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MaGoose

MaGoose

Joined June 2018

Mysteries are my thing, although I'm reading lots of nonfiction lately. I post book reviews on my blog, www.janecairns.com.
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Pickpick

Great book for those of us who are part of an older generation. (Including me 😁)

Even better, possibly, for those who may want to see what's in store for them.

In fact, the global population is trending older because of slowing birth rates worldwide.

Not everyone who is long-lived is a fuddyduddy.

#winterreadathon @Andrew65

Andrew65 This sounds interesting. Well done 🎅🎅🎅 5d
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Not exactly candles, but lit wreaths on the light poles, looking down the street towards St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Easton, MD.

Not exactly a craft, but I took this picture that I have on my calendar.

Haven't been to Maryland's Eastern Shore in several years, now. Wish I could go again. Maybe someday soon.

#winterreadaton #winterreadathondailychallenge
@Andrew65 @GHABI4ROSES @DieAReader

Andrew65 That looks lovely, certainly gives a feel of a candle. 🕯🕯🕯 5d
tpixie Lovely church and photo! 5d
DieAReader ♥️♥️♥️ 5d
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A Knock on the Door | Roberta Fernndez
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Four murders in a few months, all from the same software development company. Could it have anything to do with the software being developed for the National Security Agency?

The suspense starts early and ramps up. Characters are well drawn, and the sleuths become a tight-knit group by the end.

Although this is fiction, the premise is true to life. Remember Edward Snowden??!

@Andrew65 #winterreadathon @GHABI4ROSES @DieAReader #mystery

Andrew65 Sounds good. Well done 🎄🎄🎄 6d
DieAReader Great job!🎄📚🤓♥️ 6d
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Read several more stories in this doorstop of a book plus a few magazines for last weekend's #20in4 #readathon. Still not finished yet! I'll keep plugging along reading a story or two here and there between my other book and magazine reads.

@Andrew65

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My final read for the #OutstandingOctober #readathon.

I've made it about halfway through this monster.

Interesting stories by such folks as Edward D. Hoch, David Stuart Davies, and H. R. F. Keating, among others.

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1mo
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Untitled | Untitled
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Mehso-so

So-so. Read about three-quarters of the way through. Then bailed.

#readathon #OutstandingOctober @Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1mo
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Whereabouts | Jhumpa Lahiri
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Fabulous collection of short stories. 👌

Bought this book because I'd read her first story collection, Interpreter of Maladies, several years ago.

This collection did not disappoint. Excellent.

#readathon #OutstandingOctober @Andrew65 #shortstories

Teresereading I loved it too 1mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1mo
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This is my second (or possibly third) reading of this book. Enjoyed the book but didn't like the ending and the way the author summed things up as much as during previous readings.

In the past, I've listened to some of her podcast posts of the same name (Speaking of Faith, renamed On Being). The podcast was very informative and interesting.

I'll read more of her books. And try to locate the podcast, again.

#OutstandingOctober @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1mo
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Very interesting take on where our country is and where it's headed. Essays by a number of leaders, scholars, journalists and activists.

Very much a pick.

If you read this book, you might want to also consider reading The Power of Awareness (the book in my previous post).

#readathon #OutstandingOctober @Andrew65

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 2mo
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Great book about staying safe. Advice we can all use.

@Andrew65 #readathon #OutstandingOctober

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 (edited) 2mo
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This was between so-so and a pick. Liked Steve Winslow, the lawyer who's the narrator.

Hated Sheila Benton, his first client. She was manipulative and a liar. Plus she came from a strange family situation.

Won't say anything more in order to avoid spoilers. I'll read further in this series.

Parnell Hall uses J. P. Hailey as a pseudonym. I have yet to read anything else by Hall. I'll check out his books.

@Andrew65 #OutstandingOctober

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Reading a past issue of the NY Review of Books (July 21). I have a subscription to this review but do I read it when I get it? No, I don't. It sits on my TBR pile along with everything else. 🤪🤣

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Murder on Black Swan Lane | Andrea Penrose
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Enjoyed this. I'll read her other book - Murder at Half Moon Gate.

#20in4 #readathon @Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done. This looks good. 👏👏👏 2mo
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Mehso-so

Meh. Both novels are sluggish and wordy. But The League of Frightened Men is the better of the two novels.

