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Naz's wife Sandra disappeared a few months before, leaving her beloved daughter and husband. Tim calls Gemma. When Naz's body is found in a nearby park, the local officer turns the case over to Scotland Yard. Duncan is in charge of the investigation. With suspects ranging from Sandra's family to members of a private, but shady club headed by one of Sandra's friends, Duncan and his partner have their hands full. Gemma and her partner help unofficially.

Gemma's main interest is in keeping Naz and Sandra's daughter Charlotte out of the hands of Sandra's family. Another story line involves the pressure of Gemma's family for Duncan and Gemma to officially "tie the knot. It held my interest from start to finish. I listened to the audio narrated by Jenny Sterlin. Half of the Thingaversary books coming from the UK arrived today--all in separate packages. I think the other 3 books shipped together. Hopefully they'll arrive Monday or Tuesday.

Esther married Will, but a difficult circumstance drives a bit of a wedge between them. Esther moves home to the vicarage. At the same time, she accepts a package from her employer which allows her to make a completely new start. Esther's parents plan a move to China in the upcoming months, and the curate will move into the vicarage at that time. When Esther's father suggests turning a neglected garden into a community garden, Esther receives the curate's blessing to pursue the project.

Much more happens, but to reveal more would give away too much plot. Perhaps the overriding story theme is the phrase Esther's mother utters which was the title of a best-selling counseling book by Frank Minirth and Paul Meier, "Happiness Is a Choice. I received an advance electronic copy from the publisher through LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program in exchange for an honest review. His mother, like most Southern cooks of that generation, did not follow recipes.

She cooked by eyeballing things and getting the ratio correct based on practice. The family stories needed editing. They failed to draw me in, partly because of excess verbiage and lack of action verbs. Most recipes can be found in other Southern regional cookbooks. In the electronic advance copy, the recipe's conclusion often bumps into text following it, making it difficult for readers.

The distinction between the recipe and stories about the recipe needs more separation as well. Perhaps his identification of his mother as the best cook in the world elicits the most contentious point of the book. Because my mom in the neighboring state of Mississippi earned that honor.

I received an advance electronic copy of the book through NetGalley with the expectation of an honest review. In the poem readers see a mingling of Christian and pagan traditions. Well-versed Biblical students may even notice parallels between Beowulf and warriors in the Bible. Although the Old English appears on facing pages, my lack of knowledge of Old English makes it impossible for me to determine Heaney's faithfulness to the originals.

His introduction and acknowledgement provides some background. He admits to differing opinions with other scholars but the final product seems true to the version I remember from college days while being far more readable. Perhaps more readers will find this classic tale accessible because of Heaney's work.

Cooking Easter lunch without too many leftovers challenges those cooking for one. I think I stumbled upon the secret after years of eating leftovers. I purchased a few ham slices and a small amount of potato salad from the deli. I purchased asparagus and may tire of it before the bundle is gone, but I saved enough off the regular price with the sale price to not feel to guilty if some goes to waste. The big challenge for me was the banana pudding.

Most places here put cool whip in banana pudding. I dislike that. My mom made a pure custard one which was wonderful. I went with Mom's custard-based one, but I found a container that ensured the bananas would not turn before I finished it. I layered it with the bananas and vanilla wafers and poured custard over the top to seep down in it. The extra custard went into individual pudding cups in the refrigerator to enjoy individually after the banana pudding is gone.

I finally achieved a "no fuss" Easter meal. I can do leftovers of everything once, but I will not eat the same thing for a week! But I think I'll skip this one. My family does our Easter egg hunt on Palm Sunday and we scatter on Easter. So my sister comes and we just do burgers on the grill with macaroni salad and tossed salad.

And key lime pie for my husband. Everyone we tell thinks it's a great idea. Sometimes if the weather is co-operative i. This year it's too cold. That person liked it much more than I did. It was in the 60s here this morning. I did not check to see if it cooled later in the day as I came home and spent the day with the cats, napping and reading. The napping is partly because of a sinus infection that's zapping my energy. Debrette disappear about the same time. Friends and family believe Attleton went abroad, but his luggage and passport turn up in a London studio called the Belfry.

