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MaGoose

MaGoose

Joined June 2018

Mysteries are my thing, although I'm reading lots of nonfiction lately. I sometimes post book reviews on my blog, www.janecairns.com
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Book haul (like I don't have enough books!). I'm not sure which I want to read first. I'll probably begin reading the top three in the stack as I'm in the habit of reading a few books at once. I've already begun the tagged book.

CoffeeCatsBooks I love Anne Fadiman! 3d
MaGoose @CoffeeCatsBooks I think this is the first thing that I've read by her. Ex Libris is a slim book of essays - I haven't gotten too far into it, but so far I'm enjoying it very much. 3d
Linsy I loved the one on top! And now I really want the second one 3d
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Maisie Dobbs (Anniversary) | Jacqueline Winspear
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As I said in a previous post, this was a re-read for me. I think I enjoyed it more this time around. I'm not sure if I will continue to read the rest of the series, as I've read the majority of them already, but I might consider it depending on what else I have in the offing on my TBR list. But, this book is definitely a thumbs up pick, especially if you like mysteries with a smart, savvy female detective as the protagonist. 👌 👍

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Maisie Dobbs: A Novel | Jacqueline Winspear
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This book has moved up on my TBR list. Although I read it quite a few years ago, as well as most of the rest of the series, I think it's time that I revisited this one as I enjoyed it. I was gifted this book by @Amanda61 as part of a Litsy book swap a few months ago.

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Great overview of things Holmesian. Enjoyable reading for fans of the Sherlock Holmes canon. Thanks to @UwannaPublishme for gifting me this tome a few months ago.

UwannaPublishme 🤗❤️❤️❤️ 1w
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This is the first book in the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. Fairly good, easy read but a bit dragged out in places and chunky at 524 pages (paperback edition). This is the first thing I've read by Lee Child other than a Jack Reacher short story in the 2018 The Best American Mystery Stories anthology.

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Pickpick

Great nonfiction book about Frances Moore Lappe's take on the current state of American democracy.

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This is the first book in a mystery series about Bernie, a private investigator, and his dog, Chet. Together, they solve a missing person mystery. The story is told from Chet's point of view. Chet is almost as smart as Bernie, who's no slouch intellectually. But pass the crullers, both Bernie and Chet are addicted to them. I'll most likely continue reading the series in the near future. 😍 👍

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The Epics Collection | Abdiel Le Roy
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Chrissyreadit ❤️🥰👏🙌😍 2mo
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Thanks to @Amanda61 for the great #staycationintimeswap package. I'll have a good time opening my gifts!

#staycationintimeswap #sits @Chrissyreadit

Chrissyreadit 🥰❤️👏 2mo
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This audiobook was between a so-so and a pick. It was okay. The woman reader was fairly good. This is one of a series and is the first book I've read by Anne Hillerman. I wonder if I would've liked this one better if I had begun at the beginning of the series. Although there were some things that carried over from previous books, there were enough hints that you could pick up what had happened previously. Overall, an okay pick.

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Swap Club | Lauren Wise
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My #staycationintimeswap package is on its way to @amanda61. It should be to you before Wednesday's opening day.

@Chrissyreadit #sits

Chrissyreadit ❤️🎉🥰👏🙌 2mo
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I finally finished this doorstop of a book. Good overall, although I did skim some essays. Dirda's essays introduce and discuss writers and books that he thinks should be on everyone's TBR list. I picked up several books to add to my list. Some books mentioned will never be on my list of things I've read. To each his own.

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I am a fan of almost anything Sherlock Holmes-related. This is an anthology of 14 modern stories involving Holmes written by mystery writers Edward D. Hoch, Anne Perry and Loren Estleman, among others. All the stories were good. 👍 👌

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I just picked up the tagged book from the library. I'm hoping to squeeze it in among all my other reads. I haven't started it yet, so not sure if I'll get into it or not.

@amanda61 I just sent you an email from a different email address - janeacairns@outlook.com. Hopefully, you'll get this one. 😊

Amanda61 @MaGoose I received this one!! That's so weird. 4mo
MaGoose @Amanda61 Yaay!! 4mo
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Reading this and finding MORE books to add to my already bulging, overloaded TBR list! 😜😝

P.S. @amanda61 Did you ever receive my email about the upcoming #staycationintimeswap swap? I never received your email.

