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Mshookquilts

Joined January 2018

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This book is incredible! I could not put it down. Bhindi is loveable as we look @ her past and present. In her 60s she is letting herself become all that she is. A great romance, a great woman growing book, but most of all a book about loving women and ourselves for all that we are.

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Sooley: A Novel | John Grisham
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Well written, but a slow read. Way too much stats for this non-sports, non-basketball girl. Sooley is from South Sudan and hopes to make his dreams come true as an American basketball player. As he attains the 1st to this goal and is out of the country, his father is murdered by rebels and his family is displaced. You will feel like you are there. Lots of basketball excitement.

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Filling me with hope, Kate Merrick shows us how to simplify life and live in the present moment. She takes us through the rough spots in her life and shows how to focus on the beauty of the day to day.

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Audrey feels her life is going nowhere and then she sees an ad on Facebook to purchase a villa in Sicily. She takes a chance and heads for adventure. The villa turns out to be a dilapidated 1 room townhome. And, she discovers a murdered man next door. But the surprises won‘t end there. I loved this book! The murder doesn‘t happen till 1/2 way thru the book and you won‘t care because you get involved in the amazing life Audrey chose.

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Hot Pursuit | Stuart Woods
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Stone Barrington‘s new pilot friend is being stalked. It turns out the stalker is a known criminal. In the meantime, Holly has been moved up to the President‘s staff (and a new character is introduced we‘ll probably see again). She is tracking a potential terrorist. Lots of action, but not quite the tension of past novels.

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Arsenic and Adobo | Mia P. Manansala
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A fun read. Lila comes back home to help with her aunt‘s failing restaurant. But, the death of Lila‘s Ex, while eating there is about to throw a monkey wrench in her plans. In order to avoid jail and further destruction of the restaurant, Lila begins investigating. Moments of humor. @FeatherV thank you for the recommendation and the loan.

FeatherV I‘m so glad you liked it, I think this series is one of my favorites now 1w
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I‘m not big on memoirs but this is an excellent read! Ousman (& his translator) make you feel like you are right there with him as he gives you a concise description of what it is like to be a young boy/youth on a many yeared journey through desert and sea and various countries to try to better your life.

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A story of the brutality of man and the indomitable spirit of others, set during revolutionary times in Chile. The book is peopled arrogant, peasants and the down right crazy. Truthfully, a depressing story with an almost fatalist conclusion. I did not like most of the characters, but the granddaughter, Alba had many redeeming qualities.

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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I could not put this book down! New Yorker Nora‘s sister, Libby, traps her into vacationing in a small country town for a month. Libby has a long list of Romantic book activities planned for Nora too. But, Nora still has to work long distance during the day and did she just see the annoying but hot editor, Charlie, in the local coffee shop?

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Twisted Innocence | Terri Blackstock
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Holly gets mugged in her taxi, then finds out from the police that her baby‘s father (whose identity she has kept secret and who she has kept from the baby) has discovered the truth and is looking for her. But the daddy is also being sought by the police for murder. Investigation, kidnapping and attempted murder all lead to a climatic ending

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The Ardent Swarm | Yamen Manai
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A slow start as he sets the political and biological (bee) atmosphere in Tunisia, but well worth the read. A country is being torn apart by the political party(ies) in power. At the same time they accidentally introduce a very real terror that the bees are the first to experience. It‘s a story about the hope of the little man and his struggle for survival.

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The Liar | Nora Roberts
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Could not put this book down; weekend was put on hold while I read. Roberts skillfully had your heart pounding one minute and then had you laughing; a roller coaster. Shelby finds herself now a young widowed mother millions of dollars in debt. All she wants to do is get back home to her family. But as she cleans as much up as she can after her husband‘s accident, she finds more and more evidence that her recent life had been nothing but a lie.

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While Hannah is waiting outside the judge‘s chambers to discuss the case against her (from the last book), she hears a thud. Investigation reveals the judge has been murdered and Hannah is “off and running “ to track down his murderer. In the process she adds another love interest to her life….will he be the one?

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This short novel is a quick read set in Scotland. Fiona is a ski instructor on her 1st day back from a miscarriage. A blistering blizzard causes all ski slopes to be closed. However, one of her students is missing and Fiona goes back to look for him.

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Murder, She Wrote: Death of a Blue Blood | Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain
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A New Year‘s party gone awry. Jessica has been invited to an aristocrat‘s country weekend party in England and she invites her friend George from Scotland Yard. Upon arrival they immediately discover a death. Though it looks like a potential accident, something is off. An enjoyable read with a satisfying ending.

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Five Winters | Kitty Johnson
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I was worried about ending my Christmas binge with this one, because the 1st 2 winters were so melancholy. However, the ending was very satisfying. Beth‘s life story and her learning about herself and her own desires are revealed to us through the Christmas season for 5 years in a row. Some humor, heartbreak and romance.

