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text 2017-12-13 01:10
Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 336 pages.
A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings - Charles Dickens,Michael Slater

Never make bargains with phantoms.

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review 2017-12-12 21:30
Michael's Mercy (Sleeper Seals) (Volume 3) - Dale Mayer

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Gosh! Suspense and excitement from start to finish, its intense and mysterious as well. Linked to both the Sleeper Seals Series and Dale Mayer's Heroes For Hire Series, the focus is on Michael. Levi and Ice have been trying to recruit him for a while but he has been refusing, wanting to stay retired until he receives a phone call from someone else needing his help that changes his mind.
Mercy is trying to find out why her sister was murdered, she goes privately under cover to get information. This is a book you do not want to put down, I was hooked from the first page and would happily have sat and read without interruption (#blow life getting in the way)still I read in every free minute I could get. I loved that Mercy was strong and feisty, determined to stay and do her bit. I loved that the clues were slow to pop up and gradual when they did to draw the suspense to maximum, causing my heartbeat to slowly increase as the excitement towards the conclusion built. Wonderful plot and characters and as always at the end of the main story a brief introduction to the next story character. Just enough of a tease to have me wanting the next book. Well worth the five stars.

 

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text 2017-12-12 17:28
Reading progress update: I've read 176 out of 336 pages.
A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings - Charles Dickens,Michael Slater

Poverty-stricken urbanites and mysterious connections between characters.

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review 2017-12-12 15:29
Reincarnation Blues: A Novel - Michael Poore

Wow. I loved this book. It is full of hope and compassion and love for the human condition. Just what I needed.  Go read it.

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review 2017-12-11 22:13
Crap on Repeat: "Two Kinds of Truth" by Michael Connelly
Two Kinds of Truth - Michael Connelly

I used to feel that I shouldn't like reading Crime Fiction so much, but then sensibly decided that a well written Crime Fiction book has as much "value" as any other book, however much the literary snobs may turn their noses up. Good writing is good writing, whether it's a spy novel or a romance, a whodunit or a family saga. When I had finished all of the wonderful Wallander books, I started looking elsewhere for Nordic detection. Helene Tursten's Inspector Irene Huss (Swedish) is wonderful as is Ake Edwardson's young, hip Inspector Winter, while Liza Marklund's newspaper reporter, Annika Bengtzon gets herself into some rivetting, nail-biting situations. Karin Fossum's Inspector Sejer (Norwegian) is great, as is Arnaldur Indridason's Inspector Erlunder (Icelandic)! These are all excellent translations (unlike the earlier Swedish thrillers by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, whose translations leave something to be desired). When I had got through all the Wallander books I was devastated, which is how I found these other wonderful Scandinavian mystery writers and a few others, namely their American counterparts. There is apparently something about the Nordic climate and temperament that makes for unbeatable crime stories! Unfortunately, it is looking like there won't be any more Wallanders since Mr. Mankell has gone to another plane of existence - though one can always hope.

 

 

If you're into Crime Fiction, read on.

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