Amanda61 @MaGoose I still haven't received an email. I sent you an email so if you get that one, hopefully you can just reply to that one. 4mo
MaGoose @Amanda61 I received your email from earlier today and sent you a reply. 4mo
Amanda61 @MaGoose No idea why but still haven't received anything. Checked the email I sent you as well and Google isn't showing any reply. That's so weird! 4mo
MaGoose @Amanda61 Have you checked your junk and spam folders? 4mo
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I'm looking forward to hunting for bookish things for my #staycationintimeswap swap buddy.

@amanda61 - I sent you an email about our upcoming swapping.

@chrissyreadit

Amanda61 Hey @MaGoose I haven't received an email yet. Just to verify, my email address is amandahutson06 at gmail.com 4mo
Chrissyreadit ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
MaGoose @Amanda61 i'll try resending it by Noon today. I'm not at my computer right now. 4mo
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Beware the Spider | David L. Haase
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Just starting this book/ebook - I'm about 37 pages in and so far I'm liking it better than the first book (The Mark of the Spider) in the Black Orchid Chronicle series by David Haase. It's a supernatural/thriller/mystery story about Sebastian Arnett, who became possessed by a demon while he was in Borneo. When I'm finished, I'll post a short review on Litsy and a longer one on my blog, www.janecairns.com 😎

@tigerlily @eggbeater #books

Eggbeater It does sound like something I would like. 4mo
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Mehso-so

My least favorite of the Cliff Janeway series. Janeway now has a silent partner in his bookstore, his new love, Erin D'Angelo, a corporate lawyer. Of the women Janeway's been involved with so far in this series, I don't think I would have picked this woman to become his main squeeze and partner in his business. But anyway, I'll say little more than that I truly disliked the ending.

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Mehso-so

Meh. I may read more of this series, then again...there are other books on my TBR patiently waiting to be read. Doc Ford investigates the apparent death of his friend and neighbor, Rafe Hollins. But was it Rafe who died, or someone else? Fairly good, except for the gratuitous sex involving Doc Ford and two women he barely knows.

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An interesting mystery if you like books about books and book collecting. I think I liked this one (#3) best of the four I've read. I will read the fifth and last (I think) in the series later this summer. This story deals with the disappearance of an elderly woman's library. She claims that someone “stole“ her books when she was young-bought her grandfather's library for a pittance from her mother. Can Janeway prove anything after so much time?

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Bookman's Wake | John Dunning
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I've read 4 out of the 5 books in the Cliff Janeway series and they all seem to improve a bit over the previous one. This book deals with a series of deaths that are unconnected until Janeway pieces together that they all owned a specific, numbered copy of The Raven from Grayson Press. But, why were these collectors being targeted? Will I commit a spoiler and reveal why? Quoth the raven, “nevermore.“ 😁 Enjoyed this one.

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Booked to Die | John Dunning
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This is the first in a series about Cliff Janeway, a cop-turned-bookseller. Once he opens his used/rare bookstore, Janeway gets involved in three murders in the Denver neighborhood around his bookstore and puts his former policing skills to good use. A fairly good beginning for a series that only gets better. 👌 👍

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LURE | Jeff Marschall
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Meh. This story is told in close third person, meaning, the plot action follows John's movements. We learn too much about John's indecisiveness. John forms a love interest in Julie, who he meets in Paris. He then tentatively reignites his love interest in Stephanie, his ex-girlfriend, when he gets back to Canada. Julie is nondescript; Stephanie is self-centered. Not enough action around the main story line. Could have been better from another POV.

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Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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Thanks to @Jee_HookedOnBookz for such a great belated birthday present!! The green tote says "reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." I am thrilled. ???? #birthday

Jee_HookedOnBookz Yayyyy it arrived! You're welcome! Hope you enjoy the book as much as I did! It's one of my fav reads! ❤️ 📚 5mo
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This was a re-read for me; I'd read it many years ago. It's the first Poirot story. An okay read, a bit contrived. I usually like Christie's books as a whole.

