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The Keeper of Lost Causes
The Keeper of Lost Causes: The First Department Q Novel | Jussi Adler-Olsen
The first book in New York Times bestsellerJussi Adler-Olsen's electrifying Department Q series.The #1 international bestseller from Jussi Adler-Olsen, author of The Absent Oneperfect for fans of Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon TattooCarl Mrck used to be one of Copenhagens best homicide detectives. Then a hail of bullets destroyed the lives of two fellow cops, and Carlwho didnt draw his weaponblames himself. So a promotion is the last thing he expects. But Department Q is a department of one, and Carls got only a stack of Copenhagens coldest cases for company. His colleagues snicker, but Carl may have the last laugh, because one file keeps nagging at him: a liberal politician vanished five years earlier and is presumed dead. But she isnt dead yet.Darkly humorous, propulsive, and atmospheric, The Keeper of Lost Causes introduces American readers to the mega-bestselling series fast becoming an international sensation.
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WHHOOOOSH!!! I feel as if I was holding my breath during the whole book. Such an intense read. Assad and Carl are quickly becoming two of my favorite characters. #nordicnoir

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Since time immemorial, human beings had always transformed the suffering of fellow humans into entertainment.

Sad, but true.

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Mercy | Jussi Adler-Olsen
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Posted a bit late but these are the two #1WordTitle books I #ReadWithMrBook during January.

Now onto #TearJerkers for February.

MrBook Niiiice! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4w
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Mercy | Jussi Adler-Olsen
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Finished my fourth country for #ReadingEurope2020 with #Denmark, #OneWordTitle with #ReadwithMrBook
Also the first book in the Department Q Series in the #NordicNoir Buddy Reads
Overall an enjoyable book but not the smoothest translation and therefore not the easiest or quickest read. Enjoyed the interactions between the two lead investigators. Second half better than first half. Hopefully series will improve. Onto book 2 next month.

EadieB @Andrew65 Nice review! 1mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Thanks 😊 1mo
Librarybelle You‘re doing great with the challenges! 1mo
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Crazeedi I had the same opinion, slow to start, better at end 1mo
BarbaraBB You‘re on fire with #ReadingEurope2020! 1mo
gradcat Great review & remarkable progress, @Andrew65 keep up the good work! 👍 1mo
Andrew65 @gradcat Thanks, just started a new audiobook which will take me to Poland...Unfortunately it‘s to a concentration camp! 😢 1mo
Andrew65 @BarbaraBB Has been a good start to the year. 😊 @Librarybelle (edited) 1mo
Andrew65 @Crazeedi Great minds think alike! 1mo
gradcat @Andrew65 Sorry, doesn‘t sound very uplifting... 1mo
Andrew65 @gradcat No not at all! 1mo
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Copenhagen's PD created a new department called Q in the basement of their building. Carl Morck, a flawed policeman and Assad, immigrant, menial work but intelligence very helpful to Carl. one cold case for Carl. It is a liberal woman politician who has been missing for 5 years. interesting plot but slow moving. very wordy needs better dialogue. Carl and Assad unique. switched to the audio version. I will continue series. recommend 3.5 stars

gradcat I hope the series gets better for you! Good review! ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
EadieB @gradcat Thanks! I think I‘ll stick to the audio versions. They seem to work better for me. 2mo
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It may just be me but struggling to get through this book. Currently on 56%. It just feels to be moving quite slowly and not a lot going on. Think the interactions between characters need to be better, a bit more action and some better dialogue sections.

Will get to the questions when I do manage to get through the rest of the book.
#NordicNoir #ReadingEurope2020 #ReadWithMrBook #Onewordtitle

