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Celine
Celine: A novel | Peter Heller
From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars and The Painter, a luminous, masterful novel of suspense--the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past. Working out of her jewel box of an apartment at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, Celine has made a career of tracking down missing persons, and she has a better record at it than the FBI. But when a young woman, Gabriela, asks for her help, a world of mystery and sorrow opens up. Gabriela's father was a photographer who went missing on the border of Montana and Wyoming. He was assumed to have died from a grizzly mauling, but his body was never found. Now, as Celine and her partner head to Yellowstone National Park, investigating a trail gone cold, it becomes clear that they are being followed--that this is a case someone desperately wants to keep closed. Combining the exquisite plotting and gorgeous evocation of nature that have become his hallmark, with a wildly engrossing story of family, privilege, and childhood loss, Peter Heller gives us his finest work to date. From the Hardcover edition.
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Blueberry
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I love the author, Peter Heller but am having trouble with his newest book. It flips around narrators and their memories too much to follow easily.

BookNAround I really liked this one. Hope it improves for you. 4d
Blueberry @BookNAround I hope it does too. 4d
Blueberry @BookNAround I finished Celine. I did enjoy the book by the end but because of all the delving into the past I would give it a 4 out of 5. 3d
BookNAround I‘m so glad it improved for you! 3d
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Avidreader25
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Apparently in November I was in the mood for detective stories. In addition to these two favorites, I read a Kinsey Millhone book, my first Easy Rawlins mystery, Celine, and I started an Inspector Gamache novel. Four detectives in one month!

MicheleinPhilly I definitely have months like that. Some months I just stick with one detective and read almost nothing else. It‘s my version of comfort food. 2w
Avidreader25 @MicheleinPhilly That‘s exactly it for me! Detective stories are my comfort food. This month I just needed that. 2w
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jenniferajanes
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Celine is different from any mystery I have ever read. I would very much like to spend time with the MC and her husband. They are amazing people who love and respect each other deeply. They go on a meandering RV trip to solve this mystery and attempt to do what Celine always does - reunite families.

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Avidreader25
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I just discovered Heller this year with “The River”. When it‘s completely different, but still great. He has such a skill for writing about nature. We meet Celine, a private detective, who has a fascinating past. She‘s older and has a supportive wonderful husband, which is unique PI books. She particularly loves reuniting families in her work and this case is a doozy. A famous photographer goes missing in a national park & a bear attack is blamed.

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Lauren.Archer
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I will start by just saying WOW, I was out expecting what I just read. I remember this book coming out and I am so mad for skipping over it. I have to thank the Modern Mrs. Book Club for selecting this for the November pick or I might have never read this amazing book.

For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/11/07/celine-book-review/

DrexEdit I like your review. Intriguing! 1mo
Avanders That is a gorgeous cover too! 1mo
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jenniferajanes
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The #mmdbookclub November pick. #ModernMrsDarcy

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suvata
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ModernMrsDarcy.com #MMD pick for November 2019

Celine is a 65-ish, sophisticated, “Upper crust“ woman who is retired from a lifetime of covert government operations. Now, she finds missing persons as a hobby. She is quite a character and I love the interaction between Celine and her husband. This is only my second Peter Heller book and I enjoyed it immensely.

BookNAround I really liked this one too. 1mo
suvata @BookNAround I didn‘t love The River so much but this one was really good. 1mo
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suvata
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Coming up in November ...
#suvataPicks #NovemberTBR #Bookstagram

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Susan
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I really love Peter Heller‘s books. He has such beautiful descriptions of nature. He is still my fave. (There is also a little Biscuit action in the background)

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HeatherBookNerd
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An entertaining character driven mystery featuring a clever 68-year-old private investigator. Céline is intuitive, smart as a whip, skilled with firearms, and has a better track record than the CIA when it comes solving cases. A fun quick read.

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Aimeesue
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I enjoyed The Dog Stars and people are raving about The River, so I thought I'd give this one a go. Celine is a feisty old PI from the upper crust.
"The cases she took were for the Lost Causes, the ones who could never afford a PI. They were never about leverage or retribution or even justice, and they were often performed pro bono."