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I've become somewhat interested in collecting first editions of books. So, this nonfiction title was a good pick for me. It discusses what to look for as far as the condition of the book (mostly hardbacks, but also some paperbacks) and how to discern if it's a first edition. To a lesser extent, the book goes into how to judge if authors are collectable and/or have staying power. Enjoyable read for me.

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Booked to Die | John Dunning
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A good read for those interested in book collecting. Cliff Janeway moves from being a cop to owning a used/rare book store. He gets involved in the deaths of his store clerk and two book scouts who search for used and rare books to sell to bookstore owners. Janeway has strengths and foibles as a cop (he has it in for a grownup bully) and a person (he's protective of the clerk and wants justice for the scouts). Fairly good pacing and read.

Kdgordon88 I really liked this series when I read it years ago. 5mo
MaGoose @Kdgordon88 That's good to know. I'm starting the second book in the series and find there's a lot of exposition about book collecting and the Grayson Press and the two brothers who ran it. I'm fairly interested so I'll read on, but it may be kinda dull for someone who just wants a good mystery. 5mo
Annl I really enjoyed the series. I still have one book left to read. 5mo
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Great! Litsy now has a website. I'll be updating my profile and sharing posts later today.

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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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A huge thank you to @Soubhiville for this delightful and unexpected gift for my birthday. 😎😃👍👌💕😍 You can never have too many books, right?!

#thankfulforbooks #litsylove #postal #bookmail

AmyG Wonderful book! 6mo
Soubhiville Never!!! Happy Birthday! 🎁🎈🎂 6mo
BlameJennyJane My absolute favorite book of all time! 6mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Lots of love for this book ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
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Yikes I'm still getting birthday cards from the crazy loveable #litsylove group of friends!! Thank you so much @nelehelen for the card and cat and dog stickies. 😍💕👌👍

nelehelen Happy belated!!! 6mo
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1. Mystery, lit classics, some nonfiction
2. Memoir
3. Romance
4. Don't watch movies or TV much, so no opinion
5. Hmm, I'm drawing a blank--maybe because I don't read much in genres I dislike. There's too much out there to read and too many books on my TBR list already
6. Little Women - hated it
7. @WeeziesBooks @phatsallylee @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

#bookishquestions @Clwojick @Eggbeater

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for the tag 💞 6mo
phatsallylee Thank you for the tag! 6mo
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Hyde | Daniel Levine
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#book #books #postal #bookmail

A new book from B&N to add to the ever-growing stacks of books to be read...I'll probably reread Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson first.

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True Mercy | Idelle Kursman
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you (and @thebookhippie) so much for the bookmark.
Thanks for the very cool postcard, too! True Mercy will be on its way to you later today or tomorrow.

#litsylove #postal
#books

gradcat Love that bookmark! ❤️ 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww you‘re welcome and thank you!!! 😘❤️ 6mo
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Lyric Poems | John Keats
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Thanks for the lovely gift @TheBookHippie !
😍💕🤩🙂👌

#litsylove #books #poetrymatters

TheBookHippie ❤️📖 I love poetry! 6mo
MaGoose @TheBookHippie I love it, too. I'm an on-again, off-again poet. 6mo
TheBookHippie @MaGoose how wonderful !! 6mo
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Thanks for the birthday greetings everyone.

#jb #justbecause #litsylove
@mvegabec @Jee_HookedOnBookz @BookwormAHN

BookwormAHN 😸😸 6mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz ❤️❤️ 6mo
mvegabec You are welcome! 6mo
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The story is told from a few different viewpoints, which takes a little getting used to. This book is billed as a Simon Serrailler mystery, but he's not the main character in this first book in the series and doesn't play a major role until the end. The plot is a little dragging in spots but quickens up towards the end. There's a major twist near the end, which is unforeseen. Overall, I liked it and will read at least the next one in the series.

rretzler I‘ve had this on my radar for awhile 6mo
MaGoose @rretzler I liked it overall. The author could have tightened up the plot in places, IMHO. But, if you read it, stick with it. The ending is good and somewhat unexpected. 6mo
rretzler Thanks! That‘s one thing about me, I rarely ever give up on a book. Some of my favorite books didn‘t grab me until more than halfway through. If I would have bailed, I would have missed something wonderful. I certainly can‘t say that about all books though 🤣 6mo
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Birthdays: Beyond Cake and Ice Cream | Nikki Tate, Dani Tate-Stratton
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Thank you to @whatsthEStorey @JoyBlue and @aroc for the birthday greetings.