eanderson I still need to get to this one... I may have skipped it to start The Ice Princess to catch up. 2mo
Andrew65 @eanderson May just be me as others said they enjoyed and it moved quickly. Perhaps it‘s my mood? Loved the Ice Princess. 2mo
EadieB @Andrew65 I had the same experience. It took me forever but then found the audio in order to finish it. Just found it very wordy and slow moving. 2mo
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Andrew65 @EadieB Pleased to hear it is not just me. Just feel more pace, action and dialogue is needed. 2mo
EadieB @Andrew65 I agree! The story was good but dragged while reading it. Maybe a translation problem. 2mo
Andrew65 @EadieB That‘s possible. I don‘t feel particularly engaged with the characters. 2mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Agree! The characters didn‘t seem to be individuals. They all seemed rather stilted. I just was wondering how others seemed to be reading it very quickly and it seemed to take 3 days for me to get to 75%. Even with the audio it seemed like too much info. I was saying “Come on just get to the end!” 2mo
Andrew65 @EadieB You did well. Taken me three days so far to get to 56% and stalled, not ideal reading after a busy day at work! I do wonder how others said it was a quick read. 5 1/2 hours reading to get to 56%. 2mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Audio is best for this book. I was only averaging 20 pages an hour as I was falling asleep if I wasn‘t sitting up in a chair. 2mo
Andrew65 @EadieB I can certainly relate to this! 💤 2mo
gradcat @Andrew65 & @EadieB I‘m really surprised that you guys didn‘t love this, but I understand. My memory of it is that the first quarter of the book seemed a bit slow, mainly because he had to establish a pretty complicated backstory. But I (and my mother) absolutely loved the dialogue between Carl & Assad. I‘m so sorry you guys didn‘t love this, & I fear it doesn‘t bode well for the rest of the books in the series, alas. 😐 2mo
Andrew65 @gradcat The dialogue between Assad and Carl is about the best part of the book. Sometimes books get better as series progresses after setting the scene. I will be completing it. 2mo
EadieB @gradcat I did enjoy the book and the relationship between Carl and Assad. The book was just a very long read for me which I feel could have been accomplished with a faster paced book with more dialogue. I‘m looking forward to the next book and will definitely seek out the audio version. 2mo
Tove_Reads It took too long to get it all set up in the beginning with all the explanations and whatnot. I guess cold cases in principle should start off a bit slowly. Read it in Swedish (couldn‘t get it in Danish), so it‘s not really translated in the sense that it‘s almost the same language. Also, sometimes Nordic authors can be weird to non-Nordics I‘ve seen. 2mo
gradcat @Tove_Reads @Andrew65 @EadieB I will be interested to see what you guys think of the next one. I hope you like it better than this one. ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
MrBook Huh. No shame in dnf-ing it. 👍🏻👍🏻 2mo
Andrew65 @MrBook I know but I struggle to DNF, I keep hoping and expecting it to get better. Definitely one of my failings. 😂 2mo
Crazeedi @Andrew65 I had no problem with this one, but the ice princess is not as good, imo, I'm halfway through so I'll definitely finish it, but it's not keeping my attention 2mo
Andrew65 @Crazeedi Strange how we can act differently to books. Sometimes I wonder if it is our mood at the Time? 2mo
Crazeedi @Andrew65 that must be it, since I seem to not be able to engage right now. Last week everything I picked up I enjoyed, this week I'm just like NAH doesn't really interest me, lol. I need to shake it off, as my reading has slowed down. Maybe need to get off Litsy!😉 2mo
Tove_Reads Still not done? 2mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads No saving it for the weekend, too tired after school to read this one, gone for something lighter after school each night. 2mo
Tove_Reads Are you giving up? You looked so much forward to reading this series. 1mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads I have now finished!!! 👏👏👏🤗 And certainly not giving up. Always give a series at least two books. Now overall I enjoyed it and the second half was better than the first half, the writing style isn‘t the easiest, possibly a translation issue. Will be interested to see how I is taken forward in the next book. I did like the ending of this one. Now I need to get to the questions. Not helped by a VERY busy time at work. 1mo
Andrew65 Now I need to read The Hypnotist! That looks like another long book. @EadieB @gradcat @Crazeedi @Tove_Reads @MrBook @AnneCecilie @eanderson @Marina_h 👆 (edited) 1mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Yes! Good luck with The Hypnotist - bad language and drawn out will not help. Here‘s hoping the 2nd book will better. (edited) 1mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Yes seen those comments. I‘m wondering if I need to choose the audiobook route. 1mo
EadieB @Andrew65 I did audio and it‘s 17 hours and 24 minutes long. 1mo
Andrew65 @EadieB That shows how long the book is! 😳 1mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Right! Doesn‘t need to be that long. Audio is easier as you can just listen and reading is more effort. 1mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Definitely is and tiredness issues at the moment. Need to read this before the next Librarything Group Read. 1mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Good idea! I‘m glad I finished. Didn‘t think I was going to make it to the end. 1mo
Andrew65 @EadieB 🤞🤞🤞 Not an author I was aware of before the buddy read. I knew Jussi Adler-Olsen and Camilla Lackberg but not him. (edited) 1mo
EadieB @Andrew65 I had one of their books. I‘m thinking the problem with these books has got to be the translator using more words than necessary maybe afraid the meaning in not coming across clear enough. Lars Kepler - It is a husband and wife team. (edited) 1mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Shows how much I know. They should speak to Stephen Sartarelli, he does a brilliant job with the Camilleri translations. @gradcat @Crazeedi 1mo
Crazeedi @Andrew65 sartarelli is the BEST!! I've had his voice in my head while reading, listened to 17 with him, then read 6 physical books with him narrating. I love how he does Catarella a mong other voices 1mo
Crazeedi @Andrew65 I meant with him narrating in my head! See above comment 1mo
gradcat @andrew65 @crazeedi @Tove_Reads @EadieB Maybe it‘s easier to translate the Romance languages? I think Scandinavian and Germanic languages have different sentence structures, so maybe it‘s much harder to make it work in English—just a thought.... 🤷🏽‍♀️ 1mo
Tove_Reads @gradcat I couldn‘t get hold of Cussler‘s Sahara in English back in the days. I got the Swedish one. It was terrible, could not read it. I then found the Finnish one and it was excellent. Translators have a lot of power! 1mo
Andrew65 @gradcat I will have to rely on your judgement here as little knowledge over than some French of other languages. 1mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads So often translators can let an author down, but Sartarelli does a brilliant job with the Montalbano books, you wouldn‘t even know they are translated. 1mo
Andrew65 @Crazeedi Totally agree. 1mo
gradcat @Tove_Reads What you‘re saying surely illustrates how much is laid on a translator‘s shoulders...who would‘ve thought that it would make such a huge difference to read the same book in Swedish & Finnish!?! @Andrew65 1mo
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Detective ✔ Another done for #Jennyis30 bingo.
I'm getting some of the (for me) easier ones done first.
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Great first book in the series about Department Q. I like the main characters and there are some interesting background stories which hopefully will be explored further on.
#NordicNoir #Yearofnordicnoir #Murder2020 - 1/2
#Readingeurope2020 - Denmark @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

Librarybelle Hooray! Glad this was a good book! 2mo
Texreader Glad you liked it! The books get even better as the series progresses. 2mo
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The police department in Denmark is forced to establish a new department after a political agreement, Department Q that will handle cold cases of a severe character. To solve internal difficulties within the Copenhagen police department they appoint Carl Mørck as its leader. He in return demands an assistant, and gets Assad. By chance, they start to look into a case where a young female politician disappeared 5yrs ago.

