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elkeOriginal

elkeOriginal

Joined June 2016

More books. Please and thank you.
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elkeOriginal
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A village with a rash of poison pen letters that lead to death. The narrator is rehabbing in the country and quickly becomes embroiled in the community of interesting characters and tries his hand at sussing out the culprit.
Most enjoyable was the humor peppered throughout - some LOL comments, for sure!
But while this IS a Miss Marple, fair warning she plays a small part. She sweeps in to put the final pieces together. As we need her to!

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I have seen several reviews that this is a ‘least favorite‘ in the #Gamache series but I found it just as riveting as usual. My suggestion is to read the historical note at the end first though! Knowing the real origin of a major plot point helps tons IMO. Otherwise one might think Penny jumped the shark😉 Trigger warning for offscreen death of a child. Fascinating puzzle, historical, Gamache & team growing in new roles. Book 11 = well worth it.

Julsmarshall Ooh, thanks for the tip-this is my next #Gamache! 3w
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Clothes-Pegs | Noel Streatfeild, Susan Scarlett
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This self-described bit of ‘frothy fun‘ was an enjoyable light read with the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub. A vivid view of a 1930s era clothing shop as well as the delightful home life of the Brown family. I have to admit Annabel the MC was basically the least interesting character so it was not unputdownable for me. I was also not smitten by the male lead. I AM glad to have read my first Susan Scarlett and look forward to more!

Tamra He did have some off putting ways of talking to Annabel. 😒 1mo
jlhammar Great review! It seems like we all appreciated the Brown family scenes. Yeah, the whole “Uncle David“ thing, calling Annabel kid and little idiot and what not just did not strike me as the makings of a wonderful marriage. 1mo
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batsy Yes, Annabel and David were the weakest characters in this, somehow. It felt like Streatfeild enjoyed writing about the others more 😁 1mo
LeahBergen Lovely review! And I‘ll echo @batsy here: I, too, think Streatfeild always likes her supporting cast better than her stars. 😆 I‘ve definitely noticed this in all her children‘s books that I‘ve read, too! 1mo
Jess_Read_This @jlhammar I wonder since we all loved the family scenes best if we‘d love the Shoes series the best then. I haven‘t read them yet and was going to try for a few this year to compare. 1mo
Jess_Read_This Nice review! I agree on the supporting cast! 1mo
Ruthiella You see that with Dickens too - it‘s the side characters who really shine. OTOH, I would have wholeheartedly lapped the romance up if I‘d read this 30 years ago! 1mo
quietjenn Yes, compared to some others, Anabel is a bit milquetoast. And you DSP/FMB pile totally made my me go 😲 1mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella Oh, that‘s such a good point about Dickens! 1mo
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This Exactly! The family scenes are just the coziest. I try to read one or two of her children‘s books every year. Last year‘s reads were The Growing Summer and White Boots. 😊 They‘re perfect if you‘re sick with a cold or feeling a bit fragile. 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal I can see you‘re a bit of a middlebrow stockpiler (like myself)! 🤣 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m still reading it, so I‘m ignoring the comments above…but I just want to say, what a great pile of DSP books! 😻 1mo
Cathythoughts Nice review! Nice stack too 🥰 1mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen I‘ve never read her before. I might get one for my granddaughter, she‘s 9. 👍🏻💕 1mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts That‘s a perfect age for her children‘s books. 😊 1mo
CarolynM Lovely review. The family really were the stars of the show🥰 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Nice review! My first Susan Scarlett too. 4w
shawnmooney Great review! I'm drawn to characters who struggle to break out of their meekness, so I loved Annabel. I can't wait to read more by Susan Scarlett and her alter-ego Noel Streatfeild! 2w
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Clothes-Pegs | Noel Streatfeild, Susan Scarlett
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I ‘may‘ have gone a tad overboard immediately buying a stack of new Susan Scarlet novels when Dean Street Press pubbed them a few months ago…so am VERY glad the #FurrowedMiddlebrowclub is nudging me to pick up my first one and read Clothes-Pegs this month.
Thanks, team!

(at least I only bought 6 of the 12? Such self control!🤦🏼‍♀️)

Tamra A beautiful sight! 1mo
Ruthiella Your self restraint is admirable! 😆 1mo
elkeOriginal @Ruthiella I thought so! 😉😆 1mo
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jlhammar And they look so lovely together! 1mo
LeahBergen I ordered a bunch back then, too. 😆 1mo
Jess_Read_This Looks like a Susan Scarlett card game! Pick a Scarlett, any Scarlett,… ❤️ 1mo
quietjenn But how striking they look! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm These covers are gorgeous. Who can resist? 😁 1mo
batsy Yes, these are pretty irresistible aren't they? 😍 1mo
Kimzey Wow! 📚So much to look forward to! 1mo
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Book 3 in this series was even better than its predecessors! Small town witches in the British countryside routinely harassed by WWII dogfights overhead find themselves pulled directly into the war effort while searching for a traitor in their midst. Evil Nazi warlock from book 2 reappears, Faye deals with a ghostly airman, and tries to access her mum‘s destroyed notes to learn what she needs to know. Magic abounds, ending was gorgeous.

