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Tagscrime fiction (357), corruption (45), police procedural (44), Sweden (38), (33), private investigators (24), Norway (24), families (21), Chicago (18), New York (18) — see all tags

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About meI'm an avid reader (99% crime fiction these days), an academic librarian (we don't pay as much attention to books and reading as public librarians, alas) and a writer (of crime fiction, articles, a column for Library Journal, etc.) I work at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter Minnesota and enjoy the busy bouillabaisse of jobs I do there.

About my libraryCataloging was not my favorite subject in library school, but since joining a wonderful online reading group, 4MA, I've been jotting down my thoughts about books. That was so much fun I'm now reviewing books for Reviewing the Evidence. I'm looking forward to sharing my favorites with others and picking up some new ideas about what to read next while I'm at it.

By the way - not that anyone will notice or care - I've stopped giving books stars. It always made me slightly uncomfortable. If it's a book that totally knocked my socks off, a five star rating is easy. But what if it was good, but not great? What if it's a book that has elements that were great and some that happen to be pet peeves of mine? What if I was just having a bad week and my inner red pencil was over agitated? And what if it's a book that just isn't entirely my kind of book - but would be totally another person's cup of tea?

So, no more stars from me. But if it's here, I liked it. If I don't enjoy a book, I put it down unfinished, and those don't get listed in my catalog.

GroupsCrime, Thriller & Mystery, Crimespace, Librarians who LibraryThing, Library Society of the World, Midwest Writers/Readers, One LibraryThing, One Book


Favorite bookstoresCenturies & Sleuths Bookstore, Mystery One, Once Upon a Crime, The Book Mark, The Mystery Company, Uncle Edgar's Mystery Bookstore

Favorite librariesFolke Bernadotte Memorial Library, Gustavus Adolphus College


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Real nameBarbara Fister

LocationSt. Peter, Minnesota

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Member sinceMay 4, 2007

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Hrm. Then I very selfishly want to see your take on it. It seemed like our investigator got over his initial unwillingness to interact with a woman too quickly to me - but I don't know the culture at all, so I had to take the author's word for it.

But it was good enough that I'm sad my library doesn't have the sequel.
Have you read Finding Nouf? I'm thinking you'll dig on the strong sense of place aspect, and the mystery is pretty good too.

Gustavus is usually Gustav - Gus changes the sound of the u and flummoxes me. :)
I really enjoyed your reviews of The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest. Thanks!

Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your review of [The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest] - spot on!
yay! I found out there was a new John Harvey because you reviewed it (but I won't read the review til I read it.) Also, it may amuse you to know that one of our dogs is named after Gustavus Adolphus. :)

Just a LibraryThing happy thought for the day.
Glad to contribute, actually, despite the photo being different from the book cover. Dr. Hackenbush is my friend's self-published eBook, she gave me a copy to test if the ePub format worked on an iPad (it did). I'm reading the Fourth Part of the World, it has a section on the Travels of Sir John Madeville, and since it was available in ePub format as well, decided to add it to my list.

Cheers! and hope your book becomes a massive best-seller…
Yes, I have been very happy to find Librarything. I have posted all my books as I read them. It has been a great way to post the month's reads on the list as well. I particularly use the tag "4MA" for our group reads so I can looks back over the year and see how much joining the group has influenced, enhanced or added to my reading.
Thanks for looking at my library.
Nice review of "The Long Legged Fly."
thanks for the compliment Barbara! I liked your site too :-)
Well, that leaves something to look forward to in 2010.
Was with Mary Boone and told her what I wrote to you. She liked it.
Four librarians made a trip to Aunt Agatha's in Ann Arbor to see S.J. Rozan who
told people we were all "mad as hatters" and then went on to Ikea. I now have more
books to add. Came away with five books from there, plus 4 ARCs from Willetta Heising who
met us at Ikea.
It's okay that you write slowly. Anticipation is good.
ALA is in Chicago this summer. Mary and I will be at the SinC booth.

