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Edited: Oct 15, 2019, 8:56am

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.


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# 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)

# 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)

#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)

Edited: Oct 15, 2019, 8:39am

#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)

#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)

#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)

Edited: Oct 15, 2019, 8:41am

#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)

#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)

#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)

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Edited: Oct 15, 2019, 8:42am


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

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

Edited: Oct 15, 2019, 8:43am

Take It or Leave It Challenge

# 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)

# 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)

# 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)

Edited: Oct 15, 2019, 8:44am

Take It or Leave It Challenge

# 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)

# 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)

# 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)

Edited: Oct 15, 2019, 8:44am

Take It or Leave It Challenge

# 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)

# 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)

# 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)

Edited: Dec 30, 2019, 1:43pm

Take It or Leave It Challenge

# 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
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
The Lake House by Kate Morton (4 stars)

# 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
Fire In The Stars by Barbara Fradkin (4½ stars)
# 8: Read a book that has been adapted from / or into another form finished 2019-11-11
Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell by M. C. Beaton (4 stars)
# 9: Read a book set in Western Europe finished 2019-11-09
Gefährliche Côte Bleue by Cay Rademacher (4 stars)
# 10: Read a book by an author who has a sibling who is in the creative arts finished 2019-11-27
Killing Floor by Lee Child (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)
# 18: Read a book by an author whose first name is Felix or Lars finished 2019-11-20
Crossfire by Dick & Felix Francis (4½ stars)

# 2: Read a book where there is a dance in the title finished 2019-12-07
Lizzis letzter Tango by Anja Marschall (3½ stars)
# 5: Read a book with snow on the cover finished 2019-12-13
Codex Regius by Arnaldur Indriðason (4½ stars)
# 6: Read a book that was touchstoned by a group member between 1/1/19 and 11/30/19 finished 2019-12-27
Mystery In White by J. Jefferson Farjeon (4 stars)
# 8: Read a book for the December CFF Mystery Challenge Challenge finished 2019-12-30
Zorn by Arne Dahl (4½ stars)
# 9: ROLLING CHALLENGE: Read a book that fits a Trivial Pursuit Genus I Category finished 2019-12-24
The Heavenly Table by Donald Ray Pollock (3 stars)
# 17: Read a book by an author whose name has an odd number of characters. finished 2019-12-11
Die Betrogene by Charlotte Link (4 stars)

Edited: Dec 30, 2019, 2:33pm

currently reading

 The Northern Cross

currently listening


Edited: Oct 15, 2019, 12:14pm

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.

Edited: Oct 15, 2019, 12:14pm

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.

Oct 15, 2019, 8:53am

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.

Oct 15, 2019, 10:26am

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

Oct 15, 2019, 10:28am

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

Oct 15, 2019, 11:42am

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

Oct 15, 2019, 12:14pm

>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.

Oct 15, 2019, 12:19pm

Fabulous photos, Barbara!

Oct 15, 2019, 1:51pm

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

Oct 15, 2019, 4:21pm

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!

Oct 15, 2019, 6:02pm

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

Oct 15, 2019, 6:18pm

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

Oct 15, 2019, 7:40pm

Hi Barbara, happy new thread my dear.

Oct 15, 2019, 1:05am

Happy new thread. Love all the beautiful vacation pics!

Oct 15, 2019, 1:48am

I'm jealous, Barbara, Corsica is gorgeous.

Happy new thread!

Oct 16, 2019, 7:33am

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

Oct 16, 2019, 7:46am

Happy new thread Barbara - beautiful topper pictures.

Oct 16, 2019, 2:24pm

Happy new thread!

Edited: Oct 16, 2019, 3:45pm

>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.

Oct 16, 2019, 3:50pm

>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.

Oct 16, 2019, 3:53pm

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

Oct 16, 2019, 4:03pm

>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.

Oct 16, 2019, 4:03pm

>32 mstrust: You're welcome, Jennifer.

Oct 16, 2019, 4:20pm

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.

Oct 16, 2019, 4:22pm

Next reading:

 Single Malt Murder

Oct 16, 2019, 7:16pm

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.