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October choices for #PersephoneClub voting!

Since Litsy has no descriptions for these, thanks to my predecessors who posted the catalog link/pages inspiring me to plop the descriptions in the image for you! Get out your 🔍

After loving Milton Place, I wanted to read de Waal‘s Exiles Return. Paired with On the Other Side you have the choice between the exile story in post WWII Vienna or the German wartime experience in Hamburg via letters. Vote!

LeahBergen Ooo! Good picks! I‘m definitely going to choose The Exiles Return as I immediately ordered it after our reading of Milton Place. 👏👏 2mo
LeahBergen Okay, @Gissy , it‘s your turn. You can now post your two suggestions for us to vote on for our December 2023 Persephone book! 👏👏 2mo
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willaful I'm going to sit this one out, I think. 2mo
Gissy @LeahBergen I have to suggest two titles? I‘m new in this Persephone club world. I‘m lost😬🤣 2mo
LeahBergen @Gissy 😆 Yes! There are a lot to choose from, too. @Aimeesue shared the link to the Persephone catalogue on her post; you can start by looking through that. Also check my previous post as to the six we read last year so you don‘t suggest one of those. I‘m looking forward to your picks! 😊 2mo
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen @Gissy If you need help you could also renominate one that lost a close vote! Since the runner-up clearly had fans? Like between Miss Ranskill and Home-Maker? Leah can confirm who lost that one? 2mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal Good idea! Yes, @Gissy , you could nominate Miss Ranskill Comes Home as it was beaten out by The Home-maker. I noticed you voted for that one, too! 2mo
LeahBergen @andrew61 @Cathythoughts @rubyslippersreads @willaful What do you all choose for this one? 😊 2mo
andrew61 I would pick Letters to my children, thanks. 2mo
willaful I think I need to drop out of the club -- I didn't realize what a time commitment it was going to be. I would love to still sit in and read along some but I don't think I can be an official member. :-( 2mo
LeahBergen @willaful That‘s absolutely fine and no worries! Feel free to read along with any (or all) selections that interest you as they come up. I‘ll tag you when I post the 2023 reading list. 😊 2mo
elkeOriginal I honestly could not choose between these two so thanks to the group for making the decision for me 😉 2mo
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Strange Journey | MAUD. CAIRNES
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An absolutely wonderful body swap novel from 1930s Britain! An aristocratic Lady & a middle class housewife find themselves swapping consciousness with each other at random times. Comedy ensues with interesting insights RE: thinking the grass is always greener for others. Instantly a favorite of 2022 and one that checks all the boxes for an excellent read: eye-opener that will stick with me, made me both chuckle and tear up. (+ pretty cover😉)

elkeOriginal I also think @LeahBergen would enjoy it! 2mo
elkeOriginal And while not technically #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub - I think you would all love this one too! 2mo
LeahBergen Yes! I have this one waiting on my shelves! 👏👏 2mo
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elkeOriginal @LeahBergen HA! I knew you would. It is the best! 2mo
quietjenn I really enjoyed this one too! 2mo
batsy Sounds good! 2mo
jlhammar Sounds fantastic! Adore that cover. 2mo
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I love McGuire‘s Wayward Children series and have had my eye on this Hugo-nominated urban fantasy series for a bit. Even though most reviews say it doesn‘t get great until a few books in, I enjoyed this as is! Might be the fae fiefdoms being set in my native SF Bay Area, but I thought the world set-up totally fantastic & intriguing. Toby is complicated and situations can get dark. I look forward to tearing through the series now that I am hooked!

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I usually like my fiction pure fantasy or pure realism, but this novel convinced me a mix could win me over. I loved the alternating narrators + timeline jumps to flush out the story—the writing held together perfectly. A few times I was worried if/how it could be brought together but the ending was beautifully done. The characters reveal themselves subtly so we feel like we know them—and most importantly, like them. The nature-based magic was A+

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Milton Place | Elisabeth de Waal
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Apologies for being slow to finish this #PersephoneClub pick! A lovely if melancholy portrait of an English country house past its prime and the people connected to it who are jolted to life by a foreign visitor. The writing was beautiful, the descriptions of the house and grounds eloquent, and Waal brilliantly portrays complex characters subtly and perfectly. I hoped for a happy ending though I knew that was unrealistic…

