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--Connections in Death by J.D. Robb (4*)
The reformed druggie and ex-gangbanger brother of Lt. Dallas's husband's new employee is found dead by OD, but evidence points not to misadventure, but murder. Dallas must delve deeply into the repulsive and brutal world of streetgang internal politics to solve this one. The background relationships, banter, and formula were not prominent in this volume of the series, but the mystery and solution were gripping and skillfully done.

--Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb (4*)
A series of bombings occur in which a father is forced into being a suicide bomber or the kidnappers will torture and kill his wife and child The bombings are designed to leverage the value of the kidnappers' investments and thefts, so they can cash in at a higher profit. I found this to be one of the better books in the series. The relationships, humor, and elements of the background formula were more present in this novel than has been true in many of the more recent stories, and this one also contains a particularly smart and vicious crime that demanded smart solutions, giving us a lovely mix of the traditionally comfortable and humorous "In Death" elements at home and at work seasoned with freshness, creativity, and suspense in the mystery.


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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
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--Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol (5*)
Misfit teen, ashamed of her looks, family, life, and even her few genuine friends, is fortunate to be rescued by passersby after falling down an old well, but she picks up the ghost of another girl who died in there. The ghost promises to help her cheat to raise her grades and get the basketball jock that is her ideal boy. Seriously, do you think that this could possibly turn out well? I can't say that I am a fan of the graphic novel genre, but I really enjoyed this one. I admired both its illustrations and its story that was intriguing, entertaining, and containing wisdom about real friendship and the dangers of conformity, self-absorption, and superficiality as obstacles to developing authentic and loyal relationships.

--Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel (2*)
The author tells the story of her childhood, including the death of her father when she is 20. As graphic novels go, I think this is the worst one that I've ever read and wished that it was one that I would have missed. I gave it an extra star because of some insight into family dynamics, but other than that, it was an ugly pornie story about repulsive, self-absorbed narcissists being obnoxious that was about 232 pages too long.



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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce (5*)
Needing quarantined from his brother's measles, Tom is sent to his childless aunt's flat in an old converted mansion, where he is isolated and bored without even a yard to play in, since the grounds were subdivided and fenced into housing lots. When the elderly landlady's old clock strikes 13, Tom discovers that going out the backdoor slips him back in time to when the wealthy homeowners had an immense garden there, where he befriends their little unwanted orphan niece. This is one of the best young readers' books that I've read so far--clever, skillfully-built, and full of both sweetness and intrigue. It not only gives a history lesson about life during Victorian times but now also delivers a bonus one about life in the 1950's when the book was written.

Lola--Eastern Standard Time
And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian (5*)
English naval officer, Jack Aubrey, is posted to his first command of a ship, an unusual little brig that he intends to push to her very limits. He talks his new friend, Stephen Maturin, into filling the empty spot of ship's surgeon, for the chance to get some pay and rare opportunities to advance his avocation as a naturalist in other parts of the world. So begins the volumes of the Aubrey/Maturin series of hair-raising 19th century sea adventures. This is not the book that the movie is based on; that one is mid-point in the series. The well-drawn humanity of the characters is one of the charms of the book, as well as the many sea battles and conflicts with higher command.


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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (5*)
Police Detective Grant is going bonkers hospitalized with a broken leg, so a friend gets him interested in re-investigating controversial historical crimes by modern forensic rules of evidence and police methods and lends him a researcher to be his legs. He chooses King Richard III, the case with the most discrepancies. This mystery doesn't involve much danger or action, since the murders occurred over 600 years ago, so this book is an unusually skillful murder mystery designed to appeal to the more discerning of whodunnit solvers and is a well-researched and well developed criminal investigation exercise. It says a lot about how much people prefer the titillation of gossip, smears,and sensationalism over the soundness and justice of evidence, reasonable doubt, and truth.

The Unadulterated Cat by Terry Pratchett and Gray Jolliffe (4*)
If you want a quick and hilarious read to pass a few pleasant hours, and just happen to be a crazy cat lady or gentleman with a shelf full of cat care books, then this parody by Pratchett, with the well-matched Jolliffe illustrations, should do the trick. I'm not sure if it was meant as a parody of those What You Need to Know about Your Cat books, or a parody of cats--probably both.



