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Barbara (Ameise1)'s world (4)

This is a continuation of the topic Barbara (Ameise1)'s world (3).

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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1Ameise1
Edited: Oct 15, 4:56am Top

Welcome to my 4th thread.

Since I'm currently on vacation in Corsica, a fantastic island in the Mediterranean, I'll put some photos from there as a start for my new thread.
Corsica, is a fascinating island. Life here is very archaic, people are grounded and Paris is far away. People speak their own language, which is a mix of Tuscan and Sardinian. They cherish their old traditions. The island is 'a huge mountain' in the sea. There are hardly any flat straight stretches, on the contrary it always goes steeply uphill or downhill.

        

2Ameise1
Edited: Oct 15, 4:39am Top




January
# 1 Bretonische Flut by Jean-Luc Bannalec (4 stars)
# 2 Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell (4 stars)
# 3 The Strangler Vine by M. J. Carter (4 stars)
# 4 H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (4 stars)
# 5 Liberation Movements by Olen Steinhauer (4½ stars)
# 6 I'll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark (4 stars)

February
# 7 A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny ( 4 stars)
# 8 Finders Keepers by Stephen King (4½ stars)
# 9 Sworn To Silence by Linda Castillo (4 stars)
#10 A Mind To Murder by P. D. James (4½ stars)
#11 Nerve by Dick Francis (4 stars)
#12 Die Brillenmacherin by Titus Müller (3½ stars)
#13 The Black Tower by P.D. James (4 stars)
#14 Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong (4 stars)

March
#15 The Chessmen by Peter May (4½ stars)
#16 Young Blood by Sifiso Mzobe (4 stars)
#17 Kein Tag für Jakobsmuscheln by Catherine Simon (3½ stars)
#18 Friday on My Mind by Nicci French (4½ stars)
#19 Forfeit by Dick Francis (4 stars)
#20 Throttle by Joe Hill (3½ stars)
#21 The Strings Of Murder by Oscar de Muriel (4½ stars)
#22 Eine unbeliebte Frau by Nele Neuhaus (4½ stars)

3Ameise1
Edited: Oct 15, 4:39am Top

April
#23 Innocence by David Hosp (4½ stars)
#24 Innocence by Dean Koontz (4 stars)
#25 The Redeemed by M. R. Hall (4½ stars)
#26 Poppet by Mo Hayder (4 stars)
#27 The Wrong girl by David Hewson (4 stars)
#28 Das Ende vom Lied by Alfred Bodenheimer (4 stars)
#29 Madame le Commissaire und das geheimnisvolle Bild by Pierre Martin (4 stars)
#30 Time Heals No Wounds by Hendrik Falkenberg (4 stars)
#31 Dark Fire by C. J. Sansom (4 stars)

May
#32 Whiskey Sour by J. A. Konrath (4stars)
#33 Reflex by Dick Francis (4½ stars)
#34 Deep Background by Rick Treon (3 stars)
#35 Vollopfer by Frank Köhnlein (4 stars)
#36 Totenliste by Harald Gilbers (4½ stars)

June
#37 Fatal Crossing by Lone Theils (4½ stars)
#38 Ali and Nino by Kurban Said (5 stars)
#39 Atemnot by Carola Clasen (3½ stars)
#40 The Unknown Guest by Charlotte Link (4½ stars)
#41 The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken by Tarquin Hall (4½ stars)
#42 Creation in Death by J. D. Robb (4&frac12 stars)
#43 Altweiberfrühling by Irène Mürner (3½ stars)

4Ameise1
Edited: Oct 15, 4:41am Top

July
#44 Schussbereit by Irène Mürner (4 stars)
#45 Das Geheimnis des Bücherhüters by Corinna Gieseler (4 stars)
#46 Commissaire Mazan und der blinde Engel by Jean Bagnol (4½ stars)
#47 Helle und der tote im Tivoli by Judith Arendt (4 stars)
#48 Das Echo der Schuld by Charlotte Link (4½ stars)
#49 Wintergäste in Trouville by Catherine Simon (4 stars)
#50 A Fever of the Blood by Oscar de Muriel (4½ stars)
#51 The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths (4½ stars)
#52 Richter by Andrea Camilleri (4 stars)
#53 The Architect's Apprentice by Elif Shafak (5 stars)

August
#54 Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty (4½ stars)
#55 Ein Gentleman in Arles - Gefährliche Geschäfte by Anthony Coles (4½ stars)
#56 Bei Zugabe Mord!: Eine Diva ermittelt im Salzburger Festspielhaus.… by Tatjana Kruse (3½ stars)
#57 The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad (4½ stars)
#58 Das blutrote Parfüm by Sina Beerwald (4½ stars)
#59 Rat Race by Dick Francis (4 stars)
#60 The Corsican Caper by Peter Mayle (4 stars)
#61 Seeking Whom He May Devour by Fred Vargas (4 stars)
#62 The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan (4 stars)
#63 A Man of Some Repute by Elizabeth Edmondson (4 stars)
#64 Cabo de Gata by Eugen Ruge (4½ stars)
#65 Die Gottessucherin by Peter Prange (4½ stars)
#66 Dead Horsemeat by Dominique Manotti (4 stars)

