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CaitlinR

CaitlinR

Joined January 2018

Retired Librarian, Friend of Bill, Go Blue
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And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman
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I was in New Orleans as a volunteer a year after Katrina. This wonderful book is set in the same time and place, and Sara Gran really captures what it was like. The characters “survived” the flood and are marked by it, almost ruined, but enduring. More than a mystery; a great twisting tale.

“It‘s like it happened, every bit of it. But somehow, you can go on anyway” (p. 269)

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World That We Knew | Alice Hoffman
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Ms Hoffman is a brilliant storyteller. In this novel, set largely in France toward the end of WWII, she captures the terror of Jews trying to survive while “there are demons dressed in army uniforms in every corner”

Weaving the stories of several incredible characters, including a golem, we learn that “If you are loved, you never lose the person who loved you.”

Highly recommended, even if you‘re fatigued by all the WWII novels.

Jee_HookedOnBookz Loved this book! 4d
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Stars of Alabama | Sean Dietrich
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1. I loved the tagged book by Sean Dietrich. Great storytelling.

2. Time travel. I‘d love to see some of my loved ones again.

3. Gemini ♊️

4. Michigan v Ohio State game of course. Go Blue!

Have a great weekend Litsy friends!

#FRIYAYINTRO
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Lynnsoprano O-H-I-O!! 😊 7d
CaitlinR @Lynnsoprano Congratulations on the win (sigh) 5d
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Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
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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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Ruta Sepetys turns her great talent toward a story that she had to write “from the outside in” (p.476) unlike her previous novels that grew from “threads of personal history.”

Set in Francoist Spain, Ms. Sepetys gives us the powerful story of people living under a violent and repressive regime that has many secrets. One terrible secret, in particular, affects the lives of each character.

“Estamos más guapas con la bocca cerrada.”

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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Great, fun, funky read. In this book Leigh Bardugo is a grand mistress of the paranormal.

Alex (Galaxy) Storm has been brought to Yale to become a member of Leithe, a group that monitors the Secret Societies And they do have secrets! You‘ll enjoy the details. I highly recommend this novel. It would be great for the holiday weekend.

“Mors irrumat omnia”

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If you love politics as much as I do, run, don‘t walk to your book supplier, and grab this novel. Espionage sure, it‘s vintage le Carré, but there‘s so much more: Brexit, Trump, Putin, Russian spies (or are they?) and, of course, the Queen‘s service.

I love this short novel, hooting and rooting for Nat and Pru. When I turn 89, I want to be le Carré.

CarolynM I've seen some good things about this one. I think I need to read it. 3w
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Untitled | Unknown
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1. Libraries rule; MSU fan; Ocean Vuong breaks my heart.

2. Life is too sort for any Jonathan Franzen.

3. Many, but most loved being in a small group discussion with John Connolly.

4. Hate to be too hot; enjoy the cold.

#LITSYLEARN
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Alora Hello! Thank you so much for reposting! 💙💙 3w
Alora Hmmm is the lie the msu fan?! 3w
CaitlinR @Alora Correct! I was actually watching the game. I‘m happy about the outcome. Green, not so much. 3w
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1. Cards .Against Humanity
2. Galapagos
3. I don‘t set goals, but I do keep a reading journal. I find goals limiting — I like the serendipity of finding hidden gems in bookstores and libraries.
4. Theodora Goss. Recommended by my niece and now so glad I tried her.
5. I don‘t read Romance. What should I try?

Scochrane26 I like sherry Thomas if I‘m going to read a romance, plus she writes the lady Sherlock series, which has some romance & mostly mystery. And Bringing down the duke by Evie dunmore was great-read it last week. (edited) 1mo
CaitlinR @Scochrane26 Thank you! 4w
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The Substitution Order | Martin Clark
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I gave up about half-way through. I found that I really didn‘t care what would happen to Kevin Moore, an attorney who blew up his life with cocaine and booze. I gave at about the half-way mark. The legal information was interesting. It may just have been a case of hitting it at the wrong time.

