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PatriciaU

PatriciaU

Joined July 2016

Reader.Parent.Partner.Librarian in Rochester NY http://itsallaboutthebook.org
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The Inheritance | Trisha Sakhlecha
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This ARC was 5/5, with a gripping plot with a few different storylines which all came together in the end. I did not expect the twist at the end at all and I‘m usually pretty good at figuring things out. Comes out in January.

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Prey | Hilary Norman
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Mehso-so

Read the ARC of this one, which started out strong then petered out halfway through. Disappointing

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The mystery here is as bad as you can get - a camper disappears. And not just *any* camper, but the daughter of the wealthy family that owns the campground. The ensuing story covers the full-on search for the camper but also expands to recount the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the camper‘s brother 10 years prior. Great story and very satisfying ending.

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Cozy mystery fans will thoroughly enjoy this romp aboard a giant ship renovated into luxury condos for wealthy seniors. Part of the Kat Lawson series.

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Summer Reading | Hilma Wolitzer
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For some reason, I'm a little weary of people asking for summer reading recommendations and charts, so I made this. Credit to Marissa Abao whose Canva design I modified. #SummerReading #ReadWhatYouWant

BarbaraJean 😂😂I love this! Best summer reading challenge! 1mo
dabbe 😂😂😂 1mo
JessieKB 😂😂yes!!!! 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly Love it! 😂 1mo
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The Witchstone | Henry H. Neff
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A little late due to a power outage, but I spent a lovely evening last night for #HyggeHourReadathon in a darkened room, in a bed with freshly washed sheets and comforter, with my latest, The Witchstone. Love this planned reading time on Sundays!

@TheBookHippie @jenniferw88 @Chrissyreadit @Alldebooks

AllDebooks Lovely, looks nice and cool 💚 1mo
TheBookHippie 💚💚💚💚💚💚 1mo
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The Witchstone | Henry H. Neff
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Loved Neff‘s Hound of Rowan series so jumped at the ARC of his new adult novel The Witchstone. Def giving me Christopher Moore vibes.

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This is the latest pick in Jenny Lawson‘s Fantastic Strangelings book club and it‘s a stunner. Full of Appalachian folklore and magic blended with serious family dysfunction and trauma. Read it in one sitting.

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The Midnight Feast | Lucy Foley
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Foley has crafted an irresistible narrative that blends the present day with a dark, dark past. Her cast of characters, especially Bella and Francesca, crawl out of the pages and into your brain until you can‘t stop turning pages just to find out what happens. What really hooked me here was the dual narrative of the secret-in-the-past plot line that binds Bella and Francesca and the creepy parallel story featuring a local legend of menacing birds.

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King Nyx | Kirsten Bakis
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Starting my first #hyggehourreadathon on this rainy, cold Sunday evening. Had my son‘s pup for a few days so all of us are tuckered out tonight. Hubs watching b-ball, both my pups falling asleep, one after a round of zoomies. @AllDebooks @TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit @jenniferw88

TheBookHippie Looks so cozy! 2mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🐾🖤 2mo
AnnCrystal 💕🐕💝. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cozy ❤️ 1mo
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The Heron Legacy: A Novel | Leona Francombe
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This lovely, gentle book contains a deceptively gripping plot and a wonderful set of characters who will stay with me for a long time. The concept of chivalry runs strong and true through the narrative as the reader follows Charles de la Fontaine (or Charles d‘Outre-mer) as he grows from a thoughtful boy obsessed with history to a man grown in the image of his father (or is he?) Full review at https://itsallaboutthebook.org

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The Fox Wife: A Novel | Yangsze Choo
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This book gets ALL the descriptors: mysterious, lovely, heartbreaking, satisfying, lyrical, deadly, and so many more. Ah San (Snow) and Tagtaa are characters I will remember for a very long time. Both driven by love for family & loyalty to friends and lovers, they drive this story forward as one seeks revenge and one seeks to protect. The complicated relationships that connect the two women and Bao are intricately plotted and beautifully rendered.

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The Comfort of Ghosts | Jacqueline Winspear
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Another of my favorites comes to a close with Winspear‘s final entry in the Maisie Dobbs series. As expected, the writing is exquisite and the characters richly drawn and developed. While there‘s less of a mystery here and more tying up of loose ends, the story hangs together nicely and is peppered with references to earlier books and events. Such a wonderful series.

