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100 Books in 2017 Challenge

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Hi, in the past couple of years I have been away from LibraryThing for health reasons, prior to that I was a member of the 250 Challenge and one year I did manage to reach my goal. This year I have decided to be more realistic and aim for 100 or more. To date I have read 17 which I will list in a separate post.

I like mysteries - police procedurals, ecclesiasticals, and medieval are some of my favourites. I have been reading a lot of World War I and II novels, mysteries and non-fiction lately. I think because of the one hundredth anniversary of the start of WW I in 1914 there has been more focus on the two world wars by writers, in particular fiction writers. In novels it varies depending on what I see and my mood. I read a mix of non-fiction it depends on what catches my eye. I like history, biography and literary travel.

I read e-books and find titles to read from lists published by bookbud.com, Crime Writers of Canada, and Stop You're Killing Me among others. Also by following books like this on Amazon.ca and, of course, LibraryThing recommendations.

I am a retired librarian living in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. In one of my jobs I also ran a publishing company and did editing hence my comments, complaints about 'loose' books! 📚

In honour of Canada's 150 birthday I have decided to turn this into a 150 Book challenge for 2017. 🇨🇦

Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 11:17pm Top

January 2017 - not in the order read:

M.D. Grayson, Danny Logan P. I., Seattle, Washington
Angel Dance
No Way To Die
Isabel's Run
Mona Lisa Eyes
Blue Molly And I am waiting for number 6 in the series!

The Japanese Lover, Isabel Allende
A young Jewish girl is sent from Poland to relatives in San Francisco in 1939. There she meets the gardner's son who is Japanese. His family is interned by the government for the duration of the war and are not allowed to return to California. Their story is told as a memoir. The was a fair amount of repetition hence the half star.

A Daughter's Tale: The Memoir of Winston Churchill's Youngest Child, Mary Soames
The early years of Mary Churchill's live with an emphasis on WW II. She served with a mixed corp involved with antiaircraft tracking and shooting down bombs mainly over London. She also served as an aid to her father, prime minister of Great Britain, on trips to Canada, Washington, D.C., Paris and Berlin. The book ends with her marriage to Christopher Soames in 1946.

The Sisters of St. Croix, Diney Costeloe
A young English woman, finding out she was adopted, flees to France to visit an unknown aunt, a nun, to learn about her history. With the coming of WW II both become involved in the French resistance.

Under the Sun, M.W. Kennard
The Danish resistance, a downed British pilot and romance.

The Plum Tree, Ellen Marie Wiseman
Christine and Isaac fall in love, but in Germany in 1938, this is forbidden vas he is a Jew. The Plum Tree follows Christine and her family through WW II, her father is sent to the eastern front and becomes a Russian POW, Christine is dent to a concentration camp. It is an interesting story providing the war experience by a poor German family who don't support Hitler. However the editing could have been much better to make it tighter, with less repetition. That is why I only gave it 3 stars.

Murder in G Major, Alexia Gordon
Gethsemane Brown, with the help of an Irish ghost, investigates a twenty-five year old murder of the ghost's wife. At the same time she is trying to focus young teenage boys on music and an important orchestra competition.

Broken Angels, Gemma Liviero
From the Polish ghetto to a German orphanage, raising Aryan babies as well as experiments on Jewish women and fertility. This brings Jewish Elsi
Romanian Matilda and Willen, a Nazi doctor together as they try to help each other survive the war.

Picture This, Tobsha Learner
I did not read the Early Reviewers description of this book carefully enough. What I took from it was art world and mystery and this is true, Maxine Doubleday's exhibit at Felix Baum's gallery in New York is not well received and she commits suicide. A year later an English photographer, Susie Thomas, is in New York preparing an exhibit for the same gallery and she has a connection to Doubleday. The question becomes did Maxine Doubleday jump from the bridge or was she pushed?
I did not read the entire book just the beginning and the end, which confirmed a couple of suspicions I had from the opening chapters. I didn't find the book very well written and I don't think the erotica was necessary to the plot. If I had read the book blurb more carefully I wouldn't have requested it. It is other people's taste just not mine.
I do like the cover, it represents the title well and in a print edition would be very eye catching on a book store shelf.
This review was written for Early Reviewers.

#14 - 16
The Glassblowers Trilogy, Petra Durst-Benning
The Glassblower
The American Lady
The Paradise of Glass
The Steinmann sisters are forced, upon the death of their father, to support themselves in the mid-1880's in Germany. Marie becomes the first woman glassblower in the region known for glass and she starts a line of Christmas tree ornaments. Johanna works for a glass wholesaler until she returns to help manage Marie's studio. Ruth, leaves an unhappy marriage and goes to America with her lover, Stephen Miles. Her daughter, Wanda, returns to Germany to try and help the family.

To Dwell in Darkness, Deborah Crombie
I love the Gemma James, Duncan Kincaid police procedural series set in London. The seventeenth title is being released February 7 so I reread this in order to refresh my memory and be prepared for Garden of Lamentations.

January = 17

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February 2017

Water Soluble Pencils, Carole Massey
A basic introduction to using watercolour pencils and the appropriate paper, brushes and other tools. There are exercises to learn the techniques. Informative and practical.

Feb 5, 2017, 9:41am Top

Welcome aboard! I'm also a big fan of police procedurals, so I will be watching your thread for suggestions.

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Hiroshima Maidens, Rodney Barker

8:15 a.m., August 6, 1945 the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Barker presents the lives of twenty-five young woman, who were school girls when the bomb fall, and collectively became know as the Hiroshima Maidens. They travelled to New York City in 1955 for plastic surgery to free their arms from fixed positions and to undergo skin grafts to repair damage to their face, neck and arms. Major Japanese American commitment supported the project with funding, free medical aid, billeting by the Quakers and over all support for the twelve to eighteen months the women were in the United States. Barker follows the women and their lives, successes and failures through to the early 1980's. His family had a personal connection as one of the young women stayed in their home and was a big sister to him.
This book presents a different side of the bombing, and war in that it's focus is the suffering of civilians and the on going impact it has on their lives. There were numerous attempts to draw the women into discussion of their views of the United States' use of the bomb to end the war and possible future use. It was not part of the group's role to politizies their experiences, although some spoke out individually later in life.

Edited: Mar 22, 2017, 8:55pm Top

The Suez Canal, S. C. Burchell

In 1832 French diplomat Ferdinand de Lesseps lay in a hospital bed in Alexandria, Egypt waiting to take up his post when he was given the "Description de le Egypte" to help him pass the time. The volume he picked up described the engineering study into a canal from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea which Napoleon had commissioned in 1798. It became Lesseps dream to build the Suez Canal.

In 1855 he received a commission from Egypt to go ahead, but that was just the beginning. Raising the money and overcoming England's opposition were major obstacles but he let nothing deter him and finally in 1859 construction started. The plan was to connect five dry desert lakes which would be filled with sea water once the forty miles of sand and rock was dug out. It started with men and shovels as there was no money for equipment but that changed when Napoleon III finally gave his official backing to the project.

Ten years in the making the Suez Canal opened with great fanfare on November 17, 1869. With the Industrial Revolution and the need for raw products from the east and finished products moving from the west the canal was an immediate success.

Politics have continued to play a role in who has control of the Suez Canal, France, then Egypt, then Britain and back to Egypt where it remains today.

Ferdinard le Lesseps dream was for a canal that would be used by all nations. At the base of his statue in Port Said these words express his dream "Open the land to all nations."

I gave the book 4 1/2 stars because it is missing two appendices I would have found most interesting, the technical information on the width, depth, number of workers, actual budget figures and the like. The second would be clear maps showing the areas dug out, the five lakes and the canal. There is a gallery with photos of some of the work but not in detail.

Edited: Feb 6, 2017, 5:31pm Top

You had the much the same reaction to Picture This as I did, and made the same mistake in requesting it. Great minds!

Fixed the touchstone. Picture This is a popular title.

Edited: Mar 22, 2017, 8:51pm Top

Garden of Lamentations, Deborah Crombie
Gemma James is called into another station's investigation of the murder of a 24 year old young woman. Kincaid is surprised to learn of the return from leave of his former boss Dennis Child. An attack on Child pushes Duncan further into the investigation of undercover police.

Feb 7, 2017, 10:57pm Top

Good luck with your challenge! I'm impressed that you managed 250 books one year, I haven't made even 100 for the past few years. This year, I will again! :)

Edited: Apr 16, 2017, 11:43pm Top

212, Alafair Burke
Attacking people through the internet, high class prostitution and the access to secrets and blackmail possibilities that both entail creates a complex murder investigation for NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and her partner.

Edited: Mar 22, 2017, 8:50pm Top

The Third Girl, Nell Goddin
Molly Sutton, from Boston, moves to a small French village and runs a bed and breakfast. As she becomes familiar with the village she becomes involved in a murder investigation of a missing art student. Slow.

Edited: Jun 6, 2017, 3:22am Top

The Funeral Dress, Susan Gregg Gilmore
Working as a piece stitcher in a dress factory in a dirt poor area of the southern states Emmalee struggles with mothering her new born daughter.

Edited: Mar 22, 2017, 8:50pm Top

The Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood
Phryne Fisher is introduced as a very rich, bored, society young woman from England who returns to Australia on a whim. She left Melbourne as a poverty stricken ten year old but because of deaths in the line of succession her father comes up roses and wealthy to boot. Her whim to become a private investigator actually has a job attached to it which leads her into a cocaine distribution ring as well as back street abortions. Fortunately she is an intelligent social butterfly!
I look forward to more in the series.

Feb 15, 2017, 5:48pm Top

Phryne Fisher is a wonderful character, glad you enjoyed the first book! (Can I assume the "Pharynx" in your review is due to autocorrect? :)

Edited: Mar 22, 2017, 8:49pm Top

The Paris Wife, Paula McLain
The bare facts of this fictionalized biography are Hadley Richardson met Earnest Hemmingway in Chicago in 1920, they married in 1921, lived in Paris for most of their marriage and divorced in 1927. At the same time she provides a good view of the 1920's literary scene
With Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ford Maddox Ford amd other American authors.
Paula McLain, while keeping to the facts builds on this and presents a well rounded account of the marriage. Hadley grows into a strong woman, true to herself and her ongoing love for Ernest. In Hemingway you find a man, although broken and afraid from events in WW I and in need of friends and support, willing to step on his friends and make fun of them and their talents in his writing. Easily led by Pauline he turns his back on the best person and support in his life. He doesn't come out of this book looking well.

