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KathyWheeler

KathyWheeler

Joined May 2016

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Dead Man's Hand | James J Butcher
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This was a fun listen. It‘s hard not to compare it to the The Dresden Files since its urban fantasy and James J. Butcher is Jim Butcher‘s son. I like Grimsby, our hero, and his relationship with Mayflower, the gruff former member of the magic department. Magic is approved by the government, and the department polices it. The book is set in Boston, but it could be set anywhere since Butcher hasn‘t provided the book with a real sense of place.

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Dead Man's Hand | James J Butcher
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We took a trip to the beach today. It was very windy, the surf was high, and double red flags were out — all because Tropical Storm Alberto was stirring up trouble in the Gulf. We‘ve only got an hour left in Dead Man‘s Hand, so we need to pick a new road trip book. I listened to more of Scorched Grace on my #audiowalk

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It was so much cooler today (89° F) with a bit of a breeze, so I actually walked around 2:00 instead of 7:00pm. We‘re getting a lot of backstory here as opposed to mystery solving. That‘s probably because it‘s the first of the series. Sister Holiday has some anger issues she needs to handle. #audiowalk #nunlit

jlhammar Looks like a pretty walk. I‘m planning to start this very soon! 3d
KathyWheeler @jlhammar it‘s the Japanese garden near where I live. It‘s very nice, but I rarely walk there because there‘s usually a lot of people — it‘s a popular place for people to get prom, graduation, engagement, and wedding pictures taken. 3d
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This was my first Mitch Albom book, and I liked it. He says in the author‘s note, that he wanted to tell a different kind of Holocaust story, and he managed that. The setting alone — Greece — is unusual. I never think about Greece being invaded. The story being narrated by Truth, although reminiscent of The Book Thief‘s narrator Death, is interesting. Albom ruins the story a little at the end, and one action by a character was predictable.

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I wasn‘t feeling fantasy today, so I started Scorched Grace for #nunlit. So far, I‘m liking it and especially like our main character, Sister Holiday. I‘m starting to have to walk in the evening because it‘s just too hot during the day to walk outside, which I prefer to walking at the rec center. #audiowalk

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I was in the mood for some fantasy, so this is my new #audiowalk book, but I‘m going to do it a little differently. I have the print version as well, so I‘ll read that at home sometimes. I went swimming today for the first time in over a year and was able to swim 1800 yds without a problem. Yay, me! 😊

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Malice: A Mystery | Keigo Higashino
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This ended up in a place I really wasn‘t expecting., but all the clues are there. I‘ll definitely read more in this series. The narration was a little odd, but once I got used to it, I realized it made sense for these characters and this story. #audiowalk

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For the Love of Friends: A Novel | Sara Goodman Confino
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This had been my night time listen, but I don‘t know if I can finish it. It‘s funny in places, but the amount of body shaming, body hatred, ageism, and abuse by friends and family in the name of weddings is just too much for me.

kspenmoll 😱 1w
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Dead Man's Hand | James J Butcher
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No #audiowalk today; instead we took a trip to coastal Mississippi, had lunch, and visited the Ohr-O‘Keefe Museum of Art. Dead Man‘s Hand was our road trip book.

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Malice | Keigo Higashino
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The characters in here were all friends when they were younger, but they‘ve all gone in different directions. Two are authors and one is a police detective. Now one has been murdered, the other may or may not be the murderer, and our detective feels a little hampered by their old friendship. The narrator is a bit odd, but I‘m liking it so far. #audiowalk

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This is the story of Madge Oberholtzer who finally brought down the Klan and its powerful Grand Dragon in Indiana. Unfortunately, she had to be viciously assaulted and die to do it. Kegan does a good job explaining the background, and his book is well-researched; it‘s just difficult to listen to because of how brutal her story is. I started Malice for my #audiowalk, read The Little Liar, and we started Dead Man‘s Hand for our new road trip book.

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Run Towards the Danger | Sarah Polley
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I really enjoyed this. It‘s interesting to me how much of what happened to Polley when she was young was so wrong, but she viewed it as normal because that‘s all she knew. Her story, along with Wil Wheaton‘s and other child actors‘, makes me more convinced that there need to be very strict protections in place for them because clearly relying on the parents to provide that doesn‘t work at all. #SheSaid

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Smoke and Mirrors | M. E. Hilliard
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Run Towards the Danger #SheSaid
Doppelgänger #SheSaid (I‘m behind on this one)
The Little Liar
Fever in the Heartland (audio with my husband)
Smoke and Mirrors
#weekendreads

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Smoke and Mirrors | M. E. Hilliard
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Can‘t sleep because I stupidly took a long nap in the afternoon, so I‘m starting this. It‘s the latest in the Greer Hogan mystery series.

