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Mpcacher

Joined August 2021

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Rednecks: A Novel | Taylor Brown
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This historical fiction is set in 1920/21 & chronicles the real Battle of Blair Mountain, which was between the coal mines and the miners who were trying to improve the horrible conditions & unionize. The author has included real people & others inspired by real people. It is a very educational read but suffers a little due to keeping true to the real story and the number of characters. It is, however, a fascinating, albeit violent, story. 3.75/5

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This is a light historical fiction set in England in the years just after WWI. Women are facing the hard facts that as the men come home, they are losing jobs and misogyny is once again alive and well. People seem to ignore the fact that women need to eat and some do not have husbands or family to support them. The book also looks at racism, snobbery and includes some romance. The characters are varied and really fun (I loved Mrs. Fog). 4/5 !

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Redwood Court: Fiction | DLana R. A. Dameron
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This one took me a while to get into as the beginning is a series of 'slice of life' moments about a black family living in Columbia, SC. I enjoyed it more towards the end when it became more of a coming of age story about 16 year old MIka. It did open my eyes to the amount of racism still present in the 90's (and today), as I kept having to remind myself the book was not set in the 50's. Thanks to NetGalley for the digital ARC. 3.5/5

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The Vacancy in Room 10: A Thriller | Seraphina Nova Glass
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I liked this one, but around the midpoint the mood of the story changed slightly and it felt a bit more zany than I expected, reminding me of the books in the Finlay Donovan series. The book had a great cast of characters and featured a group of strong women. The setting of apartments converted from a motel provided a wonderful setting. I could imagine this becoming a fun series featuring Cass, the manager/handyma'am. Thanks to Edelweiss+. 4/5!

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Artificial Condition | Martha Wells
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This is the second novella in this series and while I did not love it as much as I did the first one, I am hooked and will be reading more about Murderbot and hopefully ART. I think this one lacked a bit of the emotional content I would have liked, but since it was all from a non-human's perspective, it is understandable. The humour was great and I enjoyed seeing Murderbot grow and understand more things. It was a fun, quick read. 3.75/5 stars

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This is a sequel to “Mindful of Murder“, a cozy mystery series that features a woman, Helen, who had previously been a Buddhist nun and is now a butler to wealthy families. Is this book, she has been 'loaned' to a wealthy man to help get his social media obsessed daughter back on track. When several of the young woman's influencer friends die under mysterious circumstances, Helen steps into the fray. This is a light and easy, fun read. 3.5/5

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Black Wolf: A Novel | Juan Gmez-Jurado
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This is the 2nd book of a trilogy, the first one being “Red Queen“. The story follows the Antonia and Jon as they solve crimes in Spain. Antonia has a gifted forensic mind and has been trained to become even better. Jon has been assigned to help and protect her. This book puts them up against the mob as they both race to find the pregnant wife of an killed mobster. This is a wonderful series with depth, action and humour. I really liked it. 4.5/5

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This is the 2nd in this action thriller series featuring a government assassin. After reconsidering his life choices at the end of the last book, Seventeen (the assassin) is pulled back into the life when someone tries to kill him. When he finds out the would-be killer is a 9 year old girl, things get interesting. We learn more about Seventeen's history and his attempt to stop a plot to nuke the world and start again. It was a fun read. 4.25/5!

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This is the first book in what is up to now a two book series. It is a story about an assassin used by governments around the world and a great choice for fans of books such as the “Orphan X“ series. The book has action & violence, complemented with some romance and humour. Many of the the characters have hard backstories that explain their life choices. In this book the hero is tasked with finding and killing the man who came before him. 4.25/5

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Close to Death: A Novel | Anthony Horowitz
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This is the 5th book in a wonderful series that I would classify as a complicated cozy with an interesting twist...the author has written himself in as one of the characters. This one had Agatha Christie vibes and a locked room scenario. It also had a cast of other interesting characters who were all viable suspects. I really enjoyed it and look forward to more from this author. Thank you to HarperCollins and Edelweiss+ for the digital ARC. 4/5

