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Editat: des. 12, 2017, 12:29am

Steveston , where I walk the dog, Poppy, each day.

Editat: des. 18, 2015, 4:36am

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman 4 stars
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley 4.5 stars
Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively 3.5 stars

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers 4 stars
After The War Is Over by Jennifer Robson 3.3 stars
Washington Square by Henry James 3. 5 stars
The Vanishing Act Of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell 4 stars
A Fine Summer's Day: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery by Charles Todd 3.8 stars

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 4 stars
A Test Of Wills: The First Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery by Charles Todd 3.8 stars
Aren't We Sisters by Patricia Ferguson 4.25 stars

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler 4.5 stars
And No Birds Sang by Farley Mowat 4 stars
The Midwife's Daughter by Patricia Ferguson 3.8 stars
The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphreys 3.7 stars
Leaving Tomorrow by David Bergen 4 stars
El Deafo by Cece Bell 3.3 stars

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert 3.5 stars
The Farm by Tom Rob Smith 4.3 stars
Inside the O'Briens: A Novel by Lisa Genova 4 stars
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah 5 stars *

The Crossing Places: A Ruth Galloway Mystery by Elly Griffiths 3.6 stars
Our Souls at Night: A novel by Kent Haruf 4.5 stars
The Janus Stone: A Ruth Galloway Mystery by Elly Griffiths 4 stars

The House at Sea's End by Elly Griffiths 4 stars
A Room Full of Bones by Elly Griffiths 4 stars

A Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths 4 stars
Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans 4.3 stars
The Illuminations by Andrew O'Hagan 4. 3 stars

A Folded Earth by Anuradha Roy 3.3 stars
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear 4 stars
If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie 4 stars

Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear 4 stars
Did You Ever Have A Family by Bill Clegg 3.8 stars
Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear 3.8 stars
Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis 4 stars

Daddy Lenin by Guy Vanderhaeghe 4.2 stars
The Rector's Wife by Joanna Trollope 4 stars
Hungry Ghosts by Peggy Blair 3.3 stars
The Mammy by Brendan O'Carroll 4 stars
The Chisellers by Brendan O'Carroll 4 stars
The Granny by Brendan O'Carroll 4 stars
The Suspect by Michael Robotham 3.9 stars
Sky Bridge: A Novel by Laura Pritchett 4 stars
Red Lightning: A Novel by Laura Pritchett 3.6 stars

The Children Act by Ian McEwan 3.4 stars
The Drowned Boy by Karin Fossum 4 stars
The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda 4 stars
Restless by William Boyd 4 stars

nov. 2, 2015, 4:57am


Editat: nov. 2, 2015, 5:15am

Welcome to my new thread! Please drop a star! Lovely to have you visit!

Editat: nov. 7, 2015, 1:06am

Currently reading The Rectors Wife by Joanna Trollope. I wanted something different and I found this in one of my old TBR piles, and I'm happy to say I paid $2.00 for it from a second hand store.

nov. 2, 2015, 7:50am

Happy new thread!!

nov. 2, 2015, 8:17am

Happy New Thread, Deb! Love the topper! I would love to see that view every day. Lucky Poppy!

nov. 2, 2015, 9:23am

Congratulations on the new thread, Deb! I like that topper, too. What a beautiful part of the country you're in.

Editat: nov. 2, 2015, 10:33am

Happy new thread, Deb! What a beautiful photo of Steveston where you walk your smart, little, on-trend girl every day.

Oops, forgot to drop my star!:

nov. 2, 2015, 11:31am

What a lovely dog-walking spot that is! Poppy is a lucky girl.

nov. 2, 2015, 2:30pm

Happy New Thread, Deb. What a gorgeous place. I love it.

nov. 2, 2015, 3:34pm

Happy new thread, Deb my dear, lovely thread topper photo.

nov. 2, 2015, 4:44pm

Lovely topper. Does Poppy get on with the birds (or just ignore them)?

nov. 2, 2015, 6:12pm

>6 scaifea: Amber, thanks so much! I hope to get some good reading in.

>7 msf59: Thanks Mark! Truthfully I think the photographer tweaked the colours to have more contrast and took the " grey" off the fishing boats. But is a lovely place to live indeed.

>8 jnwelch: I must agree, Joe, it is lovely corner of Canada that we live in. Except for the rainy , over cast days, it really is the best part of the country.

>9 lit_chick: LOL Nancy!My smart, on trend' little girl! Yes , when Poppy is not walking , running, chewing toys, sleeping in my lap, she is flipping through Vogue Magazine and demanding a bespoke Burberry Coat for those cooler days! LOL. Actually so far we had very few rainy days, so as of lately I'm not going through the " I will bite your hand if you try to put a that pink raincoat over top of me and do it up with the two velcro straps". So Poppy is in her naked fur glory !

>10 rosalita: Julia, the area is truly lovely for walking the dog. Lot of smells and things for Poppy to explore.

>11Thanks you Barbara! It is a lovely place to live, but I've seen the lovely photos of the surroundings in your area and on your travels!

>12 johnsimpson: Thanks John!

>13 charl08: Charlotte, you are quite right! We do get a lot of birds in the area - seagulls, hawks, bald eagles,and the dreaded snow geese. The snow geese have not yet arrived -and perhaps this year we could be so lucky as to not have them arrive all year! The snow geese descend and take over entire fields and are not afraid of people or dogs, and they can destroy a field quite quickly with their droppings. Poppy is interested in the birds, but as she is always on a leash with me, she does not chase them. She is more curious and stands and stares at them. Even with the few cats we run across, I'm not sure that realizes that cats are not dogs and she sits and looks at them, or does a play bow, and wants to play with the cats.

nov. 2, 2015, 7:00pm

Happy new thread, Deb. Great walking location!

nov. 2, 2015, 7:10pm

Congratulations on your latest thread. I must say that it really has been a pleasure to see you back and in fairly full swing among the threads this year. xx

nov. 2, 2015, 7:58pm

>1 vancouverdeb: Chiming in to say how much I love the topper photo also!

nov. 2, 2015, 8:07pm

>15 lkernagh: Thanks Lori! It is a lovely place to walk, but I imagine " The Island" as we call it, has lovely places to walk as well. I love Victoria! It's been a long time since Dave and I have made the crossing - due to the ferry prices. I just love the Inner Harbour area, and the wonderful Dallas Rd along the water. Dave and I used to bike a lot in that area , up and down the hills! :) Lovely view!

>16 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul! It's been nice to back, posting more fully!

>17 thornton37814: Thanks again! Once again, I am sure that the photographer tweaked the contrast or colours a bit! We do get fabulous views on nice winter days like that, but the fishing boats are never that colourful or white! They are grey and dirty for the most part.

nov. 2, 2015, 10:11pm

Great new thread topper Deborah.

nov. 3, 2015, 12:37am

Happy new thread, Deb. Great colours in the topper photo so maybe they did have some "help" to come out but, then again, we do have some great and colourful views around here.

nov. 3, 2015, 6:06am

>14 vancouverdeb: Ah. I'm guessing that you wouldn't be a fan of The Snow Geese by William Fiennes. He tracks the geese travelling across the world. It's a beautiful book. Although I can see why locals would resent their intrusions on farming life.

nov. 3, 2015, 9:00am

The Last Crossing was one of my favorite books in 2013, thanks to a recommendation from Nancy. Good to know he's still in good form. Wonderful prose.

Oh, what a beautiful daily walk you have with those mountain peaks in the background and a waterfront....Can I dog-walk? :)

nov. 3, 2015, 6:48pm

>19 mdoris: Thanks Mary and thanks for stopping by!

>20 Familyhistorian: You are right, Megan, we do have some beautiful views around here, even with the bit of colour help I think the photographer used!

>21 charl08: Charlotte, I have read the The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker , so I'd be okay :) For my city and surrounds the snow geese mean the destruction of school fields . playing fields and parks. I do love them, but when you have Canadian Geese, Snow Geese , never mind the many other geese and birds , it can get a bit old fast:) We live across the river from a Huge Bird Sanctuary and I think naturally my city and surrounding areas are naturally a bird sanctuary area. I see a lot of birds, mallards, woodheads, plovers, heron, sea gulls , bald eagles, hawks, and while some are beautiful, some get to a pain in the neck or your shoe bottoms :)

>22 ctpress: Yes indeed Carsten I would love to have you walk the dog!! Please come and visit!

Editat: nov. 3, 2015, 10:55pm

Fifteen Dogs won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for 2015 ! And Daddy Lenin won the Governor Generals Fiction Prize for 2015! I've read them both, so I am quite delighted! :)

Editat: nov. 3, 2015, 11:14pm

Deb, I've nominated you to be our resident Canadian literary snob, LOL! I know, I know, Canadian and snob don't work. OK: our resident Canadian Literary Aficionado.

nov. 4, 2015, 12:20am

>25 lit_chick: , a literary snob, for a day ! I have not read my usual Can Lit this year, not as much as usual, so it's nice that the stuff that I have read " counts for something , Nancy! :)

nov. 4, 2015, 3:34am

>25 lit_chick: Love that. Surely valid for more than a day though?

>23 vancouverdeb: We're on the flight path for geese overwintering, with a massive bird wetland area down the road. I'm envious of your bird of prey sitings: rare around here. I don't think I've come across Bakker.

nov. 4, 2015, 11:07pm

>27 charl08: Charlotte, I'll take literary aficionado, but but please not a book snob! Have I told that I read gossip magazines? And I enjoy them too :)

We must live in very similar types of areas, Charlotte. I would say that all of Richmond is bird wetland, but we are quite an urban/ suburban area , though we have a lot of park areas and designated agricultural lands.

Editat: nov. 5, 2015, 2:31pm

I'm sorry to read about your water trouble. Hope they can fix it quickly. There was a local problem with bacteria in the tap water that the water company took a long time to fix. Was very glad we weren't in the catchment area for that.

nov. 5, 2015, 2:40pm

Yikes, tough deal to have NO WATER. Hope it gets fixed quickly!

nov. 5, 2015, 5:42pm

>29 charl08: >30 mdoris: Thank you Charlotte, Mary. Today we have the water on, but tomorrow they will begin the bigger repairs and the water is scheduled to off 9 am - 5 pm and whether it will be off for a day or two after that I am not sure. We live in a townhouse complex, so when a water main bursts on common property, it is the strata that has to call for the repairs . Though I know there will a big bill to pay amongst 34 of us, of greater concern to me is having our water on. We have lived here for 15 years , and I recall two previous breaks and it always took a few days to find and fix the break , and the repave everything.

