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JenniferP

JenniferP

Joined June 2017

“Well behaved women seldom make history” Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. I‘m also at http://www.librarything.com/topic/327952#n7440798
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Looking forward to reading about the life of one of my favorite authors!

batsy I've got my eye on this, as well 😍 11mo
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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Library book sale! Oh how I love them!

BarbaraBB Wow! I loved Miss Buncle and Pigs in Heaven 12mo
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A Dream in Polar Fog | Yuri Rytkheu
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Really interesting novel about an American who gets stranded with the Chukchi people in eastern Russia and learns to love their way of life. #archipelagobooks

BarbaraBB Sounds super interesting 12mo
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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Hey I got a #bookspinbingo this month! I also read both my #bookspin and my #doublebookspin and two #roll100 books. Favorites were Remarkably Bright Creatures and I Have Some Questions for You. @TheAromaofBooks @PuddleJumper

Julsmarshall Well done! (edited) 12mo
PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!!! 12mo
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Loved this book! A series of essays exploring themes, writing effects, and styles in Austen‘s novels. Will work best if you have thorough knowledge of all of Austen‘s novels. Picture of my Austen shelf

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While I appreciated the authors honest look at being a non-binary, Muslim immigrant, I didn‘t love this book. The timeline jumps around quite a bit, and I lost the trajectory of her growth and her understanding of who she is. I read this now because it came in at the library, but really looking forward to discussion with #campLitsy23

squirrelbrain Great review - looking forward to the discussion in July! 12mo
BarbaraBB Looking forward to reading this 12mo
Megabooks Glad to have you joining us for the discussion! 12mo
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My favorite part of our backyard is the three old white oak trees that live there. It was fun to read a book about them and the animals they host throughout the year.

BarbaraBB That is very interesting 12mo
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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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I loved this charming book about the unlikely intersection of several lives, including a “remarkably bright” octopus. I don‘t usually enjoy books that are too sentimental, so I was a little worried about this one, but I‘m glad I gave it a chance because I thought it hit just the right tone. And it was both my #bookspin AND #roll100!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 12mo
PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 12mo
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The Sea | John Banville
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Started this and really not enjoying it. Anyone want to try to convince me to stick with it? #1001books

KCofKaysville @JenniferP I should not say anything, probably. I did not read it, but I saw the movie and if the book is like that, it's really kind of blah, even though a sensitive topic. You can skip it.
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JenniferP @KCofKaysville thanks for the input! 13mo
Cuilin I loved it but I may have been the only one in my small book club at the time who did. Some of his stuff is a hit or miss for me. I loved (edited) 13mo
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vlwelser Lol. Pass. 13mo
JenniferP @Cuilin thanks for the recommendation! 13mo
Cuilin @JenniferP sure but bail if either are boring for you. 🪂 13mo
BarbaraBB I wasn‘t that impressed either 13mo
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I saw mixed opinions about this one, but I absolutely loved it. It‘s a fairly straight ahead boarding school mystery, elevated by a subtle exploration of sexism, racism, and abuse. Maybe it worked for me because I‘m the exact age and race as the narrator, and I found everything she experienced to be spot on. Makkai nails the two settings of the 1990s and the 2020s, and I love a strong setting. Recommended!

Liz_M I still haven't read The Great Believers, but your review convinced me I also want to rest this one! 13mo
Chelsea.Poole I agree! I really enjoyed it. 13mo
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Bingo Love | Tee Franklin
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Got really close for an April #bookspinbingo I have square 7 half way done. I did read both my #bookspin and #doublebookspin and a #Roll100
I‘ll count that as a successful month!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!!! 13mo
PuddleJumper Great month! 13mo
BarbaraBB Super successful 🩵 13mo
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Angel | Elizabeth Taylor
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I loved the beginning of this. Taylor creates a brilliant character you love to hate in Angel Deverell. At age 15, Angel has a bad day at school, takes to her bed, and writes a terrible novel. That the public loves. Once Angel became a rich adult, though, I lost interest. This was an April #Roll100 that I got off my shelf! #nyrb

PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 13mo
BarbaraBB Interesting. I mostly love Taylor but haven‘t read this one. 13mo
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Love starting a new book at bedtime! I loved The Great Believers so I‘m really looking forward to this.

