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MamaGina

MamaGina

Joined May 2016

“We live and breathe words. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone.” (Cassandra Clare)
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Himself: A Novel | Jess Kidd
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Wow. Sometimes you put a book down and think “that was a great story”. Himself is indeed a great story, but my biggest takeaway is “What an incredibly talented writer!” Jess Kidd puts together prose magically. Every word, every turn of phrase, every page is wonderful. I‘ll be reading her backlist and everything she publishes from here on out. Highly recommend Himself. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CaitlinR LOVED this book. I also enjoyed her Things In Jars. 12h
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Himself: A Novel | Jess Kidd
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Finished Americanah earlier today, so decided to head from Nigeria to Ireland for my next read. HIMSELF has been on my kindle for a long time and I loved THINGS IN JARS so I have high hopes for this title…the description certainly ticks lots of my reading boxes!
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Andrew65 I need to read Americanah. (edited) 1w
Kimzey Himself has been on my TBR list also. Look forward to hearing how you like it. 1w
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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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This is a pick for me even though I can‘t say I loved this book. I found it compelling to see the US through the eyes of a Nigerian woman, especially her experiences and observations on race and gender. The writing is excellent and Adichie seamlessly takes the narrative back and forth between the two main characters. It wasn‘t until I finished that I realized I just didn‘t like Ifemelu. She was selfish, lacked empathy and had a superior ⬇️

MamaGina attitude throughout. That‘s okay though, I don‘t think the author wrote her to be likeable. Her friends called her out several times for being judgmental too. Even Ifemelu herself recognized it…”She did not understand what it was but there was something wrong with her. A hunger, a restlessness. An incomplete knowledge of herself.” I will read more of Adichie. Maybe I‘ll fall in love with another protagonist another day. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1w
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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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My weekend read illustrates something I love about reading: Despite having nothing in common with the characters in a book, there is so much that we all share in the human experience no matter our ethnicity, race, age, country of origin, place or time we live in now…I‘m making a concerted effort in 2022 to read authors who take me completely out of my own life experiences and Americanah is an excellent start.
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Andrew65 I need to read this. 2w
CBee I have this and need to read it too! I like your goal 😁♥️ 2w
Ruthiella Excellent point. The points of view from people different from me is one of the many reasons I love reading. 2w
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1979 | Val McDermid
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I‘ve been adding my reads to my Goodreads account all year but it was just a few days ago I realized I‘d read 49 books. So, of course, I decided to read just one more to hit 50. This first in a new series by this prolific writer was good, I enjoyed it, but it would have been much better if the book blurb hadn‘t revealed a spoiler about the death of a main character that occurs well into the tale. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Happy New Year, All 🥳

Ruthiella Happy New Year! 🥳🥂 3w
Bookzombie Happy New Year!🎆 3w
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Interesting article on downsizing, especially your books!

https://www.nextavenue.org/the-perils-of-downsizing/?utm_source=Next+Avenue+Emai...

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Merry Christmas to All My Litsy Friends! You Are A Gift in My Life! Advice for 2022? Eat the Cookies!!! 🍪🎄🧒🏻❤️💚❤️

Cathythoughts Good advice ! Lovely picture x Happy Christmas 1mo
Bookzombie Merry Christmas!🎄 1mo
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The Seeker: The Seeker 1 | S. G. MacLean
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This first in a five part series featuring The Seeker, head of the Guard protecting Oliver Cromwell, is compared to the Sansome series and aptly so, although it is set 100 years after the time of that other Cromwell and his infamous king. I expected to enjoy the mystery and intrigue of this tale and it‘s enigmatic antihero but was unprepared for the beauty of the writing. The author she has a gorgeous way with prose! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ruthiella Excellent. I‘ll check it out for sure. I really enjoyed the Shardlake books. 1mo
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I hardly ever do this but Razorblade Tears was so good that I immediately went back and started this previous work. This man can WRITE! His prose is electric and precise like literary surgery. He gets every sense involved so you see, smell and taste the action. He is a gifted storyteller. I hope he will also be a prolific one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Wow. I‘m just going to let the tears streaming down my face and the fact that I spent the last 25% of this book with my hand over my mouth and eyes wide open stand as my review…Wow…⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The second installment in what is quickly becoming a favorite series. Flavia Albia is an immensely pleasing and fascinating character: I simply love being in her head and heart as she navigates Roman society and defies all the conventions that society tries to put onto her. Happy to know I have a few more in the series to look forward to! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