Bookzombie I definitely think sometimes it is the wrong time for a book. (edited) 1mo
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This was a great book, and classic Nesbø. Harry Hole is a fascinating character, and I loved the back story, and the twists and turns.

“That he shouldn‘t look at the oars, but keep his eyes on the wake, that the signs of what had already happened showed you where you were heading. But, his grandfather had said, they told you surprisingly little about what was going to happen. That was determined by the next stroke of the oars.” (p. 440)

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MayJasper 😕😕😕 1mo
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Turn of the Key | Ruth Ware
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I almost gave up on this, Ware‘s latest. It appeared to be just a modern, somewhat contrived retelling of Henry James‘ “The Turn if the Screw.” I‘m glad that I stuck with the tale.

Ruth Ware‘s gothic story of the Elincourt family, and their new nanny, “Rowan”, is well worth reading. Dark and scary, with a perfect Ware twist at the end.

I wound up enjoying the novel and was fascinated by Petra, Ellie, Mandy and their Nanny. A fun read.

Crazeedi I've been wanting to read 1mo
CaitlinR @Crazeedi I think you‘ll enjoy it; I found it a fast read. 1mo
Crazeedi @CaitlinR thanks for review! 1mo
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City of Thieves: A Novel | David Benioff
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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.

Two young men are given an absurd quest. If they can deliver one dozen eggs to an insane Colonel during the siege of Leningrad, their lives will be spared. The Germans are brutal and the Partisans cruel. Russian citizens are eating sawdust and each other, dogs are being used as weapons, but the friendship formed on the quest becomes beautiful.

Not for the faint of heart, but great storytelling.

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Body Lies | Jo Baker
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A story centered on a college-level creative writing class. We get to know the students through their writing, including lengthy pieces a deeply disturbed young man. An interesting premise. Unfortunately, I didn‘t like any of the characters. In fact, the central character seems to embrace her victim status with a numbing lack of agency.
We know what will happen from the beginning, and I for one, did not care.

Jo Baker is better than this.

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An interesting mystery. Not sure it‘s noire, even though the title is borrowed from Chandler. Lippmann tells the story through multiple voices, alternating after each character is introduced through the narrative. It works except when it doesn‘t. Great twist toward the end.

Not my favorite Lippman, but can‘t deny her talent.

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I‘ve enjoyed every novel that Paul Doiron has written and Almosr Midnight is no exception. I love the descriptions of Maine. Mike Bowditch is a fascinating character, flawed, whip-smart, and caring. I want to be a game warden in my next life.

In this story, Mike is helping a long-time friend who uncovers prison corruption, and his companion Shadow (wolf-hybrid) reappears.

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The writing is brilliant and lyrical. The story beautiful, brutal. And the unforgettable, recurring the images: fire, hummingbirds, monarchs, buffaloes, and my g-d, the monkeys.

I can‘t say it any better than Celeste Ng who tells us that the book is about: “whether putting words to one‘s experience can bridge wound that span generations, and whether it‘s ever possible to be truly heard by those we love most.”

I will never forget this book.

Cathythoughts Amazing review ♥️ 2mo
CaitlinR @Cathythoughts Thank you. 💫 2mo
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Perilous Undertaking | Deanna Raybourn
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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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Deep River | Karl Marlantes
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I climbed into this marvelous novel, and pulled it in after me, reading every word from the 721 pages. I mourned the end because the characters had become my family.

A tale of Finns leaving the old country for the new. An account of early 20th century logging, and later fishing in Western Washington. A labor history, with the most remarkable woman at its core. A family history told with love.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you, Mr Marlantes.