Oct 16, 2019, 9:27pm

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

Oct 16, 2019, 2:17am

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

Oct 17, 2019, 1:48pm

>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.

Oct 17, 2019, 11:30pm

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!

Oct 20, 2019, 9:50am

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

Oct 20, 2019, 11:42am

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

Oct 23, 2019, 1:23pm

>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.

Oct 23, 2019, 1:24pm

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.

Oct 23, 2019, 1:45pm

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.

Edited: Oct 23, 2019, 1:54pm

Currently reading:


Oct 23, 2019, 7:41pm

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

Oct 23, 2019, 7:59pm

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

Oct 27, 2019, 2:29pm

Happy newish thread, Barbara. Great holiday photos!

Oct 30, 2019, 1:57pm

>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.

Oct 30, 2019, 1:57pm

book 82


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.

Oct 30, 2019, 2:13pm

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.

Oct 30, 2019, 2:14pm

Next reading:

 Die Kaffeerösterin

Oct 30, 2019, 2:16pm

Next listening:

 Die Betrogene

Oct 30, 2019, 3:00am

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

Oct 31, 2019, 8:57am

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

Nov 1, 2019, 9:54am

Thanks for the great pictures of Corsica

Nov 8, 2019, 5:37am

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....!

Nov 8, 2019, 9:08am

>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.

Edited: Nov 8, 2019, 9:08am

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.

Nov 8, 2019, 9:32am

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.

Nov 8, 2019, 9:36am

Next reading:

 The Cement Garden

Nov 8, 2019, 1:51pm

>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.

Nov 8, 2019, 1:59pm

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.

Nov 8, 2019, 2:00pm

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

Nov 8, 2019, 2:02pm

Edited: Nov 8, 2019, 4:45pm

Hi Barbara!

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

Nov 8, 2019, 5:46pm

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

Nov 8, 2019, 7:02pm

It's definitely a sad feeling. *hugs*

Nov 8, 2019, 7:36pm

>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 ...

Nov 8, 2019, 9:24pm

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

Nov 8, 2019, 12:06am

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?

Nov 8, 2019, 12:55am

>66 Ameise1: This 30 second clip will give you an idea:

Nov 8, 2019, 3:24am

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

Nov 9, 2019, 8:55pm

Hi Barbara - Sorry your dad is moving so far.

Nov 10, 2019, 9:46am

>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.

Nov 10, 2019, 9:46am

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.

Nov 10, 2019, 9:47am

Nov 10, 2019, 12:02pm

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.

Nov 11, 2019, 5:01pm

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?

Nov 11, 2019, 8:20pm

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?

Nov 12, 2019, 4:24pm

I'm very sad for your family's turmoil, Barbara. I hope things turn out well for all concerned.

Nov 12, 2019, 7:30pm

I hope you find a way for you to deal with the situation.

Nov 13, 2019, 3:06pm

HUGS to you, Barbara. xx

Nov 16, 2019, 1:32pm

>80 PaulCranswick: >81 mstrust: >82 Familyhistorian: >83 richardderus: >84 SirThomas: >84 SirThomas: dear Paul, Jennifer, Meg, Rdear and Thomas, many thanks for all the virtual hugs, I appreciate them very much. Yes, it is extremely sad that he goes away forever. On the one hand, I grant him the pleasure of spending his twilight years in one place and with someone who is important to him in his eyes. On the other hand, it has been a pity for many years that this woman, with her daughter, has alienated our father from us and his grandchildren. We all have to accept his decision, even if it makes us very sad.
I spent as much time with him as possible this week. On Monday we will all accompany him to the airport and let him hug us one last time. I will hardly ever travel to Thailand and therefore it will actually be a last hug.

Nov 16, 2019, 1:33pm

book 88 Read in German

 Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell

This is a nice cozy mystery. Agatha, back from her honeymoon, quickly realizes that this marriage is not under a good star. She feels that her husband has a relationship with a local woman. When he disappears injured and the alleged lover is found dead, Agathe and Charles go in search of what really happened. Soon they have to realize that they are dealing with psychopaths and James, Agatha's husband has other life plans.

