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Killers of a Certain Age | Deanna Raybourn
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The Dead Romantics | Ashley Poston
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Need a romance with a ghost for your Halloween reading bingo? I‘ve got you covered. And it‘s got a satisfying ending as well as a lovely cast of characters including a quirky family who run a funeral home. It has got some death in it - it made me cry - but it‘s worth it.

ShyBookOwl I'm halfway through this now! Really enjoying it 3d
Verity @ShyBookOwl i think I read it in 24 hours flat. And I had a busy day today too. It was worth prioritising! 3d
ShyBookOwl @Verity Awesome. It's currently my bedtime read so I'm doing a couple chapters a night. My daytime read is How to Hang a Witch. I'm fully in October lol 3d
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Love on the Brain | Ali Hazelwood
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Where have I been? Well work got insane, the Queen died and then I got shingles. So it‘s been a real doozy. But I‘m going to try and be back here a bit more

Love on the brain wasn‘t as good as The Love hypothesis, but it was exactly what my addled brain needed at the time!

LeahBergen Shingles! Poor you. It‘s good to see you back. 😊 4d
Verity @LeahBergen and it was on my head Leah. On. My. Head. It was horrid. But I‘m doing better now. x 3d
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Piglettes | Clmentine Beauvais
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Oopsie daisy did I buy two books today just because I happened to be walking past Foyles? Bad me.

JamieArc I loved Piglettes. Super cute. I‘m also a total Francophile and love everything French 😆 2mo
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My Italian Bulldozer: A Novel | Alexander McCall Smith
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Bedtime reading!

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Murder must advertise is 99p this month so I have added the kindle version to the paperback, the audiobook and the radio play version! Now if only they could update the cover of gaudy night so it matches - it does on the Amazon site…

And yes, this is one of my favourites- Peter is undercover at an advertising agency, solving a murder and cracking a drugs ring.

shanaqui Murder Must Advertise is just sooo fun. Makes the best of Peter's piffle. 3mo
CogsOfEncouragement I read this five years ago and adored the minimalist cover with a monocle as part of the design. I can‘t add a photo here, but if you click on the book and scroll just a bit you‘ll see my post from back then with it. I ended up reading all the books that had Harriet Vane in them because I liked her so much. 3mo
Verity @CogsOfEncouragement I love the Peter and Harriet books. And I love the little reference to Harriet that‘s in this one which was written between Have His Carcase and Gaudy Night. I have them all on audiobook and I listen to them fairly regularly 3mo
Verity @shanaqui it really does doesn‘t it. “Anything you want if you whiffle” 3mo
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Ok so I absolutely loved this. It‘s got romance and family problems and grief and also how much work it is to be good at something. I really enjoyed it.

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A murder mystery set in the 1980s, written by an actual vicar and former pop star. This is a lot of fun - and if you‘ve ever been involved in parish life or parish committees there are some lovely touches for you.

MrsK I‘ve never even heard of this one! Added to my stack immediately. Thanks for the great review 😊. 4w
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I loved this so much. Yes there is a Big Sad Thing early on - but you suspect it‘s coming from the blurb so you‘re prepared. And then it‘s just a delight. An interesting read at the moment though given what is going on in the US

GondorGirl I loved this book so much! And this cover fits it so much better than the standard US cover... it made the book look like a chick lit romcom. 😳 3mo
Verity @GondorGirl it is a lovely cover. And it‘s definitely not a chick lit rom com, although I think it is still a little more serious than this is iykwim. 3mo
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Bedtime book!

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Book post! Out today! Selma Blair‘s Mean Baby and the sixth Vinyl Detective novel - Attack and Decay!

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Lone Wolf | Linwood Barclay
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It‘s been a while, but I‘m back! This was a very readable Murder mystery that‘s 15 years old but has themes that feel scarily relevant to what you seen going on in modern America which makes it somewhat worrying as well.

DaveGreen7777 Welcome back! 😀 5mo
LeahBergen Hello again! 👋🏻 5mo
CarolynM Nice to see you back 👋🙂 5mo
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Island of the Mad | Laurie R. King
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Saturday night reading!

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The Mirror Dance | Catriona McPherson
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I do like this series - and this one is a good one. I‘m interested to see where this goes next with Dandy and Alec because I really can‘t work it out. Oh and the mystery is good!

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Oh my gosh this is brutal. It‘s bleak. It‘s filled with child abuse, child sexual abuse, sexual abuse, neglect. But it‘s also not that well written and it doesn‘t actually really get you anywhere or give you a takeaway at the end. So it‘s definitely a mixed picture.

