[Reviews] O Is for Outlaw

A look into the life Kinsey Millhone led before solving interesting cases like... the one in this book, actually!

[Reviews] N Is for Noose

A small town mystery is big on atmosphere and a creeping sense of dread.

[Reviews] M Is for Malice

A little bit more malice a little bit earlier in the proceedings would have made for a more satisfying read, but it's still quite good.

The Patreon Decision, or: Why I Abandoned Ads and Embraced...

I'm frustrated by how difficult it is lately to generate enough revenue to keep a site online, let alone regularly updated. Rather than whine overly much, I thought I would quickly share some numbers to hopefully give you an idea just how difficult the ongoing battle has finally become, and why bloggers and niche webmasters such as myself are turning to crowdfunding as a means of support.

Let's start with the traffic that HonestGamers received in July of 2014, as measured by Google Analytics. It's not a lot, but I imagine there are plenty of niche site webmasters who would consider it a marked improvement over their own sites' performance. Traffic is always relative to something.

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L Is for Lawless

"L Is for Lawless" takes chances, and that tends to put a person on an author's side. None of us want a formula--even a great one--to have the chance to grow tiresome. The problem is that when Sue Grafton takes chances, she tends not to have the sort of success that drew readers to her work in the first place. Such is the case in this instance. She has produced a mystery novel that strays about as far from her formula as possible while still belonging in the same genre.

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K Is for Killer

"K Is for Killer" is another of the good ones. Sue Grafton has books where she hits it out of the park, and she has books that are satisfying but disappointing because you know she can do better. Attempts like this one prove it.

Kinsey Millhone is staying late at the office one evening, tending to her tax work, when someone knocks on the door and asks if she is available to take a case. She tries to send the other woman away, but they start talking, and an agreement is formed. Kinsey will take the case if she thinks she can do any good.

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J Is for Judgment

" J Is for Judgment" breaks Sue Grafton's every-other-book curse I've previously mentioned, wherein one book would be good and the next one wouldn't, in an alternating pattern. Here, that process is interrupted, because the previous book wasn't especially fantastic, and this latest volume has merit even if it's not representative of the author's best work.

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