#NordicNoir

Librarybelle Great! I checked this out from the library after reading everyone‘s posts about it. 2mo
BarbaraBB I hear so many good things about this book! 2mo
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Crazeedi I love the characterization of cranky Mork, and I love Assad! Their blossoming relationship is hilarious! 2mo
EadieB It was amazing how much Carl and Assad found out about Merete. I loved that Carl questioned Borge Bak about not writng any information down during Bak's investigation of Merete's disappearance. Doesn't sound like Bak tried too hard to find Merete. 2mo
Tove_Reads The job was done poorly in the beginning. Sounds strange since she was an MP. I guess the lack of ransom or any messages made them sure she was a goner. I‘m sure we‘re through with her, but I would actually like to see her becoming some sort of an asset. The characters in the book are excellent! 2mo
AnneCecilie I love the working relationship between Carl and Assad and I‘m looking forward to seeing it develop over the next books. Maybe we‘ll even learn more about Assad‘s past. 2mo
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Crazeedi This actually made me almost physically sick, I have claustrophobia, so I would have been dead or insane from panic attack. I cant even deal.... 2mo
EadieB I could not imagine that and the fact that she did survive in the end. I blame Bak for not working harder to find Merete. 2mo
Marina_h I have a hard time imagining I could do that myself. I think I would have given up long ago. But maybe some hidden strength helps you. 2mo
Tove_Reads There are many true stories about people being kept like this for years, but I wonder how many can take it physically. The woman couldn‘t wash herself for 5 years. That alone could cause all sorts of things. She was able to handle it quite well mentally. 2mo
AnneCecilie I think that humans have a hidden strength that we do not think we have until we need it. But even if you should survive, there most be some consequences and long term effects 2mo
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EadieB I like Hardy Henningsen but feel sorry for him because of his injuries and is not able to work anymore. I don't like Lars Bjorn as he does not speak nice about Carl. 2mo
Crazeedi Bak(I think his name?) The guy who screwed up original investigation I dont like 2mo
Crazeedi My fave outside Q is hard to say, really havent formed that opinion yet 2mo
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Marina_h Børge Back and Lars Bjørn are my least favorites. They seem corrupt and dishonest. I sort of like Marcus. He also seems like a good guy and he does a lot to help Carl even though Carl makes it difficult. But I don't feel like a know all of the characters that well yet 2mo
Tove_Reads @Marina_h I also dislike those two. I have a weird liking for the secretary women. I hope they will have bigger parts in the future. 2mo
AnneCecilie I find his ex-wife/ wife annoying. And I don‘t like Bak, I find it hard that an investigator with his reputation hasn‘t taken all the notes. 2mo
Marina_h @AnneCecilie yes his ex-wife is very annoying. And I'm wondering why Carl puts up with her. 2mo
Tove_Reads I guess he has to put up with his ex because he has her kid. 2mo
AnneCecilie @Marina_h Maybe he has som redeeming qualities after all? Letting her kid stay at his place and having to deal with her 2mo
Marina_h @Tove_Reads yeah, but that's also a bit strange, that her son lives with Carl. But maybe that's one if the things that shows he really is a good guy. Also renting out to the guy Morten and all the neighbours that hold their barbecue at Carl's place. He puts up with quite a lot for a guy who doesn't seem to like people 😁 2mo
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EadieB To me he seems to be an illegal immigrant that is running from something but I don't know what. 2mo
Crazeedi I think he's part of a secret spook organization, who had to flee his homeland 2mo
Marina_h I'm thinking he has some sort of military background or at least he has some sort of training like that. He seems very skilled when it comes to weapon and also investigation. But I agree with @Crazeedi and @EadieB that he must be running from something or someone 2mo
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Tove_Reads I think he might be something like a police/army guy from Iraq. He must have an agenda wanting to work for the police. 2mo
AnneCecilie I don‘t think he‘s an illegal, but other than that I agree with you all @EdieB @Crazeedi @Marina_h (edited) 2mo
Crazeedi @AnneCecilie yes he may not be an illegal, thinking he may have sanctuary here 2mo
Marina_h @AnneCecilie I'm not sure he's illegal either, but there's something that have made him leave where ever he's coming from. It'll be interesting to find out more about him 2mo
Tove_Reads Doubt he‘s an illegal. Would be too risky working for the police, therefore not a believable plot. 2mo
AnneCecilie @Marina_h I couldn‘t have agreed with you more. Especially considering how he handled what happened towards the end. 2mo
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EadieB Carl was very interesting but very intense. I like how he carries out an idea and immediately goes out and interviews the people who were mentioned. 2mo
Crazeedi Love Carl , he's a curmudgeon, he doesn't care what people think of him. At times his rudeness is a bit much, but you can also see his softness at times 2mo
Marina_h I like Carl. In some ways I find him rude and annoying and he sometimes comes across as bit of an a** but then he shows his soft side and you can see that he is a good man. I think honesty and doing the right thing is important to him 2mo
Tove_Reads I like him in all his weirdness. I can understand that for some people he‘s not the easiest guy to work with. He is a hands on guy, not a politically correct snob who wants to earn more stars. 2mo
AnneCecilie I don‘t find him particularly likable and would personally not like to have a colleague like him. He seems hard to work with. He‘s very direct and doesn‘t seem to hide it if he doesn‘t like you. 2mo
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This is the Copenhagen Police Headquarters where Carl Mørck works. I went on a guided tour some years ago. The architecture is really interesting and beautiful in it's own way. The photo is taken from inside the round yard.
#nordicnoir @Tove_Reads @Andrew65 @EadieB @AnneCecilie @Crazeedi