September
#67 Schüsse im Shortbread by Arthur Escroyne (3½ stars)
#68 Fake und Fiktion by Thomas Strässle (4 stars)
#69 Shinigami Games Herbst by Andreas Neuenkirchen (3 stars)
#70 A Cat, a Hat and a Piece of String by Joanne Harris (4½ stars)
#71 Death of a Cad by M. C. Beaton (4 stars)
#72 Am Abgrund aller Dinge by Gianrico Carofiglio (4½ stars)
#73 Gier by Arne Dahl (4 stars)
#74 A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear (4 stars)

5Ameise1
Edited: Yesterday, 4:12am Top

6Ameise1
Edited: Oct 15, 4:42am Top

BRITISH ISLES AUTHOR THEME CHALLENGE 2019



January
H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (4 stars) (2019-01-21)

March
The Chessmen by Peter May (4½ stars) (2019-03-02)

7Ameise1
Edited: Oct 15, 4:43am Top

Take It or Leave It Challenge

January
# 2 Read that nagging book: finished 2019-01-27
Liberation Movements by Olen Steinhauer (4½ stars)
# 4 Read the first book of a series/trilogy or saga: finished 2019-01-19
The Strangler Vine by M. J. Carter (4 stars)
# 7 Read a book by a female author, in Rolling Alphabetical order: finished 2019-01-12
Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell (4 stars)
# 8 Read a book originally published in French or German: finished 2019-01-05
Bretonische Flut by Jean-Luc Bannalec (4 stars)
#18 Read a book where the author has a set of double letters in their name: finished 2019-01-28
I'll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark (4 stars)

February
# 3 Read a book by an author who has written both fiction and nonfiction books finished 2019-02-08
Finders Keepers by Stephen King (4&frac12: stars)
# 4 Read A Book That Was Published At Least 10 Years Ago: finished 2019-02-03
A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny (4 stars)
# 6: Read a book whose title includes at least two 4+ letter words starting with the same letter finished 2019-02-16
A Mind To Murder by P.D. James (4½ stars)
# 7 Read a book with a four word title: finished 2019-02-26
Tod einer roten Heldin by Qiu Xiaolong (4 stars)
# 11: Read a book whose cover has an image relating to the sea finished 2019-02-25
The Black Tower by P. D. James (4 stars)
# 12 Read a book where the title refers to a woman finished 2019-02-22
Die Brillenmacherin by Titus Müller (3½ stars)
# 16 Read a work by an author you read in 2018: finished 2019-02-18
Nerve by Dick Francis (4 stars)
#17: Read a book which was listed by the same challenger who started any of the previous February finished 2019-02-15
Sworn To Silence by Linda Castillo (4 stars)

March
# 1: Read a book whose title starts with the last letter of the author's last name of the preceding book finished 2019-03-03
Young Blood by Sifiso Mzobe (4 stars)
# 2: Read a Book where the author or a character has the name of "Joe" or a variation thereof finished 2019-03-23
Throttle by Joe Hill (3½ stars)
# 3: Read a Book that is in the "Recommended" section on your home page (either LT or member) finished 2019-03-10
Kein Tag für Jakobsmuscheln by Catherine Simon (3½ stars)
# 4: Read a book that starts with a quote for the semi-rolling alphabet challenge finished 2019-03-02
The Chessmen by Peter May (4½ stars)
# 5: ROLLING CHALLENGE: Read a book with a significant connection to the countries of the United Kingdom finished 2019-03-13
Friday on My Mind by Nicci French (4½ stars)
# 6: Read a book somebody else picked for you finished 2019-03-17
Forfeit by Dick Francis (4 stars)
# 8: Read a book by a woman who is born in the 20th century finished 2019-03-29
Eine unbeliebte Frau by Nele Neuhaus (4½ stars)

8Ameise1
Edited: Oct 15, 4:44am Top

Take It or Leave It Challenge

April
# 2: Read a book in which the author's name has a Scrabble point value of 22 or more finished 2019-04-08
Innocence by Dean Koontz (4 stars)
# 3: Either read 2 books with the same title or list a book with one title and get someone to read another book with the same title within 3 days. finished 2019-04-05
Innocence by David Hosp (4½ stars)
#11: Read a book with a fictional setting finished 2019-04-24
Madame le Commissaire und das geheimnisvolle Bild by Pierre Martin (4 stars)
#15: Read a book in which the final paragraph is one sentence finished 2019-04-14
The Redeemed by M.R. Hall (4½ stars)
#16: Read a book published by a four-digit-publisher finished 2019-04-19
The Wrong Girl by David Hewson (4 Stars)