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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey (4*)
A runaway orphan just returned from America to England, is convinced and coached to impersonate a missing and presumed dead heir, in a scam cooked up by a cad who noticed the orphan's remarkable resemblance to a bereaved neighbor family. Will those who stand to profit from the heir's disappearance just let that happen? I found this classic to be a most engrossing and well-developed mystery, written with clever turns of phrase and often a wry sense of humor. I was all set to give this book 5* until encountering a few things about the ending that disappointed me. I hope to read more by this author since I love her gentile style of murder and mayhem, which I consider to be on a par with Dorothy Sayers and Dame Agatha.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (2*)
A neglected girl is mistreated by almost everybody in her troubled family, neighborhood, and school because she is homely, ragged, and odd, so she yearns for blue eyes to make her beautiful and loved. I gave this book 2* because some passages were worth reading, but overall, this story was ugly, maudlin, and disgusting. There was all of one character in the whole book who was even vaguely a decent human being, while the rest just wallowed in hate, meanness, jealousy, fornication, intoxication, brutality, sloth, and self-pity. If you enjoy books like The Wasp Factory and American Psycho with the ugliest of stories about the worst of people, full of pessimism and empty of redemption, then you might find something good to say about this book beyond "it was short."

Lola--Eastern Standard Time
And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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The Burning Room by Michael Connelly (4*)
Det. Harry Bosch is investigating the re-opened case of a Mariachi musician who has now succumbed to injuries received in a shooting nine years ago. He is also helping his new partner with her unofficial investigation of an old case of a daycare fire, that she barely survived but her teacher and several little friends did not. This was a good crime novel with an interesting twist to the murder, but it was not among my favorites in the Harry Bosch series. I found the plot about the musician better developed and more interesting than the other about the robbery and fire, which could have used more care and attention and another editing.

The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly (3*)
Retired police detective Harry Bosch is hired as a private investigator by an elderly billionaire seeking his heir, after abandoning his pregnant girlfriend when in college. Harry also volunteers in a small community police force and is assigned to investigate a series of rapes.This was not among my favorite Bosch novels, which is a shame because it started out to be. I initially found the billionaire's story dramatic and gripping but as it proceeded it really lost momentum and my interest. I thought the police case about the rapist rather poorly developed with its climax and solution rather absurd.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer (5*)
This is the story of three young, talented Hungarian Jewish brothers and their families and friends struggling to survive the Nazis and the Hungarian work camps during WWII. This is what I consider to be the best sort of historical fiction, with its history well-researched and respected while the author plays loose only with the fictional characters, to wring her drama, pathos, humanity, and romance from the fiction but not destroying the authenticity. It was a most satisfying read even if longish and dragged out at times.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (4*)
A neglected little girl with an abusive, alcoholic father is abandoned by her family to survive and raise herself in the marshes of NC. As the oddball, she is a handy person to blame when a murder is committed. This was an entertaining, but not very realistic, whodunnit diminished by its many impausibilities and inaccuracies. Living in the Coastal Carolinas, I would find it harder than most readers to enjoy a novel written by someone who knows nothing of the area, its geography, culture, people, and wildlife, and filled with too many eye-rolling What The Fudge moments. The book's appeal is probably the sentimental story of the feral superchild more so than the mystery.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
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I have finished (in March) The Call of the Wild by Jack London. 4*
It is a short novel, but very emotional; it's the story of a dog, told from his point of view.

"Any idiot can face a crisis. It's the day-to-day living that wears you out."
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Please share your reading with the other team members. Let's help each other find interesting books to read, including fiction, non-fiction, plays, novellas, and short story or poetry anthologies.
Please post and rate every book members read during the month and tell each other a little about them. Please list title, author, and a 1-5* rating.
If you choose, please follow with a brief summary of what the book was about and what you did, or did not like about it.

1 star--* hated it!
2 star--** bad but not the worst, some positive attributes.
3 star--*** A good read, entertaining but nothing spectacular.
4 stars--**** A great read, above average.
5 stars--***** An awesome read, among the best!

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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