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A Perilous Undertaking
A Perilous Undertaking | Deanna Raybourn
Veronica Speedwell returns in a brand new adventure from Deanna Raybourn, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries... London, 1887. Victorian adventuress and butterfly hunter Veronica Speedwell receives an invitation to visit the Curiosity Club, a ladies-only establishment for daring and intrepid women. There she meets the mysterious Lady Sundridge, who begs her to take on an impossible tasksaving society art patron Miles Ramsforth from execution. Accused of the brutal murder of his artist mistress Artemisia, Ramsforth will face the hangmans noose in a weeks time if Veronica cannot find the real killer. But Lady Sundridge is not all that she seems, and unmasking her true identity is only the first of the many secrets Veronica must uncover. Together with her natural historian colleague Stoker, Veronica races against time to find the true murderera ruthless villain who not only took Artemisias life in cold blood but is happy to see Ramsforth hang for the crime. From a Bohemian artists colony to a royal palace to a subterranean grotto with a decadent history, the investigation proves to be a very perilous undertaking indeed....
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CaitlinR
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This, the second of the Veronica Speedwell stories, was great fun.

Stoker and Veronica are tasked by the Princess Louise to save a man who has been convicted of murder. Secrets, as always, compound the task. In the process we spend time with the patrons and creators of the 19th C art scene, enter and investigate the Elysian Grotto (rated R+), repeatedly right an upended tortoise, and meet Lady Wellie. And their relationship grows stronger.

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raeintheworld
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I liked this book even more than the first one. I guessed the killer pretty early but the relationship building between Stoker and Veronica is so lovely.

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Julsmarshall
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Delightful! I loved spending time with Veronica and Stoker again! Can‘t wait to tackle the third one!

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Julsmarshall
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A cool (finally), quiet Saturday morning. #currentread

Myhusbandhatesreading LOVE that cover! ❤️💜 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️❤️ 2mo
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eri.reads
A Perilous Undertaking | Deanna Raybourn
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush
Day 2

Have you been tagged yet? If not join in by posting 7 covers that you love over 7 days with no explanations. 🌺

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HOTPock3tt
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#7covers7days #covercrush Day 1
Thanks for the tag! @sprainedbrain
Tagging @Ddzmini

sprainedbrain What a lovely cover! 😍 3mo
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain Thanks! 🤗 3mo
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mamawray
A Perilous Undertaking | Deanna Raybourn
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I absolutely love these books! Veronica and Stoker have such an incredible chemistry that is touching in moments and laugh out loud in others! Quickly becoming one of my favorites!

As a caution, Veronica, the main character, is very in touch with her sexuality which comes up often throughout the book. There are not explicit acts described, but much of the book revolves around this topic. Just to know as you decide whether it's the book for you!

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EmilyM
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Absolutely loved this one! ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

CaitlinR Was the reader good? I have been reading the series, but have a friend who can no longer manage print. 2mo
EmilyM @CaitlinR I thought the reader was good! 2mo
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Johanna414
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These books are just so much fun. I love Veronica and Stoker so much!
I liked this even better than the first book, so I‘m really looking forward to the rest of the series.

ladym30 Love this series!❤️ 5mo
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ladym30
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Next in this series!😍

SauerPatch I remember looking into these books briefly and then for some reason (so-so reviews?) I discarded them. Do you like them? :) 5mo
ladym30 @SauerPatch I love them. They make me laugh out loud. 5mo
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Johanna414
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There‘s a nice breeze today, so we‘re doing nap time under the maple tree. This may or may not be my excuse to avoid doing anything productive while she sleeps...

Reviewsbylola I always use the time when my kids are sleeping to do what I want to do! Me time is important. ♥️ 5mo
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Sharanya
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I loved Veronica & Stoker even more in the witty 2nd installment in this mystery series! The dialogue danced & the chemistry sizzled. I really enjoyed delving into the 19th century European art world too, which made for an engaging, if a teeny bit predictable, whodunnit. This seems like one of those series where each book gets better than the last — so I‘m excited to see where we go next! ★★★★☆.