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This is a sci-fi novella that explores the themes of power, slavery, and the connectedness between humans. The unusual, yet beautiful writing style (i.e. the main characters are not named), plus the element of magical realism, make it a weirder story than I generally like, but I found it to be very thought provoking. I think I would have liked to see the story progress even further and I was left at the end thinking I need to reread it. 3.75/5

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I loved “Good Neighbors“ and the dynamics of families and neighbors is an important feature of this new book as well. Once again set in the near future, this one features the ultimate gated community (high walls, guards, etc.). The author does a great job of character development and wonderfully sets up the somewhat creepy atmosphere of the town, it's many rules and traditions, and things that are being left unsaid. Thank you to Edelweiss+. 4.5/5

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This is a great thriller about a woman who returns home after the death of her dad. She is surprised to find out she inherits the family home instead of it being shared among the three siblings. The discovery of a car in a local lake due to low water levels then leads to long kept secrets being revealed. This one had the right amount of suspense, action and family dynamics with a touch of romance. Thanks to Edelweiss+ for the digital ARC. 4.25/5

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The Sleepwalkers | Scarlett Thomas
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This was an entertaining but somewhat strange read. It is told mostly in a series of long letters, that end in midsentence. While it was a very different type of story and I am still puzzling a little over what actually was happening and especially the ending...I kind of liked it. I would have loved to read this as part of a book club, as it leaves you with lots to talk about and lots of questions. Thanks to Edelweiss+ for the digital ARC. 3.5/5

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The Jazz Club Spy | Roberta Rich
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One of reasons I love historical fiction is I learn new things about history. This one, set in NYC in 1939, was somewhat light in that department - although I did learn a few new things. In spite of that lack, it was a fun read about a young Jewish woman who becomes a spy in order to stop as assassination attempt. The story had interesting characters and settings, some action and romance and kept me entertained. 3.75/5 stars!

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While there was a nice bit of romance in this book, it was had more depth than many books of that genre. It is the story of a woman who at 21 was left to care for her 8 year old sister when their mom abandoned them. Now, ten years later, the younger sister wants to find their mom with the help of a podcaster. It deals with sacrifice, abandonment, siblings, parenting, romance and learning to live for yourself again. I really enjoyed it. 4/5 !

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The Secret Keeper | Genevieve Graham
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This was a fabulous, well researched, WWII historical fiction, that in a interesting change was told in only 1 time period. It featured two Canadian women (twins), both who joined the Wrens (Women's Royal Naval Service). One was a mechanic & pilot and the other a Morse Code expert & code breaker. There was family dynamics, romance, and heroism and it was not only a wonderful read but a great history lesson. I loved it. Thanks to NetGalley. 4.75/5

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Murder Road | Simone St. James
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I have really enjoyed some of this author's previous books and while this one was still entertaining I found the supernatural element a little heavier in this book and a little too much for my tastes. I enjoyed both the main and side characters (especially Rose) and the mystery, but was somewhat disappointed in the resolution. That being said, I finished it in two days, so it was an easy read and held my interest. Thank you to NetGalley! 3.5/5!

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This is the fifth book in this British police procedural series, the first of which is “Close to Home“. I am getting to know all the characters and their backgrounds better (there are a lot of them), which adds to the enjoyment. There are two cases in this one, a sexual assault charge by a male student implicating his female Professor and a murder investigation which puts Adam in jeopardy. I am now looking forward to reading the next one. 4.25/5

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As a Canadian, American politics over the last 8 years has been both fascinating and scary. Behavior that would never have been accepted from politicians before seems to have become commonplace and many seem to have no integrity. I don't agree with all of Cheney's politics, but really admire her bravery for standing up for the truth and share her fear for the next election. The book was a riveting read that I finished in two days. 4.5/5 stars!

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I am not a horror fan, but do enjoy a bit of supernatural and this book suited my tastes. I enjoyed the story and felt in some ways the creepy but elegant old apartment was the star of the book, as the atmosphere Unger created was so well done. I almost wished the book was illustrated and had floor plans. By the midway point I had trouble putting the book down, staying up way to late to finish it. Thank you Edelweiss+ for the digital ARC. 4/5!