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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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Here‘s my May #bookspin list. Still really enjoying this challenge. Now I‘m keeping track of books I‘m repeating on my list also. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 13mo
BarbaraBB Some excellent books on that list! 13mo
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Love | Hanne Orstavik
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I thought this novella was excellent. It follows a young mother and her son who is about to turn nine through one dramatic night. The prose switches seamlessly between their experiences as they move about their new town separately, late into the cold night. #archipelegobooks

BarbaraBB 🥰🥰 13mo
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Stone Blind: A Novel | Natalie Haynes
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I‘ve really enjoyed all the Greek myth retellings that have been appearing lately, and this one did not disappoint. It was humorous and brought up some good themes. Recommended! #womensprize

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I feel like I‘m on a never ending quest to figure out what in the world is happening to my body - and there‘s not a lot of science-backed info out there. Curious to see what this book has to say.

BarbaraBB I feel you! 13mo
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Will and Testament | Vigdis Hjorth
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When four adult siblings argue over an inheritance it forces conversation about the sexual abuse of the oldest daughter by her father. This is not a pleasant book to read, because of the topic and because it‘s repetitive and none of the characters are likable. But through the sister Astrid‘s reactions, who works in human rights, the idea of how damaging some of our accepted and “politically correct” language is to survivors is spot on.

batsy I really want to read this. I loved 13mo
JenniferP @batsy this was my first book by the author - I‘ll add Is Mother Dead to my list! 13mo
sarahbarnes I just finished Is Mother Dead and added this one to my TBR! What @batsy said. 😊 (edited) 13mo
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I got a little behind in my #clarissa reading by date, but I‘ll catch up by tomorrow. Struck by this quote - poor Clarissa, she seems to realize everyone‘s motives, but not be able to actually believe people can act that way. It‘s going to get her in trouble, I predict . . .

Lcsmcat I marked that quote too - and almost used it for this week‘s discussion. She seems doomed by her innocence, doesn‘t she? 13mo
JenniferP @Lcsmcat she's definitely not stupid, she just seems to think that others will behave with her moral standards, and that is obviously not going to be the case! 13mo
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I loved her book about Jane Austen - hoping this one is just as good!

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I know I must be one of the last to read this, but I‘m glad I finally did! I found it funny, genuine, and a little creepy as I waited for the past to be revealed. Palm trees in the back because we‘re on spring break vacation in Miami!

JenReadsAlot Nope still on my shelf to read! 14mo
JenniferP @JenReadsAlot I really enjoyed it! It‘s a quick read and worth it! 14mo
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Trespasses | Louise Kennedy
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Lots of good books this month, but the tagged was my favorite. And look! A #bookspinbingo! Having fun with this challenge.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!!! 14mo
BarbaraBB Impressive! 14mo
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Irretrievable | Theodor Fontane
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I loved this #nyrb novel from the late 1800s. It‘s the story of a failing marriage in a great setting - the couple‘s beautiful home overlooks the sea in the border region between Germany and Denmark. Fontane writes beautifully and I thoroughly enjoyed this. I‘m sure I wouldn‘t have picked this up without #roll100

PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 14mo
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Here is my #bookspin list for April!

merelybookish I thought I was the only person who hadnt read Eleanor Oliphant yet. 14mo
JenniferP @merelybookish haha - no, it‘s been on my kindle forever and I never seem to pick it! Maybe in April . . . 14mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 14mo
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Trespasses | Louise Kennedy
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Wow. This is a beautifully written book. Taking place during the Troubles, there‘s a lot of heartache, but it‘s a fantastic read.

Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to reading this one. 14mo
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Trespasses | Louise Kennedy
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Reading in the car while my son has his piano lesson. This has started off really well! #womensprize

SamAnne Just picked it up from the library and can't wait!
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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Since I‘m on track with my #clarissa March letters, I‘m doing a reread of one of my favorites to get myself a #bookspinbingo. This is my first month really participating in this challenge and I‘m really enjoying it! @TheAromaofBooks

BarbaraBB What a good choice to reread! 1y
lauraisntwilder Oh, I love that book! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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The Mercies | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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Historical fiction based on a 1600s witch hunt in a remote northern island in Norway. In the opening scenes 40 men from this small community (virtually all the adult men) die in a storm while fishing. This brings the remaining community of women to the attention of the male political leaders with disastrous results.