#Persephone

Tamra Great review! It‘s going to be quite awhile before I finish, so you aren‘t alone by any means. 😅 3mo
rubyslippersreads @Tamra I haven‘t even started. 😔 3mo
Tamra @rubyslippersreads so glad not to be the only one! 3mo
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LeahBergen Great review! I enjoyed this one so much that I ordered her other Persephone novel. Oops. 😆 3mo
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen I have that one too and now am looking forward to reading it even more! 3mo
sisilia Same here @LeahBergen 🤭 3mo
Jess_Read_This Nice review! Do you think I ought to get a copy and read it? 3mo
elkeOriginal @Jess_Read_This I am afraid that yes, you need to seriously add this to your TBR. 😁 3mo
CarolynM Great review. I am so looking forward to everyone finishing so we can discuss some plot points @LeahBergen 3mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Me, too! I‘ve been dying to hear what everyone thought of THAT sexual relationship. It took me completely by surprise. 😮 3mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen I know!!! I‘m having to restrain myself from vomiting out all my thoughts right now! So much to say!! 3mo
elkeOriginal @CarolynM @LeahBergen I felt shock like I have never had before when that happened! And the ENDING. A kick in the gut. 3mo
elkeOriginal @CarolynM @LeahBergen Make a new post all locked up as a spoiler so we can talk about all the things! 3mo
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Perfect read for the season! Grisly dark fairy tales from all over the world. Beautifully illustrated (just look at the shiny gold accents on the cover!) - and at just over 100 pages it is a delightful dip-in-dip-out of 14 quick tales.
SO dark and every one of them properly grim.
Love that each has the country of origin listed for each tale and the art reflects it.
FUN!

LeahBergen This sounds fab! 3mo
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A Closed and Common Orbit | Becky Chambers
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The 2nd in the Wayfarers series has often been recommended and I am glad I finally gave it the attention it deserved.
Two separate storylines alternate throughout: Pepper‘s origin story as well as Sidra‘s struggles with her new life.
And while I admit at first I dipped in and out, powering through the last half in one go paid off.
Holy smokes the ending is beautiful and perfect and everything reading should be - it brought tears to my eyes 💕

Ruthiella Yeah. This one made me cry too! ❤️ 3mo
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Milton Place | Elisabeth de Waal
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Brilliant description of Nazi banners ‘like long gashes of blood crawling with spiders.‘

Whoa. Powerful and surprising visual kicked me in the gut - amazing to be surprised by something I assumed I was familiar with. Excellent writing.

#PersephoneClub

LeahBergen This section was powerfully written. 4mo
CarolynM That line caught my eye too. 4mo
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Shades of Milk and Honey | Mary Robinette Kowal
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This book has tempted me over the years and turned out to be a delight. Regency romance with magic. Cool magic system and characters that will remind you of various Jane Austen characters - many of the the annoying ones 🤦🏼‍♀️
This was her debut novel so I am looking forward to it getting even better and have already ordered book 2…though it does wrap up nicely enough to standalone.

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Milton Place | Elisabeth de Waal
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Started my #PersephoneClub pick and before I knew it, it was past my bedtime 🤦🏼‍♀️
So far it is very engaging - love the writing and the characters are so well drawn. I can‘t believe she only had 2 novels published posthumously. Glad #PersephoneBooks has both available for us now. Bless them for unearthing gems written by women at risk of being forgotten!

Cathythoughts I find it very engaging too, Looking forward to getting back into it this week 👍🏻❤️ 4mo
Tamra Yes! I was immediately taken in! 😊 4mo
quietjenn Looking forward to sinking into it when I get back home! 4mo
LeahBergen I‘m just past the halfway mark. 👍 4mo
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Long Way Home | Louise Penny
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Not my favorite, but was very atmospheric and introspective. Because it centered on Clara and Peter and the art world again, I was not terribly invested but glad I read it so I can keep on keeping on in my #Gamache reading! Book 10 = done.
Enjoyed my time spent with Gamache, Reine-Marie, and Beauvoir.
I found Ruth more interesting this time with depth she usually hides behind being a caricature. 🦆
#ThreePines

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Happy-Go-Lucky | David Sedaris
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If you like David Sedaris, you will enjoy this book of essays. He covers some heavy issues, but also made me physically laugh-out-loud. Not always comfortable reads, but always worth it. Plus we see a good amount of sister Amy. And this cover! 🤦🏼‍♀️😆

rubyslippersreads That cover is triggering my coulrophobia. 4mo
elkeOriginal @rubyslippersreads No doubt! It is terrifying. 4mo
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Wowza. The last 100 pages are a wild tense ride! Loved this one (even though the interesting murder plot is almost incidental) because it brings SO much together from the previous long arc storylines for a very intense journey toward resolution. Stunning. Kind of exhausting too - but that may be my fault for reading 9 #Gamache books within 2 months🤦🏼‍♀️😆
Interestingly it felt finale-ish, though we know it isn‘t. Plenty more #ThreePines TK!