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Having caught up on the remaining books in the series it was time to read the digital ARC (thank you Edelweiss+) of this one. The plot in this book takes us back to the monastery from “The Beautiful Mystery“, to Grenoble France where they make Chartreuse liqueur and to northern Quebec. While I would have loved to spend even more time in Three Pines, I thoroughly enjoyed the action in this one and liked that included more of Amelia Choquet. 4.5/5!

Mshookquilts So jealous! 1mo
Mpcacher @Mshookquilts I was very surprised to be offered it and was not going to pass it up. The only downside is now I have to wait so vey long for the next one. 1mo
Mshookquilts Awesome chance for you! 1mo
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A World of Curiosities | Louise Penny
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I love every visit I make to Three Pines and this book was no exception. This one had a bit of everything including reference to real things in history including the École Polytechnique massacre, the accused witch Anne Lamarque and The Paston Treasure painting. It also went back to a couple of earlier cases, one of which was when Armand met Jean-Guy. The story was dark and complicated but very good. 4.5/5 stars.

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I actually own this one and so it slipped in the pile some, it was finally time to read it. I was not disappointed and thoroughly enjoyed revisiting Three Pines and the wonderful characters in this series. I also love when real history is included in part of the story (in this case Dr. Cameron and his CIA funded human experiments at McGill). There are a lot of morality issues in this one and it would be a good choice for book clubs. 4.5/5

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This is the 4th book in this British police procedural series and I have really enjoyed all of them. This one deals with a couple of missing girls, which requires trying to get information from the friends. The crimes seem to have the same MO as that of a serial rapist that Adam Fawley put away many years ago and so he must deal with others thinking he may have been wrong then. The ending sets us up nicely for the next in the series. 4.25/5 stars

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Jaded | Ela Lee
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This book slowly but effectively wormed it's way into my heart and brain. By midway I was completely hooked and only reluctantly let it go when there was no more words to read. The story was frustrating, made me both angry and sad, and was unfortunately a realistic representation of the misogyny and racism that still exists in our world. I also loved the significance of the title. This one will stay with me and is a great debut. 4.5/5 stars!

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This book started out slow and the logical part of my brain found it confusing at times, but I ended up enjoying the story. It reminded me a little of “The Invisible Life of Addie Larue“, although I liked that one much better. This one had time travel, a bit of a murder mystery, romance and strong female characters. In addition the rural North Carolina setting was beautifully captured in two different timelines. 3.75/5 stars!

monkeygirlsmama I picked this up from the library and my first thought when I saw it was that the cover reminded me of Addie Larue also! 3w
Mpcacher @monkeygirlsmama That one was a wonderful read. 3w
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The Other Valley: A Novel | Scott Alexander Howard
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This story was quite original and a times a tad confusing, but I really enjoyed it. I found it to be both sad and incredibly thought provoking. The author has created this interesting world where the valley to either side holds the same world 20 years earlier or later. Managing such a society, where someone can change the present if they were allowed to go back, results in a complex set of morality issues. This story will stay with me. 4/5 stars!

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Ready or Not | Cara Bastone
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I loved this sweet rom-com. It had some great humour and just the right amount of spice for me (more story than spice - but still spicy where appropriate). What I found a refreshing change was the cast of likable characters, albeit human and with flaws. As a mother of three, I also enjoyed the memories the story triggered as the main character's pregnancy progressed. I had trouble putting this one down. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC. 4.5/5

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This is the 2nd book in this series, but the 3rd that I have read and I am really enjoying them. This one has some incredible twists that I did not see coming. The series has a cast of fascinating and very different detectives, etc. with different back stories and is told from various points of view. While this can make the reading occasionally a bit confusing it also makes it more interesting and realistic. Now I need the 4th book. 4.5/5 stars