rwmg Have you read her first series about Falco, Flavia Alba's adoptive father? 3mo
BookNAround I just read the first Flavia Alba mystery and quite enjoyed it. 3mo
MamaGina @rwmg I haven‘t, but I understand there are about 20 of them! I think I will give them a try too. The things Flavia says about he and his wife make me want to know more about them. 3mo
rwmg The Jupiter Myth (Falco 13) tells the story of how Falco and Helena came to adopt Flavia 3mo
MamaGina @rwmg Thank you for telling me that, I will definitely want to read that one! 3mo
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No Words … 👨🏻‍🦰🧒🏻 📕 💕

tpixie Precious 3mo
AmyG Too cute! 3mo
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Grammy Loves You! | Sally Helmick North
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One thing they don‘t tell you about becoming a grandmother. Your heart will simply swell out of your chest with love and pride when you see Your child with His Child.👨🏻‍🦰🧒🏻🧡

Prairiegirl_reading Adorable!!! 3mo
robinb Oh, those smiles!! 😊❤️ 3mo
Reggie Please, the adorableness is too much!! ❤️ 3mo
EvieBee 😍😍 3mo
Nute So lovely! 2mo
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This series starring Sherlock Holmes and his partner/wife Mary Russell was my first experience where someone other than the original author features well established characters and expounds on their canon in a compelling way. This remains an amazing series 17 volumes in and this latest adventure does not disappoint. If I ever meet Laurie King I will thank her for this and for opening my eyes to the joys of well written pastiche fiction. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Bombay Prince | Sujata Massey
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I continue to enjoy several historical mystery series set in India, including this latest title in the Perveen Mistry series. The author delves much further into the roles of women through the eyes of Perveen, the first female solicitor of Bombay, as she endeavors to break ground in her career despite societal obstacles. This series also explores the history of India during the time of British rule, a topic I find fascinating. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Night Hawks | Elly Griffiths
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This is #13 in this series and, yet again, Elly Griffiths does not disappoint. The mystery was engaging as is always the case with Ruth Galloway and company. The fact that I figured out who the killer was way before the end wasn‘t even disappointing because it‘s the relationships between the recurring characters that makes this series compelling and a must read every time. Looking forward to #14, especially after reading the last page! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Finally read this one…what the heck was I waiting for, it was VERY good!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts Oh good to hear … waiting on my shelf for me ☺️ 4mo
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Bailedbailed

This takes place during the 1889 Paris Exposition. The protagonist is a bookseller/amateur detective. I stopped halfway through when he spies on a woman he‘s become obsessed with and sees her hugging and laughing with another man. He declares she‘s a whore then a few pages later purchases a nude painting she posed for. I nearly threw the book across the room! Hard to believe written by two women; something was definitely lost in translation.

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This Twitter post cracked me up this morning 😆 and of course we all love that her arms are full of books!📚
(Posted on Twitter by UK author Beth Morrey)

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Quiet Dell: A Novel | Jayne Anne Phillips
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A haunting story, based on true circumstances but fleshed out by the story of an invented reporter who becomes completely invested in and altered by her experience covering the case. I enjoyed this writer‘s prose and her way of bringing humanity to horrific crimes.
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So Happy to be Celebrating this Beautiful and Precious Child‘s Birthday Today!!!!!!! 🥳💖🎉#GrammysGirl

Darklunarose Happy birthday Sophia 🎂 🎉 6mo
Ruthiella Happy Birthday to the birthday girl! 🥳🥳🥳 6mo
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This second entry in the Giordano Bruno series continues the intrigues of its “renegade monk, philosopher, scientist, poet and magician” as he strives to stay alive and protect Queen Elizabeth from the machinations of the French, Spanish and Scottish courts, all seemingly intent on ending her reign. A historical thriller I enjoyed, despite figuring out several plot points well before the end.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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See You Soon: Poems | Laura McKee
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Just two more sleeps until I‘m with this little lady!!! 💗

Bookzombie So cute! 6mo
Reggie Awww! 6mo
Gissy Adorable!❤️❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
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Bailedbailed

I was in the mood for a historical romance and this cover attracted me but it didn‘t match the contents. The writing was stilted. The hero and heroine were lackluster with no feeling of connection between them yet they share their deepest secrets after one dance.Too much describing, not enough showing. For example, reading about an attempted robbery feels like reading a police report, rather than being put in the middle of the action. Bailed!👎🏼

