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Brief review. White Heat: The First Edie Kiglatuk Mystery (Edie Kiglatuk Mysteries) by M. J. McGrath

White Heat: The First Edie Kiglatuk Mystery (Edie Kiglatuk Mysteries) Edie Kiglatuk is a woman of half Inuit heritage. She lives in one of the Canadian portions of the Arctic very near Greenland. She’s an accomplished hunter and guide. A person who can deal with much of the modern world but also held in another […]

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Brief review. The Woman and the Ape by Peter Høeg

The Woman and the Ape A nice treatment of the conflicts between our manufactured perfection and the perfection of the natural world. The woman comes from her perfect world and an ape, capable of speech and intelligence we often associate with humans is captured from his world. The two come together, live together in an […]

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Brief review. The Second Deadly Sin by Asa Larsson

The Second Deadly Sin Another very nice mystery/thriler by Asa Larsson featuring Rebecka Martinsson and Anna-Maria Mella. Great descriptions of the cold in northern Sweden near Lapland. Larsson’s stories are filled with dark turns and redemption. Another one nicely done.

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Brief Review. An Event in Autumn: A Kurt Wallander Mystery (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original)

An Event in Autumn: A Kurt Wallander Mystery (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original) A relatively short, but very good novel that features Kurt Wallander. Although there will be no more Kurt Wallander novels, and he was essentially done away with in a previous novel, this one seems to have been unearthed form Mankel’s previous writings. All […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Brief Review. The Jew Store: A Family Memoir by Stella Suberman

The Jew Store: A Family Memoir by Stella Suberman America in the twenties. The Bronsons, a Jewish family, the parents are from Russia, move first to Nashville and then to Concordia TN to establish a business – Bronson’s Low Priced Store. As I read it I thought it was told almost entirely from the point […]

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Brief Review. The Man Who Smiled: A Kurt Wallander Mystery by Henning Mankell

The Man Who Smiled: A Kurt Wallander Mystery (4) (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) by Henning Mankell Another great police mystery by Mankell. It contains the usual characters on the police force and Wallander’s family and friends. Parts allude to the struggle of the common man against the rich and powerful with some justice in the end.

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Brief Review. The Word Exchange: A Novel by Alena Graedon

The Word Exchange: A Novel by Alena Graedon The future. A symbiotic relationship between humans and their ‘smart’ devices. All seems good except that words are supplied to us so we don’t have to think of them, at a modest cost. But what about cornering the market on words? Removing all existing text and dictionaries. […]

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Brief Review. The Visionist: A Novel by Rachel Urquhart

The Visionist: A Novel by Rachel Urquhart. An interesting story and nice character development. Set in the 19th century in New England when Shakers were thriving. The description of Shaker society and organization often kept me reading.

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