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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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CaitlinR
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This novel is about “... the ways race defined so much about Lark, Texas, especially in terms of love, unexpected, and the family ties it created.” (p. 289)

Darren Matthews, fighting suspension, returns to rural Texas and finds himself questioning his ongoing his role as a black Texas Ranger.

Great mystery, great twists. Texas becomes a character in the story. I‘m rushing out to grab Ms Locke‘s back list — the woman can really write!

Liatrek She is amazing! 2w
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Scochrane26
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Finished this one tonight. I learned some about race, & it was an interesting mystery, although I had a guess about the killer early one. What is up with detectives/police and substance abuse? I guess this trope goes back a long way, even Holmes abuses cocaine. The main character is a flawed man, & there are times when he‘s frustrating, but he‘s a realistic character. I read this for book club, but I think I‘ll continue the series.

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squirrelbrain
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#trueblue
#MOvember

A gift from the lovely @RachelO and one of my favourites this year....

Cinfhen 💙💙💙have you gotten to book 2??? 4w
GatheringBooks i have heard so many positive things about this book! 4w
Cathythoughts It‘s this book really good ? Would I recommend for Book club ( its my turn) or maybe The Dutch House 🤷🏼‍♀️ 4w
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RachelO So glad you enjoyed it. She writes such shoutable-at characters - “No, Darren- you really don‘t want to... Oh. You did.” 4w
TrishB I recommend the follow up too 👍🏻 4w
squirrelbrain Not yet @Cinfhen - I‘ve heard only good things though.... 4w
squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts - this would be good for a Book Club I think, a great story but also lots of ‘themes‘ to talk about. Do you agree @trishb @RachelO ? 4w
Cinfhen Ohhhh, possible bookclub suggestion!??? Awesome 4w
Scochrane26 I read this for my book club next week. Our librarian who leads the discussion chose it. 3w
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Viji
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A different kind of cop story. And with a writing style smooth as butter, I will definitely be reading Locke‘s other books.

Scochrane26 This is the book for my book club this month, so I‘ll be reading it soon. 1mo
Liatrek I‘ve read all Attica Lockes books and they are great! 1mo
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janeycanuck
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This was SO GOOD. I was hooked from page one and polished it off in no time. Loved the characters, particularly Geneva, and man, did Locke ever set the scene in Texas. You could feel the heat radiating off the book!

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Jen2
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Very good!!

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Mitch
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From the very first pages we get to feel the tension, taste the food and read the mannerisms of this thin slice of East Texas. Focused on a small community, the book is tightly bound and richly drawn with characters that are memorable and issues that feel heartbreakingly raw. I really enjoyed being taken there and experiencing a few days inside Geneve's lunch stop.

Cathythoughts Nice review! Sounds good - I‘m looking forward to starting this series soon 2mo
Mitch @Cathythoughts I really liked it. ✔️ 2mo
MicheleinPhilly You‘re so lucky the sequel is out. When I finished that book I was like “NOOOOO! How could you do this to me?????” 2mo
Mitch @MicheleinPhilly 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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grumpygirlbooks
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This is what I was considering for the book club! I have other choices lined up if anyone has already read it/doesn‘t want to read it though !!!

Lovesbooks87 Fine with me! 2mo
sweetpealsd Sounds good! 2mo
EH2018 Looks good to me too! 2mo
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Mitch
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Adjusting to being home from Texas by reading a book set in Texas! In chapter 1 the owner of a small roadside store stocks Dr Pepper syrup and BBQ sandwiches - it‘s like the holiday is not yet over! #escapingreality

Sace This sounds really good! 2mo
Mitch @Sace I‘m a couple of chapters in really liking it! 2mo
Prairiegirl_reading I enjoyed that one and there is a sequel out now too. 😄 2mo
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charl08 Great read - and I'm a fam of the second one too! 2mo
Mitch @Prairiegirl_reading 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2mo
Mitch @charl08 Good to know there‘s more! 2mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good 2mo
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Abby2
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Intense mystery with lots of tangled lies. I liked it a lot. I will read her next book Heaven my home right away.

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squirrelbrain
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I felt that this book was a fascinating, thrilling crime novel, but so much more than that too. I learnt a lot from it, about a level of ‘small-town‘ racial tension that I naively thought no longer existed today. It was also much more ‘literary‘ than a standard crime novel.

Loved it - thank you @RachelO 😘❤️

Also just realised I haven‘t yet read my #texas book for #readingUSA2019 - can‘t remember what I‘d earmarked but this has just usurped it!

