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Land of Shadows
Land of Shadows | Rachel Howzell Hall
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"A fresh voice in crime fiction. Fast, funny, heartbreaking and wise...Elouise Norton is the best new character you'll meet this year." Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author, on Rachel Howzell Hall's Land of Shadows Along the ever-changing border of gentrifying Los Angeles, seventeen-year-old Monique Darson is found dead at a condominium construction site, hanging in the closet of an unfinished unit. Homicide detective Elouise "Lou" Norton's new partner, Colin Taggert, fresh from the comparatively bucolic Colorado Springs police department, assumes it's a teenage suicide. Lou isn't buying the easy explanation. For one thing, the condo site is owned by Napoleon Crase, a self-made millionaire. . .and the man who may have murdered Lou's missing sister, Tori, thirty years ago. As Lou investigates the death of Monique Darson, she uncovers undeniable links between the two cases. But her department is skeptical. Lou is convinced that when she solves Monique's case she will finally bring her lost sister home. But as she gets closer to the truth, she also gets closer to a violent killer. After all this time, can he be brought to justice. . .before Lou becomes his next victim? "Gives voice to a rare figure in crime fiction: a highly complex, fully imagined black female detective." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review on Trail of Echoes At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Amie
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Good mystery, first in series. An LAPD detective investigates the murder of a teenager girl. One of her main suspects is also the neighborhood man she suspects of killing her older sister twenty some years ago. Meanwhile she has to put up with her new partner who is a clueless white transplant from Colorado, and deal with her imploding marriage.

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DGRachel
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ozma.of.oz
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Dentist. Bleh. At 7:00 AM. Double bleh.

ozma.of.oz @Come-read-with-me I ended up only having to pay $8 so I was definitely smiling! 3mo
Come-read-with-me @chaoticgoodhufflepuff That is definitely a reason to smile! 3mo
ozma.of.oz Finished! #TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon @Clwojick 2 points for team read + 1 point for post (127 total) 3mo
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valeriegeary
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Husband and I are spending a few days at the beach! Puzzles, hiking, hot tubbing, shell searching, and of course, reading!

wanderinglynn That looks like a cool puzzle! 👍🏻 7mo
cathipink Sounds dreamy! 🙂 7mo
LeahBergen Oh, fun! 😍😍 7mo
JennyM Have fun! 7mo
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nomadreader
Land of Shadows | Rachel Howzell Hall
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Next up for #Booked2019 (a #femaledetective) and #ReadingWomen2019 (mystery or thriller by a woman of color.) This first in a series has been on my TBR for years, and I'm excited to see the author speak on a panel at #alamw19 next weekend.

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nelehelen
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4/5
I love discovering new authors through reading challenges. I came across this book looking to fill the #ReadHarder prompt for mystery by POC and really enjoyed it! It was also a nice surprise that it was set in my hometown of Los Angeles as well. This has all the makings of a mystery that I love: a badass female detective, twists, and a little bit of crazy.

#ReadHarder2018
#LRC2018
#MurderinoChallenge

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Bookzombie
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My picks for the #Booked2019 Winter season. All are subject to change at my whim. 😄
1. Female Detective: Land of Shadows
2. Fairytale Retelling: When Beauty Tamed the Beast
3. Happy Place: The Library Book
4. Podcast Related: We Should All Be Feminist
5. Irish Author: Frog Music
6. New to Me Author: The Thorn Birds

I still have two prompts to complete for #Booked2018 , but planning is part of the fun!

Cinfhen I agree!!!! Planning is a HUGE part of the fun 🎉🎉🎉and you‘ve picked some good ones!!! I loved 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Yes, to your disclaimer! 😁 1y
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mreads The library book for your happy place is perfect, I might need to steal that idea 😀 1y
4thhouseontheleft I love your selections, esp 💜 1y
Libby1 Fun picks! 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great picks!! I was up tooooo late last night planning also. 👏🏻👏🏻📚📚♥️♥️ 1y
Bookzombie @Cinfhen Thanks! I missed out on the buddy read for it, but it‘s been on my TBR for a while. 🙂 @Texreader Yay, I‘m excited about it. 1y
Bookzombie @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks! Sometimes my mood changes it. Although, I own all but one of these so I might stick to this list. 🤞🏻 1y
Bookzombie @mreads I had to really think about this prompt, lol. Steal away! 🙂 1y
Bookzombie @4thhouseontheleft Thanks! I feel kind of guilty I haven‘t read it already. It‘s been on my Kindle for probably two years or more. 1y
Bookzombie @Libby1 Thanks!! 1y
Bookzombie @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks!! I‘m going to pay for my late night all week probably. Lol 1y
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Matilda
Land of Shadows | Rachel Howzell Hall
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Here‘s another detective series I love that is set in L.A. and come on that price!