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Many excellent historical mysteries are set in India and this newest series featuring India‘s first female detective inspector is an engaging entry into the category. Most I‘ve read are set during British rule but Khan sets his tale during Partition, a time of political, cultural and religious upheaval. I look forward to future installments of this series and learning more about this difficult and long reaching time in India‘s story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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What the Devil Knows | C.S. Harris
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My favorite subgenre of fiction is the historical mystery category and I can count on one hand the series which consistently deliver every time. The Sebastian St Cyr series by C S Harris definitely qualifies. This 16th in the series is a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read. If you look at each entry on Goodreads they all consistently rank a well deserved 4 stars and above. Basically I‘m in love with Sebastian. Read them and you will understand why!!!🤓

Amie My favorite genre, too! I've been wanting to start this series for awhile, but haven't gotten around to it yet. 7mo
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I enjoyed this mystery featuring Miss Jane Marple very much. I did figure out the solution—a first for me lol—but the reveal and aftermath were so entertaining that I wasn‘t disappointed and was actually a bit proud of myself. Read this and you too will learn why little old Miss Marple IS Nemesis!

Read as part of the #readchristie2021 challenge hosted by OfficialAgathaChristie on IG. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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If I had to choose one word to describe this novel — based on a real-life female serial killer — that word would be INTENSE. A perfect intersection of true crime novel and historical fiction. Disturbing. Harrowing. Excellently crafted. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The books in this enjoyable series are just pure escapism, fun romps through 19th Century British history with lots of spies, disguises and surprises, plus bits of romance and mystery to boot. Definitely recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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My beautiful granddaughter, Sophia, loves showing her Pride!!! 🌈 I‘ll be going to Texas to celebrate her first birthday soon. Oh my, Time Flies! 💕

TrishB Gorgeous ♥️ 7mo
DivineDiana She is adorable! 💗🌈💗 7mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful 💕 7mo
sprainedbrain Soooo cute! ❤️ 7mo
Gissy So cute!!! 💖 6mo
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The Ides of April | Lindsey Davis
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I enjoyed this first book in the Flavia Albia series. She is an informer (investigator) in Ancient Rome, following in the footsteps of her father, the protagonist of an earlier series by Lindsey Davis. Flavia is likeable, whip smart and empathetic, with sharp instincts and the ability to maneuver within all circles of Roman society. I enjoyed Flavia, she feels very modern; if she were to time travel to 2021 she would do just fine. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Six Four | Hideo Yokoyama
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Finished!
Not what I expected and a couple of times I almost gave up reading this one because its primary focus is the political machinations of the Japanese police force at the center of the fourteen year old kidnapping and murder of a child, rather than the disturbing case itself. However, I‘m glad I stuck with it so I could enjoy the unexpected revelations and excellent conclusion that I never saw coming!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Dewey Decimal System | Nathan Larson
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How to find resources about Tough Topics in the Library...
Brilliant!!! 📚❤️

MicheleinPhilly I ❤️ this!!! 8mo
Chrissyreadit Brilliant ❤️ 8mo
BiblioLitten 👏🏼👏🏼 8mo
Bookzombie This is brilliant! 8mo
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Six Four | Hideo Yokoyama
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If you don‘t hear from me for awhile, don‘t be alarmed...I‘m reading this brick!!! 🙀

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#RIP Eric Carle, iconic children‘s book artist and writer 🦋

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This was my first Miss Marple and while I liked it, I can‘t say I enjoyed her as much as Hercule Poirot. She isn‘t even introduced until nearly halfway into the story! I also must say I missed the traditional gathering of the suspects and dramatic reveal. I will try another Marple sometime, but one where I can get to know her better from the beginning.

Read as part of the #readchristie2021 challenge hosted by OfficialAgathaChristie on IG. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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An Unexpected Peril | Deanna Raybourn
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The sixth outing of this delectable series delivers in every way and I highly recommend the adventures of Veronica Speedwell without reservation. However, I urge you to start with the first volume and continue in order because it is the development of the relationship between Veronica and her companion Stoker that you must experience from its curious beginning... 😉
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The Big Day | Terry Lee Caruthers
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So today is indeed a big day.
My 59th Birthday 🎂 AND
My 5th #Litsyversary 🎉

I‘ll be having lunch at an actual restaurant with my fully vaccinated family for the first time in over a year! Looking forward to patio dining at my favorite local fried chicken joint featuring chicken, mac & cheese, fried okra and sweet tea, ya‘ll 🤓