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Inn, The | James Patterson, Candice Fox
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Mehso-so

Meh. My first book by James Patterson. Will I read others of his vast oeuvre? Maybe, but maybe not.

MrT I've only ever liked Alex Cross. The rest Meh..... JP and......I'm pretty sure he just lends his name to inferior writers for profit. 3mo
tpixie @MrT I totally agree. I love the Alex Cross books. The first ones were much more gory. As time has gone by the newer ones are not quite as explicit so they have a larger commercial appeal. He used to be in advertising, so he‘s an idea guy. Now he uses that to his benefit, by having a stable of writers helping write books for him and he can spit out his ideas. $$$ 3mo
MaGoose @tpixie @MrT Thanks for your comments and insights. I'll try reading some of the Alex Cross books. 2mo
tpixie @MaGoose ☺️ 2mo
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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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Thanks so much Misty Malone for the great Halloween gift 🎁.

I am recuperating from bilateral knee replacement surgery and this surprise package 📦 certainly lifted my spirits.

#litsylove

AmyG Hope you have an easy recovery! And this book was wonderful. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re welcome to! I hope you recover quickly!! ❤️❤️ 3mo
Kimzey I hope you are recovering well! 2mo
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Great fictional read about space travel and Earth in the near future. A spaceship sets off for the Alpha Centauri galaxy on a 10-year mission, but doesn't return for 40 years. What happens to the crew when they make such a surprising return?

A little slow at times, but a great read and good characterization. I recommend this book and look forward to reading Two Roads to Paradise, the second book in the series.

#jubilantjuly @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 4mo
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Mehso-so

Meh. An investigation into the death of Jason Jardine focuses on Lucy Freeman. Jardine was a member of the band, Dr Sweet, of which Daniel Freeman is a founder. Narration alternates between Lucy and Neil Slater, one of the detectives on the case. From the get-go it's evident that Lucy probably didn't commit the crime. Rather sluggish and slow-moving plot. Rather bland but happy-ever-after type ending.

#jubilantjuly readathon @Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 5mo
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The Beached Ones | Colleen M. Story
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What would it be like if everyone thought you were dead? What if people walked by you and didn't notice you? A few people, like your ex-girlfriend, Jolene, and her new boyfriend can see you. But Isabella, the medium, can‘t. You are solid enough to yourself—you can eat, drink and wear clothes. You swear you are alive and well. One moment you're at the ocean and the next you're in the Midwest. And no idea how you got there. This is Daniel's world.

Bklover Very intriguing! 5mo
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Do humans, especially women, internalize the subliminal messages found in most fairy tales? Anne E. Beall, PhD, thinks so. Males are also fed covert messages. According to Beall, in Cinderella Didn‘t Live Happily Ever After, women bring beauty and men bring intelligence, status and wealth to most situations within fairy tales. Beall and her team analyzed 169 of the Grimm Brothers fairy tales and dig deep into who has beauty and who has power, etc.

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The Bones of Amoret | Arthur Herbert
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Noah Grady, narrator of The Bones of Amoret, is the typical town doctor. Or not so typical. Noah helps immigrants who cross the southern border illegally. Two of those immigrants were Angelica, whom he marries, and her son. And he's good at keeping secrets. Like his 20-year affair with Blaine Beckett‘s wife. Now he's focused on finding out how Beckett has disappeared and why. And who killed his adopted son. Or so he says. Enjoyed this immensely.

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The Birthmark | Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Thanks again for the birthday wishes from @Lovesbooks87 - one of my @Litsylove friends.

Cupcakes and bookmarks - two of my favorite things. Besides books, of course. 😆 ❤️ 🍰

#litsylove

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Read 15 chapters in Grace Among Thieves

I should be able to complete at least 5 chapters in An Irregular Life: Being the Adventures & Memoirs of a Fortunate Sherlockian by Mark F. McPherson OR Solomon's Concubine by S. A. Jewell.

@Andrew65 #20in4 #Readathon

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Mehso-so

This is the third book in the Grace Michelle Mystery series by Kari Bovee. I've read the first book and this one. Doubt I'll read the second book in the series.

Grace faces challenges and overcomes them with the help of the ghost of her sister. REALLY??

Enjoyed this book more than the first one. There is growth in Grace Michelle as a character. And the supporting characters are well rounded. Otherwise, too many strange plot twists.