May
# 1: Read a book whose cover contains a hyphenated word finished 2019-05-26
Vollopfer by Frank Köhnlein (4 stars)
# 4: Read a book whose title contains at least one 4 letter or longer embedded word finished 2019-05-04
Der Lebkuchenmann Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath (4 stars)
# 5: Read a book because you've promised a review or a discussion finished 2019-05-18
Deep Background by Rick Treon (3 stars)
#10: Read a book about or set in Berlin, or by a German writer finished 2019-05-31
Totenliste by Harald Gilbers (4½ stars)
#12: Read a book with a mode of transportation, other than an auto, on the cover finished 2019-05-11
Reflex by Dick framcis (4½ stars)

June
# 1: Read a book (fiction or nonfiction) set in an Asian country with a population of less than 25 million (Azerbaijan) finished 2019-06-09
Ali and Nino by Kurban Said (5 stars)
# 5: Read a book where the same word appears at least three times on the cover (Puri) finished 2019-06-15
The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken by Tarquin Hall (4½ stars)
# 7: Read a book set in a real place you've never been (Trier Rheinland-Pfalz) finished 2019-06-09
Atemnot by Carola Clasen (3½ stars)
#11: Read a book where the author’s first, middle or last name starts with a “J” finished 2019-06-23
Creation in Death by J. D. Robb (4½ stars)
#13: Read a book that fits one of Paul S' pictures (PIC 26) finished 2019-06-15
The Unknown Guest by Charlotte Link (4½ stars)
#14: Read a book with an even number of pages finished 2019-06-02
Fatal Crossing by Lone Theils (4½ stars)

9Ameise1
Edited: Oct 15, 4:44am Top

Take It or Leave It Challenge

July
# 2: Read a book by an author from or about/set in one of the nations participating in the 2019 Women’s World Cup (France) finished 2019-07-10
Commissaire Mazan und der blinde Engel by Jean Bagnol (4½ stars)
# 3: Read a book for the CFF Mystery Challenge Challenge (Reality Bites: Read a book from the speculative fiction genre
) finished 2019-07-08
Das Geheimnis des Bücherhüters by Corinna Gieseler (4 stars)
# 5: Read a book where the first sentence in Chapters 1, 2 or 3 mentions a number finished 2019-07-21
The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths (4½ stars)
#12: Read a book with a one word title beginning with a letter of the previous book finished 2019-07-06
Schussbereit by Irène Mürner (4 stars)
#13: Read a book with an author name (first, middle, last) that starts with one of the letters in EDGAR MARTINEZ finished 2019-07-15
Helle und der tote im Tivoli by Judith Arendt (4 stars)
#14: Read a book with a title of at least 4 words (subtitles excluded) finished 2019-07-20
A Fever of the Blood by Oscar de Muriel (4½ stars)

August
# 1: Read a book whose author's first and last names start with a vowel and end with a consonant finished 2019-08-18
A Man of Some Repute by Elizabeth Edmondson (4 stars)
# 2: ROLLING Challenge: Read a book that begins with who, what, where, when, how finished 2019-08-10
The Corsican Caper by Peter Mayle (4 stars)
# 3: Read a book where one of the title words begins with the letter “C” finished 2019-08-24
Cabo de Gata by Eugen Ruge (4½ stars)
# 4: Read a book for the August CFF Mystery Challenge Challenge finished 2019-08-08
Rat Race by Dick Francis (4 stars)
# 5: Read a book in which the author acknowledges another writer in the dedication, foreword, afterword finished 2019-08-16
The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan (4 stars)
# 6: Read a book with an inside part of the body in the title finished 2019-08-09
Das blutrote Parfüm by Sina Beerwald (4½ stars)
# 7: Read a book by a woman whose gender is not evident finished 2019-08-31
Dead Horsemeat by Dominique Manotti (4 stars)
# 8: Read a new-to-you book by one of the authors you've listed as a favourite on LT finished 2019-08-13
Seeking Whom He May Devour by Fred Vargas (4 stars)
# 9: Read a book where the first letter of the first name of the author comes alphabetically before the first letter of the last name finished 2019-08-03
Ein Gentleman in Arles - Gefährliche Geschäfte by Anthony Coles (4½ stars)
#13: Read a book set in a country you've never read about before finished 2019-08-06
The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad (4½ stars)
#14: Read a book by an author whose last name is longer than their first name finished 2019-08-28
Die Gottessucherin by Peter Prange (4½ stars)
#17: Read a book published by a two word publishing house finished 2019-08-01
Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty (4½ stars)

