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CaitlinR

CaitlinR

Joined January 2018

Retired Librarian (from University of Iowa), Michigan grad., Friend of Bill W, "Whatever's not full makes noise. Whatever is full is silent"
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Way of All Flesh | Ambrose Parry
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Set in nineteenth century Edinburgh, this mystery was an entertaining read. Many of the primary characters are physicians that are seeking a better alternative to ether anesthesia for medical procedures. Throw in a famous gynecologist, a young apprentice doctor who owes money to gangsters, and a young housemaid who longs for a role in the medical profession and you have the makings of a good story. Good twist reveal at the end.

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Tread of Angels | Rebecca Roanhorse
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The only “bad” thing about this story by Roanhorse is that it‘s a novella — I wanted more! The Elite and the Fallen live together in Groetia, but in very different areas. Both are descendants of those that fell to Earth after the War of Heaven. Celeste and Mariel are Fallen, and sisters. Mariel has been charged with the murder of an Archangel; Celeste feels duty bound to save her. Great story. Angel politics!

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The Last Mona Lisa: A Novel | Jonathan Santlofer
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A fun mystery/thriller based on the true story of the 1911 Mona Lisa theft from the Louvre by Vincent Perruggia. Fictional premise has Luke Perrone seeking the truth behind his great-grandfather‘s crime. Well crafted alternative timelines. Lots of details about the art world, with characters who have their own agendas. Mainly, we‘re investigating who now owns the real da Vinci masterpiece.

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American Spy: A Novel | Lauren Wilkinson
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A somewhat muddy novel. As the title indicates, the plot involves spies, some CIA, some from corrupt US shadow organizations, in Cold War Africa. Some brilliant writing but the time shifting tropes are needlessly confusing, and although Marie‘s back story is meted out in dribs and drabs, the real story isn‘t revealed until the last pages, leaving us wanting more, but not interested in going back to understand earlier plot lines. Disappointing.

CaitlinR Photo of the author by Nuqui Carter. 1w
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This is a great escapist read and just what I needed as we deal with the repercussions of my 91 year old mother‘s fall 😱

Helena, Niamh, Elle and Leonie are best friends. As High Priestess, Helena is deeply committed to maintaining discipline; the others not so much. Young Theo is the most powerful adept ever seen. Presenting as a warlock she yearns to transition to her true identity and Helena wants her dead. A new Civil War is brewing!

CaitlinR Photo of the author by Eivind Hansen, from irishcentral.com 2w
Jas16 I hope that your mother is doing well after her fall. 2w
Ruthiella Sorry to hear that about your mom! Hope she recovers quickly! ❤️ 1w
CaitlinR @Jas16 @Ruthiella Thank you both. We‘re just doing one day at a time. 💕 1w
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Other Birds: A Novel | Sarah Addison Allen
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It felt like a ghost story, but it really isn‘t. Could it be a mystery? Well, no. What this wonderful book offers us is a tale about loss, loneliness, pain, hope, and the power of love. We are not meant to live alone, but many of us, including these powerful characters do until we are made whole by the families we create. “And the holes are where the live comes through” (p.261)

If you‘ve loved TJ Klune‘s books, you‘ll love this novel!

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The Stardust Thief, 1 | Chelsea Abdullah
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This was just the right book to start out the new year. Full of great details about jinn, magic, political intrigue, and the power of stories. Loulie, the Midnight Merchant sells magic, illegally, assisted by her jinn bodyguard Qadir. They are trapped into a quest for an artifact. The sultan‘s younger son is blackmailed into going, as is with one of the forty thieves. Great world building and characters. Can‘t wait for the 2nd in series.

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A Dowry of Blood | S. T. Gibson
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Starting out the new year with the story of Constanta, Dracula‘s first bride. Later in the nest there is Magdalena, patterned on Maddalena de' Medici and finally Alexi, a young Russian. Dracula is an abuser, controlling every aspect of lives. Ultimately, and unsurprisingly, the three kill their sire. There‘s not much of a story here but the novel is blissfully short. There‘s a fair amount of sex; hello, vampires?!?