If we did not have our little dog, I almost think we'd go stay in a motel or something. Really not fun at all.

nov. 5, 2015, 6:57pm

Here's what you need, Deb, for you, Dave, and Poppy, LOL!

nov. 5, 2015, 11:48pm

Perfect , Nancy! I'd love to go stay in a hotel til the water is sorted out. But I think Dave would feel it was too expensive and Poppy does not take well to even glamorous pooch hotels! :) Poppy can only abide Dave and me and Poppy's dog walker. Sadly, Poppy's dog walker is in Mexico for 10 days! But it's a wonderful idea! :) Thanks for that!

nov. 6, 2015, 12:27am

>1 vancouverdeb: I LOVE that photo! What a great place to walk your dog every day. P and I were seriously thinking about a quick trip to either Victoria (one of our favorite cities for 3-4-day weekends) or Vancouver, but we ended up reserving a cabin in the Oregon Cascades. That photo makes me wonder....

Oh Lord, good luck with the water repairs. I hope it gets sorted out quickly and at less-than-feared expense and trouble! Ugh.

Poppy just wants to be with you, right?

nov. 6, 2015, 5:06pm

Hi Deb, wishing you a very happy weekend my dear.

nov. 6, 2015, 6:22pm

>34 EBT1002: It really is beautiful here, Ellen , but don't forget that I live in the same climate as you do, which means a lot of overcast , gray days, which is the case today. Vancouver and the areas around it are beautiful, but a little harder to get around from place to place, I suppose, for a get away.
Yes, it is dreadful about the water situation . No water today as yet. I did get a note saying that the water should be on shortly at 1:30 - so far, no water. So perhaps things have gone more smoothly than expected? At this time I am less worried about the $$$ than the actually getting the water back on. The water is number one for me - for now:)

>35 johnsimpson: Thanks John - and a wonderful weekend to you and yours !

Editat: nov. 7, 2015, 4:12am

I finished off The Rector's Wife by Joanna Trollope. It feels good to have read a TBR book that I have had stuck on shelf for a couple of years and only paid $2.00 as the book came from a second hand store. And I loved the story too! This is the first book I have read by Joanna Trollope.

An enjoyable read that I could sink my teeth into. Anna has been a rector's wife for 20 years, and many of them quite happy ones. After 20 years of serving the church as a rector's wife, organizing deanery suppers, delivering parish magazines,decorating the church with flowers, entertaining the parish, Anna's husband , Peter, fails to get the promotion that he had hoped for. Anna has become accustomed to the restrictions and expectations placed on her as a rectors wife. Peter's parish is in a small village church where gossip is a big part of daily life. Because of the gossip in the village, Anna is unable to form a friendship or confide with anyone in the village where she lives. Peter and Anna have three children, and Anna has been concerned about the amount of bullying their youngest child child has endured at the local school. Due to the low pay that Peter receives as a country rector, Anna takes a job as a clerk at the local supermarket to pay for young Flora to attend a private school. Anna's husband, the parish and the village are shocked at the impropriety of a rector's wife working . Meanwhile, Anna is delighted by her new found independence and sense of worth.

No spoilers, but the story is great portrayal of a small English village, the isolation and expectations of being a rector's wife .

" I married the man, not the job" Anna , page 30 .

4 stars.

nov. 7, 2015, 8:20am

Hi Deborah - Great comments on The Rector's Wife. I've read other things by Trollope that I enjoyed, but it's been a while. I'll check this one out.

nov. 7, 2015, 9:36am

Happy Saturday, Deb! I'll take a pass on The Rector's Wife. You understand, right?

Did Dave start the book? Hmmmmmmmmm?

nov. 7, 2015, 3:11pm

Deb, thumb up for an excellent review of The Rector's Wife. This one brings to mind Anthony Trollope's Barchester Chronicles, which I adored! *just had to go look: not related to AT*

nov. 7, 2015, 3:29pm

>37 vancouverdeb: I like Trollope, consistent writer of interesting stories. I saw her talking about one of her latest, set amongst military wives, which I still haven't read (your review has reminded me).

Hope you got your water supply back. I'd be tempted to have a bath or something equally water based in celebration....

nov. 7, 2015, 8:04pm

>38 BLBera: Thanks Beth. This is first Trollope I have read, but I'd look for others by Joanna Trollope depending on the what the book is about.

>39 msf59: Afternoon, Mark. Yes , Dave has read on of the stand along mysteries by Robert Robotham titled Life or Death and he enjoyed it. It is a stand alone. It was a library book, so is back at the library. I got him Suspect. the first in the series, and I think he is enjoying it - and I'm waiting to get my hands on some Australia Crime . At least I think I am. I have no idea why the The Rector's Wife would not appeal to a varied reader like yourself! :)

>40 lit_chick: Nancy, you made me look regarding whether Anthony Trollope is a relation to Joanna Trollope and apparently they are related, but not directly. I think I was fortunate to have stumbled upon The Rector's Wife as apparently it her most popular novel . I see she won an award for a Romance Novel , yikes! But this one was not much that way, so I think her books must vary. At any rate, I enjoyed it very much. At this rate I'll be reading Stephen King :)

>41 charl08: Good to know , Charlotte, perhaps I'll look more carefully into her different novels. A change of pace for me an enjoyable one. I do have my water back and indeed, first thing I did was have a bath! Very lovely to have running water !

Editat: nov. 15, 2015, 4:23am

Currently reading Hungry Ghosts by Peggy Blair, a Canadian Mystery writer. I have read two of her previous works, The Beggar's Opera and The Poisoned Pawn (An Inspector Ramirez Novel) . Peggy Blair is an Ottawa Lawyer who took up writing mysteries a few years ago. They are interesting series, with taking place in Havana, or both Canada and Havana.

nov. 8, 2015, 12:04am

Love an Ottawa lawyer turned mystery writer, Deb! My home town! (of many, many years ago, LOL!)

nov. 8, 2015, 1:48am

>43 vancouverdeb: I am looking forward to the CAC next year as it will energise me to read a number of writers that I am not familiar with. Of Ilana's selections I think half were writers I had no books for which considering I have nearly 11,000 books cataloged here and many of my Kindles and recent purchases not yet done, I was a little surprised.

You do a good job showcasing your nation's writers here Deb.

Editat: nov. 8, 2015, 5:57pm

>44 lit_chick: Peggy Blair is quite a good writer, Nancy! This is the third in the series and proving perhaps the most intriguing. Go Ottawa! Nancy's home town .

>45 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul. I do my best to do my share of Canadian reading. I think tomorrow the Giller Literary Prize will be given out in Canada. That will be interesting.

nov. 8, 2015, 7:55pm

Peggy Blair is living the dream, it seems to me. It will never, ever, EVER happen but I do fantasize about giving up higher ed and writing for a living. The problem is that I like paying my mortgage. And, as my dad once asked me: "do you want to be a writer or do you want to write? because if you want to write, nothing will stop you." I think it's the fantasy of being a writer that is stronger than any true passion for writing. So, I'll live vicariously through folks like Peggy Blair! :-)

It must be Sunday evening. That's always when my "how else might I make a living?" fantasies get activated.

Editat: nov. 9, 2015, 1:12am

>47 EBT1002: If it is any comfort, Peggy Blair worked for 30 years as a lawyer in Ottawa before publishing her first book. She is still working, but in real estate right now.
I think actually writing a book would be quite difficult and lonely, so perhaps you draw comfort from that. Enjoy your Sunday evening, Ellen!

nov. 9, 2015, 1:48am

The Rector's Wife sounds just like one I would love. Great review, Deborah. I haven't read anything by Joanna Trollope. Even if she isn't related to the great Anthony Trollope I might give it a shot.

nov. 9, 2015, 7:20am

Hi, Deb! I know you are a big fan of A Man Called Ove, so I am starting that today. I sure hope Tonto steers me right! LOL.

I'll read The Rector's Wife, if you read something I pick...giggles.

Editat: nov. 9, 2015, 5:02pm

>49 ctpress: Carsten, I think might enjoy The Rector's Wife, if you can find a copy. Even thought it was written in the 1990's, it has a more vintage feel to it, and while I could see a few parallels to Madame Bovary that I read earlier this year - no spoilers - it is very different from that not so great read. Anna of The Rectory is a person of principle.

>50 msf59: Hey Markie , Markie, you are in for a big treat reading A Man Called Ove. Hey, the Rector's Wife was fine read , worthy of any progressive man, like yourself! ;) Carsten is a progressive man, I hope I won't have to call you" dinosaur Mark!" LOL!

nov. 9, 2015, 5:15pm

So glad to hear you are no longer parched and can wallow in water again, Deborah!

I actually have a bit of a bone to pick with you: You got me hooked on those doggone Ruth Galloway mysteries and now I've read them all and have to wait for more! How dare you read good books and then force me to read them, too?


nov. 9, 2015, 6:01pm

I'll have to try Peggy Blair, even though I have been trying NOT to start new series.

Editat: nov. 9, 2015, 8:29pm

>52 rosalita: Julia, I am so glad to have my water back on today, as well! Sorry to hook you on the Ruth Galloway series. Now where is your thread? I can't find it!

>53 BLBera: I like Peggy Blair, Beth , but she might not grab everyone. I enjoyed her first novel the most. It was a really interesting look into present day Havana , but by locals rather than tourists. I really enjoyed that aspect, which is still present, but less novel to me now. But they are good books. Still, I have to finish this one to be sure that #3 is not better than #1, The Beggar's Opera.

nov. 9, 2015, 9:02pm

Good to hear that you now have running water, Deb.

>52 rosalita: Hi Julia, Deb got me hooked on the Ruth Galloway mysteries too. (Maybe we should find a series that she hasn't read yet and do the same thing to her *diabolical laughter*.)

nov. 9, 2015, 11:26pm

>55 Familyhistorian: Meg and Julia, you scare me with the threat of a new series to follow! Runs to hide! ;)

nov. 9, 2015, 11:49pm

>56 vancouverdeb: *more diabolical laughter*

nov. 10, 2015, 3:33pm

>57 Familyhistorian: Truth be told, I'll likely find myself a new series all by myself! :)

nov. 10, 2015, 4:02pm

>58 vancouverdeb: I don't doubt it, Deb. We are our worst enemies.

nov. 10, 2015, 5:12pm

I am still reading Hungry Ghosts and I've ordered The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda , which should arrive later today. She is an immigrant from India and I read her first book, Secret Daughter, so I am looking forward to her 2 nd book. I am very tempted by Vinyl Cafe Turns the Page by Stuart McLean. I've enjoyed all of his books , for many years. Just doing my " Canadian Duty" , purchasing and reading Canadian books :), which I have neglected somewhat this year.

