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CollectionsSeries (1,333), Currently reading (7), Read but unowned (1,638), Authors to Watch (73), To read (106), Your library (293), e-Book (87), Recommended (125), Favorites (385), Wishlist (12), All collections (2,109)

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TagsBritish (1,021), Mystery (824), American (589), Historical (506), Favourite Author (392), Fiction (363), Police Procedural (302), 19 Century (227), Cozy (210), Golden Age (193) — see all tags

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About meI am a grandmother who lives in the country in Alberta Canada. I have been an avid reader all my life. I love all genres, except for science fiction, but my favourite is mysteries as you will see by my library collection. I love historical mysteries the most, but devour lots of other kinds too. I love to garden. I love the outdoors, and I love our acreage home.

About my libraryI loaded these books from Amazon where I am a top 500 reviewer. Reading is my absolute passion! I am a library member at our local library and this allows me access to books from all around the province with the inter-library loan program.

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, Book Nudgers, British & Irish Crime Fiction, Canadian, Canadian Bookworms, Cozy Mysteries, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Historical Fiction, Historical Mysteriesshow all groups

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Real nameShirley Schwartz

LocationVermilion, AB, Canada

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Member sinceSep 15, 2008

Currently readingLate Nights on Air: A Novel by Elizabeth Hay
Clara Callan by Richard B. Wright
Cop to Corpse (A Peter Diamond Mystery) by Peter Lovesey
Bones Are Forever: A Novel (Temperance Brennan) by Kathy Reichs
Personal (Jack Reacher) by Lee Child
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Hi Romonko,
LT said I should "borrow" 111 books from your library and that intrigued me--so I took a peek at their lists. It looks to me like you have not encountered the Louise Penny "Three Pines" series (Inspector Gramache). If this is true, I urge you to try three or four. I think they are better read in sequence since the characters evolve, but I began with "A Rule Against Murder," and was fine with that (it actually is the only one that really takes place outside of Three Pines). At any rate, happy reading!

Susan in Bethesda, Maryland
Hi Romonko!

Just read your review of "Summer Melody" as i posted mine, and wanted to point out that actually you can give half-star ratings. Simply click twice on the higher value star; the second click subtracts a half (i.e., i clicked twice on five stars, and gave it four and a half).

I like your profile; i would say we're probably similar in our love of books ~ they are a source of much comfort.


Hi I see we seem to like the same books. I enjoy reading your reviews, and getting new reading ideas from your library.

Susan Barlow in Adelaide, Australia
Hello Romonko!

Loved your comments on "The Monster in the Box" -- and share your sentiments entirely. On to "The Vault" I'm also a lady of a certain age and a book nut, but from the U.S., not your own more appealing country.

Annbury in NY
Awesome. :) I'm glad. I hope you enjoy the series.
Hi. I'm TJ.
I'm just curious. Have you read the Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian? I think you might like it. It would be cool to read one of your reviews on it. Just dropping by to give you this book (x9) recommendation :)
Hello, Shirley - from a grampa and a fellow BOOKLOVER (my latest book's title). Another Alberta reader. I have a cyber friend there in Prof Rod McGillis at Calgary U. We've swapped some books, and his study of B-westerns, He Was Some Kind of a Man, makes for interesting reading for an old front-row kid like me. I see you liked The Bishop's Man too. I can't figure out why the book hasn't done better here in the U.S., after faring so well in Canada. Go figure, huh.

Enjoy your reading - and your grandkids, Tim
Hello, Romonko -

I saw your new group, Canadian, and thought you might also be interested in these other Canada groups:

Canadian Bookworms (204 members) -
Canadian Literature (43 members) -
Reading Canada (24 members) -
CBC's Canada Reads Fans (27 members) -
Canada (27 members) -
and my personal favorite ~~
Canadian Fiction/Non-Fiction Reading Challenge (22 members) -
I've just entered a book by Paul Doherty called 'The Darkening Glass' about events in the time of Edward II. I see that you have a review on that page ,under that title which seems to relate to one of the 'Falco' books of Ancient Rome by Lindsay Davies.
I don't know if you realise this and if not you may want to move your review to a different page.
All the best.-
Looks like there is something wrong with the statistics. When I visit your home page it says we share only 27 books (all of them from the classics) but when I look at your library it says we share 89 books. Probably collections has something to do with it. I was going to recommend Anne Perry, but I see you have probably read more of her books than I have! I've read a ton of books of all kinds that I haven't entered in LibraryThing because I don't have the actual books anymore and at my age, my memory will never comply. I mostly read British mysteries and see you have some of my favourites. Thanks for the tips.
Hello Shirley, I just noticed one of your reviews in my "connection news". I'm sort of amazed that we both like mysteries and yet do not share any. I'll have to read more of your reviews to get some reading ideas. BTW, I live in Castlegar,BC
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