Eyelit Oh boy, it‘s over? I stopped around book five cause I hated waiting… now I‘ll go back and start again and read the whole series. 😃 2mo
kspenmoll I am putting off reading this- so hate to say goodbye!!! 2mo
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Tail of the Dragon | Connie di Marco
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I'm actually writing about diMarco's latest in the Zodiac series, but it doesn't seem to be in the Litsy database. The Light Beside the Sea is the newest in this series, but I wholeheartedly recommend her Zodiac mystery series. Lots of fun and very informative. The tone is similar to Juliet Blackwell's Lily Ivory series. See review here https://itsallaboutthebook.org/2024/06/04/the-light-beside-the-sea-by-connie-di-....

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Been thinking about this lately and came across this infographic from the Scottish Book Trust. Why do YOU read?

Aimeesue Because I‘m insatiably curious 🤷🏻‍♀️ I like to learn as many things as possible. 2mo
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Readers who like a blend of police procedural with familial and village drama will surely enjoy this debut series from Morag Pringle. The setting on the remote islands of Uist combined with a complex, well-developed mystery will draw readers in and keep them glued to page after page. Fans of Ann Cleeves & Elly Griffiths will enjoy this one.

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Brackston‘s latest is the first in what promises to be an exciting series. I‘ve seen some reviewers complain about the end being unsatisfying. I found it quite the opposite. No, the singular villain has not been revealed but that only serves to make me anticipate the future adventures of Miss Cavendish. And that definitely doesn‘t mean that there‘s a lack of a satisfying climax - in fact there are two very compelling scenes that lead to the end.

MaleficentBookDragon Stacked! This sounds like fun. 2mo
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It‘s not often I find a cookbook that is as much a story as a collection of recipes. Crystal Wilkinson writes a lovely, flowing memoir of her family as seen through the food they grew and consumed. Blending elements of a family scrapbook (snapshots of Wilkinson‘s people likely taken with an old Kodak or Polaroid camera) are interspersed with fancier photos of the current finished recipes. Full review at https://itsallaboutthebook.org

Chrissyreadit She is going to be at my local bookstore- i think this weekend. 5mo
Tamra That sounds terrific! 5mo
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Book of Doors | Gareth Brown
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Deep into the ARC of this fabulous story. It‘s out in February so look for it. If you loved Mr. Penumbra‘s 24 Hour Bookstore or just enjoy books about books, you will enjoy this. Warning though - there‘s some disturbing cruelty and sociopathic behavior described in some detail.

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Found in my library. The name of this book? Spectral Images. 😁

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The concept of heirlooms is something that has been top of mind for me in the last few years as my family has coped with multiple losses of our elders and kin. My home is currently filled with things that connect me to those who have gone before me, all of them keeping a story that is a thread of my past. If anything, this book made me pull out my grandmother‘s old silver, polish it up and place it in my every-day utensil drawer.

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The Dirty Duck | Martha Grimes
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Here‘s the second in my “Six Degrees” reading challenge. Enjoy!

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Here‘s the first in a set of 6 reading challenges I created for my library system. Each book is related to a fact about the author. As an extra challenge, discover the facts! #ReadingChallenge #ReadingChallenge2024

Sapphire Wow! Now that‘s a fun and novel way to do a challenge! 7mo
Sapphire Can‘t wait to see what the other challenges are! 7mo
Daisey This is fun! I had to look up a couple of the books that I didn‘t recognize, but I have an idea of the connections to Tolkien. #FellowshipOfTolkien (edited) 7mo
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The Twelve Days of Murder | Andreina Cordani
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The setting at this remote, snowbound Scottish estate is right out of Agatha Christie and the Golden Age country house murder mysteries. Cordani is great at setting the scene and using narrative description to build tension.

I‘m on a Christmas murder mystery binge right now and this one is definitely recommended! Full review at https://itsallaboutthebook.org

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Spent the last few days utterly immersed in this remarkable book. It is unlike anything Arden has published before but it is every bit as good, altho there are hints of Midnight and Chaos if you look carefully. One of the best ARCs I‘ve read this year. Get it in 2024.

currentlyreadinginCO I just started this arc and now I'm excited, great review! 7mo
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Rebecca | Daphne Du Maurier, Dame
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This was my FB memory today. 14 years ago, I apparently loved the Ridiculously Simplified Synopsis feature on Shelfari. Can you write a synopsis of your favorite book in 115 characters or less? Here's mine: Evil b*tch haunts shrinking violet in gloomy castle by the sea guarded by venomous woman in black.