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Matilda
Land of Shadows | Rachel Howzell Hall
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Lots of good kindle deals (and news) in today's Unusual Suspects newsletter so here's the link if you don't subscribe: http://link.bookriot.com/view/56a82008e661f06c6e8c3d7e7nm2d.h5j/bb066d21

DGRachel My favorite Book Riot newsletter! ❤️ 2y
tessavi Thanks for the link! I signed up ✌️ 2y
Matilda @DGRachel aww thanks! 2y
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Matilda @tessavi 🎉🔪📚 2y
MicheleinPhilly Have either of you read? @eanderson @TrishB 2y
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly nope! Not familiar with these! Have stacked for future reference! 2y
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB I bought it. ☺️ 2y
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly I‘ll await your review (when you get to it!) 😁 2y
eanderson I haven‘t but I‘m going to have to check this out!!!! 🤗 2y
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Matilda
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*pops head out from avalanche of TBR* tomorrow's Unusual Suspects newsletter has a Little Q&A with Rachel Howzell Hall and next month is Tana French 🎉 so if you're into mysteries you may want to sign up 🔪🕵🏽‍♀️📚: https://bookriot.com/newsletter/unusual-suspects/

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Gissy
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Our festivities end on mid January with Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián.So I continue surrounding with this season decorations.This is part of my @BookBabe beautiful art collection.This novel get you interested since page one.There is a storm & characters decided to find another train station but ended in a house, mystery continue with a murder.However in the middle of the novel it became monotone.I still liked it.I love this Golden Age.2.95/3⭐️

Gissy Sorry I made a mistake in the book title😳🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
Tamra This is a fun read! 2y
Gissy @Tamra It is. Read also An English Murder because it is funny 2y
Tamra @Gissy same author? 2y
BookBabe 😍❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Matilda
Land of Shadows | Rachel Howzell Hall
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Reading while cold. (Really loving this book)

Audrey I really like this series. 2y
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Matilda
Land of Shadows | Rachel Howzell Hall
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Pouring outside. Reading inside.

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Bookzombie
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#junebookbugs Day 8 I think this is dusk and not sunrise. I'm not 100% sure. #dusk

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Bkwrm7
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Using my day off for working tomorrow to start on this one - liking it so far - I do love a good crime procedural! Hoping this will be the start of a new series to enjoy.

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Bookzombie
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#maybookflowers Day 2 The book has sunshine on it and the sign says "sunshine." ? #sunshine

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Bookzombie
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The second panel I attended at the festival was Nasty Women Who Fight Back: Thrilling Female Detectives with Rachel Howzell Hall, Kathleen Kent and Minerva Koenig. I could have spent the entire afternoon listening to these women talk about their books and being female crime writers. I haven't read anything by them so I picked up a book by each. (This where I blew my book budget, lol.)

bookwrm526 I just finished The Dime, thought it was great 3y
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Bookzombie @bookwrm526 That's great! I think I'm really going to like it. 3y
Lwiesman Where is this? 3y
Bookzombie @Lwiesman It was at the San Antonio Book Festival on Saturday. I went to several panels (posted before) and this was my last one. 🙂 3y
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reader44ever
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Mehso-so

After finally finishing this book, I'm feeling kind of *meh*

It felt like the author had to reform her bad guys to make them fit their assigned roles. 😕

⭐⭐⭐ My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1636416749

Max wasn't feeling this book, either, so here's a picture of him looking outside instead.

#dogsoflitsy #ReadingWithDogs

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Audrey
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Slow start but a strong finish which is fairly typical for a police procedural. Excellent MC - smart, strong and slightly snarky black woman. Slightly uneven but I'm intrigued enough to read book 2. Great way to end the reading year.

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AmandaL
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Fantastic police procedural set in Los Angeles. Detective Eloise Norton is on the trail of a killer, one that may have killed her sister 25 years earlier. This is my #Recommendsday read, because I would have never picked this up without reading the article that recommended it first. 🌇

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AmandaL
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"Your little girl got around." Infuriating passage. Thirteen yr old Lou recalls the detective interviewing her mother, after her sister's disappearance. So much was said here without the author needing to explain it.

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AmandaL
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I'm not big on reading police procedurals, but I'm loving Lou's voice. Glad I picked this up.

bookishkris Your pug is beautiful. What's his/her name? 4y
AmandaL @bookishkris Thank you! His name is Buster. And I will use almost any excuse to take a photo of him. 😄 4y
bookishkris @AmandaL my Livy sends puggy kisses to Buster. They're such great companions, aren't they? 4y
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TeR Buster is cute. 4y
AmandaL @TeR Thanks! 4y
AmandaL @bookishkris Aww. Pugs are the best companions. 4y
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KatieMM
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I wish I could remember who on Twitter called out this series, I'm grateful! I love a good crime/police series but the ones I follow are very....white. Book 1 in Hall's Elouise Norton series is full of interesting, smart, diverse characters, a great who done it murder. I already started book 2.