Suet624 Yikes. 1y
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I‘ve only read the intro, but I‘m already enamored of this book! An American history that explores the relationship between trees and the founding of our country. #conservation

SamAnne Hmmm...will definitely have to check this out. My college thesis dealt with forests, conservation in Early America. Stacked! 1y
JenniferP @SamAnne I‘d love to hear what you think. I‘ve only read a little bit but it‘s very engaging so far. 1y
Suet624 Love to hear what you think of it. 1y
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Birnam Wood | Eleanor Catton
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I think I hated this book. Guerilla gardening group and long philosophical-political rants turn into a movie-style violent thriller. What??? And yet, Catton is such a confident writer that I think she pulls it off. Please read and tell me what you think!! ETA this was my #bookspin for March. @TheAromaofBooks

TrishB It‘s on the pile! 1y
Ruthiella I just bought a copy this week, but it‘ll be a while before I get to it. I‘m so curious 🧐 1y
BarbaraBB I just got my copy too. Will read it soon. You loved The Luminaries too, right? Is it as good? 1y
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JenniferP @BarbaraBB I did love The Luminaries and I did not think Birnam Wood was as good. I'm really interested to see what others think of it - there were things that drove me absolutely crazy about it, but then I also found it hard to put down. 1y
BarbaraBB I hope to read it later this month. I will let you know what I think! 1y
Cathythoughts I Loved it 👍🏻❤️ 1y
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Birnam Wood | Eleanor Catton
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My pre-ordered copy just came today and I‘m excited to get started reading this tonight!

Cathythoughts ❤️ 1y
BarbaraBB So jealous! Still waiting for mine! 1y
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The Heat Of The Day | Elizabeth Bowen
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I enjoyed this novel written in 1948 that takes place in London during WWII. Stella is dating a man named Robert, and a stranger comes to her to tell her Robert is a spy. Meanwhile her adult son inherits some property that enlightens him about Stella‘s relationship with his father. Bowen‘s writing is dense, but the interesting plot carries the book. #roll100 #1001books

PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 1y
Cuilin Two books by Elizabeth Bowen I loved were The House in Paris and The Hotel. 1y
JenniferP @Cuilin I haven‘t read either of these - thanks for the suggestions! 1y
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I‘m staying up to date with my #clarissa reading, still reading by letter date. This weekend was a lot of pages, but it was nice to get in a rhythm with the book. I like that Clarissa is standing her ground against intense family pressure to marry Mr Solmes!

BarbaraBB It does sound good. 1y
Lcsmcat Looking at your edition makes my wrists hurt! 😂 I‘m going full eBook on this one. 1y
JenniferP @Lcsmcat I definitely have to use a book pillow to rest it on! And it's definitely not portable. 1y
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Check out this beautiful stack of books that I got for my birthday - some as gifts and some bought with birthday gift cards. Plus 3 still in the mail. And the beautiful preserved roses that should last a year!

LeahBergen Wow! Happy Birthday!! 📚📚📚 1y
Ruthiella Happy birthday! 🥳🥳🥳 1y
BarbaraBB Wow! 🎈 happy birthday 🎈 I love the stack of course but the roses too! 1y
batsy Lovely! Happy Birthday! 📚🌹 1y
jlhammar Great stack! I‘m really looking forward to reading Trespasses this month. Happy Birthday! 1y
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Shrines of Gaiety | Kate Atkinson
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I‘d read enough mixed reviews to go into this with low expectations, but I really liked it! Lots of characters, but somehow Atkinson draws them all together. Not the tightest plot, but I felt the book had a lot of heart.

BarbaraBB I am glad you liked it. I am not much of an Atkinson fan so still doubting. 1y
JenniferP @BarbaraBB it‘s a hard book to universally recommend. If you read the first 50 pages and enjoy the characters, I think you‘ll like it. I found it very character-dependent. If you aren‘t invested in them from the start, I think the book will feel pointless. I loved them! 1y
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Sharing my March #bookspin list. Excited to try this for the first time in 2023! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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Starting this one - I find this kind of nonfiction set in long ago times (1300s) utterly relaxing to read, even when there‘s lots of drama. The matching puppy on the lap helps too. 😁

BarbaraBB The puppy 🐶 looks so cute even without seeing its head 🤍 1y
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Shrines of Gaiety | Kate Atkinson
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Starting a new book and keeping half an eye on my son and his friends on a warm February day. I‘ve loved Atkinson in the past, but I‘ve seen mixed reviews on this - curious to see what I think!