Feb 19, 2017, 11:04am Top

Autocorrect is a nuisance at times. Thanks for pointing that out, my eyes saw what they expected to see. I actually read the first five titles some years ago as I slowly realized as I read this. I will reread them over time.

Edited: Mar 22, 2017, 8:49pm Top

#27 The Ophelia Cut, John Lescroart
Moses McGuire is accused of the murder of the man who brutally raped his daughter and is being defended by his brother-in-law, Dismas Hardy. The police have little to no substantive evidence but the case has turned into a political football involving the chief of police who wants it solved quickly and so directly takes over the investigation, a dirty city politician who wants it closed so no one looks closely at the activities of the dead man, and the police investigators who don't look beyond Moses. It is a difficult case for Hardy.

Feb 22, 2017, 6:10pm Top

If you liked the Paris Wife you might like Loving Frank, about Frank LLoyd Wright's first wife. Sort of along the same lines, but liked this better.

Edited: Mar 22, 2017, 8:48pm Top

#28. The Keeper, John Lescroart
Katie Chase goes missing the evening before Thanksgiving and her husband, Hal, a guard at the San Francisco jail becomes an immediate suspect. With no substantive evidence he is arrested. A newspaper columnist brings to the publics attention the number of deaths, sucidies and OD's that have occurred in the jail and lays the claim that the jail administration are behind this. Is Katie's death tied into the coverup of these crimes or is their another explanation?

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#29 The Fall, John Lescroart

Rebecca Hardy takes on her first murder case which has many challenges. Her client has pushed for having his case heard as soon as possible which greatly limits her prep. time, he becomes a friend as well as a client and he becomes personal involved with Harding's assistant which adds pressure. As with all Lescroart books the plot flows well, characters from previous books float in and out adding to the depth of the plot development. The trial ends with a very surprising twist leaving Hardy with a puzzle to solve. Good read.

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#30 Straight, Dick Francis

Jockey Derek Franklin's brother Greville, dies in a senseless accident. Derek inherits his business, gemstones business, gadgets, enemies, horses and even his mistress.

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# 31 Damage, Felix Francis
Jeff Hinkley, undercover investigator for the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), is drawn into an investigation to determine who is trying to destroy the BHA and jump racing in Britain.

I keep returning to Dick, and now Felix, Francis for a comfort read!

February = 15
Total = 31

Edited: Jun 6, 2017, 3:19am Top

March 2017

# 32 Smokescreen, Dick Francis

Edward Lincoln completes the last scenes of a movie which has him left in the desert handcuffed in a car. He then goes to South Africa to help a friend with her race horses. There the movie scene becomes real life. In the movie the focus was on the mental aspects of being left to die but he realizes when he is undergoing the real thing, no stopping for lunch, it is the physical that is the hardest thing to cope with. And it is all because he was given the gold mine shares someone else wanted to inherit.

Edited: Nov 9, 2017, 4:45pm Top

# 33. The Bootlegger's Goddaughter, Melodie Campbell
Melodie Campbell got her start writing stand-up comedy and she carries that talent through to the writing of The Bootlegger's Goddaughter. Gina Gallo's wedding day is three days away and Christmas not far on so after a day of errands and shopping she is more than annoyed when her purse and shopping bag is stolen and, although she chases the thief he gets away with a cheeky wave. Then the news, from many sources, that Zia Sophia in Sicily saw a crow, a sign of bad luck, and that a winter storm was heading towards southern Ontario. The wedding champagne is stolen, along with a truck of booze, and finally the reception hall nearly burns down when a still blows up. Oh, did I mention that Gina's family is part of the Mob, but she tries her hardest to stay out of the business!

The Bootlegger's Goddaughter is the fifth in the Gina Gallo mystery series which are published as part of the Rapid Read literacy series. The second title The Goddaughter's Revenge won the 2014 Derringer and the 2014 Arthur Ellis awards.
Reviewed for Early Reviewers.

Edited: Jun 6, 2017, 3:18am Top

# 34. The Brendan Voyage Across The Atlantic In A Leather Boat, Tim Severin
Tim Severin sets out to, as historical as possible, replica the voyages of the Irish monk Saint Brendan to the Promise Land to the west of Ireland, the new world. Saint Brendan made his voyages over a period of seven summers, approximately one thousand years ago. Severin made his aboard the Brendan in the summers of 1976 and 1977.

Following closely the information in the Navigatio Sancti Brendani Abbatis the recorded history of the saint's voyage, an open curragh was made of forty-nine oxhides stitched together with a flax thread to forming a patchwork quilt and then stretched over an ash frame. The flexibility of the hide and the ash was extremely important in the sailing and survival of the craft. Two tarpaulins mid and aft provide shelter, covered storage, sleeping quarters for the five then four crew, as well as cooking and radio facilities. Saint Brendan traveled with a crew of twelve to fourteen.

Based on his interpretation of the Navigatio Severin believed the route was north to the Hebrides, then west to the Faroes, Iceland and then to Newfoundland, Canada. His account of the wild North Atlantic waters, the icebergs of Greenland, the people encountered on route would make for a wild seafaring yarn except this is nonfiction, a true life adventure!

Severin provides detailed information on his research and even the ebook contains some photos. What is missing are maps, for me a deduction of half
a star. Highly recommended.
Reviewed for Early Reviewers

Edited: Jun 6, 2017, 3:16am Top

#35 From Sand and Ash, Amy Harmon
Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco met when they were children in 1929 and there lives joined forever. He became a priest, she was Jewish, he tried to hide her in a convent in Rome during World War II, instead she helped print false documents for people hidden by the Catholic Church, and became a secretary to a German officer. But their lives were joined forever, they just needed to work it through.

Edited: Jun 6, 2017, 3:15am Top

# 36. George and Marina Duke and Duchess of Kent, Christopher Warwick

Marina, a descendant of the Russian royal family, the Danish royal family and the British royal family, was a member of the Greek royal family. Following a political coup her family became wandering exiles. George, fourth son of King George V and Queen Mary, was a man about town, had bi-sexual relationship and at one time was addicted to cocaine and heroine as well as a lover of art, music and fine antiques. Two very different people who shared a short marriage before George died in a wartime plane crash and Marina carried on raising a family of three, maintaining strong connections with her own family and carrying out a full range of royal duties. She died of a brain tumour at age 61.

Edited: Jun 6, 2017, 3:14am Top

# 37. Chasing Paris, Jen Carter

Discovering her grandmother is really her great-aunt and that her grandmother left her family and disappeared for years leads Amy on a search to discover why this was a family secret and why did her grandmother do it.

Edited: Jun 6, 2017, 3:13am Top

# 38. The Color of the Water in July, Nora Carroll
Jess inherits the family cottage from her grandmother. As a child she spend all her summers there until she was seventeen when she left it for good. Now, at thirty-three she reluctantly returns with plans to sell it quickly but once there she is caught up in her family's story and tries to discover the truth.

Edited: Mar 16, 2017, 7:23pm Top

# 39. Loving Eleanor, Susan Wittig Albert
Loving Eleanor by Susan Wittig Albert is what I term a factionalized biography. All of the characters, except for three, are real people; the three exceptions are used to either move the plot along or as a way of introducing necessary information. An example of the latter is an up-stairs maid who tells outsiders about the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena "Hicks" Hickok. Witting Albert read the correspondence between the two women as well as researched the time period and people involved. So, although it is fiction it is true to the history of the lives of the two women.

The represention of Eleanor as less than confident and reluctant to be the First Lady goes counter to the reputation she has but makes sense when her childhood is examined. The focus in other books I have read, including the mystery series by her son Elliott, is on what she did as First Lady, the weekly women's press conference, her "My Day" newspaper column (both suggested by Hicks), social engagements and community and committee meetings as well as representing her husband, FDR, across the country. In "Loving Eleanor" we see how much being First Lady supresses the real Eleanor or as Hicks expresses it the personage takes over Eleanor the person.

FDR's love life extended beyond his marriage and carried on until his death, a woman he had a relationship with dating back to the 1920's was with him when he died. Much less is known about Eleanor's bisexual relationships. At least one author, Doris Faber was in her words "in something like a classic state of shock" when she went to research a book on Eleanor Roosevelt and discovered the correspondence between Eleanor and Hicks. After attempts to have the material locked away for thirty ot forty more years failed she wrote The Life of Lorena Hicks, reinterpreting the material and demeaning Hicks and her accomplishments.

Hicks was a professional journalist who, in 1928 when she met Eleanor, was the only woman reporter working for the Associated Press in the New York bureau and was covering the Democratic ticket in the 1928 presidential and New York governortorial races, Al Smith for president and Franklin D. Roosevelt for governor. She saw a story in Mrs. Roosevelt and thus it began.

"Loving Eleanor" presented a new side of Eleanor Roosevelt and introduced Lorena Hickok who was previously just a name to me. It is well researched, well written, interesting and entertaining.

Edited: Apr 16, 2017, 11:44pm Top

# 40. The Traitor's Story, Kevin Wignall

The Traitor's Stoty brings together two events that happened six years apart. The first, titled "History" tells of a failed British Intelligence sting operation in Estonia which results in Charles 'Finn' Harrington being labeled as a traitor. Six years later a fifthteen year old girl runs away and her parents turn to Finn for help, knowing him to be a former spy,. In doing this he discovers that he has been under surveillance for the past two years. As the history and the present merge Finn works to set himself free from the events of six years ago so he can live a 'normal' life.

Edited: Mar 19, 2017, 7:50am Top

# 41. Felony Murder Rule, Sheldon Siegel

California has an obscure law, the Felony Murder Rule, which means if you are with someone who causes a murder to happen you can be charged with murder. Thomas Nguyen is sitting in a car outside a liquor store in San Francisco while his friend goes in for beer. The store owner thinks Duc Tho is going to pull a gun and rob him so within five secoof Tho's entrance he takes five bullets in the chest, The owner, Ortega Cruz, claimed it was self defence, so Thomas was charged with murder under the Felony Murder Rule. Mike Daley, out of private practice and in the Public Defenders Office takes on the case.

Mar 19, 2017, 10:48pm Top

# 42. A Hunter's Prayer, Kevin Wignal aka For the Dogs
Ella Hatto' father, mother and seventeen year old younger brother are murdered by a hired hit man. She is in Italy and survives the attempt on her life because her father had hired a bodyguard to follow and protect her. The book provides an interesting look at the way such hits are set up, the middle man, the hired killer, the numbered account to keep it all secret and hoe Ella exacts revenge.
⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

Edited: Apr 16, 2017, 11:35pm Top

# 43. The Little Paris Bookshop, Nina George

Jean Perdu sells books from his barge, the Literary Apothecary, moored on the Seine in Paris.He believes the right book can help one overcome whatever ails one, sleepless nights, sad love affairs, grief. But for the past twenty-one years he has not been able to face his own grief over the loss of his lover let alone recover from it.

