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Joined May 2017

Mainly mysteries, SF, history (fact and fiction)
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Terry Pratchett's shorter fiction, including juvenilia from college magazines and also some Discworld stories.

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Hide | Matthew Griffin
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Wendell has to cope with the mental deterioration of Frank, his partner of 60+ years, after a stroke. The habits inculcated at the beginning of their relationship, when it was absolutely necessary for them to keep it a secret, still rule their lives.

Richly descriptive, which is sometimes a good thing, and sometimes a bad thing, since Wendell is a taxidermist so we get detailed descriptions of animal injuries and the taxidermical processes.

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Gordianus is asked separately by Cicero and Caesar to investigate whether there is a conspiracy against Caesar's life.

A little too heavy on the dramatic irony, given that we all know what is going to happen to both Caesar and Cinna, whose poetry echoes some disturbing themes from the first book in the series.

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When a client asks Slim Hardy to tail her husband who she suspects is having an affair when he disappears every Friday afternoon, he finds that all the husband does is stand on a reputedly haunted local beach and read out loud.

The story was creepy and atmospheric on the whole but although it was supposed to be set in Lancashire, transatlantic elements, such as the town having a police chief, kept pulling me out of the story.

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Beaus and Arrows | Rashida T. Williams
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The Vycrin are Cupids, dedicated to matchmaking for humans. One of them, Emory, falls for a human he is supposed to finding a match for after her heart gets broken.

I have no idea what led me to buy this or what kept me reading, but I did finish it.

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Beaus and Arrows | Rashida T. Williams
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#airplanereading

A mildly amusing, easy read so far but I have no idea what led me to get this book.

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Hide | Matthew Griffin
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I started this yesterday but am wondering if it is a wise choice for airplane reading. I suspect I might get a bit weepy later.

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Hide | Matthew Griffin
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LORD knows how long he's been lying out there: flat on his back in the middle of the vegetable garden.

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bthegood that first line made me look up the book - now its on my TBR - thanks for posting - 🙂 6d
rwmg @bthegood I hope enjoy it. I am, so far 6d
bthegood @rwmg 👍 🙂 6d
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Cruel Habitations | Kate Charles
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11 years ago the unidentified body of a young woman was found in Westmead. Now Jackie Darke comes to Westmead from the Cambridgeshire fens looking for her estranged sister after the death of their father.

Quiet but compelling mystery exploring issues of family relationships and infertility.

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Cruel Habitations | Kate Charles
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Nothing really stood out as a book of the month this month

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The steward at Stockbery Towers is found dead in his parlour. Surely that renowned chef, Auguste Didier, couldn't have put poisonous leaves in the salad by accident? He investigates to clear his name.

Although the mystery itself was quite well done, the 1890s historical background felt unconvincing, though I couldn't quite put my finger on why. I don't think I will be continuing with the series.

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The Years of Rice and Salt | Kim Stanley Robinson
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How would history have turned out differently if the Black Death had wiped out 99% of the population of Europe rather than a third?

I can recognise that this is something of a tour de force, but after 170-odd pages I have to say it's not for me. DNF

Reggie Omg, i actually hate read one of his books last year. It gave me hope with some of his ideas he had for climate change but too much info dump not integrated with characterization or plot had me so angry at myself for finishing it. Ughhhhh! 😡 I still feel it! Lol 1w
Ruthiella I liked this one, but it is looong! 1w
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The Years of Rice and Salt | Kim Stanley Robinson
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Monkey never dies. He keeps coming back to help us in times of trouble, just as he helped Tripitaka through the dangers of the first journey to the west, to bring Buddhism back from India to China.

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A connoisseur's case | Michael Innes
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While Sir John and Lady Appleby are walking back to her uncle's along a canal path, they find a body in one of the locks, with its head bashed in. The victim had only just returned after 15 years in America, so who would want to murder him and why?

The Ravens can always be counted on to lend even more whimsy and lunacy to the proceedings.

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Silence Observed | Michael Innes
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If the forgeries of a master-forger become collectible, is it worth faking them? Apparently so. But who would have thought it would lead to murder? Fortunately, Sir John Appleby is on the case.

The thoroughly enjoyable erudite lunacy of Michael Innes at his best is on show here.

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Silence Observed | Michael Innes
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Complaints about experts in 1961

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The New Sonia Wayward | Michael Innes
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When Sonia Wayward suddenly dies on a yachting holiday, her husband pitches her overboard and takes over writing her novels, their main source of income. Unfortunately, pretending she is alive and still writing leaves him open to blackmail as a possible murderer.

Mrs. Gotlop's cocktail party halfway through the book was the funniest thing in this comedy-suspense novel. I had read it before but I didn't really remember till quite near the end.

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From Here to Eternity | Caitlin Doughty
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Interesting reflections by the author as she travels the world comparing funeral customs in different locales.

cant_i'm_booked I have this book too! Can't wait to read it 3w
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Pieces of Her | Karin Slaughter
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The novel has two timelines, one in the 1980s and one in the late 2010s (i.e., pre-pandemic). The first section for each timeline is very exciting and tense though the remainder of the book doesn't always manage to keep the excitement and tension at the same level. I would like to have seen how the rather passive follower in the 1980s developed into the fierce ninja-like 21st century figure.

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Hare Sitting Up | Michael Innes
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Appleby tells a headmaster of a prep school that his twin brother, a top scientist working on defense against biological warfare, has gone missing and persuades the headmaster to impersonate his brother till he can be found.

This all seemed a repeat of some of the Buchanesque earlier books till about half way through it went off in its own direction, but all in all not one of his best.