Inspector MacDonald investigates. Searchers find a mutilated body in a cleverly disguised location. Although slight doubts about its identity surface, it turns out to be Attleton. Blackmail, affairs, imposters, and more add to the plot. While the book itself suffers from being dated in writing style, the mystery's plot could probably still do well as a movie.

It commands the attention of the reader.

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I received an advance electronic copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Not only was it too cold to sit on the porch yesterday, It's actually snowing here RI near the coast this a. They say inches by noon! I am SO over this! It sounds like it would be worth borrowing for the plot. Since the dogwoods are in bloom, I assume it will be our "Dogwood Winter. When I read their reviews, the writing style did not seem to bother them as much as it did me.

Maybe it simply wasn't the perfect book at the time for me. It is, at least, a solid installment in the series. The ice cream man takes care of the cat until a girl who knows the cat shows up, telling the ice cream man where he belongs. The illustrations are good but not great. The text falls a bit flat.

I know my cats react to the ice cream truck's music, but fortunately our neighborhood lacks lots of children clamoring to get ice cream so they really only know the sound and not the contents. Young readers may come away from reading the book feeling cats may eat ice cream when dairy products can upset their stomachs. This disturbs me. The book contains activities for children, including coloring, connect the dots, a maze, and fill-in-the-blank at the end.

I won an electronic copy of the book through Goodreads giveaways with the expectation of an honest review. Beckett's poetry doesn't really "cut it" for me. It lacks the rhythms of favorite poets and uses a less polite vocabulary. While I enjoyed some of his shorter poems in both English and French , the ones beyond about a dozen lines did not engage me. I enjoyed some of the other French poems but not others.

Beckett's talent must lie in other forms of writing. Belated Happy Thingaversary! Love that it's "allowed," nay, required to get to order a bunch of new books on your day. Makes me kind of wish I hadn't joined LT so close to my birthday when I get to buy books anyway I'm just glad I joined LT. Looks like I joined 3 days after mine - perhaps it was a deluge of new books from that birthday that made me join.

All but one of my Thingaversary books arrived.

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The last one was dispatched from the UK on the same day the two arriving today were. It amazes me they shipped all six books individually. At least the US shipper sent them individually. They were mailed from Jamaica, NY. Hopefully the last one will show up tomorrow. Beidler discusses newspapers as a genealogical source.

He covers most types of newspapers. Religious newspapers were omitted from separate treatment although a few titles showed up in a geographic sample in the book. He does an excellent job relating available databases, even acknowledging ethical questions about business practices of some. Beidler, best known for his German genealogical research, includes international newspapers, not limiting the discussion to the United States. The book's greatest flaw lies in the format of the otherwise excellent bibliography.

Since one chapter included information on citing newspapers following the recognized genealogical citation manual Evidence Explained, this surprised me. Beidler's work will become the most-cited "how to" guide on newspaper research in the genealogical community in the near future. All genealogy libraries with methodology collections should purchase a copy. I received an electronic advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It's not my type of play. A short mime follows at the end. Mime is not something I really enjoy either. All-in-all, this was not a good read for me.

That Kate Hewitt book looks like a winner for me. I hope the library has it! She's focusing one story on each sister. It's a nice setting though. Some paragraphs went on for pages. Overall I enjoyed his short stories more than other work sampled by the author. In the title story, Beckett opens with a cemetery scene--something to which I as a genealogist could relate. Of course, I chided him for not recording all the tombstone information on his first visit, but his purposes in visiting graveyards are different than mine.

The story then relates the story of his encounter with the first woman he thought to marry. I would classify "Imagination Dead Imagine" and "Ping" as experimental works. They go beyond the bounds of traditional literature. Definitely a bit strange to read. The speech is broken, as if one is only hearing bits and snatches. I'm not exactly certain what to call "Breath. I certainly see why Beckett's experimentation earned him a Pulitzer, but overall, his work doesn't appeal to me.

At first glance, it appears to be an accidental fire, but things don't add up in the death of the meticulous and well-liked man. A man who tried to lease or purchase the same property, known as "Little Thatch," questions the man's identity. MacDonald finds the missing pieces, leading to the murderer's motive and identity. This installment is one of the better reads in the British Library Crime Classics series. I received an electronic copy from the publisher through NetGalley with the expectation of an honest review. The five children grew up in the Brownstone and wish to continue living there.