Edited: Mar 23, 2017, 9:00pm Top

# 44. Wildcat V. I. Warshawski's First Case, Sara Paretsky
During the summer of 1967 there were race riots in Chicago and the violence was heightened by the presence of Martin Luther King. V. I. hears her cousin's uncle threaten her father and leave for the riot to find the policeman. She follows and becomes involved in her first murder investigation.

Edited: Mar 23, 2017, 9:00pm Top

# 45. The Spy, Paulo Coelho
October 15, 1917 Mata Hari gives her lawyer, Maitre Clunet, a letter for her daughter as she is taken by the police to be executed as a German spy. Through the letter we learn of her early life and what led her to this moment.

Edited: Mar 26, 2017, 9:32am Top

# 46. The Dollhouse, Fiona Davis

The Barbizon Hotel for Women in New York rented rooms to young women from across the country going to New York to become models, secretaries or the like. In 1952 the lives of a model, secretary and a maid became enmeshed and ended tragically. By 2016 the building had been converted to condos, except for some rooms for the remaining Barbizon women, now retired. A journalist seeks to determine the tragedy and write a history of the building, sometimes called The Dollhouse, and it's occupants.

Edited: Mar 28, 2017, 6:26pm Top

# 47. The Writers, Robert Wernick

Short biographical notes on eight writers: Ludwig Bemelmans, author of the Madeline series, Agatha Christie, Britain's First Lady of crime, Arthur Conan Doyle of Sherlock Holme's fame, Rudyard Kipling, the Anglo-Indian author of "Kim," Jack London who wrote of the north, Herman Melville who is best known for "Moby Dick," Ezra Poundwho introduced a new form of poetry to the world and George Sand (Aurora Dupin) the famous female French writer of the mid 1800's. A children's author, novelists, mystery writers and poets, a doctor, a whaler, a traitor. Why these writers? I don't know.

Edited: Mar 31, 2017, 11:56pm Top

# 48. The Miracle of Dunkirk, Walter Lord
A great book The Miracle of Dunkirk by Walter Lord. I knew about the evacuation of the British army from the beaches of Dunkirk in May, 1940 but I didn't know much more. Lord explains what the Germans did to make it necessary and how the telephone communications system the French insisted upon failed completely so no one, the army in Northern Europe or the command officers in Dover or the war cabinet in London, had a clue what was actually happening on the ground. And finally how it was done, using fishing boats, pleasure crafts, destroyers and every size of boat available to evacuate close to 400,000 English and French soldiers from France to England. An amazing feat that is well told using official records as well as personal recollections. Highly recommended.

March = 17
Total = 48

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April 2017

# 49. In Farleigh Field, Rhys Bowen

At the beginning of WW II some members of the upper classes felt Britain would be better off having the Duke of Windsor back on the throne and peace made with German. Following the discovery of the body of a German spy in a field of Farleigh and the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Churchill there it is essential that the pro-German sympathizers be identified and stopped from killing Churchill.

Edited: Apr 4, 2017, 5:01am Top

# 50. Kate Middleton: Our Princess, Irene Bell

A superficial overview of Kate Middleton's life as told by a reporter. Some interesting information on her family's background, a life of poverty working as coal miners on her mother's side to the wealth earned by her mother's idea for a party business which grew from a one person kitchen company to a multi-employee business. The book ends with the birth of Prince George.

Edited: Apr 6, 2017, 3:40pm Top

# 51. Dead Lawyers Don't Lie, Mark Nolan

Jake Wolfe, former Marine, is a photojournalist in San Francisco who witnesses the assassination of a lawyer and gets a photo of the assassin. Once this hits the air Jake is a marked man. A Russian is identified as the assassin and the SFPD, the FBI, the Secret Service and Jake and his dog are all involved in finding and eliminating him as the killings continue. A great read, I didn't want to put it down.

Edited: Apr 16, 2017, 11:46pm Top

# 52. The Girl With No Name, Diney Costeloe

Lisa, a young German is evacuated to England in August, 1939 and placed with a foster family. When the Blitz starts she is caught outside a shelter, loses her memory and is again evacuated to an English village where she becomes Charlotte. She ends the war working in a children's home in London.

Edited: Apr 11, 2017, 5:27am Top

# 53. The Married Girls, Diney Costeloe

This is the follow-up to The Girl With No Name. Charlotte marries her Billy and settles happily into village life with their two children, until Billy dies in a riding accident. Felix returns with his unsuitable wife and Harry lurks in the background.

Edited: Apr 16, 2017, 11:44pm Top

# 54. While the World Is Still Asleep, Petra Durst-Benning

Berlin, 1889, Jo sees and rides her first bicycle and is in love with the freedom and the feel of the wind in her hair. Clare, Isabelle and Jo share that day and there lives will be marked by it, loves and lies, will define their future. And always the bicycle. The first in The Century Trilogy.

Apr 12, 2017, 6:19pm Top

Adding The Miracle of Dunkirk to the wishlist. I read Walter Lord's A Night to Remember, about the sinking of the Titanic, and recommend it highly.

Edited: Apr 13, 2017, 7:23pm Top

# 55. Quick and Clever Watercolour Pencils, Charles Evans
Evans provides a quick introduction to watercolour pencils and the takes the reader through a variety of projects, e.g., hills and moors, wild birds, still life. He provides good information on using brushes and water with the pencils.

Edited: Apr 15, 2017, 12:25pm Top

# 56. The Champagne Queen, Petra Durst-Benning
The second title in The Century Trilogy. Isabelle eloped with Leon, he inherited a vineyard in the Champagne region of France which she ends up running in an attempt to save her husband from selling it.

Edited: Apr 16, 2017, 12:55pm Top

# 57. Blood and Belonging, Vicky Delany
Blood and Belonging by Canadian author Vicki Delany is the third in the Ray Robertson Mystery series. Ray is a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) stationed in Haiti to assist in training and mentoring at the Haitian Police Academy.. While on holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands, with his wife, he finds a body on the beach when he is out jogging. This involves him in the refugees from Haiti who are landed in the Turks and Caicos instead of there expected destination, the United States.

Blood and Belonging is part of the Rapid Read series published for ESL students, reluctant readers and people with literacy problems. This series offers short reads that would be of interest to adults. Based on my experience as an ESL tutor and the titles I have read in this series Rapid Reads meets its goal.

This book is a good, quick read that meets the Rapid Read goals and would also interest anyone looking for a short mystery. I recommend it.

An Early Reviewers book.

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# 58. Private Investigations, Quintin Jardine

A fender bender in a shopping mall parking lot reveals the body of a toddler in the trunk when the driver flees the scene on foot. The car he hit was Bob Skinner's. Skinner is asked to investigate the theft of a luxury yacht which, it's owner believes the police dismissed. The two apparently unrelated incidents lead to more deaths as the unified Scottish Police Force and Skinner follow different leads to a solution that will surprise the reader.

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# 59. Making a Mark: Letter to a Grandson on the Story of European Painting, Marjorie Ann Watts

Making a Mark: Letter to a Grandson on the Story of European Painting by Marjorie Ann Watts both hits and misses the mark. (Pun intended.) It was offered as an Early Reviewers title and I requested it because I justed started to paint and I thought a refresher on European art would be interesting. And it was, to a point.

The author started wiith cave paintings and ended with 21st century art. Information is provided on the artists, techniques and historical events. In that area the book achieves what it set out to do and on that bases I recommend it.

Where it completely misses the mark was the publisher's decision to publish it solely as an ebook. An art book without pictures is not an art book. Detailed information is provided whereby the reader can look at pictures on the internet, and while this maybe helpful for some it didn't work for me. Leaving the book to search the internet interrupted the flow of the book and became a nuisance, which meant I stopped doing it. Having run a publishing company for seven years and thus have some background in the publishing process, I really question the assumptions the publisher made about the book's audience and why they short-changed both the book and it's author by publishing Making a Mark as an ebook.

Ebooks are useful to readers who are looking for portable libraries, who don't want to be bothered by heavy, cumbersome books, who want to be able to adjust the font size. They are great for straightforward books. But, for me, once illustrations, photos, maps and the like are introduced they start to fail the reader as the technology does not support these in a large, clear format. This is where Making a Mark failed me.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 For the text.
⭐️⭐️ For presentation
⭐️⭐️⭐️ Overall

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# 60. Hour of Darkness, Quintin Jardine

The body of a murdered woman is identified as Bella Watson which brings forth crimes of two opposing crime lords, Manson and Holmes, from the past. An Edinburgh case Skinner gets involved because of the past history and it will hit closer to him than he can imagine before it is solved.

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# 61. Game Over, Quintin Jardine
A famous model, married to a famous footballer, is found murdered in Edinburgh, and the manager of the football club is arrested. Alex Skinner is hired to defend him and despite the overwhelming evidence she believes in his innocence. She persuades her father, a former policeman, Bob Skinner to investigate the case for her. Interesting twists and turns lead to the conclusion.

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# 62. The Lost Soldier, Diney Costeloe
In a grove of nine ash trees in a small English village eight trees were planted in remembrance of eight soldiers from the village who had served and died in World War I. The ninth tree appeared overnight with a marker The Unknown Soldier. This is the story behind that tree.

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# 63. Closure, John Lescroart
A psychological short story in which the assassin over reaches herself and faces fatal consequences.

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# 64. My Favorite Husband, Pam McCutcheon
Perhaps it was done in the wrong order but Kelly married for the second time in the morning and buried her first husband in the afternoon. Then #1, missing in the jungle for five years reappears in time to go on the honeymoon. It gets more confusing and silly.

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# 65. The Night Lives On: The Untold Stories and Secrets Behind the Sinking of the "Unsinkable" Ship—Titanic, Walter Lord

The Titanic was a disaster in the making: the shortcomings in building it, the captain's casual approach to navigating a ship the size of the Titanic, the handling of information on icebergs in the area provided by other ships, the number and loading of the lifeboats, the lack of exposure the crew and passengers had to lifeboat drill, the lack of information provided to both crew and passengers once the iceberg had been hit and more. Lord's second book on the Titanic disaster is based on personal interviews and extensive research. He takes this book from the construction of the ship to its discovery in 1985.

