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What Am I Reading? Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

I enjoyed Anna Quindlen’s newspaper column for years and then she switched to writing books – both novels and nonfiction. Most of them have been excellent. She has a new novel out (Miller’s Valley), but I discovered I’d missed the … Continue reading

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What Am I Reading? A Murder Is Announced

I’m still working my way through Agatha Christie’s novels. A Murder Is Announced is one in which the elderly Miss Jane Marple plays a leading role. She’s my favorite “amateur detective” in all of Dame Christie’s novels. This story is … Continue reading

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What Am I Reading? Faithful Place by Tana French

This week I’m featuring a book in the Dublin Murder Squad series – number 3. Yes, I did it again. I grabbed a series book and started in before reading book number 1 (or 2, in this case). Oh well, … Continue reading

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What Am I Reading? This House Of Sky by Ivan Doig

Ivan Doig is one of my favorite authors. It only takes one page and I am right there with him in Montana. Now that Mr. Doig has passed away, I am slowly re-reading all of his books. This House of Sky … Continue reading

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What Am I Reading? My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

I’m featuring Elizabeth Strout’s latest book, My Name Is Lucy Barton. So far I’m really  enjoying the book. I’m a little more than half-way through. This book is different from the author’s other two books that I read. I’ll share … Continue reading

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What Am I Reading? Charm City by Laura Lippman

I’ve been wanting to dabble in the Tess Monaghan mystery series for quite a while. I grabbed Charm City when I saw it at a book sale. I’m about a third of the way in and I really like Tess. … Continue reading

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What Am I Reading? New York Dead by Stuart Woods

For some reason, I’m reading a lot of series books lately. I blame the library for this. They always have an enticing display of the latest books. I grab one, take it home, start reading and then discover it’s the latest … Continue reading

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What Am I Reading? Blood Defense

I’m reading Marcia Clark’s latest novel and I’m finding it as gripping as ever. This is the first book in a brand new series for the author. It features Samantha Brinkmann, a defense attorney.  Don’t let the title scare you. … Continue reading

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What Am I Reading? Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

I really didn’t want to read this book, but our book club decided to give it a chance. I’m surprised so far, but I’ll finish soon. Here’s how the story begins: 1. Since Atlanta, she had looked out the dining-car … Continue reading

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What Am I Reading? All the Single Ladies by Dorothea Benton Frank

It’s almost the official Summer Reading Season. Every list should have one of Dorothea Benton Frank’s books on it. They are just right for summer reading. Pick out a nice shady tree, a comfortable reading chair, and a nice icy … Continue reading

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