swishandflick My library hold just came in for this - looking forward to hearing what you think! 1y
BarbaraBB I‘m always a bit disappointed by Atkinson 🤷🏽‍♀️ 1y
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Roll the Dice | Wayne Avrashow
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Playing along with #Roll100. 53 is Irretrievable by Theodore Fontane and 36 is The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen. I messed up and read the book that was 42 on my list without replacing it, but those two should keep me busy! @PuddleJumper

BarbaraBB Can‘t wait for your thoughts on both! 1y
PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 1y
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This is absolute must-read nonfiction for anyone who wants to deeply experience what it was like to be a Black American in the Jim Crow South of the 1940s/50s. They say you have to hit rock bottom to turn a corner. This book describes a time in America when we hit it. #blackhistorymonth #pulitzer

Liz_M Excellent review here and on LT. 1y
JenniferP @Liz_M thank you! 1y
jlhammar Yes, fantastic book! Really upsetting, but what a great read. 1y
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A Dream in Polar Fog | Yuri Rytkheu
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I actually squealed when I got this early birthday order of books from Archipelago publishing. I had emailed that I wasn‘t able to access one of their sales (seemed like a website glitch) but just ordered the books I wanted anyway. They sent a lovely handwritten note with TWO free books. Love smaller book publishers!! #archipelagobooks

Ruthiella Nice! 😀 1y
merelybookish That's awesome! 1y
BarbaraBB That is lovely! 1y
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The Land of Green Plums: A Novel | Herta Mller, Michael Hofmann
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Challenging novel by a #nobelprize winning author about a group of young people living in Romania during Ceausescu‘s reign. Vivid picture of living through a surveillance police state, though I also felt kept at arms length, either because I don‘t have a good background in the era, or it was too personal for the author to really let us in to her experience.

BarbaraBB It sounds interesting. A scary state to live in in those years. 1y
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To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf
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Reread of a favorite that did not disappoint. No one is better at describing a character‘s interior life than Woolf.

sarahbarnes Agreed! This is the copy I have, too. 💙 1y
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It‘s #blackhistorymonth and this was one of my #roll100 books. No brainer to finally get to this Pulitzer Prize winner.

jlhammar This book is so good! Infuriating, but excellent. 1y
JenniferP @jlhammar I can already tell this will be and uncomfortable and disturbing book to read, but it is important. 1y
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The Lost Garden: A Novel | Helen Humphreys
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Lovely, short book about a group of women who volunteer to grow food for the WWII war effort. Lots of references to Virginia Woolf‘s To the Lighthouse, so an added benefit that it prompted a reread of that book for me.

TrishB Love Humphreys ❤️ 1y
batsy I love this book! 1y
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West with Giraffes | Lynda Rutledge
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Number 83 for #roll100 got this book off my kindle TBR pile. I read the first 50 pages and just didn‘t find it worth my reading time. Cute premise and I know a lot of people liked it, but too many other books out there!

BarbaraBB Good you joined #Roll100 to get it out of the way! 1y
BarbaraBB Tagging @PuddleJumper so she can add you next month! 1y
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Just got back from a vacation to Disney World with extended family and thinking about finally reading this children‘s classic. Inspired by the mug I bought at Epcot!

BarbaraBB Lovely edition! 1y
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Eye opening book that delves beneath the narrative of the famous abolitionist Grimke sisters to explore their entire family, including the Black cousins their brother fathered with one of the women he enslaved. Highly recommended!

SamAnne There was a really good review in the NYT over the week-end. (edited) 1y
JenniferP @SamAnne Off to read it! 1y
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The Satapur Moonstone | Sujata Massey
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I didn‘t like this second book in the Perveen Mistry mystery series as much as the first. Still had good cultural details and an interesting setting, but the mystery was kind of boring and the main character started to grate on me. Not sure I‘ll continue with the series.

BarbaraBB I haven‘t heard of this series 1y
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The Satapur Moonstone | Sujata Massey
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Recently discovered this mystery series set in 1920s India with a female lawyer for the main character. Anyone else a fan?

ChasingOm 🙋🏻‍♀️ 1y
bnp Haven't read this one, but read and enjoyed the first two. 1y
quietjenn I need to get back to this series. I've only read the first one, but I really liked it. And way back when I really liked her first series (not historical). 1y
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