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rwmg

rwmg

Joined May 2017

Mainly mysteries, SF, history (fact and fiction)
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Hidden Depths by Ann Cleeves
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My Life as an Experiment by A. J. Jacobs
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Hidden Depths | Ann Cleeves
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Telling Tales | Ann Cleeves
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10 years after being convicted of killing her lover's teenaged daughter, Jeannie Long commits suicide, just a few days b4 evidence proving her innocence comes to light. Vera re-investigates the case to find out what led the police astray and who was really guilty.

Nice and twisty. The author misled me into thinking that one character must be guilty even though I didn't want it to be that person. TV Vera is a much toned down version of Book Vera.

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Telling Tales | Ann Cleeves
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Untitled | Untitled
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Seen on FB - ain't it the truth?

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Telling Tales | Ann Cleeves
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I'm starting "Telling Tales" and then depending on how long that takes I will read either "Hidden Depths" or "Last Night in Montreal" .

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Andrew65 Ann Cleeves, should be a good weekend of reading. 2d
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The Crow Trap | Ann Cleeves
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I've watched random episodes of “Vera“ at my parents' over the years but it was only recently I learnt the character is based on a book series. This first book isn't as focussed on Vera herself as in the TV series - she doesn't put in an appearance till nearly halfway through. There were times when I could hear Brenda Blethyn's voice when reading the dialogue, but the book still stands on its own terms as a good mystery.

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The Crow Trap | Ann Cleeves
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"IF YOU WERE TO LOOK FOR Baikie‘s Cottage on an Ordnance Survey map you would not find it mentioned by name, though Black Law Farm is."

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DrexEdit Awesome! I have been watching the Vera shows on DVD from my library and they are excellent. I really want to start reading these books now! 👍 3d
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The Crow Trap | Ann Cleeves
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Vera book and TV (but different stories)

Blueberry How do you like the books compared to the show? 4d
rwmg @blueberry I'm about ½ way through the first book and Vera has only just put in an appearance, so it's a bit early to say (edited) 4d
SeaToSkyes Love the show, but haven't gotten to the books yet 3d
rwmg @SeaToSkyes I've only ever seen random episodes when staying at my parents', but enough for me to want to read the books 3d
DrexEdit Looks like I made my comment about book and show too soon! 😄 Let me know what you think of the comparison. I'm still thinking the books have got to be pretty good! 3d
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The Crow Trap | Ann Cleeves
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Jane Austen at Home | Lucy Worsley
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Lucy Worsley takes us through Jane Austen's life through the lens particularly of the houses she lived in.

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Jane Austen at Home | Lucy Worsley
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#coffeeandabook
Views of the Abbey Gateway, Reading. The upper room was used as a classroom in Jane Austen's schooldays here.

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Jane Austen at Home | Lucy Worsley
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😱😱😱

DivineDiana What a life!!! Seems like infertility was not a problem. 1w
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Jane Austen at Home | Lucy Worsley
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I started this yesterday and am expecting to finish it on Monday or Tuesday

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Andrew65 Looks a good read. 1w
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Jane Austen at Home | Lucy Worsley
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Getting your vaccines in the 1770/80s

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Jane Austen at Home | Lucy Worsley
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To generations of Austen worshippers, the site of Steventon Rectory is hallowed ground.

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The House on the Strand | Daphne Du Maurier
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Dick Young experiments with a drug that takes him back in time to the 14th century as a disembodied observer.

DNF. I got about half way through and found I wasn't following the parts set in the 14th century at all because I couldn't keep track of who was who.

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The House on the Strand | Daphne Du Maurier
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The first thing I noticed was the clarity of the air, and then the sharp green colour of the land.

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The House on the Strand | Daphne Du Maurier
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A lectern for Christmas from my nieces

Bookwomble Ooh! 😍 2w
bthegood love it! 2w
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There was quite a bit of repetition from book to book, so the omnibus format may not be the best way to read these. I will continue with the series but after a break.

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Major Operation | James White
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The third novel starts with mysterious incidents in an operating theatre, which ultimately lead to an operation on a very, very, large patient.

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Star Surgeon | James White
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The first part, where the doctors try to work out how to treat Lonvellin, is much more interesting than the second part where Sector General comes under military attack from an empire trying to cover up its own misdeeds.

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Hospital Station | James White
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(Read in the omnibus Beginning Operations):

This 1st novel was actually a collection of short stories originally published in magazines with little to no linking material. I found the 1st one with O'Mara as the MC a little heavy going but the rest kept me reading to see what the answers to the puzzles were, though I could have done with more exploration of the different species and how their psychology differed as well as their bodies.

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They were an old, wise and humble race, O‘Mara concluded; intensely humble. So much so that they tended to look down on other races who were not so humble as they.

Soubhiville 🤣 Oh so humble. 2w
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Happy New Year. May we all have enough to eat and drink, clothes on our backs and roofs over our heads, somebody to love and books to read throughout 2022

kspenmoll Happy New Year!!‘ 2w
Ruthiella Happy New Year! 2w
Kdgordon88 Happy New Year! 2w
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batsy Cheers to that! Happy New Year! 2w
bthegood That sounds perfect - thank you and happy new year 🌟 (edited) 2w
Reggie Agreed! Happy New Year! 2w
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Hide | Matthew Griffin
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Honourable mention to A Bullet In The Ballet by Caryl Brahms and S. J. Simon

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The alien occupying O‘Mara‘s sleeping compartment weighed roughly half a ton, possessed six short, thick appendages which served both as arms or legs and had a hide like a flexible armor plate.