Nov 16, 2019, 1:34pm

Next reading:


Nov 16, 2019, 3:08pm

*more hugs*

Nov 16, 2019, 3:43pm

And more hugs to Barb. Enjoy your time with your father, my friend.

Nov 16, 2019, 10:06pm

Sorry to hear about your dad. Sending hugs your way.

Nov 20, 2019, 2:06pm

>89 karenmarie: >90 msf59: >91 figsfromthistle: Thanks so much, Karen, Mark and Anita. He left Monday evening and is safely arrived at his new homeplace in Thailand. I will always remember his walk after passport control.

Nov 20, 2019, 2:06pm

book 89 Read in German


Tom, the son of a horse trainer and a stable owner, returns home after 15 years of military service and lost his foot following a bombing in Afghanistan. He is not received with open arms and soon realizes that his mother is being blackmailed, that the racing team's finances are catastrophic and that his mother is making her good racehorses sick with food so they will not win. Tom decides to get to the bottom of everything and catch the culprit without the police being involved.
Very exciting written and it was a great reading pleasure.

Nov 20, 2019, 2:09pm

Next reading:

 Killing Floor

Nov 20, 2019, 5:28pm

>93 Ameise1: I take it from your pleased response that Felix is made in the same way as Dick was. I'm glad the stories keep up their quality!

Sending more hugs just because I can.

Nov 20, 2019, 5:36pm

>95 richardderus: It is indeed very gripping. Love their books.

Thanks so much, Rdear. Smooch right back to you.

Nov 23, 2019, 2:36am

Hi Barbara!

I'm just stopping by your thread to say that I just finished reading Killing floor which I'm doing as a shared read with you for the November TIOLI challenges, I see. At one point this month. I decided not to finish this book, but then I returned to it because I wanted to see what would happen. I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed this book which was a great surprise to me as I never read crime fiction. The violence didn't bother me all that much, I like the author's writing style and will gladly continue the series at a later date.

A funny thing is that someone donated about a dozen Lee Child books to me for my Little Free Library, but none of those books is the second book in the Jack Reacher series. Of course, Killing Floor was the first book of the series. Go figure! :D

Let me know what you think of it after you finish it.

Nov 23, 2019, 3:06am

>97 SqueakyChu: Killing Floor got me hooked on the series. It is a great first episode and, though the subsequent books are sometimes a little repetitive but the formula definitely works and works well.

Have a lovely Sunday, Barbara.

Nov 23, 2019, 3:09am

>98 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul! I was skeptical of the series at first because my husband read three books of the series (not in order) and said that he only liked one of the three. I can see, though, why this author has such a devoted following. The books i received as a donation came mostly from the library of a friend's neighbor's husband who recently died, These books must have been much loved as there were lots of them. i actually feel honored to be able to share this library of Lee Child books with others.

Nov 23, 2019, 3:15am

>99 SqueakyChu: Your little free library is a wonderful thing, Madeline.

Edited: Nov 23, 2019, 3:24am

>100 PaulCranswick: I know. I just love mine! My husband has been building them as a retirement
hobby. So far, he has eight of them up and running in various nearby cities!

These are the last two that he built.

Nov 24, 2019, 10:55am

>101 SqueakyChu: Those are lovely! What a nice idea.

Nov 24, 2019, 11:46am

Hi Barbara!

I love the Jack Reacher books. I was told by a friend that they didn't have to be read in order and I believe her since I read #11, Bad Luck and Trouble first and then have read then in any which way until I got caught up at #18 and have read each new one as it has come out since then. Just finished Blue Moon last week, another excellent entry to the series.

Nov 24, 2019, 12:36pm

Happy Sunday, Barb. I hope you are enjoying the weekend and finding plenty of book time.

Nov 24, 2019, 3:55pm

>97 SqueakyChu: >101 SqueakyChu: Madeline, I have read half so far and find it very exciting. I am very curious who the mastermind is.

Great photos from the little free library. Thank you for sharing it with us.

