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The Fourth Figure (The Pieter Van In Mysteries)
The Fourth Figure (The Pieter Van In Mysteries)
by Pieter Aspe
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.37

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Police procedural set in Bruges, with a quirky and offbeat set of characters, May 29, 2016
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I've read previous Van Innes mysteries and enjoyed them. Van Innes is a peculiar character: sometimes he comes across as unlikeable or a jerk, but he is just idiosyncratic and perhaps a bit on the spectrum. In this book, Van Innes' wife is about to give birth to their child. He's distracted by this, but his attention is piqued by a strange death. It first appears to be a suicide, but after a closer look, it's murder -- and Van Innes finds ties to a bizarre satanic cult.

There are many strengths of this series: the descriptions of Bruges, Belgium, that make you feel like you're living there; the quirky but believable characters, and the twisty plots. You might prefer to start at an earlier point in the series to truly appreciate the back story and characters, but this is a very enjoyable novel in a good series.


Once a Soldier (Rogues Redeemed)
Once a Soldier (Rogues Redeemed)
by Mary Jo Putney
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $5.98
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wartime backdrop gives this Regency romance extra suspense and spice, April 26, 2016
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This novel is the first in a series called "Rogues Redeemed." What I particularly liked about this book was its setting: a tiny (fictional) country near Portugal and Spain. Napoleon has been exiled to Elba, and the hero, Will Masterson, is a nobleman and soldier ready to return to England and his responsibilities (get a wife and beget an heir). Before leaving for home, he's given one last assignment: to accompany the soldiers who survived the war as they trek back to San Gabriel, their homeland.

In San Gabriel, we see a country devastated but not demoralized by the ravages of war. The country's king and prince are missing, presumed dead at the hands of the French, so the young princess Sofia has taken over as monarch of San Gabriel. She is assisted by her English "governess," Athena Markham, who was brought to San Gabriel before the way to help tutor Sofia and improve her English; by the time the novel opens, Athena has become Princess Sofia's aide and mentor.

The setting of San Gabriel gives a new spark to the romantic tropes, and the fact that the political status of the small country is so uncertain means there is real danger presented by straggler French forces, guerilla fighters and armed miscreants. These dangers add extra spice and suspense to the story, so that the plot doesn't entirely depend on emotional issues.

The characters are interesting and nicely drawn; the author has a skill for creating good dialogue and steamy love scenes; and there is a genuine decency to the characters that makes the reader care even more about the hero and heroine. I enjoyed this book -- I love reading about chemises and swords and Mediterranean wine casks while riding the train to and from work -- and will happily look for more in the series.


Platinum-Plated Sterling Silver Swarovski Zirconia Three -Stone Ring, Size 9
Platinum-Plated Sterling Silver Swarovski Zirconia Three -Stone Ring, Size 9
Price: $32.92

5.0 out of 5 stars ... from the Amazon Collection of jewelry and all have delighted me. Nicely-made, March 12, 2016
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I have received several items from the Amazon Collection of jewelry and all have delighted me. Nicely-made, attractive when worn, comfortable to wear, they look like much more expensive pieces than they are. I like that they arrive in very sturdy and fancy boxes, and I would definitely consider adding them to your jewelry collection if you're looking for more affordable options that don't look cheap.


All Things Cease to Appear: A novel
All Things Cease to Appear: A novel
by Elizabeth Brundage
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.72
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neogothic murder mystery also succeeds as psychological thriller and study of family secrets, February 23, 2016
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A farmhouse in upstate New York is the focus of this psychological thriller/murder mystery. The farmhouse's original owners commit suicide, leaving three young boys; the house is then purchased by a college professor and his wife. One day, the professor knocks on a neighbor's door, saying he's found his wife dead. Although everyone assumes the husband did it, he's never convicted of the crime and it remains unsolved for years. Enter Franny, who purchases the house later and ends up enmeshed in its secrets.

Brundage toggles between various characters and times periods very efficiently, building a story of family (for better or worse), troubled marriage, a murder mystery and a palpable neogothic atmosphere, as we watch the secrets of the past reach into the present.


Rose Gold-Plated Sterling Silver Two-Tone African Amethyst Three-Stone Ring, Size 7
Rose Gold-Plated Sterling Silver Two-Tone African Amethyst Three-Stone Ring, Size 7
Price: $32.55

5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant design for an unbelievable price, February 9, 2016
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This is a lovely ring, very elegantly styled and designed. Looks like a ring that should have cost ten times the price! I've already worn and received compliments. Second piece of jewelry from Amazon's curated collection that I have tried and very satisfied with both.


