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26 May 2017

Chocolate Chocolate Moons AND Sherlock Mars by Jackie Kingon (Book Beginnings & Friday 56)

Once upon a time, not very many years ago, I found myself more-or-less begging some of my author "friends" on Facebook for at least one of them to come up with a fun cozy mystery series set in space. What could be better for a geek like myself? I had several "well, that would be interesting" ... but none of them took me up on the idea. One suggested that I write one myself, but my brain just isn't quite that creative. I took a creative writing class or two in college and had one short story published in a magazine when I was in high school, but I'm apparently far more suited to just rambling on about other people's creative leanings.

Imagine my delight, then, when I was poking around NetGalley and came upon something called Sherlock Mars. A comedic mystery set ... you betcha ... on Mars! Even better? It's the second in a series following Chocolate Chocolate Moons! Comedy, mystery, space AND chocolate?!? I grabbed myself a copy of CCM, sat back, and laughed through Kington's glimpse of the 24th century. And then I continued the ride straight into the next book. 

The heroine, Molly, is kind of like the love-child of Veronica Mars and Arthur Dent -- with more than a little bit of Sara Lee mixed in (as in the cheesecake I'm now craving).  There are definitely aspects of this that I can see not appealing to some. The humor is absurd and punny, much like Piers Anthony's Xanth books. Even for me -- a great lover of puns and Xanth -- it was a bit much to take sometimes and I found myself skimming here and there. (Enough so that I plowed through most of both books in less than 24-hours.) 

Is there such a thing as a book hangover?

As always, Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice & Book Beginnings is at Rose City ReaderBoth of the "Friday 56" quotes this week are from the 56% marks of the ebooks.

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  1. What fun! I love the characters' names and the situations. Enjoy! Here's mine: “IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND”

  2. Sorry. Not for me! Puns make me grit my teeth. This week I'm reading Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost. Happy reading!

  3. Mmmm...chocolate! Both books sound interesting!

    Here’s my Friday 56!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  4. Sounds interesting!! Happy weekend!

  5. Erg! I've got this one waiting to be read and reviewed - and I'm NOT a fan of puns... I do hope the storyline is a good one! Thank you for your review:)

    1. Good luck! I couldn't bring myself to finish it when all was said and done.

  6. Hmm, Sherlock Mars - sounds good to me!

    Lauren @ Always Me