Monthly Archives: November 2020

The Darkest Evening ~ by Ann Cleeves

Good book for the winter holiday season because it’s set in the cold snowy northern parts of the United Kingdom, Northumberland.  It’s the 9th of the Vera Stanhope mysteries and the reader gets to know her a bit better.  I … Continue reading

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Evil Geniuses ~ by Kurt Andersen

I read Kurt Andersen’s “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” several years ago, but that’s not what inspired me to read “Evil Geniuses.”  Rather my reading group -https://groups.io/g/AllNonfiction – chose to read it and I’m so glad they did. … Continue reading

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Telling Tales ~ Ann Cleeves

*******Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves2006 – 416 pagesRead by Julia Franklin 11h 53m Rating: B- / mystery******* I read this weeks ago and forgot to blog it so here it is.  (I use this blog to see what I’ve read … Continue reading

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Squeeze Me ~ by Carl Hiaasen 

Squeeze MeBy Carl Hiaasen 2020 / Read by Scott Brick – 11h 9mRating: B / comic crime  Kiki Pew Fitzsimmons, age about 72 and very rich,  may have been dead prior to her encounter with the python.  And her friends, the local Trump … Continue reading

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The Great Influenza ~ by John M. Barry

Another good book!  And right on time – :-).   I’d been wondering about this book since probably June but for awhile I thought it would be too much for me considering the situation with the coronavirus here.  But now- … Continue reading

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Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat ~ by Samin Nasrat

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is the best cookbook I’ve read since The James Beard Cookbook by the eponymous author (1959) and I read that in 1970, back when I was a new bride.  Beard’s cookbook was, to me, a gigantic compendium … Continue reading

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The Law of Innocence ~ Michael Haller

I’ve read a lot of legal crime, both courtroom dramas and legal thrillers, but I’ve never come across a novel in which the main character defends himself on a murder charge. This was fascinating.  Mickey Haller, an LA-based defense attorney, … Continue reading

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The Thursday Murder Club ~ by Richard Osman

Four septuagenarians in a retirement village get together to solve cold case crimes for fun.  Elizabeth is the leader and she has police connections. Joyce acts as scribe, Ibrahim is a retired psychologist and Ron is politically oriented.  Now a body has … Continue reading

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Open and Shut ~ by David Rosenfelt

Ho hum – again – good thing I got this one from the library. I enjoyed one of Rosenfelt’s books but no more. Maybe I’m getting bored with legal crime. Open and Shutby David Rosenfelt2008 – read by Grover Gardner … Continue reading

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The Crow Trap – by Ann Cleeves

Ho hum.  I loved Cleeves’ Shetland Island series with Jimmy Perez and I read every book.  But this Vera Stanhope thing just did not do it for me.  I don’t know why not. Perhaps it’s just the lack of focus … Continue reading

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