Tonight the Giller Prize will be announced! I am really hoping it will be Fifteen Dogs, since I've already read that one, but we will see.

nov. 10, 2015, 10:49pm

>54 vancouverdeb: I don't have a thread. I'm trespassing amongst the 75ers this year. So far no one has kicked me out but I'm prepared to go (mostly) quietly.

>55 Familyhistorian: Now that's an excellent idea! It would serve her right. :-)

nov. 11, 2015, 12:42am

Congratulations Deb.... you call it! Fifteen Dogs has won the 2015 Giller Prize. ;-)

nov. 11, 2015, 1:10am

Good job and having the new prize winners already read!

nov. 11, 2015, 1:28am

>61 rosalita: Hmm, any ideas?

nov. 11, 2015, 5:30pm

>64 Familyhistorian: Oh, gosh. I've got a few series that I find somewhat addictive but it's possible Deborah has read some of these already:

* Lawrence Block's Bernie Rhodenbarr or Hit Man series are both great.
* Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott series
* Deborah Crombie's Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series is good
* Charles Todd's Ian Rutledge series -- this one I know Deborah has read at least one of
* Chris Grabenstein's John Ceepak series

At the risk of getting hit myself with some series bullets, what are some of your favorites, Meg?

nov. 12, 2015, 12:54am

>65 rosalita: Ooh, I haven't read any of those. This could be a dangerous exercise for all involved! I will have to take a minute or three before I post my favourites, Julia.

Editat: nov. 17, 2015, 12:55am

>61 rosalita: Please keep trespassing among the 75's, Julia, you are always a lot of fun!

>62 lkernagh: Lori, I was quite pleased that Fifteen Dogs won. I had looked hard at the other contenders, and though I had not read them, I think they were a little " edgy' for most people to read. And it is very rare that ( maybe the first time? ) that I have read a Giller Prize Winner before it was announced. I have not even read last years winner, Us Conductors, so yes, it's a good year for me, Can Lit prize wise! :)

>63 mdoris: Thanks Mary! Pure coincidence that I had read the winners, but I am happy that worked out this year!:)

>64 Familyhistorian: Good luck, Meg, I'm a difficult person to find a series for, I have trouble myself! And once I find a series I like - I read through like a madwoman, which I am! :)

>65 rosalita: Good try, Julia. You are correct I have read three of the books by Ian Rutledge, starting with the prequel, A Fine Summer's Day, but as for Lawrence Block, my husband enjoys them, but they don't float my boat. I have a feeling that Margaret Maron, Deborah Crombie and Chris Grabstein aren't my cup of tea... but you never know.

>66 Familyhistorian: Meg As it is, I am reading the third in a series, with my current book, Hungry Ghosts, waiting impatiently for the next in the series by Susan Hill, Karin Fossum, and I'm in the midst of Jaqueline Winspear series and nearly caught up in the Elly Griffiths series . And a couple of days ago , I was at a second hand book store and purchased The Moth Catcher by Anne Cleeves. And Nancy aka Lit Chick hit me with a book bullet, the start of a series, The Light Years.

Could I talk you into Henning Mankell, or the author of the Jar City series, or perhaps Jussi- Adler Olsen, among many others! ;) Oh, and I'm also interested in a new to me Australian Crime series that my husband is reading, Michael Robotham. * Really Evil Laugh*

nov. 12, 2015, 12:11pm

Oh, Deb, you make me smile: *Really Evil Laugh* You are too much! What a great bunch of reading you've got on the go! Several of these are bullets for me which I picked up from you but haven't yet started reading, like Susan Hill, Jacqueline Winspear. Good news: my library has most of the Maizie Dobbs series on audiobook, so I'm in the process of collecting them : ).

nov. 12, 2015, 3:25pm

Well, Nancy, the other " ladies' :) have been laughing diabolically at me, trying to entice me to start a new series! A girl has to do what a girl has to do! :)

nov. 12, 2015, 3:29pm

>69 vancouverdeb: Just to say that I am enjoying this thread very much just now (as I dodge the bb's).

I've just read The Blind Goddess which I was underwhelmed by, but as you're a big Scandi reader I wondered if you'd read her other series? I'm wondering if it's better, and so worth a try....

nov. 12, 2015, 5:37pm

>70 charl08: Charlotte, I tried 1222 by Anne Holt, sometime in the past - a couple of years ago and did not finish, so I should be safe from The Blind Goddess. Some of those Scandi Crime writers just don't cut it ( or too violent ) for my taste.

Editat: nov. 12, 2015, 6:34pm

>67 vancouverdeb: At bookclub last night (that I have been attending for over 35 years....yikes! ), we all read and discussed Us Conductors maybe chosen because of the Giller atmosphere in the air. It perplexed many of us that it is based on a real person but there was so much made up in it that was not at all true to life (fast and furious with the truth). Should there be a law against this? We tried to figure out what genre it is from....romance (love story), historical fiction, music novel, espionage theme without success! . Anyway the author is Anne Michaels's nephew Fugitive Pieces. Interesting! Lots of talk about Fifteen Dogs too last night too and I wanted to tell them my L.T. pal has read it (that's you Deb!) and recommends it. Many thought talking dogs was too goofy but I told them I already had it on reserve at our wonderful library. Maggie (the sub standard poodle) talks to me all the time I think at least I can read her mind and vice versa! Oh speaking of talking dogs, a long time ago I read Shakespeare's Dog by Leon Rooke and I loved it. Others in bookclub did not and there was a great uproarious discussion AGAIN about that. But that was a wonderful talking dog book in my humble opinion! And it's so great that we all love different books.

Editat: nov. 12, 2015, 7:17pm

>72 mdoris: What fabulous thing, to have a book club that has met for 35 years! I have not read Us Conductors so I cannot comment on it's genre. I gave more of my impression of Fifteen Dogs on your thread and believe me it is not funny at all, except for the odd light moment. It is quite dark, brutal and violent at times. It is more a novel of 15 dogs gaining human consciousness and how each dog handles that. The dogs " talk ' to each other, but only in sounds that would be a bark etc to humans - it is more of a fable or tale or warning and it makes we humans think about how we interact. I think your group would find lots to discuss. Like you , I " chat" with my little poodle/ maltese cross, and I think that made Fifteen Dogs all the more difficult to read, due to the scenes of brutality and violence . But it's well worth the read - just be warned it is disturbing.

nov. 12, 2015, 8:31pm

Hi, Deb! I really liked The Man Called Ove. Ove is such a memorable character. The perfect curmudgeon. You haven't read his latest book have you?

Have you read Kingsolver? You might really like The Bean Trees & Pigs in Heaven.

nov. 12, 2015, 10:49pm

>74 msf59: Beat you to it, Mark, a few years ago after I read The Poisonwood Bible :) I really enjoyed both The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven. No, I"ve not read the new book by the author of A Man Called Ove I forget the title, but it sounded more like a fairy tale, so it has not appealed to me. I hope he writes another book.

nov. 13, 2015, 4:17pm

Hi Deb, thanks for popping by my thread my dear, I sometimes worry that some of my posts may be a bit boring so it is nice to know they are enjoyed. Hope you are having a lovely Friday and the weather is not too bad for you. Sending love and hugs from over the pond.

Editat: nov. 13, 2015, 5:04pm

Hi John! I so enjoy your newsy , friendly posts, so keep them coming! The weather is currently better than expected and no power outages, which could have happened, but the wind was not as high as expected! I need to get out for my walk while the going is good. Love and hugs to you and Karen.

nov. 13, 2015, 6:53pm

>76 johnsimpson: John you could never be boring mate, you're from Wakefield for heaven's sake!

>65 rosalita: Lovely to see Julia would kick you out my dear - you are much missed around the threads at my little spot especially.

Like the series talk Deb and I will try not to get started but I will just recommend Carin Gerhardsen whose Hammarby Detectives series shows a heck of a lot of promise. Reacher.....Montalbano......Hole......Gabriel Allon......Lucas Davenport.....Tom Thorne.....Logan MacRae.........Lennox......Bernie Gunther........aaaaaargh!

Have a lovely weekend.

nov. 14, 2015, 12:36am

>65 rosalita: Ok Julia, I came up with a series list and I think there are some good ones here:

J.D. Robb's In Death series
C.S. Harris St. Cyr series
Charles Finch's Charles Lennox series
Linda Stratmann's Frances Doughty series
Mary Jane Maffini's Camilla MacPhee series - a Canadian series, I know how much she likes CanLit!
Gwendolyn Southin's Margaret Spencer series - even better, this one is set in Vancouver!

nov. 14, 2015, 4:28pm

>77 vancouverdeb:, So glad you enjoy my newsy, friendly posts, I will keep them coming and they could be pretty good in the run up to Christmas as I will have panto news to partake to my friends.

>78 PaulCranswick:, What was I thinking, off course I can't be boring being a Yorkshireman and from Wakefield.

nov. 15, 2015, 4:22am

>78 PaulCranswick: Thanks for the series ideas Paul. Sadly some of them are not to my taste. I don't care for Jack Reacher, Lucas Davenport, Montabalo, and others I've yet to know something about. But thanks for the effort!

> 79 You might have some book bulllets there for me in your list. Perhaps Charles Lynch, and Frances Doughty looks like fun. I'll have to look more closely at the Canadian series! You are right, I am sucker for Can Lit.

>80 johnsimpson: Yes, John ,do keep your newsy , friendly post coming and I'll look forward to reading them.

Editat: nov. 15, 2015, 4:57am

I finished off Hungry Ghosts by Peggy Blair, a relatively new Canadian mystery writer. This is the third book in her Inspector Ramirez series. I read the two previous books, The Beggar's Opera and The Poisoned Pawn. This story was fairly interesting, but a few too many twists and turns made the plot difficult to follow. . As usual, part of the story took place in Havana. Inspector Ramirez and his side kick, the medical examiner, Hector Apiro , investigate a string of dead prostitutes. In the previous books, the sense of atmosphere and place in Havana really captured me. This time round, less so, perhaps because I have become accustomed to the series. Meanwhile, on a Northern Ontario First Nations Reserve the body of a prostitute has also been found. It is not the first to have been found on the Reserve. Detective Charlie Pike, of the Rideau Police of Ottawa Ontario is tasked with determining if this new body is a stand alone murder, or part of a series of deaths that have happened over time in the area. Charlie Pike flies into the Northern Ontario Indian Reserve , and this time the sense of place and culture of the Reserve were very interesting to me . Are the deaths of the women in Cuba and Canada related? You'll have to read Hungry Ghosts to find out.

Overall, a decent read, but not great. The plot twists were very challenging to follow completely, if one actually could. 3.5 stars.

Editat: nov. 19, 2015, 7:52pm

Currently reading The Mammy by Brendan O'Carroll, a book bullet I caught from Lori's aka lkernagh's thread! :)

nov. 15, 2015, 5:30am

>82 vancouverdeb: Good luck with The Mammy, not come across that one.

