Monthly Archives: October 2016

Current Reading: Cartmel, Wilson, Lemaitre

I finished both Fear of Drowning by Peter Turnbull and The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. Both were just above average, though the Turnbull was the better of the two. I started The Vinyl Detective – Written in Dead Wax by Andrew Cartmel. … Continue reading

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New arrivals: Birthday Swag

It happens every year, I get older, and a few books celebrate the occasion. Sometimes I’m amazed I’ve lived as long as I have. I hope I have a few more good years in me. Here’s the birthday Swag (the … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Turnbull, Barnhill, Priest

I’m reading two books concurrently, something I don’t often do, but I’d started one from the TBR shelf when the other came in from the library. Fear of Drowning by Peter Turnbull is the first in a series featuring Detective Inspector … Continue reading

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Friday Forgotten Book – Bodies Are Where You Find Them by Brett Halliday

Bodies Are Where You Find Them by Brett Halliday (Davis Dresser), © Dell 1941 mass market paperback – mystery – Mike Shayne # 5 Shayne and his wife are about to leave on a trip to New York when the phone rings. You know … Continue reading

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New arrival: City of Weird edited by Gigi Little

City of Weird edited by Gigi Little, Forest Avenue Press 2016 trade paper, short story anthology, 30 stories, 310 pages Anthology of thirty stories, organized by topical type [From the Deep, From the Skies, To The Dogs, Of The Undead, No … Continue reading

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Current Reading: White, Chandler, O’Connell, Grecian

I read James White’s Double Contact and though it was slow in the middle it improved towards the last quarter or so. I think it’s one of the weaker, if not the weakest, of the Sector General novels, now that I’ve … Continue reading

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Friday Special – Mystery Series: Reading, Catching Up, Maybe Finishing?

This isn’t exactly about forgotten books, though many listed are forgotten or seldom read. Instead it’s about intentions, and you know what they say about the best of intentions. Still… It’s a common topic. You see it, hear it, all the … Continue reading

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tempted, sidetracked, reminded

This is an example of how it happens. Patti Abbott, author, blogger and friend, posted about sentences on September 21st: What Makes a Sentence Great? she asked. So who was/is a great sentence maker? Well, my first thought was Hemingway, but then … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Lescroart, O’Connell, Grecian

I finished Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie, and found it to be sort of BBC Father Brown lite. Enjoyable, but not a series I’ll continue reading. Like hot mud bubbling from the earth, a book has … Continue reading

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So what do you do when it’s a dreary, rainy Sunday, and your football team isn’t playing (the Seattle Seahawks, in our case), and you have a little time on your hands? Make home made cinnamon rolls, that’s what.

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