Chelsea.Poole I agree. 7mo
Verity @Chelsea.Poole oh I‘m glad I‘m not the only one! It‘s just such a slog isn‘t it - on all fronts. 7mo
Megabooks Very good points here. 7mo
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Verity @Megabooks I keep thinking about it and how it is different to say Educated. And while that doesn‘t have the sexual abuse side, which makes it less bleak on that front, I do feel like she has grappled more with what her family did to her, how it affected her and how she moves forward & you can see that even when she is writing about her childhood. With this you feel for long periods that Jones still doesn‘t get that what happened to her was wrong 7mo
Megabooks I think she knew it was wrong (now), but possibly she was too conflicted about forgiveness to write a book. I got the feeling she hadn‘t fully processed what happened to her yet as well. Not enough distance. 7mo
Verity @Megabooks I agree. 7mo
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The Masqueraders | Georgette Heyer
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Debating another reread of this…

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Playing for Love | Jeevani Charika
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More romance reading going on here!

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Well Matched | Jen DeLuca
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Next romance read!

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Praise be! Libby is delivering to my kindle again, so not only can I read this, but little sis can too (her kindle is on my account) and then we can talk about it together.

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Pumpkin Spice Peril | Jenn McKinlay
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Latest arrivals here! I have no willpower.

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After the sh!tstorm of the ladies event, delighted to be able to be unconditionally happy for @Cinfhen ‘s niece who has made it into the free programs tomorrow!

squirrelbrain Yay! 🎉🎉🎉 8mo
marleed Oh I‘m so happy for this! 8mo
Cinfhen Awwwww, thanks so much, @Verity ❤️❤️❤️ Her personal goal was to skate clean and make it into the top 15 and that‘s just what she did!!! Really a joy to see her excitement @squirrelbrain @marleed 8mo
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Cinfhen OMG….yesterday was SO SAD! NO WORDS 😶 8mo
BkClubCare Exciting!!! 8mo
CarolynM Wonderful!👏🎉 @Cinfhen 8mo
Cinfhen Thanks so much @CarolynM @BkClubCare We‘re SO PROUD of her achievements 💓💓💓💓💓 8mo
Verity @Cinfhen I hope you‘re even more proud today. She had a tough one, but she got through it and they did so well. And what a competition to be a part of. That final group 😍 8mo
Verity @Cinfhen and as for the Women‘s. I have no words. I‘m just glad that the pairs was so good that it helped wash away the awful taste of child exploitation. 8mo
Cinfhen Thanks so much!! Yesterday wasn‘t her best skate, I‘m sure she‘s disappointed since she‘s done that routine flawlessly hundreds of times but that‘s how it goes. She definitely had a positive, amazing experience overall and can be so proud of what she/they achieved in 8 months!!!! The Chinese have been skating together for 15 YEARS!!!! It just irked me to see Eteri down there in the coaches arena. She needs to be banned. 8mo
Verity @Cinfhen you don‘t know how the nerves are going to hit you til you do it though. No matter how much you tell yourself it‘s just like any other skate, it must be really hard to actually skate like it is. Are they going to worlds? I‘m so cross that Eteri is involved with Tarasova and Morosov - especially as my boy Trankov is their main coach… 8mo
Cinfhen Her partner is debating retiring/ he‘s 33 - I don‘t see him sticking around for another Olympic cycle. I think if he retires she‘ll probably stop competing at this level. As much as she loves skating I think she‘s ready for “normal” 8mo
Verity @Cinfhen I can understand that. And the Olympics is a helluva way to go out. But it‘ll be a weaker field at worlds so they could do well… 7mo
Verity @Cinfhen I‘ve just realised that I saw her partner skate back in the day - I went to 2012 Euros with my sister and he was skating with one of his previous partners - no wonder he‘s nearly done! 7mo
Cinfhen can you believe all that‘s going on??? My niece is going to Worlds with her partner. Will be interesting to see how it plays out without any Russian teams. My heart is so heavy though. I feel like the ISU should have canceled the event in light of what‘s happening in Ukraine 💔💔 (edited) 7mo
Verity @Cinfhen I mean it‘s all just so… yeah. I‘m thrilled for your niece getting to go to worlds. And I‘m glad that they aren‘t cancelled - because there are a lot of people who are going to retire after worlds. But it will be weird without the Russians and I‘m sad that we may have seen the last of some of them without realising it. Does that make sense? 7mo
Cinfhen Yeah, it‘s such a mess. 7mo
Verity @Cinfhen coming back to this to tell you that I‘m just watching the pairs free back with the bbc commentary (rather that Eurosport) and Robin Cousins says that Hayley is the best partner that Evgeny has had - and it‘s a shame that she wasn‘t around earlier in his career because they would have had a good career together. I know it‘s what ifs, but I thought you (and she?) might like to hear nice things being said about her! 6mo
Cinfhen That‘s so nice to hear!! I‘ll share it with her. Worlds was a bit of a disappointment for them but they were both nursing injuries. At this point in the season it‘s inevitable. And what happened to Ashley Cain?? She looked sooo wobbly during warm-ups!! Hailey was at Jr Worlds when she had that terrible fall / it was like deja vu. Skating can be so dangerous. It was a good Worlds event though. Nice for some other teams to finally get to the podium 6mo
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Rivers of London Volume 9: Monday, Monday | Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel
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Twins are here!

