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MaGoose

MaGoose

Joined June 2018

Mysteries are my thing, although I'm reading lots of nonfiction lately. I post book reviews on my blog, www.janecairns.com.
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The Beached Ones | Colleen M. Story
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What would it be like if everyone thought you were dead? What if people walked by you and didn't notice you? A few people, like your ex-girlfriend, Jolene, and her new boyfriend can see you. But Isabella, the medium, can‘t. You are solid enough to yourself—you can eat, drink and wear clothes. You swear you are alive and well. One moment you're at the ocean and the next you're in the Midwest. And no idea how you got there. This is Daniel's world.

Bklover Very intriguing! 4d
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Do humans, especially women, internalize the subliminal messages found in most fairy tales? Anne E. Beall, PhD, thinks so. Males are also fed covert messages. According to Beall, in Cinderella Didn‘t Live Happily Ever After, women bring beauty and men bring intelligence, status and wealth to most situations within fairy tales. Beall and her team analyzed 169 of the Grimm Brothers fairy tales and dig deep into who has beauty and who has power, etc.

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The Bones of Amoret | Arthur Herbert
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Noah Grady, narrator of The Bones of Amoret, is the typical town doctor. Or not so typical. Noah helps immigrants who cross the southern border illegally. Two of those immigrants were Angelica, whom he marries, and her son. And he's good at keeping secrets. Like his 20-year affair with Blaine Beckett‘s wife. Now he's focused on finding out how Beckett has disappeared and why. And who killed his adopted son. Or so he says. Enjoyed this immensely.

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The Birthmark | Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Thanks again for the birthday wishes from @Lovesbooks87 - one of my @Litsylove friends.

Cupcakes and bookmarks - two of my favorite things. Besides books, of course. 😆 ❤️ 🍰

#litsylove

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Read 15 chapters in Grace Among Thieves

I should be able to complete at least 5 chapters in An Irregular Life: Being the Adventures & Memoirs of a Fortunate Sherlockian by Mark F. McPherson OR Solomon's Concubine by S. A. Jewell.

@Andrew65 #20in4 #Readathon

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Mehso-so

This is the third book in the Grace Michelle Mystery series by Kari Bovee. I've read the first book and this one. Doubt I'll read the second book in the series.

Grace faces challenges and overcomes them with the help of the ghost of her sister. REALLY??

Enjoyed this book more than the first one. There is growth in Grace Michelle as a character. And the supporting characters are well rounded. Otherwise, too many strange plot twists.

#mystery

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Birthdays Happen | Herbert Kavet
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Thanks for the birthday wishes from all my friends at #Litsylove.

I've been negligent with posting in the past few months.

Promise to get better with that.

And better at renewing my letter writing with my #litsylove friends.

#LL

kspenmoll Happy belated birthday! 3mo
MaGoose Thanks. Actually, my birthday is April 8th 🙂😁 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛💛💛 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MaGoose I was a little early 🤣😊 3mo
UwannaPublishme Happy Birthday! 🥳🎂🎉🎁 3mo
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A Study in Charlotte | Brittany Cavallaro
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Such a nice surprise came in the mail this morning. Robin Brock @robinb sent this to me unexpectedly as she was attempting to divest herself of some books ?. If she's anything like me, not many books would "disappear." ???

So thoughtful. ??

I love book mail.

robinb You are so right, Jane! 😂🙄 So far I‘ve only been “able” to divest myself of five from my overwhelming TBR lot. LOL But I haven‘t given up yet. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Hope you enjoy! 🤗 4mo
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Enjoyed this one. The tagged book is the third in the On the Rocks series by Cathi Stoler. It can be read as a stand-alone novel, which is what I did. There are references in the plot to things that happened previously in the first two novels, but that didn't dim my enjoyment. I'll probably go back and read the first two books in the series at some point soon. Anyway, good pacing and great characterization.
4⭐️

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Napa Noir | Peter H Eichstaedt
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Finished the tagged book 📖 a few days ago. Great read. Good pacing and characterization. Murder at a Napa Valley winery leads to a lot of mayhem for investigative journalist and wine columnist Dante Rath. 4⭐️s

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As Dark As My Fur | Clea Simon
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Second book in a series. Blackie, a streetwise cat, narrates. He solves mysteries with Care, his human friend. Tough urban scenario. Fair to good read.