#marlantes

ljuliel That‘s quite a switch of topics from his other books, isn‘t it ? I have yet to read one of his. This sounds very enjoyable. 2mo
CaitlinR @ljuliel The brilliant character studies found in MATTERHORN and are also found in this novel — a loving tribute to folk like his family. 2mo
Nute Thoughtful review! Stacking! 2mo
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In Her Feminine Sign | Dunya Mikhail
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Ms. Mikhail has a wondrous voice shown beautifully in version of her poems. All were written both in Arabic and in English and as she cautions us, this edition: “shows readers one side of the mirror” (Author‘s Note)

A taste from her poem “The Others”

We are not dead,
and those are not our ghosts.
We don‘t know where they came from,
or where they are going.
Their shadows are as changeable
as the moon‘s phases
And are not our shapes ...

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The Language of Secrets | Ausma Zehanat Khan
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Although this novel was not as compelling and powerful as her first, It was a good thriller. Ms. Khan‘s deep knowledge is again on display as her Detective Esa Khattak guides us through the actions of “those who rose to fill the vacuum of the deposed and despised, of the dialogue between civilizations, of the decades-long struggles for rights and democracy ...” (p. 272)

#Zehanatkhan

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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This beautiful story alternatively broke my heart and made me furious. Elwood and Turner have such wisdom and courage They find through each other “... the deeper music in the speeches and hand-painted signs of protest “

There is a place in the deepest circle of hell for the staff of the novel‘s Nickel Academy and for the staff Dozier School for Boys whose real-life horrors led Colson Whitehead to this powerful novel.

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The Cinnamon Peeler | Michael Ondaatje
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GRIFFIN OF THE NIGHT

I‘m holding my son in my arms
sweating after nightmares
small me
fingers in his mouth
his other fist clenched in my hair
small me
sweating after nightmares.

This is a powerful collection of poems. I recommend them to you.

Nute I didn‘t know that he is a poet. I‘m gonna look for this book tomorrow. 2mo
CaitlinR @Nute I hope you like them as much as I did. 2mo
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Not my usual type of mystery, but a fun read, and after The Great Believers, I needed fluff. Veronica Speedwell is an Interesting new (to me) character. And what a secret!

I‘ve already requested the next from the Library.

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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Man, this was a three hankie novel, but so worth the read. I finished it at 4 AM this morning; could not put it down.

In alternating time lines, moving from 1985 to 2015, Makkai presents us with a powerful accounting of Chicagoans who died or lived through the AIDS crisis, all scarred in virtually unsurvivable ways.

I choose to believe, however, that Fiona finally finds a life in Paris and, for all of us Roman‘s videos are so healing!

💙💙💙

TrishB Loved this one too. 2mo
Scochrane26 This is on my tbr, but I didn‘t actually know what‘s it‘s about. Love the cover & knew other people liked it. I‘ve been wanting to read more about the AIDS crisis. 2mo
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Such fun! And the writing on this second novel in the series was true Goss, and worthy of her rep.

Joining the “monstrous gentlewomen” on this new adventure are Irene Adler and a full cast of Van Helsingborg vampires, including Dracula himself.

Setting up the next book, we learn at the end that Alice (the scullery maid) is actually Lydia Raymond (read Great God Pan) who has been captured by ... Prof. Moriarty. Can‘t wait!

Ericalambbrown Maybe flag this for spoilers 2mo
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Mary Jekyll, Diana Hyde; Beatrice Rappaccini; Catherine Moreau; Justine Frankenstein. All “monsters” created by men.

Throw in Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and a host of other characters and you have one wild ride.

The story‘s a hoot — the writing‘s a tad contrived. That won‘t stop me from reading the next.

Cathythoughts 😬😱😱 3mo
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Binding | Bridget Collins
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In the world that Collin‘s presents master Binders create a psychic connection one who asks to have painful memories removed. The Binder enters these memories into beautifully crafted books that are protected. No loss is without pain however.

Unfortunately, unscrupulous Binders have twisted the craft for fiscal gain or, to serve the evil ends of family members. The psychic cost is then even higher.

