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Bluebird, Bluebird
Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
A powerful thriller about the explosive intersection of love, race, and justice from a writer and producer of the Emmy winning Fox TV show Empire. When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules - a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home. But when his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders-a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman-have stirred up a hornet's nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes - and save himself in the process - before Lark's long-simmering racial fault lines erupt. A rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas, BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD, is an exhilarating, timely novel about the collision of race and justice in America.
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rmaclean4
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This was the perfect book for a long drive. I dont read many mysteries and loved this tale of a black Texas Ranger. 3.5 🌟
#bookspin book of the month!

EvieBee I really liked this one, and that cliffhanger ending! 2mo
rmaclean4 @EvieBee makes me want to read the next book right away! 2mo
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JackOBotts
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My book club‘s October selection and my first Attica Locke title…definitely not my last.

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Gissy
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#Alphabetgame #letterB

Love this tagged book. But I have other lovely B books📚😍Bird Box; Boyfriend Material; The Bread the Devil Knead; Bone Witch; Bone Gap; Before the Coffee Gets Cold; Big Little Lies

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lele1432
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Recently finished the sequel and realized I never reviewed this after listening to it on a road trip last summer! This book got me hooked on Attica Locke. It‘s a story as old as time here in the south; two murders possibly related and potentially racially charged. The story that unfolds is full of twists and turns, including some very messy but convincing family ties and drama. Highly atmospheric mystery with great narration by JD Jackson!

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JHSiess
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·.·´¯`·.· 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 ·.·´¯`·.·

Have been anxious to read 𝐁𝐥𝐮𝐞𝐛𝐢𝐫𝐝, 𝐁𝐥𝐮𝐞𝐛𝐢𝐫𝐝 by 𝐀𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚 𝐋𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐞, so was delighted to receive a copy via Novel Suspects! I'm spending Saturday night reading book #50 of 2022. After carpal tunnel surgery on Mon., it's uncomfortable to use the computer keyboard so reviews will have to wait a bit.

𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘦𝘯𝘫𝘰𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘬𝘦𝘯𝘥?

Bookwomble Working my way through the tagged is a pleasure 🙂 5mo
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TheSpineView
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#Movie2BookRecs @Klou
Prompt: Joy Ride

Klou Interesting!! 6mo
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JHSiess
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📚≋B≋o≋o≋k≋m≋a≋i≋l≋📬

Thanks & appreciation to the programs listed for graciously providing copies of 3 books I plan to enjoy while on vacation:

📒𝐈𝐜𝐞 𝐎𝐮𝐭 by 𝘚𝘶𝘴𝘢𝘯 𝘚𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘻𝘢 (Book Sparks)

📗𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐈𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 by 𝘈𝘥𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘯 𝘔𝘤𝘒𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘺 (Novel Suspects)

📘𝐁𝐥𝐮𝐞𝐛𝐢𝐫𝐝, 𝐁𝐥𝐮𝐞𝐛𝐢𝐫𝐝 by 𝘈𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘢 𝘓𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘦 (Novel Suspects)

Do you have any trips planned this summer? Destination? What books will you be reading?

PaperbackPirate I am planning to read 2 books on my trip to Maui, tagged, and an independently published ocean horror short story collection. 6mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Wow this was fast and good!
Lots of interesting and often damaged characters with a mystery in the middle. Great for anyone who likes a cop drama or who-done-it. The writing is solid and storyline is realistic and pacing good.

Liatrek Loved this book and really looking forward to more in the series. 9mo
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Magpiegem
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My next two books are ticking some book challenges 😊 Bluebird, bluebird on Audio for #booked2022 repeating title and #toadtripUSA2022 Texas and Aberystwyth Mon Amore on Kindle for #Roll100 March.

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steph_phanie
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This was a great novel. I didn't think the mystery itself was the greatest, but the way it was packaged and the story it served was excellent.
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With his job in jeopardy, a black Texas Ranger investigates the deaths of a black man & a white woman in East Texas, where tensions are high. Are they connected? What, if any, role did race play in their deaths? What will our Ranger learn & reveal about himself & his state during the investigation?