I've been a bit underwhelmed by the last two scandi crime books I read, so thinking I'll head elsewhere. Maybe Australia, as I read good things about Good Money by J.M.Green (touchstones not working) crime fiction set in Melbourne Australia. And as the first book was only published last month, if it turns into a series, I'm reading in order for once.

nov. 15, 2015, 4:48pm

Woot! Great review of Blair's Hungry Ghosts, Deb! Went to thumb but it's not there. This sounds like a worthwhile series, even if this one got somewhat lost in its own twists and turns.

nov. 15, 2015, 7:04pm

>84 charl08: Charlotte, The Mammy has proved to be a great read. I'll make some more comments later on.
I've been underwhelmed with Scandi Crime too, as well and " Canadi - Crime aka Canadian Crime. Best of luck with Green Money by J..M Green. I looked at the review in the Guardian and it sounds interesting. My husband has just finished a new to him bit of Australian Crime fiction , by Robert Robotham, an Australian Crime writer and maybe I'll give that a try after I finished reading my slice of life in Dublin.

>85 lit_chick: Thanks Nancy! If you decide to read the series, definitely start with the The Beggar's Opera by Penny Blair. The book has a lot of interesting quirky character and I think without knowing the the characters from the start, one could be quite lost. I think I was just expecting bit more of a cohesive plot.

nov. 16, 2015, 4:41pm

Thank you for accepting my friend request my dear, hope you are having a good Monday, sending love and hugs.

Editat: nov. 16, 2015, 4:47pm

>87 johnsimpson: John , you are so welcome. It's lovely to be friend with you, good sir! There is quite a rain up, and wind, but as per usual , I'm off to fight the elements with my ever energetic dog! :)

nov. 16, 2015, 4:49pm

>88 vancouverdeb: And it's so good to be friends with you dear lady, we seem to have a few things in common even though we are a few thousand miles apart. What a wonderful site LT is, that it brings like minded people together and makes friendships even though we may never meet but you never know.

nov. 17, 2015, 12:53am

>89 johnsimpson: I think many of us have things in common, despite the miles that separate us. You are so correct - LT brings together like minded people and creates friendships. All of us have a love for books in common and I think that makes for more open minded people and people that read about folks across the globe.

Editat: nov. 17, 2015, 7:25am

>90 vancouverdeb: " LT brings together like minded people and creates friendships." Now, that you mentioned it...

Howdy, Tonto! Hope the week is going well.

nov. 17, 2015, 2:26pm

>79 Familyhistorian: Oooh, those are good ones! I thought of the In Death series but I've yet to read any so didn't feel comfortable recommending it even though I see it all over the 75ers group.

The only other series in your list I have any familiarity with at all is Finch's Lennox series. It's a bit of a funny story — I had gotten the audiobook version of the first book in the series to listen to on my road trip out to Boulder last year, only to discover when I was already several hours into the trip that the download was corrupted and was missing most of the first disc. It was the strangest experience because it wasn't completely obvious that there was text missing (it didn't skip in the middle of a sentence or anything) and I couldn't look at my iPod to see what was going on because I was driving. I was so disappointed when I realized what had happened. But then I forgot to follow up when I got home to try to read it for real this time, so thanks for the reminder!

The others I've not even heard of but oh, they sound kinda good. Darn you anyway, Meg!

nov. 17, 2015, 2:29pm

>79 Familyhistorian: I'm one of those who loves the in Death series, Meg. I read the first Charles Finch and thought it was pretty good, but didn't continue. I don't know the others.

Hi, Deb!

Editat: nov. 17, 2015, 3:31pm

>91 msf59: Hi Mark! The week is going well, except today I have to go the dentist, which I loathe. But one must go every 6 months and today is the day! Very windy here today, with gusts up to 90 km per hr. I hope no power goes out. It is not often that it does with the wind, but every now and then.

>92 rosalita: Julia, funny story! Well, Meg got me with The Poisonous Seed by Linda Stratman. I've ordered the first in the series - the one I named, but it is out of stock. Might have to get out my Kindle to read it, if it comes to that!

>93 jnwelch: Ah, Joe, you are the one that loves the in Death Series. Hi Joe!

As it is, I am in the midst of reading a series, a trilogy, The Mammy, The Chisellers and The Granny by Brendan O'Carroll. And it turns out there is a fourth book - Young Wan which I have ordered from amazon . :) Lori, lkernagh is responsible for those book bullets!

I''l write a bit about the first two in the series, when I get a chance. All are fabulous reads! I can't put down the series, it seems! Fortuantely each book is about 180 pages or so, so they are fairly quick reads.

See you later, once I am " recovered " from my dentist visit. :)

nov. 17, 2015, 3:47pm

>94 vancouverdeb: I think Mamie and Caro are fans of the in Death series, too, Deb.

nov. 17, 2015, 4:11pm

>95 jnwelch: Also Katie, if I'm not mistaken. Your numbers are legion! I really need to check them out sometime.

Editat: nov. 17, 2015, 4:22pm

>96 rosalita: They're addictive, Julia. It's been great reading through the series, and I jump right on every new one now.

P.S. Naked in Death is the first one. This is one series where there are character developments, and it's worth going in order.

nov. 17, 2015, 8:45pm

Deb, sounds like you've got another good series on the go, compliments of Lori : ). The bullets just keep flying, don't they!

nov. 18, 2015, 12:07am

Hmmm, not that I need another series to work my way through but I'm thinking about checking out Naked in Death from the library. "Addictive" is a tempting recommendation.

Hi Deb!

nov. 18, 2015, 1:19pm

Oh boy another bb of Brendan O'Carroll. Now on my "later shelf" at the library. Thanks!

nov. 18, 2015, 4:24pm

>95 jnwelch:
>96 rosalita: Joe and Julia, the pressures on for a series start! You two are relentless! :)
>97 jnwelch:

>98 lit_chick: Nancy, Yes indeed, I'm on the third book in the trilogy that turns out to have a prequel. I just can't put them down. Eventually I make a few comments. I'm at least half way through The Granny and Young Wan arrived yesterday via amazon. Excellent reads!

>99 EBT1002: So it's Naked in Death for you, is it Ellen! :) I got my husband the first in an Australian Crime series that I thought he might like, Suspect Michael Robotham and I think that might be my next series.

>100 mdoris: Yes, Mary and there are four of them in the " series." I've so enjoyed the Brendan O'Carroll series and still have 1 1/2 books to go. They are are fabulous slice of life of the Browne family who live in the the tenements of Dublin. There is tragedy but just as much fun. They are additive!

nov. 18, 2015, 4:27pm

Hi Deb, hope you didn't get too wet when you took Poppy for a walk, we have still got rain and high winds but it is expected to get colder for the weekend. Hope you are having a good day my dear, sending love and hugs.

nov. 18, 2015, 4:28pm

Relentless? I prefer to think of us as charmingly persuasive. :-)

nov. 18, 2015, 7:47pm

>102 johnsimpson: It was quite nice today, thanks John. It was little windy and rainy the other day, but it was a good chance to try out my gortex ( rainproof ) jacket and it did very well! Today was a fairly clear so I could see the snow capped mountains in the distance and the pinks and blues in the sky. Quite a lovely day!

>103 jnwelch: LOL! Exactly Joe, charmingly persuasive , kind of like me :)

nov. 19, 2015, 7:55am

Morning Deb! Sweet Thursday! Still working on Seven Killings. It is a Big Boy, but I am enjoying it immensely. I do not think this is your cuppa, but I have been wrong before.

nov. 19, 2015, 11:27am

>101 vancouverdeb: Hey now, don't lump me in there! I haven't even read the dang things. It's all Joe. And Mamie. And Caro. And Katie.

nov. 19, 2015, 12:15pm

>106 rosalita: If we can just add you and Deb, that's going to be one heck of a charmingly persuasive group. :-)

nov. 19, 2015, 7:36pm

>106 rosalita: Sweet Thursday indeed! Today the dog walker comes to take Poppy out for her afternoon walk, for socialization purposes, so it's a nice lazy day for me! :) Seven Killings, I think you are correct, not my sort of book. I did see a pile of them in the bookstore a week ago, but not my cuppa. Enjoy!

>106 rosalita: LOL Julia! Yes, it's everyone else! ;) By the way, last week when I was walking Poppy, there are " dog friendly " stores and I went into one and tried out a fountain pen and thought of you. I did not purchase it, but I get a couple of Pitt Art pens that are water proof for addressing Christmas Card.

>107 jnwelch: Joe, it would seem that many of us on LT are charmingly persuasive. The book bullets that make their rounds on LT are evidence of that! :-)

Editat: nov. 19, 2015, 7:51pm

The Mammy is the first in a trilogy of an Irish family , living in Dublin in the late 1950's and early 1960's. Agnes Browne is the Mammy of 7 children, aged 14 to 3 years old. They are all part of of very working class family, living in the tenements. At the start of the story, Agnes is very recent widow, at the age of 34. The Mammy is by turns very touching and humorous as we get to know Agnes and her 7 children and those around them. A wonderful Irish tale, which I'd recommend to most anyone. 4 Stars and a big thanks to Lori for the book bullet.

Editat: nov. 20, 2015, 7:42am

I could not resist reading further into the trilogy and read The Chisellers, also by Brendan O'Carroll. The nickname for kids in working class Dublin is "The Chiseller's " and Agnes has seven of them. Conscientious Mark, the eldest, Francis, twins Simon and Dermot. Dermot is a bit of a rebellious challenge of a son. Next comes Rory, Cathy, the only daughter among st the seven children, and the much younger Trevor, who seems to be a bit slow. The family prepares to be relocated from The Jarro, a working class neighbourhood in Dublin , to a slightly further out inner city re renewal plan . Agnes is a hard worker and fair mom to all of her clan, but even she cannot save some of her more challenging chiselers or teens and children from their own heart breaking choices. A heart breaking but also humourous tale. 4 stars.

nov. 19, 2015, 8:15pm

And yes I read the third in the trilogy, The Granny by Brendan O'Carroll. I could not gulp the stories down fast enough. With regards to one of the books, a reviewer describes the stories as " like Frank McCourt on prozac." I have read Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt and though there is heartbreak in Brendan O"Carroll wonderful Irish slice of life, it is tempered with humour. Perhaps The Mammy was the most moving of all three of the stories, though I recommend you read them in order to properly understand each book. Agnes becomes a " granny", has a French suitor, her daughter is in a unhappy marriage, a son is in prison and another has found his way to success. A racous , loving , heartbreaking read.