#mystery

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Birthdays Happen | Herbert Kavet
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Thanks for the birthday wishes from all my friends at #Litsylove.

I've been negligent with posting in the past few months.

Promise to get better with that.

And better at renewing my letter writing with my #litsylove friends.

#LL

kspenmoll Happy belated birthday! 8mo
MaGoose Thanks. Actually, my birthday is April 8th 🙂😁 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛💛💛 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MaGoose I was a little early 🤣😊 8mo
UwannaPublishme Happy Birthday! 🥳🎂🎉🎁 8mo
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A Study in Charlotte | Brittany Cavallaro
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Such a nice surprise came in the mail this morning. Robin Brock @robinb sent this to me unexpectedly as she was attempting to divest herself of some books ?. If she's anything like me, not many books would "disappear." ???

So thoughtful. ??

I love book mail.

robinb You are so right, Jane! 😂🙄 So far I‘ve only been “able” to divest myself of five from my overwhelming TBR lot. LOL But I haven‘t given up yet. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Hope you enjoy! 🤗 10mo
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Enjoyed this one. The tagged book is the third in the On the Rocks series by Cathi Stoler. It can be read as a stand-alone novel, which is what I did. There are references in the plot to things that happened previously in the first two novels, but that didn't dim my enjoyment. I'll probably go back and read the first two books in the series at some point soon. Anyway, good pacing and great characterization.
4⭐️

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Napa Noir | Peter H Eichstaedt
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Finished the tagged book 📖 a few days ago. Great read. Good pacing and characterization. Murder at a Napa Valley winery leads to a lot of mayhem for investigative journalist and wine columnist Dante Rath. 4⭐️s

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As Dark As My Fur | Clea Simon
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Second book in a series. Blackie, a streetwise cat, narrates. He solves mysteries with Care, his human friend. Tough urban scenario. Fair to good read.

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"In my time, like so many others, I have faced losses."

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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I'll be doing a reading binge of Sherlock Holmes pastiches for the #NovelNovember readathon. First up is finishing up Sherlock Holmes and the Eye of Heka by David Marcum, probably by tomorrow. Look for a review on my blog (see link in profile) on Monday. Next up is Beasts of London by Janina Woods. Got both of these books free from reedsy.com/discovery in exchange for a review on their website.

@Andrew65

Andrew65 What a great theme for the Readathon! Will have to explore this website. 13mo
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Read 📚 4 hours yesterday. Magazines, though, not this Holmes pastiche. Today it's back to David Marcum's great story.

This book gives Dr. Watson a larger role. Great portrait of the doctor that doesn't make him look like a fool as some of the older movies do (think Nigel Bruce's portrayal alongside Basil Rathbone).

I'm about halfway through this book. I'll review it once I'm finished.

@Andrew65 #Halloween #20in4 #readathon

Andrew65 Great progress 👏👏👏 13mo
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Got a good start on the tagged book 📖 for the #20in4 #readathon. Forgot to track my reading 📚 time ⏲ today (duh!), but read at least 4 hours.

Will do better at keeping track over the rest of the readathon, I hope. 😊

#Halloween @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great start 👏👏👏 13mo
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Great book swap gifts from @Laughterhp for the #llfs exchange. Love everything. The books sound very interesting. Can always use bookmarks as I usually have several books going at once.

Thank you.

@rsteve388 @Bookgoil

Laughterhp Glad you like everything!! 14mo
Bookgoil Oh I love magnetic bookmarks and I have to check out those books now they look good! 14mo
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My #LLFS swap package 📦 was mailed out this morning to @Laughterhp .

@rsteve388 @Bookgoil

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Received my #LLFS package from @Laughterhp in the mail today. My swap package 📦 will go out tomorrow.

@Bookgoil @rsteve388

Laughterhp Yay! Glad it made it safely! 1y
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@Bookgoil @rsteve388

HELP! I don't remember getting an email about my swap partner for the swap you guys are coordinating.

Please send me the name and address info so that I can shop and get my package out the door in time.

When is opening day?