Leftcoastzen I need to get to this one! Nice review! 10mo
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Andrew65
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1. Path of the Assassin by Brad Thor

2. The Crusader‘s Cross by Scott Mariani

3. The tagged book.

@rachelsbrittain #WeekendReads

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jen_hayes7
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Had today off and was able to squeeze another book in before getting back to reality. This was SO good. It took me way too long to pick it up, but I‘m glad To have finally read it. #huey #catsoflitsy

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canbku
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Really enjoyable, if enjoyable is the right word! I loved the characters, especially Geneva.I want a huge fan of Darren Matthews, bit I don't think he's a huge fan of himself, either. I enjoyed how thoughtful he was and how he walked himself through problems

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canbku
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Last summer book?

Scochrane26 Love this one & the sequel. 1y
Reggie I wish she would come out with a 3rd one already. I loved the first 2 books. 1y
canbku @Reggie good to know! Maybe it won't be my last book of the summer! 1y
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Kangaj1
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#bookspin #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks
Here are my stacks for August. 21-25 will be ebooks.

Megabooks Infinite Country was awesome! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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Kerrbearlib
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Today‘s #audiowalk included raspberries, sunshine, and this amazing #audiobook that I can‘t stop enjoying!

#audiobooks #audioexercise #walkersoflitsy #audiowalkers #raspberries #summer #cloudlibrary

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AlaMich
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I‘m visiting my dad in California and brought the tagged book for his partner. I got it out of a #LFL and passed it on to her; I‘m currently reading the sequel. Attica Locke has created a complex MC in Darren Mathews. I especially appreciate her depiction of his toxic relationship with his emotionally abusive mother, having some secondhand experience with this myself. #summerreading

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Chrissyreadit
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I began this book on audio in March, listening with my mom when we drive somewhere together. Just finished it today. I thought this was an excellent atmospheric mystery. The characters felt full and compelling. The story was hard at times, but I think true to life with the complexity of racism, small town and events that feel unreal but are all to real. Highly recommend the audio.

KathyWheeler I was always so afraid for Darren! I had to put it down several times because I was afraid something would happen to him. I did finish it though and thought it was excellent. I‘ll read the next one when I can face being afraid for Darren again. 2y
Chrissyreadit @KathyWheeler I agree- the only reason I was able to not feel that anxiety was because I know there‘s a sequel. I may not be able to read the sequel until I know there‘s a third book. 2y
KathyWheeler @Chrissyreadit I hadn‘t thought about that! Maybe that‘s why I‘m putting off reading the second one; I‘m waiting to see if there‘s a third. 2y
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Scochrane26 There will definitely be a 3rd book since there‘s questions at the end of 2nd left open. @KathyWheeler @Chrissyreadit (edited) 2y
KathyWheeler @Scochrane26 Good to know. This much anxiety for a character is relatively rare for me. 2y
Chrissyreadit @Scochrane26 that is great! Thank you! Now I can get the second one for a road trip at the end of June! 2y
Scochrane26 @chrissy @KathyWheeler I looked up info on a 3rd book and found an article that says she plans to write 2 more, but she‘s also a show runner so guess it could be awhile. 2y
AlaMich I thought this was a great book and I really need to get around to reading the sequel. 2y
Chrissyreadit @Scochrane26 @KathyWheeler I just read Attica Lockes Wikipedia- and it makes so much sense- when I was listening I completely thought it sounded like a movie. And I love her name and her sisters name! 2y
Chrissyreadit @AlaMich I‘m excited now to listen to the sequel. 2y
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SomedayAlmost
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Wallpaper repair people at the house while I listen. Cat not contrite about the damage she‘s caused to our (rented) apartment... #audiobooks #catlife

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NovelNancyM
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Tensions run high in this fast paced thriller with overtones and themes of racial issues set in East Texas.

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Eggbeater
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The mystery was intriguing and I loved the fallible protagonist. The story really captured me and I appreciated all the classic blues references. The book delved into good points about race issues. I thought it was incredible all around for the themes it touched on and how well it was written. It was my first Attica Locke book and I look forward to more.