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Sharanya
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#currentlyreading | only 15% in and I‘ve already laughed so hard my stomach almost cramped 😂♥️

CaitZ This is an excellent series. You'll laugh all the way through 5mo
Sharanya @CaitZ yes!! The best kinds of books are the ones that make me laugh 😁 5mo
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Johanna414
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Last day of work (aside from a meeting tomorrow) and I am just waiting out the clock until 3pm. Then I‘m celebrating with a couple friends by heading to Buffalo for a concert!

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FantasyChick
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It's the kind of day that needs my last Dragon's Blood Skull Bomb.
Friday can't come fast enough!
#BookandBathBomb

Crewgurl Love this series!!! 5mo
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Chrissyreadit
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Total comfort read. Some days are just crushing with life and although I have several reading obligations I just needed a Dr Pepper, bowl of popcorn and this book. And lots of hugs from my teens. This was a perfect read to distract and feel better. Luckily today is a new day. And why yes, I did get the next book just in case.

Bklover I hope that life lightens up on your shoulders today. Hope it‘s a relaxing day for you!🌸🌼 6mo
heikemarie Sorry to hear things were not the best. The cover on this book is great - looks like a good distracting read. 6mo
Chrissyreadit @Bklover @heikemarie thanks. We shall see. Sometimes wish I had the resources to outsource life requirements and retire. Sometimes I think life is just fine....mama said there‘d be days like this. And if there weren‘t the music industry would die. (edited) 6mo
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marleed Smart woman - your mama! And now that song is in my head! 6mo
rretzler Great picks - Dr Pepper (Diet Cherry) and popcorn is my favorite snack! And a fun read, as well. Hope things pick up for you. 6mo
cobwebmoth Hugs to you, my friend.❤ 6mo
mabell I‘m am so sorry for this rough time! Getting lost in a literary world is a good medicine ❤️ 6mo
Chrissyreadit @mabell @cobwebmoth thanks! It is already a far better day. 6mo
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Eggbeater
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The second book in the series is even better than the first one with its grottoes, and glass blown toys, sheep's eyeballs, and corpses mixed with tongue-in-cheek Victorian sensibilities. Deanna Raybourn used the first Veronica Speedwell book to warm up and she's really coming into her own. These books make me happy and cheerful. Stoker and Veronica are my current favorite literary "not-couple" so far.

Eggbeater @Trashcanman Hi George! 😊 How are things? 7mo
Trashcanman Well, so so. How about you? How are you doing? Things are just here and I don't think will ever change 7mo
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Eggbeater @Trashcanman I'm hanging in there. This is not an easy time in my life. But as long as we're both still moving air, there is always hope. 7mo
Trashcanman @Eggbeater Well thank God it doesn't take any brain cells to breath or I'd be dead. I hope things get better soon. I'm here for you too you know. It's not all one-sided and shit. Well I hope you know that. 7mo
Eggbeater @Trashcanman I do know and I appreciate the support. 💕 It helps and it means a lot. 7mo
Trashcanman @Eggbeater I hope you do. I mean it. A lot of people say things like this but I absolutely mean it. 7mo
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Sharpeipup
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“Men, I had often observed, were never happier than when they believed they were imparting wisdom.”