As their parents seek other affordable alternatives for a family as large as theirs, the children organize an effort to get Mr. Beiderman to change his mind. While some of it does not seem all that realistic, young readers may not notice as much as adults. The author's debut novel shows promise as either a stand-alone or as the beginning of a series featuring the Vanderbeekers. Not only is it the first day she gets to use the umbrella, it is also the first day she walks in the city without holding one of her parents' hand.

Illustrations in this Caldecott honor recipient, while still nice and colorful, do not hold up well to today's standards. The author includes a few Japanese words and their translations for young readers. I had three more book packages awaiting me today. One was the final book in my Thingaversary haul, which has already been reported.

Another is the 9th edition of Turabian, which I pre-ordered. It's been on my wishlist for a long time, but several genealogists are interested in doing an online group study of it, probably this summer, so I went ahead and ordered it. It's being organized via Facebook. I suspect we may take it into something more like Google groups -- or we may just do group emails. Logistics and dates are still being determined.

Her drug-addicted boyfriend Danny accompanies her. She intends to visit her estranged father George after receiving anonymous notes about him. Her father lives with a Mexican family. Ivan invites Carol to join one of his tours of Teotihuacan, and she falls in love with the site. Following an incident, she moves out of the hotel and into the house with her father.

Danny experiments with more dangerous drugs.

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Carol soon realizes something related to drug-trafficking is afoot, but she isn't sure whom she can trust. This book first appeared in The story fits that time and place and probably received an enthusiastic reception by readers. Today's reader will recognize the "preachiness" against using narcotics and respond less favorably.

The audio version by Grace Conlin is not recommended. She reads more as a narrator than as someone trying act the parts with enthusiasm, fear, and the other range of emotions characters should be feeling. The voice did not fit Carol. This book differs significantly from other works I read by the author. Many poems provide insights into the African-American experience or reflect on events of the s and s. I found the poetry enjoyable. Walker's form uses short lines and short poems. I read Albions Seed a few years ago and I really enjoyed it.

I liked the way it was organized and the writing was clear and intelligent. I think my review is On here, but I don't know how to link to it. I only just now purchased it. I've used it in libraries, but because it was in non-circulating collections, I've only read a bit at a time. I usually don't have time for reading at the end of a research session because I usually have about the right amount planned.

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This will help me get it off my "bucket list" of "to be reads. I debated switching to the e-book, but I don't think it would matter. I ended up abandoning it. It's a great title, but it's not a book for me. Other forest animals fail to find a way to turn him over, but the frog knows the solution. The illustrations are dated because of color, but the story probably still contains appeal for young readers. Timothy Turtle by Al Graham ; illustrated by Tony Palazzo Date Completed: 12 Apr Category: Amish Country Challenges: None Rating: 2 stars Review: Containing very dated illustrations, this book features Timothy Turtle climbing a mountain, ending up on his back, but rocking himself to an upright position and climbing back down where he is greeted and celebrated for his heroic efforts by friends.

The book is basically a long poem with lots of repetition, similar words, and word variants. The story does not hold up well for today's readers. It includes one longer poem, a handful of medium-length poems, but mostly shorter ones. Some of the poems resonated more than others.

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Overall, though, the collection seemed to lack something. The adventures appeal to young readers. The books makes a great read-aloud. I pictured it as I read the book, even when the plot differs. The victim,a former area resident who planned to donate his collection of valuable historical documents to the library, dies at a library event, and Lucy finds him. Until the evening of the murder, his finalists list for the collection also included Blackmore College's history department.

His granddaughter and curator accompanied him to the Outer Banks, immediately becoming suspects. Lucy's boyfriend Connor seeks re-election as mayor, spending much of his time, campaigning. Butch, the detective, warns Lucy against detecting, but somehow the mystery seeks her out. Louise Jane enthralls guests with her haunting stories of local ghosts while Lucy spots her first one and some inexplicable happenings with a model ship on loan from Louise Jane. Although light and cozy, the book keeps the reader engaged.