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"In my time, like so many others, I have faced losses."

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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I'll be doing a reading binge of Sherlock Holmes pastiches for the #NovelNovember readathon. First up is finishing up Sherlock Holmes and the Eye of Heka by David Marcum, probably by tomorrow. Look for a review on my blog (see link in profile) on Monday. Next up is Beasts of London by Janina Woods. Got both of these books free from reedsy.com/discovery in exchange for a review on their website.

@Andrew65

Andrew65 What a great theme for the Readathon! Will have to explore this website. 8mo
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Read 📚 4 hours yesterday. Magazines, though, not this Holmes pastiche. Today it's back to David Marcum's great story.

This book gives Dr. Watson a larger role. Great portrait of the doctor that doesn't make him look like a fool as some of the older movies do (think Nigel Bruce's portrayal alongside Basil Rathbone).

I'm about halfway through this book. I'll review it once I'm finished.

@Andrew65 #Halloween #20in4 #readathon

Andrew65 Great progress 👏👏👏 8mo
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Got a good start on the tagged book 📖 for the #20in4 #readathon. Forgot to track my reading 📚 time ⏲ today (duh!), but read at least 4 hours.

Will do better at keeping track over the rest of the readathon, I hope. 😊

#Halloween @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great start 👏👏👏 8mo
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Great book swap gifts from @Laughterhp for the #llfs exchange. Love everything. The books sound very interesting. Can always use bookmarks as I usually have several books going at once.

Thank you.

@rsteve388 @Bookgoil

Laughterhp Glad you like everything!! 9mo
Bookgoil Oh I love magnetic bookmarks and I have to check out those books now they look good! 9mo
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My #LLFS swap package 📦 was mailed out this morning to @Laughterhp .

@rsteve388 @Bookgoil

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Received my #LLFS package from @Laughterhp in the mail today. My swap package 📦 will go out tomorrow.

@Bookgoil @rsteve388

Laughterhp Yay! Glad it made it safely! 9mo
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@Bookgoil @rsteve388

HELP! I don't remember getting an email about my swap partner for the swap you guys are coordinating.

Please send me the name and address info so that I can shop and get my package out the door in time.

When is opening day?

Thanks again

rsteve388 Just forwarded you the email. You should get an email from rsteve388@gmail.com 9mo
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Absolutely loved this book. I finished it on Saturday as my first book in @Andrew65 's readathon. I've had this one for a while and always meant to read it but got sidetracked and seduced by new books I bought. The narrator is a cat, but what a cat! No slouch is he. The pacing is great and steady but sluggish in a spot or two. The ending is a bit of a letdown. I'll continue to read the rest of the series, though. Overall, loved it. #awesomeaugust

Andrew65 Sounds interesting, well done and thanks for playing along 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂 11mo
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Those Who Walk Away | Patricia Highsmith
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Great book bundle from Book Revue in Huntington, NY. Bought their book bundle for which a bookseller chooses the books from their remainder/overstock table based on the types of books you like.

#bookmail @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #booklover #bookmail

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Van Life | Foster Huntington
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Interesting concept. The author focuses on 20- and 30-somethings who have spent a short time in a van following the surfing 🏄‍♂️ or snow ❄. He also highlights various types of vans and the modifications made by the owners. Most were bought second- or third-hand and are by no means upscale camper vans. This isn't about glamping. I bought the book because I'm interested in doing some camper living in the future. I would go more upscale though.

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The Plot Is Murder | V.M. Burns
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Today's #bookmail - looking forward to reading this mystery.

#mysteries #mysterylover #booklover

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Great read. Concise writing and sensible advice on how and what we should be eating.

My first book 📖 in @Andrew65 's current #Awesomeapril readathon.

Also, thanks to everyone for all the birthday wishes.

#food #foodie #eathealthy #birthday

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1y
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Thank you @Kdgordon88 for the birthday wishes! Gee, I'll be staring at another birthday next week. I don't feel older, just sluggish and hohum after staying really close to home due to the pandemic. (I live with my elderly mom - I'm retired). I should pick up as it gets closer to 4/8 because I ordered a bunch of books, which should start hitting my mailbox by then. I also get the second vaccine shot this Wednesday.