Bookwormjillk This is my favorite from the series 4mo
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This has zero #ThreePines connection and that was refreshing. Just Gamache & Beauvoir at a mysterious monastery in the far backwoods, where some serious real world issues rear their head. Lots of darkness vs light and many secrets to unearth. Extremely engaging from the murder mystery to the developments in the relationship between G & B. Heavy but necessary stuff - and propels me immediately into the next book in the series!
#Gamache #whodunnit

LeahBergen I‘ve been to the real abbey that this fictional place is based upon ( The Abbey of Saint-Benoît-du-Lac). And they really do make chocolates and all sorts of other tasty things. I spent way too much in their little shop. ? 4mo
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen Shut up! I definitely want the chocolates. The creepy murdery monks, less so 😉 4mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 And I went in autumn and the foliage was crazy beautiful. 4mo
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An autobiographical novel of a London friend group who bonded during WWII & find a house to let in the countryside post-war, it is an interesting look at trying to live an unrealistic dream. Full of detail of living in a certain time gone by but I found it simply a series of disjointed characterless anecdotes. Story-less. Choppy. When the rats have more character than the narrator‘s husband, I struggle to care. Was odd. Abrupt end. Unsatisfying.

elkeOriginal Was also disturbed/saddened by how both childbirth and her miscarriage are glossed over. Sign of the times, I am sure, but when such life events are barely covered but other daily bits are described in detail, I am left feeling disconnected 😒 5mo
CarolynM I was disturbed by her saying she felt excited by early labour! Not how I remember the experience at all😳🥴 5mo
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batsy Those rats are pretty unforgettable 😂😱 5mo
Tamra Yikes, the rats!! 🐀🐀 5mo
Ruthiella Yes, what she decided to emphasize and what she opted not to show was interesting. I‘d forgotten about the creepy rats at the end! 😱 5mo
LeahBergen Oh, those rats! 😬 5mo
jlhammar Okay, you all have me a little afraid to finish! I haven't encountered the rats yet. Eek! 5mo
MrsK Maybe I look at things differently, but I saw this as a relationship between Ruth and the house. The events that impacted this relationship were what I feel she emphasized. 5mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m almost done, but it‘s dragging. Not looking forward to the rats, though. 5mo
elkeOriginal @rubyslippersreads @jlhammar HA - pretend I said geese instead of rats! Sorry to ‘spoil‘ the rat plotline 🤦🏼‍♀️ 5mo
elkeOriginal @MrsK I can see it is primarily about her relationship with the house - that is what made the ending emotional. But even with that in mind re: other characters, I found her rendition of events disjointed. For me, it felt like she went from one event to the next so abruptly it was startling and affected my ability to enjoy it. Maybe if it was written more in diary format I would not have been wanting transitions in the text the way I did… (edited) 5mo
MrsK @elkeOriginal you‘re right…there were several times when I felt the narrative jumped back and/or forth which was jarring 😕 5mo
Jess_Read_This I think I‘ve mentally blocked out the rats. My recurrent book amnesia saves me again! 4mo
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Trick of the Light | Louise Penny
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Book 7 in the #Gamache series is back in #ThreePines when a dead body appears literally in Clara‘s backyard. This installment focusses on the Montreal art scene - which is quite dramatic! Fallout in the characters‘ personal lives from events in the previous 2 books continue and connect to the current mystery. Addiction and forgiveness are both dealt with in interesting ways. Another excellent Gamache book! And onto the next…
#whodunnit

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OMG. Book 6 in the #Gamache series is brilliant and heartbreaking. Penny wove together several plots even interweaving thoughts and conversations seamlessly as Gamache remembers a recent traumatic event in the midst of a current mystery. It contains both tales of personal history for Gamache/Beauvoir as well as Quebec historical events. Magnificent.
This was so damn good I worry nothing can match it - and yet I have already opened the next one!

jlhammar I was just thinking about getting back to this series and this one (book 6) is next up for me! I'll take that as a sign. 5mo
elkeOriginal @jlhammar OMG you won‘t regret it - it is incredible. It made me cry though so be sure you are in the mood for feeling things! 5mo
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I was in the mood for a quick something different and this little book of odd, speculative fiction fit the bill perfectly. As with all books of short stories, some rise to the top and the best is the one that reveals more about the cat from her bestselling novel All the Birds in the Sky 😸

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If anyone in the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub is also a user of #StoryGraph, I set up a public reading challenge as a place to track my reads. It feels good to see them all in one place & log the ones I own - plus browse all the ones I want! Feel free to search by the words shown above and ‘join‘ - there is no social aspect. Just check off books one read at a time 😉
I will add new titles as they come out once I see their order on the back page. Enjoy!

