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CaitlinR

CaitlinR

Joined January 2018

Retired Librarian (from University of Iowa), Michigan grad., Friend of Bill W, "Whatever's not full makes noise. Whatever is full is silent"
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There is a horrible level of brutality here, but the author can really write and the pace is mesmerizing. Edward Ness, a regional marshal, is asked by a small town Iowan Sheriff to assist in finding a killer. We know that Rigby Seller is the murderer: his life and descent into madness is meticulously detailed. Ness drags his own demons through the story. We can see the final horror coming but still feel the grief. Not for the faint of heart.

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The House of Rust: A Novel | Khadija Abdalla Bajaber
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This is a staggering, challenging, beautiful book and one of the best I‘ve read in a long time. Seeking to rescue her father, Aisha risks the sea with little skill and no knowledge of the dangers. Guided by a cat, she faces three monsters. On her return she must choose the life others want for her, or to seek the promised House of Rust.

“Her destiny stretched before her. And eager, and afraid, and whole of heart, she went to meet it.”

CaitlinR Photo of the author from Graywolf Press. 1d
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Killers of a Certain Age | Deanna Raybourn
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“We only kill people who are specifically targeted by the Museum for extermination and we don‘t freelance, ever … we have standards.” (p. 25). Billie, Mary Alice, Helen & Natalie are contract assassins working for an organization that targets evildoers. They‘re scheduled to retire, but someone at the Museum has put out a kill order on them. To stop the power play, they need to go back into action. Bad-assed women over 60, what‘s not to like?

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Girl, Forgotten | Karin Slaughter
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Slaughter crafts baddies you love to hate. They have no redeeming qualities, but are written with enough depth to keep your interest. Although I hate “girl” titles, I enjoyed this thriller. New US Marshal Andrea Oliver has been assigned to protect a judge in Longbill Beach. The location suits: she really wants to investigate the 1980‘s murder of a teenager that may be linked to Andrea‘s psychopathic father. Told in alternating time lines.

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I found this beautifully designed book troubling. The story, highlighting the evil that men do when faced with “the other” is not an original one, but the author introduces new bits. What troubled me is that we are left with a simplistic and horrible choice: to be a victim, or the victimizer. I like to think that life‘s offers many divergent paths and that we can turn away from violence, toward hope. The illustrated plates are magnificent.

CaitlinR Image is a plate from the book showing the creature, Creek. 1w
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Captive | Iris Johansen
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Jane MacGuire, Seth Caleb, Earl John MacDuff, a hunky guy named Rodland, MI6 operatives and MacDuff‘s Royal Marines all battle the dastardly crime lord Bohdan. Escapes through the Scottish Highlands, attacks in the manor house, a historical love story, a hidden treasure, a train-based escape, and Jane has a big secret! Eve and Joe are only off stage. In short, Johansen on steroids. Made me yearn for the earlier, slower novels but it‘s a hoot.

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No Plan B | Lee Child, Andrew Child
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I‘ve enjoyed the Jack Reacher stories and I believe Andrew Child has breathed new life into the characters.That‘s a good thing, because the plot lines had gotten pretty predictable. In this novel, after witnessing a murder, Reacher tackles the baddies that run an unbelievably corrupt private prison who use talented inmates is a myriad of get rich schemes, farming the untalented ones out for … well you‘ll have to read the book.

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Across The Sand | Hugh Howey
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I grabbed this 2nd in a series off the Library‘s new book shelf on a whim. That meant that I played catch-up as a got acquainted with world Howey built. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Conner, Rob, Palmer and Violet are sand divers, pulling up treasures from the dead cities below. Violet is a gifted diver who knows the secrets of the sand. Rob can design and use technology no one has seen before. Together they all have a chance to wage peace.

