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julieclair
The Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren
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Cinfhen I love the cover design too😍 5d
Librarybelle Good choice! 5d
Clwojick Way to go!! 5d
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TheAromaofBooks
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I absolutely love the Kate Burkholder series, and book 14 did not disappoint! I'm always a bit sad when Kate's investigations take her away from Painter's Creek and the crew we have gotten to know there, but really, it makes sense since how many murderous Amish can there really be in one small town?? 😂 It's not absolutely necessary to read this series in order, but I highly recommend it, as Kate's backstory and character are developed so well⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) throughout the series. The mystery here kept me engaged, and even though I had guessed some of it, I didn't guess it all.

As a side note, I'm in love with Tomasetti 😂

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mabell That‘s how I felt when Jessica would leave Cabot Cove! I‘m assuming for the same reason - only so many murders in a small town can be “plausible” 😆 1w
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julieclair
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July was a busy travel month. Five new states! Delaware was the most enjoyable. Colorado was the most thought-provoking.
#RoadTripUSA2022 @megnews

mabell I enjoyed the Rescued Word mysteries - I‘m sorry she hasn‘t continued the series 1w
julieclair @mabell This is the first one I have read, but will definitely read more. 1w
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TheAromaofBooks
Lost Lake | Phillip Margolin
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This wasn't my favorite Margolin thriller, but it was still a solid read. Ami is a struggling single-mom attorney who rents her over-the-garage apartment for extra income. Her current boarder seems friendly and kind, but during a Little League game he loses control and almost kills two men with his bare hands. Ami finds herself sucked into the situation more and more as the man tells her a story that sounds unbelievable, of a special secret ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) group of government special operatives working under the radar, combined with evil misdeeds and directions from a powerful man now running for president. Is Carl's story legitimate? That's the crux of the story, and honestly, Margolin had me going until the very end as he does a fabulous job of presenting information from Carl and Vanessa (another character who believes Carl's story) that had me convinced that the General was the evil ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) mastermind they claimed, followed by a situation where the General gives perfectly reasonable explanations for everything they're saying, making me doubt them once again. The actual action of the story isn't very fast-paced, especially compared to other Margolin stories that I've read, and some parts felt repetitive as we would hear the same story from both Carl and Vanessa's perspective. There is also a big courtroom scene that recaps ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) everything and consequently felt a little bogged down. But on the whole, this was an engaging story that genuinely did have me going back and forth about the veracity of Carl's claims.

This was one of June's #Roll100 picks!! @PuddleJumper
#RoadTripUSA2022 - Oregon @megnews
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#20in4 - 227/1000pgs @Andrew65
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PuddleJumper Awesome! 2w
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2w
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Magpiegem
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39/22 This was a quick, easy listen that I picked up as a pallet cleanser. It did a pretty good job of keeping me guessing but I would say the character development was a little lacking to make it really good. One thing I will say is that I finished it a couple of days ago, and so immediately forgot everything about it that I had to go read a synopsis before I could remember the plot 😬! #192025 #2020 #roadtripusa2022 #massachusetts

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Magpiegem
Hidden Pictures: A Novel | Jason Rekulak
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38/22 I really enjoyed this creepy mystery book, it wasn‘t as spooky as I thought it might be (definitely one I could read with the lights out) but that‘s didn‘t spoil it for me. It was a very easy read, it had a good pace and I didn‘t start to really work out what was going on until right at the end. Lots of dark themes but still a fun read. I‘m wondering how they did the audiobook of this one? #roadtripusa2022 #pennsylvania #192025 #2022

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Magpiegem
Mehso-so

36/22I‘ll be honest, I just didn‘t enjoy the way this was written. And that is a very personal preference so don‘t let my review put you off if you are interested in the story. I heard about this on one on a podcast and it sounded like my cup of tea so I immediately used one of my precious audible credits on it. But it just didn‘t keep me captivated and the ending, once the truth was realised, which was the most interesting part felt rushed.

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TheAromaofBooks
Nightwork: A Novel | Nora Roberts
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Roberts's latest book seemed to hit a different tone than many of her earlier stories. A much slower pace than most of her books, this one is more about Booth as a person than it is about romance or the thriller aspect of his being a thief. I actually did enjoy it because I liked Booth and also enjoyed a lot of the descriptions of places (this book made me want to visit New Orleans), but I can see why a lot of people didn't care for it. ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) This story starts with Booth as a little boy, who feels like he has to steal to make ends meet as his single mother suffers from cancer. The book follows his life story as he grows to adulthood, frequently changing his name and cover story as he moves from place to place, thieving as he goes. Despite his career choice, there isn't a lot of action, and even the big final shebang feels a little flat heist-wise. I honestly wouldn't call ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) this romantic suspense, because the suspense isn't super suspenseful, but I enjoyed this one nonetheless, even if it isn't my new favorite Roberts novel.

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Librarybelle I have a copy of this…hoping to get to it soon! 3w
kimmypete1 I also liked this one, enjoyed the different feel that it has. 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle @kimmypete1 - Once I got into the groove of this “just“ being a story about Booth's (admittedly intriguing) life, I really enjoyed it a lot. 3w
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TheAromaofBooks
Black Hills | Nora Roberts
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Last review for now - I actually really enjoyed this romantic suspense, although I definitely wanted an epilogue as it felt like everything got wrapped up really fast. I had some quibbles with both the main characters - I felt like Lil was really hanging onto the bitterness for what happened when they were both 19, for pete's sake, like she never once said something like, “OMG we were literal CHILDREN so maybe I should be a little more ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) understanding“ !??!? Instead she just pouts constantly about how he broke her heart blah blah blah Cooper had this weird thing where he was an absolute jerk when he first came back, then all of a sudden is Mr. Friendly-You're-the-Love-of-My-Life-and-I'm-Not-Going-Anywhere??? Him being a total grump at first didn't really fit the rest of the story and left me feeling a little confused about his personality.

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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) I quite liked the setting and honestly just wanted more about all the big cats because I love them 😂 Not a perfect book, but perfectly enjoyable romantic suspense that FINALLY checked South Dakota off my list after trying to read the USA for three years!!

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TheAromaofBooks
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This one had two of Roberts's early-80s novels in one book, and they were both pretty terrible haha

Her Mother's Keeper was definitely for you IF you prefer a lot of grabbing and aggressive kissing over actual communication. Island of Flowers I enjoyed more, but the fact that she wouldn't just tell her dad what had happened really annoyed me, and why was Dillon such a dick like all the time?? Not the hero for me. Still, this was good ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) I've-been-sick-and-just-want-to-read-mindless-fluff reading 😂

Her Mother's Keeper -
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marleed I enjoy mindless reading summer days! 4w
Librarybelle Wow…1982! 4w
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle - Ancient, right?? 😂 4w
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