robinb 🙋🏻‍♀️ I hate when that happens too! 2w
KathyWheeler @robinb And I even know better! I never take naps because, when I do, they are always too long. 2w
robinb @KathyWheeler Yes! My husband can take a 20-minute nap and is good to go. Me? I need an hour minimum. 🙄 2w
KathyWheeler @robinb Same! My husband takes 15 minute naps and is rested. Mine are always over an hour and then I can‘t sleep at night. 1w
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Run Towards the Danger | Sarah Polley
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I‘m listening to this for #SheSaid, and I thought I‘d get the most read if I also made it my new #audiowalk book. I don‘t know if I‘m behind, on track, or ahead of schedule because there‘s no chapter or section listing. Little George loves the heating pad, so I try to make sure it‘s never left on.

Suet624 George is adorable. 5d
KathyWheeler @Suet624 Thanks. She‘s very smart too and the other animals love her. 4d
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Soft pick. I liked the characters, but I feel the story didn‘t really get interesting until it was halfway over. I did like the last half though; therefore I gave it a pick. I got in some good walks today. Now I need to find a new #audiowalk book.

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This was a weird little book with odd formatting (at least in the ebook version.) I think I liked it. I enjoyed the fable-like quality of the story, and the interesting connection between the three main characters that we get at the end.

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I still don‘t know if I like this book. I like the characters, but the story is kind of boring. I walked a mile and it started to thunder, so I went home. Later it stopped raining and thundering; since I was going to Target, I took the opportunity to add in another walk. #audiowalk

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Kittens | Lene Holmen
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Meet George. My daughter works at Pet Supplies Plus. Someone came in the other day with this kitten they‘d found sitting on their engine. They couldn‘t keep her, so my daughter brought her home. She was sitting in my lap while I was reading and started chewing on my book.

Ruthiella So adorable! 😻😻😻 3w
KathyWheeler @Ruthiella she‘s smart too. 😊 3w
IndoorDame Awwwww 😍 3w
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Tamra 😘😘 3w
Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Texreader Darling George. 3w
Reggie Awwwww 2w
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I have started Janice Hallett‘s The Appeal, Alex Michaelides‘ The Maidens, and The Bookshop of Yesterdays trying to pick a new #audiowalk book. These are all books I‘m pretty sure I will enjoy, but none of them are sticking right now. I‘m hoping A Killing on the Hill will capture my interest. The rain stopped around 2:00, so I got to go for a walk.

Bookwormjillk How is your knee feeling? 3w
LiteraryinLawrence I ended up liking The Appeal a lot, but I‘m not sure how well it would translate on audio? And The Maidens I found just ok. Hope you find something you love soon! 3w
KathyWheeler @LiteraryinLawrence I think that‘s why I quit with The Appeal — its formatting just seems odd. 3w
KathyWheeler @Bookwormjillk That steroid shot really helped, but I tend to baby it now if it‘s even slightly bothersome. 3w
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The Fox Wife: A Novel | Yangsze Choo
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I loved this story of a fox shapeshifter, Snow, seeking revenge for the death of her daughter. Her tale intersects with that of Bao, a human, who can tell when others are lying. The writing is beautiful and clearly evokes both a particular place and a particular time. I have always been interested in fox lore from around the world, and this book was a lovely take on that lore.

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Summers at the Saint | Mary Kay Andrews
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I didn‘t walk today because my knee was a bit tender, but I did finish this book. Don‘t be fooled by the cover — it‘s not as fluffy as it looks. There‘s mystery and a little romance, as well as betrayal and secrets coming to light. I found the ending particularly satisfying.

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Summers at the Saint | Mary Kay Andrews
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I‘ve got a little under two hours left in this book, so I‘ll probably finish it tomorrow, but I haven‘t picked a new book yet. I managed to walk and not fall today, so that was good. #audiowalk

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Untitled | Untitled
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1: I was able to get several resources my library needed but hadn‘t had access to before, but the most significant thing I did before I retired was I was finally able to get my two staff people‘s positions reclassified so they got huge raises.
2: 3 days a week work — rest free. Now it‘s all free.
3: No. I wanted to be an archeologist, but I became a librarian.
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Love this post!! 3w
KathyWheeler @Eggs Thank you! 3w
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Summers at the Saint | Mary Kay Andrews
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Shorter walk today because I tripped and fell on my bad knee and scraped my hand and cut my thumb. I‘m fine, but, weirdly, falling like that made me suddenly tired, so I went home. Tracy, in this book, is just not listening to me. I‘ve told her and told her not to trust a particular character, but she keeps on doing it. #audiowalk