4 stars

And it turns out there is a prequel, Young Wan, which I will read in a week or two. Each book is about 180 pages, so they are quick and wonderful reads. Highly recommended!

nov. 19, 2015, 10:00pm

Hi, Deb! I think you missed me up there, Tonto but that is okay. You are still my pal.

nov. 19, 2015, 11:07pm

Dear Lone Ranger, I did not actually forget you, my friend, but I put the > to the wrong person. Check at #108 where I said to " Rosalita" ,Sweet Thursday indeed! Today the dog walker comes to take Poppy out for her afternoon walk, for socialization purposes, so it's a nice lazy day for me! :) Seven Killings, I think you are correct, not my sort of book. I did see a pile of them in the bookstore a week ago, but not my cuppa. Enjoy!

My bad, Lone Ranger, Marky Mark! Sorry about that !

nov. 20, 2015, 12:39am

>92 rosalita: Glad to oblige, Julia. I think I got Deb with some of those too *grins*.

Editat: nov. 20, 2015, 12:42am

>114 Familyhistorian: Just posted on your thread! Sorry to hear that your power was out , but glad it is restored, Meg.

nov. 20, 2015, 12:44am

>94 vancouverdeb: >95 jnwelch: I always need to have an In Death book on the shelf waiting to be read for my library to feel right. Once the next one is out in paperback I pick it up and then read the one I have waiting at home. Yep, very fond of that series.

Editat: nov. 23, 2015, 8:34pm

Currently reading The Suspect by Michael Robotham. Total departure from my usual reading. I had read about the author in a the "crime books " section of my newspaper and thought that he would enjoy it and perhaps I would too. So now that Dave has read the book , I am doing the same.

Editat: nov. 20, 2015, 12:49am

>116 Familyhistorian: For me, I need to have a Jacqueline Winspear on hand, in case I need a fix of historical mystery with the lovely Maisie Dobbs. :)

nov. 20, 2015, 12:50am

>115 vancouverdeb: I was one of the lucky ones. At least the power came on in time to make a late supper. One of the ladies I work with said that her's came on at 2:00 am and set off the house alarm! I guess you were even luckier as it sounds like you didn't lose power at all.

nov. 20, 2015, 12:52am

>118 vancouverdeb: I read quite far in the Jacqueline Winspear books but then stopped. I really need to get back to that series because I think there are about 4 Maisie Dobbs books on my shelves just waiting for me.

nov. 20, 2015, 7:15am

Good morning Deb from a rainy Walton.

nov. 20, 2015, 7:20am

Morning, Deb! Glad you didn't miss me, my friend. The Lone Ranger is quite pleased. Have a great weekend.

nov. 20, 2015, 9:12am

nov. 20, 2015, 9:30am

Stopping by to get caught up and happy to see the Brendan O'Carroll books were also a hit with you! Did you know O'Carroll has written another book? The UK title is Sparrow's Trap but the Canadian title appears to be The Scrapper. It is not part of the Agnes Browne books but still has the poorer area of Dublin as the backdrop.

Happy Friday, Deb!

nov. 20, 2015, 12:15pm

Oh my goodness, Deb. Opened LT to browse over breakfast as is my habit, and here were 18 new posts! You've killed me three times with book bullets on the Brendan O'Carroll trilogy! These look exactly like my cuppa!

nov. 20, 2015, 4:38pm

>119 Familyhistorian: Megan, no , we did not loose power at all this time round. I am not aware of anyone near me that lost power. I think was places closer to the mountains that lost power this time round ( though I may be wrong ) . Our windstorm was quite brief - maybe 1 hour or so. I was at the dentist for most of it, so I missed out on it entirely :)

>120 Familyhistorian: I've read the first three Masie Dobbs this year, and I have at one waiting, but I thought I should vary my reading a little bit:) Get cracking on the Jaqueline Winspear's Megan!:-)

>121 johnsimpson: Good afternoon from Very sunny Vancouver , John! A beautiful day, if a little cooler than usual. That is our choice - warmer and rainy or sunny and cooler. I'll take sunny and 6 C / 46 F over 52 F and rain any day!

>122 msf59: Afternoon Mark, how is A Brief History of Seven Killings going? Finished that chunkster already?

>123 jnwelch: Indeed Joe! :)

>124 lkernagh: Yes indeed, Lori, that Brendan O'Carroll books have been a huge hit with me. I have loved them! And yes, I am aware that he has written the other book that you mentioned and I've already got The Young Wan waiting in the wings . Such an excellent writer. I wonder how much of his books are kind of autobiographical?

>125 lit_chick: Love the graphics, Nancy! I think that yes, they would be your cuppa! I loved them!

nov. 20, 2015, 4:39pm

>126 vancouverdeb:, I would take sunny and cooler than warm and rain but currently we have rain and cooler.

nov. 20, 2015, 11:48pm

.>127 johnsimpson: Bad luck, John! Cooler and rain. Well, curl up in nice chair with a pot of tea and watch a good tv show, or else read a nice cozy book!

Editat: nov. 21, 2015, 8:56am

Good luck for me today on the 2 nd hand book shop front. Found a copy of Sparrow's Trap by Brendan O'Carroll. Enjoying my fun thriller/ mystery read of The Suspect by Michael Robotham. My copy of the DVD Masterpiece Mystery: Grantchester was waiting at the library, so I am going to go and have a lovely evening watching TV.

nov. 21, 2015, 8:20am

Hi Deb, I finally find time to do some weekend greetings. Wishing you a most lovely weekend.

nov. 21, 2015, 12:19pm

Hi Deb, nice find at the used book shop! Yay!

nov. 21, 2015, 4:46pm

Glad to see you found a good book at the bookshop. I've had lovely clear weather since I complained about it: hope yours is OK.

nov. 22, 2015, 3:09pm

Oh, I can't keep track of all the comments here, Deborah. I love the covers for the Irish-trilogy. Sounds like some great reads.

Denmark is covered in snow and it's quite cold here.

nov. 22, 2015, 7:23pm

>130 Ameise1: Thank you Barbara, lovely image for the greetings - and a lovely weekend to you too!

>131 lit_chick: I was rather delighted by my find at the used bookstore too, Nancy. I did not expect to find any thing by Brendan O'Carroll. There are two used book store fairly close to me and I've found that one has a proprietor who is really top of things as far was what she has in stock - and will even stay late, because a customer is searching for a book. She is a big reader herself. What a find!

>132 charl08: Charlotte, it's not that often that I find exactly what I am looking for at a used bookshop, so this was quite a great day! We had clear weather yesterday , but apparently " arctic outflow" weather is on it's way. This might mean some snow , or I might have to dig out my gloves! sighs to self.

>133 ctpress: I've been thinking of you, Carsten! Brrr - sounds cold! I'm not a snow girl! I'll take the rain and the " gloom" :) Yes Carsten, the Irish Trilogy ( turns out to be 4 books ) is wonderful!

nov. 23, 2015, 4:26am

Morning greetings Deb from Walton.

nov. 23, 2015, 3:17pm

>108 vancouverdeb: last week when I was walking Poppy, there are " dog friendly " stores and I went into one and tried out a fountain pen and thought of you.

Thank goodness there aren't any stores around these parts that sell fountain pens (not that I know of, anyway) or I would be in real trouble! Though the dog-friendly part sounds lovely. Maybe I could distract myself from the pens by petting everyone's pup. :-)

nov. 23, 2015, 5:02pm

>135 johnsimpson: Good afternoon, John, from Vancouver B.C. - and a rainy cold day it is!

>136 rosalita: Oh yes, I have discovered a store that sells fountain pens, all sorts of fancy pens, as well as teas etc. In the summer it is a big of a tourist mecca, but it is also where I usually walk the dog. It amazes me how many stores in the area are dog friendly. Not all of them of course, and if my dogs was a big 100 lb dog that swung it's tail around, that might be a problem, but at 12. 5 lbs, she doesn't do much damage * knocks on wood*.

Editat: nov. 23, 2015, 8:39pm

The Suspect by Michael Robotham. I read a very good review of one of Michael Robotham latest books, Life or Death, in my local newspaper , and it just won the CWA Gold Dagger Award for 2015. I got Life or Death out of the library to see if my husband would enjoy the book, and yes he did. Life or Death is a stand alone and was reviewed as a new fabulous author out of Australia. Indeed, my husband very much enjoyed the book.

I like the sounds of the series so much that I had to get the Suspect by the same author for my husband. And he enjoyed The Suspect. I decided that I would read it too.

Suspect is the first in a series of psychological suspense mysteries featuring psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and DI Ruiz. Joe O' Loughlin has a good career as a clinical psychologist, a lovely wife and a child. However, his world is turned on it's side when he discovers that he has Parkinson's disease. Joe has and has had some challenging patients. When the body of a young woman is found with multiple stab wounds, the police consult with Joe O'Loughlin. As it turns out, the dead woman in question is a former patient of Joe's. DI Ruiz is a hard headed Detective and Joe quickly becomes a suspect in the murder. From there, many other characters are introduced and Joe is caught up in in the young woman's death.

Over all, a very good read, and a suspenseful one. For the most part, very good characterization. At times, the plot got perhaps over convoluted . I could not stop turning the pages towards the end. This is Micheal Robotham's debut novel, and I am eager to read more in the series.

3.9 stars, rounded up to 4 stars.

nov. 24, 2015, 1:08am

Hi Deb, I only read Shatter which is the third of the serie. It's five years ago but I remember that I liked it.

Editat: nov. 24, 2015, 1:38am

>139 Ameise1: What a good memory you have, Barbara! I think I have ordered Shatter for my husband, which I will likely read too! :) I already have Lost, the second in the series, waiting for my husband to read - but you never know - perhaps I shall hide it and read it myself, first ! :)

nov. 24, 2015, 7:17am

Morning Deb! Good review of "The Suspect". I have not heard of this author. Glad you liked it and I am glad you found another author your husband likes.

nov. 24, 2015, 10:40am

Deb, you are on a roll with discovering wonderful new mysteries! The Suspect sounds like a keeper, too!
Love the dog-friendly stores : ).

nov. 24, 2015, 10:48am

>137 vancouverdeb: Oh good heavens! A store that sells fountain pens AND tea — definitely a threat to my financial well-being. I may have to come visit you just to test my willpower. And to meet Poppy. And to meet you, of course.

nov. 24, 2015, 3:33pm

Think I need to come over to Vancouver to visit the shop that sells Fountain pens and serves tea, two of my favourite things.

nov. 24, 2015, 4:20pm

>141 msf59: Mark, I'm happy to have found a series of books that both my husband and I can enjoy. Saves money too! :)

>142 lit_chick: Well, Nancy, I'm not sure I need to find any more series, but this one worked out in that both Dave and I enjoy the series. We can actually discuss a book together. LOL! And of course we do. " Why did Joe not tell the police?" " Why would he have? I wouldn't have" etc. It is lots of fun :)

>143 rosalita: Julia, yes , the store does sell both. And other bits and bobs, but mainly those two things. Come along any time! The tea is pricey, I have to warn you!

