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Mind Games | Nora Roberts
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The Guncle Abroad | Steven Rowley
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The second verse is not the same as the first . . . but it is also funny, warm, and delightful. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-guncle-abroad-the-guncle-2

Today—May 21—is publication day!

#NetGalley #PenguinGroupPutnam #TheGuncleAbroad

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OutsmartYourShelf
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These are the true stories of five women living very different lives, under varying circumstances, even living in different decades, but who who all have one thing in common - one moment they were busy living their lives and the next moment … they were gone. From the New York heiress who disappeared in 1910, to a 1940s contemporary of Elizabeth Short (aka the Black Dahlia), five women vanished & were never seen again.

OutsmartYourShelf This was an in-depth look at the final days in the lives of Dorothy Arnold, Anna Locascio, Agnes Tofverson, Jean Spangler, & Simone Ridinger. I'd never heard of any of the cases so I was intrigued to find out why these cases had fascinated the author.

I thought it was a very well-written & well-researched book, but it leaves you feeling very sad for these women & their relatives who have died without any closure.

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OutsmartYourShelf Great read if you like learning about historic unsolved cases.

My thanks to #NetGalley & publishers, Globe Pequot/Prometheus, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/6492055837
Read 18th - 21st May 2024

#ReadAway2024 @Andrew65 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES
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DieAReader 🥳Awesome! Stacked📚😏 22h
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OutsmartYourShelf
The Guests | Nikki Smith
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The Hamilton family (Zach, Cara, & teenage daughter Alexa) arrive at the Asana Fushi resort in the Maldives for a luxury holiday. The resort prides itself on being luxurious yet environmentally friendly, & Skye Elliott, a 'Green Influencer' is also there to provide an in-depth review. Add in a professional rival of Zach's & the stage is set. Beneath the gilded exterior, everyone has their secrets & some might kill to keep them hidden.

OutsmartYourShelf I thought this was quite an absorbing thriller with a small cast of characters. The strong points included the plot having lots of different strands & no-one seems to be quite who they say they are. Nor are they very likeable & it made it a tense read. I also really liked the eye-catching cover. 1d
OutsmartYourShelf Weak points though were that the characters were rather stereotypical (i.e. moody teenage daughter, menopausal mum, etc) & I think the ending let it down a little for me as it was too open-ended. Overall it was very readable & kept my attention well but the character tropes & ending mean that I rate this one 3.5🌟& it just sneaks in as a 'Pick'.

My thanks to #NetGalley & publishers, Penguin, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

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DieAReader 🥳Awesome! 1d
dabbe There was a tv adaptation of this book in 1981, and Jane Seymour played Cathy. She was absolutely magnificent. 1d
OutsmartYourShelf @dabbe Is this comment on the wrong post? 1d
dabbe @OutsmartYourShelf It totally is! My phone kept glitching in and out when I was trying to post this. Thanks for catching it and for the laugh! 😂 18h
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julesG
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#ARC #NetGalley #MountARC

A prequel novella to Dawson's HMRC series.

It's an alternate historical fantasy based on the historical figures of Anne Boleyn and her ladies-in-waiting.

The story didn't grip me like the other books in the series. It wasn't just the usual depiction of promiscuous Anne or Anne the witch that didn't sit well with me, what pulled me out of the story most often were the anachronisms used ⬇️

2.5/5 stars

julesG ... the anachronisms used (right now only "sharing a bevy" and "smog" come to mind, but there were more).

All in all an interesting prequel, but it didn't add depth or important information to the existing/contemporary storyline.
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Amor4Libros
Liars: A Novel | Sarah Manguso
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Got approved for this e-ARC through #NetGalley today. I tried reading Very Cold People by this author, but ended up DNFing…This looks more up my alley so I‘m excited to read another Manguso.

Kristy_K This one sounds interesting! 3d
Amor4Libros @Kristy_K Right? I‘m looking forward to reading it😊 2d
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OutsmartYourShelf
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An informative book about the case that brought together Doctors Joseph Bell & Henry Littlejohn, along with colleague, Dr Patrick Heron Watson, who between them were the inspiration for Conan Doyle's 'Holmes & Watson'.

In 1893 on a Scottish estate called Ardlamont, twenty-year-old Cecil Hambrough was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head. The two men who were hunting with him at the time, 'mentor' Alfred Monson & Edward Scott (continued)

OutsmartYourShelf (aka Edward Sweeney), both claimed that Cecil had accidentally shot himself, but circumstantial evidence such as insurance claims & Monson's actions following the incident raised suspicion. A court case was held which used early pioneering forensic evidence & the testimony of the doctors above were used by the prosecution to try & prove their case. 3d
OutsmartYourShelf What an intriguing case & characters in Bell & Littlejohn. The era of early forensic science & the technological advances of the Victorian era have always fascinated me & this is no exception. I felt the author did a great job of providing all the information about the case without it becoming too academically dry. 3d
OutsmartYourShelf Well-researched & well-written, this is a must-read for anyone interested in either early forensics &/or the inspiration behind Sherlock Holmes. 4🌟

My thanks to #NetGalley & publishers, Michael O'Mara Limited, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/6424490749
Read 12th-18th May 2024

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@Andrew65 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES
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DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 3d
dabbe Put this on the TBR! 🤩🤩🤩 3d
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kezzlou85
Under a Summer Skye | Sue Moorcroft
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Aww I do like a Sue Moorcroft novel. I've read a couple of festive ones and they're so good. This was another great one. A sweet summer romance in a gorgeous location. I've always wanted to visit Skye. The plot is interesting and its more than just one story which I liked. I also loved the little twist around the accident. The ending is really well done and finished the story well. Thea is a sweet lead. #Netgalley 4*

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BookishTrish
Finding Mr. Write | Kelley Armstrong
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A debut novelist has trouble finding a publisher for her YA zombie novel until she attributes her work to a masculine pseudonym. Daphne hires someone to play the author on the book tour and they fall for each other. I really had a good time with this one - both Daphne and Chris were sweet and good together. Loved the Canadian settings too! #netgalley

Sace Sounds cute! 3d
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Amor4Libros
Cinema Love: A Novel | Jiaming Tang
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In today‘s episode of “Always Behind on #NetGalley ARCs”…

This looks like it will be interesting and heartbreaking!

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