I think it‘s true of most people...😂
#quotes

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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TRASH👏FOR👏THIS👏SERIES👏

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Gonna just attempt to cram another book in tonight...sleep is stupid and overrated anyway

Crazeedi I need your cart beside my bed😁 8mo
SassenachTheBookWizard @Crazeedi from Michael's girl! Apparently there were versions at Target, Walmart and Ikea too now 8mo
Crazeedi @SassenachTheBookWizard and I have Michael gift cards, they are a couple years old but I think still good, I'm GOING!!!!😁 8mo
Moony I wantes to finishe a book last night but I fall assleep after 20 minutes.... I can't read in my bed or when I'm lying. 😪 8mo
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TorieStorieS
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The second Installment of the Veronica Speedwell series is maybe even more entertaining than the first! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook! Veronica and Stoker May not be #RomeoAndJuliet by the romantic tension in their relationship gets even more heated here! More character development with Stoker and Veronica both- can‘t wait to start listening to the third one!! #MarchIntoThe70s #AudioColoring

Seekingtardis BEAUTIFUL!!!!! 8mo
TorieStorieS @Seekingtardis Thanks so very much!! ☺️☺️☺️ 8mo
Lynnsoprano I‘ve just started the fourth book, only a few pages in, but it‘s already fun. I love the banter between Veronica and Stoker. 8mo
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TorieStorieS @Lynnsoprano Yay!! I do too!! I‘m having fun binging on this series!! 😊 8mo
gradcat Is that the book‘s cover? It‘s really gorgeous! 8mo
TorieStorieS @gradcat No- but thank you! It‘s a postcard that I audio-colored! ☺️☺️☺️ 8mo
gradcat Omigosh! It‘s really beautiful! Brilliant you! ❤️ 8mo
TorieStorieS @gradcat 🤗🤗🤗 Thank you!!! 🤗🤗🤗 8mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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On to book 2! So excited to have the author at the bookstore this weekend!

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Jocelyn73c
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I love this series so much! My fiance has been gone for a week on a business trip and won't be back for another week and I woke up with a bad cold this morning 🤧...this was the comfort read (and comfort kitty 🐈) I needed!

Theaelizabet Love this series! Have you read her Lady Julia series! 9mo
Jocelyn73c @Theaelizabet Not yet but I do actually have the first one checked out from my library and am very excited to start it... hopefully soon lol I really enjoy her writing!! 9mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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THE BANTER! I CANT HANDLE HOW MUCH I LOVE STOKER AND SPEEDWELL'S BANTER!

jpmcwisemorgan I love this series! 12mo
SassenachTheBookWizard @jpmcwisemorgan I'm like at my limit of amazing banter and sexual tension! Lol I can't wait for book 4! 12mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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I picked up this cute as hell trolly cart from Michael's to keep my monthly TBR organized! Now onto Veronica Speedwell #2!

MallenNC I want one of those trolley carts so badly! Maybe that will be a 2019 purchase for me. I liked that book too. (edited) 12mo
Cailey_Mac I just got a white one from Target; I LOVE the tbr cart idea so much! It‘ll help me focus on what I really want to read next 12mo
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brennahawleycraig
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The second book in a historical murder mystery series I‘m really loving! I love the banter between the main character, Veronica, who is quite the abnormal woman for the Victorian era, and her companion Stoker. Admittedly, the huge number of Agatha Christies I‘ve read taught me how to guess whodunit, but I did not enjoy it any less for that! Onto the third!

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Pamwurtzler
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📚Tagged- this Victorian series is so much fun to read.
👩🏼‍💼Louise Penny - I‘m ready for the next book!
📺 Parenthood
🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕
#manicmonday

JoScho 🍕❤️ 13mo
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beaconhillbooks
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Pretty sure all of Raybourn‘s books will be Picks from me.

Mommamanzi I LOVE her writing! 7mo
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theladygreer
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Had a great time on a panel with Deanna Raybourn at the George Mason University #FallFortheBook festival, discussing Historical Female Detectives. Both of us advocated strongly for more diverse & inclusive historical fiction -- so many stories out there that our high school history textbooks neglected! Failed to get a picture of us together, but at least I got one of our books.

robinb ❤️Veronica Speedwell (and Lady Julia Grey)! 14mo
theladygreer I haven't read her Lady Julia series but I ADORE Veronica Speedwell. (And apparently she's based on a real Victorian adventuress by the last name of Fountain!) 14mo
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kspenmoll
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#audio #VictorianAge #mystery
Easy listening while cleaning the kitchen, driving, walking.

