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City of Light, City of Poison
City of Light, City of Poison: Magic, Murder, and the First Police Chief of Paris | Holly Tucker
Appointed to conquer the crime capital of the world, the first police chief of Paris faces an epidemic of murder in the late 1600s. Assigned by Louis XIV, Nicolas de La Reynie begins by clearing the streets of filth and installing lanterns throughout Paris, turning it into the City of Light.
The fearless La Reynie pursues criminals through the labyrinthine neighborhoods of the city. He unearths a tightly knit cabal of poisoners, witches, and renegade priests. As he exposes their unholy work, he soon learns that no one is safe from black magic?not even the Sun King. In a world where a royal glance can turn success into disgrace, the distance between the quietly back-stabbing world of the kings court and the criminal underground proves disturbingly short. Nobles settle scores by employing witches to craft poisons and by hiring priests to perform dark rituals in Pariss most illustrious churches and cathedrals.
As La Reynie continues his investigations, he is haunted by a single question: Could Louiss mistresses could be involved in such nefarious plots? The pragmatic and principled La Reynie must decide just how far he will go to protect his king.
From secret courtrooms to torture chambers, City of Light, City of Poison is a gripping true-crime tale of deception and murder. Based on thousands of pages of court transcripts and La Reynies compulsive note-taking, as well as on letters and diaries, Tuckers riveting narrative makes the fascinating, real-life characters breathe on the page.
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balletbookworm
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Book 5 for #24in48! An enjoyable work of true crime/history read by Kate Reading. I‘d known a bit about the Affair of the Poisons (Nancy Mitford covers a bit in The Sun King but waaaay dishier) but this is a more in depth account of the Paris Chief of Police La Renier and his involvement. There are a LOT of historical figures introduced very quickly. If you‘re not familiar with 17th century French history you may want to brush up on it beforehand.

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howjessreads
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Mehso-so

Not for the faint of heart... but I learned a lot more about Louis Quatorze‘s era! #howjessreadsin2019

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howjessreads
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Mehso-so

Not for the faint of heart... but I learned a lot more about Louis Quatorze‘s era! #jesshowreadsin2019

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ABookGeek
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Currently reading, among others.

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jenniferw88
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Day 6 of #adventrecommends and one of the few non-fiction books on my list. I like the cover that my book has, but this cover is gorgeous! @emilyrose_x

TNbookworm I agree! 9mo
Andrew65 Don‘t know this one. 9mo
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Caksf
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Fantastic non fiction about Paris during the reign of Louis IXV “the sun king”. This intriguing tale exposes murder plots, the Paris underground and how the man appointed to the newly created position of “police chief” worked to clean up the city and bring a network of murders to justice. Great snapshot of 17th century Paris that reads like a mystery. Highly recommend 5/5

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mklong
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I have been meaning to read this since I met Holly Tucker at the Decatur Book Festival in 2017 and am so glad that I finally did. I was fascinated by the amount of research she did for this book, but I was truly impressed by the way she wove all of that meticulous research into a compelling, page-turning narrative. It has everything, murder, magic, revenge, satanic sacrifices, you name it. You really couldn‘t make this up!

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jenniferw88
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larah17 This looks really interesting! 12mo
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RainyDayReading
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Wasn‘t sure what book to read as I sat in the sun and reintroduced my ghastly pale legs to the sun. So I just brought them all!

forevermint I can see why, all those books look so good! 😍 1y
RainyDayReading @forevermint I can only speak for 3 so far, but those 3 are really good and I can‘t wait to start the others! It‘s just so hard to choose 😩 1y
kstadt929 LOVE the Martian ❤️👨🏻‍🚀 1y
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Nikki15 I am dying to read. I‘ve heard such good things!! 1y
RainyDayReading @kstadt929 That‘s the one I wound up getting hooked on and read the most of 😁 1y
RainyDayReading @Nikki15 It‘s really good! Couldn‘t put it down yesterday! I‘m pretty sure I could devour it in one sitting if I had the time. 1y
Nikki15 @RainyDayReading looks like I‘m buying it then!! 1y
RainyDayReading @Nikki15 Good 😈 Let me know how you like it! 1y
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RainyDayReading
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1. Funny Little Creature by Nothing More 🖤
2. Reading the tagged book and right now I‘d give it four stars. Really enjoying it so far! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
3. Uhh...Game of Thrones? Order of the Phoenix? The Lord of the Rings bindup? I honestly have no idea. Probably one of those three.
4. Whoever hasn‘t done this yet and wants to!
@GarthRanzz #trivialthursday