CaitlinR Photo of the author by Amber Lyda from wired.com 4w
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In the first half of this interesting novel Hamdy maintains a stranglehold on the story, and it suffers. It felt like he wanted a platform for overwrought images like: “The trees rose like crooked fingers if a god, making patterns in the sunlight” (p. 44) As the story progressed, he let go, and it soared into something much more interesting. Elliot has lost both his mom and dad. Ben Elmo‘s becomes his guardian with a secret that offers redemption.

CaitlinR Photo of the author from bookabookshop.co.uk 4w
Ruthiella I‘m generally no fan of intricate metaphors or similes either. 4w
CaitlinR @Ruthiella Definitely needed a ruthless editor 🤓 4w
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Death in Door County | Annelise Ryan
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You‘ll enjoy this read even if you‘re not a midwesterner. If you are, particularly if you know the north, it will be pure pleasure. Our protagonist, Morgan Carter is a skeptical cryptozoologist (the best kind) She‘s been asked by the Police Chief of Washington Island to investigate two unexplained drowning deaths. The bodies show crushing injuries from what could be a large Nessie-like sea creature, but the truth is even weirder, and man made.

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Small Angels | Lauren Owen
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I don‘t generally enjoy stories where characters embrace their role as victim. However, Owen gives us a fairly well written, spooky tale and the plot kept me reading even when I wanted to throw the book across the room. The
Gonne family made a pact with a ghostly entity to serve him with rituals in exchange for the relative success of their winery. Lucia, fully believing herself evil, becomes his friend. Redemption is too little too late.

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Bend of Light | Joy Jordan-Lake
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“Well that was fun” I said as I finished this entertaining mystery. Jordan-Lake gives us an interesting story, charming war torn characters, an accurate historical setting, and enough twists to keep us guessing. Set in 1950 on the coast of Maine, photo interpreter Amie Stilwell has returned to her hometown. The remarkable 6 year old Chester has been abandoned, but finds love. Together they strive to protect those they love from evil doers.

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Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea | Maggie Tokuda-Hall
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Although I generally enjoyed this novel, the title signals one of its flaws: mermaids and the sea are major components of this story, but witches put in a tangential appearance, one that lends little to the story. Florian/Flora and her brother are taken on a members of the pirate crew of the Dove who traffic in people and in mermaids (for their blood) Lady Evelyn has been sold to a husband she‘s never met. Their lives become the stuff of legend.

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Daisy Darker | Alice Feeney
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This is a first class mystery; an homage to Dame Christie‘s “And Then There Were None” which is actually mentioned in the text. Daisy Darker‘s family have gathered for Nana‘s birthday. Old family movies begin to appear on video, and as they watch them, the murders begin. The story becomes overwrought toward the end, and the final twist is far too fantastic, but Feeny writes well, and there‘s no question that Daisy‘s family deserve their fate.

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Winter Counts: A Novel | David Heska Wanbli Weiden
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Virgil Wounded Horse and his nephew Nathan live on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Virgil makes his living as an enforcer, hired to right wrongs that neither the police nor the Feds choose to investigate. Drugs are increasingly a problem, and Nathan gets caught up in that madness, offered a deal if he participates in a sting. A good debut. Interesting characters. It gets a bit muddy toward the end, but I hope we see another Virgil story.

CaitlinR Image: Winter Count, Battiste Good (Sicangu Lakota) from the Sioux Indian Museum. 1mo
Bookzombie Great review! I hope we get another Virgil story too. 1mo
jlhammar I hope we get another one too! Love that image! 1mo
CaitlinR @Bookzombie @jlhammar Thanks, you two! 1mo
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Book of Night Women | Marlon James
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I love the voices of Marlon James‘ characters: the language that he offers is a true gift. The man is a master story teller. Having read the Dark Star books, I‘m working through his back list. In this painful and powerful novel we are presented with the story of Lilith, a slave on a Jamaican sugar plantation. Set in the 18th century, James shows us the horrors of bondage, and that the thirst for revenge is corruptive, yet in some sense freeing.