September
# 2: Read a book with a 2019 copyright finished 2019-09-07
Fake und Fiktion by Thomas Strässle (4 stars)
# 7: Read a book where the author's first or last name begins and ends with the same letter finished 2019-09-01
Schüsse im Shortbread by Arthur Escroyne (3½ stars)
# 9: Read a book for the September CFF Mystery Challenge Challenge finished 2019-09-08
Shinigami Games Herbst by Andreas Neuenkirchen (3 stars)
#10: Read a book where the title starts with one of the letters of "Having fun with TIOLI" finished 2019-09-28
Gier by Arne Dahl (4 stars)
#11: Read a book with a food word embedded in the title finished 2019-09-15
A Cat, a Hat and a Piece of String by Joanne Harris (4½ stars)
#12: Read a book with at least two different kinds of animals on the cover finished 2019-09-21
Death of a Cad by M. C. Beaton (4 stars)
#14: Read a book with a cover which looks similar to one of Paul's bookmarks finished 2019-09-24
Am Abgrund aller Dinge by Gianrico Carofiglio (4½ stars)

10Ameise1
Edited: Yesterday, 4:47am Top

Take It or Leave It Challenge

October
# 1: Read a book whose cover pictures at least one person in a position other than standing finished 2019-10-20
Auntie Poldi and The Sicilian Lions by Mario giordano (4 stars)
# 2: Read a book from your favorite genre finished 2019-10-17
Single Malt Murder by Melinda Mullet (4½ stars)
# 4: Read a book in translation finished 2019-10-15
Rapture In Death by J. D. Robb (4½ stars)
# 7: Read a book where there is an embedded word of 4 letters or more in the Author’s last name finished 2019-10-12
The Expats by Chris Pavone (4 stars)
# 9: Read a book for the October CFF Mystery Challenge Challenge finished 2019-10-10
Close Your Eyes by Michael Robotham (4½ stars)
# 10: Read a book where the author's first name and surname are consecutive and in alphabetical order finished 2019-10-27
16286509::Breakdown by Jonathan Kellerman (4 stars)
# 13: Read a book in which someone dies finished 2019-10-07
The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian (4 stars)
#14: Read a book in which the ISBN contains a 10 or 13 or 19 or 44 finished 2019-10-14
Hotel Bosporus by Esmahan Aykol (4 stars)
#18: Read a book with a multicoloured cover for the October birthstone challenge finished 2019-10-30
15553010::The Lake House by Kate Morton (4 stars)

November
# 1: Read a book that measures approximately 1 cm in thickness finished 2019-11-08
The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan (4 stars)
# 5: Read a book that has a musical instrument in the title finished 2019-11-07
17190743::Fire In The Stars by Barbara Fradkin (4½ stars)
# 9: Read a book set in Western Europe finished 2019-11-09
Gefährliche Côte Bleue by Cay Rademacher (4 stars)
# 11: Read a book in which a profession of a drink is written finished 2019-11-03
Die Kaffeerösterin by Giuseppina Torregrossa (4 stars)

11Ameise1
Edited: Yesterday, 4:47am Top

currently reading

 Crossfire  Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell

currently listening

 Die Betrogene

12Ameise1
Edited: Oct 15, 8:14am Top

book 76 Read in German

 Close Your Eyes

This thriller is very exciting, as one is always routed on wrong tracks. No sooner you recognize the villain, you have to realize that it is not this person.
Women are attacked and strangled. Only a few get away with it. The victims are scratched with an A on their foreheads. Joseph O'Loughlin is called in, but he has much more to do, as his separated wife is diagnosed with cancer and he should be there for his daughters. Once again he brings his family in danger with this case.

13Ameise1
Edited: Oct 15, 8:14am Top

book 77

 The Expats

This is a confusion par excellence. An American family decides to emigrate to Europe. The reasons are manifold. For the wife begins a new life, as she has always worked as a mother for the CIA, but her husband knew nothing about it. He is the driving force behind emigrating, because as a computer security expert he has figured out how to steal money from others during the transfer. His wife knew nothing about that. When they live in Luxembourg, two FBI agents are tracking him down. Since no one else has knowledge of what the other is doing, the whole thing is very tricky.

14Ameise1
Oct 15, 4:53am Top

book 78 Read in German

 Hotel Bosporus

Kati Hirschel, a German-Turkish thriller bookseller, loves to solve a real criminal case rather than standing in her bookstore all day long. Since she just right that an old school friend from Germany, whom has become an actress, comes to Istabul to make a film. The fact that the German director was murdered in the hotel the first night is a stroke of luck for Kati, so she is involved in the investigation from the beginning, thanks to her friend, and she learns everything first-hand from the love-stoned Commissioner. The fact that she also gets caught up in mafia Turkish bosses, makes the whole thing even more explosive.

15Carmenere
Oct 15, 6:26am Top

Happy new thread, Barbara! I've been following your fantastic vacation on facebook. Now, I've got a new addition to my bucket list!