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writerlibrarian
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Mehso-so

3.5 ⭐️
This hit a low point in the middle and I had to kick myself into getting passed that, well, somewhat dull pace. The last 4 chapters saved it. But too much telling in this one. Way too much telling. Veronica and Stoker are good, strong characters I enjoy but this "investigation" and the somewhat rabbit out of the hat reveal left me meh.

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writerlibrarian
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🐧 are back... Sidney Crosby first pre season game... almost done with the Raybourn... still haven't figured out the culprit. It's a great afternoon for hockey...#readingandwatchinghockey

writerlibrarian Pens are on the board already 1-0 Pens on PP. Matt “Dad” Cullen might get a 🥅 with his wrap around that wasn't counted. Game is on hold now by the refs not the teams. 2-0 Pens. PK for 🐧 . Pens are up 2-0 after one period. Period 2 opens on PK for the 🐧. Sid in the 📦 and he deserves it. So far, Sprong is a dud on Crosby's line. Sid to Tanger and puck hits the back of the net. 3-0. Blind pass from Sid to Tanger to new guy and... goal. 4-0 (edited) 1y
writerlibrarian 🐧 on PP. After, Pens played like novice and Jackets are now on the board. 4-1. Third period is on. Cullen's line makes it 5-1. 🐧 go to the 📦 5-2 . 🐧 back in the 📦 ☹️. Jackets add a goal. 5-3. Fourth line scores 6-3. Dad's line scores again. 7-3 (edited) 1y
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writerlibrarian
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Hockey is back.... Matthews in Ottawa... should be fun... #readingandwatchinghockey

writerlibrarian Puck drop in Ottawa. No score in the first but Matthews from Marleau opens the score in the second, 1-0 🍁 (edited) 1y
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writerlibrarian
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Hockey is back... kinda.. it's Kraft's Hockeyville's game. Leafs vs Sens. Pre season rosters but Tavares' first game as a Leaf so it's televised from an ice rink of 1200 people.
#readingandwatchinghockey finally.

writerlibrarian Puck drop in a few minutes. 🏒😍 Sens open the score at 21s. Leafs on PP ...Tavares scores. 1 all. And.... 2-1 Leafs with a really nice pass in front of the Sens' net. Leafs back on PP to almost end the period. Leafs end the period in the 📦 Still 2-1 Leafs after 2. Tavares' second goal makes it 3-1. 4-1 Leafs Marner on a Tavares' assist. (edited) 1y
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DebbieGrillo
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I finally finished this, and I typically don't read sequels. I loved the first book so much that I decided to give this a shot. It took me weeks to finish because I kept putting it down and wasn't motivated to pick it back up. I started back to work after 14 months off, hence my hesitation. I've been so busy planning for my classes that pleasure reading took a backseat. I enjoyed this and have already put the 3rd in the series in my Amazon cart.

TracyReadsBooks You‘re in for a treat. I think the third is the best of the series so far! 1y
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writerlibrarian
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September is a hard month, reading wise. Slammed by work, a few 1000 books being published during the fall and 1000 of $ to spend for the library. My life is hard 🤣. I offer my read so far books word-cloud in fall colours. Still reading Raybourn, still good.

https://www.wordclouds.com/

#litsyfun

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kspenmoll
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#TheOdyssey #historicalmystery #audiobook #mentor
I must confess I never realized the term mentor came from The Odyssey. The goddess Athena disguised herself as the wise old Mentor at times, when she guided Both Odysseus & Telemachus, his son.

RaimeyGallant Wow! Neither did I. 1y
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writerlibrarian
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Fall weather is slowly coming. Pens season tickets were delivered today. Hockey is almost here!!!!!
Got my Frederik Andersen Funko.
Raybourn's book is very good.

