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His Bloody Project
His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae (Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2016) | Graeme Burnet
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016 A brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish farming community in 1869 leads to the arrest of seventeen-year-old Roderick Macrae. There is no question that Macrae committed this terrible act. What would lead such a shy and intelligent boy down this bloody path? And will he hang for his crime? Presented as a collection of documents discovered by the author, His Bloody Project opens with a series of police statements taken from the villagers of Culdie, Ross-shire. They offer conflicting impressions of the accused; one interviewee recalls Macrae as a gentle and quiet child, while another details him as evil and wicked. Chief among the papers is Roderick Macraes own memoirs where he outlines the series of events leading up to the murder in eloquent and affectless prose. There follow medical reports, psychological evaluations, a courtroom transcript from the trial, and other documents that throw both Macraes motive and his sanity into question. Graeme Macrae Burnets multilayered narrativecentered around an unreliable narratorwill keep the reader guessing to the very end. His Bloody Project is a deeply imagined crime novel that is both thrilling and luridly entertaining from an exceptional new voice.
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Myhusbandhatesreading
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Finished this during a relaxing weekend getaway with the hubs. Not exactly a book for a romantic getaway but a decent read all in all.

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eri.reads
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Catching up on #ChillingPhotoChallenge for #Scarathlon
Day 17: #bloody

#TeamStoker +1
@TheReadingMermaid

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TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 2mo
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Aloisi_tribe
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I‘ve had this book on my kindle for three years but haven‘t read it yet.

#chillingphotochallenge #bloody #scarathlon @Clwojick

Cathythoughts It‘s very good 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
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Tamra
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This is between a pick and so-so for me. I definitely enjoyed the depiction of characters and their lives in a rural Scottish Highland village circa 1869, but the last third didn‘t hold my attention as well when it turned to the “expert” criminologist examination and the trial.

The intended victim gets no sympathy from me. 👿

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Tamra
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“I have always shrunk from killing so much as a hen, and do not understand why educated men regard the killing of living creatures as sport.”

Well put!

Graywacke Cutie!! Either he (or she) completely agrees and doesn't understand this crazy world or is begging to be let outside and chase squirrels... 2mo
Sace I could never resist those eyes! 2mo
Leftcoastzen Awwwww! 2mo
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Crazeedi What a doll baby, but I confess a preference for labs 2mo
Tamra @Graywacke 😜 He wouldn‘t have a problem with sport hunting squirrels. 2mo
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Tamra
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For a fraction of a second I was dismayed until I read it again. 😧😆

GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 that was a close one! I read that wrong the first time, too. 2mo
Ruthiella Ooh me too! 😨 2mo
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Tamra
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Thrifty find today that should be seasonably appropriate! 💀

jenniferw88 This has to be one of the best covers I've seen for this book! 2mo
PatriciaU That is a great cover! 2mo
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LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelf, too. I‘ll be watching to see how you like it! 2mo
Cathythoughts I thought this one very good 👍🏻 2mo
emmaturi I liked this one too 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts @emmaturi @LeahBergen I‘m looking forward to it! 2mo
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TheEllieMo
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This story unfolds through a series of found documents, including police statements, the accused‘s prison memoir newspaper reports and psychiatric reports.

#LetterEpistolaryNovel
#SelfImprovementSept
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@OriginalCyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good!!! 3mo
OriginalCyn620 Sounds creepy! 3mo
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ephemeralwaltz
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Yesterday, waiting to hear Graeme Macrae Burnet talk about His Bloody Project. It was a fascinating conversation and he was so lovely!

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Hestapleton
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Mehso-so

My last book for #booked2019 summer! I chose this for genre busting, since it‘s fiction trapped very well inside a nonfiction guise. That said, this wasn‘t my cup of tea. I don‘t think historical murders are my thing. But I liked the author‘s inventiveness and I can see why it got shortlisted for the Man Booker a few years back! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts I loved this one 👍🏻 3mo
Ruthiella I would have liked it to be more suspenseful than it was. Just so so for me too.😏 3mo
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Susanita
His Bloody Project | Graeme Macrae Burnet
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Imagine my delight when I realized Katie and Rincey were talking about MY reader suggestion/request for Scottish mysteries!

https://overcast.fm/+JNdyoPkNA

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allureofbeauty
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More books from the Dollar Tree over the last few months. Send help. If anyone has any of these and wants to buddy read let me know. I need all the help I can get, always.