>98 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul, I hope your weekend was a good one, too.

>102 charl08: Isn't it a gorgeous idea, Charlotte? Unfortunately, I haven't seen them here.

>103 karenmarie: Ha, Karen, what a coincidence. I've read only Bad Luck and Trouble so far. Killing Floor is my second Reacher.

>104 msf59: Mark, I have to do something for the school and hope that I find time to read later.

Edited: Nov 24, 2019, 5:03pm

>102 charl08: Charlotte, the idea started with Todd Bol (who sadly died of pancreatic cancer) a few years ago. I was able to meet him at a past National Book Festival in Washington, DC.

Little Free Library is a world-wide movement so anyone can build one, and anyone can use one. Check the map on this website to locate one close to you!

>103 karenmarie: Karen, I think I'm going to try to read them in order anyway. I just don't know which ones I should keep now and which ones I should give away because I'll never get to them. I am also notorious for never reading two similar books in a row. I prefer random reading. :D>

>105 Ameise1: Barbara, that is EXACTLY why I picked this book up again. I wanted to know what was the criminal activity that was binding so many people together (which is EXACTLY how I feel about the US government, but that's another matter entirely!).

Nov 24, 2019, 4:32am

I am rather late to the news posted above, Barbara as RL has had my LT time very limited since this summer. Adding my virtual hugs to the ones you have already received.

Nov 30, 2019, 7:58pm

>103 karenmarie: That's good to know. I didn't realize there were so many Jack Reacher books either!

>105 Ameise1: Happy weekend, Barbara!!

Dec 1, 2019, 3:22pm

Edited: Dec 3, 2019, 12:50pm

Hi Barbara!

>105 Ameise1:, >106 SqueakyChu:, >108 Berly: When I find a new series that clicks with me, like I did with Jack Reacher in 2011, I immediately find and read as many as I can. With Reacher it took me 2 years to get up-to-date with the series; since then I've acquired and read the newest one as it's come out. I don't know if this will inspire you or depress you - there are 24 Reacher novels and No Middle Name, the collected short stories.

I've done the same with Nicci French's Frieda Klein series and the Ruth Galloway series by Elly Griffiths - read the first and loved it and read the whole series quickly.

>109 figsfromthistle: An Advent Calendar, sort of. *smile*

A cousin of ours, who loves Harry Potter as much as we do, gave Jenna an early Christmas present at Thanksgiving - a Harry Potter Advent Calendar. So far Jenna's gotten a deck of playing cards with the 4 houses replacing spades, hearts, diamonds, clubs and a small notebook.

Dec 7, 2019, 1:32am

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Barbara.

Dec 19, 2019, 7:50pm

Little Free Libraries are a great idea. We have had some around here for a while but new ones in the next city over were targeted by vandals who burnt 7 or maybe more. The vandals were caught and the city became more protective of the LFLs.

I hope you have a wonderful festive season, Barbara!

Edited: Dec 19, 2019, 11:42pm

>110 karenmarie: I’m not a series person. Usually I try to avoid series books. However, I’m now on a Lee Child and Henning Mankell kick. I don’t know how long that will last since I’ve only read one book of each of those two authors. :D

>112 Familyhistorian: I fail to see why vandals need to target Little Free Libraries. It’s so mean to damage something provided by one person or family to help or share items with other people. My own Little Free Library has experienced only minor vandalism, but each time it happened I was so sad.

Dec 20, 2019, 8:58am

Offene Bücherschränke (public book cases) are a blessing. I like discovering them all over, wherever I go, I look for them. Most of my books are coming from such places.

Here some kids used such a bookcase as target for some fresh eggs ... sadly they opened the door and hit the books.

Wish you a good weekend, Barbara.

Dec 20, 2019, 11:32am

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Barbara.

Dec 21, 2019, 9:02pm

Soviet Santa says "Happy Yule!" Solstice Greetings to all. Read more here:

Dec 23, 2019, 7:42pm

Dec 24, 2019, 10:09am

I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a peaceful time.

Dec 24, 2019, 12:47pm

Have a great holiday, with the family, Barb. We miss you!

