Sunday, August 9, 2009

Mystery Read-A-Thon: Update Seven

Well, I just finished all 564 pages of my anthology. The final six stories were these --

The Tenth Commandment by Melville Davisson Post - about a cattleman who knows that sometimes the best justice comes from outside the system. A portion of this story is a discussion about morality versus law.

Murder in Old Manhattan by Frank Bonham - this was a story that showed the corruption in business in the mid nineteenth century.

The Abolitionist by Lynda S. Robinson - Robinson was the only author in this anthology that I had read before. Usually she writes about ancient Egypt but this was a story set in the South right before the Civil War. This was a fascinating look at many sides of slavery.

Poisoned with Politeness by Gillian Linscott - this was a very typical whodunit with a dead wife and an oddly-behaving husband. It was somewhat inventive in the solution though. And I only just figured out what the title means.

Threads of Scarlet by Claire Griffen - and this was a similar plot (dead wife/odd husband) but with an even more inventive solution. This was another story set in Australia which I enjoyed.

The Gentleman on the Titanic by John Lutz - the final story was set on the Titanic and featured German and American agents and double-agents and possibly a double-double-agent. It was interesting to read a mystery where you knew at least part of the outcome -- the sinking of the boat.

Time Spent Reading: 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Read-A-Thon Time: 10 hours 20 minutes

Since it's 11:15pm, I'm not going to start a new book. I didn't make it to 12 hours but I read twenty-six short stories in a weekend which is a pretty good accomplishment! I will write one more summary post to try and win two books from Wendy! Thanks for following me through this challenge. I hope that some of these authors might have caught your eye as well.

Closing the book,

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