RachelO I‘m so glad you liked it! I‘ve got the next in the series from NetGalley - if I ever get that far... 3mo
Librarybelle This is on my to read list! 3mo
BarbaraBB It sounds great. I have already read one for Texas but am reading a great one too now set in Texas: 3mo
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squirrelbrain I liked the way a new storyline started right at the end @RachelO .... I had a quick look on NetGalley but it‘s no longer available, I shall just have to wait a bit longer...! 3mo
TrishB I enjoyed this one too 👍🏻 3mo
Addison_Reads I live in East Texas, the area this book is set in, and sadly the racism shown in the book is still very true to this area. 😕 The author actually had family from this area and she captured the people and scenery very well. 3mo
Hooked_on_books Great book! I loved it, too. I haven‘t read it yet, but did you know there‘s a follow-up? 3mo
squirrelbrain @Addison_Reads - it felt redolent of a time decades ago, so sad that it is so very current 🙁 3mo
squirrelbrain @Hooked_on_books - it‘s just come out in the UK, a week or so ago... I‘ll wait until it drops in price a bit... 3mo
Cathythoughts Great review Helen , stacked! 2mo
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squirrelbrain
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Next out of the ‘selection jar‘.....and I‘m excited to read this one @RachelO !

I only just found the beautiful (matching - of course!) bookmark inside... ❤️😁

TrishB Good read and lovely bookmark ❤️ I do that quite a lot with Litsy book gifts- find a wonderful bookmark when I get round to reading it. 3mo
Megabooks That is a beautiful bookmark!! 3mo
RachelO Hope you enjoy it Hele! And thank you for your card 😘 3mo
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currerbelle
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Loved how the layers of this mystery (mysteries) kept slowly unwinding until, finally, the whole story was revealed. The story was complicated and painful and very human. All the characters were well drawn and the setting itself was a major presence. Can't wait to catch up with Darren Mathews in the next book in the series!

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DyAnne
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I‘m definitely an Attica Locke fan.

Howard_L I found the introduction enticing and was looking forward to enjoying the story but it seemed to stall out. I bailed early but there‘s always a chance that a review like yours will lead me back to it! 3mo
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kyraleseberg
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Whoa, this book took me by surprise! A fantastic crime novel that looks at racial tension in Texas and follows black Texas Ranger Darren Mathews as he investigates two murders in a small town. I was just as invested in the case as I was in Darren's personal life. This is the beginning of a powerful series and I'm happy to say the second book (Heaven, My Home - to be released 9/17) is just as powerful!

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squirrelbrain
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Thank you so much for these wonderful books @RachelO ! The tagged book is one that I‘ve been wanting to read for a while and I love that you say you were drawn to buy the Wharton for me when you saw it in the shop. You‘re so very right - I too would have been drawn to it had I seen it in a shop - I can‘t wait to read it!

And the card... ❤️🐿❤️🐿! Hope your conference goes well.... and the campervan does have a name - it‘s Tufty! 🤣

Cinfhen 💝💝💝 3mo
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DyAnne
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“She managed a wan smile, a reflexive expression of gratitude that women can muster even when they‘re in pain.”

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wallacereads
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I finally got around to reading this and it lives up to the reviews.

Leftcoastzen Cool , I‘m trying to get to it maybe next month?!😂 4mo
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Caroline2
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I was trying to get a photo of my blue bookshelf but of course Leo wanted in! 😆 #bluebooks #augustabc

Eggs Lovely 💙💙 4mo
marleed So sweet! 4mo
Susanita 💙 4mo
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Chelsea.Poole Oh my goodness, I have a Leo! He's 4 ☺️ 4mo
Caroline2 @Chelsea.Poole whey! My Leo is 5 (6 next month!) 👍🏻 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @Caroline2 awe, sweet! Is he "Leo" or is it short for something? My guy is just Leo, not short for anything. 4mo
Caroline2 @Chelsea.Poole my husband always says it‘s short of Leonitus but he is just Leo as in Tolstoy! 😉 4mo
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wallacereads
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Typical Saturday night.