>144 johnsimpson: Come along to Vancouver, John. Only thing is that the shop only sells Fountain Pens and tea - it does not actually serve tea. But down the road is a store that sells second hand books and also serves soup, sandwiches and sweet things, as well as tea and coffee.

Editat: nov. 26, 2015, 7:28pm

Currently reading Sky Bridge by Laura Pritchett on my kindle. I have had in mind for a couple of years, but could not find it at my library, nor in book format, so it is a kindle book for me. Apparently the author writes perhaps in a similar fashion to Kent Haruf, small towns, poverty, not wordy. I am about 40% of the way through the book.

Laura Pritchett also wrote Hell's Bottom , which I think more people on LT are familiar with . Have not read that as yet.

nov. 24, 2015, 4:48pm

>145 vancouverdeb:, Hi Deb I will have to purchase pens and tea and then move to the bookshop and buy books and a nice pot of tea, what a good morning or afternoon that would be.

nov. 24, 2015, 11:05pm

>147 johnsimpson: It is a nice little area, John , with all sorts of things to do. In good weather , a person could make a day of it.

Editat: nov. 26, 2015, 7:29pm

Sky Bridge is a novel by Laura Pritchett. It's a book I've been meaning to read for a year or so. I was only able to get it on my kindle, as there were no paper copies available in Canada, that I could find on amazon or in my library.

Sky Bridge is set in a small, impoverished rural town in Colorado. Libby and Tess are sisters, who live with an angry, alcoholic mom, Kay. Tess, the younger sister, finds herself pregnant just as she is ready to leave highschool. Libby, the elder sister, convinces Tess not to have an abortion and promises to take care of the baby after she is born. The day young Amber is born, birthmother Tess leaves town and Libby is left to raise baby Amber. Libby works part time in a supermarket and helps her mom , Kay , as a farm hand. At the age of 20 or so, Libby finds herself raising the young baby of her sister, while still living with her angry and often abusive mother , Kay.

It's a heartbreaking story of poverty and abuse, yet the author still is able to convey some hope and love .

The story is spare and reminds of the sort of writing that Kent Haruf was able to do so well. This is Laura Pritchett's debut novel and I think she deserves to be more widely read. I know I'll be reading more by Laura Pritchett.

4 stars.

Editat: nov. 29, 2015, 12:34am

As promised in my review above, I am reading another book by Laura Pritchett, Red Lightning. I was unaware that Laura Pritchett had written a book that can be read as a stand alone novel, but also carries on the story in Sky Bridge. As Red Lightning begins, about 10 years have elapsed since the end of Sky Bridge.

Very promising so far.

nov. 26, 2015, 9:57pm

Great reviews Deborah of the Colorado writer.

Editat: nov. 27, 2015, 12:23am

>151 mdoris: Thanks, Mary. I think Laura Pritchett is a very good author. I'll be seeking out a couple of her other books, Hell's Bottom and her new book, Stars Go Blue in the future.

nov. 27, 2015, 1:10am

You got me with your review of Sky Bridge. :-)

Editat: nov. 27, 2015, 2:21am

>149 vancouverdeb: Sounds good Deb. Hope Red Lightning continuesto be a good read too.

nov. 27, 2015, 9:39am

Hi Deborah - It sounds like I have to add Pritchett to my list. I've heard so much good about her here on LT.

nov. 27, 2015, 10:43am

Deb, fabulous review of Sky Bridge. This is one I think is going to be exactly my cuppa. Your mention of Kent Haruf excites me! Thumb up, my friend! Can't wait to hear about Red Lightning.

nov. 27, 2015, 4:53pm

>153 EBT1002: Hope you enjoy Sky Bridge, Ellen, should be brave enough to take it on! :-)

>154 charl08: So far, and I am nearly finished, Red Lightning seems to be a good read, Charlotte, thanks!

>155 BLBera: Yes, Beth, I noticed that Joanne aka Coppers and Donna seem to have enjoyed Laura Pritchett. I plan to read more of her books in the future.

>156 lit_chick: I think you would enjoy Sky Bridge, Nancy. It has the same sort of spare prose and tough times happening, but don't get too excited about it, feeling to it as Kent Haruf. Red Lightening has a bit of a different feel to it - so we'll see about that one.

Brrr it is cold here today! Off to walk the dog.

nov. 27, 2015, 5:23pm

Wow--great reading here! You were very persuasive about Brendan o'Carroll --I have The Mammy on my wishlist now!

nov. 27, 2015, 8:03pm

I've seen so many great reviews of Hell's Bottom and Pritchett's other books, Deborah. I really must try to find a copy someday.

nov. 28, 2015, 1:25am

I really enjoyed Hell's Bottom, Colorado and agree that her writing is reminiscent of Haruf's.

nov. 28, 2015, 10:56am

>158 banjo123: Rhonda, I really have had a good month of reading this November. Enjoy The Mammy!

>159 rosalita: Julia, all of those great reviews of Hell's Bottom got to me too, and so finally I read Sky Bridge, which I had in my mind's TBR list :)

>160 EBT1002: I'm looking forward to Hell's Bottom but since I have read both Sky Bridge and Red Lightning by Laura Pritchett I'm going to wait a month or so until I read more by Laura Pritchett, though you never know

I have a few books in mind for December , The Children Act by Ian McEwan, a new book out by a Canadian writer from India, The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda and Karin Fossum has a new book out, The Drowned Boy. But that bit of planning is subject to change.

nov. 28, 2015, 11:12am

Happy Saturday, Deb. Good review of Sky Bridge. I really liked Hell's Bottom, so I want to try this one too.

I really liked The Children's Act, so I hope you get to it.

Enjoy your weekend, Tonto.

nov. 28, 2015, 2:36pm

Another fan of The Children Act here Deb. I've just picked up one of his earlier books and (to me) it feels like a different writer. I thought he was so restrained in TCA, Atonement and On Chesil Beach, and then I picked up this short story collection and in the very first one a guy has some very violent revenge promised by former girlfriends. Yikes!

nov. 29, 2015, 12:03am

>162 msf59: Happy weekend, Mark, even if you have been hauling mail! Yes, I have started into The Children Act.

>163 charl08: Charlotte, I confess that I was not impressed by Atonement by Ian McEwan as it seems to me that book all hinged around sex. The Children Act seems a lot more promising then Atonement but of course, since Ian McEwan is himself, the first bit of the book is about the unhappy old husband not getting enough sex from his wife. Harumph! But the story does seem to be promising.

Editat: nov. 29, 2015, 10:09am

Red Lightning by Laura Pritchett is my latest read. Red Lightning is billed as being both a stand alone story as well as somewhat of a sequel to Sky Bridge. My impression is that Red Lightning would be a somewhat confusing and less meaningful read if you had not read Sky Bridge. Tess returns to the small town in Colorado, where the child she abandoned at birth lives with Tess's sister, Libby. Tess has been running illegal immigrants and drugs at the US/Mexican border for the past 10 years. By the time she returns home to her sister and her birth child, Tess is coming apart physically and mentally from the life that she has led. She is being pursued by the law, and migrant / drug run gone wrong. Tess must face her sister, her birth child and her dying mother and past life , as well as what is happening in her current life.

Perhaps because Tess is mentally fragile, the story is at times a bit dream like and does not have the same tone as Sky Bridge. That may have been to serve a purpose, but I did not enjoy style of writing as much.

Still, well worth the read as a follow up to Sky Bridge.

3. 7 stars

Editat: des. 3, 2015, 12:25am

Currently reading The Children Act by Ian McEwan.

nov. 29, 2015, 7:32am

>164 vancouverdeb: That's a really great demo of how people can read the same book and take something completely different from it. I did think the husband was an idiot but the court cases were the focus for me. I think I cared about the characters in all the other books whereas the ones in these short stories are (so far) pretty hideous.

Editat: nov. 29, 2015, 9:32am

>168 vancouverdeb: Charlotte, hang on! :) I'm just in the first 60 or so pages of The Children Act, and seems promising so far. This story so far , as you say, ismore about the court cases. But, my impression of Ian McEwan is that a lot of his books involve sex at the core. At least that was my impression of Atonement. So when I began The Children Act and first off, the husband is leaving his wife because they have not had sex for 6 weeks, I thought to myself - yes, that is Ian McEwan.

nov. 29, 2015, 9:48am

Wow! You are knocking out the Pritchett books! You go, Tonto!!

I NEED to read more McEwan. I have only read 2. Bad Lone Ranger!

nov. 29, 2015, 12:38pm

Deb, you continue to hit it out of the park, my friend, with your great books and reviews! Thumb up for Red Lightning. Like Marky-Mark, I'm another Bad Lone Ranger (LOL!), who has read very little McEwan.

nov. 29, 2015, 6:24pm

>169 msf59: No worries, Lone Ranger! This is only my second Ian McEwan. Good Lone Ranger! :)

>170 lit_chick: Well, you are very kind. I'm not sure that I'm hitting it out of the park, maybe churning it out. I have had a good month, reading , this November. Part of it is that the books I've read this month are mainly relatively short compared to my usual books. The two by Laura Pritchett and the three by Brendan O'Carroll where between 192 pages and 220 pages each. That makes for a pretty quick read , compared to my usual ? 350 - 450 page reads.

I'm glad I'm not an outlier with my lack of Ian McEwan reading. I do think The Children Act seems very promising though.

Editat: nov. 30, 2015, 1:10pm

Reminds me of Kent Haruf. Well, you got my attention too, Deborah. Always on the lookout for something like that. Great reviews of the two novels. Right now my reading are at a minimum. But I have an audiobook on my walks at the moment - listening to Emily of New Moon and are enjoying her wonderful outlook on life. Ah, we have grown too old, I think. (not you, of course, metaphorically, I mean).