Ruthiella Thanks! I think I need to consider making the leap from Goodreads to StoryGraph…I just haven‘t found the time. 5mo
Kimzey I‘m a Goodreads user. What are the features of Storygraph? 5mo
elkeOriginal @Ruthiella This year I have used both to see how I feel but on Jan 1 am going to cut away from GR. Storygraph is giving me what I need. Love the tracking and graphs! 5mo
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elkeOriginal @Kimzey I have been using both but find myself loving the more nuanced review system in SG plus the amazing graphs it makes of my reading. And the reading challenges like this one I created are a great tracking tool for a series or author - shows the books and your % read of the list. SG is more about recommendations based on what you read and seeing your reading stats. Very little social tho has a cool bookgroup feature. Perfect for list-makers. 5mo
elkeOriginal @Ruthiella They make importing your GR read list pretty easy! I was pleasantly surprised. 5mo
Kimzey @elkeOriginal I‘m definitely a list maker. I‘ll check it out! Thanks! 5mo
quietjenn This is cool! I've not played around much with Storygraph, but I'm inspired to delve into a little more. 5mo
LeahBergen I‘ll check it out! 5mo
CarolynM I set up StoryGraph but I haven‘t worked it out properly yet. I‘ll have to devote some time to it soon. 5mo
elkeOriginal @CarolynM @quietjenn I hope you like it! Feel free to message me over there if you need any tips 😁 5mo
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The Murder at the Vicarage | Agatha Christie
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Finally read the very first #Marple and it was a delight! At first I thought ‘more Marple, please!‘ but Christie knows her business and it was the perfect build-up in getting to know Jane Marple and how people underestimate her. The vicar as narrator and the intro to the village were perfect. The mystery well done. The surprise was the wit and humor in the dialogue. Such a good read!
#agathachristie #missmarple #whodunnit

Ruthiella I love Miss Marple! 😍 5mo
MrsK Marple has always been a favorite of mine. I‘ve reread this one several times ❤️ 5mo
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Book 5 in the #Gamache series was brutal indeed. Very personal to our #ThreePines residents and some favorite folk will never be the same. One of the best ones so far, for sure.

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Continuing my #Gamache reading spree. Book 4 of the series was a slower read and set in a remote luxury lodge and not in #ThreePines. Focusing on a dysfunctional well-to-do family and the lodge employees, the mystery was satisfying and all of the characters were well drawn. Was a definite plus to see more of Madame Gamache! While the locale was quite atmospheric and interesting, I look forward to the next book in our favorite murderous village 😉

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Cruellest Month | Louise Penny
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My 3rd #Gamache book and the best part was learning more about his backstory & his life. The murder mystery du jour was creepy and well done but as I will keep saying, the best part is getting deeper into the story of Chief Inspector Gamache & the primary recurring #ThreePines characters. Fun how Penny introduces new characters but makes us feel there were living here the whole time! This had a very Christie all-suspects-in-a-room scene too😉

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I enjoyed this 2nd book in the Three Pines/Armand Gamache series which drew me farther into the village life & characters. The progression of all the regulars‘ stories was a plus. Though this was a troubling murder for me - when I hate the victim SO much and am glad they have been silenced (The Worst Human EVER) and regret Gamache finding the killer 🤦🏼‍♀️
But it is best he does his job honorably, as he does.
I get it😉
#gamache #threepines

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Loved this intro to Three Pines and Armand Gamache! The writing was right up my alley and it was surprisingly much deeper and wider than just a murder mystery. The Quebecois world and characters drew me in and the subtle humor, interesting (oddball?) characters, and outright zingers were well placed to lighten the darkness. I now ‘get‘ why people literally search for Three Pines!
I have already started book 2…
#gamache #threepines

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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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As with any collection of stories by a variety of authors, the style & quality here vary. While I found this a bit uneven, it was enjoyable to have a collection of new Miss Marple stories and it was a fast, fun read.
And I will just repeat what several reviews on goodreads said - in response to the publisher‘s blurb that this can introduce new readers to Christie & Marple, I think the best thing is to read the originals!
#agathachristie

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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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I have no clue why this arrived in the mail - maybe I answered a ‘request an arc‘ ad and don‘t remember? But it is a cool surprise and looks fun so I jumped in.
Will let you know how it goes!
Pubs in Sept 2022
#agathachristie #missmarple

Ruthiella Nice! 👍 6mo
BrittanyReads 😱😱😱 My most anticipated of the year! 🌹Enjoy! 6mo
LeahBergen This sounds fun! 👍 6mo
batsy Oh, that's a nice surprise to get in the mail! 🙂 6mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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5 stars.
Astonishingly good. All the threads are perfectly woven in this time travel pandemic book that doesn‘t FEEL like a time travel pandemic book.
Those things (time travel, pandemic) just allow for beautifully posited big questions with a variety of characters I was invested in across time.
I am a sucker for good endings and this delivered!

Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻 I loved this one too. 8mo
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The Lark | E. Nesbit
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This was a fun #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub read about 2 plucky girls making their way after WWI with lots of good luck and plenty of good intentions. The writing was witty, the characters all likable, overall a very uplifting read. I enjoyed especially when Lucilla had to take on a Jane attitude when Jane was down. Turnabout was well done.
The ending was a tad abrupt and I will note my issues with that last chapter in the comments with a spoiler tag…

elkeOriginal 1. WTF was that with the guardian Arthur Penton maskerading as Mr Tombs and kissing Lucilla?!?! 9mo
Ruthiella I think he might have fallen for her! And she for him. A little icky but not uncommon for the era. Remember that John Rochester is also 10 years older than Jane. 9mo
Ruthiella Beautiful photo! 😍 9mo
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elkeOriginal And why was Jane all of a sudden all weird & Bible-y calling her ‘seeing‘ John in the woods as witchcraft and ‘wrong‘. That seemed out of left field. I thought she was putting him off the whole time in order to keep on with her adventures and make her own way. I thought these were her reasons for being against marrying not some odd notion about being / acting like a witch as a child? 9mo
elkeOriginal @Ruthiella I don‘t doubt they seem to have honestly fallen for each other - I think it was a strange move for him to return like that. I am not as bothered by the possible age difference as the history of him ruining their inheritance and then sneaking into their lives… (edited) 9mo
LeahBergen Great review! I assumed that John‘s arrival into her life freaked her out a bit as she didn‘t realize that he was actually in the woods that night and not a conjured apparition. She seemed appeased by his explanation. 9mo
quietjenn @elkeOriginal I can imagine how it might throw you for a bit of a loop, if a person you thought that you had imagined or conjured up actually appeared in real life. Also, I love your vase! 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review and photo! 💗 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm I knew there was something fishy about Mr Tombs and his blue glasses but never guessed it was the guardian! I found it odd too that he should turn up but looks like he had a good heart after all. 9mo
elkeOriginal @erzascarletbookgasm On that point: the plot description made it sound like he was a crook and stole their money, but it seems more like he just made bad investments and felt bad. 9mo
Cathythoughts Great review & picture ❤️ 9mo
CarolynM Lovely review ❤️ 9mo
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The latest Rivers of London was just the antidote for a bit of a reading slump. After 8 books I worried I might be getting tired of the series but there are some excellent developments here to make me rededicate myself to it! Very cool larger magical world plot points as well as Peter‘s personal life made for a fun read. Very satisfying indeed. I do wish there was more Nightingale though…
#riversoflondon #magicalmystery

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The House Opposite | Connie Willis, BARBARA. NOBLE
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Hello #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub -
Your Sept group reading decision is the choice between 2 houses: The House Opposite by Barbara Noble which is a novel of life during the Blitz with various interesting-sounding folk and A House in the Country by Ruth Adam about post-war life of a group who decide to adjust to peace time together in a country manor house they find available to rent.
I will link to the Ruth Adam book description in the comments!