#birthday #birthdaybookhaul

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📖 Book mail! Ordered this and it came in the mail a few days ago. Another book to add to my TBR pile, which already is about to tip over and come crashing down...

#tbr #bookmail

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@sprainedbrain included an article about the tagged book in her recent #blitsyswap package to me. This book sounds interesting; I'll let you all know if I find a copy.

#tbr

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Blanche on the lam | Barbara Neely
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I love the #blitsyswap gifts I received from @sprainedbrain for Black History Month. Three books, bookmarks, tea from Kenya (not pictured), a 250-piece jigsaw puzzle, a book sleeve, and a nice letter. Absolutely great picks - love them all!

@Chelleo #bhms #tbr

Chelleo Oooohhh. The booksleeve is gorgeous. (Sorry for earlier message. I misread) (edited) 1y
Chelleo BTW...love the Blanche series! 1y
MaGoose @Chelleo Good to hear that. I've known about Blanche on the Lam and have wanted to read it for a while now. I didn't know there was a series - I'll have to check it out, for sure. 1y
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MeganAnn I‘m so glad you like everything! I had so much fun shopping for you 😊🎉 1y
sprainedbrain Those aren‘t from me... looks like @MeganAnn put together a nice package for you! 1y
MaGoose @MeganAnn Sorry I thanked the wrong person originally. Your gifts to me were lovely. 1y
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Smile 😃 time. My #Blitsy swap package 📦 arrived from @MeganAnn this morning! Can't wait to open it.

@Chelleo #BHMS

MeganAnn That was fast! I can‘t wait for opening day!! 🎉 1y
Chelleo 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 #BlitsySwap (edited) 1y
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The Next Millionaire Next Door: Enduring Strategies for Building Wealth | Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D., Sarah Stanley Fallaw, Ph.D
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Dr. Thomas J. Stanley spent the majority of his professional career examining how Americans achieved financial success on their own.

#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl @TheSpineView

TheSpineView 👍📖📘 1y
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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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#blitsy history swap went out to @sprainedbrain today. Happy reading! 📚 🙂

@Chelleo #blitsyhistoryswap

Chelleo 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 1y
Chelleo 😉 1y
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Unknown Book 992462 | Unknown Unknown
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Meh. Protagonist is a hired killer who stalks his victim on a luxury expedition cruise to Antarctica. The pacing is steady but sluggish in places. Characterization is good for the protagonist and some of the secondary characters. But the climax happens off-camera and is told in an abbreviated flashback - oh yeah, by the way, I killed him by throwing him overboard when he was drunk and buzzed on marijuana. Not one of my best reads this year.

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Thanks to @catiewithac for the great #LLWS package. It was a very pleasant surprise to get two books 📚 I look forward to reading next year. Plus a box of Bag Ladies Tea. What a wonderful combination!

@rsteve388 @Bookgoil

Bookgoil Lovely package! ❤️ 2y
rsteve388 Winter Counts was a great book 2y
Crazeedi Very awesome gifts! 2y
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Got this package today. Since it has absolutely no return address or any other business information on it, I will assume this is @catiewithac 's #LLWS package from Amazon to me. Thanks!

@Bookgoil @rsteve388

catiewithac Thank heavens!!!! The original package from Powell‘s got shipped over to OH! 2y
MaGoose @catiewithac Ohio?! Sort of close to Indiana, I guess... Can't wait to open the package! 2y
MaGoose @catiewithac Your package is running late, of course. It arrived at a P.O. facility in Indianapolis, so at least it's getting closer. Hopefully, you'll get it soon. 2y
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#LLWS package is in the mail (Priority Mail). Catie should receive it by Tuesday, 12/15.

#LLWS @catiewithac @Bookgoil @rsteve388

catiewithac @MaGoose I ordered your books from Powell‘s on 11/22 but it didn‘t ship until 11/29. Now the package has been in delivery limbo at my post office for 3 days. I will send it express as soon as it arrives. This is so frustrating. I‘m sorry! 2y
MaGoose @catiewithac No problem, I understand. Recently, I've had something I ordered online go AWOL and never arrive. 2y
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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Still waiting on one book to get here. Hopefully it's not lost in limbo; this year I've already had one Christmas gift I ordered online never arrive. I'll mail the #litsylovewinterswap package as soon as possible so that Catie gets it by 12/21.