Soubhiville Nice! 5mo
mreads Cute dress 5mo
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Kshakal
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Curiouser_and_curiouser Oh so bluetiful! 6mo
Nute Lovely! 6mo
marleed So beautiful! 6mo
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Liatrek
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Awesome! 💖📚💖 6mo
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TrishB
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Squeezed finishing this one into May 😁
Great read - will definitely try the next one in the series once it arrives!
#whodunnituk

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TrishB
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Yay, lunchtime read 🎉🎉 long time since the last one.
Starting the next #whodunnituk

Tanisha_A All the blue in this picture, lovely. 💙 6mo
jenniferw88 Loved this one! If you enjoy it, book 2 is out later this year! 6mo
TNbookworm Absolutely loved this book💙 6mo
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Cathythoughts It is indeed a long time sinse I saw you post your lunchtime read. !!! Enjoy 6mo
TrishB @Tanisha_A I‘m going to say that was on purpose.... 6mo
TrishB @jenniferw88 @TNbookworm enjoying it so far 👍🏻 6mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts too many lunch time meetings..... 6mo
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Liatrek
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Attica Locke is amazing. She is hands down one of my favorite authors. I‘ve lived in Dallas/ Forth area for over twenty years and I always learn something new about Texas from reading her books. This one centers around aTexas Ranger currently on suspension trying to solve a double homicide in a small East Texas town. I loved the layer of characters, backstories and it has a nice twist at the end. I‘m excited there is going to be a series😊

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Liatrek
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Love Attica books and have been looking forward to reading this one for awhile.

cbowlin1921 I love this cover, makes me think of a summer road trip!🚗 7mo
Samplergal I have this one ready to read this week camping. Can‘t wait. 7mo
Leftcoastzen On my mountain TBR. 7mo
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Tanisha_A Love the cover! 7mo
TNbookworm Loved this book! 7mo
charl08 Great read: waiting for the next one!! 7mo
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Lauren.Archer
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I understand this book was well loved, and wanted to give this a try. Unfortunately gritty detective novels have never been my thing and it appears to continues to be that way.

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SitsWithaBook
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I just started the tagged book for the May OPL challenge. @Birdsong28

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TrishB
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Thank you Christine for the next #whodunnituk and the extra goodies.
@ShookBelf yours will be in the way at the weekend - apologies I‘ve been so busy can‘t get near the PO!

Christine11 Glad it got there safely! Sorry it‘s late 💛 7mo
TrishB @Christine11 no worries! I haven‘t sent the last one in yet! 😘 7mo
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riversong153
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I loved this book! Listened on audio and the narrator nailed the southern voices...reminded me of my family from the south. The Texas Ranger was the perfect conflicted character that I like in a mystery. This wasn‘t exactly a cozy mystery but it wasn‘t heavy on the violence. I recommend if you like small town mysteries.

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KathyWheeler
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This book took me an insanely long time to finish — not because it wasn‘t good but because I kept putting it down because I was afraid something really bad was going to happen to Darren, a black Texas Ranger who is on suspension, has drinking problems, and has a rocky marriage. I also did not deal well with the frequent use of the n word. That said, I‘m looking forward to book two of this series.

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mreads
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3⭐ and more of a case that it's me not the book, it's rare mystery that I'm into, but some of the prose was overblown.

#readingwomenchallenge2019 A mystery or thriller written by a woman of color

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KathyWheeler
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1/ I‘m determined to finish Bluebird, Bluebird.
2/ it‘s my birthday weekend so we had planned on spending 3 days at the beach, but I‘m sick so those plans are now stay in bed and read or watch Midsomer Murders.
3/yes
4/ Anna
5/ Done

#friyayintro @howjessreads

TrishB Hope you‘re feeling better soon 👍🏻 8mo
wanderinglynn Happy early birthday! 🎉🎂🎶 But I hope you feel better soon. 💚 8mo
KathyWheeler Thank you both 8mo
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Reggie Happy Birthday!!! And hope you feel better!! 8mo
KathyWheeler @Reggie Thanks! 8mo
Erofan Happy belated birthday 🎉 8mo
KathyWheeler @Erofan Thanks! It‘s actually today, so not belated at all. 😊 8mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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tammysue I enjoyed it as well. Wonderful review! :) 8mo
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LoveToReadLiveToRead
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My latest #whodunituk book.
I enjoyed this book, especially the setting which was so well described. The plot made for a good story but it didn‘t quite grip me and there was something that bugged me about the very end of the book that I can‘t quite put my finger on.
Enjoyable but I don‘t think I‘ll pick up book 2.
On to @Christine11 with the usual apologies for being late. You must be sick of me! I‘ll try and be better this month! X

Caroline2 I felt the same about this book too. It had all the ingredients to be an awesome book but kinda just missed the mark some how?! 🤷‍♀️ 8mo
Christine11 No worries! I‘m so behind this month too! 😊 8mo
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MaggieCarr
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#ReadHarderChallenge by #BookRiot #Task3 Read a book by a woman and/or an AOC than won a literary award in 2018 led me to this book, not sure I would have read it otherwise. The protagonist, a black Texas Ranger, is deeply flawed in his own right and those flaws bleed into this case. Most of the storyline wrapped up except concerning his own family which I assume will continue in the second book in this series. [

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EKonrad
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Locke does an incredible job of transporting the reader to the Deep South - where racial division and violence run rampant. This novel follows the story of a Texas Ranger who becomes involved in a double homicide investigation. Anyone looking for a fast-paced thriller might find this boring, but readers who appreciate a fully-realized and inhabitable setting will enjoy Locke's work. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #NetGalley

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Sarahreadstoomuch
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It starts a little slow, building the Texas scene around you and then there‘s a flip of the switch and we‘re off on a fast paced murder mystery that I thought was wonderfully constructed. Racial tension and small town politics fuel the fire for this Texas Ranger who will go on in the next book of this new series, due this fall I believe.