elkeOriginal I think @LeahBergen and I agree it was confusing to find we own both the Ruth Adam House in the Country as well as a Persephone by the same title but different author. I know I personally was just confused when I found they were different books! 🤦🏼‍♀️ (edited) 9mo
Ruthiella My vote is for A House in the Country. 😃 9mo
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rubyslippersreads I vote for A House in the Country. 9mo
LeahBergen Ooo, good choices! And I think I will opt to read one of my two identically titled books 😆 and vote for 9mo
CarolynM They both sound good, I think I'll order both straight away. I'm going to vote for 9mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM The House Opposite is one of the few I don‘t own. I‘ll be ordering it, too. 🤣 9mo
quietjenn I have read A House in the Country, so vote for 9mo
batsy Oooh! I had a hard time deciding but since I'm forever in the mood for rural retreats in fiction, I'll vote for 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm eeny, meeny, miny, moe 9mo
rubyslippersreads For anyone who gets Hoopla through their library, both of these books, as well as many other FM titles, are available to borrow. 😊 9mo
Kimzey One of my Goodreads friends really loved The House Opposite, so that‘s my choice. 9mo
Jess_Read_This I‘m in! Can you remind me closer to September?? You know I‘ll need it! 🥴 9mo
LeahBergen All have voted now and it looks like A House in the Country has won! I‘ve been making lists (yes, I‘m THAT person 😆) so I‘ll post our updated choosing rotation. I think we had mentioned that this month was the end of our rotation; we now have two new members, so I‘ll add them to our list! Is that okay with everyone? @erzascarletbookgasm @rubyslippersreads @quietjenn @CarolynM @Cathythoughts @Ruthiella @batsy @catebutler 9mo
Kimzey @LeahBergen Thanks! 9mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen Absolutely ok with me 🙂 Thanks Leah😘 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👍 Thanks Leah! @LeahBergen 9mo
Ruthiella Great! Two new members! 🥳🥳🥳 9mo
quietjenn Sounds good - thanks! 9mo
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen May list makers rule the earth! 🙌🏻 9mo
elkeOriginal @erzascarletbookgasm @quietjenn @CarolynM @LeahBergen @Kimzey @Cathythoughts The voting was close so let me know if you want to buddyread House Opposite or just throw it back into a poll down the road! I personally could not choose and want to read both 🤦🏼‍♀️ 9mo
Kimzey @elkeOriginal I‘m fine with letting it go back into the pool to be offered up again later. I did add it to my Litsy stack, so there‘s a chance I might read it before it‘s an official choice. But, I have a rather large and unrealistic TBR list, so I never know what will actually rise to the top. 9mo
elkeOriginal @Kimzey I agree about the TBR! 9mo
batsy @elkeOriginal I'm fine with it going back into the poll later, too! I would love to read every one of these FM books and it'll be fun to do this in a group as long as we're able to 😊 9mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal I‘m assuming that a bunch of our “almost wons” will go back into our pool and get picked again, especially if people offer up what they already own. I‘ll need to read them ALL, obviously. 🤣 9mo
CarolynM I'm for sending it back to the pool. I'm sure someone will propose it again soon🙂 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm Yup, back into the pool. For now I need to purchase our July and September books 👌 9mo
quietjenn Yes, back to the pool and wouldn't be at all surprised to see it again 😏 9mo
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Yellow Brick Road | Elizabeth Cadell
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Delightful! This 1959 gem starts on an odd premise - Jody awakes from a fall determined to figure out why she has a memory of a man walking a goat - then turns into an engaging mystery plus sweet romance. Jody blossoms as a gal coming into her own when refusing to ‘just forget about it‘. The tension builds brilliantly into a dark twist. Loved how the funny, light tone drew me in and then grabbed me by the neck.
#middlebrowmystery #middlebrow

elkeOriginal #furrowedmiddlebrowclub take note! Cadell is a delight. (edited) 10mo
quietjenn I‘ve been slowly acquiring Cadell on ebooks and have really enjoyed them. 10mo
LeahBergen She‘s an author I‘ve been meaning to read for a long time! 10mo
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Karons1 Iv never heard of this author ✍️so Iv just looked her up, the book 📖 covers are beautiful 🤩 I wish they‘d republish the real thing, I prefer books to kindle 😃 10mo
batsy That cover and your lovely review—sold! 10mo
batsy Looked her up and wow, these vintage covers https://twitter.com/FurrowedMiddle/status/1496502105481236481?t 10mo
elkeOriginal @Karons1 @batsy Those vintage covers are amazing! Her family are republishing her books with these cartoony covers. At first I was annoyed they were not using the original covers, but now am just glad to have the books to read! 10mo
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen Do it! I am sure you have the real vintage covers too! 10mo
rubyslippersreads I have a vintage copy of this, which obviously I bought just for the title. 😁👠🌈 9mo
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How I have not read these Fables comics before? They are SO up my alley: fairy tale characters trying to live unnoticed in NYC. Dark, funny, definitely grown-up versions where some famous happily-ever-afters are now divorced, tensions get bloody, but they have to stick together because of where they come from. This first volume merges mystery, deceit & revolt among sly winks about characters we thought we knew. Next volume, ordered.

vivastory This is one of my fave graphic novel series of all time 11mo
elkeOriginal @vivastory Already a fave for me too! I just can‘t believe I did not know about it sooner… 11mo
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Our Crooked Hearts | Melissa Albert
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A dark witchy tale of a mother & daughter discovering magic in their youth. Their alternate timelines & voices meshed very well together, and all the mysteries came together in a very tense, exciting conclusion. I will admit Albert‘s writing sometimes annoys me & there was a ritual element that was definitely a trigger that I had to skip.
Fast, dark magic read that should satisfy if you have the need!
Due out in June 2022.

Alfoster Agree with everything you said about it! It was so weird in places!😱 11mo
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Gallant | Victoria Schwab
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These decorative edges. Maybe the best I have ever seen!

p.s. this is a Waterstone‘s special edition 😉

LeahBergen Beautiful! 11mo
CrowCAH Super awesome paper edges!!! 11mo
Ddzmini I love when books are like this 🥰📖📚 11mo
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Cathythoughts An interesting one ❤️ (edited) 11mo
Tamra Ooooo gorgeous! 11mo
BooknerdsLife Love this Waterstone edition! 😍😍😍 11mo
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A thoroughly enjoyable follow-up to Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good. While the shock of Maud‘s extracurricular activities was a big part of loving the first book, this gives both glimpses of her life and past as well as setting up her future. Maud is nicely rounded out as a character and has cleaned up the streets of some less-than-likable foes. Delightful.