AnneCecilie Thank for sharing. Is this the same station where they filmed Broen? (edited) 2mo
Marina_h @AnneCecilie this is really embarrassing, but I haven't seen Broen. I'm pretty sure it's filmed there though. I think most crime series set in Copenhagen is set there. Maybe @Kalalalatja knows? 2mo
AnneCecilie @Marina_h Then you most absolutely take the time to see it. It‘s amazing 2mo
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Texreader This is awesome! Thanks for posting! 2mo
Kalalalatja I haven‘t seen Broen either @AnneCecilie @Marina_h 🙈 I don‘t really watch or read the Danish crime series or books 2mo
EadieB @Marina_h Interesting! Thanks for sharing! 2mo
Marina_h @AnneCecilie I will. I think I saw it on Netflix so I'll might start watching it tomorrow 2mo
veritysalter I loved Broen (The Bridge here), we had a rubbish English/French version called The Tunnel, with the same plot. The Danish/Swedish original had such a great atmosphere. I love Nordic Noir. 2mo
Marina_h @veritysalter I've heard it was quite popular in UK and also other countries. Did they show the Danish/Swedish version in Tv? I'm just not good at following tv series but now that I know it's on Netflix there's no excuse for not watching it 2mo
veritysalter @Marina_h Yes I think it was on the BBC with subtitles. I watch most on Netflix, I recently watched The Rain. I would love some book recommendations. 2mo
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Mercy | Jussi Adler-Olsen
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I finally got to start Mercy (also published as The Keeper of Lost Causes) for #NordicNoir, this is the first book in the Department Q Series.

I‘m multitasking with this book as it will also be my second country visited in the #ReadingEurope2020 (#Denmark), The one word book title for January‘s #ReadwithMrBook #OneWordTitle and the first of three books by the same author for the #MMDChallenge.

Tove_Reads I keep on missing all these challenges and when I look them up it‘s almost impossible to find what they are about, because there are so many posts. 2mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Yes you do have to search down quite a way on some! 2mo
Tove_Reads I‘m adding one more for us two, but just as a fun sidestep one - 100 books with at least one murder. Basically we just need to do some adding. So far 4 books - 4 with murders. I‘d just like to see how much we read about murder. Maybe @EadieB would like to join? 2mo
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EadieB @Tove_Reads @Andrew65 Ok I‘ll join 100 Murder Books as practically every book I read has a murder in it. 2mo
Tove_Reads @eadieb Cool! Same with me... it‘ll be interesting to see how many we end up with! 4/4 now, so looking good! Maybe @TrishB @gradcat @Crazeedi @AnnCecilie @eanderson @Marina_h would like to join us well? Doesn‘t have to be a 100, just add a book every time there‘s a murder, like 2/3, 10/13, 67/100, whatever numbers you are at 😃 2mo
EadieB @Tove_Reads We should call it #Murder2020. 2mo
Tove_Reads @EadieB Hahaha, did you read my last post? 😂😅😇🤣 2mo
EadieB @Tove_Reads Great minds think alike! 2mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Now does it have to be a murder for a detective or do killings in Thriller books count? 2mo
TrishB I‘ll try and remember! 2mo
squirrelbrain I have this one down for #denmark too, as my library has a copy... 2mo
Tove_Reads @andrew65 If Maeve Binchy would kill off someone it‘ll still count! 2mo
Marina_h @Tove_Reads I have the same troubles finding out what the challenges is about. But I've pinned #Murder2020 and will add it to my journal when I have time to set it up 2mo
eanderson @Tove_Reads count me in! The majority of what I read are thrillers. 2mo
Librarybelle Awesome! You‘re on a roll! (edited) 2mo
Andrew65 @Librarybelle Awake for most of the night so not got too far with reading this today. 💤 Things will slow down next week as back at work. 😔 (edited) 2mo
gradcat #murder2020 Omigod, I am SOOOO in—who all is participating in this, and what exactly are we supposed to do? Just keep a count to 100? @Tove_Reads @Andrew65 @EadieB 2mo
gradcat @Tove_Reads @Andrew65 @EadieB Never mind my stupid questions—I found everything I need! 👍 2mo
Andrew65 @gradcat There is no such thing as a stupid question. 😊 2mo
gradcat @Andrew65 Thanks for saying that...😊 2mo
Crazeedi I just saw this post, I think I understand, and I read a lot of books with a murder! So I just post the hashtag under to review of the book with the number?? @Tove_Reads ? 1mo
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Next up.
Getting a late start to this #nordicnoir read hosted by @Tove_Reads
I hope to finish tomorrow in time for the discussion

Crazeedi Can't wait for discussion! 2mo
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I haven't slept well so I'm up early and have made tea so I'm now ready to finish this book for the #nordicnoir #buddyread.

