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Jo Dervan rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death by Mark Reutlinger
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This is a simple book about a death in an assisted living facility for older Jews. Mrs. Kaplan, a lover of mystery stories, is accused of murdering one of the residents, Bertha Finklestein . Bertha was died with food in her throat as well as a missin...more
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A New York Christmas by Anne Perry
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Although the title refers to Christmas, the book is not a Christmas book per se. Jemima Pitt, the daughter of Thomas Pitt, accompanies a heiress, Delphinia Cardew, to NYC for her wedding to Brent All right, the son of her Dad's partner. Both families...more
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Us by David Nicholls
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This is the story of a British couple who find their 20+ year marriage unraveling. The narrator, a biological researcher, is a very repressed man and his wife is a more liberal trained artist. The summer before their only son leaves for university, t...more
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Above Us Only Sky by Young-Stone Michele
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The author, Michele Young-Stone, has another winner with this book. Like her first book, The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors, the main characters are flawed but appealing.

Prudence Vilkas was born with wings just like her long lost great aunt...more
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The Dancer and the Raja - The True story of the Princess of K... by Javier Moro
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This books is a historical fiction about an Indian raja who took a 17 year old Spanish dancer as his 5th wife. It is based on the diaries of the woman, Anita Delgado, and interviews with family and friends still alive. The couple met in 1908 when she...more
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Murder 101 by Faye Kellerman
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In the 22nd book in the Decker/Lazarus mysteries, Pete Decker has retired from the LAPD and moved to a college town in upstate NY. Pete is working for the small town police department and Rena is involved with Jewish students in the college community...more
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The Devil in Montmartre by Gary Inbinder
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This historical fiction takes place in fin-de-siecle Paris. the backdrop is the 1899 Universal Exposition and characters include the painter Toulouse-Lautrec.
The dismembered, decapitated body of a woman is found in a sewer a popular Can-Can dancer fr...more
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Death in Eden by Paul Heald
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Stanley Hopkins, a sociology professor at a midwestern university, had been working on the book he needed to finish in order to get tenure. The topic of the book was satisfaction with working conditions of people in various occupations. So he decided...more
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Claraboia by José Saramago
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This book was written by the author in 1953 during the oppressive. Salazar regime. When he submitted the manuscript to a publisher, he did not even get a response. It was not until years later, after he had published several books and even won the No...more
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The Price of Inheritance by Karin Tanabe
The Price of Inheritance
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Carolyn Everett had always been the best at everything. Summa cum laude at Princeton. Youngest senior specialist in American Furniture at Christie's. Beautiful and well bred. So it came as a shock when it was discovered that an important auction she...more
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“If you take a book with you on a journey," Mo had said when he put the first one in her box, "an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you were reading it... yes, books are like flypaper—memories cling to the printed page better than anything else.”
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