What‘s yours????

dabbe I don't have any, but boy, do I have a book! It's called ABRIDGED CLASSICS by John Atkinson. Have you heard of it? Here are some faves:
WAR AND PEACE: “Everyone is sad. It snows a lot.“
GRAPES OF WRATH: “Farming sucks. Road trip! Road trip sucks.“
DON QUIXOTE: Guy attacks windmills; also, he's mad.“
THE SUN ALSO RISES: The Lost Generation gets drunk, and they're still lost.“
MOBY DICK: Man vs. whale; whale wins. 😃
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Treacle Walker | ALAN. GARNER
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This is not an easy book but well worth it. written in dialect and layer upon layer of brilliant commentary on sight (what‘s real and what‘s not), aging, dreaming, and healing. Simply gorgeous. Full review at https://itsallaboutthebook.org

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Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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What an awesome #HauntedHollowSwap! Just what I needed at the end of a long day. Thank you @kaykay521 for the wonderfully spooky things and thanks to @wanderinglynn for hosting another successful swap! #HHS

JamieArc Ooh. I‘m curious about the Dahl book! 9mo
wanderinglynn Awesome! 🎃🖤👻🧡 9mo
kaykay521 Glad you enjoy! Happy Halloween 🎃 👻 9mo
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Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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Got my #HauntedHollowSwap package today @wanderinglynn #HHS Looking forward to opening day!

wanderinglynn Yay! 🎃👻🧡 9mo
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If you are looking for a fun and unusual mystery series, try Gigi Pandian‘s The Accidental Alchemist. I just finished #4 and am working my way up to her newest over a few days of vacation.

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It has been awhile since I had to stop reading a book because the stories frightened me so badly. When I say this book *haunted* me, I am not exaggerating. Horror fans, get yourself a copy.

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Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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My #HauntedHollowSwap is on its way to Texas! @wanderinglynn #HHS Eagerly awaiting arrival!!! 💀👻🎃

wanderinglynn Yay! 🎃👻🧡 10mo
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Small Spaces | Katherine Arden
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tagged one of my favorite spooky books in this #HauntedHollowSwap post. Thanks @wanderinglynn for the tag.

1. Owl for sure. Creepy but beautiful
2. Halloween Tree - it‘s an annual thing
3. Not a big costume fan
4. I prefer soft, fuzzy socks, size M
5. Too many! Monster movie is Creature from the Black Lagoon; original 13 Ghosts has always been a fave
6. Payday or Butterfinger bars

wanderinglynn I love rereading the Halloween Tree too! 👻🎃🙌🏻 10mo
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Halloween Tree | Ray D Bradbury
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My #HauntedHollowSwap vibe this year is vintage & campy. I am grooving to movies I watched with my kids when they were little - Casper, Haunted Mansion, Hocus Pocus - but also some annual re-reads (Christie‘s Hallowe‘en Party) & re-listens (full-cast version of Bradbury‘s Halloween Tree). I am a huge fan of ghost stories and adore books by Sarah Rayne and Simone St. James. Bring on the witches, jack-o-lanterns, ghosts & goblins! @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Love it! 🎃 11mo
JessieKB Oh Casper!! That was a great one 🖤🎃 11mo
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The Fox Wife: A Novel | Yangsze Choo
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OMG you guys! If you can get your hands on an advanced copy of this one, do it. It is GORGEOUS!!! This book gets ALL the adjectives: mysterious, lovely, heartbreaking, satisfying, lyrical, deadly, and so many more.

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A Scrap of Silk | Virginia King
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I always enjoy a new mystery series & Virginia King has made me a fan with this mysterious, semi-creepy book. She has given readers a very appealing protagonist in Tiggy Jones & dropped her into Topsham, a veritable bed of intrigue. The component of the mysterious locked cellar is handled nicely, even though it turns into a gruesome and sad story. Full review at https://itsallaboutthebook.org/2023/08/31/a-scrap-of-silk-by-virginia-king-indie...

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There are a lot of boxes ticked here for fans of cozy British mysteries. There‘s an appealing protagonist, an attractive police officer, an annoying aristocrat, an unusual and clever mystery, and a lovely setting. Lyn makes an auspicious debut with the first in her Cotswold Crimes series. Full review at https://itsallaboutthebook.org/

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Summerlong: A Novel | Dean Bakopoulos
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I‘m running a summer reading program for staff in my library system this year and it has been going really well. People are reading such a wide variety of titles! Here‘s a word cloud of the 641 titles submitted in the first 4 weeks of the program. The most frequently read books are Lessons in Chemistry, Hello Beautiful, The Ancient Magus‘ Bride, and Tsubasa.

wanderinglynn That‘s awesome! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 12mo
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Deadly Depths | John F. Dobbyn
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As a longtime fan & reader of action-adventure fiction, I don‘t know how I‘ve missed out on John Dobbyn‘s work! This is one wild ride, beginning in Boston and ending in a forbidding Jamaican jungle. A well-constructed plot, a vivid & engaging narrative (there‘s an absolute nightmare of an underwater scene that had me at the edge of my seat) & a non-stop pace make this one a winner for any reader looking to escape into an adventure for a few hours.