April = 17
Total = 65

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# 66. Long Upon the Land, Margaret Maron
Susan Stephenson has been brought up to be a proper lady, to marry, have children and do good work but there is something within her that rebels at this, she wants more. She wants to do something that is real and different. While working at the airfield in Goldsboro in 1943 she meets a flight instructor who before he goes overseas gives her his lighter and makes her promise to not waste her life by playing it safe as he did.
Forward to the present Deborah Knott is wishing she had listened more to her mother, Susan, the last summer they were together and found out how the proper lawyer's daughter from town married a bootlegger with eight sons. So she sets out speaking to everyone she thinks will know and ends with her father who provides the last bits of the love story.
As always there is an interesting murder to be solved as well.
I enjoy Maron's novels and this one satisfied my curiosity as well as Deborah's regarding her family history.

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# 67. The Bookshop on the Corner, Jenny Colgan
Nina loves her library that has story times for children, services for seniors, literacy tutoring and she especially loved recommending the right book to someone. She is devastated when the library is closed but decides to follow her dream and so buys a van to serve as a travelling book store. This leads her to a new life in the Scottish highlands.

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# 68. A Family of Kings The descendants of Christian IX of Denmark, Theo Aronson

One would expect to find the descendants of Queen Victoria on the European thrones today, but, surprisingly of the seven European countries with kings or queens five have descendants of King Christian IX of Denmark on their thrones, Denmark, England, Norway, Belgium, and Spain and if Greece were to recognize their king that would make six.
The major focus is on Christian IX's immediate family, Alexandra who married Edward VII, Dagmar, future Empress of Russia, wife of Alexander II, his son who became George I of Greece and their children. An interesting read.

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# 69. Death of a Temptress, P.F. Ford

Detective Sargent Dave Slater has taken the fall for the sloppy work of senior cops in London. He is assigned a cold case involving a missing woman and assigned a partner, Norman Norman, who is in similar straits. One missing woman leads to prostitution, policy corruption and murder. A good read, I will read more in this series.

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# 70. A Complete Fiasco, P. F. Ford

A mobster from London has decended on Tinton followed by a policeman intent on capturing him. What follows is a disaster with the mob guy escaping and all the blame laid on the local police, Dave Slater in particular.

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# 71. Designated Daughters, Margaret Maron
Deborah Knott's aunt is smothered to death and she and Dwight believe the answer as to why and whom can be found in the old lady's ramblings just prior to her death.

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# 72. One Coffee With, Margaret Maron
Lt. Sigrid Harald, NYPD, is investigating a murder caused by poison in a coffee cup at the Art Department of a local university. The major problem is determining exactly who was suppose to die.

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# 73. Death of a Butterfly, Margaret Maron

A nasty woman is murdered and there are too many suspects, her ex-husband, her former employer, her brother. All have motives as she was a blackmailer, a lier, a thief and more.

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# 74. Bewreathed, Margaret Maron
Chronologically, this story takes place between "Rituals of the Season" and "Winter’s Child." An increasing number of home robberies are happening and the only common thread is having a one or more newspapers delivered.
# 75. With This Ring, Margaret Maron

With this Ring is a short story that fits in between High Country Fall and Rituals of the Season. Deborah and Dwight are invited to a dance where all the women wear a bride's maid dress.

# 76. Deborah's Judgement, Margaret Maron
Deborah Knott is running for a district judgeship and family circumstances, involving friends of her mother's, cause her to make her first legal judgement. This predates Bootlegger's Daughter.

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I have enjoyed the 20 titles in Maron's Judge Deborah Knott series. Now she is returning to an earlier series and her next book will be Take Out, the ninth in the Sigrid Harald police procedural series started in 1981 and the last title written in 1995. In preparation I decided to reread the entire series.

# 77. Death in Blue Folders, Margaret Maron

A top New York lawyer is murdered, his office ransacked and some files burned. The cases in the blue folders stand out, not just by colour, but because of the prominent people involved. What was he up too?

# 78. The Right Jack, Margaret Maron

Lt. Sigrid Harald, NYPD, is investigating a bombing at a cribbage tournament. Links are made back to the more violent student protests against the Vietnam War in the late 1960's and early 1970's.

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# 79. Baby Doll Games, Margaret Maron

The lights come down on a Halloween dance concert for children when a dancer is brutally murdered during the performance. Lt. Sigrid Harald and hr NYPD team are hard pressed to follow the tangled threads, one of which leads back to the murder of a child almost a year previous.

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# 80. Corpus Christmas, Margaret Maron

Corpus Christmas is sixth in the Sigrid Harald series. The case of the box of tiny bones, wrapped in four newspapers from the 1930's to 1947, is overshadowed by the murder of a well known art historian in Breul House.

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# 81. Growth Marks, Margaret Maron

Grace Currin is finding it difficult to leave the house in which she brought up her family. It is not the 'things' that matter and in the process she learns something new about her son.

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# 82. Just A Coincidence, P. F. Ford
The body of a young woman is found and nearby a dog finds the bones of her sister and niece, missing for 15 years. A plane is heard flying from a small airport at night on a regular bases and the police are investigating a smuggling ring. The body fell from a low flying plane on a Monday night, the night the plane is regularly heard. A coincidence?

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Can anyone join your group>
How? I am new to LT

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Yes, please join. On the Group Page at the top right there is a Join this group button, just click on it and follow the instructions.

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# 83. Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein
Maddie Brodatt is a pilot in the civilian Air Transport Auxiliary, her friend Julia Beaufort-Stuart is a Special Operations Executive agent and both are involved in World War II work where "Loose Lips Sink ships." Both women end up in France, Julia a German prisoner and Maddie working with the French Resistance to determine what happened to her.

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# 84. Past Imperfect, Margaret Maron

In the seventh book in the series Sigrid Harald is forced to look at the real lives of her parents which don't always agree with her childhood memories. As well as the deception and death of a member of her team.

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# 85. Fugitive Colors, Margaret Maron
In one day in February Harald faces the death and deception of one member of her team (see Past Imperfect), her father's feet of clay and the death of Oscar Nauman in a car accident in California. In Fugitive Colors she grieves, she changes. Her case takes place inside the world of art more than any other and brings together art stolen in World War II and the art world of today.

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# 86. Florence, P. F. Ford

An old man is found dead in his home, first it is attributed to natural causes but later it becomes a murder case. The investigation leads Slater and Norman to a long closed orphanage, a former chief constable whose house has been robbed, a lawyer who seems to have everyone involved as a client and a bag lady who drifts about town like a ghost. It takes time and digging to solve this case.

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# 87. The Wrong Man, P. F. Ford

She is described as an angel, a friend and helper caught in an abusive marriage and now he has murdered her. Others say she was a sex addict and cared only about herself. Slater has one opinion on who the evidence clears but Norman strongly disagrees. Who is right? Can they come together to solve this case?

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# 88. The Big Book of Canada (Updated Edition): Exploring the Provinces and Territories, Christopher Moore
The Big Book of Canada (Updated Edition): Exploring the Provinces and Territories by Christopher Moore has a large mandate to fill and it pretty much meets it. The historical, geographical, political and industrial sections on each province/territory provide a good overview and the information is about the right depth for it's audience of 8 - 12 year olds. The tidbits that will tickle the reader's fancy are a plus. The colourful layout catches the eye and adds to the. enjoyment of the book.
The fault I find with the book is with the production side. The font size is small for the target audience. The glossy paper makes it difficult to share the book as it has to be held at the right angle to avoid a glare off the paper and It is heavy to handle which again is a possible problem for young readers.
Overall I rate the content ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2, and the book ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 for an overall rating of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.
Early Reviewers Review 2017-5-19

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# 89 - 92. Dave Slater Mystery Box Set Two, P.F. Ford

# 89. The Red Telephone Box, P. F. Ford
In The Red Telephone Box Norman disappears when his flat is set on fire. Detective Inspector Marian Goodnews comes in to lead the investigation with Slater as second in command. A sign of changes to come?

# 90. The Secret of Wild Boar Woods, P. F. Ford
The Secret of Wild Boar Woods has Slater matched with a new partner, Naomi Darling and Norman retired and back as a civilian research clerk. A missing child investigation is the major case.

# 91. A Skeleton in the Closet, P. F. Ford
A Skeleton in the Closet starts with an explosion in the police station and the death of forensic expert Ian Becks. The investigation discloses unknown facts about Becks' life which complicate the process for Salter.

# 92. The Kidney Donor, P. F. Ford
In The Kidney Donor a young man is dying while waiting for a kidney transplant and his father will take whatever steps possible to get him a kidney. Does this include murdering three homeless men?

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# 93. Murder at the Nineteenth, J. M. Gregson
Lambert is called to the golf club in the late evening and discovers the body of the man who called him. There is a very limited number of suspects but that doesn't make the case easier.

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# 94. Maude, Donna Foley Mabry

Donna Foley Marby retell the 20th century life of her grandmother, from hurt early life in Tennessee and Missouri to the latter depression years in Detroit. Of her brief periods of happiness in a life raising five children in a life held together by her faith in God. A moving story.

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# 95. Fatal, John Lescroart
If you believe every action has a reaction this Lescroart novel is for you. Kate falls into momentary lush and gives into it with no thought of whether there will be any ramifications and who they might touch and how.

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# 96. The Ex, Alafair Burke

Jack Harris is arrested for shooting three people and his daughter calls upon his former lover of twenty years ago to defend him. The police look at no one else for the crime although the evidence appears to be all circumstantial.

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# 97. The Letter, Kathryn Hughes
A thirty plus year old letter Tina finds in the pocket of an old suit in a second hand store leads to the search for Chrissie, the person to whom the letter is addressed.

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# 98. Mrs. Pargeter's Point of Honour, Simon Brett
The wife of a colleague of the late Mr. Pargeter has asked Mrs. Pargeter to return the old masters she has hanging in her home to their original owners.

May = 33
Total = 98

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# 99. What's In A Name, P. F. Ford
Slater and Norman are planning to open a private investigation agency when a woman approaches them to look into the death of her neighbour. Slater is approached by a senior police official asking him to reconsider his leave of absence and move to a different part of the police service investigating cold cases.

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# 100. A Puzzle of Old Bones, P. F. Ford
Slater, now a detective inspector and his new partner, Samantha Brearley, known as Watson, are investigating a cold case. The bones of a young boy have been found following a tip to the local police.

📚📚📚Original goal of 100 books reached!

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# 101. Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie Dobb's investigating into a possible unfaithful wife leads her to an investigation of The Retreat, a farm for scarred veterans of WW I. Dobb's life from a 13 year old housemaid to student at Cambridge to nurse at the front is interspersed through out.