Out of the Blues
Out of the Blues
by Trudy Nan Boyce
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $22.29
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4.0 out of 5 stars Liked the setting (clearly written by someone who loves and ..., January 13, 2016
This review is from: Out of the Blues (Hardcover)
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A debut police procedural set in Atlanta, the protagonist is a newly-promoted homicide detective. She has ghosts (a father who committed suicide) but also is anchored in the present, getting her teeth firmly into a cold case file that she's given on her first day of work. Liked the setting (clearly written by someone who loves and knows Atlanta well), interesting and complex characters, enough plot twists to keep it interesting. Serious potential here.


Sterling Silver African Amethyst and Created White Sapphire Cushion-Cut Halo Stud Earrings
Sterling Silver African Amethyst and Created White Sapphire Cushion-Cut Halo Stud Earrings
Price: $33.05

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely earrings at a nice price, December 19, 2015
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These just arrived and I couldn't be more pleased. They are a nice size and the center stone is a really lovely violet color. They are comfortable to wear, with nice posts. They come packaged in a very luxurious box, too. Terrific buy especially for the price. Very excited to wear these with both fancy and casual dress!


The Rest of Us Just Live Here
The Rest of Us Just Live Here
by Patrick Ness
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $10.58
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4.0 out of 5 stars For the kids who don't fight demons or slay vampires...., December 15, 2015
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YA fiction these days is so full of vampire fighters, and Chosen Ones, and people who Save The Day. Ness's novel celebrates the rest of us: the ones who aren't the children of the gods or the saviors of the world, but rather the "ordinary" folks who try to to their best and fight their demons day in and day out. Mikey is one such teen, battling with his OCD, trying to help his recovering-anorexic sister, grappling with his mother's coldness and ambition and his father's drinking problem. Meanwhile, the so-called indie kids in his hometown are fighting against grander foes. Ness cleverly keeps the focus on Mikey and his friends, prefacing each chapter with a summary of how the indie kids are fighting the big battles, and devoting the meat of the book to seeing how the people around the indie kids live their lives and fight their own battles. The characters are interesting and sweet, there's lots of humor and irony, and there's plenty of heart.


Hour of the Wolf: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery (Inspector Van Veeteren Mysteries)
Hour of the Wolf: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery (Inspector Van Veeteren Mysteries)
by Hakan Nesser
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.04
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tight, occasionally droll police procedural of the Scandinavian noir ilk, December 13, 2015
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Nesser's police procedural series featuring Chief Inspector Van Veeteren has been motoring along for a while, although it's only in a post-Stieg Larsson world that American readers have been discovering it. Like many of the Scandinavian authors, Nesser adopts a matter-of-fact approach, and doesn't rely on unbelievable plot twists or gore move the story along. In this book, Van Veeteren has retired and Reinhart has taken over, but the shadow of VV looms large. The book begins with a hit-and-run accident in which a young boy is killed, and we see what heppens from both victim's and driver's perspective. Nesser masterfully takes this first tragedy and shows how its repercussions result alter lives, turning a citizen into a multiple murderer, transforming parents into mourners, and drawing the retired inspector back into a case that hits him all too personally. I like Nesser's dry sense of humor, his tight writing style and his developed characters -- especially the odd duck Van Veeteren (who plays an important role in the case even though technically retired). A great series to discover if you are in the mood for some well-written Scandinavian noir.


Kill the Boy Band
Kill the Boy Band
by Goldy Moldavsky
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $10.58
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4.0 out of 5 stars Snarky, irreverent and morbidly fun, December 10, 2015
This review is from: Kill the Boy Band (Hardcover)
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As the mom of a teenage girl who loves various boy bands, I couldn't resist this book. I read a lot of YA fiction and I very much enjoyed this snarky, irreverent, darkly humorous book. The main character is a teenager infatuated with a boy band called "The Ruperts," who are a bit like One Direction in some respects. She and three friends book a hotel room in the same luxury hotel in Soho that The Ruperts are staying at. Without revealing the plot twists, let's just say their plan to meet the band members succeeds a bit beyond their wildest dreams (or worst nightmares?).I got a kick out of the narrator's voice, and recognized the quirky world of fandom even as the author manages to make a few interesting observations about the pressures placed on teenage girls today and the powerlessness that many teenage girls feel.


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