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A Curious Indian Cadaver (Inspector Singh Investigates #5) by Shamini Flint

Read March 2017 Recommended for fans of detective mysteries ★    ★    ★   1/2 Yikes! So close to the end of the Inspector Singh series, and stalking checking out the website for Ms. Flint makes it clear that self-promotion isn’t in … Continue reading

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bellwether by Connie Willis

Re-Read March 2017 Recommended for fans of light romantic comedy ★    ★    ★    ★     ★    I owe bellwether a review.   Bellwether is a book that I inevitably turn to when I want something that is light, clever, literate … Continue reading

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Ghosts of Tsavo by Vered Ehsani

Read February 2017 Recommended for fans of the Parasol series  ★     ★    1/2 An decent distraction read that will likely appeal to genre fans. I needed the distraction as I was waiting in the emergency room with my mom … Continue reading

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The Trespasser by Tana French

Read March 2017 Recommended for fans of police procedurals All the stars   What does a star rating mean? Does it mean this is a work of greatness, that deserves to be read by every generation? That each word is … Continue reading

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The Black Ice by Michael Connelly. Eh, tepid.

Read March 2017 Recommended for fans of police detectives  ★     ★    ★ Continuing on my quest for a new mystery series suitable for distraction, I hit up my librarian for the second book in Michael Connelly’s famous series centering … Continue reading

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The Killing Floor Blues by Craig Schaefer

Read March 2017 Recommended for fans of urban fantasy with a kick  ★     ★    ★    ★    1/2 Hot damn, that was fun! I don’t mean ‘fun’ in the hanging with the bestie sense, eating dinner while we … Continue reading

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Night Fall by Nelson DeMille

Read March 2017 Recommended for fans of thrillers, government conspiracies  ★     ★    ★    ★   Generally, I’m not a fan of political thrillers. You say to me, “Carol, here’s a political thriller I just know you will love…” … Continue reading

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Jolie Blon’s Bounce by James Lee Burke

Read March 2017 Recommended for fans  ★     ★    ★      1/2   Good stuff, no doubt. Containing the wonderfully evocative writing I’ve come to expect from Burke, it built a world of mud and heat I could just about … Continue reading

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Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell by Alexandra Horowitz

Read October 2016 to February 2017 Recommended for dog lovers and scent enthusiasts  ★     ★    ★    1/2 Me, non-fiction and the Kindle–we’re a match made in heaven. For naps. So the fact that it took me so long to … Continue reading

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City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett.

Read January 2017 Recommended for fans of Guy Gavriel Kay who wish he’d write an action fantasy  ★     ★    ★    ★    1/2 Some authors always manage to surprise me. Bennett is one of them, with each book I’ve … Continue reading

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