Editat: nov. 30, 2015, 3:53pm

A Carsten sighting!! So exciting! Great to see you, Carsten. Yes, Sky Bridge definitely reminded me of Kent Haruf. Enjoy Emily of the New Moon. I loved every book that she wrote and read them all in my teens/ late teens. Well, I'm definitely older than Emily of the New Moon and more than metaphorically, Carsten! Enjoy your chilly walks with your audio book. My walks are always with Poppy and she and I chat together. Plus I am not quite bright enough to really figure out how to download audio books without my son to help me and now he is married and I can't call him for help so easily! :)

Editat: des. 3, 2015, 7:56am

The Children Act by Ian McEwan I am afraid that I am not a big fan of Ian McEwan. I read Atonement and thought it was thoroughly over done. I found The Children Act at the library and thought I'd give his works another try. Initially the book was promising. Fiona Maye, a renowned High Court judge is called in urgently to try a case. Seventeen year old Adam Henry has leukemia and without a blood transfusion, may face imminent death . He and his family are Jehovah's Witness and object on religious grounds to blood transfusions. Meanwhile Fiona Maye is struggling in her marriage, because her husband is ready to have an affair, after being without sex for 6 weeks. I had hoped to gain some insight as to how Faye would arrive at her judgement as to whether the young man should or should not receive transfusions. I suppose I did gain insight into that, but I would have preferred to know more about Adam Henry. Overall , a pretentious, smug bit of writing, but bearable. I did not feel that the characters were well developed .

3. 5 stars. It was okay.

Editat: des. 3, 2015, 12:27am

And now onto one of my favourite Scandi Crime Writers, Karin Fossum. I am just beginning The Drowned Boy. Cross your fingers for me!

des. 3, 2015, 1:14pm

Thanks for reading The Children Act for me, Deb. Don't think I'll rush to pick this one up. Karin Fossum, on the other hand, I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy this one! Btw, I really like that cover of The Drowned Boy.

des. 3, 2015, 3:18pm

>175 vancouverdeb: No problem, Nancy! Happy to read The Children Act for you. If you are looking to read a bit of Ian McEwan, The Children Act would be the one, as far as I am concerned. I'd read Atonement by him and really did not enjoy the tiniest bit. This was the better of the two and tolerable. I think Ian McEwan is just not my cup of tea. Not that 67 or 70 is such an old age for a man, but Ian McEwan strikes me as some old guy that got stuck in the late 1950's or early 1960's and his real focus ( though he might try to hide it ) is on sex and class distinction in the UK. Much of the The Children Act describes the rarefied life and homes that judges occupy. But it is blessedly short and somewhat interesting.

I'm not far into The Drowned Boy but I agree, the cover is kind of cool - looks a bit like where I walk Poppy these rainy overcast days. I'm quite sure I'm going to enjoy it.

Editat: des. 4, 2015, 11:47pm

Had kind of a fun walk by myself after dark along the river. What was unusual is that I heard a bunch of coyotes howling , over on Shady Island, or perhaps across the river . I bit of spooky fun, not that I would like to run into a coyote.

Had a good day at the second hand bookstore

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle Booker Prize, thought I'd try something by the author.
I am Hutterite byMary-Ann Kirkby Canadian, looked interesting.
Restless by William Boyd since everyone seems to be reading William Boyd for the BAC.
Notwithstanding by Louis de Bernieres because it looked interesting.
Poor Cow by Nell Dunn we will see about that one
The Warden by Anthony Trollope because you never know and I know Nancy likes the series.
Wrong Girl by David Hewson because why try to resist what might be a good new mystery series.

And The Poisonous Seed by Linda Stratman arrived from amazon today. It's a new to me Victorian England series.

But really I should be addressing Christmas cards.

des. 5, 2015, 12:14am

>178 vancouverdeb: Looks like some interesting ones in that book haul, Deb. Hope you like The Poisonous Seed. I really enjoy that series.

We hear howling coyotes here all the time. They live in the park area beside the Coquitlam River which is just across the street from me. The train whistles set off a howling chorus many nights. I wouldn't want to be homeless and living in the river park when that happens!

Editat: des. 5, 2015, 4:11am

>179 Familyhistorian: I had fun in the second hand bookstore, Meg, and I hope to enjoy all of the books in due time, but I'm quite excited about The Poisonous Seed. Such a fun cover and title!

Wow! Howling coyotes all the time and train whistles! I guess it is all you get used too. Around my area we have raccoon and skunks, though less so in the winter. My husband tells me it is not infrequent that he hears coyotes in the Steveston are along the waterfront at night , when walking the dog. For me , it was a new experience. We have a dog -walker once a week and she tells me that over by the North Arm of the Fraser, by the airport, that right now the area for off leash dogs in full of coyotes, even on the roads, so she and other dog walkers are avoiding the are.

des. 5, 2015, 6:57am

Happy Saturday, Deb! How is my favorite Icelander? Nice book haul: I also have Restless on shelf and I really liked The Warden, but have not started the rest of the series.

I am loving my current read A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories. This might be a collection that could ring your bells.

des. 5, 2015, 7:43am

Wishing you a lovely weekend, Deb.

des. 5, 2015, 7:45am

>178 vancouverdeb: Gosh, coyotes sound like the stuff of wilderness-set fiction to me. I guess your pup is used to it?

A really interesting range of books you've got there. Hope they're good reading after the pain of McEwan.

des. 5, 2015, 12:11pm

Deb, you did indeed have a great afternoon at the second hand book store! Well done : ).

des. 5, 2015, 7:50pm

>181 msf59: I am not bad, Lone Ranger, but it is really raining cats and dogs today! A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories. Everyone on LT seems to reading that book. I might just look into reading that one. Are you suggesting that I need to do more cleaning around the house :-) Where is the Cleaning Manual For Men.

>182 Ameise1: A lovely picture , Barbara! Thanks for that!Such a nice bright image on a very dark, grey day here.

>183 charl08: Coyotes are common in suburban areas, and even urban areas, because we have a lot of park land and " agricultural reserve land" in the city. They are not so common that I would expect to see one in my neighbourhood, but they are sometimes around less populated areas along the river, or close to the mountains - or close to large field areas. I was actually on my own last night, otherwise I likely would have turned around because my pup might have attracted the coyotes and I don't want and encounter with howling coyotes. Though I was walking on the river front , all around me are 4 story condo building and townhomes, but also a lot of fields etc.

>184 lit_chick: It seems when ever I am in the area of the second hand bookstores -two of them within a block, I have Poppy with me and she is not welcome in second hand book stores. She'd probably bark at everyone in the store and chew up the books. I had to take advantage of my time in the bookstore.

I hope I enjoy some of the books that I purchased too! I always feel pretty easy going about what I purchase at the secondhand bookstore. Not too much money is dropped.

Editat: des. 5, 2015, 10:23pm

Karin Fossum does not disappoint in her latest in the Inspector Konrad Sejer/ Jacob Skarre series, The Drowned Boy. Karin Fossum is my absolute favourite " Scandi Crime" writer. She writes wonderful psychological suspense in which she draws the characters with great depth and compassion. A 16 month boy with Down Syndrome is found drowned in a pond close to the home of his parents. Parents Carmen and Nicolai are just 19 and 20 respectively. Did little Tommy toddle off unnoticed and drown in the pond, or is something more unsettling afoot? When Inspector Jacob Skarre attends the drowning, he has a policeman's instinct that something seems off with the parents. karin Fossum allows us to get to know the characters well and slowly unspools this disturbing mystery.

4 stars

des. 5, 2015, 9:26pm

Woot! Sounds excellent, my friend. I knew Fossum would not disappoint. Thumb-up!

des. 5, 2015, 10:25pm

>187 lit_chick: Thanks Nancy. It was an excellent read! Well done and so fascinating! I'm sure you will enjoy when you get the time. I only had to wait two weeks for it at my library - I was onto that book fast with the hold . So worth the read!

des. 6, 2015, 3:12am

>180 vancouverdeb: We have had coyotes and racoons in this area for years now, Deb. I don't mind them as much as the bears. I don't use the trails in the park at certain times of the year because I don't want to run into a bear and when I walk home late in the evening I hope that I won't come across a bear dumpster diving in my parking lot!

Editat: des. 6, 2015, 9:23am

"Where is the Cleaning Manual For Men?" That is the sequel. I heard it is not very good. Grins...

I saw that you have a friend named Jim Flack, (on FB). Funny, I had a favorite Uncle by that name and a favorite cousin that was named after him, (he lives in Oregon). Interesting world...

des. 6, 2015, 9:36am

>178 vancouverdeb: Decent haul, Deb. Roddy Doyle is very engaging and has an inimitable style of writing dialogue.

>186 vancouverdeb: All time favourite Scandi? That is a toughie - probably Henning Mankell because he got me into Scandi in the first place; Adler-Olsen for Denmark; Jo Nesbo for Norway and Arnaldur Indridason for Iceland.

I have read most of the Inspector Sejer books but I haven't got hold of this one yet. You're right, she always delivers.

Have a lovely Sunday.

des. 6, 2015, 10:51am

After the somewhat disappointing McEwan-novel it's good that you could count on Fossum to deliver. I actually began on a Fossum-novel about two months ago, but then my reading went haywire. Maybe I'll pick it up again. It was a little untidy to leave just as a body was discovered in the water.

Ah, The Warden - my first introduction to the world of Barchester and the world of Trollope. A short, but good opening to the series.

Editat: des. 6, 2015, 7:58pm

>189 Familyhistorian: Meg, I always picture your area as closer to the mountains and a little more " wilderness" around you than where I am. Bears would scare me a lot ! In my everyday walking I would not expect to come across a coyote and not a bear ever. There are certainly trails around here to that I would use after dark,but the area I use is pretty well populated.

>190 msf59: Yes, that friend on facebook is friend of Dave's from High School. I thought the last name "Flack" was kind of different when I met him. Dave ( my husband) doesn't do facebook so I keep in touch with some his old high school friends via facebook. Of course they have all sorts of crazy memories of their youth together. Probably best I did not meet my husband until he was 25. LOL.

>191 PaulCranswick: It is difficult to pick a favourite Scandi Crime writer, Paul, I agree. I think for me, Karin Fossum is a very consistently wonderful writer that always gets into the pysches of the characters. I started with Henning Mankell, and like him too, as well as Arnaldur Indridason. I've not read Jo Nesbo.

>192 ctpress: Great to see you Carsten. I understand when reading goes haywire! I think mine was that way around the wedding of my son. Pick up The Drowned Boy , indeed , a little untidy of you to live the poor child in the water! :) We are fortunate that you are a news guy and not a cop!

Editat: des. 10, 2015, 7:32pm

Currently reading The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda. A trip to to India with a born in Canada author who's parents immigrated to Canada. Got to support the Can Lit authors. I enjoyed her first book, The Secret Daughter and this one is good so far.

des. 6, 2015, 9:55pm

Howdy, Deb! Like I mentioned over on my thread: My father's only sister, (my Aunt, who I adore) married into the Flack family. They were based, mainly in Iowa and Illinois. Good people.

des. 6, 2015, 11:01pm

>195 msf59: Well, as far as I know, Jim Flack had two lovely parents who I met prior to them passing away. Jim is an only child, so I am not aware of any relatives and I know his family was " B.C. " based. Jim has stayed single.

des. 7, 2015, 10:46am

You're threatening my WL yet again, Deb, with The Golden Son. Stop it, LOL! I liked The Secret Daughter, too, so if this one holds up, I'll have to read it.