#books #haul #bookhaul #dollartree #dollartreehaul #truecrime #buddyread #celebritymemoir #thriller #memoir #mystery #ya #youngadult #sendhelp

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RaimeyGallant
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I scooped this off of the Man Booker 2016 longlist. A psychological mystery that perhaps, seeing as it's more intriguing than suspenseful, fits better on a historical fiction shelf, if I had to find a shelf for it. Each epistolary element has a unique, engaging voice that feels authentic for the period. The account of the trial was my favorite part, both for the care taken to portray criminal psychology in its infancy and for its subtle wit.

Theaelizabet Great review. I loved it, too. 6mo
emmaturi I enjoyed it too! 6mo
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Cartoom
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“It seems to me, said Archibald, that you have erected so many obstacles in your mind that you have quite defeated yourself before you have even begun.”

Theaelizabet I couldn‘t put this book down. A mystery, yes, but so much on class, power, etc. (edited) 8mo
Cartoom ...absolutely - and tragedy as well. It‘s that kind of story that required me to pause before I picked up the next book. 8mo
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EmmaCyrus

I'm listening to this as an audiobook and the narrator does a great job. If you can tolerate the audio form, it's well worth it.

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Coycaterpillar
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In 1869, a brutal triple murder in the remote Wester Ross village of Culduie leads to the arrest of a seventeen-year-old crofter, Roderick Macrae. There is no question of Macrae‘s guilt, but it falls to the country‘s most eminent legal and psychiatric minds to uncover what drove him to his bloody deeds. Ultimately, the young man‘s fate hinges on one key question: is he insane?

The story ingeniously unfolds through a series of found documents

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Stacypatrice
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Best friend visiting (currently at a potential work requirement) and I get to borrow her puppy, cuddle, and read for a bit. #perfectday

tracey38 Aww, looks like my Cooper and such a great reading buddy. 11mo
jillannjohn What a cutie! 11mo
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Stacypatrice
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My dad had this mug made for me so he could always have coffee with me from across the miles 😂☕️

#coffeeandbooks

BookNerd9906 Aww. ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
Gissy So nice! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
TiredLibrarian That's so cute! 😊❤ 11mo
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JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
4thhouseontheleft That‘s sweet! 11mo
GripLitGrl So cute💕 11mo
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ScorpioBookDreams
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Looking forward to this month‘s whodunnit. Thank you for the delicious sweets @jhod !!

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ElectricKatyLand
Pickpick

This novel doesn‘t feel like fiction. The historical examination of class conflict and murder in 19th century Scotland through documents, interviews, and trial transcripts is riveting.

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Babs_book_obsession
Mehso-so

It was good. I enjoyed it but I wasn't blown away. I guess I feel like I have read similar books. It was unique in the setting and it was interesting in terms of what this area of Scotland may have been like at the time. Maybe I am becoming a book snob?

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jhod
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Helen! Thank you so much, what treats!!!
The bag is so lovely and I am excited to try the Calvino - second time lucky...! Thank you, hurrah for #whodunituk 😁
@ShookBelf

Cathythoughts I really liked the tagged book 👍🏻such fab gifts 13mo
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Sweettartlaura
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Mehso-so

2.5⭐️

Promising. But its repetition in the second half undermines the first half. And what does get raised - what exactly happened to Flora? is Roddy a secret genius or the village idiot? - is left unknowable. I also want to know more about Jetta, & about Lachlan‘s relationship with their mother.
Also, not at all spooky or creepy, so it was a disappointment on that front.

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MicheleinPhilly
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Spending a much needed mental health day with this.

