Monthly Archives: January 2018

“The Fearless Benjamin Lay: ~ by Marcus Rediker

Benjamin Lay was an 18th century Quaker,  a dwarf – barely 4 feet tall – who lived in a cave, sewed his own clothes and ate as a vegetarian.  He was an avid reader, an autodidact,  and a writer as … Continue reading

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Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Long ago I read Josephine Tey’s most popular and famous book,  The Daughter of Time (1951) and very much enjoyed it . It’s often considered  one of the best mystery books of all time and Tey is also known for Bret Farrar … Continue reading

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Stillhouse Lake ~ by Rachel Caine

I got this as one of the Daily Deal specials from Audible.com and the summary was intriguing and the narrator sounded okay on the sample.  So,  in spite of several reviewers who were disappointed,  especially by the narrator,   I … Continue reading

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Shutter Island ~ by Dennis Lehane

I picked up this older book at Audible a week or so ago because:  1.  it was on sale and 2.     I enjoyed one of Lehane’s books in the past (the other one wasn’t so hot).   The premise  of … Continue reading

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Holy the Firm ~ by Annie Dillard

Holy the Firm just struck me as something I wanted to read.  I read Pilgrim at Tinker Creek ages and ages ago and loved it.    This is a bit different,  it’s Dillard on Lummi Island seeking 1. God in … Continue reading

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Dunbar ~ by Edward St. Aubyn

Oh my –   I really had no idea what I was getting into when I cracked this one.  It was scheduled for discussion in one of my groups with the idea that it was a take-off of King Lear. … Continue reading

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Libertarians on the Prairie – by Christine Woodside

Having read Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser just three months ago, I wasn’t all that keen about finding Libertarians on the Prairie on sale at Amazon.   That said,  I did wonder what the differences in the two books would … Continue reading

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Commonwealth ~ by Ann Patchett

Many years ago I enjoyed Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto,  but later I thought her book State of Wonder was kind of lame, so I avoided Commonwealth in its year of hype and I’ve not read anything else by her.   … Continue reading

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She Rides Shotgun ~ by Jordan Harper

I was attracted to this one because it has a nifty title and it’s a nominee for the  Barry Awards First Novel Award – 2018,  so it showed up on the 4-Mystery Addicts list.  It looked appealing from the title and … Continue reading

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The Widows of Malabar Hill  by Sujatta Massey

The attraction here was that this was a historical novel of India as well as a crime novel.  I’m not big on the women detectives of Victorian London but …  maybe India? It was standard fare with a hint of … Continue reading

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Winter ~ by Ali Smith

Oh my –  what a magical mystical story –  typical of Smith in so many ways,  original in others.   The second in her Seasonal Quartet (the first was Autumn which I read a few months ago),  and she just … Continue reading

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Sulfur Springs ~ by William Kent Krueger

Krueger is not my usual cuppa,  but the publisher hype and reader reviews hooked me because I am interested in border problems,  both drugs and immigrants.  So,  the outcome was mixed –  I enjoyed the setting,  plot and “themes” but … Continue reading

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