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A Photographic Death: A Delhi Laine Mystery (Delhi Laine Mysteries)
A Photographic Death: A Delhi Laine Mystery (Delhi Laine Mysteries)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Summer Read, July 14, 2014
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The second in a series about a woman dealing in used books. It held my attention to the very end. Especially loved the part where the mother, in search of her long lost child, goes to Stratford on Avon in the winter. Something very sinister about a resort town abandoned during the off-season. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.


Saints of the Shadow Bible (Inspector Rebus series Book 19)
Saints of the Shadow Bible (Inspector Rebus series Book 19)
Offered by Hachette Book Group
Price: $9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Witty and Wise, February 14, 2014
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I've always enjoyed reading Rankin, whose irascable Rebus is entertaining, his writing witty, characterizations on target, and depictions of time and place accurate. His endings making me just a wee bit hopeful that he and his protegee just might eventually get together, you never know.


Critical Mass: A V.I. Warshawski Novel (V.I. Warshawski Novels Book 16)
Critical Mass: A V.I. Warshawski Novel (V.I. Warshawski Novels Book 16)
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $8.89

3.0 out of 5 stars Not as terrific as reviewers claim., January 28, 2014
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One of her better books though too strung out making it longer than warranted, but then I don't love her books all that much. I have written a book that took place in Hitler Germany in the historical period she covers ("A Fight for Love and Glory") and have certain doubts about her accuracy, but then maybe I'm being hypercritical.


Half the Kingdom: A Novel
Half the Kingdom: A Novel
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lively book about deadly matters, November 16, 2013
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Lore Segal's books are always a delightful read finding humor in the grimmest of subjects. Here she takes on a cast of aging characters, some still out there in the trenches fighting, some searching for peace in helpless, hopeless circumstances. Along with them we get their children, grandchildren, caretakers, grudging or loving.


The Great Catsby (Sam the Cat Mysteries) (A Sam the Cat Mysteries)
The Great Catsby (Sam the Cat Mysteries) (A Sam the Cat Mysteries)
by Linda Stewart
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.18
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Family Read-Aloud, November 16, 2013
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Parents familiar with Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby will laugh out loud at the catty parallels (wait till you get to the guest list at the party) but the children you're reading to -- or who read it on their own -- will enjoy the same material without needing a reference. Sam, the hero, is a cat detective who catches human crooks, usually for the fee of half-a-pound of lox, and he's again in top form in his latest adventure -- weeding out suspects, ferreting out motives, cracking a code and, as always, cracking wise. Along the way, he meets interesting characters, human as well as feline, and observes the romance between his country cousin Pansy and his neighbor Catsby (who's delightfully depicted on the cover). I ordered this book, the 4th in the series, to take to the family on Thanksgiving since all of us have enjoyed Sam's previous books, especially The Big Catnap and the Maltese Kitten.


An Illustrated Death: A Delhi Laine Mystery (Delhi Laine Mysteries)
An Illustrated Death: A Delhi Laine Mystery (Delhi Laine Mysteries)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping - A Truly Good Read, October 13, 2013
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"An Illustrated Death" is one of the best books I've read this year. It's witty and scary and accurate in it's depiction of the Hamptons, specifically The Springs. Delhi, a fortish estranged wife and mother who makes her living as a used book dealer, is hired to sort through the works of a well-known painter recently found dead in a pool on the family premises.

The painter had established his own sort of fiefdom surrounded by his wife and grown children who still live where they were born and soon make their own demands on Delhi's time. She is alternately treated as if she were a member of the family or as a servant.

Soon another death and weird happenings occurred that held my attention from the first page to the last.

Not long after sheis hired, another death occurs along with various suspicious happenings that put her own life in danger.

This book held my attention from the first page to the last.


Life After Life: A Novel
Life After Life: A Novel
Offered by Hachette Book Group
Price: $9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars An Original Work by a Truly Good Writer (that Maybe Goes on for Too Long?), May 19, 2013
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An intriguing book, I was caught up from the very beginning, The characters rang true (for the most part), the family relationships intriguing, the events engrossing. The character and plot switches were beautifully done and, yes, things could have easily gone this way as the other. In fact, I felt a great relief to find a character I was fond of didn't have the bad luck to be dead after all. My one complaint is that it went on a mite too long, but others may very well feel differently.


Dancer in the Flames
Dancer in the Flames
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Book by a Terrific Writer, May 19, 2013
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If you like Elmore Leonard you'll love Stephen Solomita, one of today's most neglected writers. (I'm not the only one who thinks so, Otto Penzler, who knows a thing or two about mysteries has said it, too.) Dancer in the Flames is one of Solomita's best books, and that's saying something. His characters are believble, plots original, and what's more there's a great sense of humor. Solomita knows his New York and the people who live there like no other I've read. There's nothing cut and dried about Solomita's characters, just when you think you've got things figured out, there's a switch, and someone's doing something else, completely logical. Be prepared...he'll keep you reading into the early morning hours.

I urge you to read this book, and his others as well. Maybe some day soon someone in TV or the film business will get smart and realize that there's a goldmine here.


Vanished In The Dunes (A Hamptons Mystery)
Vanished In The Dunes (A Hamptons Mystery)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I didn't give this book enough of a chance, April 19, 2013
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I'm an avid reader about the Hamptons since I used to go there when the Hamptons were the Hamptons and not just a place where celebrities and those in search of same hung out. The book lost interest to me early on since the main character seemed to do so many stupid things. He just seemed to be asking for trouble. But maybe it got better later, there's always hope.


Death Watch (A Bill Slider Mystery)
Death Watch (A Bill Slider Mystery)

5.0 out of 5 stars One of Harrod-Eagles Best, April 19, 2013
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I'm always on the lookout for Cynthia Harrod-Eagles Bill Slider series, her humor is sly, her characters real, and great company. I grab up any mystery she writes. She's one terrific writer, my only complaint is she doesn't write often enough, but then her books are well worth the wait.


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