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1st To Die notes; Chapters 24 to 30

cover for 1st To Die

Chapter 24

Maybe Lindsay had a feeling but her old partner goes ahead and calls it

“… Maybe we’ll just have to wait and take a shot at couple number two.”

They discuss any progress Warren Jacobi might have made with following up on the jacket and the wine but also have a brief pause where the partners edge around being reassigned. It’s a little terse but gets the point over that Warren doesn’t mince words or like the idea of not being Lindsay’s main partner on the case. I also get the feeling it’s more to do with their camaraderie than Warren looking for a promotion.
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The Gates notes; chapters 25 to 27

The Gates

Chapter 25; In Which Bishop Bernard the Bad Makes His Presence Felt, and the Dead Rise from Their Graves, but Only the Nasty Ones

For the first time since his dad had left, Samuel was starting to feel that, if necessary, he could look after both his mother and himself

I’m glad for Samuel, but I suppose circumstances have left him with little choice and really, his mom would be wise to understand that she has a better man in her life – Samuel, who is coping extremely well given the circumstances. It’s all hands on deck with bug spray and cricket bats at the ready!

As for Reverend Ussher and Mr. Berkeley, sounds like the vicar and verger have got their hands full and it isn’t going to go away fast.
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Once Bitten Twice Shy notes; chapter 26

Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Chapter 26
The final battle is not a poetic thing but a chaotic mess. As it should be. If it had been anything else, I think I would have been disappointed with the author.
There are little pockets of fighting happening all over the room, everyone trying to gain the upper hand while the Tor evolves within the maelstrom. Whatever it was that Jaz did with the sword must have triggered some event that allowed the demon to manifest itself. Jaz would not have been aware of this, only Cassandra might have given some clue but she was otherwise occupied with her own struggles. Worse, the Tor-al-Degan has begun to manifest and it’s not a pretty sight. The procedure reminds me a caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a butterfly but the demon is no pretty fluttery-winged creature. Continue reading