CaitlinR Photo of the author by Cameron Wittig. 1mo
charl08 I really like his podcast. 1mo
jlhammar Great book! My favorite Marlon James novel. 1mo
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Ruthiella @charl08 I love his podcast! He is SO funny! I wish he and Jake would record more often. 1mo
CaitlinR @charl08 @Ruthiella I‘m embarrassed to say I haven‘t heard the podcast … but I‘ll be sure to listen. Thanks! 1mo
Ruthiella @CaitlinR You wouldn‘t think a guy who writes such brutal scenes and characters could be so humorous, but he is. 😆 1mo
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Nettle & Bone | T. Kingfisher
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I thoroughly enjoyed the first third of this book. It was dark, and full of magic, the blistered lands had promise and the bone dog (named Bonedog) was wonderful. Then the blistered lands disappeared, and except for the appearance of the dust-wife and her demonic chicken, it devolved into a combination road trip/romance that wasn‘t as much fun. Marta, as a main character is kind of witless which is a shame. Flashes of good story so I kept going.

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Dirt Creek: A Novel | Hayley Scrivenor
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It seems as though the “alternating voice” technique is all the rage among mystery writers. In the hands of a less skilled author, the story suffers. This is NOT the case in this excellent debut novel. The author maintains a mesmerizing narrative arc throughout. A twelve year old girl has disappeared in a small town. Detective Sarah Michaels rushes to find her, or her killer. Some compare this to Jane Harper. I think Haley Scrivenor is better!

CaitlinR Photo of the author by “Life is Productions” from us.Macmillan.com 2mo
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The House of Fortune | Jessie Burton
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Good story telling here. Not as powerful as the Miniaturist, but as sequels go, it does what it set out to do. Thea Brandt, Otto and Marin‘s daughter, has just turned 18. Her Aunt Thea Johannes‘ widow) seeks her security through (a loveless) marriage, but she‘s intimately involved with, and considers herself betrothed to a man who turns out to be a wastrel. Her escape from everything serves to save her family, revealing long held secrets.

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The Book Eaters | Sunyi Dean
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This is a wild ride, but a great read! Devon grows up as a member of the Family , a clan of human-like folk who survive by eating books. Women are in short supply and, although they grow up like princesses, they are sold into marriage contracts to produce children. Devon‘s 2nd child is a mutant mind-eater who must consume brains and memories two survive. She refuses to give him up to a horrible fate, challenging, and changing the Family forever.

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The Book Eaters | Sunyi Dean
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“These days, Devon only bought three things from the shops: books, booze, and Sensitive Care skin cream.”

#greatread

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Book of Gothel | Mary McMyne
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A creative retelling of the Rapunzel story. I enjoyed the myth building, the magic, and the celebration of so many strong women; there‘s no trapped Princess waiting for rescue here! Set in the 12th century, when Christian beliefs and older powers coexist. Heroine Haelewise hears the voice of The Mother, but knows the ways of The Father. SHE battles the evil Prince, rescues Rapunzel, and accepts the mantle of the old powers. Couldn‘t put it down.

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Gone for Good | Joanna Schaffhausen
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First book in a new series introducing Detective Annalisa Vega I enjoyed the read, but I‘ll reserve judgement about this new lead character until another book is available. She didn‘t seem fully fleshed out here, defined more through interactions with others than as an individual. The plot: after a hiatus of 20 years, a serial killer has apparently returned. A woman has been killed with the same horrible MO, and now he‘s stalking Detective Vega.

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What a staggering novel! In alternating voices and stories, Hokeah gifts us with the lives of the Geimaussadles: part Native American (Kiowa, Cherokee) part Mexican, set largely in Oklahoma. The author speaks of the struggle to hold on to family and identity. To use their heritage to survive in a world that subjects them to humiliation and brutality. There is despair here, but also hope. “… and then I ask, tla, I beg, I say, “Forgive me,””

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A great procedural featuring Inspector Alan Banks. Newly promoted, he is investigating #MeToo cold case charges involving years of sexual abuse by Danny Caxton. Caxton was a star in the ‘60s and 70s and held on to fame into his old age years; a truly evil man. At the same time, Inspector Annie Cabbot is investigating the gang rape and subsequent murder of a young girl. Good plot, great suspense. I love Peter Robinson!