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RainyDayReading
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Continuing on with one of these tonight, just not sure which one. The time change has really screwed me up, I feel way too tired to read but these are due back to the library soon 😪 Also @BookwormAHN I finally sent my reply to you out in the mail! Sorry it took so long to write back and please forgive my atrocious handwriting 😅

BookwormAHN No problem, I'll look out for it 😸 2y
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RainyDayReading
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“The priests who presided over this church lived not in the light, but twilight.”

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RainyDayReading
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame vibes anyone?

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RainyDayReading
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That moment when the book you‘re currently reading features a female serial killer that you just read about in a previous book 🙄😁 Marie-Madeleine d‘Aubray, marquis of Brinvilliers. Previous book was Lady Killers by Tori Telfer

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RainyDayReading
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Taking a bit of a break from the graphic novels. Plus it helps that this is technically due back to the library today 🙈 oops. Oh well. Been wanting to read this for a while!

BarbaraTheBibliophage Loved this one! 2y
RainyDayReading @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m really enjoying it so far! 2y
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SharonGoforth
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Mehso-so

What started out as really interesting turned into a bit of a slog. Endless descriptions of the same torture method almost became that in and of itself. However, it does make me want to read Antonia Frasier‘s book about Louis XIV‘s mistresses. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #audiobook

LitLogophile 😂 great review 2y
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SharonGoforth
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This was Audible‘s daily deal yesterday. Started listening on my way home from work. Really interesting so far! #audibledailydeal #audible #audiotravel #audiobook #ilovemynewairpods

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Here‘s a great idea for the #nonfiction2018 folks and anyone looking to explore audiobooks for nonfiction. This is a GREAT book that, while completely true, reads like fiction. It‘s got a lot of intrigue and twists! Plus @hollytucker is here on Litsy. Go get it ... I dare you.

TNbookworm I agree, great book! 2y
RainyDayReading I just picked this up from the library today! Though in physical book form 2y
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CrowCAH
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#BestNewAuthorOfTheYear #DeckTheShelves

A great non-fiction book that reads like fiction! Poisons, murder, and intrigue. ☠️

BarbaraTheBibliophage I loved this. My friend read it and said the Netflix series Versailles has a lot of these topics. Just in case you want more! 2y
CrowCAH @BarbaraTheBibliophage oh sweet, that‘s neat! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @CrowCAH Yeah, I need to check it out too. 😎 2y
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Avidreader25
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Pickpick

So much crazy treachery it‘s hard to believe it‘s nonfiction.

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mklong
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Finally made it to #DBFestival!! Starting my day with a little Francophilia and murder.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Holly Tucker has accomplished a feat of research in creating City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris. More than that, Tucker has made the detailed historical events and personages into an incredibly readable story. It's extraordinary!

I'm absolutely planning to hunt down copies of Tucker's previous books, tout de suite!

Full review at www.TheBibliophage.com

erzascarletbookgasm Sounds good, stacked! 2y
Cinfhen Sounds fascinating! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm It is! As always, more details in the full review, including my own failings as a history reader. 😜 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Hey, this was the perfect post for Bastille Day! #setinfrance #jubilantjuly @RealLifeReading 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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When the King leaves town, the prisoners get a wine upgrade so they behave better. It's details like this that have made this book priceless! 👑🍷

LauraJ I've enjoyed all of @hollytucker's books. She pretty awesome 😻 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @LauraJ This is the first of her books that I've read. Definitely will hunt down the others now! 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Starting this one by @hollytucker today as I recover from this morning's #migraine. It's really quite fascinating.