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It Girl | Ruth Ware
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I don‘t agree with Baldacci that she‘s the “Agatha Christie of our generation” but this was a competent thriller and I enjoyed it more than her last two. Golden girl, April Clarke-Clivedon was murdered while a student at Oxford. It was her roommate, Hannah Jones‘s testimony that convicts a smarmy college porter of the crime. Protesting his innocence to the last, he dies in prison and now Hannah is questioning her memories of the crime.

CaitlinR Photo of the author from the Eve White Literary Agency. 1mo
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Act of Oblivion: A Novel | Robert Harris
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Signed after the Stuart Restoration, the Act of Oblivion allowed many who had supported Cromwell and the Roundheads to retain rights and privileges. For the 59 men who had tried Charles I, or signed his death warrant, it was a death sentence. This books tells the story of two anti-royalist men, Whaley and Goffe, (real people) who escaped to America and of Richard Nayler (fictional) who hunted them for years. A bit too long, but an engaging read.

charl08 Yes, agreed, long! Fascinating period of history. 1mo
CaitlinR @charl8 I agree! 1mo
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What a fantastic book and a wonderful read. I learned a lot about music, life, yearning and love. Katrina Nguyen has her violin, her escape bag and although she can‘t recognize it yet: hope. She meets Shizuoka Satomi, the damned violinist looking for her seventh student/soul. And then there are the alien donut makers! Wondrously, they find and become a family. And to all who lob hatred and slurs at trans folk may you be damned by Tremon Phillipe.

CaitlinR For anyone who needs another reason to choose this read, it is recommended, including a blurb, by TJ Kline 2mo
ozma.of.oz I really loved this one! ❤️ 2mo
CaitlinR @ozma.of.oz Have you read her poetry? I just put “Why Dust Shall Never Settle On My Soul” on hold at the Library. 2mo
ozma.of.oz She‘s written poetry?!? I need to check my library, ASAP! 🤩 (edited) 2mo
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When Women Were Dragons | Kelly Barnhill
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I read a lot of feminist lit in my late teens, early twenties (a long time ago) It “spoke” to me in such exciting ways. For that reason, I continue to read new iterations, but mainly find them tiring. This novel, with its ridiculous, fantastical premise spoke like those books did in the early 70‘s, largely due to young Alex‘s voice. Set in the ‘50‘s & 60‘s, there has been a mass “dragoning” as (largely) women escape their their lives. Great read!

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The Last to Vanish | Megan Miranda
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A disappointing mystery. By the end, I no longer cared who‘d done what, even with the surprise reveals of the last thirty pages. Abigail Lovett was “adopted” by and works at the Passage Inn in Cutters Pass, a town where, across three decades, six people have disappeared. Everyone, including our narrator has secrets and in a final confrontation Abby may be the “last to vanish.” A Reese Witherspoon read; we don‘t share the same tastes.

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The Cartographers | Peng Shepherd
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Nell Young had never wanted do anything but work with maps. As an intern at the NYPL, working with her gifted father, she was on her way. Then she found the “Junk Box”in the uncataloged collection, infuriating her father, and losing her position. Years later, someone wants a map from the that old box enough to kill for it. To survive, Nell has to investigate and confront the past. A great fantasy thriller, based on cartographic fact.

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Miss Aldridge Regrets | Louise Hare
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Lena Aldridge is barely surviving as a singer at the Canary, a second rate Soho nightclub. Out of the blue, a man linked to her late father offers her the lead in a Broadway musical. Just in time: her best friend has murdered her husband, implicating Lena in the cover-up. This is an entertaining mystery set in 1936, and largely taking place on the Queen Mary sailing from London to New York. Lena finds herself again embroiled in murders on board.

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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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I loved this rollicking adventure tale (and the chapter lead illustrations are magnificent!) Charlie Reade, rescues and befriends an old man who has a secret and a dog, Radar. Charlie travels to a land shaped by fairy tales and nightmares to save the dog‘s life, and ultimately the land. Characters & world building are great. Only criticism: King dumbs-down references to fairy tales, explaining when he doesn‘t really need too: we read them too sir!

