Bout of Books 22: Day 2 challenge

Bout of Books 22


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Bout of Books 22:

Day 2 Challenge

Challenge “Year of You”

Share a book that was published the year you were born.
If you don’t wish to disclose your age (that’s fine; you’ll get no judgment either way here),
pick a book that was significant to your childhood.
Thanks to Courtney Lynn (@ceelynnreading) for today’s challenge!

In 2011, I started hosting a reading challenge (I just did it for a few years) based on books published in the first years of your life. For that challenge, I picked a book that I had to read for university studies. I had liked it back then, but I no longer do. Long story short, I had to go and find another book!
I chose one that is probably not familiar to many of you, but that I REALLY enjoyed a lot:

Unexpected Mrs Pollifax

Have you ever met Emily Pollifax? She’s basically Mrs Marple’s American cousin!
I met her back then when I was doing the 52 countries reading challenge, I was looking for books set in other countries, and I found her in the audiobooks at my library: the cool thing in this series, is that each book is set in a different country. I invite you to read my recap post to learn more about it. It’s an excellent series, with good suspense, smart characters, and lots of travel adventures!
And the first book of the series, the one here featured, happened to be published the year I was born, 1966.

 What great book was published
the year you were born?



Mrs. Pollifax: series review

Mrs. Pollifax,


Dorothy Gilman

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (Mrs. Pollifax #1) The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax
The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax (Mrs. Pollifax, #4) Mrs. Pollifax on Safari
Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station (Mrs. Pollifax, Book 6) Mrs. Pollifax and the Hong Kong Buddha (Mrs. Pollifax, Book 7) Mrs. Pollifax and the Golden Triangle (Mrs. Pollifax, Book 8)
Mrs. Pollifax and the Whirling Dervish (Mrs. Pollifax, # 9) Mrs Pollifax and the second thief Mrs. Pollifax Pursued (Mrs. Pollifax, Book 11)
Mrs Pollifax and the lion killer Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist (Mrs. Pollifax, Book 13) Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled (Mrs. Pollifax, Book 14)

Every good thing has an end…

In 2012, I started a reading challenge that has since proved to be one of my most fascinating reading experiences:
to read a book related to 52 different countries.

I did it loosely, considering either the author was from that country, or simply that the book was set there. It was definitely challenging at times to find a book for a particular country in my library, and especially because I was trying to see if I could find some as audiobooks.

So one day, searching through my local public library catalog for Morocco, I came up with Mrs. Pollifax and The Whirling Dervish, by Dorothy Gilman and narrated by Barbara Rosenblat.
I thought it was brilliant, and I soon discovered that each book of the series was set in a different country. Perfect! I reviewed most of them here as I went along (get to the reviews with the links here below).

Today, as I have alas listened to all of the 14 books of the series, and the author died 2 years ago, I ‘d like to recapitulate and tell you why this series is so good, and why you should definitely try it.

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My kind of mystery 2014 Reading Challenge


Just got a comment from Carolyn, at Riedel Fascination, another great lover of Dorothy Gilman! So I can’t resist, and to support her, I’m joining her reading challenge for 2014!
That’s perfect to replace the Cozies Challenge I did last year, and any time of mystery will fit.

Here’s How It Works

Between Feb 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015, I will try to read between 11-20 mysteries, that’s the Unearthing Clues level. I will first finish the Mrs. Pollifax series:

  1. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan
  2. The Kabbalist, by Yoram Katz
  3. Nightmare in Burgundy, by Alaux and Balen
  4. The Man With The Lead Stomach, by Jean-François Parot
  5. The Girl in the Empty Dress, by Lise McClendon
  6. Baudelaire’s Revenge, by Bob Van Laerhoven
  7. Murder in Pigalle, by Cara Black
  8. Death in Pont-Aven, by Jean-Luc Bannalec
  9. Moon in a Dead Eye, by Pascal Garnier
  10. The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair, by Joel Dicker
  11. Mrs. Pollifax Pursued, by Dorothy Gilman
  12. Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer, by Gilman
  13. Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled, by Gilman
  14. Crossing The Line, by Frédérique Molay
  15. The Phantom of Rue Royale, by Jean-François Parot
  16. Death at the Fair, by Frances McNamara
  17. Bed of Nails, by Antonin Varenne
  18. Irène, by Pierre Lemaitre
  19. Alex, by Pierre Lemaitre
  20. Silent Night, by Mary Higgins Clark
  21. The Monogram Murders, by Sophie Hannah
  22. Still Life, by Louise Penny
  23. The Unquiet Bones, by Mel Starr
  24. Murder in Montmartre, by Cara Black