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The Man Who Went Up in Smoke by Maj Sjöwall
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Solid Martin Beck mystery. A journalist has disappeared behind the iron curtain. Foreign Office needs to investigate quietly, unofficially sends Beck down to Budapest to track down the man who went up in smoke. Women are particularly not drawn well i ...more
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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt
read in November, 2014
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Very nearly a five star book. Very enjoyable read. Engrossing story. Not the most satisfying ending... There are two clear "happily ever afters" Tartt might have opted for, but she chooses a strange third path, a meandering restless path that makes m ...more
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Yes Please by Amy Poehler
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Old Man's War by John Scalzi
" It is a long first act, that is fair. But it does get moving and has some nice twists and turns. "
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Old Man's War by John Scalzi
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)
by John Scalzi (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2014
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Very enjoyable book. As with all great Science Fiction, it is using the fantastic Sci-Fi elements to examine moral and ethical questions of how we live our lives, what it means to be human, and what is the essence of "who we are". And is love bigger ...more
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The Secret Place by Tana French
The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #5)
by Tana French (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2014
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A year-old murder at a posh all-girls school brings together Stephen Moran from the cold case squad (but longing to work on the murder squad) and Antoinette Conway, from the murder squad, who has run into one dead end after another on the case. The c ...more
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the purity of vengence by Jussi Adler-Olsen
the purity of vengence
by Jussi Adler-Olsen
read in September, 2014
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Another case for Department Q, from the dead case files. Carl, Assad and Rose investigate a handful of missing persons 23 years ago, and wind up stumbling into paranoid political intrigue that extends back to the 1950's and is still playing out in co ...more
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The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah
The Monogram Murders
by Sophie Hannah (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2014
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Well, my hopes were high. The first new Poirot mystery in about 40 years, authorized by the Christie Estate... It's three stars, maybe 2.5 if we are into decimals. The mystery itself is pretty good. The atmosphere Hannah creates around the murder sce ...more
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