Annl I hope to have one of those tomorrow. I am so busy surviving... 1y
TrishB I‘m thinking a mental health week is needed when I finally get home! Have a good day 😘 1y
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB I wholeheartedly approve. Glad to have you back. 😘 1y
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MicheleinPhilly @Annl Same. This week has been dreadful on so many fronts. Hope you get the chance to take it. 1y
Reviewsbylola I‘ve been wanting to read this one. I hope your day rejuvenates you! 1y
mcipher Mental health days are the best! Hope to rejuvenates you. I definitely need one after this very long week. Or at least a good nap. 1y
emilyhaldi Enjoy 🙏🏻 1y
eanderson Enjoy your mental health day!!! 1y
DivineDiana Self care is essential! ❤️ 1y
Cathythoughts I really thought this one good 👍🏻❤️ 1y
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TrishB
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Finished last night in bed. I normally have an aversion to historical thrillers- don‘t know why just don‘t like the mix! This was just a pick though as the story draws you in and it‘s the thriller part that‘s the focus.
This was #whodunnituk read- hopefully get to P.O. this week @ShookBelf to send on.

ShookBelf God I'm so behind - still haven't read this month's yet!! Must get to it today. 1y
Caroline2 Yay! I‘m glad you liked it!!! 😃 I know what you mean about historical thrillers/mysteries, I‘ve read a few duds that have put me off! 🙄 1y
Cathythoughts I loved this one 👍🏻❤️ (edited) 1y
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starlight97 I loved this too 💖 1y
maich I'm glad you love it. 😍 1y
TrishB @ShookBelf I won‘t panic about getting it in the post 😁 1y
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beaconhillbooks
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Mehso-so

This was a gruesome book but it has stuck with me. Glad I read it but it won‘t be for everyone.

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beaconhillbooks
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MissDodoBrooks
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It might still be 90° out but I'm ready to start my fall reading. 😁

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TrishB
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#whodunnituk
Next one in the series 😁👍🏻 thanks for the goodies too Christine.

Cathythoughts I loved this book ❤️🖤 1y
Christine11 Glad it arrived safe and you‘re welcome 😊 Hope you enjoy the book! 💛 1y
Reviewsbylola I really want to read this one! 1y
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Curnowl
Pickpick

Really enjoyed

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Becker
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Well this has been interesting but I‘m pretty close to the end and can‘t imagine how it is going to wrap up. A good one for audio... the accent really adds to the setting and time period.

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wanderer15
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Unique structure, engrossing narrative, and riveting, disturbing conclusion. Really enjoyed this one. It's not an overly violent book despite the title, with the exception of the climactic scene. It's something closer to Rashomon set in the Scottish countryside.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Mehso-so

Burnet has a unique approach to historical fiction. Real place, real 18th-century attitudes, but fictional characters and action. It‘s both courtroom procedural and psychological study, with triple murder at its heart. That said, I also found whole sections to be dull as dirt. Others were more involving. But ultimately I did too much skimming to call this a true pick.

Full review at www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2018

Cathythoughts I really liked this one. Very sad 😢 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Cathythoughts I loved this one! Liked it so much that we took a 2-hour detour to Applecross while in Scotland just so I could look around. 😂 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cathythoughts It was really sad—so much hardship and hopelessness. 1y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled That‘s cool—literary tourism! What was it like? 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Oh my - it was a winding, steeply uphill, one-way, dangerous dirt road, very difficult to navigate - and then we made it, got out, said, “hmm,” and that‘s it. Ha!! 1y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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1. I love hanging out with friends and family. But face it, work is life five days of the week. Here‘s my practice organization app. And of course, books!
2. Swam 1,000 yards today without really stopping.
3. Dairy, although I‘ve been dairy free for big portions of my life.
4. So far, just 😴😴😴
5. Just some toes.

