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Kristine Brancolini is on page 180 of 352 of Into Oblivion (Inspector Erlendur)
It's great to be reading about Erlendur again. In this book, the second prequel, it's 1979 and Erlendur is 33 and divorced. He's investigating the murder of an Icelander who was an airplane mechanic. But characteristically he's also trying to solve a cold case murder from 1953. This becomes a familiar pattern!
Sep 24, 2016 09:23PM Add a comment
Into Oblivion (Inspector Erlendur)

Kristine Brancolini
Kristine Brancolini is on page 100 of 294 of Reykjavík Nights: Murder in Reykjavík (Inspector Erlendur, #1)
It's so great to be reading about Erlandur again! As might me expected the 28-year-old Erlandur shares similarities with the older version of himself but there are some interesting differences. Halldora is pursuing him. That doesn't end well...
Sep 18, 2016 04:07PM Add a comment
Reykjavík Nights: Murder in Reykjavík (Inspector Erlendur, #1)

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Kristine Brancolini is on page 232 of 408 of Girl Waits with Gun (Kopp Sisters, #1)
This book is dragging a little but I'm still enjoying the writing. The characters, and the setting. This is also a fascinating historical period -- mid teens. The book is enhanced by the fact that the characters are historical!
Sep 17, 2016 12:21PM Add a comment
Girl Waits with Gun (Kopp Sisters, #1)

Kristine Brancolini
Kristine Brancolini is on page 162 of 408 of Girl Waits with Gun (Kopp Sisters, #1)
Stewart creates three humorous sisters and places them in deadly situations. It's a testament to her skill as a writer that she can do this successfully. I'm thoroughly enjoying this book!
Sep 14, 2016 10:07PM Add a comment
Girl Waits with Gun (Kopp Sisters, #1)

Kristine Brancolini
Kristine Brancolini is on page 53 of 408 of Girl Waits with Gun (Kopp Sisters, #1)
I confess I was attracted by the cover of this book. It's embossed like it was printed letterpress. Plus it's based on a woman who became a police officer around 1915. Stewart has drawn vivid characters and created an immediately engaging narrative!
Sep 11, 2016 09:27PM Add a comment
Girl Waits with Gun (Kopp Sisters, #1)

Kristine Brancolini
Kristine Brancolini is on page 158 of 304 of The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust
This book is strangely compelling. I can't exactly identify the source of its strength. I think Leff must be a gifted writer. She's weaves many fascinating elements.I'm sorry that I have almost finished it.
Sep 10, 2016 08:21PM Add a comment
The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust

Kristine Brancolini
Kristine Brancolini is on page 65 of 304 of The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust
I'm reading this book for the Jewish Book Group at my library. It is amazingly good! I'm an academic librarian and I love archives, but the story of archive thief Zosa Szajkowski is surprisingly complex and engaging!
Sep 06, 2016 08:50PM Add a comment
The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust

Kristine Brancolini
Kristine Brancolini is on page 200 of 272 of I Am Madame X
I'm surprised by how good this book is. The narrator, Madame X herself, is not an especially sympathetic protagonist, but she's definitely interesting. The best part is that she lived at a wonderful time in French history. She's living the high life during the Belle Epoque! And I continue to be amazed by how well the author weaves the facts known about Virginie with possible explanations. Impressive!
Aug 30, 2016 01:25PM Add a comment
I Am Madame X

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Kristine Brancolini is on page 137 of 272 of I Am Madame X
I read about the painting "Portrait of Madame X" and became intrigued about its subject Virginie Gautreau. Born in Louisiana in 1859 she lived most of her life in Paris. The book is well-written and fascinating. Not much is know about Virginie, but Diliberto did an excellent job of creating a personality and a life for her. I love reading about nineteenth-century Paris and the expatriate twist is a bonus.
Aug 28, 2016 10:38AM Add a comment
I Am Madame X