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I do enjoy Luna‘s thrillers featuring Alice Vega and this was a good one. Vega is a complex, troubled woman and you want her to succeed. Two young girls, Kylie and Bailey Brandt have disappeared and their grandmother hires Vega to find then. Vega hires Max Caplan, a former cop to help her with local issues. Their investigation leads to a pattern of a few other missing girls. The reason for their abduction is more horrible than we could imagine.

CaitlinR Photo of the author by Bertrand Roberts. 2mo
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There is a horrible level of brutality here, but the author can really write and the pace is mesmerizing. Edward Ness, a regional marshal, is asked by a small town Iowan Sheriff to assist in finding a killer. We know that Rigby Seller is the murderer: his life and descent into madness is meticulously detailed. Ness drags his own demons through the story. We can see the final horror coming but still feel the grief. Not for the faint of heart.

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The House of Rust: A Novel | Khadija Abdalla Bajaber
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This is a staggering, challenging, beautiful book and one of the best I‘ve read in a long time. Seeking to rescue her father, Aisha risks the sea with little skill and no knowledge of the dangers. Guided by a cat, she faces three monsters. On her return she must choose the life others want for her, or to seek the promised House of Rust.

“Her destiny stretched before her. And eager, and afraid, and whole of heart, she went to meet it.”

CaitlinR Photo of the author from Graywolf Press. 2mo
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Killers of a Certain Age | Deanna Raybourn
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“We only kill people who are specifically targeted by the Museum for extermination and we don‘t freelance, ever … we have standards.” (p. 25). Billie, Mary Alice, Helen & Natalie are contract assassins working for an organization that targets evildoers. They‘re scheduled to retire, but someone at the Museum has put out a kill order on them. To stop the power play, they need to go back into action. Bad-assed women over 60, what‘s not to like?

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Girl, Forgotten | Karin Slaughter
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Slaughter crafts baddies you love to hate. They have no redeeming qualities, but are written with enough depth to keep your interest. Although I hate “girl” titles, I enjoyed this thriller. New US Marshal Andrea Oliver has been assigned to protect a judge in Longbill Beach. The location suits: she really wants to investigate the 1980‘s murder of a teenager that may be linked to Andrea‘s psychopathic father. Told in alternating time lines.

CaitlinR Photo of the author by Alison Rosa. 2mo
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I found this beautifully designed book troubling. The story, highlighting the evil that men do when faced with “the other” is not an original one, but the author introduces new bits. What troubled me is that we are left with a simplistic and horrible choice: to be a victim, or the victimizer. I like to think that life‘s offers many divergent paths and that we can turn away from violence, toward hope. The illustrated plates are magnificent.

CaitlinR Image is a plate from the book showing the creature, Creek. 2mo
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Captive | Iris Johansen
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Jane MacGuire, Seth Caleb, Earl John MacDuff, a hunky guy named Rodland, MI6 operatives and MacDuff‘s Royal Marines all battle the dastardly crime lord Bohdan. Escapes through the Scottish Highlands, attacks in the manor house, a historical love story, a hidden treasure, a train-based escape, and Jane has a big secret! Eve and Joe are only off stage. In short, Johansen on steroids. Made me yearn for the earlier, slower novels but it‘s a hoot.

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No Plan B | Lee Child, Andrew Child
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I‘ve enjoyed the Jack Reacher stories and I believe Andrew Child has breathed new life into the characters.That‘s a good thing, because the plot lines had gotten pretty predictable. In this novel, after witnessing a murder, Reacher tackles the baddies that run an unbelievably corrupt private prison who use talented inmates is a myriad of get rich schemes, farming the untalented ones out for … well you‘ll have to read the book.

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Across The Sand | Hugh Howey
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I grabbed this 2nd in a series off the Library‘s new book shelf on a whim. That meant that I played catch-up as a got acquainted with world Howey built. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Conner, Rob, Palmer and Violet are sand divers, pulling up treasures from the dead cities below. Violet is a gifted diver who knows the secrets of the sand. Rob can design and use technology no one has seen before. Together they all have a chance to wage peace.

