December: Marjorie Bowen - crime & mystery

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December: Marjorie Bowen - crime & mystery

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1LibraryCin
des. 1, 2017, 2:25pm

Just thought I'd get the thread started.

2LibraryCin
des. 1, 2017, 2:26pm

I will likely read:
Meat / Joseph D'Lacey

Other options for me:
Finders Keepers / Stephen King
Brimstone / Douglas Preson

3sturlington
des. 1, 2017, 3:36pm

Thanks! I have a number of possibilities for this thread, so it depends on what's available at the library. Likely some noir.

4mathgirl40
des. 1, 2017, 4:01pm

I picked up a copy of The Substitute by Nicole Lundrigan a little while ago, and I think it will fit this month's theme.

5LibraryCin
des. 11, 2017, 11:04pm

Meat / Joseph D'Lacey
3.5 stars

In this town, survival is all about the meat. The Magnus Meat Processing Plant, or MMP (which includes the “farm” itself, the slaughterhouse, meat cattle, dairy cattle, veal calves, etc.) pretty much runs the town. Well, that and the religious group that worships meat; the cattle at the MMP are the “Chosen”. The people who work at MMP are the best paid in town and are highly regarded. But, there are a few people in town (including Richard, the man who stuns the cattle before they are killed) who are questioning it all. Richard won’t even eat meat, anymore, and his wife begs him to bring meat home for her and their twin daughters. When things start going badly, there is a showdown between the MMP workers and owner, the bishop and parsons, and the few who are questioning if this is really how it has to be.

Be warned that there are slaughterhouse descriptions in this book. I very rarely eat meat, but I have read and seen enough online to realize that what’s described in the book (the treatment of the cattle, anyway) is, sadly, probably all too real. Also, sadly, very little actually shocked me, though it’s still so horrible. I’d describe the book as a dystopian horror and I’m rating it “good”. I found it very dark and bleak, but also an interesting story.

6sturlington
des. 20, 2017, 7:13am

For this month, I read Deception by Denise Mina (UK title Sanctum). This was a pretty good noir about a woman psychiatrist who is convicted of murdering a serial killer, told by the point of view of her husband, who is trying to clear her but gradually unearths her secrets.

7LibraryCin
des. 20, 2017, 8:25pm

>6 sturlington: Oh, that sounds interesting!

8mathgirl40
des. 20, 2017, 10:07pm

>5 LibraryCin: That sounds like an interesting premise. Maybe after reading it, I will be inclined to eat less meat!

>6 sturlington: I'll have to read more Denise Mina! I did read one of her books, Garnethill, several years ago. I liked it very much but for some reason, I've not gotten around to reading the sequels.

I'm most of the way through The Substitute by Nicole Lundrigan, about a substitute science teacher who finds one of his students hanging in his backyard. It's really a very dark read, as the author alternates between his perspective and that of the killer.

9LibraryCin
des. 20, 2017, 11:15pm

>8 mathgirl40: The author himself said at the start and end of the book that he was not a vegetarian at the time he wrote it, though he has apparently become one since.

10mathgirl40
des. 21, 2017, 7:08am

>9 LibraryCin: I can believe that!

11mathgirl40
des. 29, 2017, 7:52pm

I finished The Substitute by Nicole Lundrigan. The ending was a real surprise to me!

That's my last horror read of 2017. Hope to see all of you in the 2018 ScaredyKIT threads!

12LibraryCin
des. 30, 2017, 12:54am

>11 mathgirl40: You bet! I'll be there!