@rsteve388 @Bookgoil @catiewithac

Crazeedi I'm still waiting for one book for a swap too so theres that. Different times my friend, hope all is well with you 2y
catiewithac I hope yours arrive today so I can send to you tomorrow! 2y
Bookgoil Thanks for the update! 2y
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1. Don't usually read seasonally themed books that much
2. New luggage piece shaped like a messenger bag (which I'm actually getting since I picked it out for my mom to give me)

@TheSpineView @MoonWitch94
#two4tuesday

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I'm about 2/3 of the way through. So far so good, but a little bit slow 🐌. Enjoying the characters, I guess. I'll finish because I'm engaged enough to want to see 👀 what happens.

TheBookHippie I love the cover! 2y
MaGoose @TheBookHippie I do too. This story 📖 takes place on a fictitious Caribbean island. Thus the cover, which fits well with the pacing. 2y
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Untitled | Unknown
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I finished Mordecai's Ashes by Arlana Crane a few days ago. LOVED it. Great mystery with top-notch characterization and pacing with a bit of humor thrown in. 5 ⭐

(Couldn't find this book in Litsy's list.)

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The Moonstone | Wilkie COLLINS
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Thanks to @MoonWitch94 for the great books 📚 and the autumnal things including pumpkin spice frappe.

@rsteve388 @Bookgoil #LLFS #litsylovefallswap

MoonWitch94 Hope you enjoy them! The Pumpkin Spice Frappe is delicious 😋 2y
Bookgoil Mm frappe sounds delicious! 2y
Crazeedi 🍁❤️🍂 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🎉👏🏻 2y
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Anyone have a book swap that I can still join?

I'm in the mood for some unusual and exciting book mail. 🙃 💕 👀

#bookswaps #swaps

Avanders I think the Halloween ones have all been matched... but sometimes there‘s a thanksgiving one and there‘s always at least one christmas one! 2y
MaGoose @Avanders Thanks, that's what I was thinking, too. I'll have something to look forward to. 2y
Chrissyreadit We are going to have a Very Jane Austen Christmas Swap open Nov 1. 2y
MaGoose @Chrissyreadit Great, I'll hunt for the swap post. Thanks. 2y
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This story's a good read. However, it starts off very slowly, but picks up halfway through. Good characterization. Overall, a pleasant read. 3 🌟s.

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It's the third or fourth one I've read by David Bach recently. Tips on going green and saving money. I already do things like recycle paper and plastic, and upgraded the house 🏠 windows for less leaking. I drive a smaller car that gets decent gas mileage, but will try to do better next time (in a few years). Of course, during the pandemic I'm driving significantly less, so saving $. Will check out the green investments. 4 ⭐s

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I'm now a subscriber to Mystery Scene magazine. I found quite a few books 📚 to buy over the next few weeks. It seems I will be adding significantly to my TBR pile during the course of my subscription...

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Slim book 📖 that's a good, fast read. This book succinctly illuminates one of Bach's primary financial suggestions: pay yourself first (i.e., save the money--and leave it in the bank!) by forgoing certain small daily purchases that you can live without. He provides charts that show that over the course of a few decades doing this can make you a millionaire.

#millionaire #money #moneymoneymoney #moneywellspent

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The Postmistress | Sarah Blake
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Forgot to take a picture of the #LLFS package before I sent it out to @MoonWitch94 today. It should arrive on Tuesday, the 15th.

#litsylovefallswap @rsteve388 @Bookgoil

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I enjoyed reading this magazine enough to subscribe to it. I got my fill of mystery short stories.

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Finished this a few days ago. I'll be putting a lot of his suggestions into practice over the coming weeks and months. 4⭐

#money #finance #wealth

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Just received my Bookpeople-in-a-box today with two surprises inside. The BookPeople booksellers made a great selection for me with two books 📚 I haven't read. I look forward to putting my feet up and digging into them. 💕
www.bookpeople.com

#mystery #mysteries

marleed How fun! 2y
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Very interesting. About 20 mystery writers talk about odd things that happened in their lives. 4⭐

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