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The Family Plot | Cherie Priest
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I love a good ghost story, and this one checked all the boxes. Big house with a dark past, check. Initial uncertainty that what they‘re seeing is really there, check. Bodies buried nearby, check. Cataclysmic storms, check. Escalating danger, check. Add in good character development, and a tight plot, and we have a winner! A team of four are sent to salvage the treasures from Withrow House, but the house, and it‘s ghosts, don‘t want them there.

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The Big Dark Sky | Dean Koontz
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Humanity is threatened with extinction ... not a surprise for Koontz readers. It takes around 300 pages for the the actual threat to be revealed although evil doers pop up along the way. It felt a bit like King‘s “The Stand” without the character development and satisfying plot. The title is indicative of the problem: a minor plot line struggling to be more. Not one of his best, but like popcorn, you just keep putting your hand in the bag.

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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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It is so great to read a book that‘s gotten a lot of buzz and find that it is thoroughly enjoyable. The dialogue is full of humor without being cloying. The central characters, living in an upscale retirement village, are older (as am I) but whip smart, with great back stories. They gather to discuss cold murder cases. Bit of a trope, but it works here. When someone kills the smarmy owner they investigate. Good twists, fun plot, great read.

CaitlinR Photo of the author from the guardian.com (edited) 3mo
DisneyFan Stacked based on this great review! 3mo
CaitlinR @DisneyFan Thanks, I hope you‘ll enjoy it as much as I did! 3mo
CarolynM I love Richard Osman and his books are good too💖 3mo
CaitlinR @CarolynM 💜💜 3mo
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Chrysalis: A Thriller | Lincoln Child
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The great thing about Child is that the science, even at its most fantastic and weird, drags us from skepticism and doubt to acceptance and therein lies the magic. Chrysalis is a company that is about to rollout new optical technology that interfaces directly with the human cortex, and will revolutionize online commerce. Then they receive a threat that 1,000 early adopters will die! Our hero: Jeremy Logan, an enigmalogist. The ending is pure fun!

CaitlinR Drawing of a Peacock Butterfly chrysalis from fineartamerica.com 3mo
ReadingOver50 He is a great author. This is on my TBR 😃 3mo
CaitlinR @ReadingOver50 I agree. I think you‘ll like this one! 3mo
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The Dark Flood | Deon Meyer
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Set in South Africa this police procedural started out slow, for me, but it‘s the first of the Griessel and Cupido books I‘ve read (this is the 7th). Corruption abounds: crooked cops, unethical real estate transactions, and black hat hackers. Then someone kidnaps a student, and a creepy billionaire “disappears” There‘s almost too much going on, but once I got the rhythm, I couldn‘t put it down. The Afrikaans scattered throughout enhanced the story

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Child Zero | Chris Holm
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Dystopian thrill ride set is a world where antibiotic resistant disease has been unleashed through a terrorist act. Written by an author who comes by his scientific knowledge through graduate study in biochemistry. The premise is terrifying, the plot tight, his characters are well drawn and facing untenable choices. It‘s taken over two years for me to be able to read in this genre; even now it strikes close to the bone. A good read nonetheless.

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The Mike Bowditch novels are pure fun to read and this one, set largely on a Island bird sanctuary, is no exception. Mike has reunited with his girlfriend, Stacey Stevens, and they‘re on a kayak vacation visiting an island where Stacey studied Puffins. Someone has been threatening the staff, and there are lots of suspects from lobstermen to stalking photographers. Then a horrible tragedy strikes. Great Maine vistas, and the usual tight plot.

