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Book Review: Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice

Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice is a young adult horror novel originally published in April 1997.  Marnie and her cousin Peter drive up to the mansion that Marnie's father rented for the summer ahead of her father.  When the cousins arrive at the mansion called Stonycraig and settle in, Marnie is nervous because she thought she saw a shadow in one of the windows.  Then, she starts hearing a woman crying late at night.  Are the stories about Stonycraig being haunted true? This is a book I originally read as a teenager, and I remember being impressed by the storyline and writing.  I recently decided to reread it as an adult to see if it was as good as I remembered.  I have to say it was phenomenal.  Well-written and unputdownable.   Even though there were parts that came back to me as I made my way through Music From The Dead , I still found it to be perfectly eerie and creepy.  There was even a little bit of romance but nothing inappropriate for a tween or teen.  The only com

Book Review: Eight Perfect Murders (Malcolm Kershaw, #1) by Peter Swanson

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Eight Perfect Murders (Malcolm Kershaw, #1) by Peter Swanson takes place in Boston, Massachusetts and features Malcolm Kershaw, a bookseller who compiled a list of eight books where the person committed near perfect crimes. Now, someone is copying the murders in those eight books, and the FBI suspects Malcolm.

This is the first book I've read by Peter Swanson, and I wasn't sure what to expect. Where as I enjoyed the writing, and it held my interest, I felt like the author was just throwing out lists of his favorite books. He even gave away the ending to The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie. Had I not already read these particular books, I would have been upset that the ending had been revealed.

As far as knowing who the culprit was in Eight Perfect Murders, I suspected two different people from the get go. I especially was trying to think like Agatha Christie since Peter Swanson mentions several of her books. However, I didn't correctly guess who the main culprit was. I didn't think there were too many clues though . . . only one came to mind, and I promptly dismissed it.

I love the fact that the story takes place in Boston, Massachusetts as it's one of my favorite cities to visit. I enjoy hearing about places and areas that I've been being mentioned and knowing what they look like. When Swanson mentions that there are restaurants that serve better food than Cheers, he's right when he says that, but they do have really good bar food. And, their cheeseburgers are delicious.

All in all, I enjoyed Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson, and I gave it four stars out of five stars. If you enjoyed this book, I recommend The Turn of the Key and One by One by Ruth Ware.

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