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text 2019-03-21 14:07
TBR Thursday
After Hello - Lisa Mangum
The Silver Chair - C.S. Lewis,Pauline Baynes
The Queens of Innis Lear - Tessa Gratton
Against a Darkening Sky - Lauren B. Davis
The Falconer - Elizabeth May
My Sister, the Serial Killer - Oyinkan Braithwaite
A Shimmer of Hummingbirds: A Birder Murder Mystery - Steve Burrows


The upcoming line up!  I'm looking forward to all of them.


The two most popular are The Queens of Innis Lear and My Sister the Serial Killer.  Both of these books have long lists of holds on them at the library, so I'll probably tackle them first. 


On Saturday, I'm off to the cinema to see the Stratford production of Coriolanus.  See details here:




We've been having lovely, exceptionally warm spring weather here.  So much so that the ice sheet in my parking lot has receded to about half.  However, there are predictions of snow flurries on Sunday.  A perfect time to cozy up with all those novels!


Have a wonderful weekend!

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review 2019-03-21 13:39
Review ~ Awesome
Warped Passage (Jo Riskin Mysteries #2) - Debbie S. TenBrink

Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest.


Lieutenant Jo Riskin of the Grand Rapids Police, Homicide Department has two murders, in a fairly close time span, that appear to be related. But the investigations are going nowhere. She, her partner Detective Lynae Parker, and her department are stumped. Oops. I said stumped. Considering the two victims are missing an extremity that is unfortunate wording. And also slightly funny. Come on, you know it is.


But wait! There’s more! Not only is Jo trying to find what could be a serial killer in her city, but the case against her husband’s killer suddenly goes sideways. Now she’s scrambling on two fronts. Thank goodness she’s pretty damn good at her job and she’s also got a top notch team.


It takes a special kind of talent for an author to run a primary murder (murders!-is this a serial killer?!) and keep us guessing, but it takes an extraordinary author to run two separate murder mysteries in tandem and not come out smelling like a big pile of crapola. I am happy to say that Ms. TenBrink smells like a field of flowers. Or maybe a midway filled with fair food. Or pies baking. Mmmmm…where was I? Oh yeah! Not only do we get the possible serial killer angle, but we get the continuation of Jo’s quest to bring her husband’s murderer to justice. See book 1 for how this particular part begins. Don’t worry though, this can be read as a standalone. However, I don’t know why you would want to skip book 1. It’s awesome!


I have nothing bad to say about this book. The plot, the pacing, the characters, the mystery, and the dialogue are all sublime. I hated leaving Jo and her crew in Grand Rapids when the last page was turned. Debbie S. TenBrink is most definitely one of my favorite authors. Period. The End.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/03/warped-passage.html
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review 2019-03-14 03:50
The Bone Collector
The Bone Collector - Jeffery Deaver

Audience: Adult

Format: Kindle/Owned



She wanted only to sleep.

- first sentence


So, this is the original Lincoln Rhyme novel - the first in a long series. I have read others, but I don't remember reading this one. I chose this book because I needed a book written between 1900-1999 for Snakes & Ladders. Finding one on my tbr was a bit harder than I thought but I managed.


Lincoln Rhyme is not particularly likable, even when you take into consideration that he is a paraplegic (and is entitled to be a bit angry). Meeting Amelia Sachs was interesting and I liked seeing how her relationship with Lincoln developed. The story is good, though not particularly original - serial killer taunts the police as he kidnaps and sets up elaborate murders scenes; sometimes the would-be victims are rescued, sometimes not. The killer's identity is a bit of a surprise so that part is good.


Overall, good story and I'm glad I read it. I will have to watch the movie again now.


I read this for Snakes & Ladders space #28. Written between 1900 and 1999 (it was published in 1998).

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text 2019-03-05 21:45
Snakes and ladders: Update 2
My Sister, the Serial Killer - Oyinkan Braithwaite

I went to the feminist book club (eventually) and this is the next pick, so I've decided to swap out my reads and go with this. 

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review 2019-02-27 19:27
My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
My Sister, the Serial Killer - Oyinkan Braithwaite

I was pretty sure I knew what I was getting myself into when I picked up this book. It is called MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER, after all, and I wasn’t disappointed!


This is a tale of two sisters bonded by sisterhood, an abusive childhood and murder. One sister is the beautiful, flighty one. The other is the responsible, devoted one. One of them gets rid of pesky boyfriends with the help of a handy knife. The other helps hide the bodies. But when the knife wielding one sets her sights on the crush of her sister, things go awry.


This book, despite it being about a serial killer, is not overly gory nor is it very bloody. Parts of it are even darkly comical. Most have classified it over on Goodreads as a thriller or a mystery and it’s a little bit of both but it’s mainly a story about familial bonds and the lasting effects of childhood trauma with a bit of sociopathy thrown in there. It is told in a very entertaining way so you won’t feel as if your soul has been ripped out of you when you turn the last page. I enjoyed every fascinating word of this complicated relationship and highly recommend it to every weirdo like me who enjoys similar things. 


“We are nothing if not thorough in the deception of others.”

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