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KathyWheeler
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My back hurts and it‘s fixin‘ to pour down rain, so I‘m picking this book up again with the intention to finish it today. I had put this down several weeks ago, and, instead of picking it back up, started reading something else instead.

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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt14 I‘ve heard great things about Attica Locke for awhile, this is my first book written by her & I‘m looking forward to it. East Texas at the edge of Highway 59 is the town of Lark where two murders, a black lawyer from Chicago & a local white woman, have stirred up tension & resentment. Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger who escaped East Texas as soon as he could, now has to go back & solve the crime before the town splits apart.

Liatrek She is one of my favorite Authors😊 I‘ve read all her other books and loved them. 8mo
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andrew61
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It's a while since i read black water rising so was pleased that i really enjoyed this highly praised story about a black texas ranger investigating a crime in a small community on the main highway which has racial hate crime written all over it. A really compelling read which had me guessing to the end. I will definitely be exploring more of the authors work. And as with my last post this image, cdn't find a bluebird so though a blue bird wd do.

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Laughterhp
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My latest library haul.

I‘ve been taking out 8 or 9 books at a time and then deciding I didn‘t want to read all of them. So I took only 3 out this time and I hope to read them all!

#bookhaul #librarybookhaul

MDragonfly Same. I checked out three yesterday & finished one in one day. 9mo
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cherise36
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Having a hard time putting this one down. And the Audible version is wonderfully read. Attica Locke has done it again.

RaimeyGallant I enjoyed this, too. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 8mo
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Leftcoastzen
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Yay for the Scottsdale Appaloosa Branch Library sale ! $9 for all!

Hooked_on_books Wowza! 😍 9mo
Suet624 Yayayayay 9mo
saresmoore Lovely! Thanks for sharing so I can live vicariously! 9mo
Freespirit Wow that's fantastic 9mo
merelybookish Nice work!! 9mo
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RachelO
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Two murders, a black man and a white woman, in a small town on the edge of the bayou in East Texas. Texas ranger Darren, who might be avoiding going home (🎶he‘s going back someday 🎶) investigates, whether he should or not.

I really enjoy Attica Locke‘s thrillers, and the audio versions are excellent!
#bluebayou #MarchIntoThe70s

jenniferw88 Book 2 comes out later this year - can't wait! 9mo
RachelO @jenniferw88 Thank you! I didn‘t know that - stacked in anticipation! 😊 9mo
Cinfhen Still wanting to read this one!! Thanks for putting it back on my radar 😊🙌🏻 9mo
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squirrelbrain Sounds great, stacked! 9mo
andrew61 Great choice, i picked it up from the library last week so plan to read it soon. 9mo
Lizpixie Stacking this too!👍 9mo
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jcalyn5
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This was a great mystery and a great social commentary on race in Texas. A black Texas Ranger testifies before a grand jury on behalf of a friend accused of killing an Aryan Brotherhood member, then investigates the murders of a black man and a white woman in a small East Texas town. It‘s a story about ethics and questioning your own assumptions.

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jcalyn5
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1) Singing; gardening (when I make the time and know what I‘m doing); I also play D&D with friends once a week
2) Fantasy, mystery, non-fiction
3) Two cats and a dog
4) TBR is accurate but not all unowned; I have a copy of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, but I haven‘t read it yet. It‘s a higher priority now that I‘m making progress on other unfinished books.
5) Pets?
6) I tagged my #currentlyreading book.
#litsylove @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

jenniferw88 I loved this book! 9mo
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jcalyn5
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Having trouble putting this one down for the night. #currentlyreading

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jcalyn5
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Starting my new #librarybook tonight. Should be fun to read a book set in my home state of #Texas.

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cocomass
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Today in book club we discussed Bluebird Bluebird, which was our most universally loved book since Born a Crime. Highly atmospheric and engaging mystery about crimes past and present. I‘m looking forward to following this series for years to come!

#blackhistorymonth #blitsy

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