BekahB Happy Birthday!! 8mo
Seekingtardis Happy Happy Birthday!! 🥰🥰🥳🥳 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm Happy birthday and happy Litsyversary! 🎉🎂🥂 8mo
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Cazxxx Happy birthday 🥳 8mo
Tamra Happy Birthday to you! 8mo
Cathythoughts 🥳 wooohoo Happy Birthday ❤️ 8mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday!! ❤️📚❤️📚 8mo
Bianca Happy birthday! 8mo
TrishB Happy birthday 🎉🎉 8mo
Reggie Happy Birthday!!! 8mo
Ruthiella Happy Birthday! 🥳🥳🥳 8mo
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This ended up being a darker read than I anticipated. I didn‘t know much about Christopher “Kit” Marlowe going in and reading his Wikipedia page was almost as interesting, though much less entertaining, than this well written debut novel. It begins with the notion that Kit was a spy while a student at Cambridge, which seems plausible, and follows him into danger at every turn of the page.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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My favorite girl, my granddaughter, Sophia, she is forever my life‘s Joy 🥰

Traci1 So sweet. ❤ 9mo
Ruthiella So cute! 😀 9mo
Suet624 Adorable 9mo
Cathythoughts 💕💕 a doll 9mo
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I enjoyed this intense translated mystery/thriller set in Vitoria, Spain and featuring an imperfect yet sympathetic detective and a well drawn cast of supporting characters, including the city itself and its citizenry. This is the first of a trilogy and I will definitely enjoy revisiting Kraken‘s City again.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Murder is Easy | Agatha Christie
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This was my first reading of an Agatha Christie novel that did not feature Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot and I found It surprisingly good. It did feature lots of suspects in a small village where it took way too long for anyone to notice the ridiculously high per capita murder rate, giving it quite the Murder She Wrote vibe! 😆
Read as part of the #readchristie2021 challenge hosted by OfficialAgathaChristie on IG ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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“I know everyone in Vitoria was stunned by the fact that I had been shot in the head, and if thinking hadn‘t been a physical impossibility just then, it would have moved me to tears. A policeman never expects to close a case by becoming the final victim of a serial killer who has plunged his city into a state of terror, but life has sly ways of playing tricks on you. So…yes, things didn‘t turn out too well for me.”

What a compelling prologue! 🤓

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The first book of this series featuring Jane Austen as amateur detective is very good. I enjoyed the mystery, the manners and the humor of this story and look forward to continuing the series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Seagull | Ann Cleeves
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Lately I‘ve been enjoying reading books that have TV series episodes available too. Last night I finished The Seagull book then immediately watched the episode from Season 9
of the same name. Many details were changed this time, but the revealed murderer was the same and, of course, Brenda Blethyn portrays Vera Stanhope perfectly IMO.🕵🏼‍♀️
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EvieBee Yes!!!! Agreed. 9mo
Readerann Vera! 👍👏 9mo
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Vaccination | Phillip Tomasso
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It‘s a Good Day...Got my first dose of the Phizer vaccine! 🤓

LeahBergen Wonderful! 👏🏻 10mo
Lcsmcat Whoo-hoo! 🎉 10mo
EvieBee Nice! I had minimal side effects with Pfizer. 10mo
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Reggie Yayyy 10mo
Bookzombie Yay! 10mo
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Easter | Gail Gibbons
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To All who celebrated Easter today, I hope your day was a blessing...💚💗💚💗💚

Come-read-with-me 💕💕How wonderful she is! 10mo
mabell So much cuteness! 🥰 10mo
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Heresy | S. J. Parris
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This debut compares favorably to the Matthew Shardlake series. It takes place during the early reign of Elizabeth I and, like Shardlake, Giordano Bruno is called upon to serve the interests of the powerful while navigating religious/political pitfalls. The fact that Bruno was a real historical figure who spent his life trying to outrun The Inquisition, as well as excellent atmospheric storytelling, makes me keen to continue this series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ruthiella I‘ll keep this in my back pocket. I‘m currently making my way through the Shardlake books. 😀 10mo
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My heart is breaking with all bad news and awful things happening in the world today. How about a little cuteness therapy??? 👶🏼 💕

AmyG ❤️ 10mo
Come-read-with-me Best antidote ever. Thanks for sharing her sweet little face 💕 10mo
BookwormAHN 😻 10mo
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This one was interesting and I did not guess the solution at all. One of the Hercule Poirot mysteries narrated by Hastings and apparently taking place in the later years of their association. I enjoyed it, despite Hastings vaccilating between hero worship and second guessing.🙄 Read as part of the #readchristie2021 challenge hosted by OfficialAgathaChristie on IG ⭐️⭐️⭐️