Texreader I love this series!! 2mo
Crazeedi You'll love it! Can't wait to discuss!! 2mo
Marina_h @Crazeedi I'm only missing 100 pages so I'll be finished in time. I'm looking forward to hearing what all of you think 😊 2mo
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#nordicnoir #buddyread @Andrew65 @EadieB @AnneCecilie @Marina_h @eanderson @gradcat @Tove_Reads
#SeriesRead @TheSpineView
Book 1 in Dept Q series. Carl Mork is a different type of detective, marches to his own drummer. Assad, his assistant, is a quirky type too, they fit for some reason. Mork is in charge of a 5 year old cold case. Where is the womans body? Lots of twists in the case. 4🌟

Andrew65 Hoping to start this tomorrow or Saturday. 2mo
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Crazeedi @Andrew65 I whizzed through this, totally enjoyed and cant wait for book2! 2mo
EadieB @Crazeedi I started this today but only got to chapter 5. 2mo
Librarybelle I‘ve been wondering about this series. I may need to move this up my to read list... 2mo
Andrew65 @Librarybelle We are looking to read one book of this series each month. 2mo
Andrew65 @Crazeedi That‘s good to know. 😊 (edited) 2mo
Crazeedi @Andrew65 Andrew did I tag everyone doing the #nordicnoir? 2mo
Crazeedi @Librarybelle join in! 2mo
Crazeedi @EadieB I enjoyed, didnt want to put down till done. I have a couple other books to get to, I dont know if I'm going to be able to keep up with all the challenges, but this group definitely will! 2mo
Librarybelle @Crazeedi @Andrew65 Maybe I will join in! I‘ll have to see if the library has a copy checked in. Thanks! 2mo
EadieB @Crazeedi You are a speed reader - you should be able to keep up. 2mo
Andrew65 @Librarybelle We‘d love to have you on board. 😁 This Book is also published under the title Mercy. 2mo
Andrew65 @Crazeedi It looks like it to me but @Tove_Reads may know better. 2mo
Andrew65 @Crazeedi I can relate to that feeling especially when work starts! 2mo
TheSpineView Another series you are doing awesome! FYI, I am not doing the series read challenge this year. Too much going on. In the next few days I will draw for Q4 2019 winner. 2mo
Crazeedi @TheSpineView ok thanks for letting me know! I get it, life gets crazy! 2mo
BarbaraBB Sounds good! 2mo
Crazeedi @BarbaraBB it was very good! 2mo
Tove_Reads That should be all of us + Gradcat (who‘s read it already). 2mo
gradcat @Crazeedi @EadieB @Tove_Reads @Andrew65 I so love this series...the latest book is supposed to be out early March—I cannot wait!! ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
Andrew65 @gradcat A glowing recommendation. 😊 2mo
Crazeedi @Tove_Reads ty! I knew she read this! 2mo
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I enjoyed the first book in this series. Carl Mørck is some guy. He is now leading the new Department Q, handling cold cases, with one of the most special “Assistants”, Assad. It moves slower than the general detective stories, as it should, due to its nature. MP Merete is believed to have drowned five years back, but is it really the truth? It‘s time to find out! I love the strange characters in the book, and want to get to know them! #nordicnoir

Tove_Reads Will post the questions for our #buddyread discussion on Sunday. Hope you‘ll all enjoying the book! 2mo
EadieB @Tove_Reads Starting this one today. 2mo
Andrew65 Hoping to start it tomorrow now libraries back open to get a copy. 2mo
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Crazeedi @Tove_Reads @EadieB @Andrew65 I'm halfway through this one, I am totally enjoying it! 2mo
EadieB @Crazeedi Great! Starting it soon. 2mo
Marina_h Glad to hear you liked it. I started it yesterday. 2mo
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Week 1 January 2020: Jussi Adler-Olsen. #buddyread #nordicnoir I will post some discussion questions on Sunday 5th. Feel free to join us!

Andrew65 Hoping to pick this up when the library opens up in the new year. 2mo
Crazeedi I have the book and I'm ready to go! 2mo
eanderson I may join in! I have this book... I‘ve had it for a long time... 2mo
Marina_h I'm also ready. I have the first 5-6 books in this series. I plan on a weekend full of reading 😊 2mo
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We start reading three #nordicnoir series as #buddyreads in January. The first week of the month it‘s time to read Jussi Adler Olsen and the first book in the Department Q series. Everyone reads the books at their own pace. On Sundays I‘ll post a few questions regarding the book we‘ve just read, and everyone can take part in these discussions. Sounds OK to you?

Marina_h I just need to find the book at home then I'm all set. Looking forward to reading with you guys 😊 2mo
AnneCecilie Sounds great. I have the book out from the library. 2mo
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Tove_Reads
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Are you ready???

AnneCecilie I‘m ready. I‘m one the waiting list at the library and the books should arrive within the next 2 weeks. 3mo
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EadieB
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#HappyBirthday I‘m having these books sent to you from my credits on Paperbackswap. They will arrive from different people. Just let me know when you receive each one so I can mark them received on the Paperbackswap website. Haven‘t found a copy of the first book which is tagged but I‘ll keep looking.

