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Karolina’s Twins ~ by Ronald H. Balson

Balson has written 5 books so far and all in one series. I saw today that he’d just released another one so I figured I’d better catch up with the one I’d missed, Karolina’s Twins. It’s number three in the … Continue reading

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The Last Palace ~ by Norman Eisen x2

I read this again for the Allnonfiction reading group and got a fair bit more out of it on the second reading. I’ll have to up my rating some, but that’s about as high as I can honestly go. More … Continue reading

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Never Tell ~ by Lisa Gardner

Three women: Evelyn Carter, the prime suspect in her husband’s murder; D.D. Warren, the detective on the case; and Flora Dane, a woman who was horrendously victimized several years prior to the events in the book. The latter two join … Continue reading

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Barracoon ~ by Zora Neale Hurston

Definition of barracoon from Merriam-Webster:“Barracoon definition is – an enclosure or barracks formerly used for temporary confinement of slaves or convicts —often used in plural.” Although Hurston, the author of “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” (which I’ve read a couple times) wrote … Continue reading

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Girl Most Likely ~ by Max Allan Collins

Not my favorite crime novel of the month, but it was on sale and filled the blank between more meaty books. It does have an interesting premise and the execution of that premise was good, but after that it falls … Continue reading

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Kitchen ~ by Banana Yoshimoto

I’d been wanting to read this for a long time so when it was on sale I snapped it up. The book had amazing reviews when it was first published in 1993 (1986 in Japan) and several of my friends … Continue reading

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The Man on the Mountaintop ~ by Susan Trott

I wasn’t impressed, but the book was cheap and marginally interesting. I consider myself to be fairly spiritual of a kind of Jewish/Buddhist/Christian variety (if pushed to make that distinction) and this is some kind of easy-read fluff of it. … Continue reading

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kaddish.com ~ by Nathan Englander

Years ago, like 2012 or so, I read Nathan Englander’s “The Ministry of Special Cases”  and thoroughly enjoyed it. I read it in January and it made my best of year list for 2012! Unfortunately I’ve lost the full review, … Continue reading

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The Long and Faraway Gone ~ by Lou Barney

Read for the 4-Mystery Addicts group and this is why I belong to many reading groups. I would likely never have picked up this book on my own and I would have missed a goodie! Julianna Rosales and Wyatt Rivers … Continue reading

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The Hidden Keys ~ by Andres Alexis

Fascinating book by a Dominican/Canadian author I’d not heard of before but is apparently quite a highlight in some literary circles. This is the third novel to be published (but the 4th book chronologically) in the 5-book Quincunx Cycle. The … Continue reading

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The Shadow War ~ by Jim Sciutto

Wow – good book! It’s nonfiction and about spying as well as other matters in the age of digital weapons. The author, Jim Sciutto, is Chief National Security Correspondent for CNN. This is his second book. The title makes the … Continue reading

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The Gentleman’s Hour ~ by Don Winslow

I read quite a few of Winslow’s beach/crime books years ago and usually enjoyed them, but stopped for some reason- like there are so many books out there. But then read I his book, Cartel and got enthusiastic again. Come … Continue reading

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