Some portions, particularly in the first few chapters, seemed a bit repetitious, providing details such as Lucy's living arrangements in more than one location. I received an advance electronic copy from the publisher via NetGalley with expectations of an honest review. Watson uses transcribed primary source materials to illustrate what life was like in North Carolina's earliest days. Sources utilized include legislation, court records, wills, estate inventories, road orders, diaries, journals, letters, newspapers, church records, and manuscript collections.

Topics addressed include character, family, immigration, taverns, criminality and law enforcement, homes and possessions, health and mortality, towns, travel and transportation, religion, education, and recreation and entertainment. The unusual approach means it is less readable for a general audience, but historians and genealogists should enjoy it.

While the author could not select every item fitting each category and those wanting fuller treatment of any subject still need to plow through the same source groups to ensure comprehensiveness, the book serves as a good introduction. I wonder what the decision-making process involves when they're selecting a book for the big read thing and why they chose that one. It appears to be mainly a publisher promotion event, if you look at it.

I'm not sure any of the titles which became Big Library Reads were that stellar. It sounds like fun. I keep seeing it on the library's website and thought it must be the "must-read" of the year. Not for me. It was easy to see how much Lorac developed as a writer. You can safely skip the Library Big Read. Despite its great title, no one seems to like the book that much. It's my impression that the books chosen are supposed to be entertaining reads suitable for a wide variety of ages and backgrounds.

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When it turns out to be Bernard Allen, who grew up in the village but resided in Canada, Banks must investigate matters in both England and Canada before resolving it. The murder appears to be tied to an unsolved case from five years earlier. There's a bit of an unexpected twist at the end. Inspector Banks is quickly becoming one of my favorite fictional detectives, particularly as narrated by James Langton.

I'm looking forward to the next installment. The Canada-bit seemed a bit tacked on, but it was OK. I'm listening to the audio versions as well - good stuff! One morning when I'd been listening on the drive to work, I decided I probably had time to finish a section before the colleague in the next office arrived. She arrived a bit earlier than usual so she got there for the last 3 minutes or so. She wanted to know who the narrator was because she really liked his style.

We had a fun time discussing the book. One professor was an "expert" on the Alice trilogy. Another was a great discussion leader who brought out probing questions to think about. Most of us agreed we enjoyed some stories more than others. Some stories follow the Alice books or draw more from them than others. We tended to like those stories more. We all felt the strongest stories were those at the beginning and end of the book and the mediocre ones were mostly in the middle.

Poems served as "book ends. One of the more memorable stories depicts an elderly Alice and older Peter Pan in a discussion. It was a fun book for our book club. Eleven stolen Sayers books were sold by a dealer who had no idea the books were stolen and who is suffering from the effects of head trauma. When they track down the purchaser, they realize something is amiss in the situation. The book goes downhill from there into an absurd plot with nothing to commend it. Audiobook narrator Carla Mercer-Meyer does a good job with the narration of this underwhelming installment.

It came as a bit of a shock to me - that is not how Banks speaks! Why ruin a good thing? Langton is the perfect Banks! It was really irritating, which is a shame since that's a really good installment in the series. He gets better in the next installments, so he must have caught on Well, I've warned you now, so hopefully the change will be less harsh for you. I kinda wish I had Some of her British colleagues begin to puzzle over the case in Britain, eventually traveling to Venice. While the writing style is more sophisticated than most, the attorney and tax themes held little appeal to me.

Letter-writing played a role in the plot. Literature lovers will enjoy the allusions to several great literary works. I downloaded both free audiobooks today in AudioSync's teen program. Looking forward to listening to both titles later. I really don't remember reading it although some of the plot elements seemed vaguely familiar to me. I'm certain not all of those would have been mentioned in reviews I read here, so I must have read it way back in the day. It's a delightful story about two girls who become best friends, share dreams, and help one another through difficult situations for young girls.

I listened to the audio book which was wonderfully done with the exception of the annoying music at the beginning and end. We experienced at earthquake last night in the middle of evening service at church. It's been awhile since I felt and heard one like that!