#YearOfNordicNoir #JussiAdlerOlsen #CamillaLackberg

Chrissyreadit What an awesome gift idea! 4mo
EadieB @Chrissyreadit Thanks! Let me know when your birthday is and what books you‘re interested in and I‘ll see what i can send you from my credits. lol 4mo
Chrissyreadit ❤️🙌❤️ 4mo
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EadieB @Chrissyreadit I have 800 credits! 4mo
Chrissyreadit OMG!!! That‘s no joke! My birthdays in August! But I may stalk you until then! You should do some swaps!!!! What is your latest true crime recommendation? 4mo
EadieB @Chrissyreadit So, when you find a book that you want, I‘ll check and see if they have it and have it sent to you. I just got this for $1.00 at my library sale: (edited) 4mo
Chrissyreadit Wow! That sounds good- and also terrifying as we are exploring colleges... 4mo
EadieB @Chrissyreadit My daughter went to Penn State and was on campus when there was a shooter one day. That was scary! 4mo
Chrissyreadit OMG!! Did she like Penn State though? 4mo
EadieB @Chrissyreadit She did her first two years at Allentown College which is very close to our house. Then she said we wanted to transfer to Penn State main campus. She had roommate problems and wished she was closer to home. The smaller college suited her needs better. 4mo
Crazeedi @EadieB thank you sooooo much! My son in laws cabin is 20 minutes from main campus!! 4mo
EadieB @Crazeedi Nice area near State College! 4mo
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writerlibrarian
Mercy | Jussi Adler-Olsen
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The slow pace of the plot bugged me. A lot. Carl is not a likeable character. Few characters are in this thriller. I kept on reading, a reader I trust wrote a good review, so I persisted. I am glad I did. At around 2/3 the plot picked up, the action got into high gear. The writer does thriller really well, mystery, not so well. #summerreading #readinginFrenchJuly

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Mercy | Jussi Adler-Olsen
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New summer nails. I just love them. As much As I like the idea of a cold case squad, this cop is an a-hole, sexist and a tad racist. I'm a little pass 50% and I know who did it and why, and I didn't cheat. All that I have left to keep me reading is I want know if she gets out and gets revenge. Still new nails and new books arrived in the mail today. #bookhaul

Lynnsoprano Love those nails ❤️ 7mo
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Mercy | Jussi Adler-Olsen
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It's keeping me interested. I might finish it quickly. #summerreading while watching really beautiful scenery. #tourdefrancereading

LapReader I love this idea! 7mo
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Mercy | Jussi Adler-Olsen
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Gone back to Adler-Olsen. Bastille Day. 🇫🇷 🚴‍♀️ Perfect day to read a dark thriller. Another title for the library reading bingo challenge 😉

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Smangela
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Had to share because it‘s one of my favorites!! Just got the Book Riot Daily Deals email and it‘s Only $1.99 on kindle!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
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Mercy | Jussi Adler-Olsen
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It's getting colder outside, we are going into the minus 15C. So... new thriller and hockey are a good remedy. 🐧 vs 👿 tonight. #readingandwatchinghockey

Texreader I ❤️ Adler-Olsen 1y
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Elma
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📖 (The) Keeper of lost Causes
✒ Karin Slaughter and Kristin Hannah
🎞 Kong: Skull Island
📺 (The) Killing (Danish version) and Killing Eve
🍽 King crab legs

#manicmonday #letterk @JoScho

JoScho 💛💛💛 1y
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Schlinkles
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Finally getting into the last book in this round of our #teaswap I haven‘t read any of the Nordic mysteries that have become so popular, so I‘m interested to give this a go. Also what‘s the Glass Key awarded for?

Bookishthoughts Its a Nordic crime award. 2y
Schlinkles @LazyDays 👍🏻 2y
Bookishthoughts I had to look it up😎 2y
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julesG
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Okay Littens, a friend of mine, who's bookish but not crazy bookish, keeps raving about the first Jussi Adler-Olsen book. Actually, she keeps saying I absolutely have to read it.

I'm hesitant, as you might have guessed. I am not really into Scandinavian crime/thriller books, and I have tried a few. It's the slow pace that mostly annoys me.

Soooo, the question is, should I or should I not try it?