CaitlinR Photo of the author by Amber Lyda from wired.com 3mo
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In the first half of this interesting novel Hamdy maintains a stranglehold on the story, and it suffers. It felt like he wanted a platform for overwrought images like: “The trees rose like crooked fingers if a god, making patterns in the sunlight” (p. 44) As the story progressed, he let go, and it soared into something much more interesting. Elliot has lost both his mom and dad. Ben Elmo‘s becomes his guardian with a secret that offers redemption.

CaitlinR Photo of the author from bookabookshop.co.uk 3mo
Ruthiella I‘m generally no fan of intricate metaphors or similes either. 3mo
CaitlinR @Ruthiella Definitely needed a ruthless editor 🤓 3mo
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Death in Door County | Annelise Ryan
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You‘ll enjoy this read even if you‘re not a midwesterner. If you are, particularly if you know the north, it will be pure pleasure. Our protagonist, Morgan Carter is a skeptical cryptozoologist (the best kind) She‘s been asked by the Police Chief of Washington Island to investigate two unexplained drowning deaths. The bodies show crushing injuries from what could be a large Nessie-like sea creature, but the truth is even weirder, and man made.

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Small Angels | Lauren Owen
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I don‘t generally enjoy stories where characters embrace their role as victim. However, Owen gives us a fairly well written, spooky tale and the plot kept me reading even when I wanted to throw the book across the room. The
Gonne family made a pact with a ghostly entity to serve him with rituals in exchange for the relative success of their winery. Lucia, fully believing herself evil, becomes his friend. Redemption is too little too late.

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Bend of Light | Joy Jordan-Lake
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“Well that was fun” I said as I finished this entertaining mystery. Jordan-Lake gives us an interesting story, charming war torn characters, an accurate historical setting, and enough twists to keep us guessing. Set in 1950 on the coast of Maine, photo interpreter Amie Stilwell has returned to her hometown. The remarkable 6 year old Chester has been abandoned, but finds love. Together they strive to protect those they love from evil doers.

CaitlinR Photo of the author from joyjordanlake.com 3mo
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Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea | Maggie Tokuda-Hall
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Although I generally enjoyed this novel, the title signals one of its flaws: mermaids and the sea are major components of this story, but witches put in a tangential appearance, one that lends little to the story. Florian/Flora and her brother are taken on a members of the pirate crew of the Dove who traffic in people and in mermaids (for their blood) Lady Evelyn has been sold to a husband she‘s never met. Their lives become the stuff of legend.

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Daisy Darker | Alice Feeney
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This is a first class mystery; an homage to Dame Christie‘s “And Then There Were None” which is actually mentioned in the text. Daisy Darker‘s family have gathered for Nana‘s birthday. Old family movies begin to appear on video, and as they watch them, the murders begin. The story becomes overwrought toward the end, and the final twist is far too fantastic, but Feeny writes well, and there‘s no question that Daisy‘s family deserve their fate.

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Winter Counts: A Novel | David Heska Wanbli Weiden
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Virgil Wounded Horse and his nephew Nathan live on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Virgil makes his living as an enforcer, hired to right wrongs that neither the police nor the Feds choose to investigate. Drugs are increasingly a problem, and Nathan gets caught up in that madness, offered a deal if he participates in a sting. A good debut. Interesting characters. It gets a bit muddy toward the end, but I hope we see another Virgil story.

CaitlinR Image: Winter Count, Battiste Good (Sicangu Lakota) from the Sioux Indian Museum. 3mo
Bookzombie Great review! I hope we get another Virgil story too. 3mo
jlhammar I hope we get another one too! Love that image! 3mo
CaitlinR @Bookzombie @jlhammar Thanks, you two! 3mo
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Book of Night Women | Marlon James
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I love the voices of Marlon James‘ characters: the language that he offers is a true gift. The man is a master story teller. Having read the Dark Star books, I‘m working through his back list. In this painful and powerful novel we are presented with the story of Lilith, a slave on a Jamaican sugar plantation. Set in the 18th century, James shows us the horrors of bondage, and that the thirst for revenge is corruptive, yet in some sense freeing.