Even though it earned only a 3. Our pastor said, "Whoa! That felt like an earthquake. Of course, those of us in the office, began pulling up the USGS earthquake info and refreshing until it showed up. Initially they rated it 2. When it said was rated 2. While it can be disconcerting, experiencing five 3. Glad you only had one! I'd much rather have daily shakes than a big one! It was pretty unsettling as it was. I've been in one that was rated a little over 5 before, but nothing stronger. The one last night was more of a big jolt. The book, however, focuses more on personal issues than on the investigation.

I never really got a feel for the book. I finished it aboard a plane about a week ago, and the details no longer stand out.

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I never really warmed to either the policeman or the journalist. The book is unremarkable and not memorable. The parrot stumps local persons because he recites numbers. Are they a code, a Swiss bank account or something else entirely? A man is murdered; the parrot goes missing. A retired detective nearing his 90th birthday assists with the investigation even though he'd rather be tending his bees. There's an interesting bond formed between the young boy and the old man.

I listened to this novella and found it to be short but somewhat satisfying. A full length novel would allow for more police involvement in the investigation and for more character development, although the reader got a sense of all the characters. Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell Date Completed: 8 May Category: Cork, Ireland Challenges: None Rating: 5 stars Review: Beautifully illustrated and winner of the Caldecott medal, this nearly wordless book depicts a young girl and young wolf pup lost in the snow.

The girl helps the pup find its home. The wolves help the young girl find hers. The only words are animal sounds. The language is definitely 21st century and is certain to please young African American boys heading off for a haircut. The illustrations are boldly drawn. Unlike most Americans who fish for sport, this family fishes because it provides food for the table. The father works multiple jobs, and even the mother works to meet the high cost of living in the United States.

It could provide interesting discussion moments for children as they savor the beautiful illustrations. Kate's mission to see how the town can make a turnaround may be impossible, but the key lies in an old mansion now owned by the town. Its previous owner Henry Barton left a generous trust fund to maintain the property. Kate's nemesis, a councilwoman, was murdered. Kate finds herself assisting in the investigation as she examines some important letters she becomes certain the woman found. I loved the mystery but guessed the murderer's identity fairly early. A lot of questions remain unanswered for the readers, indicating the author intends to reveal more solutions to those questions in future installments.

While genealogical research was done, the author included few details. Hopefully more will unfold as the series progresses. The series shows promise and should provide mystery-loving genealogists with a few hours pleasure as each book is published. The four members of the "Secret, Book, and Scone Society" all bear scars from past circumstances, and many continue to hold onto secrets. One runs a bookstore, specializing in bibliotherapy. Another owns her own bakery. Another operates as a beautician.

The other works in a spa. When the sheriff arrests one of them, the others set out to prove a false arrest. The Western North Carolina community houses a new real estate development that does not appear to be on the up-and-up. I enjoyed the setting, the bookstore, and the bakery much more than the overall mystery.

I will probably read the next installment just to learn some of the outcomes not settled in this installment. I think I just didn't like the real estate scandal element. The next one will probably be different enough I might find it more interesting. John Watson, attends a boarding school in Connecticut where Charlotte Holmes, descendant of the great detective Sherlock Holmes, attends. They soon find themselves suspects in a murder of a fellow student. Trust no one. A Moriarty's involvement in their problem is almost certain. I suspect the book moves a little slower than the average teenager's attention, but readers familiar with the Sherlock Holmes stories will recognize similarities and differences between the characters in this novel and the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle books as well as parallels to the stories themselves, most of which are pointed out.

It was okay, but not outstanding. I prefer Doyle's stories. I listened to the audio provided by AudioFile Sync for this summer's teen listeners. Berger witnesses an incident reminiscent of Anna Karenina in which a woman threw herself in front of a train, and the train rolled past. When he went to examine it, he found no indication the woman was killed by the train, but she could not be found.

He called local authorities who made a search with similar results. Now the local authorities and townspeople view him as more than a little strange. Several months later he witnesses the event again, but this time he intercepts the woman before she can endanger herself. She disappears into nearby trees, but he follows her, discovering the Caxton Private Lending Library and Book Depository. When I selected and downloaded this Kindle single, I did not realize it was the short story I previously read in an Otto Penzler anthology of bibliomysteries under a different title "The Caxton Private Lending Library and Book Depository.

