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Links from April 1, 2015

These are my links from April 1, 2015

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Brief Review. A Conspiracy of Faith: A Department Q Novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen



A Conspiracy of Faith: A Department Q Novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Another in the series of Alder-Olsen’s Department Q series. These books deal with an Inspector Carl Morck and his two assistants as they deal with what we call cold cases, ones that have not been solved for many years. It often turns out thought that they have some bearing on ongoing investigations. It seems that there are at least 4 story lines going on throughout the novel, making me think of the structure of Seinfeld episodes. Very enjoyable reading.

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Brief Review. The Baklava Club: A Novel (Investigator Yashim) by Jason Goodwin



The Baklava Club: A Novel (Investigator Yashim) by Jason Godwin

Having visited Istanbul I enjoyed reading this mystery/novel set in 19th Century Istanbul and written with historical accuracy. The plot moves along although I was disappointed in having guessed the primary perpetrator of one of several murders. However, the story is interspersed with descriptions of local life and culture.

Recipes are included as well including this one for zucchini cakes:  Grate a zucchini and put it in a colander. “Yashim broke two eggs in a bowl with a cup of clour and beat them together. He gave the zucchini a final squeeze and mixed them in.  On the board he chopped onions with a handful of dill and parsley, and pounded some garlic in the mortar with a pinch of salt. He swept it all into the zucchini mixture and stirred it around. Finally he set an open pan n the the heat, and threw in butter and oil.” This book is the last of a series with Yashim, but it was the first I read. Nicely done and an enjoyable read.

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Links from March 30, 2015

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Links from March 26, 2015

These are my links from March 26, 2015

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March Trip South

16900372545_236739e025_mStarting March 9 and returning March 24 we took a trip from our home in Fredericksburg, Va to

Savannah, GA (March 9-11)
then to St. Augustine, FL(March 11-12)
then to visit with my brother and his wife in Boynton Beach, FL (March 12-15)
then to Key West, FL for a few days (March 15-18)
then back again to Boynton Beach (March 18-19)
then to Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, FL (March 19-21)
then to visit with my cousin Fran and her husband Bob in Sun City, Blufferton, SC (March 21-22)
then to Charleston, SC(March 22-24)

and then home.

Along the way we ate at some good restaurant, had time with family, met up with a friend from many years ago, stayed at some nice places, and had some good time on several beaches. We also got to see this as a warm-up for our planned month-long trip to Norway, England, Wales and Iceland in May.

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Links from March 6, 2015

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Links from March 4, 2015

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Links from March 2, 2015

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Links from February 27, 2015

These are my links from February 27, 2015

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