mdm139 I liked the book. And if you try her recommendation maybe she will try one of yours. 2y
DGRachel It‘s still on my TBR, so I can‘t give a recommendation. Sorry! 2y
Sarah83 My mum just started this series. The first thirty pages weren't that great, but it got better and now she flying through it. If you like books, where a crime is solved and detectives talk to a lot of people to find out, what happen, it might be a good decision to start it. ☺️ 2y
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Robothugs I‘ve never read it. But I‘d say if you‘ve already read some and don‘t like them, then maybe go with your gut. It seems like it‘s compared to Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, if you‘ve read that and didn‘t like it... 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
Kaye I‘d be honest and say you don‘t really like those types of books. It‘d save you the grief later if you read it and hate it. That way you won‘t be under any obligations. Just my 2 cents. 2y
jpmcwisemorgan Sometimes I read something I‘m not sure about because someone I really care about recommends it. As long as it‘s not horror, I‘m going to take a look and if it‘s doable I try because I like knowing what my friends like and I like having something we can talk about. If you were to read this book, you would then know even better what your friend likes and could then maybe make some informed recommendations of your own. 2y
hilded I enjoyed this series, and the first book was terrific:) I found the characters in departement Q to be quite interesring as well. On the other hand though, I enjoy these kinds of books as a palate cleanser in between other heavy books, so if you already know you don't like the genre, it might not be worth it. This book is also a movie. 2y
RebelReader We can‘t all like the same books. I‘d be honest and let her know that you already have so many books on your TBR and while you‘re happy she loved it, it‘s not the right time for you to tackle it right now. 2y
Mitch I‘ve enjoyed this series ( do not watch the films, they‘re not a patch on the books!). They‘re good page turners with some great settings and memorable characters. However - life is not long enough to read everything! 2y
julesG @mdm139 It's not that I don't appreciate her recommendation. I've already read three books she recommended to me. Unfortunately, they were all in the Pan and Bail category, although they were within my comfort zone. I've told her that I've struggled with Scandinavian authors before - it all started with the Sophie's World craze 20 odd years ago. 2y
julesG @DGRachel Thanks anyway. 😘 2y
julesG @Sarah83 Thanks. Loads of people like it. Another friend just started it on Spotify. Maybe I should put my 99 cent premium membership to good use before it expires. 2y
julesG @Robothugs Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I started it, then one of my students did a book presentation on the trilogy/series and I knew how it ended. So I bailed. 2y
julesG @Kaye Already told her I'm not very much into Scandinavian crime, but she keeps insisting. 😵 I'll probably end up humouring her anyway. 2y
julesG @jpmcwisemorgan See, that's exactly what I do. I listen to friends' recommendations and give it a try. It's just that this particular friend has recommended books to me before, which were within my comfort zone, but were not for me. Hence the hesitation. 2y
julesG @hilded It's not the genre. It's the Scandinavian style I struggle with. 😉 2y
julesG @hilded And that's me saying it although I love Scandinavia and the Scandinavian people so much. It's just the convoluted, round about writing I struggle with. 2y
julesG @RebelReader Oh, don't mention #MountTBR. 😁 Thank you, it's a valid point though. 2y
julesG @Mitch Thank you. How much blood is there in those books? When it comes to crime novels, I'm a 'hold the book by its spine and let the blood drip out' sort of person, the more, the better. 2y
Mitch @julesG they‘re not bloody really.... 2y
hilded I see! I guess I'm so used to it, I don't even notice ;) And I quite enjoy the sparse prose you often find in Scandinavian literature. If you want bloody crime novels, give Kepler (Sweden) a try. But then again, still Nordic Noir 🙈). Although I find the Department Q series to be much better than the Kepler series. 2y
julesG @hilded Thanks for the recommendation. I'm adding it to my TBR. I've found the Adler-Olsen on Spotify, so I'll give it a go. 2y
julesG @Mitch Shame.😉 2y
jpmcwisemorgan Hmmm...well, if you‘ve read recommendations from this friend before then you‘ve really done your friend duty. 😊 2y
CouronneDhiver I never end up enjoying something I‘ve been “forced” into... I say thank him/her for the recommendation but explain that the genre isn‘t really your thing. Maybe there‘s another book/author that you two can agree upon instead 2y
minkyb I read a lot in this genre. I discovered dept. Q when we traveled to Denmark and I like reading books set in my travels. Turns out Carl‘s police station was cited near our hotel. Carl and the cast of characters is not typical for other Scandinavian authors I read so perhaps you will like it. If you try and decide to bail I am sure your friend will appreciate your effort! I would. 🤗 2y
julesG @CouronneDhiver @minkyb Thank you. I'm glad I told her up front that I might not like it. I'm 17 chapters in (audiobook on Spotify) and am neither invested in the MC nor the potential victim of the story. 2y
Moony Oh I love the Audiobooks! It's a good choice. 2y
Meeko93 I would try it and if it doesn't work for ya after the first 100 pages then I'd bail. 2y
julesG @Moony @Meeko93 - I've listened to 17 chapters. I'm not sure how many pages that is. It's meh! I'll bail. 2y
minkyb On to the next book! 2y
RaimeyGallant I'd be on the fence. 2y
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Schlinkles

Hey @PirateJenny got your package today! Thanks for the cookies and tea. I completely feel you, life has taken more out of me as of late too, no worries!

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neggers
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Late night reads are the best reads 😍
#latenight #mystery #bookworm #music #beats

Reggie Welcome to Litsy!!! 2y
rather_be_reading Welcome to Litsy!! 📚🎉📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
neggers Thank you! So glad to be here @rather_be_reading @Reggie 2y
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RaimeyGallant And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 2y
neggers @RaimeyGallant thanks so much! I‘ll definitely take a look. 2y
RaimeyGallant Hope you find it helpful. :) 2y
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! 2y
neggers @LitsyWelcomeWagon thank you so much! Glad to be here! 2y
CKlube Welcome! ☺️ 2y
BookaholicNatty Welcome to Litsy!!! Hope you love it here as much as I do! ❤️❤️ 2y
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Mehso-so

I was very much looking forward to this book. I loved the plot and characters. I certainly didn't care it was darkBut something about it was just off for me. I think it was that I found the translation somewhat stilted in places. I know it wasn't life events because the freelance I did during this time was great. I know others loved it entirely so this is a me thing. #novelandteabookclub @LazyDays @mdm139 @Schlinkles

Schlinkles That‘s an awfully cute cat. 2y
Bookishthoughts I had high hopes also! But I'm the end I was disappointed as will. 2y
PirateJenny @Schlinkles Thanks. She seems to be a bit of a diva already! 😊 2y
julesG I've just started this after a friend recommended it and I had told her that I might not like it. Turns out I was right. I too find the language stilted and I'm not invested in the characters. 2y
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Mehso-so

Not bad but not the greatest. Am in no rush to read the next book but I might at some point, we‘ll see. The main character is pretty forgettable which doesn‘t help the whole not rushing to the next book, thing.

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PirateJenny
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So much tea! So many snacks! I am set. A certain photobomber likes the smell of cinnamon. Thank you @mdm139 ! I cannot wait to dig into this one. Mine will be going out Monday. #novelandteabookclub @Schlinkles @LazyDays
@SkeletonKey @TheKidUpstairs

SkeletonKey Yum!! 2y
Schlinkles Mine is headed toward @LazyDays Monday as well. 2y
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mdm139
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I should be done with this book today and then I will dive back into Lonesome Dove. We wore the kids out going to a festival and then we stopped at an outdoor store. The kids were fascinated by the freeze dried food so they each picked one to try. This is my oldest kid's selection. My iced tea is Queen of Tarts from David's Tea.