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# 102. Birds of a Feather, Jacqueline Winspear

Durning World War I the white feather was a sign of cowardliness when given to men not in uniform. In 1930 Maisie Dobbs takes on a case involving a missing daughter which becomes connected to the murders of three young women. Finding the solution is a challenge.

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# 103. Pardonable Lies, Jacqueline Winspear

Dobbs has three cases, two are similar in that she S looking into the death of two World War Isoldiers hose relatives are questioning the official records of their deaths. Thi other case involves a 13 year old girl accused of murdering her 'uncle' who is pimping her on the streets of London.

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# 104. Her Honor, William J. Coughlin

Kathleen Talbot, a newly sworn in judge, is presiding over a trial of a police officer charged with murder because he unplugged the life support equipment of a brain dead man. Something Talbot had caused to happen to her father just prior to the trial. Add in a little romance, judicial politics, public protests, a couple drunks and a man listening to voices and you get a good read.

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# 105 Paperwhite Users Manual, Steve Weber

It is a fairly good guide to using the Paperwhite but lacks detail in the areas I particularly wanted, organizing collections. Good information on finding free and low priced books.

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# 106. The Violinist and the Ballerina, Angelin Sydney
A man meets a woman he bullied for years at school. Being bullied himself made him understand what he had done. Add in his family who adhere to Chinese family traditions and the resulting clash of values and some romance to fill out the story.

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# 107. Code Name Pauline: Memoirs of a World War II Special Agent, Pearl Witherington Cornioley
Pauline was parachuted into France in 1943 by the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) to organize and provide the means, weapons, radios, money, for the French Resistance to undermine the Germans.

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# 108. Her Father's Daughter, William J. Coughlin
Victoria Van Horne, a major New York property developer, made it to the top on her own after her father denied her a place in the family business. It wasn't something women did.

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# 109. Only Time Will Tell, Jeffrey Archer

The first of the Clifton Chronicles introduces the main characters, Harry Clifton, his mother Maisie, Giles Barrington, his father Hugo and sister Emma. Covering the years 1919 to 1939 brings us to torpedering of a ship Harry is on in the Atlantic and anxious to start The Sins of the Father.

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# 110. Messenger of Truth, Jacqueline Winspear

Dobbs is asked to look into the death of an artist, said to be an accident by the police.

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# 111. Sins of the Father, Jeffrey Archer
Harry Clifton's merchant ship is torpedoed in the Atlantic in the first days of World War II. Seeing it as an escape of his problems he assumes another man's identity and Harry Clifton is buried at sea. This episode takes us from 1939 to 1945, ending in the House of Lords where a vote is being taken that could have a major impact on the Barrington family.

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# 112. An Incomplete Revenge, Jacqueline Winspear

Fall, 1931, Londoners, locals and gypsies gather in a village in Kent to pick hops. The village has a dark history of petty vandalism and fires, a Zeppelin bombing in 1916 which have silenced the villagers. Dobbs has undertaken an investigation that means finding the truth so the village can move forward.

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# 113. Among the Mad, Jacqueline Winspear

What happens to the hundred of thousands of men and women who return home to England broken in body and mind and receive little to no monetary support from the government and there are no jobs? Society has forgotten and don't want to be reminded of the war these people endured. Dobbs, Scotland Yard and Special Branch join forces when letters arrive warning of consequences for this lack of caring.

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# 114. Best Kept Secret, Jeffrey Archer
Giles and Virginia, Giles and Fisher, Harry and Emma, Sebastian, follow their lives through the 1950's. Family conflict, elections, book tours, education all play a part.

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# 115. Be Careful what You Wish For, Jeffrey Archer

Lady VIrgina, Martinez and Fisher continue their individual and combined vendettas against the Clifton and Barrington families. The shipyard goes ahead with the building of a passenger liner, the MV Buckingham which is sailing to New York as the book ends.

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# 116. Mightier Than The Sword, Jeffrey Archer

Harry and PEN take on the Russian government in an attempt to free a Russian author. Emma continues to battle the opponents of Barrington shipyards, Sebastian losses the love of his life and buries himself in The City and Gilles runs into political problems. I couldn't put it down.

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# 117. Cometh the Hour, Jeffrey Archer
Time marches on, marked by the death of Harry's mother Maisie. Harry continues his activities with PEN, Emma becomes more active in the Conservative party, as well as taking on a new role in health care. Sebastian losses and regains a lost love. Is Giles' wife a Russian spy?

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# 118. This Was A Man, Jeffrey Archer

Archer ties up all the lines in the Clifton Chronicles person by person. It left me in tears.

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# 119. It Can't Be October Already, Jeffrey Archer
Pat Flynn commits a crime every October to prevent having to spend the winter outside.

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# 120. A Criminal Defense, William L. Myers Jr.
The title is a double entendre, is it a defense of a criminal or is the defense criminal? A reporter is murdered, a man fleeing the scene hours after the crime is arrested, accused and the police stop investigation the murder. But there are many layers to this case and someone is peeling them off one by one.

June = 22
Total = 120 Group goal of 100 books read reached June 10, 2017

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# 121. The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
Clare waits, Henry waits in a different way as they slide past each other in time. I don't know what to say about this book. I don't know if I liked it or not. I do wonder how the author keep it all straight in her mind as she wrote.

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# 122. The Queen of Beauty The Century Trilogy, Petra Durst-Benning
In 1906 Clara Berg moves to Lake Constance in southern Germany to realize her dream of creating and selling beauty soaps and creams for women.

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# 123. A Lesson In Secrets, Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie goes undercover with the Secret Service teaching philosophy at a small college in Cambridge founded on the principles of St. Francis and peace.

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# 124. The Good Widow, Liz Fenton, Lisa Steinke
Jacks investigates the death of her husband in a car crash with another woman with that woman's boyfriend. What really happened?

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# 125. A Man of Some Repute, Elizabeth Edmondson
1953, Secret Service in post-war England following the Burgress and MacLean defected to Russia. The body of a man missing since 1947 is found and the investigation is swept under the carpet. Hugo Hawksworth doesn't agree and carries on his own investigation.

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126. A Youthful Indiscretion, Elizabeth Edmondson
Following up on the letter to her uncle from Marie Louise Freya sets out to discover the relationship between the two. A follow-up to A Man of Some Repute.

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# 127. Murder Below Zero, John Lawrence Reynolds
Police Chief Maxine Benson has a staff of two, one constable and a secretary, but she doesn't believe size keeps them from being able to investigate a murder that happens in her small town. She resents the attitude of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer who dismiss her knowledge of her community and her ability to use this to solve the murder of the naked, frozen corpse found in the ditch.

Murder Below Zero is a quick read and a good murder mystery. It is part of the Rapid Read Series aimed at ESL and adult literacy students. However anyone wanting a short, good mystery will enjoy the book. The one draw back to this series is while the length allows for the development of a good plot line it doesn't allow for much development of the characters. This is the second in the Maxine Benson series but that is not a hindrance in reading the book.

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# 128. A Question of Inheritance, .Elizabeth Edmondson
An American, a son from the late Lord Selchester 's brief, secret first marriage, pips Lady Sonia and inherits the title, castle and money. A dead visitor, art stolen during WW II and Hugo's postwar Berlin experience are added to make an interesting plot.

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# 129. Moonlight Over Paris, Jennifer Robson

Paris, mid - 1920's, star-crossed lovers, Ellie and Sam, struggle to find themselves and each other.

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# 130. Finding Philippe: Lost in France..., Elizabeth Edmondson

Vicky comes into money and flees post-war London for France in search of French resistance lover.Complications with Nazi art dealer, English solicitor and runaway niece.

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# 131. My Mother's Lover, David Dobbs
David Dobbs' mother asks to be cremated and her ashes sprinkled at sea off Hawaii. This request and a memory from years earlier sets him on a search for information on her World War II lover lost over the Pacific near the end of the war.

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# 132. The Mapping of Love and Death, Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie is asked by Michael Clifton's American parents to investigate his murder in the trenches in 1918. Oil in California, lovers in Paris, treacherous soldiers and the death of Maurice Blanche combine for a good read.

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# 133. Elegy for Eddie, Jacqueline Winspear
A man Maisie remembers from her childhood is murdered. Eddie was a simple, gentle person know for his ability to calm horses, but he is seen as a threat to someone and must go. One of the best in the series.

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# 134. Leaving Everything Most Loved, Jacqueline Winspear
Maisie investigates the murder of two East Indian women. Billie still suffers from the beating he sustained in Elegy For Eddie and Maisie questions her future.

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# 135. A Dangerous Place, Jacqueline Winspear

After the death of James and her unborn child Maisie flees Canada and herself. In Gibraltar she becomes involved in the murder of a photographer which leads to involvement in the Spanish Civil War.

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# 136. Journey to Munich, Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie is recruited by the Secret Service to rescue a British citizen inprisioned in Dachau. She is also asked by John Otterburn to bring his daughter back from Munich. As to be expected when dealing with the Nazis all does not go according to plan.

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# 137. In This Grave Hour, Jacqueline Winspear

September 3, 1939 is an emotional day for Maisie and the Partridge family as Britain declares war on Germany. Thomas, the oldest of Priscilla's three sons is 18 and wants to join the RAF. Maisie undertakes a complicated murder investigation into the deaths of Belgian refugees from WW I. Children are evacuated from London to Maisie's home in Kent.

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# 138. Harrison McCain: Single-Minded Purpose, Donald Savoie

Harrison McCain had a passion to start his own business but working for K. C. Irving didn't allow him the time to determine what that business should be. So he leaves his job and following his brother' Robert's suggestion he joins forces with his brother Wallace and opens a frozen French fry plant in Florenceville, New Brunswick in 1957. Today McCain has plants on every populated continent and is the world leader in selling frozen potatoes as well as other frozen products.

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# 139. Guardian of Secrets, Jana Petken

A family saga that stretches from pre-WW I in England, through the Spanish Civil War to 2010 in England. Romance, political beliefs that divide the family, secrets of births and deaths and the love of the land. I read it to help understand the Spanish Civil War but found that a confusing history.

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# 140. The Women in the Castle, Jessica Shattuck
The lives of three German women are brought together in 1945 because men in their lives were involved in the plot to kill Hitler.

Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 11:24pm Top

# 141. Paris Letters, Janice MacLeod
After much contemplating MacLeod gives up her job as a copy writer in Los Angeles to travel in Europe. In Paris she meets a Polish butcher who doesn't speak English and despite her Canadian schooling she doesn't speak French, but this doesn't stop them from falling in love.

