A Study in Charlotte". I tore through "Last of August" and was...underwhelmed. It just seemed overly complicated and the romantic but not really together relationship between Charlotte and James seemed forced and silly. Sexual tension is fun and all, but now it's to the point where it's just slightly torturous to read. The book starts out with James visiting Charlotte's family home over the holidays. Her mother is ill and her beloved uncle Leander has disappeared. Charlotte's brother Milo seems unconcerned about Leander's strange disappearance, but he agrees to help Charlotte and James try to find him. They travel to Berlin because Leander was working undercover trying to bring down an art forgery ring. James is convinced Charlotte's ex-tutor, August Moriarty, is double-crossing them somehow, he just can't prove it. As usual, Charlotte is ten steps ahead of everyone else. It was fun switching to her POV towards the end of the book, and Cavallaro does that really well, but otherwise I was disappointed. I hope the third one is better.
Agent of Chaos", I read Dana Scully's story, "Devil's Advocate". I didn't like it nearly as much as "Agent of Chaos", although I liked Maberry's writing style better than Garcia's. It just seemed so unbelievable to me. I can totally buy the FBI having surveillance on a young Mulder, after all, Bill Mulder worked for the State Department and his biological father was the Cigarette Smoking Man. Fox was probably on their radar since the day he was born. But Dana Scully? Why? Why would they have an eye on her? It just seemed like a stretch. Also, Dana seems to have psychic abilities, she's having visions. Later she decides it was because she was on a hallucinogenic drug without knowing, but still. I don't know, the whole thing rubbed me the wrong way.
When I found out there were two YA books coming out, one about Fox Mulder and one about Dana Scully, you know I had to grab them. Of course I read the Fox Mulder one first because duh :)
Seventeen year old Fox is living in D.C. with the man he believes to be his father, Bill Mulder (season six, "Two Fathers" and "One Son"), following his parents' separation. A couple of kids are kidnapped, and one turns up dead, his corpse displayed in a ritualistic manner. Fox is still reeling from his sister's kidnapping several years earlier and he's determined to save the life of at least one little girl, since he couldn't save Samantha. With the help of his best friends, Phoebe and Gimble, they discover the man responsible for the child abductions. His name is Earl Roy Propps. Fox and his friends have to make a visit to the FBI to give statements, and Fox meets John Douglas of the Behavioral Sciences Unit (it wasn't the BAU until later), who encourages young Fox to go to Oxford and study psychology. I really loved how she drew in Phoebe, Fox's girlfriend from college (remember that first season episode "Fire" where Dana caught the two of them embracing? Priceless), and John Douglas, the real life agent who helped create the BSU. And of course as soon as they said Earl Roy's last name was Propps I went wait, as in Monty Propps? The serial killer who Mulder helped catch early on in his career that catapulted him to super stardom in the Bureau before he discovered the X-Files and became known as Spooky (season one "Pilot")? That Propps? Turns out Earl is his younger brother. It was a fun, quick read. I do feel like Garcia didn't really nail teenaged Mulder as well as she could have, but it was still fun.