#HumpDayPost

4thhouseontheleft 1,000 years, huh? That‘s impressive! 😉😃 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft Hahaha. Damn autocorrect. Meant yards. I‘ll make that edit! 🤪 1y
4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage I make typos all the time when only using 2 thumbs to write! 😃 1y
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LoveToReadLiveToRead
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Only managed to finish two books in July, slacking! Plus I‘ve not written reviews for either on Litsy so I must do that in the next few days, I‘m always slack at leaving reviews.
Hoping to read at least three books in August, I‘ve got the latest #whodunituk book to read, plus an audiobook on the go and have just started A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. Hopefully I‘ll find time for them all! 🤞🏻#julystats

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LoveToReadLiveToRead
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Saw this on Facebook and it made me smile.....

Harry Potter and His Bloody Project 😱😂

(For Reading Addicts posted it on FB)

Samplergal Harry Potter and The Hearts Invisible Furies. 1y
Jerdencon Harry Potter and the Italian Party (might be interesting!) 1y
JPeterson Harry Potter and the Frankenstein in Baghdad. 1y
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Tjackson Harry Potter and Fearless.... hmmmm? 1y
Elizabeth2 Harry Potter and Me Before You. 1y
Robothugs Harry Potter and the Book Thief 😆 1y
parttimedomestic Harry Potter and Motherhood 👩‍👦 1y
DeleteAcct Harry Potter and The Diary of a Young Girl 😆😆 1y
Slajaunie Harry Potter and the Historian!! 1y
ladym30 Harry Potter and My Plain Jane. 1y
Mollyanna Harry Potter and the Bibliomysteries! 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Harry Potter and Equal Rites! Perfect really! 1y
catiewithac Harry Potter and Damnation Island 🌴 1y
OrangeMooseReads Harry Potter and Paper Girls Vol 4 1y
kezzlou85 Harry Potter and the heir of fire. 1y
Eggs Harry Potter and Teenage Waistland 1y
TheFaeWays Harry Potter and my struggle 1y
staci.reads Harry Potter and The Notorious RBG! I would totally read that book! 😍 1y
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Cathythoughts
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An absolute pick. What a story , this is so good. My heart is broken ....
I see this writer has 2 other books. Must investigate. Has anyone read them ? He is an excellent storyteller 💔

Tanisha_A Just read the summary blurb. Sounds interesting! 1y
Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A it‘s so very good 1y
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Cathythoughts
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I‘m half way through this dark & poignant & often beautifully innocent story of Roddy Macrae the 17 year old boy who committed murder... Scotland , 1869 . Excellent story telling , I cannot put this down. This is a good one 👍🏻❤️

eanderson This sounds good! 1y
Cathythoughts @eanderson it‘s really good 👍🏻 1y
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Cathythoughts
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Just treated myself to this one.
Good price on kindle 👍🏻

TrishB Will be reading this one as part of #whodunnituk 👍🏻 1y
Cathythoughts @TrishB I think it will be a good one 👍🏻 1y
Mdargusch I really liked this one! 1y
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JulieAnn This was a good one! 1y
Cathythoughts @Mdargusch that‘s good to hear . I hope to get to it before the summer is over 1y
Cathythoughts @JulieAnn always good to get a fellow Littens approval ... looking forward to it 1y
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Ms_T
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#JuneWrapUp #JuneStats

This month I read everything on my reading plan and three of my chosen books were five star reads. Result!

DivineDiana 👏🏻📚👏🏻 1y
Cathythoughts Well done 👍🏻 1y
MayJasper Good for you 😊 1y
britt_brooke Great month! 1y
Ms_T @DivineDiana @Cathythoughts @MayJasper @britt_brooke Thanks, lovelies. It was a fun reading month 📚 1y
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JPeterson
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Cheers to the weekend finally being here 📖🍺

Mdargusch I loved this book! Looks like a great evening! 1y
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jenniferw88
Pickpick

First book of the second round of #whodunituk completed, & it's still a pick! Lots of comments in the notebook @Caroline2 . I hope to get it in the mail tomorrow or by early next week @LoveToReadLiveToRead as hospital is taking up a lot of the next few weeks 🙁