Scochrane26 I loved the 2nd one, too. 2y
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Gissy
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Darren, a Texas Ranger, while doing his job will also fight with racism in that agency & State. It was so good. It was like watching an episode in front of my tv. Sometimes I found that past & present events were not well integrated and I got a little confused but never decrease my interest to continue reading it. Waiting for 2nd book because that end...you need to know... 3.75/3.8⭐️ #BookSpin @TheAromaOfBooks
Thanks @Chrissyreadit for this book

Gissy Book was part of birthday gift by @Chrisdyreadit

First book by this author and it will not be the last one🤗 Book read during Black History Month.
2y
AmyG I enjoyed this one. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
DieAReader 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Susanita
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I‘m not sure why I didn‘t finish this the first time I had it out from the library. Probably my usual too many books and not paying attention to due dates! Anyway, I‘m glad I finally did. Sad story, written well.

Texas in the blue (read) column. Green means TBR. Red means I‘m still looking for a book. Gold means I have my own copy of the book and will try to read those first. #50states #mysteries

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ATB
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Still thinking about this one. I think it‘s a pick! #joyousjanuary

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Smartypants
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Do you like the show Empire? Need a #blitsy book? Want to diversify the authors you read? This book is for you! Such an intriguing story and great characters from Texas! #mystery

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AmyG
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Today‘s attire and reading material.

Pageturner1 Georgia Bulldogs 👏👏👏👏 2y
mom2bugnbee This might not be the right time to tell you that I'm a UF alum. 😉 🧡🐊💙 2y
AmyG @mom2bugnbee Oh, I am a Michigan wolverine fan. I just wore this because of the Senate race in GA. As long as you‘re not a Buckeye...it‘s all good! 2y
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BiblioLitten One of my favourite books from last year!🥰 2y
mom2bugnbee @AmyG Haha! No love lost for OSU in this house! 😁 2y
AmyG @BiblioLitten I am enjoying it so far. As for you @mom2bugnbee 👊🏻 2y
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bookandbedandtea
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This was a (mostly) strong beginning to a new series & I've already ordered the next one. I say mostly because the story took a while to get going but once it did I was fully caught up in learning what was happening in Lark, Texas. One other caveat: Darren is dealing with so much, internally & externally, that the situation with his mother at the end seemed like one thing too many & nearly kept me from wanting to read the next one.

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Cinsarly
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Well written mystery about a black Texas Ranger investigating a hate çrime no one will call a hate çrime. The small town relations and the way the law operates differently depending on the identity of the victim was well depicted. That said, it was depressing. Definitely a good book club pick as it will give people something to talk about (and think about if they're white and living in a privilege bubble and unaware of institutional racism).

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BeaG
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Mehso-so

This started off slow for me and then halfway through it kept my interest.

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Jas16
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I expected more from this book after reading all of the raves, but after realizing this was not going to be a 5 star read for me I was able to settle in and enjoy it for what it was- a well written book with an amazing sense of place and a solid story. I enjoyed and very much plan to read the sequel it but I just wasn‘t blown away by it.

Soubhiville I agree with you. I mostly felt icky about the choices made by some of the characters. But I‘m about to read the second one, and I did call this one a pick. 2y
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AnneCecilie
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This book was just what I needed right now.

We meet Texas Ranger Darren Mathews as he‘s being questioned in a case he has gotten himself involved with that can threaten his job.

Once in the area, he gets a tip from a friend in the FBI about two murders, one African-American male and a white girl.

I‘ve already put myself on the hold for the second book.

squirrelbrain I‘ve just read the second book - it was even better than the first, IMO. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay! Love it when you hit a book at the exact right moment!! 2y
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AnneCecilie @squirrelbrain The second book is in its way. I can‘t wait to start reading 2y
AnneCecilie @TheAromaofBooks Especially after a couple of books that haven‘t been you cup of tea. 2y
Scochrane26 The 2nd book is really good, too. 2y
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eanderson
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Slow burn book that the author has an amazing way of pulling you in with her writing! Looking forward to the next in the series. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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eanderson
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Cuddling with my love pug after a nice family walk. Wanting to finish up this book today! Great lazy Sunday to do it. 🤗 #pugsoflitsy

Cathythoughts Perfect 👌🏻EnjoyX 2y
OriginalCyn620 Aww! So cute! 🐶❤️ 2y
tracey38 Sound like a great day! 2y
Leftcoastzen 🐶👏 2y
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eanderson
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Slow burn but I‘m liking it! Resting while the tyke sleeps.

mrp27 Loved this book! The writing really captivated me. 2y
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eanderson
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The baby is sleeping and I‘m finally getting around to this book. 😮 I have been a super moody reader the past few months so I‘m really happy it fits my mood!