July = 22
Total = 141

Edited: Aug 1, 2017, 1:51am Top

# 142. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
Jean Paget, an English woman and Japanese Prisoner of War in Mayala, meets Joe Harman, Australian soldier and Prisoner of War. Thus begins a love story that continues six years later when they set out to find each other and start a life together in the Queensland outback and rebuild a town.

Edited: Aug 2, 2017, 11:15am Top

# 143. Time and Regret, M. K. Tod

Grace Devlin Hanson is in northern France following her grandfather's World War I diaries from one War site to another. She is also trying to solve a puzzle her grandfather set for her that involves paintings he found in a German trench and took back to start his New York gallery.

Edited: Aug 3, 2017, 6:28pm Top

# 144. The Rage of Plum Blossoms, Christine M. Whitehead

Quinn Chang's husband is murdered, although the police declare it a suicide. In her attempt to accept his death she makes friends with three men who assist her in uncovering the truth.

Edited: Aug 4, 2017, 6:08pm Top

# 145. Tell Me When It Hurts, Christine M. Whitehead

Archer Loh, lawyer, assassin, mother of murdered Annie, meets Wyoming sheep-rancher Connor McColl in the mountains in Massachusetts. Both are looking for something more in their lives but can the past be overcome?

Edited: Aug 7, 2017, 4:16pm Top

# 146. Msomi and Me: Tales from the African bush, Brian Connell

Connell recounts tales and adventures with animals while running a safari game park in South Africa. It included both walking and driven trails and was planned for photographers.

Edited: Nov 9, 2017, 4:54pm Top

# 147. The White Feather, Mary Christian Payne
The first in a family saga trilogy centered on World War I.

Edited: Aug 10, 2017, 1:58pm Top

# 148. The White Butterfly, Mary Christian Payne
World War I ends, Lily and Kit marry, Kit's Italian daughter appears at the door following the death of her mother and Lily moves to London to study medicine.

Edited: Aug 10, 2017, 2:11pm Top

# 149. White Cliffs of Dover, Mary Christian Payne
Lily reaches her goal of becoming a medical doctor, she and Kit mend their marriage, work together to overcome the depression of the 1930's and then war once again over takes them.

Edited: Aug 13, 2017, 8:37pm Top

# 150. The Poet's Wife, Rebecca Stonehill
The voices of a Spanish mother, daughter and granddaughter relate the saga of their family from the 1920's to the 1970's with an emphasis on the political impact on life in Spain.

Edited: Aug 18, 2017, 10:57pm Top

# 151. Unravelled, M. K. Tod
The horrors of WW I and the secrecy required by the training of resistance in WW II and the stresses and strains it has on the marriage of Ann and Edward.

Edited: Aug 20, 2017, 7:30am Top

# 152. The Last Englishman A 2640 Mile Hiking Adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail, Keith Foskett

Keith Foskett recounts his adventures hiking the 2650 mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada in 2010. He was the first Englishman to complete a thru-hike.

Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 11:27pm Top

# 153. Balancing on Blue - Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, Keith Foskett

In 2012 Foskett takes on the 2168 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Through snow, rain and sun, illness and hunger, solitude and companionship you become a part of his adventure.

August = 13
Total = 153

Edited: Sep 3, 2017, 8:20am Top

# 154. The Journey in Between: A Thru-Hiking Adventure on El Camino de Santiago, Keith Foskett
I am continuing my travels with long distance hiker Keith Foskett on the Camino de Santiago in The Journey In Between. He has a great ability to include you with his fellow pilgrims, experience his frustrations with the hours of the Spanish refugios and enjoy the medieval beauty of French and Spanish towns on his 750 mile walk in 2000.

Edited: Sep 6, 2017, 6:03pm Top

# 155. The First Time I Said Goodbye, Claire Allan

A U. S. marine and an Irish woman fall in love in Derry in 1959 but life's circumstances separate them until they both return to Derry in 2010 and find love still lives.

Edited: Sep 9, 2017, 3:21pm Top

# 156. Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly

Ravensbruck ,the only Nazi concentration camp for women does medical experiments on their Polish inmates. Two sisters and their mother are arrested because of the resistance activities of one of the sisters and become 'patients' at Ravensbruck. The only female German doctor was a member of a young Nazi group and was 'acting on behalf of her country.' The last major character is a member of the New York elite upper class and does volunteer work for displaced French citizens.

Edited: Sep 11, 2017, 6:17am Top

# 157. Secret Shores, Ella Carey

Moving between their love story in Australia, 1946 and the publication of this story in New York, 1987 we follow the love stories of artist Rebecca and writer Edward and editors Tess and James.

Sep 12, 2017, 7:05am Top

# 158. The Dying Hour, Rick Mofina
Jason Wade is one of six interns in competition for a full-time position on the Seattle Mirror. He follows the story of a missing woman which leads to other missing women, dismemberment of a body in a ritualistic murder to loss of his position and the solution of the case and the big story.

Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 11:06pm Top

# 159. Through the Dark Clouds Shining: A Saga of Families and the Great War, A. R. Homer
The social, economic and political impact of World War I told through the voices of two brothers, Charlie, a socialist coal miner who enlists, and Matthew, a consiousious objector. Two friends who met through the suffragette movement, Emily from the Easr End of London, a factory worker who becomes a nurse and Charlotte, daughter of a wealthy factory owner who is rebelling against her parent's expectations and becomes a nurse in France. Sam, a stable worker on the estate of the Lord Hadleigh and his wife Kate. Lord and Lady Hadleigh and their son Hugh, who is with the army in France. The lives of all these people touch on each other as the war progresses.

Edited: Sep 17, 2017, 5:05pm Top

# 160. The Sisterhood, Helen Bryan

A medal with a swallow on it and an ancient book chronicling the history of two convents, one in Spain and one in South America were given to an orphan's American family when they adopted a baby girl in South America. Menina Walker ends up taking refuge in the Spanish convent and brings the history full circle.

Edited: Sep 18, 2017, 8:22pm Top

# 161. The Ladies' Room, Carolyn Brown
Standing in a washroom stall listening to her cousins discuss her husband of 20 years and his many mistresses is a turning point in the life of Trudy Walker.

Edited: Sep 24, 2017, 5:06pm Top

# 162. American Wife, Curtis Sittenfeld
An American First Lady, with a life similar to that of Laura Bush, tells her life story and presents her philosophy of life. I can't decide if I liked it or not, but it did keep me reading.

Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 11:01pm Top

# 163. Lusitania - Secrets From the Depth, Joe Wynne
AliceO'Hara and her sister take the Lusitania to England in May, 1915, to join her lover Henry, an officer in the Royal Navy. In 1964 Alice's granddaughter, Nancy, following information found when Alice dies finds Henry and his family.

Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 11:29pm Top

# 164. When the Moon Comes, Paul Harbridge
Stephen Leacock wrote "In a land so inescapably and inhospitably cold, hockey is the chance of life, an affirmation that despite the deadly chill of winter we are alive."

The beaver spill freezes perfectly in early December without a ripple in the ice, smooth and perfect. What holds the children back is waiting for the full moon, which arrives with the first snow.

Beautiful illustrations using darkness and colour, add depth to the words. You can see the weariness in the geese flying to escape the cold, the excitement of the skaters gathered around the fire, the plowing of the playful, light snow, the exhaustion as they curl up under their bedclothes at the end of the night.

Harbridge and James make an excellent team. This is a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ book!

Reviewed for Early Reviews 2017.

September = 11
Total = 164

Edited: Oct 3, 2017, 11:03pm Top

# 165. The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor, Sally Armstrong

Charlotte Taylor was a runaway from her English family and with her three husbands and ten children became part of the history of the Miramichi and Tabinsintac regions of New Brunswick, Canada from her arrival in 1776 until her death in 1841.

Edited: Oct 9, 2017, 12:08pm Top

# 166. Letters To the Pianist, S. D. Mayes
First, I have to say I didn't finish reading this book. What first put me off was Uncle Henry's behaviour towards Ruth. I didn't like how the doctor took advantage of Edward's condition, the connections to Hitler, the suspense aspect and more.

The blurb makes it sound interesting and if the author had stuck to that it could have been a good book, instead too many different aspects were added: the medical misuse, aspects of the war, Hitler's secret activities, the behaviour of the British aristocracy AND their attitude toward Jews was all too much for one book for me.


Early Reviewers 2017

Oct 8, 2017, 12:09am Top

# 167. Open Heart Open Mind, Clara Hughes
Clara Hughes opens her life and talks about drinking, drugs and depression as well as her experience of being an elite athlete.

Oct 10, 2017, 11:44pm Top

# 168. Everybody's Somebody, Beryl Kingston
A family saga from pre WW I when Rosie enters service at age 14, her years in London as a waitress while her beau Jim is in the trenches in France, marriage and two daughters, modelling for an artist and her family life through the late 1930's and the shadows of another war.

Edited: Oct 12, 2017, 12:05am Top

# 169. Silence, Mechtild Borrmann
Six children, three boys and three girls, grow up in pre-WW II Germany. Silence is the story of their war as told through the memories of one of the girls. It is also a mystery involving the death of one of them in 1950 and the murder of an investigating journalist in 1998.

Edited: Oct 13, 2017, 3:21am Top

# 170. So Much Owed, Jean Grainger
Dr. Richard Buckley served in WW I and returned to his small village in rural Ireland with his beast friend's widow. There they raise his twins, one of whom becomes involved with the Nazi community in Dublin and the other goes to France to work with the resistance.

Oct 13, 2017, 4:36pm Top

# 171. Letters of Freedom, Jean Grainger
Carmel was raised in an Irish orphanage and entered a loveless marriage to look after a farmer and his daughters. When she receives a letter from a doctor in England saying he knew her mother who had searched for her for years she takes a chance on life and agrees to meet him.

Edited: Oct 14, 2017, 8:55pm Top

# 172. Hour of Darkness, Quintin Jardine
The body of a murdered woman is identified as Bella Watson which brings forth crimes of two opposing crime lords, Manson and Holmes, from the past. An Edinburgh case Skinner gets involved because of the past history and it will hit closer to him than he can imagine before it is solved.

Oct 17, 2017, 6:32pm Top

# 173. Game Over, Quintin Jardine
A famous model, married to a famous footballer, is found murdered in Edinburgh, and the manager of the football club is arrested. Alex Skinner is hired to defend him and despite the overwhelming evidence she believes in his innocence. She persuades her father, a former policeman, Bob Skinner to investigate the case for her. Interesting twists and turns lead to the conclusion.

