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Set in Darkness by Ian Rankin
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In this novel you can tell that Rankin is getting tired of writing about Rebus every year or two and is moving him toward retirement (short-live for them both, as it happens). Rebus is drinking in a destructive way and causing the higher-ups more tro ...more
My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgård
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I am still liking this series. I don't think the cover photo looks anything like the author, who says that as a boy he was teased for his buck teeth. In fact, the photo was so beautiful it was troubling. I had to keep putting the book upside down.

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Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin
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What can I say? I love this series and hope Rankin never stops inventing new angles for it. In this episode, Edinburgh's Detective Inspector Rebus was so at loose ends in retirement that he was willing to be demoted just to come back to work. The fir ...more
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
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An ineffably silly mystery that I picked up for an airplane trip. Of course, I read the whole thing to see how it turned out, but I can't rate it highly. The story of a genius 11-year-old girl living on a vast English estate in the 1950s, it makes no ...more
The Sound and The Fury / As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
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All these years I've been kidding myself that I had actually read the whole book. I think I read only Benjy's section and maybe the Appendix, which comes at the opening. Even now, I know I didn't absorb it all. I am impressed but feeling like a slow ...more
Spring Remains by Mons Kallentoft
Spring Remains
by Mons Kallentoft
read in April, 2015
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You ask, Cataline, why I would like a book in spite of something bad happening to children. Three reasons: the author's victims have a kind of life after death as he imagines them talking to detective Malin Fors and imagines her feeling their presenc ...more
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Mansfield Park
by Jane Austen
read in March, 2015
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It's nice to read good writing when you have been reading too many murder mysteries and bestsellers of indifferent quality. I was struck this time around Mansfield Park by how contemporary the book feels -- not the customs but the characters' feeling ...more
The Axe Factor by Colin Cotterill
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I'm one of those suckers who will read anything by an author I like ... until I won't ever again. I will still try Cotterill's Loatian mysteries, but this Thai series, no. Did anyone read it through before publishing it? The evil corporation (which w ...more
Hide and Seek by Ian Rankin
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This one had an unsatisfying ending -- which is why you should always read through to the last page of a mystery before recommending it. I do like Rankin's characters and writing style, and this is only the second book in the Rebus series, so I feel ...more
Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin
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A satisfying read. I can't believe Rankin published something this good as far back as 1987. He must have been a baby.

Although I'm not crazy about hypnotism as a literary device to reveal important past events, and although I thought our hero should
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