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emilyhaldi
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Heller‘s prose had serious potential but the never ending storylines and rambling tangents all seem to have #nothingincommon with one another or the major plot line. Add in a disastrously constructed mystery, a female MC very poorly written by a man, and some far-fetched situations (an old lady with emphysema scaring off a drunk, rowdy biker gang 🙄), and you have yourself this failure of a novel.
#septemberdanes

Leftcoastzen Sounds like a train wreck. 1y
mrsh62010 Haha 1y
JamieArc I‘ve seen other reviews similar to yours. So disappointing (that it‘s bad). This book really piqued my interest but after seeing so many negative reviews, no time to give it a shot. 1y
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Billypar But on the plus side....such an entertaining Litsy review 😃 1y
BarbaraBB Great review. Clearly I won‘t read it 😉 1y
Cinfhen This book sounds terrible, I think Steph liked it?!?!! I know your mom gave it a Pan too!!! 1y
Kalalalatja Yeah, I‘m taking a hard pass on this! 1y
Susannah I'm sorry it was so disappointing. I read his book, The Painter, a couple of years ago in which every woman was ga-ga about the male MC. I cannot imagine what Heller would do with a female MC. Just ... no. 😖 (edited) 1y
Mdargusch I definitely panned it @Cinfhen since I skimmed 1/3 of it. Perfect for this prompt! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1y
Reviewsbylola I definitely didn‘t hate it (I think I gave it three stars) but now I‘m starting to think maybe I went too easy on it. 😂 @Cinfhen 1y
Cinfhen It's ok @Reviewsbylola YOU are just an extremely GENEROUS person 😘but honestly this book sounds TERRIBLE @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi 1y
Mdargusch I kind of wish you would read it @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @Kalalalatja so you can join us on the #hatetrain 1y
BarbaraBB @Mdargusch Haha, I know that feeling but I still think I‘ll pass 😉😘 1y
Cinfhen I'm already #OnBoard the #HateTrain @Mdargusch I'm trusting you & @emilyhaldi 1y
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Reviewsbylola
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Celine is a 60 something PI who was inspired to be a PI after suffering a familial loss as a teenager. She had some Lillian Boxfish vibes going on—spunky, classy, and stylish. She is investigating a situation where a man was presumed dead by a bear attack decades ago. Is he really dead or did he abandon his daughter?

The mystery is not the only focus of the novel. There is a lot of meandering. #holeinyoursoul #abbainaugust

Cinfhen Your mom HATED this book!!! I actually unstacked it because of @Mdargusch review 🤣🤣🤣 1y
Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi hated it too. They both gave it two stars. 🙈 I didn‘t even want to read it because I figured it was horrible. My low expectations actually helped in this case. It wasn‘t my favorite book and it came close to being a so-so. I actually really enjoyed all the background stories on Celine though, especially those from her childhood. @Cinfhen 1y
Cinfhen Litsy needs to change their rating system because when I see PICK im thinking 4 or 5 stars @Reviewsbylola ~ I‘m gonna keep it as unstacked 😝there are PLENTY of other books I‘d rather read 1y
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emilyhaldi OMG this was a PICK for you?! I try not to “yuck your yum” but you have some real explaining to do for this one 😂 1y
Reviewsbylola Haha, it was almost a so-so. I gave it 3.5 stars. I can see why you guys disliked it but I thought the writing was well done and I loved Celeste as a character. The actual mystery aspect was a bit half baked for me. @emilyhaldi 1y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen I‘m with you! I tried making my own system with 1-2 stars being a pan, 3 stars a so-so, and 4-5 stars a pick, but then I find myself giving 3 star books picks, because I really enjoyed it, but it wasn‘t the greatest book ever. I can‘t even stick to my own rules 😝 1y
Cinfhen Soooo true @Kalalalatja we Littens need to put our brain power together and devise a new rating system!!! Because this one ain‘t working so well. I thought LT was going to implement some upgrades but I haven‘t noticed ANYTHING other than some LT logo stickers 🙄🤨 1y
Reviewsbylola Yeah I‘m like that too! @Kalalalatja a five star rating isn‘t wide enough for me, so don‘t even get me started on Litsy‘s rating system. 🤣😂 1y
Kalalalatja I actually quite liked the no-star rating system in the beginning, because stars have their own issues (seriously Goodreads, when can we have half stars!!!!), but now I‘m needing some more nuance @Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola 1y
Mdargusch Meandering is putting it mildly. 👎🏼 1y
Mdargusch Keep it unstacked @Cinfhen - like you said, there are plenty of other books to read. I not only have a #holeinmysoul but I think some of my brain cells died. 1y
Cinfhen While I 💚 Steph, I‘m not really a big fan of her book picks 🤭😉🙄so I‘m following your advice @Mdargusch and skipping this book❣️❣️❣️ 1y
Reviewsbylola I don‘t think it‘s a book I would recommend. Especially not for you @Cinfhen 😂 1y
Cinfhen Thanks 😘 1y
Meredith3 I really need to be reading this but I‘m on Litsy instead 🙀 1y
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Mdargusch
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Well, I can honestly say, this author and his writing style are not for me. And I‘m guessing @Cinfhen , #knowingmeknowingyou, you would not be a fan either? There was so much superfluous verbosity, that I skimmed half the book and I only finished it because it was a book club choice. The mystery part was halfway interesting but the rest - ugh. #abbainaugust