CaitlinR Photo of the author by Cameron Wittig. 4mo
charl08 I really like his podcast. 4mo
jlhammar Great book! My favorite Marlon James novel. 4mo
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Ruthiella @charl08 I love his podcast! He is SO funny! I wish he and Jake would record more often. 4mo
CaitlinR @charl08 @Ruthiella I‘m embarrassed to say I haven‘t heard the podcast … but I‘ll be sure to listen. Thanks! 4mo
Ruthiella @CaitlinR You wouldn‘t think a guy who writes such brutal scenes and characters could be so humorous, but he is. 😆 4mo
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Nettle & Bone | T. Kingfisher
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I thoroughly enjoyed the first third of this book. It was dark, and full of magic, the blistered lands had promise and the bone dog (named Bonedog) was wonderful. Then the blistered lands disappeared, and except for the appearance of the dust-wife and her demonic chicken, it devolved into a combination road trip/romance that wasn‘t as much fun. Marta, as a main character is kind of witless which is a shame. Flashes of good story so I kept going.

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Dirt Creek: A Novel | Hayley Scrivenor
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It seems as though the “alternating voice” technique is all the rage among mystery writers. In the hands of a less skilled author, the story suffers. This is NOT the case in this excellent debut novel. The author maintains a mesmerizing narrative arc throughout. A twelve year old girl has disappeared in a small town. Detective Sarah Michaels rushes to find her, or her killer. Some compare this to Jane Harper. I think Haley Scrivenor is better!

CaitlinR Photo of the author by “Life is Productions” from us.Macmillan.com 4mo
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The House of Fortune | Jessie Burton
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Good story telling here. Not as powerful as the Miniaturist, but as sequels go, it does what it set out to do. Thea Brandt, Otto and Marin‘s daughter, has just turned 18. Her Aunt Thea Johannes‘ widow) seeks her security through (a loveless) marriage, but she‘s intimately involved with, and considers herself betrothed to a man who turns out to be a wastrel. Her escape from everything serves to save her family, revealing long held secrets.

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The Book Eaters | Sunyi Dean
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This is a wild ride, but a great read! Devon grows up as a member of the Family , a clan of human-like folk who survive by eating books. Women are in short supply and, although they grow up like princesses, they are sold into marriage contracts to produce children. Devon‘s 2nd child is a mutant mind-eater who must consume brains and memories two survive. She refuses to give him up to a horrible fate, challenging, and changing the Family forever.

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The Book Eaters | Sunyi Dean
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“These days, Devon only bought three things from the shops: books, booze, and Sensitive Care skin cream.”

#greatread

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Book of Gothel | Mary McMyne
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A creative retelling of the Rapunzel story. I enjoyed the myth building, the magic, and the celebration of so many strong women; there‘s no trapped Princess waiting for rescue here! Set in the 12th century, when Christian beliefs and older powers coexist. Heroine Haelewise hears the voice of The Mother, but knows the ways of The Father. SHE battles the evil Prince, rescues Rapunzel, and accepts the mantle of the old powers. Couldn‘t put it down.

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Gone for Good | Joanna Schaffhausen
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First book in a new series introducing Detective Annalisa Vega I enjoyed the read, but I‘ll reserve judgement about this new lead character until another book is available. She didn‘t seem fully fleshed out here, defined more through interactions with others than as an individual. The plot: after a hiatus of 20 years, a serial killer has apparently returned. A woman has been killed with the same horrible MO, and now he‘s stalking Detective Vega.

CaitlinR Photo of the author by Paul Gooney/Arcangel 5mo
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What a staggering novel! In alternating voices and stories, Hokeah gifts us with the lives of the Geimaussadles: part Native American (Kiowa, Cherokee) part Mexican, set largely in Oklahoma. The author speaks of the struggle to hold on to family and identity. To use their heritage to survive in a world that subjects them to humiliation and brutality. There is despair here, but also hope. “… and then I ask, tla, I beg, I say, “Forgive me,””

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A great procedural featuring Inspector Alan Banks. Newly promoted, he is investigating #MeToo cold case charges involving years of sexual abuse by Danny Caxton. Caxton was a star in the ‘60s and 70s and held on to fame into his old age years; a truly evil man. At the same time, Inspector Annie Cabbot is investigating the gang rape and subsequent murder of a young girl. Good plot, great suspense. I love Peter Robinson!