Sace Oh dear! Sorry you had a spill. Take care of yourself. Characters never listen to me either and it's very frustrating. 4w
Tamra Shoot. 😒 No fun. 4w
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Summers at the Saint | Mary Kay Andrews
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I wasn‘t in the mood for the whiny breaking up characters of Funny Story, so I switched to the whiny for other reasons characters in Mary Kay Andrews‘ latest book. I‘ll go back to Funny Story later. It‘s getting to be in the 90s here, but at least there was a breeze. #audiowalk

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I mostly enjoyed this compilation of stories from people who work in libraries and bookstores. Some stories touch on the current book banning efforts, but even these stories have a hope to them. I like that. The stories did begin to sound the same after awhile, though. If you work in a college or university library, you won‘t find your story represented here — public & school libraries (and a couple of special libraries) are all present, however.

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I appreciate James Patterson taking a stand against censorship and for libraries, so I bought this book last week and I‘m reading it now.

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Homicide and Halo-Halo | Mia P. Manansala
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The characters are likeable, and the story was interesting enough — Lila is asked to judge a teen beauty contest and ends up investigating a murder. However, this series is still just fine to me. There‘s so much description of the food, that it‘s easy to forget about the murder. I will probably listen to another in the series though, which is why it‘s a pick. Funny Story is my new #audiowalk book.

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This book gave me Before the Coffee Gets Cold vibes, without the sci-fi touch to it. People come to the Kamogawa Detective Agency, which is also a cafe, looking to have a favorite dish recreated. These dishes have memories attached to them for the cafe‘s clients, who usually end up learning something from their visits. It‘s a quiet book and a quick read.

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Homicide and Halo-Halo | Mia P. Manansala
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While I liked Arsenic and Adobo, I wasn‘t in love with it like a lot of people seemed to be. I decided to make the second book in the series my new #audiowalk book to see if I liked it any better. Another day with another 3 mile walk without pain. Yay! I considered 4, but decided not to push it.

Ruthiella 👍👍👍 1mo
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Elijah Wood does a great job narrating this book; he was Huck. The story was a lot of fun, although the section with the King & the Duke was just a tad too long. My only problem with the book was the constant use of the n word; it made me cringe every time. On to Percival Everett‘s James after I finish The Fox Wife. 3 mile #audiowalk today with no knee pain!

Ruthiella Great news on the lack of knee pain! 🥳 1mo
KathyWheeler @Ruthiella I was so happy about that. 😊 1mo
Sace Hooray for knees without pain!🎉 1mo
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Bookwormjillk 3 miles is great! So glad you‘re walking without pain! 1mo
KathyWheeler @Bookwormjillk My knee was so painful that I was truly afraid I was going to have to stop my walks. I was so happy the steroid shot worked! 1mo
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The Gunslinger | Stephen King
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I do reread. Every Christmas, I read A Christmas Carol. I‘ve read Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower series multiple times. When I am pensive and need a calming book, I read Anne Morrow Lindbergh‘ Gift From the Sea.
#SUNDAYFUNDAY

ImperfectCJ 💯 Gift From the Sea. I'm finding it more and more poignant and meaningful as I get older (and now that I know more about what her husband was up to at the time she was writing it... yikes). 1mo
KathyWheeler @ImperfectCJ He was a piece of work! 1mo
BookmarkTavern I forgot about A Christmas Carol! 😅 Thanks for sharing! 1mo
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Not very interesting scenery but at least I got to walk today. I‘m still babying my knee but that steroid shot really did help. With such short walks though, it‘s going to take me longer to finish the 3 hours I have left. Huck is getting a master course on how to be a conman! #audiowalk

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The Fox Wife: A Novel | Yangsze Choo
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Starting this today. I love the cover.

Suet624 Love the cover too… 1mo
lauraisntwilder Oooh, looking forward to hearing if the inside matches the outside! 1mo
KathyWheeler @lauraisntwilder I‘m liking it so far. 1mo
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This is the low end of the pick scale for me. I liked it better than his book about China, a place he actively seemed to hate. Headhunters is different than his usual travel books, however; here Troost is following Robert Louis Stevenson‘s trip through the South Seas while also dealing with his own alcoholism, so this book is less fun than some of his others.

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People have compared this book to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and I understand why, but it gave me more of The Westing Game vibe. I enjoyed it, although it was a slow start for me. Some things weren‘t that realistic, but the story does show the power of hope (and buckets of money).