16msf59
Oct 15, 6:28am Top

Happy New Thread, barb. I LOVE the Corsica toppers. It looks like you are having a wonderful time.

17karenmarie
Oct 15, 7:42am Top

Happy new thread, Barbara, and echoing Mark, I LOVE the corsica toppers.

18Ameise1
Oct 15, 8:14am Top

>15 Carmenere: >16 msf59: >17 karenmarie: Thanks so much, Lynda, Mark and Karen. We actually spend a great time in Corsica.
Here are some Corsican specialties. Please, help yourselves.

19CDVicarage
Oct 15, 8:19am Top

Fabulous photos, Barbara!

20jnwelch
Oct 15, 9:51am Top

Happy New Thread, Barbara! Like Lynda, I've been enjoying your vacation adventures on Facebook. Beautiful toppers.

21mstrust
Oct 15, 12:21pm Top

Happy new thread, and have a great vacation!
I'm afraid your photo of Corsican specialties isn't showing up for me but I'm sure the food is fabulous!

22FAMeulstee
Oct 15, 2:02pm Top

Happy new thread, Barbara!
Following your Corsican adventures also on FB. It all looks great there, enjoy!

23EBT1002
Oct 15, 2:18pm Top

Hello Barbara. Those are lovely photos! What a holiday you are having!

24johnsimpson
Oct 15, 3:40pm Top

Hi Barbara, happy new thread my dear.

25figsfromthistle
Oct 15, 9:05pm Top

Happy new thread. Love all the beautiful vacation pics!

26PaulCranswick
Oct 15, 9:48pm Top

I'm jealous, Barbara, Corsica is gorgeous.

Happy new thread!

27SirThomas
Oct 16, 3:33am Top

Happy new thread, Barbara - and happy vacation .
Beautiful pictures!
I wish I were there too. It is on my list.

28charl08
Oct 16, 3:46am Top

Happy new thread Barbara - beautiful topper pictures.

29drneutron
Oct 16, 10:24am Top

Happy new thread!

30Ameise1
Edited: Oct 16, 11:45am Top

>19 CDVicarage: Thanks so much, Kerry.

>20 jnwelch: Thanks so much, Joe. We really enjoy our vacation here very much.

>21 mstrust: Thanks so much, Jennifer. I am very sorry that you can not see the photo. It's crazy here on LT. Sometimes I can see photos and then not. For example on my laptop I can not see the picture (>18 Ameise1:), but when I look at my thread on the mobile, I see the picture. But I'm also so on different threads that I can not see photos. I'm trying to post another photo for you.

31Ameise1
Oct 16, 11:50am Top

>22 FAMeulstee: Thanks so much, Anita. It is really beautiful here and we only see the south part of Corsica,

>23 EBT1002: Nice to see you, Ellen. It is indeed a fantastic place. I can strongly recommend it.

>24 johnsimpson: Thanks so much, John.

>25 figsfromthistle: Thanks so much, Anita. It is an archaic landscape. If you love mountains and sea, Corsica is the place to be.

>26 PaulCranswick: It is indeed absolutely gorgeous here, Paul. I feel at home and can relax very well.

32mstrust
Oct 16, 11:53am Top

>30 Ameise1: Awww, you didn't have to go to the trouble of posting again, but thanks! Food photos are the best :-D

33Ameise1
Oct 16, 12:03pm Top

>27 SirThomas: Dear Thomas, I am sure you would like Corsica. If you are considering traveling there, I would recommend that you consider in advance whether you would like to visit the southern or the northern part of the island. Even if the island is small, you can not move fast by car. It is very winding and often steep. For a distance of 60km you have to count about 1.5 hours. We are in the southern part of the island and have rented a fantastic holiday home near Propriano. Even if we are here for two weeks, we will not have seen everything in southern Corsica.

>28 charl08: Thanks so much, Charlotte.

>29 drneutron: Thanks so much, Jim.

34Ameise1
Oct 16, 12:03pm Top

>32 mstrust: You're welcome, Jennifer.

35Ameise1
Oct 16, 12:20pm Top

book 79 Read in German

 Rapture in Death

This was another exciting Eve Dallas thriller. Now that I have a Tolino, I can finally read the earlier books in this series.
Eve and Roarke are on honeymoon, they should actually enjoy, if not suddenly a dead person appears. Even if it looks like an ordinary suicide, Dalls does not believe in it and soon realizes that there are four such deaths. Who is behind it? Soon she and Roarke are in danger.
It is written grippingly. I could hardly stop reading.

36Ameise1
Oct 16, 12:22pm Top

Next reading:

 Single Malt Murder

37jnwelch
Oct 16, 3:16pm Top

I love those in Death books, Barbara. I may re-read some. I remember Rapture in Death as a gripping one, as you say. Well, they all are, in one way or another, aren't they.

