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All Done by Kindness: A Novel | Doris Langley Moore
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What‘s better than an art heist caper? A middlebrow art heist caper!

I‘m going to echo what the rest of you have already said in your reviews of this #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub pick; it was a thoroughly enjoyable and delightfully suspenseful read (and I enjoyed it even more than the last one we read by this author).

What do you all think of the illustration of the trunk on the cover of my edition? I can see several items that were mentioned! 😆

catebutler Love your vintage edition Leah! I‘m about half way through and really enjoying it! So happy this one was picked! 🩷 3mo
jlhammar Absolutely love that cover!! Delightfully suspenseful indeed. And what a great ending 😆 3mo
willaful Ah, love those old editions. Perfect #furrowedmiddlebrow 3mo
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Kimzey Love the photo and the review! 3mo
Tamra Perfect cover art! 3mo
Leftcoastzen Wow loving that cover! 3mo
quietjenn Love the cover. Everyone just forgets about the broken vase and the manuscript 😅 I like this one better too and am insanely curious about her others, which sounds totally different. 3mo
Ruthiella Love that cover! 😍 I remember liking My Caravaggio but maybe because the main character was so annoying, I like this one better? 3mo
batsy That's a fantastic cover! Suits the book so well. I preferred this to My Caravaggio, as well. 3mo
elkeOriginal Gorgeous edition! Amazing bookshelves! You kill me, lady 📚💗 3mo
kspenmoll Love the cover, even though I haven‘t read the book! 3mo
Cathythoughts I love the trunk on your book cover. Treasures 💫 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great edition! I love your shelves as well 😍 2mo
CarolynM That‘s a beautiful edition😍 Appropriate for a lovely book. 2mo
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Tarot Card Killer | Greg Strandberg
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Alrighty friends, it‘s July (really?), so time for another #TBRtarot card! As always, let me know if you‘d like to be removed from the tag list *or* added, and happy reading!

CBee I‘ll either read 5mo
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TheKidUpstairs Perfect! I just started reading 5mo
Ruthiella This will work perfectly with my planned #FurrowedMiddlebrow read for July 5mo
Meshell1313 Perfect timing as I just picked up this new release: 5mo
batsy @Ruthiella and I are think alike 😆 That'll be my pick, too! 5mo
CBee @TheKidUpstairs great choice! 5mo
CBee @batsy @Ruthiella multiple challenges ticked off, yay! 5mo
CBee @Meshell1313 perfect!! 5mo
willaful Gosh, a toughie. 😁 I'm also reading “Miss Carter and the Ifrit.“ 5mo
CBee @willaful so awesome that a few of y‘all are reading the same book! 5mo
Ruthiella @willaful @batsy What a coincidence! 🤣 5mo
youneverarrived This was tougher than it sounded. Going with 5mo
CBee @youneverarrived that‘s a pretty good read 💚 5mo
AmyG I will be reading 5mo
CBee @AmyG that sounds fun! 5mo
CBee @julieclair it‘s a #FurrowedMiddlebrow party 😂😊 5mo
willaful Ain't no party like a #FurrowedMiddlebrow party!

I was so sad about his recent post. I'm dying to read that expanded Henrietta book. I tried to comment and suggest a kickstarter, but it never takes my comments.
batsy @CBee @julieclair 😆🎉🎉 5mo
CBee @CatLass007 here is July‘s prompt! You can also search the tag #tbrtarot to see all of the others 😊💚 5mo
CatLass007 @cbee Thank you. @Ruthiella and @willaful I don‘t need to commit to any more book discussions, readalongs, or anything else. But please tell me the #FurrowedMiddlebrow details just in case I change my mind. 5mo
CBee @CatLass007 perfect! 😊 5mo
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I read 12 books in May (one book was the #CBBC reading and I don‘t own that book).
Only one bingo but I read #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin books I read more books in the free spaces😂
No bingo in the #ISpyBingo May @TheAromaOfBooks @Clwojick

Two books were not completed. I will try to finish them during this month. They are:
The Splendid and the Vile #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville
Clothes-Pegs #FurrowedMiddlebrow @LeahBergen

LeahBergen What a good month! Did you not like Clothes-Pegs? 6mo
Gissy @LeahBergen I‘m enjoying it but I couldn‘t finish it because it was a busy month, where we have to sacrifice our reading time☹️Today is June 5th and I haven‘t read much either😩 6mo
Clwojick Good job! 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!!! 6mo
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Begin Again | Ursula Orange
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My final 😔 Book Depository order arrived a few days ago. I believe the tagged was a previous #Furrowedmiddlebrow group pick. The other I chose mainly for the cover, although I do love E.M. Delafield. #buybuyBookDepository
And the bookmarks are adorable!

Cathythoughts Lovely books 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 we‘ll miss Book D. 🙁 7mo
LeahBergen I loved Begin Again! ❤️ 7mo
Tamra What amazing covers! 7mo
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MaureenMc @Cathythoughts We certainly will miss them. 😞 7mo
MaureenMc @LeahBergen I‘m looking forward to reading it! 7mo
MaureenMc @Tamra They are rather striking, aren‘t they? 🤩 7mo
CarolynM I loved Begin Again ❤️ And the other 2 Ursula Orange books published by FMB. 7mo
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Summer Pudding | Susan Scarlett

I read the #FurrowedMiddlebrow edition, but I must confess to preferring the Greyladies cover.