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mdm139
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Enjoying my #tealoverspostalbookclub package today. I am making quick work of this book, it is a real page turner. I am trying the peach raspberry earl grey tea and I love it. @LazyDays

Bookishthoughts 🙌 that one was a recommendation from shop💜 I'm glad you like the candle o thought it smelled so good😊 2y
AmyG Nice picture! 2y
mdm139 @AmyG thanks, I think it is the bacon, bacon makes everything better even pictures 2y
AmyG Ha...probably. 🥓 2y
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mdm139
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@LazyDays your package arrived and I love it all. I can't wait to try the teas and the candle smells awesome. And thank you for the snacks. I badly needed that little hand held mirror. I will start the book today as I need a break from Lonesome Dove, I am a bit mad/sad at that book right now. @PirateJenny @Schlinkles #tealoverspostalbookclub

Bookishthoughts Yay! 🙌 I'm glad it made it all in one piece! Let me know how you like the tea😊 2y
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Mercy | Jussi Adler-Olsen
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The first in the Department Q series.
Adler-Olsen is possibly my favourite Scandinavian author.

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This book was amazing!! I was so nervous about the Nordic noir prompt from PopSugar, but this book was perfect. It reminded me so much of Tana French. I placed a hold on the second of the series and I can‘t wait!

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Texreader
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I took an informal poll of Littens‘ favorite app to record personal libraries and the majority chose LibraryThing. I promptly downloaded it (for free) and have rapidly added 42 books so far. Here‘s a glimpse of the first few. It is super simple and fast to add books, mark them as read or not, assign stars, etc. I really like it so far. A lot more features are available on the internet as well.

BookMaven407 Thanks for adding a follow up to the poll. I'm going to try LibraryThing 📚 2y
DeleteAcct Nice, I need something other than Goodreads as it messes up occaaionally. 2y
youngreadrshelf So LibraryThing got better reviews than BookBuddy? I wonder why. 2y
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Sace I love the stats available on the LT website. 2y
Texreader @youngreadrshelf No one mentioned BookBuddy. 2y
KathyWheeler I‘m not familiar with BookBuddy. As a librarian, one of the things I like about LibraryThing is that I can assign my books Library of Congress classification numbers. 2y
AmyG Thanks. I didn't know about this. I now have something else to play around with + books! 👍🏻 (edited) 2y
Texreader @KathyWheeler does that help you organize them in real life? 2y
KathyWheeler @Texreader No, but only because in real life, when we moved into our house, I let my son help me put up the books, and he just put them up haphazardly and I‘ve been too lazy to reorganize them. I do note what room the books are in on LibraryThing though, so that helps narrow them. 2y
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Books_Wine_Repeat
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Detective Carl Morck is assigned as the head of Department Q--a new department in charge of solving cold cases. This is twisty and suspenseful. The middle is a little slow with unnecessary characters but it picks up in the end. The real star of this department is Hafez el-Assad, the janitor/assistant/mystery solver. I have the next book in the series already downloaded! 🤗

Nebklvr Creepy book 2y
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DGRachel
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Today's #challenge was finishing the bookcase, dragging it into by bedroom, and reorganizing my shelves. I'm not totally happy, but everything is nicely alphabetized (except the misc. magazines, kids books, and HP bottom shelf). #anditsaugust

Sarah83 Why aren't you happy? 3y
nabilareads Looks good!! 3y
LeahBergen Lovely! 3y
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keithmalek Beautiful shelf! 3y
PurpleyPumpkin Ooh lovely shelves!😍 3y
Kalalalatja Looks great! 3y
DGRachel @Sarah83 I guess, even though it's organized, its just not visually appealing-too many paperbacks in between hardbacks and nothing that matches or coordinates. I've added a few knick knacks, so it's growing on me. 😊 3y
RealLifeReading Awesome! 3y
Sarah83 I know what you mean. Can't you mix up the books, so that they fit better? 3y
DGRachel @Sarah83 For my mental health, I need them to be alphabetized more than I need them to be pretty. 😂😂 (edited) 3y
Sarah83 That's a good reason. 😏 3y
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andrew61
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#augustgrrrl #mercy
Duffy was in a really good welsh film i watched a couple of years ago called patagonia but not seen her in anything recently? Anyway this was one of those scandi series where i read book 1, enjoyed, yet haven't got to book 2 yet - its definitely one im on the look to find.

Cathythoughts Must look out too. I've seen some great scandi sub titled series. Soooo very good. They have brought out some great productions over the last few years ! Seriously good 👍I loved Arvingerne ( was addicted ) (edited) 3y
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Pamwurtzler
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Pickpick

I liked this - a good Scandinavian mystery but not super violent or grisly. It caught my eye because the cover reminded me of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. #LetterK #LitsyAtoZ

Ms.Story Intriguing! Stacked! (edited) 3y
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Smangela
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#WEEKENDGIVEAWAY this is what I'm currently reading. My hubby and I always have a book going that I read aloud in the car. This one we started in November before baby, and we've recently started it back up again! We used to drive together daily on our commute but now it's more on the weekends so it's taking us a lot longer to get through one!

Texreader Love Adler-Olsen!! 3y
Nikki15 I love Adler-Olsen's Department Q series! 3y
ChasingOm Is it wrong to think "my friend will really like this and if I get it for her, she'll let me borrow it!"? ? 3y
minkyb Love this series! 3y
Smangela @ChasingOm I feel like that is one way I can get my book buying desire satisfied and still feel like I'm "being good" hahaha ? 3y
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