2015 Reading Challenge & “Burial at Sea” Review

I’m so excited to be joining in Anne Bogel’s 2015 Reading Challenge!  2014 was NOT a red-letter reading year for me and even before hearing about the Challenge, I’d vowed to read at least a book a month.  I also resolved to read – as much as possible – books from our family library (which, trust me, is bordering on absurd).

“Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

I love how accessible and flexible Anne’s categories are: “a book ‘everyone’ has read but you” and “a book your mom loves”.  I couldn’t resist the lure of twelve categories to match my twelve-book resolution!

Burial at Sea

I kicked off January with “a book by a favorite author” – that author being Charles Finch – and I cozied up with A Burial at Sea, the fifth adventure in the Charles Lenox mystery series.  This installment sees Charles take on the role of special envoy to Egypt in his capacity as an MP to improve Britain’s interest in the newly-built Suez Canal.  On the way, however, murder strikes and Charles must dust off his sleuthing skills and find the traitor on-board before mutiny takes hold!

I applaud Finch for taking Charles out of the streets of London and giving his fans a new backdrop.  The book is meticulously researched and it shows in the details of the ship cabins, provisions, and sailors’ dialogue.  However, I felt the usual fast-paced sleuthing fell victim to the details of the setting.  The killer reveal was more predictable than I’ve come to expect from Finch.

I am looking forward to Lenox’s return to English soil (and first major foray in the English countryside!) in A Death in the Small Hours.

Read anything good lately? Want to jump into the challenge (or dip your toe)? Some resources:

I plan to review each book on my list as I finish – if you care to join in, comment to each post and let me know what you’re reading! Also, I highly recommend you subscribe to Modern Mrs. Darcy and follow on Facebook for her check-ins, too!

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