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After 9 days of knee pain where I was unable to walk the entire time, I was finally able to get out for a short #audiowalk today. It was one mile. After only being able to walk a few steps, I‘m thrilled about that! Continued down the river with Huck and Jim. Mother‘s Day books:

Klara and the Sun
The Kamogawa Food Detectives
The River Runs South
The Comfort of Crows

Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Ruthiella Yahoo! 👍 1mo
Bookwormjillk I‘m glad you‘re able to walk again. 🤞for continued healing. 1mo
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The Hound of the Baskervilles | Arthur Conan Doyle
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Periodically, I get a short book on Serial Reader that I‘ve always meant to read. The Hound of the Baskervilles was my choice this time. I didn‘t guess the solution at first, but looking back on the story, all the clues are there. I enjoyed it.

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Close to Death: A Novel | Anthony Horowitz
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Low end of the pick scale. To me, the structure didn‘t work that well. Horowitz interrupting periodically to report on the progress of his book and the questions he has didn‘t really add much. The story wasn‘t that interesting and the villain was obvious. I started Huckleberry Finn because I want to read James; I was a child when I last read HF, so I probably read the kid‘s edition. #audiowalk

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Close to Death: A Novel | Anthony Horowitz
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Starting to be humid down here. Blech. I‘ve mentioned how I feel about the narrative pov in this book, but, honestly, I‘m not even sure I‘m interested in the mystery either. #audiowalk

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Close to Death: A Novel | Anthony Horowitz
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I finally got out to walk today, but it was night and with my daughter; we were walking her dog. Since it was night, the pictures aren‘t that great. I‘m still not positive that I like the point of view of this book. #audiowalk

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The Hound of the Baskervilles | Arthur Conan Doyle
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The tagged, plus:
1: The Wishing Game
2: Doppelgänger
4: Close to Death

#weekendreads

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I needed something sweet, non-cloying, and warm this evening. I‘d read this years ago, liked it, and thought it would fit the bill. It did. I decided to listen to it. This version has several narrators, and they do an excellent job of catching the spirit of the book.

Ruthiella I love this book. ❤️ 2mo
KathyWheeler @Ruthiella I do too. I also liked The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street where she finally gets to go to England. 2mo
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I haven‘t been walking this week at all or done much of anything because I‘ve not felt that great. My inactivity did allow me to finish both Holly (print) and The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell (ebook). Today I‘m starting The Frozen River.

wanderinglynn I hope you feel better soon! 💚 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Feel better soon ❤️‍🩹 2mo
KathyWheeler @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @wanderinglynn Thank you! I am getting better. 😊 2mo
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While I liked this book, I think it‘s a bit overhyped. It‘s slow in some places, and, in others, I was either bored or didn‘t care about the situation. Other situations were very predictable. Overall, though, Sam‘s journey to accept himself and learn more about faith was a good story.

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Holly: A Novel | Stephen King
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While this isn‘t my favorite SK book, I did enjoy it. Holly Gibney is a wonderful character, and it was great to be back with her. Many readers complain about the presence of COVID here, but was King really supposed to ignore it when the book is set during the time when it was rampant? In some places, the story slowed down a bit too much, so perhaps some elements could have been left out, but overall this is a good examination of human evil.

Avanders Before I dive in — I haven‘t read the Mr Mercedes etc series — should I do that first? 1mo
KathyWheeler @Avanders You don‘t have to, but it‘s where King first introduced Holly, and it helps to understand her better. 1mo
Avanders Thank you - I‘ll start with those for sure then ☺️ 1mo
KathyWheeler @Avanders All three of them are really good. 1mo
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Close to Death: A Novel | Anthony Horowitz
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I love the Hawthorne and Horowitz books, so this is my new #audiowalk book. It‘s a little different because it‘s told in mostly third person because it‘s about a case Hawthorne solved before he teamed up with Horowitz. I‘m not sure how I feel about this because part of the appeal of these books is their relationship.

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Lightning Strike: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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I liked this book. You can see the glimmers of the man Cork will become and the forces that shaped him into that man. I couldn‘t understand though why it took so long for Cork‘s father, Liam, to question a particular suspect who seemed obvious to me from pretty early on. #audiowalk

Suet624 I‘ve asked you this before but how long did it take to do that walk? 2mo
KathyWheeler @Suet624 That walk was a two mile one. Between the uneven terrain and the issues I‘ve been having with my knee lately, it took me 50 minutes. Before the knee problems, it would generally take me 40. I‘m not a fast walker. 😊 2mo
Suet624 I always love seeing the photos you take of the walks. 2mo
KathyWheeler @Suet624 Thank you. I enjoy taking them. 😊 2mo
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Lightning Strike: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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I‘ve got about 3 hours left in this book. It‘s interesting to see Cork as a 12 year-old boy. We‘ve gotten glimpses of him at that age before, but this is the first full-length novel where we get to see him with his parents. #audiowalk