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Mini-Reviews 2022: May

58. The unforgiven by Heather Graham (m/f, white mc’s) survivor of brutal slaying is out to get the ax murder who is out for blood once again. (Cw: betrayal, murder, gore).

59. The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths (multiple POVs, queer Anglo-Indian detective, romantic elements). Twisty, turny and engrossing mystery about an quirky old lady’s murder, her passion for crime novels and her friends who seek to find out what happens. Cw: guns,murder. 5/2/22

60. The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths (UK  mystery with a Gothic twist) Multiple POVs, Divorced English teacher, her daughter & the Detective Srgt on the case with their narrations Intercut with passages from gothic horror story. Sublimely engrossing. (Cw: murder, stalking) 5/4/22

61. The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths (Ruth Galloway series: mystery, archeologist bone expert). Moody, engrossing, w/vulnerable but solitary, judgmental, idealist & brilliant protagonist (Cw: fatphobia, murder, abduction, child death, pet death) 5/5/22

62. Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths (RGM #2)  Love how the relationships continue to change, grow & complicate. Cw: fatphobia, child murder, grief, abduction, secret pregnancy. 5/8/22

63. The House at Sea’s End by Elly Griffiths (RGM#3) childcare, new parental worries & precarious secrets dominate in this subdued mystery.  Cathbad is the best. Cw: child death(past), war crimes, murder, grief, secrets. 5/8/22

64.  The Room Full of bones by Elly Griffiths (RGM#4) 

A lot happens & I'm squint at a lot of it. Cathbad continues to be the best, and I am fascinated by the complicated relationship developing btw Nelson, Michelle & Ruth

Cw: Transphobia, medical procedures, murder, animal abuse 5/9/22

65. A Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths (RGM #5) Really felt like a mid-season ending. Lots of new faces, goodbyes, endings, changes & grief. 


Cw: murder, arson, grief, cancer, child peril, white supremacy, transphobia, homophobia, racism, ableism. 5/10/22

66. The Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths (RGM #6)  finally some romantic resolutions to one of the set of secret baby having lovers!  Two of my faves get their HEA! 


Cw: murder, child death, child peril, ableism, abduction. 5/11/22

67. Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths (RGM #7) oh Ruth!  That is all I got.  Also super creepy!  And I love that Cathbad is so happy even when he is wrong.  


Cw: murder, assault, pigs that eat people. 5/12/22

68. The Woman in Blue (RGM #8) The intersection of misogyny and religion converge in pilgrimage town and Ruth, Cathbad and Nelson get involved in another murder together.  This one kept me guessing.


Cw: Murder, assault, threatening letters, addiction, suicide. 5/16/22

69. The Chalk Pit (RGM #9) Creepy tunnels, murdered street people and kidnapped women.  Nelson & Ruth's relationship gets even more complicated!


Cw: murder, kidnapping, addiction,  and as always fatphobia! 5/16/22

70. The Dark Angel (RGM #10)  Loved Ruth and Nelson in Italy, and Michelle, wow what a journey she's had. 


Cw: murder, threats, fatphobia, eating disorders, death of supporting character. 5/16/22

71. Stone Circle (RGM #11) lots of lies, deaths and relationships come full circle in this episode. Everyone continues to grow and change. 


CWs: murder, grief, guns, secrets, child abduction, fatphobia 5/17/22

72. The Lantern Men (RGM #12) I really liked this one. Creepy, unexpected resolution and the two most repressed lovers start coming closer to acknowledging their feelings and trusting their instincts  Cw: murder, grief, medical procedures, eating disorders, fatphobia 5/18/22

73. Night Hawks by Elly Griffiths (RGM #13). I need the next book right now.  Wow. Really glad I read this series I’ve become so invested in all the characters, flawed and stubborn as they are. 


Cw: murder, child abuse, guns, grief, medical procedures 5/19/22

74. Miss Moriarty, I presume.  by Sherry Thomas ( Lady Sherlock #6) oh I loved this! So many cyphers, conspiracies and counter-moves!  (Cw: hostages, guns) 5/21/22

75. The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths (1950’s Brighton UK, Police Detective/Magician team up) great odd-ball friendship, post-war angst, and secrets unraveling.  (Cw: murder, kidnapping) 5/30/22