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PRIZE RACKET | Isabel Rogers
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Can confirm: this is excellent. The Stockwell orchestra is scouted for a tv talent show. There are appearances from some familiar faces and a whole new set of issues. It‘s fun and it‘s funny. I loved it.

EvieBee So I went to check the series out and “accidentally” purchased the whole series on Kindle. Thank you! 💕 8mo
Verity @EvieBee you are very welcome. They are so much fun. Especially if you‘ve ever played in a band/orchestra! 8mo
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Death Goes on Skis | Nancy Spain
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It‘s so good! Think Evelyn Waugh meets murder mystery but where the detective isn‘t really very interested in turning the culprit over the the police!

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Elizabeth I | Helen Castor
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Also on the London trip yesterday: the Elizabeth I and Mary queen of Scots exhibition at the British Library. Can confirm: lots of very cool nearly 500 year old documents written by the women themselves. Like this one with Elizabeth‘s famous signature on it!

TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 8mo
LeahBergen Amazing! 😍 8mo
Cathythoughts Great signature 💫 8mo
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Matilda | Roald Dahl
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Guess where I was last night!

GondorGirl So cool! How was it? 8mo
Verity @GondorGirl it was wonderful. So lovely. Still have the songs stuck in my head! 8mo
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Spinning | Lou Aronica
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Busy trying to work out if any of these are @Cinfhen niece - as that‘s her skating partner holding the flag at the opening ceremony!

Cinfhen Yup!!!! You got her!!!! 8mo
Cinfhen And the US commentators gave her a HUGE shoutout!!! It was SO EXCITING 8mo
Verity @Cinfhen I‘m so excited for you! And the five degrees of separation effect is that I‘m super excited for them too! 8mo
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Cinfhen Hahaha 🥰🥰 8mo
LeahBergen @Verity @Cinfhen OMG! How exciting! ❤️❤️ 8mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen So exciting! Hope I will get to see them skate (our Olympic coverage tends to be pretty biased) 8mo
Cinfhen So this is so INFURIATING @CarolynM I am watching coverage through my cable service - Eurosport and they cut to a freakin commercial in middle of opening ceremonies and I missed seeing my niece😩😩😩😩SO PISSED!! Of course all the family around the world was watching so they taped it and posted on our family chat group (edited) 8mo
Cinfhen She skates Friday February 18 and hopefully Saturday Feb 19 @CarolynM @LeahBergen - she needs to place top 16 to compete on Saturday and that‘s her personal goal. 🤞🏼🤞🏼 8mo
Cinfhen What did you think of the team event so far @Verity ??!! 8mo
CarolynM Oh no! How frustrating for you in the moment! I'm glad you got to see her later anyway. 8mo
Verity @Cinfhen I‘m so annoyed for you that you had to wait for the WhatsApp version. I‘m really enjoying the team event so far, fascinating to see who has skated what so far. I literally watched all of it so far back to back to back today because I was working Friday and on a day trip to London yesterday! 8mo
Cinfhen Valieva is AMAZING as was Shomo. I haven‘t seen Day 3 yet but I already saw who won gold. I agree, fascinating who the coaches chose to represent. 8mo
Verity @Cinfhen i haven‘t seen the end of the team or the mens short yet - but I know what happened. It‘s all getting very messy though isn‘t it. 8mo
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Black Drop | LEONORA. NATTRASS
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Did I buy some more books: absolutely yes.

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Next history book to read

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Hither Page | Cat Sebastian
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Not in the database yet, but here‘s my latest read!

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Fresh non-fiction reading!

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A bit of a mixed bag this one. It seemed to not grab me as much as the other anthologies have. Which is strange as it has an Allingham story in it and some other authors that I like.

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Continental Riff | Isabel Rogers
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It‘s not in the database yet, but the new Stockwell Park Orchestra book is here!

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Something Fabulous | Alexis Hall
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New on my kindle this week!

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Current ebook crime read.