38charl08
Oct 16, 5:27pm Top

>36 Ameise1: I think I like the translated title better (Whisky with death?) than the English original. The cover of yours is nicer too!

39BLBera
Oct 16, 10:17pm Top

Happy new thread, Barbara. Corsica sounds fascinating. Thanks for the photos.

40thornton37814
Oct 17, 9:48am Top

>14 Ameise1: That one is not available in one of my libraries, but apparently the English translation is bad according to Amazon reviews. It sounds good, but I'm not sure my German is strong enough to read a novel. I can usually can make it through articles written in "theological German."

>36 Ameise1: That one's cover caught my attention. I read the description of it and added it to my Overdrive wish list at one library.

41richardderus
Oct 17, 7:30pm Top

Well, it took me a few days but I found you at last. Adding my jealous whining compliments to the chorus of Corsican love.

Happy days!

42EllaTim
Oct 20, 5:50am Top

Hi Barbara. Love your topper pictures! I visited Corsica once, a long time ago, and loved it. Nice to revisit through your pictures.

43msf59
Oct 20, 7:42am Top

Happy Sunday, Barb. I hope you are all settled back in, after your lovely holiday. Miss seeing you around.

44Ameise1
Oct 23, 9:23am Top

>37 jnwelch: This series is great, Joe, right? Years ago, I began reading individual books from the series. Of course, as always, not in the correct order. Since I have the Tolino, I can now better stick to the order.

>38 charl08: Freely translated it would be 'Whisky with Murder', Charlotte and yes I love the cover of my edition. I'm sure you'll like this one too. I hope you can find a copy of it.

>39 BLBera: Thanks so much, Beth. Corsica is definitely worth a visit. During the two weeks we only discovered the southern third of the island. We'll definitely go to Corsica again and then it's the northern part's turn.

>40 thornton37814: Hi Lori, as Esmahan Aykol is a German-Turkish author and her books are written in German, I have no idea what a possible translation could be. I like her books. They are funny and exciting. The Single Malt Murder was great to read and I'm definitely going to continue with this series.

>41 richardderus: Thanks so much, Rdear. We really had a splendid time in Corsica.

>42 EllaTim: Hi Ella, have you been to the north or the south part of Corsica? WE'vve only visited the south and we'll return one day for the north part.

>43 msf59: Happy Wednesday, Mark. Thanks, I started well at school again. What is the most time and energy consumed at the moment, that my father finally emigrated to Thailand. He will depart on 18 November forever. It's a weird feeling, he's out of our lives, like he died, but he's still alive. We still have many administravie things to do before he leaves us.

45Ameise1
Oct 23, 9:24am Top

book 80 Read in German

 Single Malt Murder

What a great introduction to a cozy mystery series. Abi Logan, who is actually a photographer, inherits from her uncle and foster father a whiskey distillery in Scotland. While she tries to take over the heritage locally, not only is the distillery sabotaged, but a young man is murdered. Abi faces many hurdles, as it is also unusual for a woman to run a whiskey distillery. The distiller is very fond of her, but Abi takes a long time to accept it. Furthermore, she must first work up the history of the company so that she can dissolve the murder. At the same time, she herself is in grave danger.
A great exciting book and I will definitely read the rest of the books in this series.

46Ameise1
Oct 23, 9:45am Top

book 81 Read in German

 Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions

I think I rarely laughed as much as I did while reading this book. What makes it special is the language. Auntie Poldi is a Bavarian who was married to a Sicilian. After his death, everything is too dull in Munich, so she emigrates to Sicily to her sisters-in-law and their families. She buys a house with sea views from the roof terrace. Since she is no longer the youngest, she gets help from the young Valentino when renovating the house, who one day does not show up and Autie Poldi finds him murdered on the beach three days later. Auntie Poldi has a strong commitment to amateur detective and decides she has to solve the murder herself, against the will of the police, especially the handsome chief commissioner Montana.
She tells the story to her nephew Giordano, who actually wants to write a family epic and is still in his infancy with his great-grandfather.
The Bavarian language is the charm of this cozy reading. I will certainly read the other books too.

47Ameise1
Edited: Oct 23, 9:54am Top

Currently reading:

 Breakdown

48charl08
Oct 23, 3:41pm Top

>46 Ameise1: Sounds like fun, Barbara! Wishlisting it.

49richardderus
Oct 23, 3:59pm Top

>46 Ameise1: Tante Poldi has a good ambassador in you! Added to the holds list.

50Familyhistorian
Oct 27, 10:29am Top

Happy newish thread, Barbara. Great holiday photos!

51Ameise1
Oct 30, 9:57am Top

>48 charl08: Charlotte, I'm sure you would like it. Unfortunately I have the feeling that the English translation can not reflect all the fun, the verbal expressions of Aunty Poldi.

>49 richardderus: Thanks so much, Rdear. It was great fun to read it.

