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My hobbies include just about anything, really...except reading, I hate reading! Kidding of course, reading is my favorite hobby! I love not only reading, but creative writing as well. I'm currently working on a novel about a group of paranormal social workers who try to help creatures like themselves cope with being different while also protecting humanity from the more malevolent beings. Other hobbies include music, yoga, comedy clubs, movies, and video games. I read from just about any genre, but my favorites are fantasy/urban fantasy, mystery, science fiction, and graphic novels (that's what us comic-book geeks call them to try to sound more sophisticated). In my secret identity, I work as an accountant for a nonprofit organization . I know...accounting and creative writing don't exactly go together...what can I say, I'm full of contradictions! My rating system: 5 STARS - I absolutely loved this book! I couldn't wait to finish it, yet I also never wanted it to end! 4 STARS - I liked this book an awful lot! It would have been perfect, except for some minor issue or issues that detracted from my overall enjoyment. 3 STARS - I liked this book, but found it somewhat flawed. Probably would not read again, but might still give the author and/or series a second chance. 2 STARS - Overall, a disappointing read for me. It had its moments, but sadly the bad outweighed the good. 1 STAR - I hate the part of my brain that convinced me to read this book!

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Queen and Country: A Gentleman's Game
Greg Rucka
The Inheritance - Tom Savage This was a fun little mystery, complete with a bizarre cast of characters and gothic elements. Yes, it makes sure to hit all the cliches (mysterious figure in a graveyard...check! outcast relative living in the attic...check!), but Tom Savage still manages to make something original out of all the cliches.

I generally have two problems with mysteries. Either the clues are too easy to spot in which case the solution isn't a surprise at all. Or the author tries so hard to go for a shocking twist, they give you a solution that is a surprise, only because it makes no sense! (A certain James Patterson novel where the culprit turned out to be a character who never appeared and was only mentioned in one sentence before the reveal comes to mind). But Savage did a great job coming up with a twist that I never saw coming, yet made perfect sense when I thought about it.

I couldn't give this book a perfect score, only because it's so cliched at times, I found myself surprised it didn't begin with the phrase, "It was a dark and stormy night"! Still, if you go in knowing the book can be a little silly at times, I think you'll really enjoy this gripping mystery!