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Joy,
Wasn't the Reader powerful!
Joan
Yes it was, Joan. I made good progress through it while making the rounds of pharmacists to get the right meds for a terrible toothache. I was absorbed in the book every time I sat down in a new waiting area.
Right now a book called The Meaning of Night....tagged as Victorian noir....strange but compelling stuff, to be sure.
I just finished reading the Cutting Room by Louise Welsh I loved it.I'm just starting Highgate Rise by Anne Perry I love the old period detective books.I'm also reading Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell not really a fit for Crimespace I guess but the guys my favorite.He did write a mystery Gallows Thief that some might find interesting.
GALLOWS THIEF is a very good historical mystery set in 18th century England. My favorites are the Sharpe novels.
Well, I felt honor-bound to try a second Baantjer novel. It appears the DeKok series is enormous, and the author must be quite old (born in the 20's). To me, the books are "mysteries" in the literal sense of the word: they offer a puzzle for solution. Not my cup of tea. Apart from that, I have problems with unrealistic dialogue (no, not the translator's fault). The protagonist (they try to be police procedurals) simply doesn't ask the questions he should ask. Neither do suspects answer the way you'd expect them to answer. But then, these books never set out to be realistic police procedurals and may have slipped into English on the tail of the wave of recent outstanding Scandinavian mysteries.
And on that note: I just started Ake Edwardson's NEVER END. What a relief! This promises to be excellent in every way.
I couldn't agree more I.J. I'm about half way through the Sharpe series and have loved each and every one.I also enjoy Edward Rutherfurd his "London" got me hooked and I've just finished The Rebels of Ireland.Anyone else I should be looking at?
Well, off-topic here, but Patrick O'Brian is the tops among historical novelists.
ok....got sucked into The Lost City of Z! Very slick piece of non-fiction. By the way, have you ever wondered why there is Fiction and Non-fiction as opposed to Real and Non-Real?
I just finished Tim Maleeny's new Greasing the Pinata. Also finished S. J. Rozan's new Bill Smith/Lydia Chin novel, Shanghai Moon. I am now going to read Searoad: Chronicles of Klatsand by Ursula K. LeGuin, the First Thursday Library Club pick for March. On the back burner (just picked up today): Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals by Temple Grandin and; Catherine Johnson (2009) and A Little Love Story (2005) by Roland Merullo.

In addition, I received a couple of newspapers in snail mail.

Finally, Reach for Tomorrow by Arthur C. Clarke (1956) caught my eye as I went through the garage (great room now), and I took it to read but ended up reading the History Channel magazine while I was eating a late lunch.
A Short History of Australia by Manning Clark.
Lee Child - Nothing to lose.

Another Reacher novel where the ex-MP drifter is tripping across america and encounters a small town of almost 2,000 that gives him flack and the boot. This is something you don't do with Reacher. With his curiosity peaked, he does a night scouting expedition where he finds a number of curiosities. Never leaving a question unanswered, this town of Despair is bound to fall into it's namesake as Jack sets his sites on getting answers.

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