emilyhaldi Ugh, totally agree. And it was SO obvious that the book was written by a man.. who writes a female protagonist like that?! I was hate-reading by the end of it 😒 1y
Mdargusch Good way to put it @emilyhaldi 1y
Meredith3 @emilyhaldi hate reading 😹😹😹 you guys have me wanting to bail! Love that llama planter though! 💜 1y
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Cinfhen Ha!!! I‘m sure you‘re right and if I stacked this book previously I‘m unstacking it🤪 1y
Cinfhen I have unstacked!!! Thanks 😘 1y
Mdargusch Haha! 😘 @Cinfhen 1y
Reviewsbylola Hahaha I‘ve never seen someone unstack a book after a review! 😂 (edited) 1y
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emilyhaldi
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Who doesn't love an unexpected Sunday Amazon book delivery 🤗 Starting this one tonight for our next book club!

Ps. I've always wanted to own this book bc the color would look great on my bookshelves 😍 so I'm happy to have an excuse to buy it!!

2BR02B Have you read The Dog Stars? I hear it's quite bleak, but good. 1y
callielafleur Dog Stars is excellent! I have The Painter on my TBR still, as well as this one. 1y
emilyhaldi @2BR02B @callielafleur I have been trying to stay away from post apocalyptic books ever since I OD'd on them last year 😅but maybe someday I'll try that one!! 1y
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Reviewsbylola Lolol I‘m laughing but I‘ve totally bought books based on their covers so I can‘t judge. 1y
emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola imagine how you would feel if your shelves were color-coordinated!!! 1y
Kalalalatja Buying a book because of color/cover is a completely legitimate reason for book buying @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi 😄👏😄👏 1y
Kayla.Adriena I just picked this book up at a library sale! 😀 1y
BookNAround I just read this this summer. I liked it a lot. 1y
Mdargusch The color of the book is about the only thing I‘m loving about it right now. 1y
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WolfReader
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Elegant, spare story of a 60ish private investigator who tracks down a young woman‘s long thought dead father. But is he? #booksandtea #reading #peterheller #privateinvestigator #weekendread

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Lcsmcat
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A nice palate cleanser after a more difficult read. I enjoyed revisiting Yellowstone and other parts West, although Heller took some liberties there. I do have to agree with other readers that sometimes the exposition made me feel like this was part of a series I had missed. But it‘s the kind of book you finish in two days and then get on with your life, so it didn‘t bother me that much.

KateFulfordAuthor If you like good character development, a smart plot and a sassy narrative, may I recommend my debut to you? See the link for reviews and more. 2y
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Lcsmcat
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“You will never ever be truly happy if you wear those shorts,” she sai. “You are telling your manhood that you wish he were an internal organ.” 😂

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Lcsmcat
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Dinner and a new book to start. What better way to start the weekend. 😀

JoScho Perfect ❤️ 2y
SledgeReader Loved this one! 2y
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MEGR
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I LOVED The Dog Stars ✨ by Peter Heller, so when I came across this book in the library I RAN to the checkout desk🏃🏻‍♀️..I have NO idea what this book is about, but I already 💗it!

