No, I Haven't Been Hacked. It's Really Me. And a Review.

So, Hi! The last time I post here it was the end of April. Wow. I thought I should check out my blog and make sure it wasn't taken over by Russian hackers or something. I actually couldn't figure out how to sign into my blog. That was a tense 30 seconds.

Anyway, how are you, my one reader who still has me in their blog feed? Do people have blog feeds anymore? I don't know. I'm not sure if book blogging is even a thing anymore. I feel so old fashioned right now. I'm so out of the loop.

I'm fine. I read my 6th book this year. Crazy, right? It was Wyllard's Weird. It was not weird. It's a sensation novel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. It wasn't as good as Lady Audley's Secret. That one is hard to beat. Hey, let's review it while we're here.



Wyllard's Weird begins in Cornwall where a young French woman jumps to her death from a train. Or did she? There is some question as to whether she jumped or was pushed. The local coroner, Edward Heathcote, suspects the cousin of his old flame, a Mr Bothwell, who refuses to say what his business was that had him on the train that day. Things get sticky when Heathcote's sister becomes engaged to Bothwell. Is she about to marry a murderer? To ease his mind, Heathcote travels to the streets of Paris, and uncovers a cold case, the murder of an actress ten years before, that might be connected to the recent death of the French girl.

This one started out strong. Who's this French girl? Did someone push her? (Of course they did.) Heathcote is a competent detective. He follows all the clues. Unfortunately, it becomes quite apparent who the murderer is about halfway through and then it's just killing time until Heathcote reveals it all at the end. It's rather anticlimactic.



It's also somewhat frustrating to read all the digs Braddon gets at the French. You can murder anyone in France and get away with it if you have a romantic enough reason for it, according to this book. The Great French Detective gives up easily and is no match for this English amateur who solves a ten year old murder in a matter of weeks. There's a dose of victim blaming, although Braddon beats us over the head with the idea that even though she was an actress the deceased was as pure as the driven snow. (FYI, Braddon had been an actress.) There's also a subplot involving emotional infidelity and gambling addiction.

So, not the best ending, but there's still some good stuff in there. Wyllard's Weird was published 23 years after the success of Lady Audley's Secret, so maybe it's a case of phoning it in.

Ps- LibriVox reader Lynne Thompson is pretty good.



What else? I saw Wonder Woman. A+++ I loved it so much. I'm watching Twin Peaks. I can't even tell you what I'm feeling about that. I change my mind every week. Do I like Dougie or have I had enough of him? Not sure.

She's not sure either
I started watching A Handmaid's Tale. Yikes. And the final season of Orphan Black. (This week's episode broke me.)

Lots of TV and not many books. 

I think that's about it. I'm not sure what to do with myself or where you can find me. I'm pretty sure I'm going to delete my Twitter. It's just a dumpster fire on there. Where does anyone go to just talk about books? Litsy? Maybe try me there. 

Later!

25 comments:

  1. You're still in my feed! I'm on Twitter but don't use it like I used to. I have a Litsy account but just couldn't keep up with everything and have ignored it lately.

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    1. I've checked in on Litsy just with week and it's pretty quiet there now.

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  2. Glad to see you back! I hear you on your Twitter thoughts. That said, if it helps any, I only knew you were back via Twitter.

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    1. Ha! Yeah, Twitter is a double edged sword.

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  3. I'm not sure book blogging is even a thing even more, either, but I'm still here and happy to see a post from you!

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  4. I'm still on Twitter and try to ignore the dumpster fire of news and focus on my friends. Some days are easier than others. Litsy is a no-go for me. I mean, I have an account but I am NEVER on that particular app. IG and Snapchat seem to be my two favorite social media accounts. Pictures never grow old.

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    1. IG seems to be my main way to keep in touch. I like seeing what people are doing .

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  5. I don't have a blog feed, but do have a blog list on my sidebar and was pleased to see you had a new post! I think book blogging is still a thing! Maybe the reviews/reports don't come as often as they did, but I still read about a lot of books. I would never be on Twitter. Too, too busy and apparently, mean. Happy to see you back!!

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  6. Still in my feed too. I've read Lady Audley and really enjoyed it but might have to pass on this one. Maybe check out Instagram? I get a lot of my book recs./reviews there lately.

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    1. Lady Audley is definitely her best. I'll have to pay more attention to books on Instagram. I have no idea what's hot right now.

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  7. You're still in my feed too. I hear you about Twitter too. Like Michelle, Litsy doesn't work for me either. Maybe Instagram, I'm not sure, but hope to still see you somewhere online. You've been missed.

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    1. I think Litsy might have hopped on the social media train too late. There are too many things!

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  8. I hadn't blogged since the beginning of April but posted today. Amazing. lol I have a feed reader still which is why I read this post. lol

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    1. I'm going to have to check out your post!

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  9. I still run my blog, but I consider myself more of a part time consultant than a full time blogger. I still enjoy it thought I don't read nearly as many other blogs as I used to. No feed, never figured the out, I use the blog list in my footer.

    I'm with you on Twin Peaks, though it's starting to grow on me now that it's more plotty. My Twitter feed is nearly all book people, so it's actually a much happier place than Facebook where all my friends do go on about things.

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    1. Part time consultant sounds accurate! Doesn't seem like anyone is posting like they used to.

      I hope Twin Peaks come together at the end. I'm a bit nervous that we'll still won't have the answers we want.

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  11. I have the same questions about book blogging. I'm trying to get back into it and it seems like all the blogs I used to follow have dropped off too. I've noticed a ton of bookish folk on Instagram, but it doesn't seem to have the same permanence as blogging to me. I also don't even know what ways/tools people use to follow blogs these days. Is it just us 'legacy' (aka old school) bloggers that use feed readers?

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    1. I use Bloglovin and that works well enough for me. I hear you on the non-permanence. I can look back at my old reviews anytime. Not sure if that's good or bad! I wonder if the new blogging platform is YouTube now. I don't watch book videos on there myself though. I prefer reading about reading.

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  12. Hiiiiii hi hi Chris, it's awesome to see you around the blogosphere! I think it's v. legit to quit Twitter, although I couldn't possibly -- let me know if Litsy is where it's at and perhaps I'll join that one too.

    The Braddon book sounds bats, but I may give it a miss. I didn't love Lady Audley's Secret, so I felt like I maybe didn't want to give more time of my life to Mary Elizabeth Braddon (darn her).

    Anyway, it's fab to hear from you. Much much much love.

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  13. Hi Jenny! Litsy is pretty quiet, at least the people I follow aren't posting much anyway. I've read a couple of ME Braddon now and it's safe to say Lady Audley is as good as it's going to get so I think you're good.

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