leave my practice for a week? I can.”

I liked it for the most part- the ending was a bit a boring but it was witty, funny at times and an easy read.