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Daughters of Warsaw | Maria Frances
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Another WWII historical fiction and once again I learned something new. This one is set in Poland and tells the story of a fictional woman who worked with the real life Irena Sendler to smuggle children out of the Warsaw ghetto. The author has wonderfully captured the risk these people took to save lives and the horrible conditions in the ghetto. The present timeline was wonderful at breaking up the more tension filled moments in the past. 4.25/5

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I loved this beautifully written and moving story. A tale of family and grief set in Tasmania, Copenhagen and the Faroe Islands, it wonderfully explores the path to healing. I enjoyed the growth experienced by the main character, the 80's parties, the sheep, the myths and fairy tales, the romance, the descriptions of nature and the many strong women. It made me both tear up and laugh out loud. Thank you to NetGalley for the digital ARC. 5/5 stars!

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Leave No Trace: A National Parks Thriller | Jon Land, A. J. Landau, Jeff Ayers
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This is a fast paced action thriller that has imagined domestic terrorists continuing the Jan 6 MAGA fight on a much larger scale. While some of the action was a little over the top it was incredibly fun to read (the rattlesnake scene comes to mind). The two main characters (Michael and Gina) are likable and have interesting backgrounds and the National Park settings had me adding to my travel bucket list. I await the next in the series. 4.5/5

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While this book did not have a lot of plot, I believe it is because the author stayed true to the actual historical truths of the story of the only black WACs to serve overseas during WWII. It was not a riveting story, but was still a fascinating look at a piece of history I would otherwise not know about. The author did a good job making me feel the frustration the characters felt due to the racism and misogyny they experienced. 3.5/5 !

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I saw a recommendation for this one somewhere (maybe on this site) & although it is outside my normal genres I requested it from the library. When I realized I had not got to it and it was due soon, I almost skipped reading it. I am glad I didn't as I found it delightful, filled with great characters, humor and even a great moral lesson. Fair warning though - it will make you want baked goods. Now I need to find the next one in the series. 4.5/5

LiteraryinLawrence I‘m glad you liked it! It was out of my normal genre too but I found it totally delightful. 💗💗 2mo
rretzler Audible keeps recommending it to me and I‘ve been wondering why! 🤣 Now I‘m thinking I might need to check it out too! 2mo
Mpcacher @rretzler It is surprisingly a really nice read.
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This book only rose to the so-so level for me. I can't believe I am saying this, but there was too much spice and not enough story. I would have liked more character development in order to connect to to them better. I also wanted the Christmas vibes the cover seemed to promise and I felt none of that. All of that being said, there were some entertaining moments and some nice humour that kept me reading. 3/5 stars.

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The Inheritance: A Novel | Joanna Goodman
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This book dealt with many subjects including rape, elder abuse, self harm, parenting, and widowhood, but at it's heart it is about identity and self worth. I really enjoyed the growth experienced by both the main characters and the story as a whole and thought the complicated life of the young widowed mother was well represented. I felt the ending was appropriate, but would definitely read a sequel. Thanks to Edelweiss+ for the digital ARC. 4/5

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This is almost a cozy type mystery that is may be the first in a series. There are a lot of characters and two time lines, with some complicated plotting, and yet is was a very enjoyable read. There is also a hint of a romance to come in future books and I would be happy to read about the further adventures of the main character of Annie. In addition, the setting of the town of Castle Knoll is wonderfully depicted and part of the enjoyment. 4/5

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Bye, Baby: A Novel | Carola Lovering
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I quite enjoyed this story of a very complicated friendship (with great character development) that changed over the years as the girls became women. While some are calling this a thriller I did not think it really fit that genre, although there are a few 'thrilling' parts to the story. Both of the main characters were flawed, with interesting backgrounds, but I really only found one of them unlikable. Thanks to NetGalley for the digital ARC. 4/5

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End of Story | A. J. Finn
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There are a lot of mixed reviews out there about this one and the major criticism is it is very slow, which is true. It does tend to drag a bit and sometimes figuring out who is talking slowed it down even more. In spite of that I enjoyed the story and I was surprised by the reveal at the end. The numerous references to classic mysteries was a fun addition and I appreciated the author's note T the end referencing the source of many quotes. 3.75/5