October is almost here....
#IsitOctoberyet

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writerlibrarian
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Grey holiday Monday with the random rain storms. Lunch using my new pasta bowl. #eatingandreading

Bookcation74 LOVE the pasta bowl!! 1y
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writerlibrarian
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Fall weather isn't here but I can kinda make believe it is with really wonderful fall smells. This is my first 🍎 compote of the season. I use Jamaican cinnamon and it smells... wonderful right now. Reading and 🥘 .

Lynnsoprano And a great book to go with it😍 1y
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DebbieGrillo
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1. Market, Costco, work for a few hours to be ready for the onslaught, meal prep, laundry and hopefully some quality time on the deck with my book.
2. Tagged
3. Sushi
4. As a kid I swam competitively.
5. Will do!

#friYAYintro @jesshowbooks

CouronneDhiver Sushi - yes, I totally agree. I‘ve tried lots and don‘t like any of it 1y
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writerlibrarian
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Last week-end of summer, while I wait for hockey to come back... I'm reading Veronica Speedwell's second adventure. Which is keeping me interested. #summerreading #isitoctoberyet

TK-421 😍 Love the t-shirts & Funko Pop figures! 1y
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DebbieGrillo
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As you can see, I'm struggling to engage with this one. But, I love this line, I think I'll use it when I'm older.

"It is the greatest advantage of getting old, you know. I can say precisely what I like and everyone excuses it because I knew Moses from his bulrush days."

Erinreadsthebooks That's a great line 😂😂😂 1y
bg_reads GREAT line! But you're not looking the book overall? 1y
DebbieGrillo I think I'm not in the mood for it. It's good. The last one I read was YA and sometimes I struggle to make the switch. @cbwaug 1y
bg_reads @DebbieGrillo oh, I totally get it! 1y
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DebbieGrillo
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🎬 ET
🍟 Sweet potato fries
🎵 George Ezra, The Avett Brothers, Michael Franti, The Lumineers
📖 tagged

#friYAYintro @jesshowbooks

Bkwrm7 A Perilous Undertaking has been on my radar for awhile; I've been debating moving it up the TBR pile. Looking forward to seeing if you think it's good! 1y
readingrockets ET is still a favorite movie of mine! 👽 1y
LeeRHarry Yay ET! Snap 😊 1y
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DebbieGrillo
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1. Walking with mama.
2. Made an extra $500 working for the Dept. of Ed. for a couple of days.
3. 🧀🍧🥛🐄
4. 👌🐢🧗‍♀️🔍🔓⚁
5. Never

#HumpDayPost @MinDea

Cathythoughts Gorgeous picture ❤️ 1y
SamanthaMarie Such a great photo!! And always amazing to earn some extra cash. 1y
kspenmoll Wonderful photo! 1y
tammysue Lovely! ❤️ 1y
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DebbieGrillo
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This came in the mail on Thursday. I'm not much for sequels, but I've just started, so we shall see. That Veronica Speedwell does understand the male of the species. "...in my experience, gentlemen are champion sulkers so long as one doesn't call the behavior by that name." #bookmail

JoRead "Champion sulkers" ?? 1y
HOTPock3tt I liked this one ☺️ but liked the third one “a treacherous curse” even better!! ❤️ 1y
zzz Book mail is the best kind of mail👍 1y
TracyReadsBooks I have to agree with @HOTPock3tt, the first two books are good but the third is great! Definitely my favorite so far. 1y
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Texreader
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I finished this audiobook while starting to build a puzzle that is a picture of my daughter when she was little. Another terrific book in this series. On to number three, A Treacherous Curse.

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MallenNC
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I accidentally read this before the first book in the series but that didn't really hinder my enjoyment of it. I love this genre of women detectives (amateur or otherwise) in historical times. This one sagged a little in the middle but otherwise kept my interest. I'll definitely read the rest of the series.