Dec 24, 2019, 6:29pm

Hi Barbara!

Dec 24, 2019, 9:19pm

Merry Christmas Barbara, Thomas, Isabelle and Marina from both of us dear friend.

Dec 24, 2019, 10:39pm

Merry Christmas, Barbara!

Dec 25, 2019, 11:47pm

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, some other tradition or none at all, this is what I wish for you!

Dec 25, 2019, 1:29am

Thank you for keeping me company in 2019.......onward to 2020.

Edited: Dec 26, 2019, 3:14pm

>106 SqueakyChu: Madeline, I enjoyed it very much.

>107 lkernagh: Lori, I read a lot myself, but was only sporadically on LT.

>108 Berly: Kim, I'll go on with the Jack Reacher series. I really like it.

>109 figsfromthistle: Thanks so much, Anita.

>110 karenmarie: >120 karenmarie: Karen, I make a virtual advent calendar every year. Every day there is either a poem, a story, something humorous, something to think about, a song or something worth knowing. I do this in German. I would like to send this to everyone who can understand German. The advent calendar is closed for this year, but there will be another one in December 2020.
Many thanks for the Christmas greetings. I hope that you and your loved ones also had a nice holiday.

>111 PaulCranswick: >115 PaulCranswick: >124 PaulCranswick: Dear Paul, thank you for all the good wishes. I hope that you and your loved ones have had a wonderful holiday.

Dec 26, 2019, 3:23pm

>112 Familyhistorian: Thanks so much, Meg. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, too.

>114 paulstalder: Dear Paul, it is bad that children and teenagers always have to damage things with eggs. It is actually a bad habit. I hope you spent a nice Christmas with your loved ones.

>116 richardderus: >117 mstrust: >118 SirThomas: >119 msf59: >121 johnsimpson: >122 jnwelch: >123 ronincats: Rdear, Jennifer, Thomas, Mark, John, Joe and Roni, thanks so much for the beautiful Christmas wishes. On the 23rd we celebrated Christmas with Thomas's family branch. Yesterday our daughters with their partner and my MIL were with us. After a nice meal, we had a game night that went on until three in the morning. It was so funny. We brought my MIL home shortly before midnight and then continued playing.

Dec 26, 2019, 3:23pm

book 90 Read in German

 Killing Floor

This was my second book from the Jack Reacher series, even though this is actually volume one.
In this book you get to know Jack Reacher. His brother plays an important role here, as does his military past. You also know why Jack is a restless nature and doesn't want to settle down. It doesn't matter, it's exciting. It's about drugs, money laundering and mafia methods. When Jack arrives in this sleepy place and is immediately arrested, he soon realizes that the police are also corrupt. He is suspected of murder and has to realize that the dead man is his brother and was under investigation on behalf of the government. He soon realizes that this authority is also corrupt. Who else can he trust?

Dec 26, 2019, 3:24pm

book 91 Read in German

 Lizzis letzter Tango

This thriller takes place in Hamburg. Lizzi is an older 'lady' who lives with the stolen money from her late husband in an exclusive old people's home on the Elbe. Actually, she would have wanted to enjoy the end of her life if nothing else happened.
The home manager would like to get rid of Lizzi and only accept high-society clients. Furthermore, she has a quack with the senior doctor. However, the latter is also targeting a nurse who will promptly receive notice of termination from the home manager. Lizzi receives a visit from her daughter and her dubious lover, who steals Lizzi's money. In addition, a bank director is brought to the home and shot shortly thereafter. Lizzi and the nurse begin to investigate. On the one hand, how they will get Lizzi's money back, and on the other hand, it seems that the dead bank director is not what you think. They receive support from Lizzi's daughter's dubious lover, of all people, and the crime chief retired, who at the time tried to prove that Lizzi's husband had been the robber.
On the one hand, this thriller is funny, on the other hand, sometimes a little too lengthy.