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The Family Plot | Cherie Priest
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I love a good ghost story, and this one checked all the boxes. Big house with a dark past, check. Initial uncertainty that what they‘re seeing is really there, check. Bodies buried nearby, check. Cataclysmic storms, check. Escalating danger, check. Add in good character development, and a tight plot, and we have a winner! A team of four are sent to salvage the treasures from Withrow House, but the house, and it‘s ghosts, don‘t want them there.

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The Big Dark Sky | Dean Koontz
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Humanity is threatened with extinction ... not a surprise for Koontz readers. It takes around 300 pages for the the actual threat to be revealed although evil doers pop up along the way. It felt a bit like King‘s “The Stand” without the character development and satisfying plot. The title is indicative of the problem: a minor plot line struggling to be more. Not one of his best, but like popcorn, you just keep putting your hand in the bag.

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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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It is so great to read a book that‘s gotten a lot of buzz and find that it is thoroughly enjoyable. The dialogue is full of humor without being cloying. The central characters, living in an upscale retirement village, are older (as am I) but whip smart, with great back stories. They gather to discuss cold murder cases. Bit of a trope, but it works here. When someone kills the smarmy owner they investigate. Good twists, fun plot, great read.

CaitlinR Photo of the author from the guardian.com (edited) 5mo
DisneyFan Stacked based on this great review! 5mo
CaitlinR @DisneyFan Thanks, I hope you‘ll enjoy it as much as I did! 5mo
CarolynM I love Richard Osman and his books are good too💖 5mo
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Chrysalis: A Thriller | Lincoln Child
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The great thing about Child is that the science, even at its most fantastic and weird, drags us from skepticism and doubt to acceptance and therein lies the magic. Chrysalis is a company that is about to rollout new optical technology that interfaces directly with the human cortex, and will revolutionize online commerce. Then they receive a threat that 1,000 early adopters will die! Our hero: Jeremy Logan, an enigmalogist. The ending is pure fun!

CaitlinR Drawing of a Peacock Butterfly chrysalis from fineartamerica.com 5mo
ReadingOver50 He is a great author. This is on my TBR 😃 5mo
CaitlinR @ReadingOver50 I agree. I think you‘ll like this one! 5mo
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The Dark Flood | Deon Meyer
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Set in South Africa this police procedural started out slow, for me, but it‘s the first of the Griessel and Cupido books I‘ve read (this is the 7th). Corruption abounds: crooked cops, unethical real estate transactions, and black hat hackers. Then someone kidnaps a student, and a creepy billionaire “disappears” There‘s almost too much going on, but once I got the rhythm, I couldn‘t put it down. The Afrikaans scattered throughout enhanced the story

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Child Zero | Chris Holm
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Dystopian thrill ride set is a world where antibiotic resistant disease has been unleashed through a terrorist act. Written by an author who comes by his scientific knowledge through graduate study in biochemistry. The premise is terrifying, the plot tight, his characters are well drawn and facing untenable choices. It‘s taken over two years for me to be able to read in this genre; even now it strikes close to the bone. A good read nonetheless.

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The Mike Bowditch novels are pure fun to read and this one, set largely on a Island bird sanctuary, is no exception. Mike has reunited with his girlfriend, Stacey Stevens, and they‘re on a kayak vacation visiting an island where Stacey studied Puffins. Someone has been threatening the staff, and there are lots of suspects from lobstermen to stalking photographers. Then a horrible tragedy strikes. Great Maine vistas, and the usual tight plot.

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Dawnhounds | Sascha Stronach
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Hainak is a port that survived the (barely defined) revolution and embraced the biotechnology that followed in its wake. Constable Jyn Yat-Hak‘s “delicate sensibilities” have come to the attention of her bosses. Sentenced to the night shift she finds the rotten core threatening her city. There‘s a quest, gods, pain, lost/found loves. There are truths and wonders in this fascinating novel. Beautifully written. Highly recommended. Pirates too!

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