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This is the 2nd book in a series about a female detective who is transported back in time to 1869 Scotland. Catapulted into the body of a 19 year old housemaid to a medical examiner, she ends up being his part time assistant. This is a wonderful combination of my two favorite genres, historical fiction & mystery, with a whisper of romance. I found it to be an easy & entertaining read. I do recommend you read “A Rip Through Time“ first though. 4/5

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A Man Downstairs: A Novel | Nicole Lundrigan
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The premise of this book is a woman, who testified at her mother's murder trial when she was only three years old, has to return to that town to care for her dad. Once there, long held secrets begin to be revealed. The writing perfectly captures the angst, frustration, and worry of the various characters. The plotting is complicated , but clever and I did not foresee the ending. Thank you to NetGalley for the digital ARC. I enjoyed it. 4/5 !

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This is #58 in a wonderful series that I still really enjoy. This one was no exception. While this series is set in the near future, they are not sci-fi but true mysteries (police procedurals) with a wonderful cast of characters and dark, cleverly plotted stories that include some humour. In this one Eve (a lieutenant in the NYPD) is after a psychopathic teenage killer. I recommend starting with the first one which is “Naked in Death“. 4.5/5!

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I often will say that a non-fiction book reads like fiction, indicating it is an easy exciting read. This is not the case for this book. It is a harder read, however, I still enjoyed it and not being a student of history, I learned so much. While agent A12 cracked the 'code' and foresaw Hitler's real plan, I felt his frustration as he tried to get people in power to accept it. This is a well researched book and worthy of your time. 3.75/5 stars.

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This was one of the best mysteries I have read in a long while. It had wonderful characters...the grandmother was the best since Evanovich's Stephanie Plum's. The humour gave the story a lighter feel and I had trouble putting it down to go to sleep. There was also a bit of romance, a compelling mystery and a easy to follow plot. Thanks to Edelweiss+ for the digital ARC. I look forward to more adult novels from this author. 5/5 stars!

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Sisters of the Sky | Lana Kortchik
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This is a WWII historical fiction from the POV of fictional Russian female combat pilots who trained under the real record breaking pilot Marina Raskova. Russia was the only country to allow this at the time. While I found the writing to be a tad weak, the story was entertaining and informative. The harsh conditions they experienced and Stalin's draconian laws were vividly explained. The story also included romance, friendship and betrayal. 4/5

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Akmaral | Judith Lindbergh
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This story is set over 2400 years ago and is the tale of a powerful woman warrior. It is a well researched story that is inspired by archeological findings indicating the existence of a people where both genders were trained to battle. While it deals with the violence of war, there is also romance, motherhood, heartbreak, betrayal and even with this tribe, some misogyny. Thank you to Edelweiss+ for the digital ARC. It was a wonderful read. 4.5/5

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Shitamachi Scam | Michael Pronko
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This is a difficult one for me to rate as the mystery and character development was quite well done, but not being familiar with Japan or so many of the Japanese terms, I found it to be a difficult read, which impeded my enjoyment. I did find the various characters complete with their interesting flaws and quirks fun and appreciated the main detective's problem with his work life balance. Thanks to Edelweiss+ for the digital ARC. 3.25/5

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This is a story of a cult with a charismatic leader, a baby, a dead cop and revenge. Told through a series of emails, letters and transcribed conversations, it is a complicated story with a convoluted plot. It is, however, surprisingly entertaining and it all makes some sort of sense at the end. The writing style works well and I particularly enjoyed the comments the transcriber inserts into her notes. Thanks to Edelweiss+ for my digital ARC. 4/5

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The Silence in Her Eyes: A Novel | Armando Lucas Correa
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This is an entertaining and short thriller about a sheltered woman that has a vision impairment that does not allow her to see motion (akinetopsia). I found the writing style to be a little choppy, but in spite of that I enjoyed the story and the twists at the end. The last chapter had so many connected revelations that I ended up rereading it the next day to ensure that I fully understood them all, as the story stayed with me. 3.75/5 stars.