Collin‘s first adult novel. Clever.

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“We were puppets, all of us, set in action upon the stage by God—or Fate—or Chemistry, call it what you will, where we would be pulled on like gloves upon the hands, and manipulated by the Rupert Porsons and the Mutt Wilmotts of the world.” (p. 354)

Fun read.

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Stars of Alabama | Sean Dietrich
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You must read this book. What a novel; what a writer! If you enjoy Leif Enger or Kent Haruf, you‘ll love Dietrich.

Set during the dust bowl depression, Paul, Vern, Marigold, Maggie/Ruth, Pete, Reese, and for a time, Eulah form a blended family struggling to survive. Cooter, a child preacher finds father figures who help him survive abuse. Marigold, a true healer, crafts yet another family.

When they come together: Magic!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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First time reading Peter Robinson, and I‘m grateful that he was recommended. I recommend you try him too.

Inspector Alan Banks initially investigating the murder of a colleague travels a twisting path from England to Estonia. He and his colleagues encounter human trafficking, Eastern European mobsters and the six year old disappearance of 19 year old British woman.

Great story.

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The Gone Dead: A Novel | Chanelle Benz
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I could not put this down, reading it in a day. Benz‘s story of justice denied, and later sought is beautifully crafted through the eyes of the people marked by, and involved in the death of a young black poet.

Returning to the Mississippi Delta 30 years after the death of her father, Billie seeks truth. Her family, the police, and the white family that owned the land where her father died all reveal versions of her truth and perhaps justice.

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The Unquiet Dead: A Novel | Ausma Zehanat Khan
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In this powerful debut Asuma Zehanat Khan applies her knowledge of international human rights law (a Ph.D) to bring us a devastating story that confronts the horrors of Srebrenica. Chapter heads from tribunal testimonies lead us into a tale of modern sorrow and what passes for justice.

Beautifully written. Very Important. I‘ve already ordered her next.

Cathythoughts I really liked it too & have the second , didn‘t read it yet though 3mo
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Superintendent Teresa Battaglia, the lead in this wonderful novel, is one of the most complex, interesting characters I‘ve encountered in a great while. A woman of a certain age, plagued by the human frailties we encounter after middle age. Whip smart and confronting a historical atrocity playing out in her current environment.

This is beautifully written, lyrically translated fiction. Highly recommended debut. Can‘t wait for the next.

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Other Americans | Laila Lalami
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Beautiful, spare language; deeply drawn characters; a complicated, interesting story. Lalami‘s OTHER AMERICANS is a wonderful powerful novel.

A family of documented Moroccan immigrants experience a terrible loss. Their daughter Nora seeks justice. Along her path are new truths and old pains. Her friend Jeremy struggles with demons that followed him from service in Iraq. Efrain and Marisela (undocumented) struggle with risk, truth and morality.

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“... she realized that being a mother was far, far more then giving birth to someone. And it wasn‘t just about being strong and resilient, although that was certainly part of it. It was about being human” (p. 285)

Quick, fairly superficial read. Written as though for a mini-series? Fun tho‘

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The Island: A Thriller | Ragnar Jonasson
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You need to maintain a high level of trust when reading Ragnar Jonasson: trust that the seemingly unrelated stories will come together; trust that you‘ll really get to know all of the characters; and trust that the mystery WILL be solved.

Hulda Hermannsdotter is a great character. Be sure that you read THE DARKNESS, the first in the series, for her back story. We‘re told that the series is a trilogy. I hope there are more than that!

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My first by Berney. Not sure I‘ll read him again. Language is clunky and trite. He can‘t decide whether he‘s writing noir, or not.

The story kept me limping along. I liked Frank Guidry and his search for redemption. Frank works for Carlos. Or he did, until asked to deliver a getaway car to Dallas in November, 1969. Now Carlos wants all involved dead and Frank is running.