Bookwormjillk I was just sitting here watching shark week and thinking I needed to find a book that features diving! 12mo
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Ancient Crete, 1450 BC. In a world of Goddess worship, sacred snakes and sacrifice, human jealousy, resentment, and betrayal still run wild. Years of reading mystery novels have taught me one thing – people are the same, no matter the time period. Full review at https://itsallaboutthebook.org/2023/07/20/in-the-shadow-of-the-bull-by-eleanor-k...

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The Puzzle Master: A Novel | Danielle Trussoni
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Trussoni is known for unusual interpretations of mythical beings (check out her Angelology series) and here she tackles one of the most terrifying, the golem. There‘s one scene involving a living doll parting the curtains in a room that literally gave me nightmares. Full review at https://itsallaboutthebook.org/2023/06/01/the-puzzle-master-by-danielle-trussoni...

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I‘ve read several reviews of this incandescent debut comparing it The Plot, The Secret History, and other novels. But I am here to tell you that this is like nothing you‘ve ever read before.

This is psychological mayhem at its very best.

All I‘m going to say is READ THIS!

DivineDiana Great review! Stacked! 14mo
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This is a solid start to a new series described as an “historical/ghost/cozy mystery.” The “history” here is 1885, a time when independent women were rare and the West was still relatively unknown. The “ghost” is the deceased partner of the main character‘s late husband, and the “cozy” is evident in the absence of the more grisly aspects of murder. Full review at https://itsallaboutthebook.org/2023/06/06/pryce-of-conceit-by/

DivineDiana Sounds like a fun read! 14mo
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Vaster Wilds | Lauren Groff
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Read an ARC of this couple weeks ago and it is still sitting with me. I know Groff‘s writing isn‘t for everyone, but this one is just something. It‘s a survival story, but also a study of the depths to which humans will sink when faced with horrific circumstances. This is a very, very dark book.

squirrelbrain I just applied for this yesterday on NetGalley - good to hear your views. 14mo
PatriciaU @squirrelbrain it is a fascinating study of what can happen when basic human needs are not met. I have followed Groff on social media for a few years and I surmised from some of her posts that she really struggled with Covid and the uprising triggered by the George Floyd murder. If her writing is an indicator of her mood, it was pretty dark. 14mo
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This Bird Has Flown | Susanna Hoffs
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This will be in every beach bag and carry-on this summer and if it‘s not, it should be! I‘m looking forward to more from Susanna Hoffs, Author!

See full review at https://itsallaboutthebook.org/

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Doing some work this weekend and, of course, some reading! Almost finished with The Woman in the Castello. So, so good! Red Rabbit up next and it sounds bananas! Wild West bounty hunters after a witch with lots of ghosts & goblins along the way. #WeekendReading #WhatAreYouDoingThisWeekend

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Killing Me | Michelle Gagnon
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Haven‘t been around here for a bit. Life gets in the way, you know? Spending this cool, rainy afternoon with my pup and my porch and this new book. Really need the quiet time!

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Reinhardt | Marianne Scott
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It's been a while since I've read a flat-out, non-stop spy thriller, and I found Reinhardt a spicy appetizer to lead me back to the genre. A relatively short book, this can be easily read in an afternoon, and you will find yourself flying through the pages to get to the end. Full review at https://itsallaboutthebook.org

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Covert in Cairo | Kelly Oliver
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5th in the Fiona Figg series by Kelly Oliver, Covert in Cairo finds our clever Ms. Figg applying her razor-sharp mind to mysterious activities in Egypt and around the Suez Canal, all the while wearing her collection of clever disguises and trying to maintain her (somewhat) orderly existence as a proper English lady. Fans of the Phryne Fisher series will enjoy this one. See full review at https://itsallaboutthebook.org/

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The last 4 weeks have been rough. My brother passed peacefully 10 days after having his first stroke. He was the oldest left of my siblings and had been more of a father to me than a brother since our parents died 40 years ago. His death has left a big hole in my family. I turned to this gem of a book, which always brings me comfort. The process of dying and of grieving is something....

Tamra I‘m so sorry - take care. 💜 1y
Soubhiville My condolences. 💔 1y
Susanita I‘m so sorry. 😢 1y
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xicanti I‘m so sorry about your brother. 1y
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