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Fall Creeps In

fall foliage in DC

dirty job pic October 11

A Dirty Job, Christopher Moore

***** William Morrow & Co., 2006 ISBN 0060590270 (ISBN13: 9780060590277) A lighthearted book about death and dying. Charlie Asher lives with his pregnant wife over his thrift shop in San Francisco, generally satisfied with his life. A regular guy, his fortune takes a dark turn the day Charlie’s wife, Rachel, gives birth to their first child. Rachel […]

shining girls October 10

Timeless Chicago: The Shining Girls, Lauren Beukes

Four and 1/2 stars for Lauren Beukes’ The Shining Girls

bone dust cover October 09

Glacial Montana: Bone Dust White, Karin Salvalaggio

Review of Bone Dust White (2014) by Karin Salvalaggio

shutter July 02

Nothing is What it Seems in Massachusetts: Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane

***** Harper Torch, 2003 ISBN 038073186X (ISBN13: 9780380731862) Part of the Mysteries from Every State challenge This book is exactly what I love about mystery novels. I almost wish I hadn’t seen the movie before I read the book; no matter how much I love Leo, the movie did not do this story justice—in a […]

blessing way June 18

Vast Arizona: The Blessing Way, Tony Hillerman

***3/4 Harper Torch, 1970 ISBN 0061000019 (ISBN13: 9780061000010) Part of the Mysteries from Every State challenge This was the first Tony Hillerman book I read, and I can say it was just what I expected: well written, entertaining, and very descriptive of the setting. The book starts with the discovery of a corpse in the […]

cover sculptor June 12

“Pretty” Rhode Island: The Sculptor, Gregory Funaro

**1/2 Pinnacle, 2009 ISBN 0786022124 (ISBN13: 9780786022120) Part of the Mysteries from Every State Challenge This is the kind of book where the idea was better than the actual story. “The Sculptor” is a serial killer who disposes of his victims to replicate famous statues by Michelangelo by using real body parts for his creations. […]

Stephen-Kings-The-Shining-1997 June 09

Fear and Loathing in Colorado: The Shining, Stephen King

***** Hodder & Stoughton, 1977 ISBN 0450040186 (ISBN13: 9780450040184) Part of the Mysteries from Every State Challenge I can’t believe it took me so long to read this book, especially because I love the movie so much. However, no matter how much I like Kubrick, the book is much better. In the spirit of full […]

two little cover June 03

Tedium and cliché in Connecticut: Two Little Girls in Blue, Mary Higgins Clark

* Pocket Books, 2007 ISBN 0743497295 (ISBN13: 9780743497299) Part of the Mysterious USA Mystery reading challenge  This is probably a book I should have put down after the first chapter. I can’t remember reading Mary Higgins Clark, but I thought that since she was so popular, the novel would be pretty good. WRONG! The story […]

Carthage cover June 02

Big Questions in New York: Carthage, Joyce Carol Oates

***** Fourth Estate, 2014 ASIN B00DJHKGUK Part of the Mysterious USA Mystery reading challenge Sometimes there are periods when nothing you read impresses you—and then a book comes along that just blows you away by the sheer talent of the writer. Some novels touch readers through story; others do it through language or plot construction. […]

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