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Dawnhounds | Sascha Stronach
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Hainak is a port that survived the (barely defined) revolution and embraced the biotechnology that followed in its wake. Constable Jyn Yat-Hak‘s “delicate sensibilities” have come to the attention of her bosses. Sentenced to the night shift she finds the rotten core threatening her city. There‘s a quest, gods, pain, lost/found loves. There are truths and wonders in this fascinating novel. Beautifully written. Highly recommended. Pirates too!

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I read and loved every book written by Tony Hillerman. I‘ve also read all of Anne‘s which continue and built on her father‘s characters. This one, unfortunately, has a phoned-in quality and falls flat. Chee and Manuelito are pursuing different crimes in different locations. Chee has gone to Antelope Canyon and discovers a murder. Bernie goes undercover in what should be a hemp farm, but is actually a drug operation. Hopefully awaiting her next.

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I have to admit that I skimmed through parts of this novel. I found it slow and fairly pedantic. I enjoyed her Rose Code, so I was disappointed. Quinn presents us with the embellished, but largely true story of Mila Pavlichenko, the Soviet sniper known as Lady Death. The romantic bits were a bit superfluous. I enjoyed her encounters with Eleanor Roosevelt, and the threats to Franklin lent a welcome, albeit fabricated thrill. All in all not great.

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Death in the East | Abir Mukherjee
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This is a great addition to the Wyndham and Banerjee series. Sam Wyndham has gone to an ashram in Assam for treatment of his opium addiction. While there he discovers that an old nemesis is still alive. The story plays out in alternating chapters, some set in 1905 London and the others in 1922 India. We learn more about Sam‘s past and, thank heavens, Banerjee becomes less a caricature, and more real man. I wonder what favor he‘ll call in from Sam?

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Been there, done that, got the tee shirt. Mean spirited colleagues, backstabbing administrators, rich donors with too much power. Throw in sexual innuendos not essential to the plot, and I bailed after the requisite 50 pages. I loved being a Librarian, but this story brought back all the bad days. Some will love this, but not me!

kspenmoll I bailed from this too! 4mo
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The Hacienda | Isabel Caas
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The pace of this wonderful gothic novel increases as the evil coalesces. Set shortly after the end of the Mexican War of Independence, Cañas shows us the dangers of attempting to hold on to power without considering the cost to one‘s soul. Beatriz has married Don Rodolfo Solórzano to escape the poverty and to make a home for her mother. The ghosts that are trapped Hacienda San Isidro don‘t want her there. Can the witch/priest Andrés save her?

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This first in a new series by Pandian, framed around a locked room mystery, has a bit more heft than many cozies. We meet Tempest Raj after she flees Las Vegas for home following the spectacular failure of her latest magic show; a failure that may be related to the family curse, “the eldest dies by magic.” A pretty good tale, but there are almost
too many story arcs as the author struggles to introduce the new series. Sometimes less is more.

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The Whispered Word | Ellery Adams
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I love the Secret, Book, and Scone Society books. I could call them a guilty pleasure, but books should never provoke guilt! In this, a scared and bruised girl, calling herself Abilene, appears in Nora‘s bookstore. Seeking to help her leads the Society members into a mystery that reveals her abuse and the search for a valuable pocket watch. Not surprisingly, there‘s murder and mayhem, but as this is a “cozy” it‘s all OK in the end.

peanutnine I love this series! 4mo
DebinHawaii Such a great cozy series! 💛💛💛 4mo
CaitlinR @peanutnine Me too! 4mo
CaitlinR @DebinHawaii I know, right?!? 4mo
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Book of Night | Holly Black
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If you‘ve read Holly Black, you won‘t be surprised that this is one is a heck of a story. The sex and violence are more explicit, which I guess is the reason it‘s called her “adult debut.” Charlie Hall, the “Charlatan”, made her living running cons and stealing magical artifacts. She‘s trying to be legit, but her past won‘t let he go. The shadow magic is fascinating, and Vince‘s identity is a great twist. I‘ve enjoyed her earlier books more.