Thanks again

rsteve388 Just forwarded you the email. You should get an email from rsteve388@gmail.com 1y
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Absolutely loved this book. I finished it on Saturday as my first book in @Andrew65 's readathon. I've had this one for a while and always meant to read it but got sidetracked and seduced by new books I bought. The narrator is a cat, but what a cat! No slouch is he. The pacing is great and steady but sluggish in a spot or two. The ending is a bit of a letdown. I'll continue to read the rest of the series, though. Overall, loved it. #awesomeaugust

Andrew65 Sounds interesting, well done and thanks for playing along 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂 1y
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Those Who Walk Away | Patricia Highsmith
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Great book bundle from Book Revue in Huntington, NY. Bought their book bundle for which a bookseller chooses the books from their remainder/overstock table based on the types of books you like.

#bookmail @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #booklover #bookmail

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Van Life | Foster Huntington
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Interesting concept. The author focuses on 20- and 30-somethings who have spent a short time in a van following the surfing 🏄‍♂️ or snow ❄. He also highlights various types of vans and the modifications made by the owners. Most were bought second- or third-hand and are by no means upscale camper vans. This isn't about glamping. I bought the book because I'm interested in doing some camper living in the future. I would go more upscale though.

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The Plot Is Murder | V.M. Burns
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Today's #bookmail - looking forward to reading this mystery.

#mysteries #mysterylover #booklover

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Great read. Concise writing and sensible advice on how and what we should be eating.

My first book 📖 in @Andrew65 's current #Awesomeapril readathon.

Also, thanks to everyone for all the birthday wishes.

#food #foodie #eathealthy #birthday

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2y
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Thank you @Kdgordon88 for the birthday wishes! Gee, I'll be staring at another birthday next week. I don't feel older, just sluggish and hohum after staying really close to home due to the pandemic. (I live with my elderly mom - I'm retired). I should pick up as it gets closer to 4/8 because I ordered a bunch of books, which should start hitting my mailbox by then. I also get the second vaccine shot this Wednesday.

#birthday #birthdaybookhaul

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📖 Book mail! Ordered this and it came in the mail a few days ago. Another book to add to my TBR pile, which already is about to tip over and come crashing down...

#tbr #bookmail

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@sprainedbrain included an article about the tagged book in her recent #blitsyswap package to me. This book sounds interesting; I'll let you all know if I find a copy.

#tbr

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Blanche on the lam | Barbara Neely
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I love the #blitsyswap gifts I received from @sprainedbrain for Black History Month. Three books, bookmarks, tea from Kenya (not pictured), a 250-piece jigsaw puzzle, a book sleeve, and a nice letter. Absolutely great picks - love them all!

@Chelleo #bhms #tbr

Chelleo Oooohhh. The booksleeve is gorgeous. (Sorry for earlier message. I misread) (edited) 2y
Chelleo BTW...love the Blanche series! 2y
MaGoose @Chelleo Good to hear that. I've known about Blanche on the Lam and have wanted to read it for a while now. I didn't know there was a series - I'll have to check it out, for sure. 2y
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MeganAnn I‘m so glad you like everything! I had so much fun shopping for you 😊🎉 2y
sprainedbrain Those aren‘t from me... looks like @MeganAnn put together a nice package for you! 2y
MaGoose @MeganAnn Sorry I thanked the wrong person originally. Your gifts to me were lovely. 2y
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Smile 😃 time. My #Blitsy swap package 📦 arrived from @MeganAnn this morning! Can't wait to open it.

@Chelleo #BHMS

MeganAnn That was fast! I can‘t wait for opening day!! 🎉 2y
Chelleo 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 #BlitsySwap (edited) 2y
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The Next Millionaire Next Door: Enduring Strategies for Building Wealth | Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D., Sarah Stanley Fallaw, Ph.D
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Dr. Thomas J. Stanley spent the majority of his professional career examining how Americans achieved financial success on their own.

#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl @TheSpineView

TheSpineView 👍📖📘 2y
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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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#blitsy history swap went out to @sprainedbrain today. Happy reading! 📚 🙂

@Chelleo #blitsyhistoryswap

Chelleo 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 2y
Chelleo 😉 2y
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Unknown Book 992462 | Unknown Unknown
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Meh. Protagonist is a hired killer who stalks his victim on a luxury expedition cruise to Antarctica. The pacing is steady but sluggish in places. Characterization is good for the protagonist and some of the secondary characters. But the climax happens off-camera and is told in an abbreviated flashback - oh yeah, by the way, I killed him by throwing him overboard when he was drunk and buzzed on marijuana. Not one of my best reads this year.