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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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The Shape of the Ruins ~ by Juan Gabriel Vasquez

I’m kinda bummed with this last reading.  I was loving the heck out of it – the feeling like Robert Bolaño – but then somewhere in the middle it started taking long breaks from action – any action – and … Continue reading

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Sweet Taste of Liberty ~ by W. Caleb McDaniel

My first thought upon reading the opening pages of this incredible book: Huh?  It won the Pulitzer Prize because of the increased attention given Blacks  since the death of George Floyd in May.  WRONG-O.  The Pulitzers were awarded and announced … Continue reading

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Forgotten Evidence ~ by Al Macy

Garrett Goodlove is a lawyer who lives and runs a small office in a fictional city in Humboldt County California (home of a lot of redwoods and marijuana agriculture).   He and Jen his lawyer-wife, Nicole his lawyer-daughter, and Carly … Continue reading

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