Edited: Oct 17, 2017, 6:41pm Top

# 174. Last Resort, Quintin Jardine
Bob Skinner has long been an opponent of one police force for all of Scotland and it has now come to pass with Sir Andrew Martin as head. With over thirty years in policing Skinner is faced with his biggest career decision. His wife, Sarah Grace, urges him to go to Spain and think things trough away from the pressures of Scotland.
See complete review posted on the "Last Resort" page.

Edited: Nov 9, 2017, 4:57pm Top

# 175, # 58, Private Investigations, Quintin Jardine
A fender bender in a shopping mall parking lot reveals the body of a toddler in the trunk when the driver flees the scene on foot. The car he hit was Bob Skinner's. Skinner is asked to investigate the theft of a luxury yacht which, it's owner believes the police dismissed. The two apparently unrelated incidents lead to more deaths as the unified Scottish Police Force and Skinner follow different leads to a solution that will surprise the reader.

Edited: Oct 19, 2017, 8:11pm Top

# 176. Innovation Nation: How Canadian Innovators Made the World Smarter, Smaller, Kinder, Safer, Healthier, Wealthier, Happier, David Johnston

Canadians are known as quiet, humble people, people who don’t ‘blow their own horn.’ But we should. “Innovation Nation” gives us fifty reasons why we should, from chocolate bars to gas masks to forensic pathology to dump trucks and the walkiexwalkie-talkie. All are Innovations of Canadians.

David Johnston and Tom Jenkins, with colourful illustrations by John Holinaty, have written a factual book for 8 to 12 year olds highlighting the innovations in categories that show how Canadians have made the world a smarter, smaller, kinder, safer, healthier, wealthier, and happier place.

Innovation Nation provides great information for trivia games, school assignments, Canadian pride and entertainment. The next time you use a life jacket while canoeing, sit on a whoopee cushion while eating peanut butter or you are reading the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights give a shout out for the Canadian innovator!

This is an Early Reviewers review.


Edited: Oct 19, 2017, 7:26pm Top

# 177. State Secrets, Quintin Jardine

Bob Skinner is at the House of Parliament in London after being offered a peerage. His information seeking meeting is interrupted by a call from the head of the Secret Service to investigate the suspicious death of the prime minister.

Edited: Oct 23, 2017, 8:32pm Top

# 178. A Matter of Loyalty, Anselm Audley
Nuclear secrets leaked to the Soviets, a spy thought to have escaped to Moscow found dead in the river. High levels of police face off against each other as the identity of the leaker is sought.

Edited: Oct 25, 2017, 6:18pm Top

# 179. The Alice Network, Kate Quinn

The worlds of WW I English spy Evelyn Gardiner, active in France and American Charlotte St. Clair come together in 1947. The latter is looking for her French cousin, missing since 1944. She has two names, Gardinrt and Monsieur Rene and these lead her on a cross country search across France.

Edited: Oct 26, 2017, 11:05pm Top

# 180. Someone Must Die, Sharon Potts

The kidnaping of six year old Ethan had its roots in the student revolt against the Vietnam War, 45 years earlier and his grandparents involvement init.

Edited: Oct 29, 2017, 12:40am Top

# 181. The Other Traitor, Sharon Potts
Annette Revoir’s grandfather was executed for allegedly passing information on the atomic bomb to Russia. She believes he was innocent and sets out to investigate her grandfather’s life to find the truth.

Edited: Nov 8, 2017, 1:44pm Top

# 182. Spymistress: The True Story of the Greatest Female Secret Agent of World War II, William Stevenson

It is amazing that WW II ended. The amount of disagreement among the English, French and Americans, the plans of the Soviets. The infighting among the English and American spy organizations, each trying to discredit the other and scoop the available money and munitions. Vera Atkins ran SOE for the English, not many knew it was run by a Jewish woman. She had an amazing talent at recruiting loyal people with incredible skills. She became the influence for WW II spy Ian Fleming’s Miss Moneypenny in his James Bond series and the ‘toys’ developed by her SOE operators, like lighters with guns, appeared in his books as well. Truth is stranger than fiction.

Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 11:34pm Top

# 183. No Regrets: A Novel of Love and Lies in World War II England (The Thornton Trilogy Book 1), Mary Christine Pyne
Raped by thre German soldiers, evacuated from Dunkirk, pregnant, rescued by a brothel owner and on it goes...

October = 11
Total = 183

Edited: Nov 17, 2017, 6:01pm Top

# 184. The Ballet Lover, Barbara L. Baer
Geneva, a writer for a New York City based dance magazine follows Russian ballet dancers and their careers starting in the 1970’s. At the same time she relates the story of her mother and her aunt’s escape from Poland via Siberia following WW II.

Perhaps I wasn’t in the right mood to read this as it was a topic I expected to enjoy. The story didn’t take my interest, I didn’t find it flowed and I got confused.

I received this book from Early Reviewers.

Edited: Nov 7, 2017, 6:58am Top

# 185. Wedding Wipeout, Jacob M. Appel
Wedding Wipeout by Jacob M. Appel is a take on the older cozy mysteries of Agatha Christie and her lead character Poirot and his sidekick Hastings. A woman dies on her wedding night, the wedding had gathered together relatives, some of whom hadn’t seen each other in 25 years, the bride exhibited strange behaviour leading up to the wedding and the strangest point was her statement that a clause in her grandfather’s will regarding the marriage of her or her sister had been broken. Two rabbis investigate the case.

I thought Rabbi Kappelmacher completely overacted his role. He dragged out the plot with his fake FBI role and his treatment of Rabbi Steinmetx and the lawyer, Green, was too heavy-handed. I didn’t find any of the plot or characters believable.

I received this book through the Members Giveaway (2017). I reviewed it in November, 2017.


Edited: Dec 27, 2017, 8:14pm Top

# 186. Mission Accomplished, Charles Todd

John’s parents are murdered in a terrorist bombing outside an American military base in Germany when he is 17. Five years later he is ready to find out why, only to discover all police records were removed by the CIA and no further investigation took place. So, risking his own life and that of family members, he undertakes his own search for the truth.

Edited: Nov 17, 2017, 5:59pm Top

# 187. Raisins and Almonds, Kerry Greenwood

Phryne Fisher’s investigation into the murder of a Jewish scholar leads her into the worlds of drugs and anti-semetism in Melbourne.

Edited: Nov 17, 2017, 6:22pm Top

# 188. Murder in Montparnasse, Kerry Greenwood
Fisher’s life as an artist’s model in Paris follows here to Melbourne after the death of the artist and the increase in value of his paintings, of which Phryne has two.

Edited: Nov 17, 2017, 6:37pm Top

# 189. Ruddy Gore, Kerry Greenwood
Thugs and a ghost are mixed with a revival of “Ruddigore.”

Edited: Nov 17, 2017, 9:02pm Top

# 190. Away with the Fairies, Kerry Greenwood
The death of the publisher of a women’s magazine, the agony auntie’s bad advice, blackmail to advance the career of a columnist and an arranged marriage in the Australian Chinese community all come together in Miss Fisher’s latest mystery.

Nov 18, 2017, 3:44pm Top

# 191.What’s Left Behind, Gail Bowen
Joanne Kilbourn and her husband, the mayor of Regina, are involved in a plebiscite campaign which turned nasty. Nasty even before the murder of their daughter-in-law’s twin sister, the kidnaping of a five year old and threats to destroy reputations with old history.

Edited: Nov 21, 2017, 4:47pm Top

# 192. The Winners’ Circle, Gail Bowen
Five law students dubbed themselves the Winners’ Circle and went on to form a top law firm in Regina. But success didn’t bring them happiness, instead it destroyed them.

Edited: Nov 22, 2017, 12:36pm Top

# 193. Kaleidoscope, Gail Bowen
Joanne Kilbourn retires from the university and looks forward to a quiet, relaxing summer at the cottage, but it is not to be. Her home is blown up, she moves into a condo in a new development which is on the edge of "one of the worst neighbourhoods in Canada," her running mate, an aggressive land developer, is shot when they are out for a morning run and she is made to examine her lifestyle and that of the poor and dispossessed.

Edited: Nov 24, 2017, 1:49am Top

# 194. The Gifted, Gail Bowen
Taylor, Joanne Kilbourn's adopted daughter, is a gifted artist and the two pieces she puts into a charity auction command high prices. One in particular, a nude male, attracts a lot of attention to both the model and his 45 year old lover who is found murdered with his portrait near at hand.

Edited: Nov 24, 2017, 10:10pm Top

# 195. 12 Rose Street, Gail Bowen
I like Joanne Kilbourn and having lived in Regina for ten years I can see the different parts of the city in my mind's eye. One of the branch libraries I supervised was located in the middle of the North Central community and they dealt daily with the impoverished children and other people like those featured in this book.
Joanne and husband Zack Shreve live in North Central which is an old community located on the edge of downtown Regina. Zach is running in a tight race for mayor, as a progressive candidate, against an incumbent who has been in office for a number of terms and has used his position to fill his and certain property developers' pockets.
A good read as are all of the Kilbourn series.

Nov 25, 2017, 9:35am Top

# 196. The Thirteenth Rose, Gail Bowen
I read Gail Bowen’s most recent book “The Winners’ Circle” which led me back to her other titles I had on my Kindle and I reread from “Kaleidoscope” to the latest. Included in my rereads was “The Thirteenth Rose,” which I noticed is the only Charlie D I haven’t reviewed.

Charlie D appears in “The Winners’ Circle.” He is a childhood friend of Joanne Kilbourn-Shreve’s son Peter and is now godfather to Charlie Crawford Kilbourn, twin brother to Colin. At the Baptism Charlie objects to the water and only stops crying when, after others have tried, he is returned to Charlie D’s arms. Much to Charlie D’s delight.

In “The Thirteenth Rose” it is Valentine’s Day night and Charlie D is interviewing Misty, a former sex worker and now married to the owner of the radio station. The topic is on how people can be pleasured after the act of sex. As one call-in says recognizing each other as people goes a long way. A situation develops involving the killing of sex workers with the videos posted live on You Tube. This is tied to another station announcer who has encouraged the growth of a group of terrorists to attack sex workers and others who don’t fit. For Charlie D it is his worst night on radio.

As with all the Charlie D books this leaves much food for thought, which is one of the goals of the Rapid Read Series by Orca Books. These are books written for use in adult literacy and English as a Second Language programs. They are also short, good reads, with catchy plots and interesting characters. I recommend this and any other Rapid Read if you are looking for a quick, interesting read.


