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text 2017-11-20 15:15
Reading progress update: I've read 171 out of 352 pages.
Lonely Magdalen: A Murder Story - Henry Wade

The investigation into the death of a prostitute found strangled in Hampstead Heath -- the eponymous "Magdalen" (though that isn't actually her name).  I finished Part 1, the first part of the investigation, this morning and have now started the middle part, which tells the victim's life story from age 14 on and is shaping up as a fairly sizeable tragedy.


I'm glad to see the investigation is in Inspector Poole's hands at last; his boss (Chief Inspector Beldam), who's been in charge so far, just got on my nerves after a while.  That said, Wade -- a high-ranking public official with a baronetcy, Eton / Oxford and war service background himself -- clearly knew what he was writing about.  (And is the victim's supposed last name, Knox, a friendly co-Detection Club-member jibe at Ronald Knox?  The members of the Detection Club were known to do this sort of thing on occasion ...)


High marks to Arcturus Publishing, too, for the splendid cover, which encapsulates the eponymous "Lonely Magdalen" and the novel's general mood to perfection.


I'm reading this for the Long Arm of the Law (Chapter 14) square of the Detection Club bingo and for the Pancha Ganapti square of the 16 Festive Tasks.


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text 2017-11-09 15:33
Barcelona Guide Books
Lonely Planet Best of Barcelona 2018 (Travel Guide) - Lonely Planet
Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Barcelona - DK

When I went to Spain I brought two with me from the libraries, the DK Eyewitness Top 10 2017 Barcelona and Lonely Planet's Best of Barcelona that was fresh off the new books shelf.  Both were interesting but I was almost overwhelmed with the places and things to do.  I was also a little stymied by the fact that neither of them fit in my handbag (my fault), but the suggestions weren't very useful for someone with only 2.5 days in the city.  The Sagrada Familia may be a "must see" but the queues are insane. The Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau is a well worth the trip, under touristed space where we had space to wander and a great time (I also spent too much in the gift shop).


To be honest they were good but quick googling helped us almost more.

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text 2017-09-30 17:32
Reading progress update: I've read 56%.
Lonely Souls - Karice Bolton

 The sun is finally out after five days of cloudy weather and rain, it's nice and cool autumn day and I got my main Internet is back up after three days! *happy tears*


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text 2017-09-06 22:53
Birds of Utah Field Guide - Stan Tekiela
Lonely Planet Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks (Travel Guide) - Lonely Planet,Greg Benchwick,Carolyn McCarthy,Christopher Pitts

Finally having a bit of down time after some exhausting days hiking. Haven't seen any TV and not even had time to do any reading, but the amazing scenery and wildlife I've seen, kind of makes up for it. 


Zion National Park


Bryce Canyon


Tomorrow we're heading for Capitol Reef, and after that it's Arches and Canyonland before we head to Salt Lake City and then home. 

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review 2017-09-05 23:29
Ashton: Lord of Truth (Lonely Lords) (Volume 13) - Grace Burrowes

Ashton:  Lord of Truth by Grace Burrowes is an awesome historical romance.  This book is well-written and full of lovable, amazing characters.  I especially loved Helen.  What a little spitfire.  Ashton and Matilda's story is full of drama, suspense, action and spice.  Best of all though was the humor.  I enjoyed reading Ashton: Lord of Truth and look forward to my next book by Grace Burrowes.  Ashton: Lord of Truth is book 13 of the Lonely Lords Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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