I agree with you about the star rating, Barbara. However, were I to give stars, both of your books
would be 5 stars. Am eagerly awaiting the new book. Unless, of course, it is a walking guide
to Minneapolis. Doris Ann
Thanks :)
I am really disappointed about In Deep. I was looking forward to learning more about Konstantine.(Sigh). Hey, you can pass that draft to me. heeheehee... I'll read it. Not even an independent publisher will pick it up? Well, that stinks. I guess I'll just enjoy On Edge as a stand alone novel. But I will search for your new book in April.

Have a great day and thanks for the response.

Barbara, I really enjoyed On Edge and I have been waiting for a sequel.Will there be one?
I'm so sad The Wire is ending. Do you know of any view-alikes?

(I think I just made that up.)
Well, I know we talked a while back and I had some concerns. So now I have my library here, on my desktop and goodreads. I'm not sure how I'll maintain them all, but we'll see.

Talk to you soon.
It's taken me the better part of a year to enter the books I have in my catalog. It's not just the books I have now. It's all the books I've read since 1978. Well, all the books up through authors whose names start with R. Another six months and I may have them all entered in one place.
Hi Barbara!
Glad to see another Reaves fan. Will look for you in Mystery Scene, and congratulations on your upcoming novel! - Sophie
Hi Barbara! I hadn't logged in to LibraryThing for about half a year, but I'm back now. What fun.
Hi there, librarian, reader, and writer! Thank you for all of your help with my article. I hope you'll stay in touch and let me know when your book is out. Congratulations! ... Katie
Hey Barfly,
It's Jean langlais from 4MA and I love to make LibraryThing friends. Iam afraid I don't use this tool as much as I would like, but I find it valuable nonetheless.

Sometimes I get a little fed up with the Irish bias in this city, frankly. But I also read "Mystic River" and saw the movie and I can understand the connection.

There used to be a huge Swedish neighborhood in Andersonville (northwest side), but now it's turned gay (hard to know how the Swedes feel about that) and only the restaurants are left. Ann Sather's has the best breakfast's with sweet rolls that are out of this world. It's the only place that makes food that tastes like my grandmother used to make.

All the Swedes are in the suburbs now. Wimps.

But, yeah, the Irish are still there in Chicago and they make up a sizable population.

Thanks - I stand corrected (and so does the review).
I saw your comment on "The Blade Itself." As a life-long Chicagoan, I can tell you that the Irish community is huge (Mayor Daley!). The names like Patrick and Seamus are commonplace. I know more Irish people than I do members of my own ethnicity (Swedish), and the tales they tell are truly amazing. Most describe themselves as "recovering Catholics." :-)

I know that Boston got the Irish rep., but we have a St. Patrick's Day to rival Boston's every year.

Lynn (not a drop Irish, but my brother-in-law is a McSweeeney and named his boy Dylan. Can you get more Irish than that?)

I have all my books cataloged on an Excel spreadsheet but haven't figured out how to get that on the internet so I can access it so have started (slowly) putting them on here. It has been really nice being able to see Stop You're Killing Me when I am at the library or the bookstore and hopefully having my books on this website will save me money as I won't buy so many duplicates. I have a Blackjack phone and accessing the internet is about as techy as I can get.
Hi, Barbara. I am a lurker on 4MA and have decided to try this site out so I can access what books I own using the internet on my phone. I always enjoy your posts at the group.
Hi Barbara - I think it might be time for a 4MA Group around here :)

Karen C
I'm surprised that so far we 'share' only one book - but I am putting in some back records and maybe we'll have more coincidences
Good to meet up here too Barbara. An Interesting place. I like the chance to see what other people have said about books I've read.
Hey there--I don't get onto Library Thing nearly often enough myself. Just trying to update my library a little today and noticed you'd stopped by. Good to see you here! Cheryl
Hi Barbara - yes, Born on a blue day was interesting - I think I read it in one go.

best wishes :-)

Thanks for stopping by my library. One of the reasons why I like this place so much is that I can have a good nosey through other people's books! I really appreciated the LT interface as well, since it imported my Excel catalog and saved me typing everything all over again.
I've noticed ning is a bit of a hog for resources.
Hello - thanks for stopping by my library page - I am happier in here, and on my blog, than crimespace - which keeps crashing my computer ")
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