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Phillips‘s novel questions the difference between truth and belief. Set in the last days of Elizabeth I reign, all the master spies are jockeying for position. The biggest prize is proof of Scotland‘s James VI religious allegiance. A Muslim doctor, betrayed by his embassy and left in England, becomes a pawn in the game. Alternative truths and betrayals abound. Plodding pace, but an interesting story and the historical details are rich.

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Last Call at the Nightingale | Katharine Schellman
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A great story that I recommend highly. Set in 1924 New York, after four years of Prohibition, speakeasies and other underground nightclubs are thriving. Vivian Kelly loves to dance, her club of choice: The Nightingale, run by the enigmatic (and alluring) Honor Huxley. Then Vivian finds a dead body, and her life, and the lives of everyone she cares about are changed. Great period details, wonderful characters; you can hear the jazz as you read!

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Cosmology of Monsters | Shaun Hamill
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Stephen King nails it is his blurb for this wonderful book when he writes: “Horror works only when we care for the people involved, and because we care for the Turners, their nightmare becomes ours.”

Read it for the Lovecraft references, read it it you like great horror, or if you agree with King about the foundation great scary story. Trust me, it won‘t give you nightmares, but it will make you treasure your family a bit more.

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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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“We are all stardust and stories” writes the author in this beautiful novel. You need to let the tales unspool in the way most meaningful to you, so … no synopsis. For me, I learned that power comes from throwing the star in the fire. In the final analysis we need to write our own story because Fate and Time are too involved in each other to craft our story arcs, and “endings are what give stories meaning.” I loved this book, maybe you will too.

CaitlinR The author from erinmorgenstern.com, photo by Adam Scott. 4mo
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Dead of Winter | Stephen Mack Jones
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Jones‘ latest has the pacing of a speeding bullet, and the tone of a great comic book with lots of Easter eggs. As always the Detroit setting, flavors, and politics are impeccably drawn. The plot: a terrorist-funded international cabal wants to build completely off-the-grid luxury towers. Their mistake is they want them built in Snow‘s beloved Mexicantown, so bodies and heads fly! But say it ain‘t so, Snow, that you‘re leaving the Motor City?!?

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If you need a haven from the strife that we can‘t seem to avoid these days, follow me to Moab, Florida in this charming novel. We know from the first page that Sheriff Browne is dying, but his journey is a wise one, and he‘s blessed to be surrounded by friends, even when they drive him crazy AND, we learn how the NY Dodgers are closer to god than, well, god. We also discover that families are built, not born and that love is eternal. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Recovery Agent: A Novel | Janet Evanovich
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I‘ve never read Janet Vanovich; the number of Stephanie Plum novels (28) were a bigger hill than I wanted to climb. When I saw this first in a new series, I thought I‘d give it a try. Like popcorn, it was enjoyable, but not very filling. Gabriella Rose makes her living largely stealing back expensive stuff for clients. Here, helped by kindly drug lords and her ex-husband, she‘s up against bad guy who keeps disappearing in a puff of green smoke.

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Panpan

Well, I finished this but I‘m not sure why. There‘s a story here, but what‘s really strange is that although it is billed as a “novel of the Roman Empire” there are few accurate historical details, and at times it‘s weirdly modern. The second half picks up, and the ending is interesting, albeit a bit sappy. The plot: Roman military doctors become involved with women in a brothel, some of whom are not really slaves, and some have been killed.

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Decimate | Christopher Rice
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This book had a ludicrous premise but there were enough flashes of beautiful language to pull me through to the end, and there‘s no question that it‘s a thrill ride. Bad guys with Nazi roots seek to weaponize powers related to near death experiences. Good guy, ex Seal-team operators work with good guy “sprits/souls” to prevent dire world-ending consequences. You get the drift.

But damn, this guy can write!

CaitlinR Photo of the author from www.christopherricebooks.com 4mo
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