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ShyBookOwl 😬 2w
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The Sign of the Four | Arthur Conan Doyle
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Classic Sherlock Holmes novel which mixes all the things we love about him with the more than questionable attitudes of the time.

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A Printer's Choice | PATENAUDE, W. L.
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When the victim of the first murder on a space station is a disguised priest, Father John McClellan, former Marine and programmer, is sent “upside“ from Earth to investigate.

I found McClellan's back story a bit heavy going at times, but the main story, with its exploration of moral choices, sentience, and guilt and innocence, was fascinating. I don't know if the author has another book in the works but I look forward to it.

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A Printer's Choice | PATENAUDE, W. L.
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Wedding Season | Mark Abramson
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The restaurant is going to be used for a TV programme on weddings in San Francisco while various recurring characters wonder if they do want to get married. In the meantime Tim's mother puts in an unwelcome appearance.

Another episode in this mystery series where there is no mystery. I don't think I'll be continuing.

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Artemis | Andy Weir
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Jazz Bashara is a smuggler in the lunar colony of Artemis. She is offered a huge sum to indulge in a bit of industrial sabotage but it all proves more complicated than she thought.

Although I enjoyed this caper story, I found myself puzzled by Jazz. We are continually assured that she is a genius with unrealised potential and she picks up new fields of study very quickly but I never really got a sense of why her potential was unrealised.

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Artemis | Andy Weir
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Reggie I really like your lunch and a books. They always make me hungry. Or thirsty when you‘re doing coffee and a book. Lol 4w
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Emma Pierce is the social media manager for a chain of gyms in California. The co. takes on a consultant to help it expand into New England. He just happens to be her ex's brother who is hoping they will reconcile. But which brother does she really want?

There were places where the text could've been edited better and about 1/2 way through I did think it could've been shorter without any great loss, but on the whole it was entertaining enough.

Reggie Lots of soso‘s lately for you, huh? Hope you get some good books your way. 4w
rwmg @Reggie It's probably me rather than the books. Just finding it hard to feel much enthusiasm for anything atm 4w
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"“Monster names for monster situations. Silvia only has one eye. She had cancer when she was five and lost it.”"

I think Sylvia lost her other eye, not "it".

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Five Little Pigs | Agatha Christie
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Carla Lemarchant asks Poirot to revisit the murder her mother was found guilty of 16 years ago.

Excellently done. I fell for the red herring as usual.

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A look at mystery writing from the 1880s to the 1960s in which characters can be read as gay or lesbian. Some of the essays are more convincing than others. I've added some of the books discussed to my TBR list but for the most part they were by authors I was already aware of.

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A dancer falls to her death when the wire she was suspended from is severed. The company's assistant publicity officer investigates because the police's main suspect seems to be the dancer's understudy, his girlfriend, and he had unwittingly handled the pair of shears which served as the murder weapon.

Competently enough done but doesn't really have the spark I've always enjoyed with Gore Vidal.

Ruthiella Did Vidal write under a pseudonym? I had no idea! 1mo
rwmg Yes, he wrote a trilogy of mysteries as Edgar Box in the 1950s. This was the first one. (edited) 1mo
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A Bullet in the Ballet | Caryl Brahms, S. J. Simon
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Anton Palook is shot on stage while dancing the role of Petrushka in the ballet of the same name. Inspector Quill is assigned to investigate the murder.

Not as funny as I remember from reading it as a teenager but still very enjoyable.

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A Case Of Two Cities | Qiu Xiaolong
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Inspector Chen is assigned to look into the contacts of Xing Xing, a corrupt official who has fled with his ill-gotten gains to the United States in an attempt to claim political asylum.

Although I enjoyed the previous books in this series, I didn't really get on with this one and often found myself making excuses not to pick it up. I don't think I will be continuing with the series.

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A Bullet in the Ballet | Caryl Brahms, S. J. Simon
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Since it is probable that any book flying a bullet in its title is going to produce a corpse sooner or later - here it is.

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ShyBookOwl Lol 1mo
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Pandora's Boy | Lindsey Davis
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Flavia Albia is asked to look into the death of a 15-year-old girl, which has set her family at odds with her parents now wanting to divorce and her grandmothers resorting to fisticuffs.

I enjoy Albia as a narrator but somehow this one felt a bit lacking. At one point we did seem to be veering towards a recurrent theme of organised crime, which is not something I particularly enjoy.

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Bruno is invited to meet the Pope at Christmas. But why?

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I knew then that the matter was serious; only extreme frustration could provoke the prior to take the name of Our Lord in vain. It happened a lot when he dealt with me.

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Giordano Bruno recalls when as a Dominican in Naples in the 1560s he met a society of natural philosophers, and in particular the niece of its leader. For completists who are reading the series.

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Normally I love Fredrik Backman, but I got about a hundred pages into this and I'd already had more than enough ice hockey talk. Did not care and DNF'ed it.

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Pandora's Boy | Lindsey Davis
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Reggie Lol 1mo
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Pandora's Boy | Lindsey Davis
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"When my husband‘s ex-wife came offering me work, I knew she was up to something."

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Reggie Uh oh! 1mo
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Terry Pratchett's shorter fiction, including juvenilia from college magazines and also some Discworld stories.