Dec 26, 2019, 3:25pm

book 92 ♫ Read in German

 Die Betrogene

This is a very addicting thriller. First, it appears that they are different, independent plots. In each case I started guessing a) where does this plot lead and b) how and why is it linked to the others. This made me pretty jittery. Over time I felt that I had found the connection, only to later find that I was completely wrong.
On the one hand, there is a young family with an adoptive son who is badly molested by his birth mother and her lover. On the other hand, a policewoman from Scotland Yard is looking for her father's murderer, who was also a policeman. In doing so, she comes across a dark chapter in her father's past.
It was a very exciting listening.

Dec 26, 2019, 3:26pm

book 93 ♫ Read in German

 Codex Regius

This was a very exciting reading. A young Icelandic student is studying old Icelandic literature in Copenhagen. His professor has long been chasing the original 'Edda' manuscript, which was written on parchment.
Their search leads them to East Germany, whereby they are not afraid to open a grave and also in Berlin shortly after WWII they look for booksellers who are found murdered after their visit. Soon they are the hunted. On the one hand by the police and on the other hand by the malefactor who goes over dead bodies.
Can they find the missing pages again?
This captivating thriller is exciting from the first to the last page.

Dec 26, 2019, 3:27pm

book 94

 The Heavenly Table

To be honest, I had a struggle with the book. Somehow, I didn't really like the time, the environment and the content, even if I have to hold the author to the advantage that it is well written.
On the one hand, there are three brothers who have lost their parents and now want to go to Canada, robbing people along the way to get money, food, weapons and horses. On the other hand, there is a couple whose son suddenly no longer comes home. First, they think that he joined the military to take part in WWI in Europe. The father soon realizes that he just ran away.
The following topics are also addressed: homosexuality, mental illness and racism.

Dec 26, 2019, 3:29pm

Next reading

 Mystery In White

Dec 26, 2019, 3:31pm

Next listening


Edited: Dec 29, 2019, 8:23pm

calm and I could use some friends over here in this new joint...

The 2020 Group is up!

Dec 26, 2019, 4:45pm

>134 drneutron: Thanks so much, Jim. I'm in for to upcoming year.

Dec 27, 2019, 5:03am

Best wishes this holiday season!! See you in 2020!

Dec 27, 2019, 1:55am

Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas, Barbara. I hope that your New Year celebration goes as well.

Dec 28, 2019, 4:45pm

>136 Berly: Thanks so much, Kim. I'll make my new thread within the next two days.

>137 Familyhistorian: Thanks so much, Meg. We definitely had a blast. The New Year celebration is always very quiet. My husband and I don't make a big party.

Edited: Dec 28, 2019, 4:52pm

book 95 Read in German

 Mystery In White

It's an amusing, cozy mystery.
On Christmas Eve, a train gets stuck in a snowdrift near Hemmersby. Six different people sharing the compartment leave the train to walk to Hemmersby. Since a snowstorm is raging and they cannot see anything, they get lost and thus come to an 'empty' house. The fireplace is heated, the tea water boils and there is enough to eat. But where is the owner? In search of him, the stranded people notice that something is wrong with this house. Someone died, there is a big secret in this house. The intruders try to uncover the secret.

Dec 28, 2019, 4:54pm

Next reading:

 The Northern Cross

Dec 29, 2019, 11:23pm

>139 Ameise1: That one is already on my radar!

Dec 30, 2019, 1:12pm

>141 thornton37814: I'm sure you'll like it, Lori.

Dec 30, 2019, 1:42pm

book 96 ♫ Read in German


This thriller by the Opcop team was also very gripping, although the basic idea is very frightening.
Various scientists are found murdered one after the other. The dead always occurs on a former prison island, with a message from the book of the Count of Monte Christo. It soon turns out that it is an act of revenge. But who is behind it and why? All scientists have in common that they were working on a research experiment in the former Soviet Union with the aim of artificially producing a tailor-made person.
When looking for the culprit, the members of the Opcop team are also at great risk.

Dec 30, 2019, 1:45pm

Next listening:


Dec 30, 2019, 5:10pm

Glad to read you had a lovely Xmas, Barbara. You are certainly packing in the books! I am tempted by the cosy mystery, sounds very suitable for this time of year.