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rsteve388
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This was a well done mystery, Darren Matthews is a Texas Ranger who gets involved in solving the case of a murder in Lark in Shelby County TX. This story is well.laid out, with lots of little pieces to keep you intrigued about how all the characters and prices of the puzzle fit together.

Looking forward to reading the second book in the series.

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rsteve388
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"Geneva sweet ran an orange extension cord past Mayva Greenwood, Beloved Wife and Mother, May She Rest with Her Heavenly Father.

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Mitch
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Online Bookclub and readings with the author - 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/article/book-club-bluebird-bluebird-by-a...

BiblioLitten I loved this book! 2y
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Abailliekaras
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Our latest episode of Books On The Go 🎧 is up - we discuss Bluebird, Bluebird - loved this one! 📚

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Abailliekaras
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I loved this! Great plot, well-paced, and I loved getting to know the characters and landscape of this are an town from the point of view of Darren, a black Ranger. He investigates two murders - the mystery keeps you guessing but it‘s more about the dynamics of the small town & Darren. Attica Locke deftly shows the racism he faces when trying to do his job. All the characters ring true. Strong writing with a sense of humour. Highly recommended.

swishandflick Such a great book! (Also, haven't seen that version of the cover before - love it!) 2y
Bklover Love the cover! 2y
Megabooks Love the cover too @Bklover !! 2y
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Reggie I loved this book. 2y
Abailliekaras @swishandflick can‘t wait for Heaven my Home. 💕 2y
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amywithbooks
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What a great, southern noir story. The setting was perfect and the descriptions of the landscape were so vivid. I loved the intertwining mysteries and the ties to the past. This story, while fiction, really highlights just how deep-rooted racism is in this country and how it destroys families and communities. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

ChasingOm I loved this one. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty 💚💚 2y
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amywithbooks
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Starting this tonight. I have heard a lot of great things about her books! Can't wait to dive in.

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wen4blu
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It‘s hot in the garden this afternoon, but not as hot as things are about to get for Texas Ranger Darren Mathews, I suspect.

#currentlyreading

TrishB Great photo 👍🏻 2y
ChasingOm I loved this book and this picture is beautiful! 2y
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Susanita
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I need to finish this before the library reopens!#repeataword #boundtogetherjune #50states #mystery

OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 3y
umbrellagirl We are pink. What does that mean? 3y
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Susanita @umbrellagirl I haven‘t found a mystery to read from the pink states. 3y
Susanita @umbrellagirl That looks interesting! Which pink state is the setting? 3y
umbrellagirl @Susanita it‘s Connecticut. It‘s set in Washington CT but they changed the name to Lincoln. 3y
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thelizflynn
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3.5 stars. This was a good book. Attica Locke is skillful at constructing setting, atmosphere, and those complicated, nuanced relationships that are so hard to capture in writing. #audiobook #litsyatoz

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Soubhiville
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Crime fiction rife with racial tension and complicated family dynamics, this book races along and kept me guessing. It was my first Attica Locke. Her main character Darren, a Texas Ranger, is living his own complicated story while trying to solve two murders in rural bayou Texas. I didn‘t always like his choices, but I rooted for him the whole way through.

This was my #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3y
Hooked_on_books I loved this one! The second one isn‘t quite as good, but still worth reading, IMO. I hope she continues this series—I think he‘s a great character. 3y
Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books I loved her writing style. Have you read any of her other books? 3y
Hooked_on_books I did, too. I‘ve just read this one and the next in this series, but I have 2 others that I haven‘t read yet. 3y
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Ang203l
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Nothing like a good mystery to keep you occupied while painting!