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Kristine Brancolini is on page 50 of 335 of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
So I'm looking up the occasional word in Spanish, but it's all good. I'm reading this book for my book club. Can't help but love Oscar, hoping he finds true love and fame as a writer.But we already know it's a shirt life...
Aug 10, 2016 10:33AM Add a comment
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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Kristine Brancolini is on page 161 of 388 of The Silence of the Sea (Þóra Guðmundsdóttir, #6)
New outstanding mystery author found! This book is creepy and suspenseful yo the max. It's Book 6 in a series but the author gives enough background to plunge right in.
Aug 07, 2016 09:03AM Add a comment
The Silence of the Sea (Þóra Guðmundsdóttir, #6)

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Kristine Brancolini is on page 85 of 352 of Lazaretto
I had not heard of this book. I found it while browsing my library's popular reading collection. The cover and the title caught my attention. What a find! The joys of browsing. Beautifully written and wonderful characters!
Jul 29, 2016 09:40PM Add a comment
Lazaretto

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Kristine Brancolini is on page 405 of 450 of The Night Watch
I'm just starting the last section -- 1941. I'm feeling bad because the book is almost over. Favorite character: Kay. Waters reminds me of Kate Atkinson and the books Life After Life and A God in Ruins. The author creates the world and controls time. We want to know what happens to the characters after 1947, but we never will. Very unsettling. But that's fiction.
Jul 26, 2016 10:29AM Add a comment
The Night Watch

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Kristine Brancolini is on page 265 of 450 of The Night Watch
Waters is so skilled at character development! This book also must be the definitive portrayal of London during the World War II. It's brilliant. I really don't want it to end.
Jul 24, 2016 06:10PM Add a comment
The Night Watch

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Kristine Brancolini is on page 223 of 450 of The Night Watch
I've moved from 1947 to 1944. I had figured out some of the mysterious secrets, but not all! Beautiful evocation of WWII London.
Jul 23, 2016 11:37AM Add a comment
The Night Watch

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Kristine Brancolini is on page 117 of 450 of The Night Watch
I've had this book on my shelf for years. Waters is a wonderful writer and I suspect this may turn out to be my favorite book by her. The characters, the narrative and the setting hooked me immediately.
Jul 21, 2016 10:01PM Add a comment
The Night Watch

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Kristine Brancolini is on page 155 of 320 of When Red is Black (Inspector Chen Cao #3)
I took a break from this series while I read my book club book. But I was anxious to get back to Shanghai in the 1990's. Again Qiu brings together literature, China's political history, and murder. This book in the series gives you'd wife Peiqin a more prominent role. I love her!
Jul 16, 2016 11:51PM Add a comment
When Red is Black (Inspector Chen Cao #3)

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Kristine Brancolini is on page 200 of 384 of Radio Girls
My book club is reading this book and I was anxious to jump in. It's about the role of women in early BBC radio. There's a fictional protagonist named Maisie, but there's also the historical female head of "Talks" -- Hilda Matheson. The author has a very distinctive writing style, which I enjoy. And Maisie is a fascinating character, seemingly shy but smart and bold.
Jul 13, 2016 11:11AM Add a comment
Radio Girls

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Kristine Brancolini is on page 250 of 351 of A Loyal Character Dancer (Inspector Chen Cao #2)
This book features less poetry than the first book in the series, but more food! I feel like I'm on the Anthony Bourdain tour of Shanghai! Lots of food I am way to unadventurous to eat. But the book also deals with very dark social issues in early 1990s China, including illegal immigration and the one child policy.
Jul 08, 2016 01:29PM Add a comment
A Loyal Character Dancer (Inspector Chen Cao #2)

Kristine Brancolini
Kristine Brancolini is on page 145 of 351 of A Loyal Character Dancer (Inspector Chen Cao #2)
The second book in the Inspector Chen series is just as good -- if not better -- than the first book in the series. I'm fascinated by Shanghai and reading this book is like being there. Plus, I love Qui's poet detective. Again we are treated to glimpses of classic Chinese literature. This series was recommended to me by someone who lived in Shanghai and it was an outstanding recommendation!
Jul 05, 2016 09:13AM Add a comment
A Loyal Character Dancer (Inspector Chen Cao #2)

Kristine Brancolini
Kristine Brancolini is on page 326 of 465 of Death of a Red Heroine (Inspector Chen Cao #1)
I'm obsessively reading this book, staying up too late and reading when I should be doing something else. Qiu Xialong provides one of those immersive reading experiences, plunging the reader in to life in 1990 Shanghai. Plus, he's a POET, so the book is sprinkled with his verse and that of other Chinese poets. Inspector Chen (not Chan!) is trying to solve a politically-charged murder. Can't wait for the outcome!
Jul 02, 2016 06:28PM Add a comment
Death of a Red Heroine (Inspector Chen Cao #1)

Kristine Brancolini
Kristine Brancolini is on page 135 of 465 of Death of a Red Heroine (Inspector Chen Cao #1)
This is my favorite type of mystery -- steeped in politics and featuring an unconventional detective. In this case, it's Inspector Chan, who was an English major who was "assigned" by the Chinese government to be a policeman. He's also a poet, so in that regard he reminds me of P.D. James' detective Adam Dalgliesh. So far I love this book...
Jun 29, 2016 12:53PM Add a comment
Death of a Red Heroine (Inspector Chen Cao #1)

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Kristine Brancolini is on page 306 of 400 of The Hired Girl
I could have finished this book a couple of days ago, but I'm making it last. I usually read books that explore the darker side of human nature and while this book has one of the nastiest fathers you will ever find, this is a young adult novel and the message is positive. Plus, Joan Skaggs, aka Janet Lovelace, is a heroine for the ages. Think Jane Eyre.
Jun 26, 2016 08:51AM Add a comment
The Hired Girl

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Kristine Brancolini is on page 115 of 400 of The Hired Girl
I'm reading this book for my book club and it's already one of my favorites for the year. I don't usually read YA fiction, but this author is exceptional!
Jun 21, 2016 01:19PM Add a comment
The Hired Girl

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Kristine Brancolini is on page 200 of 336 of Among the Mad (Maisie Dobbs, #6)
I really like this book. My grandfather was gassed in World War I and I've been interested in the after-effects of this injury for a long time. This book deals with all kinds of traumatic war injuries. Plus three weeks ago I was in London, staying near Maisie's flat and much of the action.
Jun 18, 2016 09:58AM Add a comment
Among the Mad (Maisie Dobbs, #6)

Kristine Brancolini
Kristine Brancolini is on page 119 of 336 of Among the Mad (Maisie Dobbs, #6)
This book has numerous reminders of current world events and U.S. politics. A terrorist is threatening 1931 London. The authorities want to ignore evidence and pursue their own agenda. There's even a Donald Trump character right out of history: Fascist Oswald Mosley. Uncanny.
Jun 15, 2016 10:05PM Add a comment
Among the Mad (Maisie Dobbs, #6)

Kristine Brancolini
Kristine Brancolini is on page 83 of 336 of Among the Mad (Maisie Dobbs, #6)
I just finished An Incomplete Revenge and decided to plunge into the next book in Winspear's historical mystery series featuring Maisie Dobbs. This book deals with the aftermath of World War I, specifically, the plight of brain-damaged soldiers. Very sad and grim.
Jun 15, 2016 07:33PM Add a comment
Among the Mad (Maisie Dobbs, #6)

Kristine Brancolini
Kristine Brancolini is on page 200 of 389 of The Last Bookaneer
This book finally hooked me. I think it took bringing in Mary Shelley and a lost manuscript of Frankenstein. Also things got more interesting with R.L. Stevenson in Samoa.
Jun 07, 2016 02:18AM Add a comment
The Last Bookaneer

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