Edited: Nov 27, 2017, 1:12pm Top

# 197. Along Came Jones, Victoria Bernadine
After fleeing Toronto and a broken romance Ferris Macon-Jones is taken for a spendthrift drifter. He leaves the Macon out of his name, takes on a labourer’s job and taking care of Lou, an agoraphobia, and settles into town and his new life, hiding the fact he is a very wealthy man. His relationship with Lou grows until it all blows up. An entertaining story but the ending was an easy guess from the beginning,

The book would have flowed better if the editor had been more deligent., e.g. the sweater was described far to often. At the end of the book the author assigns actors to play most of her characters. Perhaps they would have been more rounded if she had thought of them as people not actors.

I received this book through the Members Giveaway.

Edited: Nov 29, 2017, 12:31pm Top

# 198 Love You to Death Gail Bowen
“Love You to Death” by Gail Bowen demonstrates the power of talk radio. Charlie D is the host of a late night talk show that attracts troubled people looking for help. On this particular evening he learns, before going on air, that three faithful listeners have recently been murdered. The police want him to use the show to attract the attention of the murderer, whom they believe is a listener.

Charlie has his own problems and had left the show for over a year because of the emotional drain it caused him. His listeners are faithful to him and have built up an image of a strong man who ‘has it together,’ and get upset if he shows what they perceive as weakness. He is ‘the man’ who can reach out and touch them.

The power of who gets on the radio and who is blocked is determined by the station managers, so people who once were heard frequently are now blocked because they don’t project the right image. The participants don’t use their real names and some have been given names by Charlie like “Marian the librarian.” This enables them to develop different persona to hide behind.

The book is part of a new Rapid Read series and takes about an hour to read. The characters are quirky and the pace of the plot moves well but it is too much for Charlie’s two hour time slot. I like Gail Bowen’s writing but prefer her Joanne Kilbourn series to this.

I first read this book in June, 2010 and again in 2017. In the interim I have read other Charlie D books and have come to like him. He has also appeared in the Joanne Kilbourn series.

Edited: Nov 29, 2017, 5:37pm Top

# 199. One Fine Day You’re Gonna Die, Gail Bowen
Charlie D, the host of a late-night radio talk show is back. It is Halloween and the topic of conversation is death, what else could it be. A situation develops between Charlie's guest and a caller who is planning to commit murder and then suicide.

Nov 29, 2017, 10:24pm Top

# 200. The Shadow Killer, Gail Bowen
“The Shadow Killer” by Gail Bowen is the third book in her Charlie D. series published as a Rapid Reads. Charlie D. is a nighttime radio D.J. on a mostly talk show. It is Father's Day weekend and Loser 1121 contacts the show to say he is going to kill his mother, two sisters and him. The person behind this is his dad. He didn't get a perfect dad, or an ok dad or even a bad dad, instead he got the over achiever, no time for you, hard working, I am doing it for you so shut up kind of dad and Loser 1121 wants some attention. Charlie D., who didn't do well with the father he got needs to put that aside and work hard to keep Loser 1121 talking until the police can trace the call and, hopefully defuse the situation. Listen to Harry Chapin’ “The Cat’s in the Cradle” and you will know about Loser 1121’s dad.

Rapid Reads, published by Orca Books are short, less than 100 pages, are written at a grade 4 – 6 level on topics that young adults are more likely to read. As a librarian I know that even good under 10 -12 age library users will stop reading once they become teens. I also know as a tutor of English as a Second Language (ESL) it is difficult to find books that will interest an adult but be reading at a level they can relate to and read. This is a good series with known authors writing on pertinent topics Try one or at least look at their web site.



Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 11:35pm Top

# 201. The Nesting Dolls, Gail Bowen
I love it when I can walk the streets with the characters and know exactly where their house is, so close to where mine was! In early December a young woman passes a car seat with her six month old son in it to her half sister and disappears. Her murdered body is later found in her car. Questions are asked, who is her father, who is her son's father, which ultimately lead to a solution.

November = 18
Total = 201

Edited: Dec 2, 2017, 2:24am Top

# 202. Deadly Appearances, Gail Bowen
The first title in the Joanne Kilbourn series. The leader of the opposition party in Saskatchewan is poisoned at a summer rally and Joanne’s quick action saves a T.V. news reporter the same fate. Her decision to write the leader’s biography opens a large can of worms and almost costs her her life.

Dec 2, 2017, 4:06pm Top

# 203. Murder at the Mendel, Gail Bowen
Sally Love, international renown artist, has a show opening at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a show with overt sexual images that have divided the art community and the city. Add murder, blackmail and more murder and you have a good read.

Edited: Dec 2, 2017, 9:56pm Top

# 204. The Wandering Souls Murder, Gail Bowen
Mieka, Joanne Kilbourn’s daughter finds the body of a murdered 15 year old sex worker in a garbage bin behind her business. A friend of her son’s is murdered at a family party. Is there a connection?

Dec 3, 2017, 2:28pm Top

# 205 A Colder Kind of Death, Gail Bowen
The man convicted for the murder of Ian Kilbourn is shot in a drive by shooting while in federal prison in Prince Albert. Joanne receives a letter from the dead man and has a nasty encounter with his supposed accomplice which leads her to investigate her husband’s murder.

Edited: Dec 3, 2017, 10:31pm Top

# 206 A Killing Spring, Gail Bowen

The ethics of journalists comes into question in Book 5 of the Joanne Kilbourn series. Who do you believe? The faculty member, journalist and author or the young journalist student claiming she is being sexually assaulted and her research stolen

Edited: Dec 4, 2017, 4:35pm Top

# 207. Verdict in Blood, Gail Bowen
Labor Day weekend, dragonboat races on Lake Wascana and the murder of Justice Blackwell, a woman who has been atoning for her severe judgements and sentencings. She has also been questioning her own mental well-being and asked Hilda McCourt to access her actions. McCourt is attacked in Joanne Kilbourn’s kitchen And left for dead. Justice, money and family discord with a note of racism are the backdrop to this good read.

Edited: Dec 5, 2017, 6:05am Top

# 208. Burying Ariel, Gail Bowen

The Political Science Department is in turmoil. Still suffering from the anti-feminist allegations one faculty member made against another, the introduction of a new dean and two professors, one a militant feminist hasn’t helped settle things. The murder of the other new member has become a cause célèbre for the feminist community.

Edited: Dec 5, 2017, 7:22pm Top

# 209. The Glass Coffin, Gail Bowen

Everyone appears to hate Evan MacLeish, his first two wives who committed suicide, his 17 year old daughter, his sister, sister-in-law and a couple of male friends, at least. Joanne’s friend,Jill, is marrying Evan, not for him, but for his daughter. It is not a happy Christmas wedding or holiday as two murders, a suicide and much lying takes centre stage. It is also the end of Joanne and Alex’s relationship.

Dec 6, 2017, 5:12pm Top

# 210. The Last Good Day, Gail Bowen
Joanne Kilbourn and her children rent a summer cottage at Lawyers Bay where the senior partners of the Falconer Shreve law firm summer. On her first weekend one of the partners kills himself. About the same time she learns about an associate lawyer of the firm who has gone missing. The firm is not a happy place. She meets Zack Shreve and a connection is made.

Edited: Dec 7, 2017, 5:07pm Top

# 211. The Endless Knot, Gail Bowen
Zack’s client is charged with the attempted murder of the author of a book on the lives of adults who, as children, suffered from the neglectful behaviour of their famous parents. Zack and Joanne are beginning their relationship.

Dec 7, 2017, 5:19pm Top

# 212. The Brutal Heart, Gail Bowen
Joanne returns to a political election campaign for a federal conservative candidate who hopes to take over the leadership of the party if she and the conservatives win. Zach is involved in the murder of a sex worker he use to use. She is dead but someone knows her secrets.

Dec 10, 2017, 2:22pm Top

# 213. The Brass Compass, Ellen Butler
Lily Saint James is a civilian member of the OSS, an American spy in Germany and France in WW II.

Edited: Dec 12, 2017, 7:26pm Top

# 214. Madame Koska and the Imperial Brooch, Ilil Arbel
Madame Koska is opening her new dress design salon in 1920’s London. It is important to her to succeed following the destruction of her salon in Paris by her husband. But troubles follow her. The theft of a brooch from a Russian museum once belonged to the Russian royal family. Do the break-ins at the salon relate to the robbery?

It is a quick, easy read with a couple of wrinkles to the plot to try and divert the reader. The characters add a touch of confusion, one has a fake Russian accent, and two pretend to personallies they don’t have. If you are looking for light entertainment give it a try, but don’t expect an Agatha Christie mystery.

I received this from Early Reviewers.


Dec 16, 2017, 4:22am Top

# 215. Fallout, Sara Paretsky
V.I. Is hired to find a missing actress and film maker who are filming her early life in Kansas. She faces culture shock when she encounters life in Lawrence, everyone knows what everyone else is doing, including all her activities. A pivotal event in 1983 was a sit-in at a necular silo that was broken up by the military and the impact is something Warshawski faces.

Dec 18, 2017, 8:06am Top

# 216. Listen!, Frances Itani
Four women, adult children of deaf parents, gather for dinner and to talk about a photo they brought. Wonderful insight into the lives of children who grew up being the ears and voices of their parents.

Edited: Dec 27, 2017, 8:09pm Top

# 217. Love You Dead, Peter James

Her. name varied depending on her alias but her ambitions remanded the same. The beauty she bought from surgeons and the riches she sought through very wealthy old men she could marry and murder. Brighton was her home so Roy Grace became involved in investigating her crimes.

Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 10:59pm Top

# 218. Need You Dead, Peter James

A hairdresser is murdered, was it her abusive husband, her lover of 18 months, or the disgruntled purchaser oh her car? It is far from straight forward.Sandy is buried and her and Roy’s son, Bruno, goes to live in Brighton.

Dec 29, 2017, 9:49pm Top

# 219. Fugitive ColorsMargaret Maron

In one day in February Harald faces the death and deception of one member of her team (see Past Imperfect), her father's feet of clay and the death of Oscar Nauman in a car accident in California. In Fugitive Colors she grieves, she changes. Her case takes place inside the world of art more than any other and brings together art stolen in World War II and the art world of today.

Preparing to read Take Out, the next in the series,

Edited: Dec 30, 2017, 11:55pm Top

# 220. Take Out, Margaret Maron
Two ‘Downtown Gentlemen’ are found dead on a park bench after sharing some food. An Austrian arrives in New York claiming to be Oscar Nauman’s son.

Total = 220

Dec 31, 2017, 9:51am Top

220. My goodness. Congratulations!

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