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BookNAround
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Picked this one up for this evening‘s couch session with Gatsby. #schnauzersoflitsy

Beckys_Books I'm copying you with the evening couch session! 2y
Melissa_J Awwwww 🐶 2y
Jess7 🤗 2y
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Tamra
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There were parts that felt overwritten. I loved the references to some favorite places in WY & MT. 🏔🏕🎣

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Sarahreadstoomuch
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This made me chuckle.

Maria514626 That is one marvelous blurb! 2y
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BeckyMerilatt
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Mehso-so

Really liked parts of this book, and got really frustrated with other parts. The pacing is slow going especially for a mystery PI novel. Loved all the characters though.

Had to take a ridiculous picture to make up for the so-so rating. It‘s nice that my kids were such good sports.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Adorable 💙💙 2y
Mommamanzi Omg my heart. THE CUTENESS!!! 2y
Alfoster So sweet!😍 2y
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BeckyMerilatt
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Up next. 50 pages in and already loving it. The writing is so beautiful. Even the dialogue - almost distractingly so - like, why don‘t I know people who speak this eloquently? 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Bexicans
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Listening to this one. (Thank you library!)
I love the design of cover of this book!

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BeckyMerilatt
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Kind of desperately want to read this. I even found a used copy, but we‘re on a serious budget. Thank god for libraries.

Tamra Serious book lust for this one too. 2y
Mitch Gorgeous cover! 2y
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Bookletting
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Another surprise favorite read for 2017. Completely different from THE DOG STARS, this literary P.I. story within a story is just as wonderfully written and has great characters. Plus, the suspense of various mssing people throughout her life is fascinating & creates interesting tension while reading.

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Ncostell
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I had mixed feelings about this book, the first I've read by this author. It is the story of a blue-blooded private investigator and her husband who specialize in reuniting separated families. They head out to Yellowstone to look into the disappearance of a young woman's father and adventure ensues. I enjoyed his evocative nature writing and the main character's backstory but felt that it was all over the place at times.

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Rosewinter
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Mehso-so

I would totally give a 🤘 for the PI portion of the story. Love their investigative process, her 'granny' toughness, as well as her 'movie star' image. I'm sure you can sense the but...there was just too much other. I totally get why the back story is included, wish that was covered as a novella or...tried reading and couldn't so listened to the audio book. It was beautifully read. If there was a 3/4 thumbs up icon that's what I would be voting.

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Hooked_on_books
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While I enjoyed certain storylines here, I found the book splintered into too many threads which were difficult to follow. I would have liked to see more editing. Especially after The Dog Stars, which is so spare and I loved, this didn't quite work for me.

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kamikazepilot42
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Good afternoon.

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OhNoMersault
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Is there protagonist impossibly infallible? Yeah. Does that make the story less enjoyable? Naw. A quick little mystery set in our first national park with quirky characters and love letters to literature.

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mdbstar12
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I had high hopes in this book, which is I think what frustrated me so much. Each deviation from the plot and overwritten addition disappointed me more than your average "bad book." If this didn't present itself as a PI-investigatory-suspense novel there would still be too much exposition, but at least it wouldn't be so uneven. Unfortunately it was and the plot payoff wasn't worth the suffering.

mdbstar12 To be honest this is probably so-so but I was just so irritated and life's too short to read bad books. 2y
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I want to like this book because the plot seems interesting but OMG this writing is getting to me! Clunky, uneven and with so much exposition that I had to double check it wasn't trying to catch me up on a missed prequel. Not a sentence goes by without a long winded explanation for why someone acts the way they do. I'm 1/3 of the way through, so I don't want to bail, but can anyone who's read this convince me it's worth the struggle?

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Ashley_Morgan
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Following the green theme. We recently starting growing herbs and they have done beautifully! We need bigger pots. But, the plethora of herbs means fresh mojitos on Thursday nights while I'm reading about a fabulous PI.

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sylvia_read
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Jackson Hole was pleasant. Nothing more. Celine pointed out that an entire town bent on leisure and fun was very tiring.