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Scrooge and the Girls Next Door | Melanie Bennett Jacobson
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This was my favorite Christmas book this season and I‘ve read some really good ones! You know how I love books that can make me giggle; well, this one had me outright laughing. A quiet anthropologist is confronted by a new neighbor who is the opposite. In fact she seems to be an outright Christmas freak. Friction is going to happen. Thank you @FeatherV for the recommendation!

FeatherV I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! 1mo
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I really enjoyed her naturally sharing of many British Christmas traditions through the story! Gemma and the old biddies get snowed in while catering a Christmas tea party for the less fortunate. The returned prodigal son of the estate is murdered that night and his father asks Gemma to step in and begin the investigation since the weather prohibits the police from arriving.

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Miracle at Augusta | James Patterson
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I had high hopes for this, but I‘m 1 hour into a 4 hour audiobook and I‘m bored to tears. If you can‘t grab my interest by 25% of the book, it‘s not worth my time. Maybe one of you who are more interested in golf will get some enjoyment out of it.

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Mr. Mercedes: A Novel | Stephen King
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The final passage creeped me out. While not as wild as many of King‘s books, this still wasn‘t to my taste. Still, he kept the suspense and action high so it would be a page turner if I wasn‘t using the audio version. Early one morning a man intentionally drives through a crowd killing and injuring many. Then he begins to individually pursue others. Obviously not one of my Christmas reads.

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THE WISH | Nicholas Sparks
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As usual, Sparks brought tears to my eyes. As she is dying due to cancer, Maggie meets a young man who becomes a close friend. He persuades her to share her life story and in the process she shares an extremely romantic love story. He, too, has a gift for Maggie. The entire story is told with Christmas as a back drop…so still part of my Christmas binge.

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A feel good Christmas story. Lauren, a biographical author, has given up her life to help her father when illness prevents him from running his artisan Christmas shop. Due to his refusal to use any modern methods, the shop is failing. Lauren contributes her savings but something has to change. Then, she is presented with an opportunity for a new biography as things begin to change.

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Ginger Snapped to Death | Catherine Bruns
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Oh my goodness, the mishaps! Sal is pregnant and overdue, while still trying to squeeze some time at her bakery when she gets framed for murder. Her journey gets started when her car gets carjacked by a fake Santa when she is on the way home from work. And, was it the real Santa who saved her?

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The Snowman Killer | Wendy Meadows
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I couldn‘t put this short mystery down. Now living in Alaska, ex LA detective, now author Sarah discovers the snowman from her murder series sitting on her front yard. Who could be threatening her?

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Flora is an over-the-top Christmas celebrant who has not been able to find her place in life. Her best friend talks her into the caravan life. Despite her fears or maybe even because of them, Flora begins to take control of her life and wonder if there is room to squeeze in a Norse god.

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I devoured this short romance novella in one afternoon like the cream puff it is. Lil is confronted with a competitor right across the street. When they decide to work together instead of against each other, sparks fly.

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Truth Be Told | Hank Phillippi Ryan
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Jake and Jane have a tenuous new relationship, but they‘re both working on the same 3 cases. A problem when one of you is a police detective and the other is a news reporter. An interesting read/listen as the puzzle(s) unfold.

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Sigh. Just what I want in a Christmas book, a light-hearted (mostly), feel-good book. Willa takes her cancer recovering son to Marriotta, Montana to celebrate Christmas. There they find new adventures, new friends, interesting history and maybe even love.

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Funny how Kindle and physical books finish at the same time…I loved this book! Written tongue in cheek, it furnished many snickers. Lady Georgianna can‘t abide the thought of spending Christmas with her ruthless sister-in-law and all that woman‘s extended family. However, Georgie is penniless. She discovers an advertisement for a social director and heads to a small village to help the local noble family. Murder happens.

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The Mistletoe Trap | Eve Pendle
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More explicit than I like, but a well written romance. Amelia is disappointed to find out the man who broke her heart several years ago would now be spending time with her at her parent‘s Christmas house party. Though, she hopes to get some of her questions answered.

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Ok, the very 1st page has me cracking up 😆. I think this is going to be my kind of book. Look at the description for weather…atmosphere….and outlook 🤣

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Heading to her best friend‘s house after being fired, Cora spots a paparazzo under the bushes. And thus her adventure begins. Shortly after arriving in England, Cora discovers her host murdered in bed with a chandelier.

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A modern, clean romance told with humor. The protagonist is very likable. Susie gets reassigned to a branch of the bookstore in a small town, as she is attempting to earn the position of Manager in LA.

