When Pat accepts her narcissistic ex-boyfriend Bruce's invitation for coffee, she has no idea of the complications in her romantic and professional life that will follow. Meanwhile, Matthew, her boss at the art gallery, attracts the attention of the police after a misunderstanding at the local bookstore. Whether caused by small things such as a cup of coffee and a book, or major events such as Stuart's application for promotion and his wife Irene's decision to pursue a PhD in Aberdeen, change is coming to Scotland Street.
Please don’t stop Mr McCall or Mr McKenzie. I need to see Bertie grow up and see how Ulysses develops without Irene. I am glad that Stewart and Irene finally came to an understanding. I wish I could meet a “Stewart “.... I’d love Edinburg.... plan to go there in the future... on my “ bucket list”!
When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.
The interview between Penny and Bathurst in the afterward is so encouraging and enlightening. The inference that we all have a “three pines” to escape to when life is too much to process was a key to appreciation of this place for me. Louise Penny talks briefly about “going there” during her writing in the midst of losing her husband to illness.
The Three Pines series has often been a haven for me in the eye of a storm. The BEST is that she told W. Bathurst that she is already in pre planning for #14 and she has no plans to leave Three Pines.
Clara doesn’t appear frequently, but watch her... her idiosyncrasies add the the tiny bit of salt to the “meat”!
Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.
Juliette Stevenson made this epic tale enjoyable and, many times, bearable. You really don't realize, until your through, the amount of information and knowledge of the times you have absorbed. Middlemarch is the perfect microcosm of all things British during the era covered. It is very tedious at times, but the superior quality of the main characters keeps you going. Be proud of yourself for completing the reading of this masterpiece! It will stay with you. My next undertaking is The Mill on the Floss.
Welcome to the Misfit Mob... It's where Police Scotland dumps the officers it can't get rid of but wants to: the outcasts, the troublemakers, the compromised. Officers like DC Callum MacGregor, lumbered with all the boring go-nowhere cases. So when an ancient mummy turns up at the Oldcastle tip, it's his job to find out which museum it's been stolen from. But then Callum uncovers links between his ancient corpse and three missing young men, and life starts to get a lot more interesting.
Convoluted with too many stereotypes for individuals and subplots. Not a total loss. Some very entertaining moments with laugh out loud dark humor. 10-12 hrs would have been plenty...
A thrilling fourth installment in the CWA Gold Dagger-winning Slough House series. What happens when an old spook loses his mind? Does the Service have a retirement home for those who know too many secrets but don't remember they're secret? Or does someone take care of the senile spy for good? These are the questions River Cartwright must ask when his grandfather, a Cold War-era operative, starts to forget to wear pants and begins to suspect everyone in his life has been sent by the Service to watch him.
Gotta have another one!!! Always cool to realize when all of the confusion makes sense. The humor is so dark you can barely see it...kind of "spooky"!!!
In Police - the last novel featuring Jo Nesbø's hard-bitten, maverick Oslo detective - a killer wreaking revenge on the police had Harry Hole fighting for the safety of the people closest to him. Now, in The Thirst, the story continues as Harry is inextricably drawn back into the Oslo police force. A serial murderer has begun targeting Tinder daters - a murderer whose MO reignites Harry's hunt for a nemesis of his past.
Before I listened I read a lot of negative review of this book. So I will have to say that I disagree with those opinions and that, for me, this was a great revival of Harry Hole and that, once again, what seems predictable is just the opposite!
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Glasgow, 1965. Headstrong teenager Jack Mackay cannot allow for even the possibility of a life of predictability and routine. The 17-year-old has just one destination on his mind - London - and successfully convinces his four friends and fellow bandmates to join him in abandoning their homes to pursue a goal of musical stardom.
May and Forbes once again taking history and fiction to a new level. Simple life and it's complexities and ordinary people come together with a charismatic writer and narrator to create the unforgettable. Mystery without the thrills, but thrills without false contamination.
I Google a lot when "reading". With May, it is ALWSYS worth the side trip. Once again, life creates art.
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A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely 15-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from - a place to which she vowed she'd never return.
Still a great read, not the whistles and bells I experienced with The Girl on the Train. It was a little too protracted and could have been accomplished with fewer voices and side trips. But I was glad not to have stopped the couple of times when I might have done. It's round-about, but still worth the trip. I'll give Ms. Hawkins another try on her next project!
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After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.
I have been encouraged by some, who know that I'm an addictive reader, to read Margaret Atwood, in particular., this novel. Always hesitant to read futuristic or allegorical material , I put this off. But when this "special edition" became available, I decided to wing it. I read this whole book with a couple of naps.
Even being an English literature major, I was sooo glad to have an explanatory afterword, if only to legitimize my own notions about the deeper meanings of the narrative... which are closer to the surface than one would like to believe!!!! Offred is the perfect protagonist. Thanks, Claire Dsines, for making her so real.
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From New York Times-best-selling author Philip Kerr, the much-anticipated return of Bernie Gunther, our compromised former Berlin bull and unwilling SS officer. With his cover blown, he is waiting for the next move in the cat-and-mouse game that, even a decade after Germany's defeat, continues to shadow his life.
The trio of author, protagonist and narrator bring 2 completely separate plots together seamlessly as Bernie, again, miraculously survives certain death so that we can observe not just history, but it's aftermath. The author's ability to make Bernie almost superhuman, in a believable way, helps us to glimpse how one righteous man might make a difference in a world where man's inhumanity to man is front page news, when the righteous go unnoticed. But they do go on...creating some light in the darkness.
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