>50 Familyhistorian: Thanks so much, Meg. We had a fabulous time.

52Ameise1
Oct 30, 9:57am Top

book 82

 Breakdown

This is once again an exciting book from the Alex Delaware series.
A woman is picked up by the police because she has invaded a foreign property and scared the owner. Soon it turns out that she has mental problems. Alex looks after her son Ovid while his friend Lou looks after the mentally disturbed woman. Years later, this woman is found dead. Alex remembers her son Ovid. But he is nowhere to be found. The investigations also show that the dead had long been homeless.
Where is Ovid and why did the woman have to die? The autopsy shows that she was poisoned. Soon, other dead appear, who were also poisoned with vegetable substances.
It's a race with time to stop the culprit.

53Ameise1
Oct 30, 10:13am Top

book 83 ♫ Read in German

 The Lake House

The story takes place for over 70 years. It is explained from the present day, but always goes back to circumstances that had happened earlier.
Four old sisters always meet on the birthday of their mother in the museum, where also the art collection of her parents is exhibited. Alice, one of the sisters, can not stop researching what must have happened decades ago when her little brother Theo disappeared without a trace. Then it comes to her that Sadie Sparrow is working on an old unresolved case that could be related to Theo's disappearance.
During the investigation Alice gets to know a lot of unknown things about her parents, especially about her mother.
It is a very exciting mystery.

54Ameise1
Oct 30, 10:14am Top

Next reading:

 Die Kaffeerösterin

55Ameise1
Oct 30, 10:16am Top

Next listening:

 Die Betrogene

56ronincats
Oct 30, 11:00pm Top

Those are gorgeous photos of Corsica, Barbara. I am glad you had such a nice vacation before starting back to school.

57charl08
Oct 31, 4:57am Top

>51 Ameise1: That makes sense. Books like that must be such a challenge for the translator!

58paulstalder
Nov 1, 5:54am Top

Thanks for the great pictures of Corsica

59Berly
Nov 8, 12:37am Top

Barbara--WOW! Love those pictures of Corsica. Good luck in school, and I am sorry you have to say goodbye to your Dad. Here's hoping the administrative stuff goes well. Looks like 100 is in reach for this year....!

60Ameise1
Nov 8, 4:08am Top

>56 ronincats: Thanks so much, Roni. We had a splendid time.

>57 charl08: You're right, Charlotte.

>58 paulstalder: You're welcome, Paul. BTW I'm reading Gefährliche Côte Bleue for the TIOLI challenge.

>59 Berly: Thanks so much, Kim. Yes, that with my father is actually onerous for all of us. I've known for some time that he wants to leave forever, but until now he's always come back after 10/11 months and stayed here for almost two months. Now he is going forever.
Ha, I also think that 100 should be possible.

61Ameise1
Edited: Nov 8, 4:08am Top

book 84 Read in German

 Die Kaffeerösterin

This was an exciting read from the interwar years to the late 50's in Sicily. On the one hand, the life of the roaster family is told, with Genziana, as a woman, taking over the roasting business after the WWII and on the other hand, the political system is explained in Sicily, which turns out that the women have a great power, even if not on the front line.
I found it interesting how the author cleverly combined the two themes a) rising power (domestic) and b) politics.

62Ameise1
Nov 8, 4:32am Top

book 85 Read in German

 Fire In The Stars

This is a gripping thriller playing in the vastness of Newfoundland. It points out that post-traumatic needs can lead to great misfortune. On the one hand it affects two development workers who have experienced very bad things in Nigeria under the Boko Haram, on the other hand it shows the fate of the refugees who are being misused by human trafficker.
Amanda has agreed with Phil to take a tour of Newfoundland's vast expanse to work through their accomplishments in Nigeria. When she arrives in Newfoundland, Phil disappeared without a trace with his son Tyler. Amanda goes with the help of Chris Tymko in search. They experience nasty surprises.
The story is told exciting and makes you very thoughtful.

63Ameise1
Nov 8, 4:36am Top

Next reading:

 The Cement Garden

64thornton37814
Nov 8, 8:51am Top

>63 Ameise1: I don't know why, but the title of that one reminds me of the "cement pond" in "The Beverly Hillbillies," a classic TV show.

65Ameise1
Nov 8, 8:59am Top

book 86 Read in German

 The Cement Garden

What a disturbing book. It's about four children / teenagers who lost their parents one after the other. The father died first, not before he bought tons of bagged cement and processed it with his son for a walk in the garden. The mother suffered for some time from a disease that led to death. While the father received a proper burial, the two eldest children cemented the mother in a box in the basement. Since the summer vacation was just beginning and the family had no other relatives and friends, nobody noticed for a long time what was happening in the lonely house.
The siblings had a special bond to each other. What began in childhood as a doctor's play ends in incest. The youngest decided after the mother's death that he would rather be a girl. His big brother resisted for a long time while the sisters dressed him with love, and sometimes even treated like a baby.
It's a story that really gets under your skin.