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Matilda
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Damn you battery I don't want to stop listening!

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karenna
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If you enjoy strong, quirky female protagonists, then consider adding "Celine" to your stack. The book does include a mystery for Celine to solve, but the real joy is spending time in her company. I also enjoyed many of the secondary characters and the descriptions of the scenery near Yellowstone Park.

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OhNoMersault
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The blue-blood humor in this novel is to die for.

Zelma That is a great joke. 😆 2y
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OhNoMersault
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What NOT to do on my upcoming trip to Wyoming.

Leniverse 😂🤣😂 2y
Reggie Lolol 2y
KellyK 🤣🤣❤️ 2y
Zelma Heh, I need to read this book just because of that passage. 😆 2y
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MamaGina
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Definitely want to read more from Peter Heller - loving Celine🤓

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Kimmie
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Thoroughly enjoyed this read. What a great character Celine. I could read about more of her investigations. Well paced. Kept me turning the pages

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Well-ReadNeck
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#junetunz #goldenyears

Celine is spending her golden years doing what she always does, by solving cases as a private investigator. Of course, she moves a little slower than she used to and she needs to have oxygen available for emergencies. Heller's writing is sooooooo good and he makes Celine a full and nuanced character who just happens to be older than most protagonists, but she's amazing.

Tamra I really want to read this one! 3y
Cinfhen I only tried one novel by him and it didn't click for me, but I'm willing to try again 3y
Shvonne He is now on my auto read list. 3y
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MamaGina
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Suzze
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I have so many podcasts that I haven't listened to, because they include interviews with authors about books I own but haven't read yet. So I'm going to try and read all of these this summer so I can clear my podcast queue. What should I start with?

tapgurl I've heard good things about Marlena!! 3y
emilyhaldi Oh my gosh so many good ones! Marlena is great and a quick read, Pachinko is lovely and will stay with you for a long time, and I LOVED Fates & Furies- but that's a polarizing one, so curious to see what you think! 3y
JacqMac That's a hard choice. I haven't read them all, but Pachinko gets my vote. 3y
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leslieisreading Pachinko! It looks big and intimidating but I was so absorbed in it I finished it in about four days despite its size. It's so beautiful and engrossing. Also informative about a part of the world and history that I didn't know much about. 3y
britt_brooke My vote is for Salvage the Bones. It's beautifully written, but a tough read, so might need to be in the right mindset (if you're like me). 3y
TheWordJar So many good ones. But The Sun is Also a Star is quick and filled with feels. Might be a good kickoff to the summer reading. 3y
merelybookish @emilyhaldi I hated Fates and Furies and was going to say anything but that! 😛 3y
emilyhaldi Lol @merelybookish 😂 I was the only one out of my bookclub who enjoyed it so 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
Suzze @merelybookish Definitely won't be my first pick, it seems to be one of those live it or hate it books. 3y
minkyb That is s lot of good books! 3y
christineandbooks I really liked The Mothers... and I was not a fan of Fates and Furies... 3y
Hooked_on_books Pachinko! It's amazing. 😍 3y
Alena I'm one of the lonely few who didn't love The Girls, but The Mothers was really good. Also great, but deeply dark, Salvage the Bones. 3y
Nonaroo I loved The Mothers and I also enjoyed The Girls. 3y
Eggs Hooked on Nicola Yoon 3y
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Kimmie
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Just started. And I love it

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HedgeWhitney
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I HATE that I bailed on this one. I loved Celine as a character; she reminds me of one of my professors (who is in her mid-60s, has a Bachelor's in History, a Master's in Anthropology, and a Law degree. She also has tattoos, cusses in class, and wears kick-ass dangly earrings).

There was just too much stuff about Celine's life. This made the book drag. I was more interested in the mystery itself. 😕

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JennaAZ
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The writing in this book was gorgeous, but the plot seemed a little thin. The author seemed to hint at deeper, darker things than what actually happened. I liked the characters, although Celine and her husband communicate almost telepathically, too the point where the reader feels a bit left in the dark. A relatively quick, interesting read overall. 3.5 stars.

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HedgeWhitney
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On to the next!