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Did I buy a giant plant and a tiny plant at IKEA? Yes.
Did I have to go through twice because I missed the office chairs first time (and also couldn‘t fit it in the trolley with the plants? Yes.
Did I go too fast around a corner and overturn giant plant in the car? Yes.
Did Him Indoors ask what the **** I was doing with a giant plant? Yes.
Am I happy? Absolutely.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Ooh - I too have overturned a plant while driving. Sounds like an excellent trip to IKEA! 8mo
Chrissyreadit Plants look gorgeous (me thinking why haven‘t I considered driving an hour to ikea to buy plants????) 8mo
mandarchy But did they have furniture? I drove all the way to Ikea (an hour) and they were literally out of everything. I needed bookshelves and a TV stand. There was not even a chair. It was so creepy. 8mo
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Verity @thegirlwiththelibrarybag my lunch break today included vacuuming up the debris 😂 8mo
Verity @mandarchy the prices are super reasonable - or at least they are here in the UK. The giant one (currently named Fern-ando, but that may change) was (d5 and he is about 4 foot tall. The little one (Palm-era) was a couple of quid. 8mo
Verity @mandarchy I was basically going to take back some table legs I bought nearly a year ago to get the return in under the wire. But they did have the office chair I wanted in stock - although a lot of the other ones weren‘t. And yes, I spent all the refund and more! 8mo
mandarchy @Verity I love Ikea because of the prices. I haven't bought plants there, but I have lots of planters that were reasonable and they last a long time. I need new furniture - I moved to a new house three years ago and I don't have any shelving upstairs and my TV stand is from the 20th century. 8mo
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Beware False Profits | Emilie Richards
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Fresh bedtime reading!

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I‘ve only just finished this so I meant yet revise this down, but it is an interesting look at being a child star and she has tried to really analyse what she was feeling and doing as a teenager and young woman. I‘m not sure she always succeeds, but she tries. And she wisely wraps things up in her late 20s after her marriage breaks down, so it really does cover the bits that you‘re interested in aka the Disney years and their immediate aftermath!

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Ashes of London | Andrew Taylor
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So I really liked the mystery and suspense plot lines in this - but I really didn't like part of Cat's story - and I know it's going to be a problem for some other reader so Spoiler alert, but in the interest of not letting people in for stuff they don't want - there is an on page rape in this, which is over quickly but which forms part of Cat's motivation going forward. I will read the sequel to see what happens and if people can start there.

katy4peas The artwork is really cool looking. 8mo
Verity @katy4peas definitely. This whole series have lovely covers 8mo
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I knew bits and bobs about some of the Vanderbilts, but not a whole lot so this was really interesting to me – even before the personal aspect that Cooper‘s own connection to the story adds. If you‘ve got an interest in this sort of history, it‘s definitely worth a look – even if it‘s not the most comprehensive account and may well leave you wanting to read more about some of the characters you meet. But that‘s never a bad thing really is it?

marleed I really enjoy discovering history through non-political means, and reading about bigger-than-life names and their absurd wealth is a very interesting way to learn. I read this, The Hiltons, and the Guccis in ‘21. I think I should read a NF on the Astors this year! Oh and right now rereading Empty Mansions for a bookclub. 9mo
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The Maid | Nita Prose
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For once I‘ve read a buzzy book ahead of its release here (with 2 hours to spare) and this is really good. Hard to explain without giving too much away but I think it will work for readers across genres as Curious Incident… and Where‘d you go Bernadette did.

Alfoster Yes, loved it too!❤️👏 9mo
Verity @Alfoster isn‘t it. But also hard to explain without spoiling too much! 9mo
Alfoster Agreed! I think my review was really short! 9mo
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Death Goes on Skis | Nancy Spain
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All of my good resolutions about posting daily went out of the window over my birthday long weekend. Oopsies. But here I am with some champagne and a book I treated myself to!

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Act Like It | Lucy Parker
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I wrote a post on my blog this week about enemies to lovers romances and now I think I might need to reread this! And it seems to have a new edition in the UK with a swish new cover!

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I really enjoyed reading this – but it‘s so hard to explain why without revealing too much. I think it‘s fair to say that this departs a long way away from the actual facts of the Christie divorce fairly quickly. But the story sucks you in so completely that you end up googling to check which bits are real and which aren‘t. It‘s clever and enthralling and twistier than I expected it to be. Oh and there‘s more than one mystery!

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Ashes of London | Andrew Taylor
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Latest historical fiction reading!

EvieBee Sounds fabulous! 9mo
Verity @EvieBee so far it‘s looking v promising 9mo
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Well this was a delight. I do like spending time with Georgie and Darcy, and now we‘re running towards the abdication crisis at some speed. Lovely stuff.

Cathythoughts Excellent picture 💫😄 9mo
Verity @Cathythoughts i do like the covers they‘re using here now - even if they don‘t match the editions we got of the earlier ones! 9mo
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I‘m lucky enough to have an e-arc of this via NetGalley so this is my weekend reading!

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Goodness me I love this series so much. This is another Christmas instalment and sees Meg with a house full of visitors - again - when Murder ensues. So much fun!

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Royal Horticultural Society Desk Diary 2022 | Royal Horticultural Society
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Let‘s go 2022