#jb #justbecause #litsylove

Ddzmini Happy birthday 🎈🎁🎊🎉🎂 📖😋 6mo
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Noteworthy | Riley Redgate
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Thank you so much for the beautiful note cards. @whatsthEStorey

#litsylove

whatsthEStorey Happy birthday!! Your card is on the way, but will be a little late. 6mo
MaGoose @whatsthEStorey No problem. You don't know how happy I was to receive your present. Things have been hectic and somewhat disheartening here, including a *very* expensive car repair. 6mo
whatsthEStorey Oh man! That is not a nice birthday surprise. I hope things settle down. 6mo
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Shout out to @OriginalCyn620 and @Mynameisacolour for the birthday cards. Thanks.

#jb #justbecause #litsylove

OriginalCyn620 Happy birthday! 🎈🎂🎉 6mo
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More birthday cards. Thank you to all my #jb and #litsylove friends.

@Canndor @Crazeedi @sarah24

Avanders Happy birthday!! 🎉🎂 6mo
Annl Happy Birthday! 6mo
Birdsong28 Happy birthday! Hope you have a good day! 😘📚📖 6mo
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Tanisha_A Happy birthday! Have fun! 🎂🥳🎈 6mo
Crazeedi 🎂🎉🎁 have a great day! 6mo
Erofan Happy birthday to you 🎉🎁🎂 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Happy birthday! Hope you‘re having a great day! 🎂 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎊🎊🎊 Hope your day is awesome !!! (edited) 6mo
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A thank you goes out to more #litsylove and #jb friends who sent me birthday cards. If you wrote me a letter or note, please be patient, I will eventually respond. 😊🤩

@BookNAround @Stacypatrice @throwmeabook @Kerrioke @Kdgordon88

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 6mo
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The Birthmark | Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Thanks to all my #jb and #litsylove friends who have sent me birthday greetings so far. Please be patient, I will write back to everyone soon.

@Debdeb @Lovesbooks87 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie @UwannaPublishme @jas16 @phatsallylee @IndoorDame @robinb

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗🎊💗🎊 7mo
robinb 😊👍🤗 7mo
UwannaPublishme 🤗❤️ 7mo
Eggbeater I didn't realize it was your birthday. Happy birthday, Jane! 🎂 7mo
MaGoose @Eggbeater Yeah, it's on Monday. Thanks. 7mo
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1. Road trip around the US
2. Secretary at a county jury commission
3. American Quartet by Warren Adler
4. The Dagger by Pam Anders
5. @whatsthEStorey @wanderinglynn @Betty

@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

wanderinglynn Thanks for the tag! ☺️ 7mo
Eggs Thanks for joining in 💗🎉👏🏻 7mo
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1. Nemesis with Joan Hickson as Miss Marple
2. Star Trek, definitely, and Marvel, maybe
3. Scotland
4. Mystery
5. English

#premondayvibes @pepsicola

rretzler I‘m also a big mystery fan (and sci-fi too) and I love StarTrek and Marvel movies! Can‘t wait until Endgame! Purchased our tickets for opening night yesterday! 7mo
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I'm about 25% of the way through this one. So far it's okay to pretty good. The plot does jump from one character's point of view to another, but it's easy to follow so far.

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American Quartet | Warren Adler
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Bailedbailed

I made it about half way through before bailing. I wasn't interested in the characters or what happened to them.

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Bailedbailed

Could not get into this one. I didn't relate to the characters. Dropped out after the first chapter.

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Interesting to see how the essay authors talk about book collecting and about the books themselves as a collectable object. Most of the time they collect authors they like to read and feel are going to be classics for the long term. All of these essays were written more than 20 years ago, some significantly earlier, but still enjoyable.

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1. Aries
2. Hmmm
3. None recently
4. Reading
5. @phatsallylee

#friyayintro @howjessreads

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1. Tagged book, plus A Reader on Reading by Alberto Manguel and several others
2. In the theater, Search for Spock back in the 1980s. On DVD, Murder on the Orient Express with Kenneth Branagh
3. Tea or chocolate milk

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain