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Mrs. Searwood's Secret Weapon by Leonard Wibberley
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This is a lighthearted book about a middle-aged widow who, towards the end of WWII, finds herself being befriended by the spirit of a Red Indian. White Feather had come to England as a companion to Pocahontas three hundred years ago, and has used his ...more
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The Marylebone Drop by Mick Herron
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I should have read the Slough House books in order! This novella sets up some of the protagonists of
"Joe Country" and provides the backstory. It's all about the law of unintended consequences : an old spook sees what he is convinced is an old-fashio
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Mon fol amour by Dominique Demers
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A middle-aged writer has enough of Montreal and buys, on a whim, a lovely cottage by a lake. This will be her favorite writing spot, the welcoming place where she can spend time with her friends, her adult children, and perhaps even a special man. An ...more
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Joe Country by Mick Herron
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I didn't enjoy this Slough House book quite as much as the others, probably because I had not read them in order. The references to a previous massacre Frank Harness had been involved in went straight over my head. Also, much of the action involves p ...more
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Yarn Harlot by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
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There was a lot that was funny in this memoir by an enthusiastic knitter. Exaggeration and irony were put to good use. But I'm such a very different kind of knitter that I didn't recognize myself in this memoir as I had anticipated. Especially the st ...more
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The Tau Cross Mystery by J.J. Connington
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One of J.J. Connington's better mysteries. A man is found shot in an empty flat, and Sir Clinton, Chief constable, and his inspectors, have to consider the manifold clues. An upset paint pot. A pair of tennis shoes on the mantelpiece. A cosh in the d ...more
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Tear It Down by Nick Petrie
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It probably says something very sad about me that I can enjoy these hyper-violent books about Peter Ash, an Iraq vet with barely controlled claustrophobia and a burning desire to help good people out of jams. In this case he's dispatched to Memphis b ...more
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Puerto escondido by María Oruña
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I hesitated between two and three stars for this book, and what ultimately pushed me towards two stars was that I knew I would not seek out other books by this author. Why is that?

Well, in the first place, I found the book slow to start. The rhythm o
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Time for Tea by John Coates
Time for Tea
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I found this book to be an uneasy amalgam of three different writing styles. On one hand, it's a country house mystery in the pre-WWII style. Torrinton, the delightful country house belonging to the painter Alec Potts, is the scene of a classic house ...more
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How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster
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This was a very entertaining guide towards a deeper enjoyment of (good) novels. Most of the content is about symbolism : journeys, the weather, the role of the hero's friend or confidante, the way that ancient Greek and Roman myths seem to pop up fre ...more
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