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The Last ~ by Hanna Jameson

While Jon Keller is in Switzerland at an academic convention the world’s cities explode in nuclear warfare.  Meanwhile Jon’s wife and children are in San Francisco, probably one of the bombed cities.  John is staying at an upscale hotel/resort which … Continue reading

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Some Choose Darkness ~ by Charlie Donlea

I don’t know what I expected but this was a bit more on the rough side than I readily enjoy.  I’m not fond of anonymous serial killer books with fictional ones more objectionable.  That said, I got hooked into it … Continue reading

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When She Was Helen ~ by Caroline B. Cooney

At first this feels like a cozy but there’s another side – there are several threads and they only start kind of sweet and funny.  They turn suspenseful and bloody with a strongly sad and criminally serious side.  Cooney wrote … Continue reading

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Tyll ~ by Daniel Kehlmann

I read this for the Booker Prize group.  It was interesting but confusing for my brain.  It’s a “magical realism” take on the Thirty-Years War as it played out in Germany and Central Europe. The lead character, Tyll, is based … Continue reading

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Underland: ~ by Robert Macfarlane

Reading this the first time I wasn’t too sure what to think. It seemed like science with a lot of literary aspirations – aka creative nonfiction. But the second time round I realized that this is a travelogue!  Macfarlane is … Continue reading

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The Transformation of Virginia ~ by Rhys Isaac

I finally finished The Transformation of Virginia by Rhys Isaac.  Whew!  (I started this back in October, 2019 – put it down, picked it up, started again, and just kept going as long as I could on each sitting. I … Continue reading

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Amy: My Search for Her Killer – by James Renner

On October 22, 1989 10-year old Amy Mihaljevic was abducted from a shopping mall in Ohio. Her decomposing body was found by the side of a road February 8, of 1990, 3 1/2 months later. James Renner, a child at … Continue reading

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The Reunion ~ by Guillaume Musso

Translated from the French whose authors I usually enjoy – like Patrick Modiano or Michel Houellebecq but still,  so much French in this one. There are French names and places and things like food – lots of pop-culture.  It makes it a … Continue reading

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Blind Faith ~ by Joe McGuinness

This is an oldie but I do enjoy good True Crime and it was on sale (or free with membership!) I fell in love with the whole genre after I tried to read the completely fictional Silence of the Lambs … Continue reading

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The Shotgun Lawyer ~ by Victor Methos

I read this crime book before!!!! Methos is not my favorite author of legal thrillers,  but he’s up there and getting better.  He often writes about social issues rather than murders which too often turn into standard who-done-its or chase stories. … Continue reading

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Deacon King Kong ~ by James McBride

Hilarious and lovely.  The 60-something year old Deacon Cuffy Lambkin, aka Sportcoat, of Five Ends Baptist Church and the Causes Housing Projects in Brooklyn, shoots and then appears to sexually assault the young community drug lord, Deems. This happens openly, in … Continue reading

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Off the Grid by C.J. Box

My goodness! C.J. Box uses some of my favorite authors for epigraphs. But I suppose it’s appropriate. There’s Cormac McCarthy and Don DeLillo and Bob Dylan and Annie Proulx – along with some I’m not familiar with like Thomas  McGuane. … Continue reading

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