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The New Sonia Wayward | Michael Innes
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Colonel Petticate stared at his wife in stupefaction. He could scarcely believe the evidence of his eyes - or of the fingers which he had just lifted from her pulse.

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Hare Sitting Up | Michael Innes
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Juniper had been to Oxford to attend a conference of headmasters of preparatory schools.

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Pieces of Her | Karin Slaughter
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Nutmegnc Coordinating mug! 😍 3w
bthegood Looking forward to your review of this one - 3w
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An Indian Maharajah visits the Yorkshire estate of the Duke of Devonshire to go hunting. His horse comes back without him in the evening and the next day one of the grooms who had accompanied him in the morning is found drowned in the river. Kate Shackleton investigates on behalf of the Government.

A good twisty tale. The author makes even minor characters come alive so that the reader wonders what happened to them after the events in the novel.

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A Woman Unknown | Frances Brody
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Everett Runcie, banker and brother of a baron, is found dead in a hotel bed, strangled. Unfortunately the woman he was with was not his wife and she has disappeared. Kate is investigating why the wife of a client keeps disappearing for a day or two at a time. Are the two cases linked?

A good installment in this series with an unexpected but satisfying resolution of the cases and in Kate's personal life.

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A Woman Unknown | Frances Brody
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A Woman Unknown | Frances Brody
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The Times
Monday, September 3, 1923

Mr Everett Roderick Runcie has died at the age of forty-seven. Mr Runcie, younger brother of the third Baron Kirkley and a director of Kirkley Bank, had returned to Yorkshire for the start of the grouse shooting season.

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A collection of short stories set in the Rivers of London universe. Enjoyable but I think I am going to have to read the whole series again to fit them in properly in mind.

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Still Me | Jojo Moyes
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Louisa works for a very wealthy family in NY but can her relationship with Ambulance Sam stand the strain of living so far apart?

Pleasant enough but it suffered from my memories of the events in the 2nd book being rather vague apart from the introduction of Lily as a character.

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DrexEdit I did the same thing last night! 🙂💜 1mo
Reggie You look so comfy! 1mo
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The Seep | Chana Porter
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An alien intelligence takes over, offering humans immortality and the ability to heal and transform bodies. But at what cost?

It's an interesting premise but the author didn't manage to integrate world-building, characterisation, and a story in the novella, and it was rather a slog to get through. The short story re-telling some events from another character's viewpoint, where the world-building had already been done, was much more readable.

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The Seep | Chana Porter
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#mycover #coffeeandabook

"Talking was easy. Communication was hard."

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The Seep | Chana Porter
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RELAX. PEOPLE MAY think they want to indulge, get too drunk, incapacitate themselves with weed, but really they just want to appreciate this fragile moment while the outside world falls down.

TiredLibrarian Great opening! 1mo
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Ariadne O'Neill and her shipmates are exploring the 4 planets orbiting a red dwarf when they make a remarkable discovery.

The planets are fascinatingly different from each other and I hugely enjoyed these strange new worlds and the explorers' efforts to have the minimum possible impact on each one. I must admit I found the major discovery at the end of the book and the way it changed their decision about what to do next a bit of an anti-climax.

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The Seep | Chana Porter
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Somebody needs to tell the aliens about Great A'tuin 😉

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The Twelve Caesars | Suetonius
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rwmg @Yoricke_SouthAfrica The photo on the left is one I took of a bust of Vespasian at Fishbourne Roman Palace (edited) 1mo
Yoricke_SouthAfrica @rwmg Oh wow. Thank you so much for the tag in this book series. I am enjoying the Vespasian series so much. What an amazing photo. The history of Rome is fascinating. 1mo
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After a near-death experience in which Stefano Cartwright sees the eye of God watching him, he starts to worry about whether he might be heading for Hell if he continues living as he currently does.

Stefano's story could have been interesting but then the author made up his own bizarre far from omniscient creator figure who comes down to Earth looking for the hominid who he saw looking at him. Tosh.

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Untitled | To Be Confirmed
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A Perfect Death | Kate Ellis
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Honourable mentions to “Boy Meets Hamster“ and “A Warning in Blood“

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Cinderella is Chris, living in New York with his stepmother, stepsister and stepbrother. Prince Charming duly returns the shoe after the ball about a third of the way through the book and then life starts to get really complicated. Who is JJ Kennerly really interested in anyway? Chris or his definitely not ugly stepsister?

I didn't actually LOL but it was pretty funny. A good light read.

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It‘s really weird to see yourself on the cover of a tabloid.

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The Jewels Of Aptor | Samuel R. Delany
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In a post apocalyptic world Geo, Urson, Iimmi, and Snake are tasked with the incarnate goddess Argo with rescuing her sister from the temple of Hama on the island of Aptor.

Fairly run of the mill. There wasn't anything actually bad about it, but it didn't really grab my interest either.

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The Jewels Of Aptor | Samuel R. Delany

It was the old adage, convince a slave that he‘s free, and he will fight to maintain his slavery.

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The Jewels Of Aptor | Samuel R. Delany
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Afterwards, she was taken down to the sea. She didn‘t feel too well, so she sat on a rock down where the sand was wet and scrunched her bare toes in and out of the cool surface.

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The Jewels Of Aptor | Samuel R. Delany
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Abigail Kamara investigates the disappearance of teenagers on Hampstead Heath who reappear with no memory of where they've been.

This novella adds some interesting background to the Rivers of London world and its inhabitants but the actual story isn't that engrossing. Slightly irritating that the maps show “Vale of Heath“ and the text says “Vale of Health“.

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