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I just reviewed book 1 here because I HAD to tell you that book 2 is even better! With the events of bk 1 magically removed from village memory, this opens with a downed WW2 aircraft and 3 jewish children fleeing Europe coming to a local guardian. Faye is frustrated by her slow progress with magic. Then a murder occurs, and soon we find Nazi & dark magic connections. The war is more present in this bk and the magic has higher consequences. A+!

AlaMich Those covers are gorgeous!! 11mo
LeahBergen What pretty covers! 11mo
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen I will admit that I DO judge a book by its cover 😉 11mo
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This is a hard one to describe: WW2 British village life with all the expected comedic characters. Our teen MC finds her dead mum‘s spellbook and realizes she was a witch. Then an evil spirit leads an animated crew of scarecrow folk on a siege of the town. We meet the undercover village witches, battle the evil scarecrow mob, meet folks obsessed with church bellringing, all while watching for the Luftwaffe above. Excellent combo of my fave genres!

Itchyfeetreader This sounds right up my street 11mo
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Northanger Abbey | Nancy Butler
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This graphic adaptation is a delightful way to quickly revisit a favorite Austen. The writing was spot on in covering the main plot points.
While I was at first annoyed that the interior art style was NOT the same as this wonderfully moody cover, the more cartoony style inside did grow on me - especially as it could portray movement (the dancing!) and more animated character traits.
Obviously it cannot replace a read of the original, but fun!

Cathythoughts Nice post. I love your blanket/ scarf 💚 11mo
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Sparkling Cyanide | Agatha Christie
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A very engaging read! This is a non-Poirot/Marple book but full of suspects and interesting twists, as you would expect. A death ruled suicide, letters suggesting it was murder, a very small suspect pool, a trap set, a trap foiled. A successful solution. Ah.
Well done, Agatha.

#AgathaChristie #murder

A solid #pantone2022 read - and the color name #innuendo is wonderfully fitting 😉

LeahBergen Lovely review! 11mo
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A classic tale you would assume would be in this collection but I had to share because this art is mesmerizing. Would make a lovely art print on the wall…
#fairytale

Bookgoil I‘m reading this too right now I love the illustrations! (edited) 12mo
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The Baby Is Mine: Quick Reads | Oyinkan Braithwaite
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Short and interesting. A covid lockdown story set in Lagos where womanizer Bambi is in a house with 2 women both claiming to be mother to the same baby. Weird sh*t ensues. Tense, confusing, interesting setting outside my wheelhouse, but nowhere near her amazing first novel My Sister the Serial Killer.
Well written though so will keep an eye on this author!

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In the best fairy tale tradition, some of the stories in this collection are dark. The image grabbed me and told me to read this one today. Sad and dark and gorgeous art, it is the whole package.
#fairytale

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Estranged | Ethan M. Aldridge
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These are my favorite 2 frames in this graphic novel about a Fae underground kingdom and a changeling child finding out about the many types of family.

Imagine watching the underground train pass by…and then a DRAGON 🐉
And some commuters in the scene don‘t even notice😹😹

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Cecil | Elizabeth Eliot
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What did I just read?

For me, the 1st half and 2nd half were very different.
I thought I knew what was going on, then the 2nd half undid those thoughts. And just confused me.

I now have brain scramblies and just need a lie down on a chaise-longue to let this book either soak in or have the next breeze relieve me of all the contradictory + confused feelings I now have…

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elkeOriginal I need an Agatha-Christie-murder-mystery-character-gathering-wrap-up-in-the-library explanation. 😟 (edited) 13mo
Tamra It was not what I was expecting! 😆 But I really enjoyed it and had to keep reading on hoping for a resolution. 13mo
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quietjenn It was a doozy! 🤣 And I love your chaise lounge recovery imagery! 13mo
elkeOriginal @Tamra I agree! I could not stop reading. I just wish I knew what the heck really happened. 13mo
elkeOriginal @quietjenn A doozy, indeed. At least I don‘t regret it? 13mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 Right? It was such an odd (but compelling) read! 13mo
Ruthiella Yes, it really does throw the reader for loop! 😳 And we have to make up our own version for the bits that were not spelled out. 😅 13mo
batsy Ahahaha! I'm with you on needing a Christie-esque wrap up 😆 13mo
elkeOriginal @Ruthiella @LeahBergen It WILL stay with me - which is a compliment, I guess! 😉 13mo
Cathythoughts Nice review! It‘s a strange one 👍😄 13mo
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