#paris #history #nonfictionchallenge #sundayquiet #litsymigrainebookclub

DGRachel Been a weekend for migraines, it seems. I hope yours is short-lived and you feel better soon. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @DGRachel Yes, only a few hours. I've had a lot of vertigo lately, so I thought it might join the fun. Thankfully it hasn't! 2y
LiteraryinLititz We missed you today, and I really hope you can feel better soon! 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @LiteraryinLititz Thanks - I missed you guys too! 2y
Scurvygirl Ugh. Been fighting one today too. Good luck!💚 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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I had intentions to read other books, and I'm sure this isn't the whole list for July. But when I was returning a book at the library, these also jumped in my bag! #iregretnothing #happybibliophage #julymostanticipated #jubilantjuly #libraryhaul

Gezemice Nice! I enjoyed "you can't touch my hair" and I think you will, too! I listened to the audio, and she is hilarious. 2y
RealLifeReading You Can't Touch My Hair was a fun read! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Gezemice @RealLifeReading I'm looking forward to it, especially based on all the love it's gotten here! 2y
MarticaMustRead Make sure and have tissues at the ready for 'Paula!' It's devastatingly beautiful!💖💔 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @MarticaMustRead That's what it sounded like from the reviews. Thanks for heads up! 😘 2y
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Crystalblu
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Full disclosure I received an ARC for an honest review.
So, I don't read a whole lot of non-fiction books that are not biographical, that being said I thoroughly enjoyed this one! It sucked me in and brought to life Paris of long ago. I got a little lost with the changing of titles that happened, but that is on me ;). All in all a pleasure to read!

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jenniferw88
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@hollytucker look what arrived today ☺️! Looking forward to reading it some time soon!

LisaJo Stacking this… You had me at Paris. 2y
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RowReads1
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I'm starting this one today.

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melissanorr
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Pickpick

This is a pick for the content but a pan for the lack of proofreading. Why do publishers think that is optional? Anyway, the narrative is good and the events of the period are fascinating.

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TheKidUpstairs
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#bestofapril I've been in a huge slump this month. I didn't complete many books and rarely felt compelled to read. Exception was this book; I raced through it and enjoyed every page.

#aprilbookshowers @RealLifeReading

Cinfhen I'm sure @hollytucker would be thrilled to hear that 💝😊 2y
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melissanorr
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Taking a brief break from Sherlock to read about the infamous Affair of Poisons.

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CrowCAH
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Pickpick

Such a great historical book that reads like fiction; enjoyed it so much! Thanks, @hollytucker for the ARC book!

@Eamann I sent my email to the author in appreciation!

Ericmanciniwriter Nice! I just sent a twitter message to Daniel Mendelssohn about a great NYer article #thankawriter 2y
CrowCAH @Eamann awesome, so cool! 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
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Naptime/quiet time at my house means Mom gets to have a cup of tea (Davids Tea Earl Grey Rooibos....mmm...) and enjoy my #currentread
Sleep well, little dudes.

Cinfhen Nice mug 💖 2y
Lmstraubie Great mug! 2y
CouronneDhiver Ooo! I LOVE Davids Tea... 'Forever Nuts' is my fave. ☕️ Cheers 2y
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Eyelit That tea sounds delightful! Is it totally herbal (no caffeine)? 2y
TheKidUpstairs @Eyelit yes, it is! I can't have caffeine in the afternoon, or I'll never sleep. Rooibos is naturally caffeine free. It's totally delicious 😊 2y
TheKidUpstairs @Cinfhen @Lmstraubie thanks! It's one of my favourites. Love a big mug 😊 2y
TheKidUpstairs @CouronneDhiver it's the best! I have a friend who works there, so I get spoiled 😊 2y
Eyelit Omg I just looked at their site and they have SO MANY herbal options I feel like a kid in a very expensive candy store!! 😁 2y
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CrowCAH
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"A dangerous enemy who looked for chances to strike anyone who offended him, always striking in secret."

Reminds me of Edmund Dantes' revenge, in The Count of Monte Cristo!

Catching some rays on this 81 degree day, with brisk wind.

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TheKidUpstairs
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I have one kid with a fever, and the other one is teething. I'm exhausted and it's probably going to be a tough night. And yet, I just can't put this one down yet. I've been on a bit of a reading slump this month, but this is breaking me out in a big way.

RealLifeReading Hope everyone is better soon! 2y
Lmstraubie I hope everyone gets a good night's rest tonight. 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
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Letting the older dude watch an extra episode of Paw Patrol so I can squeeze in another chapter while the little dude naps.
#currentlyreading

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Crystalblu
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For just a little bit yesterday I had a quite moment to join the #LitsyPartyofOne

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Crystalblu
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Had to sneak my #litsypartyofone moments in when I could. I'm on my lunch break here ;)

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hollytucker
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Know anyone in Louisville? Spread the word! I'll be at Carmichael's Books tonight. Poison! Paris! http://www.carmichaelsbookstore.com/event/holly-tucker-0.