The book involved reminds Else of the torture she endured at the hands of bullies. The writing style did not work for me and made it difficult for me to care what happened to Else or anybody else. I'm sorry you didn't like the Denise Mina , but thank you for letting me know that this exists!

It's kind of an interesting series -- and they are cheap! He discusses the poem's sentence structure, encouraging readers to pause of punctuation as one would do in reading other literature. He discusses arrangement into stanzas, rhyme schemes, meter, repetition, and more. He eventually moves into symbolism and other topics which often scare students. He created a readable introduction to poetry, with limited technical jargon. While armchair poetry enthusiasts may be the most appreciative audience, non-majors taking literature classes with a fair amount of poetry will benefit.

I received an uncorrected proof through LibraryThing Early Reviewers with the expectation of an unbiased review. In return Michael learns Yiddish. The neighborhood is full of bullies who terrorize Jews. Michael realizes these were the same Jews his dad died trying to free from Hitler's regime. It's an interesting story depicting consequences of prejudice.

This poignant read will stay with me awhile. The cursing seemed to fit the characters, even if I do not enjoy it. Several of the stories occur in West Virginia, but others take place in Kentucky and Tennessee. Photographs accompany most tales, adding to the haunted feeling. Her father remarries a woman who prefers her own daughter to Pear Blossom and uses Pear Blossom as a servant, expecting her to complete unreasonable tasks. Pear Blossom is helped by nature, but still the stepmother treats her horribly. One day she loses her sandal in a stream, but not before the magistrate spots her.

A marriage is arranged. The story deviates from the traditional story in several places and probably works best in the Korean cultural setting. The illustrations are sketched, demonstrating what can be done with pencil or pen. Gates' stories should captivate early readers. The boundaries with the Mississippi Territory before Alabama was formed and with parts of the current United States owned by countries such as France and Spain in the colonial period are treated as well. Since the book was written, Georgia tried to reassert a claim to a strip about one mile wide which would give them access to the Tennessee River.

So far the land remains part of Tennessee. While it was an interesting read, it lacks the depth of treatment some volumes of this nature provide. The volume appeals more to the layman than the historian or geographer. When she connects with Niall, one of the musicians who used to play there, other musicians show up so she decides to give it a try.

One is discovered dead in the back room when Maura shows up the following morning. Since she is certain she locked up, she isn't really sure how he got in until she discovers the former owner gave all the regular musicians keys back in the old days. This installment is short on mystery and goes on too long once the guilty party is captured.

I'll probably skip the remainder of the series unless I see others with better reviews. Life is too short to read disappointing books, even if the setting is desirable. Prostitutes congregated in the area where the victim's body turned up. As he investigates, he uncovers a rental scheme involving influential persons. As with many of Leon's novels involving corruption, much of the police work involves building a case that will hold up. Although lacking the finesse of some of her later novels, the novel still appeals to persons seeking solid police procedurals in a country other than the United States or United Kingdom.

Robbed in her own apartment a couple of days before departure, she still suffers from the traumatic experience. She borrowed mascara from the woman next door in cabin 10 when she cannot find her own. When she sees a woman pushed overboard from that cabin later that evening, the crew and security guards tell her the person booked for that cabin cancelled and no one stayed there. Lo knows she consumed alcohol and suffered the trauma of victimization, but she also knows she is not delusional as others imply.

Tensions mount. Lo becomes a victim once again. Will she make it off the ship alive? This book received much acclaim, but it failed to live up to its hype. Unnecessary verbiage, particularly the repeated use of the "f" word by the central character, failed to propel the narrative, weakening the story where the author needed to do more to give characters dimension. The abrupt conclusion left readers with more questions than answers.

I guess I just don't "get it. But based on your review, The Woman in Cabin 10 sounds like an inferior effort. I started reading The Woman in Cabin 10 back when it was first published, but after the first few pages, I thought the writing was not very good and so set it aside. Also similar to Murder on the Orient Express. There is, however, enough difference to make it its own book, but the author failed in her own writing efforts by failing to develop characters and inflating other portions which did not build to the denouement.