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hello! hello! | Matthew Cordell
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Reading Pam Jeniffer is a guilty pleasure, but I do enjoy her books. I don‘t think is as as good as THE ORPHAN‘S TRAIN but if you enjoy historical fiction, you‘ll enjoy her new tale.

Eleanor Trigg has convinced the SOE to send women agents, primarily trained as radio operators, to help the French resistance prepare for the D-Day invasion. Their story, including their betrayal, is revealed following a traffic accident in 1946.

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Stone Sky | N K Jemisin
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“But for a society built on exploitation, there is no greater threat than having no one else to oppress. And if nothing is done, Syl Anahi‘s must again find a way to fission its people into sub-groupings and create reasons for conflict among them. There‘s not enough magic to be had just from plants and genegineered fauna; someone must suffer, if the rest are to enjoy luxury” (p. 334)

An incredible cautionary tale. Don‘t miss this trilogy.

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“You stare at the stone eater that has burst forth from the chalcedony chrysalis. It stands hunched and perfectly still, watching you sidelong through the heat-waver of the air around the split geode.”

I‘m racing through the Broken Earth Trilogy, and already grieving the end of the series. Thank you,

#NKJemisin

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“Somewhere in the distance, beyond the vastness of the landscape below him, was a place called the Sand Hills, where the dead went to live with the buffalo and the grandfathers who watched over the four corners of the universe ... In that moment Johnny American Horse knew he would never be alone. (p. 225)

Lordy, James Lee sure can write!

#JameLeeBurke

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Wrecked | Joe Ide
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A great IQ novel from Joe Ide, highly recommended.

Isaiah and Dodson reunite with Deronda to help Grace, a new client, find her mother. Old and new enemies appear including a group of Blackhawk-like mercenaries with a sordid past in Abu Ghraib.

Imagine the Isaiah, the good guys, and the bad guys at Burning Man and you‘ll have a sense of why this is a must-read.

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Great read. Scotland Yard Murder Squad‘s Walter Day has been Jack the Tipper‘s captive for a year. What does he want Day to do?

Great read. Wonderful period setting. London fog becomes a character, and wait until you read what happens in/to the grand new department store.

I love this series!

Crazeedi I've not heard of this series! Hmmmm... 4mo
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“A little piece of advice for your future life. If you are ever told something by a professional liar in a place built of lies and overseen by supernatural beings that have the concept of falsehood built into their name and whose very breath is deception: don‘t believe it.”

Sherlock Holmes reimagined as the sorceress Ms Shaharazad Hass with the moralistic Captain John Wyndham as her Watson.

This book is a hoot!

CarolynM I'm a big fan of Alexis Hall. I just love the way he writes. I'm looking forward to getting in to this one. 4mo
CaitlinR @CarolynM Do you have a recommendation for my next read by Hall? 4mo
CarolynM For more fantasy Prosperity, for more detecting Iron & Velvet, for hot m/m romance How to Bang a Billionaire for sweet m/m romance Waiting for the Flood (I cried nearly all the way through that one). Alternatively, just read his blog posts www.quicunquevult.com 🙂 4mo
CaitlinR @CarolynM Thanks!! 4mo
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1. Great book. Fascinating ideas. Don‘t miss.
2. Caity
3. Baked Brie with apple slices. Mmmm!
4. Scrabble and a visit from Family traveling from Georgia.
5. “Gott sei Dank ist es Freitag”

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#friyayintro

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

annamatopoetry Oooh, baked brie 4mo
CaitlinR @annamatopoetry I love your screen name! 4mo
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From Inspirationalquotesmagazine.com

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Mehso-so

I love Anne Hillerman‘s mysteries. Selfishly, I love the comfort of continuing to experience the lives of her Dad‘s characters and, the characters that she has introduced are rich and interesting. That said, I found the plot of the TALE TELLER a bit weak. I hate to say it, but I think she “phoned it up n” on this one.

Looking forward to the next one.

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