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TheKidUpstairs
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My #bookmail arrived today! Very much a #blameitonlitsy purchase, I saw @hollytucker post about her new book and was instantly intrigued. So many books to read, and I want to read them all NOW!

hollytucker Yay !!! Did I sent you a bookplate yet? If not, let me know! I'll pop one in the mail. 2y
TheKidUpstairs @hollytucker yes! It arrived today. Thank you so much 😀 2y
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hollytucker
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Hi everyone ! I'm sending my monthly author newsletter out tonight. Here's the sign-up link if you want to get news! Http://holly-tucker.com

LeahBergen Done! ✅ 2y
hollytucker Yay ! 2y
DivineDiana Signed up! 2y
hollytucker @LeahBergen @DivineDiana great! Looking forward to getting to know you!! 2y
TNbookworm Just signed up! 2y
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CrowCAH
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#apriltbr #aprilbookshowers

So I'm guess I'm really bad at finishing paper books, but really good at finishing audiobooks. Some of these have been on the TBR for months, reading a chapter here and there. And I didn't accomplish either book on the March TBR, they're on the paper to hopefully get to this month. This is what comes of keeping up to date on Litsy and writing my novel lol

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hollytucker
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Wow...just wow. I can't tell you how many times as an author I've dreamed of seeing my book at the airport bookstore. A Facebook friend spotted it in Minneapolis! # bucketlist

Aswenson MN is always on point. 😉 #homestate (edited) 2y
LauraBeth Can't WAIT to read this! That's awesome 👏👏 2y
LeahBergen Yay!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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KarenUK So cool! 💕 2y
CrowCAH OMG congrats! 😁🎉👏🏻 Jealous, a little, as I'm working on my pirate novel; one day it will get on a shelf! 2y
Suet624 Your dream came true. How wonderful. 2y
Texreader Whoohoo!! Congrats!!🎉🎈🎊 2y
CherylDeFranceschi Congrats! 🎉🎉🎉 2y
CouronneDhiver Woohoo! 🍻 2y
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Sydsavvy
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When you can't go by trip, go by book. This book reminds me so much of all the subjects contained in my favorite series about a strong female back in The days of the Sun King. Now if they'd just rerelease Angelique!

LeahBergen I know! Although we would still prefer our old covers, right? 😉 2y
Sydsavvy @LeahBergen oh definitely! 2y
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TheKidUpstairs

Just ordered my copy of City of Light, City of Poison by @hollytucker excited to dive in! Fascinating subject! History, poison, murder, and Paris - what more could you want?

hollytucker Yay! Eager to hear what you think! I'd love to send you a personalized bookplate, btw. Just drop me your info here: http://www.holly-tucker.com/city-of-light-city-of-poison-purchase/ 2y
TheKidUpstairs @hollytucker Will definitely share my review! I tried to enter my info, but I'm in Ontario and it wouldn't let me enter a Canadian address 🙁 2y
hollytucker Email it to me then! Holly.a.tucker@gmail.com. Will get it in her mail. :) 2y
TheKidUpstairs @hollytucker Thank you so much! 2y
CrowCAH Cute reading this book and am engrossed! 2y
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tpixie
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My preorder came in!
@hollytucker Exited to try a new author!

julesG Title and cover are intriguing. 2y
Theresa I'm reading it right now. It's taking me forever because I haven't had much time to read but I'm enjoying it! 2y
tpixie @Theresa good!! 2y
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tpixie @julesG yes, and I looked at her other books, they seem intriguing too! 2y
hollytucker @julesG @tpixie @theresa looking forward to hearing what you think! Feel free to tag me any time! 2y
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hollytucker
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That time when you grab a sandwich, open the local paper, and see your own book in the pages!

Cinfhen 💞😊 2y
TrishB Fab 😀 2y
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Jenshootsweddings 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
DGRachel How exciting! 2y
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
LauraBeth Yay! 😀😀 2y
Suet624 Awesome!! 2y
drbethandherkindle That is amazing!! 2y
BethFishReads 👏💫👏💫👏💫 2y
LilMamaMastro Rush! 🎉👏👏👏 2y
CrowCAH Woohoo! 👏🏻🎉 2y
Buddys_Momma How awesome!! 👍🏽😀 2y
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