In fact I'm not certain she achieved a denouement when questions remain. Nora, Patty Jane's daughter is the central character, but we hear the voices of her grandmother, mother, and her own triplets. The book was a little "all over the place," lacking a true focus and vision to tie it all together. The expected the lodge to fulfill the role, but the author never gave the lodge character to enable this. The Scandi influence and humor, while appreciated by some, is probably lost on the majority of readers. Serializing the contents over several books and developing the stories more fully would have been a better option.

The last section just seemed to zoom through the entire course of the triplets' lives without delving too deep into any character. Nancy, a librarian who loves the Lord, provides us with a varied collection of poetry, reflecting on topics such as her daily walk with the Lord, her passion for those hurting, and her love of country Canada.

Some of the poems are arranged in what I would call "word puzzles. Others are more traditional. I think I will remove this one from my list. I would not encourage anyone to read it unless they really think they will enjoy it. I liked the cover to Humming Words also. Police commissioner Gauche boards the vessel, identifying ten suspects whom he manages to get assigned to the same salon. Will he or the stuttering Russian detective Erast Fandorin be the one to solve the mystery? Additional murders occur aboard. I listened to the audiobook and the stutter nearly drove me crazy at points.

I wish I had chosen the ebook or print book instead. The mystery pays homage to Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express with the venue being an steamship rather than a passenger train. I won't spoil the plot by revealing too much, but Akunin carefully crafts the mystery, keeping readers second guessing themselves almost to the end with lots of twists and turns. I saw somewhere that at least one of the books was turned into a film.

I suppose it might work better that way than just audio. So yes, print would certainly have helped make that easier to handle. It appears a couple of films have been made in Russian, and there have been plans to make an English-language series. I'd watch it. Nice to know that the story has received more hype than probably warranted.

I hope you enjoy Akunin when you get around to it. Before investigators arrive on the scene, they find another corpse in almost the same location. Science solves the mystery. Dora Myrl figures out how. Whitechurch - The son of a wealthy Londoner is kidnapped on a train while in the care of a school official, disappearing before the destination is reached. Austin Freeman - Forensic evidence helps solve the crime. A signalman sees a circle line train running after hours. Still enjoyable, even if the mystery element is not strong.

A blind detective figures out what happened. Sayers - A corpse with a mutilated face appears on a beach with no clues to the victim's identity left. While riding a train, the detective overhears Lord Peter Wimsey's theory, leading to the victim's identification. The occupants of her third class car speak of the execution of a young man that morning.

The train crashes. With the next car aflame, a young man appears urging them to get out, but then he disappears. A bullet killed him. One passenger's luggage contains a firearm, but the bullet doesn't match. This review is based on an advanced electronic copy received from the publisher through NetGalley with the expectation of an unbiased review.

July will be book 4 in the series. Oh, the thread title was misspelled Giudo. Rather than picking up where she left off, Torie and the remaining characters aged. Her father-in-law Colin, formerly sheriff, is now a private investigator. Torie's grown-up daughters moved out. One is gallivanting all over Europe with young men of questionable desirability.

Son Matt, a high school junior, along with another friend occupy their time by podcasting. Torie, working on a project involving a Catholic cemetery in a nearby community, discovers exposed bones in the cemetery when her attention and that of the boys focuses on a coyote seen in the same area two days in a row. She calls Mort, the new sheriff. Both a recent set of bones and an older mass grave of bones, apparently belonging to Union soldiers, bring in crime scene investigation team as well as an archaeological team.

Torie, of course, becomes involved in the investigation, using her historical and genealogical sleuthing skills to find clues police overlooked. Colin, tired of investigating straying husbands and the like, assists Torie. The new sheriff while warning Torie off, really lacks the "force" Colin used to stop her meddling; however, Torie's ownership of two museums and role as county historian provided her sufficient reason to be conducting the investigations she undertook.

Some plot elements such as the True Crime Club and information about her children provide clues to the direction the series may develop in future installments. Bennet wishes to rent his basement for a couple of months, paying Blakey an extraordinary amount of money for the privilege. Since Blakey owes money to friends, cannot find another job because of being blackballed by the bank's manager, and may lose the ancestral home because he cannot pay the mortgage, he reluctantly accepts the offer along with some strange conditions.