A very enjoyable read right until the end, which 1) had several worrying loose ends and 2) had no payoff at all for the MMC being unfair to the FMC, aside from the requisite HEA. Romance readers beware! There's also somewhat less interesting period detail than in the other Scarlett books.

Wine of Honour | Barbara Beauchamp
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WW2 has ended,and everyone‘s returning home, but neither home nor they themselves remain the same. I have a thing for WW2 British homefront books, so this was a interesting read for me. Being a (now retired) military spouse, I found the discussions of nostalgia & pride in wartime units relatable -there‘s something about surviving a stressful/challenging time together that creates a bond that outsiders just can‘t be part of.
#FurrowedMiddlebrow ⬇️

Aimeesue (2)It was thrilling to see it depicted here, because those of us who went through it in recent times don‘t often see it depicted in fiction.As depicted here, coming out the other side of war zone deployments, family separations, PTSD and re-aclimation to the civilian world can be jarring, and happens in fits and starts, as Beauchamp demonstrated beautifully here. Spot on, so I may even read this one again. (edited) 9mo
batsy Great review, and great to see it from your perspective. Yes, I think the reacclimation "in fits and starts" as you say, is the thing that struck me the most reading this. 9mo
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Aimeesue @batsy I don‘t know how it is when you actually deploy to a war zone together, but being the spouses of the deployed is an incredibly bonding experience these days. Despite all kinds of social differences, the people who supported me while our spouses were deployed together will ALWAYS be my people. (edited) 9mo
jlhammar Wonderful review! It felt very authentic to me. Glad it resonated with you. I really appreciated the focus on the challenging adjustment period for the returning men and women and their families. Not something I‘ve read much about. And lovely floral background in your collage! 9mo
Ruthiella That‘s so cool that you have this extra lens to read this with. Isn‘t amazing how one can connect across time via books like this? Glad you liked it. (edited) 9mo
LeahBergen What a great review! I liked it for the very reasons you did and I‘m not even a military spouse. 😆 It was such an interesting take on the WW2 novel. 9mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻and I love your picture. 9mo
Suet624 Hmmm…with your review and the comments of all those who enjoyed the book, it seems I‘ll have to read it! 9mo
Aimeesue @jlhammar i just googled "1940s wallpaper" and picked from the prettiest! ? 9mo
Aimeesue @Ruthiella It‘s an interesting connection for sure. Probably why I‘m so drawn to British homefront stories - I can really relate. 9mo
Aimeesue @LeahBergen I really enjoyed it! 9mo
Aimeesue @Cathythoughts Thanks! It‘s a 1940s wallpaper design! 9mo
Aimeesue @Suet624 There are some annoying characters and situations for sure, but I really did enjoy these aspects. Hope you enjoy it if you decide to read it! (edited) 9mo
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Four gardens | Margery Sharp
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Someone else may have already posted this news, but Rupert Heath, founder of Dean Street Press, has passed away.

There‘s more about him, and the future of #FurrowedMiddlebrow books, on the FM blog:


I emailed Rupert about a Susan Scarlett ARC, and he couldn‘t have been nicer and more patient in figuring out the right format for me.


MaureenMc 😞 9mo
Ruthiella That‘s sad to hear. He leaves behind a legacy of wonderful books he helped make available to readers. 9mo
willaful Oh no. I'm sad for everyone's loss and also sad for our loss of FM. 😢 9mo
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jlhammar Oh, how sad. And no more FM reprints to come 😪 9mo
LeahBergen I‘m glad you posted this as I was just about to do it! It‘s so very sad. There will be no more Furrowed Middlebrow books to come but our little club can still work through the 96 that have been printed. I‘ll tag the rest of our club to make sure we all see this: @catebutler @elkeOriginal @erzascarletbookgasm @quietjenn @CarolynM @Cathythoughts @batsy @Kimzey @Jess_Read_This 9mo
CarolynM Thanks for posting @rubyslippersreads and thanks for tagging everyone @LeahBergen I was so sad when I heard the news, first about Amanda and then Rupert. DSP must be a thriving little business. Maybe someone will want to fold it into their little publishing house in due time. We can only hope. 9mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Yes, I‘m hoping for something like that, too. 😢 9mo
rubyslippersreads @CarolynM @LeahBergen I hope that will happen too. 9mo
batsy Oh no, that is so sad. 54 is way too young. 😞 I'm not sure if he was the one tweeting under the FM account or if he occasionally did but I got the impression of an incredibly nice and approachable person. @CarolynM I hope that it's a possibility. DSP was such a lovely idea and it'll be such a loss without more reprints. 9mo
CarolynM @batsy The FM account is Scott Thompson who wrote the tagged blog post. He's the force behind the FM imprint while Rupert was the publisher. 9mo
batsy @CarolynM Ah, OK! Thank you for clearing that up. 9mo
Kimzey How terribly sad! Thank you for letting us know. 😢 9mo
Cathythoughts So sad. Yes 54 is way too young @batsy. I‘m so glad we are all part of FM and will have read the 96 books @LeahBergen It will be a poignant reading experience now. I hope DSP will continue somehow @CarolynM 9mo
Jess_Read_This It‘s a such a tragedy. I also read Scott‘s post just now that there will be no more Furrowed Middlebrow reprints. 😕 I‘m glad our group will continue reading together though! Thank you for tagging me @LeahBergen 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm Sad news indeed. Thanks for tagging the FM gang @LeahBergen . I‘m glad to be part of FM club too @Cathythoughts 9mo
Aimeesue Oh, how sad. 9mo
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