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City On Fire ~ by Don Winslow

This is a very fast-moving novel with lots of suspense and moderately graphic violence. It is super-good.  I’d say it’s somewhere between Mario Puzo and James Lee Burke.  The epigraphs of from Homer’s Iliad could have warned me but I … Continue reading

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The Black-Eyed Blonde ~ by Benjamin Black

It’s been a long time since I read a Raymond Chandler/Philip Marlow novel – probably 15 years.  And it’s been a long time since I read a John Banville aka anything – I’ve read books by him and I loved … Continue reading

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All That She Carried ~ by Tiya Miles

This book definitely belongs in the genre of American history, but it’s written in a somewhat different way because sometimes the specific subject determines the method to be used. All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family … Continue reading

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The 8th Confession ~ by James Patterson/Maxine Paetro

It took me a few minutes but I actually did feel like I was ready for another Paetro book.  First I tried 21st Birthday but I’d read it already. So I got The 8th Confession .    The 8th Confession By … Continue reading

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The Triumph of Christianity ~ by Bart Ehrman

Oh it’s good to be back into nonfiction again.  Usually I read about 1/3 nonfiction, and 2/3 crime and other fiction.  But sometimes I slip into more crime books while other times there are more nonfiction.  Genre fiction often gets … Continue reading

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9th Judgement ~ by James Patterson with Maxine: Paetro,

I’m just barely getting started with this older series.  I read one Patterson years ago and decided it was too gory for me. When he started his Women’s Murder Club mysteries I kind of looked sideways at them, but it … Continue reading

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The Match – by Harlan Coben

Having read six (6!) nonfiction books already this month, I really wanted to kick back and read some entertainment and I did that. I usually enjoy Harlan Coben’s books (not always) and this was not one of his best but … Continue reading

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The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan

I was wanting some to read something which was lighter, but not a mystery. A friend had said that The Lemon Tree was very good so I went to buy it and found I would get the Audible version discounted … Continue reading

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The Writing of the Gods ~ by Edward Dolnick

Another All-Nonfiction Reading Group selection and I think I nominated this one simply because I was attracted to the subject matter, the sample audio was good and the reviews from good places were great.  I got the Kindle version, too, … Continue reading

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The Family Chao ~ by Lan Samantha Chang

Oh what a good thing to read a good book –  good in many senses of the term. But first, although the is a mystery of sorts, it’s not a “thriller” in any sense of the term.  But yes, it’s … Continue reading

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Wilmington’s Lie ~ by David Zucchino

This book was on sale and I thought I recognized the title as having won the Pulitzer last year (2021 prize for a 2020 book).  For a minute, I thought I was wrong, but yes, it did get the prize, … Continue reading

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Empire of Pain ~ by Patrick Radden Keefe

One of the reasons I got this book though was that Patrick Radden Keefe wrote the fabulous book,  Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland (2018).  Empire of Pain:The Secret History of the Sackler Dynastyby Patrick Radden … Continue reading

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