Bennet sent boxes ahead with instructions for constructing his domicile for his stay. The assembled product looks very much like a prison cell. Bennet expects Blakey to be his jailer for the duration of his stay. Blakey probes into Bennet's life and Bennet reveals his intimate knowledge of Blakey's own life. Strange book. While this is definitely "not my genre" and appears to be more male-oriented, particularly when it comes to the types of vulgarity included from time to time, it was not as bad as expected.

I did not identify with any of the characters. I doubt I will read anything else by the author, but at least I read one book from cover to cover. Le Guin Rating: 3. Le Guin conducted a writer's workshop she turned into this book. Each chapter bears a theme with literary examples, mostly from works in the public domain, and exercises for aspiring writers to complete. She occasionally recommends other sources, such as Strunk and White, to fill a gap in the reader's writing process knowledge.

Although individuals may wish to complete the exercises on their own, a writing group probably provides the greatest benefit by providing feedback from others. Le Guin includes helpful appendices on using the book in a peer group and on verb tenses. She also supplies a brief glossary. Some exercises could benefit from more detailed instructions as some did not seem clear to me as I read them. This review pertains to the edition of the book rather than the revision and update. The book, aimed at new researchers more than experienced ones, contains good comment, but often comes up a bit short.

For example, although she cautions new users about accepting information from trees if it appears wrong, she really fails to tell them they should never add the tree as a source but instead should verify the information and add it manually after it is verified. While she is correct that uploading information from a GEDcom file is quicker, she fails to mention reasons for not doing so--and many exist. In the chapters on using AncestryDNA, she fails to mention some of the tips leading genetic genealogists suggest.

For example, she tells readers to email those who do not have a tree without telling them how they may be able to find an unattached tree by checking the match's profile or how the connection may be determined by looking at "shared matches. Of course, the author could not anticipate the problems tree sync users currently experience due to some data migration issues. She could not anticipate the problems with the Rootsweb portions of the site which resulted in long outages for some resources and continuing outages for others. Most supplemental resources suggested appear to be mostly sources from the book's publisher rather than using the "best sources" for acquiring additional subject information.

Recommended only for true beginners, but with the caution to supplement with additional resources and webinars to gain a better picture of the power of Ancestry and to understand the genealogical proof standard which did not appear to be a consideration of the author.

I received an electronic copy for review purposes from the publisher through NetGalley with the expectation of an honest review. A conspiracy to kill members of the Osage Nation, particularly members of the family of Mollie Burkhart, took place in Osage County, Oklahoma, mostly during the s. The tribe's mineral rights provided a motive for white men to want the Osage out of their way.

The lack of action led many to believe local law enforcement were involved in the cover-up. Edgar Hoover and the newly established Bureau of Investigation. Even the early days of their investigation seemed to show they also had someone who was working as a double agent. Grann does a great job maintaining the reader's interest. The narrative bogs down only in a couple of places--and not for long. It's a piece of history worth studying. Grann includes many photographs which help readers picture the people and the action.

Highly recommended. Quick update: My life will be busy for the next week to ten days. I've got several errands to run tomorrow and then I need to pack which will cut into reading time.

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Saturday I'm speaking at a genealogy event about an hour away. I'll be gone pretty much all day. Sunday afternoon I head to a conference about 3 to 3. I doubt I'll have much time for reading while there. I do plan to listen to an audio book on the road. Hopefully I'll at least have one more book down. I also plan to stay current with my devotion book and Bible reading. I took snapshots of the pages I need to read from the devotion book and will use my Bible app to complete that reading.

I have several books on my iPad so I'll have books to read. I just don't think I'll have time to do so. Enjoy your conference! Have a good trip, Lori. I, too, plan on reading Killers of the Flower Moon at some point in the future. Conference was busy. I didn't finish a book--not even an audio book. I disliked the one I started so much that I didn't bother to start another. The conference was good, but busy. I managed to twist my knee early in the week and had to be careful the rest of the time.

I probably should have gone somewhere to purchase a knee brace, but I couldn't help but think how hot it would be when walking between buildings. Fortunately they had golf carts available to take us long distances, and although I sometimes had to look for the ramps and elevators, they had those so I could avoid stairs. Now that you are home you can rest it up. Linda Byler. Amish Dilemma: A Novel.

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