66Ameise1
Nov 8, 9:00am Top

>64 thornton37814: Lori, sorry, but I have no clue of US TV shows.

67Ameise1
Nov 8, 9:02am Top

68karenmarie
Edited: Nov 8, 11:45am Top

Hi Barbara!

Wow, your dad is moving to Thailand permanently. Would there be a possibility of your visiting him?

69Ameise1
Nov 8, 12:46pm Top

>68 karenmarie: Karen, no rather not. So it feels to me like he's going to die. Is a stupid feeling.

70karenmarie
Nov 8, 2:02pm Top

It's definitely a sad feeling. *hugs*

71paulstalder
Nov 8, 2:36pm Top

>60 Ameise1: >67 Ameise1: Hope you like it, Barbara

>44 Ameise1: your father moves permanently to Thailand? Because of money? Or does he know the country? I have friends there in the middle somewhere. True, visiting him there is not exactly on the way ... hope you can cope with all these changes laying ahead ...

72FAMeulstee
Nov 8, 4:24pm Top

So sorry your father is moving so far away, Barbara, and that you feel like you are loosing him forever.

73Carmenere
Nov 8, 7:06pm Top

Oh my, Barbara, you've got some drama of your own. Wow, Thailand?! I'm really speechless. Is there no talking him out of it?

74thornton37814
Nov 8, 7:55pm Top

>66 Ameise1: This 30 second clip will give you an idea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3c9upXVQ0M

75msf59
Nov 8, 10:24pm Top

Happy Weekend, Barb. Nice to see you posting around today. We miss seeing you around.

76BLBera
Nov 9, 3:55pm Top

Hi Barbara - Sorry your dad is moving so far.

77Ameise1
Yesterday, 4:46am Top

>70 karenmarie: >71 paulstalder: >72 FAMeulstee: >73 Carmenere: >76 BLBera: Karen, Paul, Anita, Lynda and Beth, thank you very much for your concern. Here is the short version, why my father emigrated:
When my mother died nine years ago, he spent his first vacation without her in Thailand. In the past, they always traveled to Sarawak Malaysia. Anyway, on one of these trips, he met a young Thai woman who could be my daughter. As we say, my dad's brain slipped down a few floors, he succumbed sexually and she shamelessly exploited this. Since all discussions on our part did not help. His Thailand holidays lasted longer, until about two years ago he decided to live there forever. We were able to convince him that he should try this once for a year and then decide. Now we are at this point because he chose the Thai woman and not his family here.

>74 thornton37814: thanks for the link, Lori.

>75 msf59: Hi Mark, yep I know that I'm terribly absent on LT and to be frank I don't know when I get more time to be here.

78Ameise1
Yesterday, 4:46am Top

book 87 Read in German

 Gefährliche Côte Bleue

This is a cozy mystery that plays in Provence.
While Blanc and Marius accompany a state ship with divers who mount a grate in front of a cave entrance in the Calanque, they see a dead diver near a sailing ship. Blanc takes the investigation, but soon realizes that he steps in his investigation into a wasp nest and the authorities in Paris try to stop him. During his investigation, he encounters an environmental sin that needs to be hushed up. Soon after, there will be another dead.
Blanc is constantly over-tired, since in this case he usually has to investigate on his own, as a colleague is on a honeymoon trip and his colleague finally gets up to tackling a therapy regarding his alcohol addiction.
It's a quick amusing read.

79Ameise1
Yesterday, 4:47am Top

80PaulCranswick
Yesterday, 7:02am Top

Wishing that your Dad will be OK, Barbara. I was lucky really that I came to this region as a relatively young man - I was 27 and was able to meet and fall in love and marry someone nearly of my own age. I married at 30 and Hani was 23.

I am sure that left to my own devices here for too long would lead me into the company of a lady much more junior in years than myself. To be fair Asian ideals on the attractions of Western men are not solely commercial as Western men do tend to treat ladies with more consideration and gentleness but there is certainly a group looking "to milk the white guy". I'm sorry to note that the Thais have the worst record in this regard, probably as a result of them being at the same time the most exploited, and they will normally be looking for the security of a paid-for home and regular money for their extended families. Thailand is not so good too in such regard as foreigners are not allowed to own most property. I hope that your Dad's lady is not that kind.

In any event, I wish you a splendid weekend.

81mstrust
Today, 12:01pm Top

I'm adding my condolences for your dad moving away. That seems normal that you'd be grieving, and I hope he returns to you quickly.
I have zero knowledge of the laws there, but is there possibly a way to protect his assets so that he can't just give away all that he's worked for?

82Familyhistorian
Today, 3:20pm Top

Sorry to hear about your father moving away permanently, Barbara. Does he stay in communication with his family back home when he is away or sever all ties?

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