FeatherV Ooo I downloaded this one too! Now I‘m even more excited 2mo
Mshookquilts @FeatherV yes, it was a fun one. 2mo
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Jolly Little Scandal | Tabetha Waite
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A short romance novel set at Christmas. Being pursued by an Earl, Minty has to decide if she wants to stay an independent feminist or allow room for love.

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A Winter's Vow | Kate Condie
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Just what I needed, a light, clean western romance with a touch of suspense.

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Marple: Twelve New Mysteries | Agatha Christie, Leigh Bardugo, Elly Griffiths, Ruth Ware, Jean Kwok, Kate Mosse, Val McDermid, Alyssa Cole, Dreda Say Mitchell, Lucy Foley, Naomi Alderman, Natalie Haynes, Karen M McManus
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Twelve short stories featuring Agatha Christie‘s Miss Marple (and, yes, there was a Christmas story 😆). I loved how many of the authors tied these stories into some of Agatha Christie‘s actual books, by alluding to their cases. I have several favorites, but I felt the creepiest ending was the last story written by Leigh Bardugo.

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Fire Fae Brie is kidnapped by Vampires and taken to the Hawaiian kingdom. There she trains as a public fighter, secretly aiding the rebellion. But, of course, this powerful, attractive Fae attracts the attention of Prince Kai. This YA page turner has fantasy, romance, suspense and a touch of adventure.

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Judy‘s Aunt Jane is going in for as mastectomy just as Judy gets embroiled in a murder and drug ring mystery. Oh and did I mention, she‘s breaking up with her live-in boyfriend? Humorous points, action and surprises all in one package.

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Non-fiction is not my genre unless there is something I really want to learn. However, this book was recommended by so many friends, I gave it a read. Preston was invited to be a part of the team who researched, ground verified and documented a jungle buried city in the Mosquitia area of Honduran rainforest. Some history given, the adventure itself and dealing with the unusual (for our country) disease.

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In the Silence | M. R. Mackenzie
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Anna returns to Glasgow to spend Christmas with her childhood friend. The first night, still dragging her suitcase as they head to a diner after celebrating at a party, Anna begins to believe a cry they heard earlier should be investigated. From there she becomes embroiled in the attempt to solve a murder and a past crime.

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Twelve Nights of Ruin | Carrie Lomax
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With the title I was afraid I‘d picked too spicy a book for me. It was not. A light steamy love story between a young woman and the man chosen by her family for marriage.

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Ok, I didn‘t think I was going to like this, but it did give me some giggles. Jenny Lawson explains why Halloween is her favorite holiday.

FeatherV I love Jenny Lawson! 2mo
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My treat to myself…another Oxford Tea Room mystery. Gemma is hired to cater for a reality talent show. At the semi finals she stumbles upon a dead body. Most of the clues she also stumbles upon rather than sleuthing. Muesli is very active in the story and there‘s some humor as well.

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The Burning Room | Michael Connelly
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Michael Connelly is always a good choice. In The Burning Room Bosch is working on a cold arsonist case and believes he discovered a connection to a robbery occurring at the same time. Of course, he also finds some corruption. A good read/listen.

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Again, much as I love the Netflix series, the book is oh so much better. Whispering Rock mostly focuses on the love story between Mike & Brie. Mike also has to investigate a crime in the small town area that touches too close to the crime against Brie. Babies are born, teens grow up….all the things we like to see. I love how Carr gives an intimacy to her characters.

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Don‘t get me wrong, I LOVE the Netflix series, but this is way better. Stalled my whole Saturday because I had to keep reading. This book is devoted to the love story of Paige and Preacher without neglecting the continued life of Jack and Mel.

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Embers on the Wind | Lisa Williamson Rosenberg
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Too creepy for my taste! A story evolving around a house and those who died during escape from slavery at the house and parallelly (is that a word) their descendants in the modern world also often involving death. Interesting concept but I didn‘t really enjoy it.

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Hope to Die | James Patterson
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Cross‘s entire family is kidnapped and he‘s sent pictures of them all lying in a pool of blood. Even though taken off the case, Cross tries to find the kidnapper, with the hope they‘re still alive.

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Wicked Ways | Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush
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Ok, this was creepy enough for me for a Halloween book. Elizabeth may have the gift of precognition, but now she thinks she can kill someone just by wishing their death…and is her daughter starting to show signs of powers…or is somebody setting Elizabeth up for their murders?

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The Last Lie Told | Debra Webb
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Definitely a page turner! There were lots of twists and my biggest suspicion proved true. Finley is now an investigator for a law firm after a traumatic event in her life prevented her from being successful in the DA‘s office. The firm has landed a twisted case based on a murder 4 years ago, because the confessed murderer is now bringing new evidence proving he didn‘t do it.