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review 2017-08-18 19:51
Three Pines in Winter
A Fatal Grace - Louise Penny

I maybe said, don't leave me when I finished this book. I swear, the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series is becoming a fast favorite with me. We have Gamache reappearing in Three Pines again after the murder of a loathsome woman. I think that Penny, just like Christie, has a way for villains in her books. I was flat out over the woman that we get insight into after the first couple of pages.

 

"A Fatal Grace" follows Three Pines residents about a year after the murder that took place in the last book. Residents are still getting over the fact that a murderer lived among them for so long. They have a new family that moves in, but many of the residents are rightfully not that engaging with the family cause they are a grotesque family by name and blood. CC de Poitiers is a vapid woman who believes that she has the new big thing that millions will fall in line for called "Be Calm." She writes a book that she is sure is a best seller and seems to hate her husband and her daughter. Heck, she hates her lover as well. One wonders if there was ever anyone that CC did love, but that's a different book.


When CC dies in what looks to be an accident, Gamache is called onto the scene and quickly deduces murder. The problem is trying to remove people from their suspect list since it seems that CC ran afoul of everyone.

 

I think that what also made this a cool read for me was that we have Gamache's nemesis from the last book show up. I won't get into that here, spoilers and all, but there seems like there is something afoot that can end up hurting Gamache and boy oh boy was I yelling at him by the end of the book. Guess I will have to see how this plays out.

 

I will say that this book more than even the first gives you great insight into Gamache and what ultimately moves him. He lives by a different code that would not be out of place several hundred years before the time this book takes place. 

 

I loved revisiting Three Pines. It's starting to be a wee bit like Cabot Cove or one of the Midsomer villages though. Cause after this latest murder, have to wonder how many people from the first two books will be left. 

 

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review 2017-08-11 20:08
Carrots!
Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel - Mariah Marsden,Kendra Phipps,Erika Kuster,Brenna Thummler

Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel, is a generally faithful adaptation of the book of the same name. For the most part, I liked the illustrations, however the pupil-less eyes gave me pause. As so many TV adaptations have recently appeared, this book is sure to be sought after for kids who are fascinated by Anne, but can't yet read the originals. This graphic novel version would be perfect to introduce the series to a reader who was a little behind in skills, or a little young for the reading level. 

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review 2017-08-11 18:30
Concentration Camps of Canada
Concentration Camps of Canada: Based on a True Story - Baron Alexander Deschauer,Lucky Deschauer
Migizi is an Indigenous Canadian who is pulled away from his family and sent to a residential school with other Indians as the government attempt to strip away everything 'Indian' about him.  Migizi is now called David, he is not allowed to speak his own language, practice any customs or traditions or talk about his old life.  All of the children must work and if they fall ill, they are sequestered away until they die.  No doctors are called.  The children that survive are often abused by the Brothers and Sisters that run the school.  After school, Migizi is still required to get a permit whenever he would like to leave the reservation.  Migizi works for a living but soon falls into a cycle of alcohol abuse and spousal abuse.  Trying to set himself right, Migizi joins the army and returns a war hero.  Even with this status, in Canada, he is still considered an Indian and has limited rights.
 
This was a very eye-opening read.  I had no idea that indigenous Canadians were put through injustices for so long.  Through following Migizi from third grade through adulthood I had a good picture of the abuse of the Indigenous Canadians throughout time and how the government practices perpetuated the cycles of addiction and abuse.  I was appalled at the school that Migizi was sent to; how the Brothers and Sisters felt they could beat the Indian culture out of the students and that they received no medical care.  I was even more upset at the fact that this practice continued to happen as Migizi's grandchildren went through the schools.  Migizi's time in the Service seemed to be the only time that he was treated as an equal.  I was impressed with Migizi's skill and dedication to the army and how his missions helped to win WWII.  However, the racism that prevailed when he returned as a war hero quickly erased all of his accomplishments. Overall, this is an overwhelming story that increased my understanding of the struggles and injustices that the Native Canadians have faced and continue to face today.
 
 
 
 
 
This book was received for free in return for an honest review. 
 
 
 
 

 

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review 2017-08-10 01:40
TRIGGER by Jessica L. Webb
Trigger - Jessica L. Webb

Good medical mystery about Dr. Kate Morrison and why she is able to touch patients who have been transformed into human bombs.  Can Sgt. Andrea Wyles keep her safe?  A good story, a good mystery.  I liked the team approach and how important every one was to solving the mystery and aiding the victims. 

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