LoveToReadLiveToRead Wow, that was quick! I‘m not too far along with the Devil in the Marshalsea but I was finishing up a previous book so hoping to get into it more this weekend! Hope everything is okay with you x 1y
Libby1 Yippee! My first book is done, too, @jenniferw88 and @LoveToReadLiveToRead . I‘m so glad to be part of this group. Have a good weekend. 1y
LoveToReadLiveToRead @Libby1 you too! 😁 1y
jenniferw88 @LoveToReadLiveToRead yes, just some follow up tests for a check up i had a couple of weeks ago. Thanks for asking! 1y
Caroline2 Yay! Glad to hear you liked it! 👍🏻 1y
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ReadingOver50
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Purple
X-Files
His Bloody Project
Ketchup and pickle relish (and I love blue cheese on a burger)
Going to see Hereditary

#friyayintro

inthegreensandblues Oooh yeah, blue cheese is great on so many things! 2y
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HardcoverHearts
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I‘ve made so much progress this weekend! I finished The Tiger in the Smoke, which was excellent! Now I am going to dive straight into the final book for my Oxford class, His Bloody Project. I understand that it‘s a response or is “in conversation “with the 1st book, The Private Memoirs & Confessions of a Justified Sinner. I love that 3 of the 5 books were written by women! I can‘t wait to see what he teases out from the material.

Reviewsbylola What a fascinating class!! 2y
HardcoverHearts @reviewsbylola - The tutor is brilliant. I took his class Oxford Murder last year and found it delightful. He is older and keeps threatening to retire so I jumped on board for another season! I cannot wait! 2y
Mdargusch I‘m so jealous! I want to take that class! I loved that book. 2y
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Ms_T
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Pickpick

All the stars for this audiobook which has had me engrossed for its entire 10-hour run. Part memoir, part newspaper reports, it tells the story of Roderick MacRae, a 17-year old crofter in the Scottish Highlands, who commits murder. This isn‘t about a big revelation, plot twist or sting in the tale, but an insightful journey into 19th century village life and the persecution of the poorer members of society. A wonderful, poignant book. 5⭐️

TrishB This is one of the books in a reading group I‘m in- I‘m looking forward to it! 2y
Ms_T @TrishB Its a great choice for a reading group as there are so many points to discuss. I hope you love it as much as I did! 2y
batsy I've been intrigued about this since it first came out! Glad it was a pick for you. Great review :) 2y
Ms_T @batsy It‘s well worth investing in, in my humble opinion. It had me gripped from start to finish! (Thank you 😊) 2y
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Ms_T
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“Mrs McCleod was an ancient widow known as The Onion on account of the great number of layers of clothing she wore.”

😂😂😂

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Ms_T
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I‘ve already strayed from my #JuneTBR with this audiobook but I‘m intrigued by it and the narrator‘s accent is sublime. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

RaimeyGallant Sounds intriguing. 2y
Ms_T @RaimeyGallant I‘m really enjoying it so far. 2y
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Jazruiz.2014
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Pickpick

5/5.
I highly recommend this book. This book kept me enthralled the entire time.
The prologue is important to read to gain insight into the book. The book is divided into sections with the biggest section The Account of Roderick Macrae.
Although I knew how the book would end, I found myself hoping for the opposite. It reads like a mystery novel, and keeps you guessing about Roddy‘s sanity to the very end.

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Caroline2
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Hey @jenniferw88 the first #whodunituk book is on it‘s way! Sorry it‘s taken me a while (I hope it arrives in time) but I‘ve been studying for my end of year exams (in 2wks!) so everything has been about that lately! 🙄 but super excited about the next round of whodunit books!!! The reading list is fantastic! 😃

jenniferw88 It's ok @Caroline2 - don't worry & thanks for letting me know it's on it's way. 2y
TrishB OMG !! Love the sticker 💜 2y
Daisey That sticker is great! 2y
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Jazruiz.2014
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“I was not looking to him for wit or intellect; he had a pair of eyes in his head, and it was these of which I wished to make use.”
Very interesting quote from a psychologist. Shouldn‘t the person you are speaking with regarding the nature and mental stability of a person have wit and intellect?
I now see why @ReadingOver50 was aggravated with this psychologist & his demeanor.