Editat: des. 8, 2015, 8:49am

>197 lit_chick: Nancy, I can assure that I am very much enjoying The Golden Son. Though it's not a mystery it is a page turner, it's that good!Sorry about the wish list threat, :-)

Editat: des. 9, 2015, 5:15pm

I liked Golden Son a lot, Deb. Looking forward to Morning Star coming out next February.

Editat: des. 8, 2015, 10:55am

Deborah, thanks for reminding me I need to get back to Karin Fossum. I hope our library has a better selection by now. I was reading them out of order and it bothered me. Though, now that I think of it, it might be a translation issue. I do enjoy the subtle mysteries and deep psychological probing of the characters.

des. 9, 2015, 9:37am

I feel like I ought to like Fossum, but tried to read the one about the death of a child and got put off. Seemed like I was watching plenty of tv dramas about this subject and it was a bit much. As you mention the series though I'm tempted again, after some more crime fiction.

I'm wondering if I might come across that Icelandic layer cake in a cafe somewhere to try. I'll look out for it.

des. 9, 2015, 4:50pm

>199 jnwelch: Joe, I think we may have our Golden Son mixed up :-) . The book I am mentioning is one about a fellow named Anil Patel who starts out his life in a small village in India.

>200 Donna828: I big on reading series in order, just got my mom organized with the Flavia de Luce series ( she was going to jump ahead! :) , but the Karin Fossum books don't alway need to be read strictly in order. I just love them. I do enjoy the subtle mysteries and deep psychological probing of the characters. Exactly , Donna! Great explanation for my love of the books!

>201 charl08: Charlotte, I think you would enjoy Karin Fossum, but if you find the death of a child off putting ( I'm okay sort of with it in fiction) perhaps the series is not for you. By no means do all of her books involve the death or disappearance of child, but when I think back, more than a couple do.As for the Vinatarta, do you have an Icelandic Centre, or Scandinavian Centre around about your area? Otherwise I suspect it will be unlikely that you will run across the cake. But you never know. Personally I have only run across it as home baked cooking , but in some provinces in Canada with a large component of Icelanders, you will find Icelandic Festivals that sell vinatarta. They are few and far between, I'm afraid.

des. 9, 2015, 4:51pm

Nice sunny day here, no rain and fairly warm too - off to walk the dog! :)

des. 9, 2015, 5:17pm

>202 vancouverdeb: Oops, yes, definitely, Deb. My fault. Someone else just mentioned this series (the Pierce Brown one), and I bloopered it. Screwed up the spelling and touchstones, too, which are now straightened out in >199 jnwelch:. I will put my head down on my desk now and stop bothering you. :-)

des. 9, 2015, 5:34pm

>204 jnwelch: Joe, you are so silly! :) I admit originally that I was mixed up by the Morning Star refereence :)

des. 9, 2015, 6:25pm

Yum, yum. I looked up recipes for vinatarta and it sure looks delicious! So...... layers of pastry with prune goop in between. Must try and make it some day!

des. 9, 2015, 9:57pm

As expected, I finished and adored Cleaning Women. Swoons...

Now, I just started Our Souls at Night. Swoons once again...

I know you were a big fan of that one and of Haruf in general. I MISS that man!

des. 10, 2015, 3:28pm

>206 mdoris: Vinatarta is really quite good , despite the prune " goop" middle, but it is a lot of work. In my family we have never used cardamon as a spice, always nutmeg I think. And my family does not make a round vinatarta ( that is to difficult! ) but we always make in rectangular Layers and then just trim off the edges that are not quite right. I actually have never seen a round vinatarta except online. And we have never iced the top! Such a travesty! I'm not keen on almond in the " short - bready layers. So I guess how one makes vinatarta varies from family to family , Mary. it is a lot of work !

>207 msf59: Well, Mark, you are doing a lot of swooning for a man in the 21st century, I must say! Ha! I have read Our Souls at Night as soon as they published it. Like you, I am really keen on Kent Haruf. Teasing me about the Cleaning Women are you? Because my library does have it! Dash it! Well, Sweet Thursday, Mark!

Editat: des. 10, 2015, 7:37pm

Anil Patel is the beloved eldest son in a family of five, living in a small rural town in India. As he matures, his father expects him to become a medical doctor and the leader and arbiter of disputes in the small town . Anil's father has been a leader in the community, though not a doctor. Anil gladly goes to college and chooses to finish his studying and training in a large hospital in Dallas, Texas. . Anil enjoys the freedom and opportunities of Texas, but also encounters cultural and racial challenges. He hopes to make a life in America, but when an error results in the death of a patient and racial issues destroy his relationship with his American girlfriend, Anil begins to question his choices.

The other main protagonist, Leena, remains in the same small village that Anil left. Leena dreams of a happy marriage similar to what her parents enjoy. In time a marriage is arranged for Leena, and she leaves to live in a distant village with her new husband. The marriage is not at all what Leena had hoped for.

Shilpi Somaya Gowda weaves two story arcs seamlessly. The reader is transported back from India to America many times. I found the story to be a page -turner, such was the suspense at times . At times the story is very disturbing , at other times somewhat humourous. The ending is quite unexpected. In summary, a most enjoyable read and well worth the time. Shilpi Somaya Gowda can tell a wonderful story, as she did in the very popular Secret Daughter. If you enjoyed Secret Daughter, you will also enjoy The Golden Son.

4 stars for The Golden Son

des. 11, 2015, 7:25am

"Because my library does have it!" Swooning continues...

des. 11, 2015, 12:26pm

Fabulous review of The Golden Son, Deb. Thumb-up!! Looking forward to this one.

des. 11, 2015, 12:34pm

>212 jnwelch: Ditto, Deb. Thumb from me.

des. 11, 2015, 4:23pm

Hi Deb, hope you have had a good week my dear, sending love and hugs.

des. 11, 2015, 5:23pm

>210 msf59: Oh you tease,Mark! Swoon away! LOL!

>211 lit_chick: Thanks Nancy. It really was an enjoyable read. I think you will enjoy it.

>212 jnwelch: Thanks Joe . Good to see that you have recovered from the 50 lashes with a book mar :)

>213 johnsimpson: Hi John! Have a good weekend . I hope the rain there has slowed down . Love and hugs to you and Karen.

des. 11, 2015, 6:58pm

I am waiting to find out the price of air tickets to take the family back to the UK over Christmas, although we can't take Yasmyne's boyfriend Saad, whose visa application has been sadly rejected in these times of mistrust.
I will then be able to literally join John in wishing you a wonderful weekend, Deb.

des. 11, 2015, 7:02pm

I only have 20 pages left in Our Souls at Night. I am really trying to stretch this out. What a perfect send-off!

des. 12, 2015, 2:47am

Back to India, again, Deborah :) Great review.

I found out that Secret Daughter and The Golden Boy has been translated to Danish - although the latest is due for a february release.

des. 12, 2015, 4:50am

>215 PaulCranswick: Lovely Paul, that you can and your family can go back to the UK over the Christmas holidays! I'm sorry to hear that Saad's visa request had been denied. It is difficult to understand. Simply a young man of the muslim faith and he is rejected on that basis! What a sad comment of these time in many countries. I shake my head. Please to deliver my personal good wishes to John and his family!

>216 msf59: Oh so sad, only 20 pages left left in Our Souls At Night. It really is lovely story. What next to read, Marky - Mark?

>217 ctpress: Carsten, yes I had a lovely warm side -trip to India :) That is great that Secret Daughter has been translated to Danish . I have read that it was an " international bestseller " and I guess it is true. Glad to hear that that Golden Son will soon be translated to Danish too. I'm quite sure you would enjoy both books.

des. 12, 2015, 5:27am

Wishing you a lovely weekend Deb. I will look out for The Golden Son (my library catalogue is down, so no reservations for me at the moment).

des. 12, 2015, 7:44am

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Deb.

des. 12, 2015, 11:44am

Happy Saturday, Deb. I am waiting on my ebook of World's Fair to arrive, so I think I will start The Grand Sophy. This will be my first Heyer. Have you read her?

des. 12, 2015, 5:21pm

>219 charl08: A lovely weekend to you too, Charlotte. Don't you dislike it when your library's hold/ reservation system goes down!

>220 Ameise1: So beautiful Barbara! Wishing you a happy weekend too!

>221 msf59: Happy Saturday Mark. I suspect I read a bit of Georgette Heyer in my teen / early twenties. Enjoy!

Editat: des. 20, 2015, 12:56am

Currently reading Restless by William Boyd.

des. 12, 2015, 8:56pm

>218 vancouverdeb: To be fair to the British Visa Section, Deb, the reason they gave was that they weren't satisfied that he was a genuine student at Heriot Watt and they weren't convinced he was coming back at the expiry of the holiday. Quite ludicrous really as he has a visa in his Egyptian passport providing him a student pass for Heriot-Watt university!

des. 13, 2015, 4:39am

>193 vancouverdeb: The area around here is pretty populated too, Deb. We didn't used to have bears in the area but as building has gone up the mountain the have had to come down in search of food.

Hope you got out to enjoy the good weather on Friday because Saturday's rain sure made up for it.

des. 13, 2015, 7:58am

Happy Sunday, Deb! I had Restless on my reading list for the BAC, but did not get to it. I have it on shelf and want to read it.

des. 13, 2015, 10:30pm

>224 PaulCranswick: I take it that Heriot -Watt is a university in Malaysia? Too bad that Saad cannot enjoy the holidays with you. I hope you enjoy your trip, even so.

>225 Familyhistorian: Yes I suppose it is mainly the surrounding mountains that bring the bears down. Thankfully we are quite far from the mountains, relatively speaking, so at least I don't have to worry about bears. Yes I did get out on Friday. You are right, yesterday was a day of wicked rain and wind .
We got out for birthday dinner in the evening and even that was braving the elements! :)

>226 msf59: Happy Sunday - for you, nearly Monday, Mark. Restless is proving to be a very interesting read! I think I picked the " right " William Boyd at the second hand bookstore! I think you will enjoy it!

des. 14, 2015, 12:58am

For a list, for fun here is CBC ( Canadian Broad Casting ) " Best Books of 2015" , both international and Canadian

des. 14, 2015, 1:02am

>227 vancouverdeb: I made the trek into Vancouver on Saturday, Deb. Very wet! I stopped off at the Chapters on Broadway and Granville. It was so busy that they had 4 or 5 people directing the line up for the cash which snaked all the way past the entry doors. Think twice if you want to buy books in a store now. It was crazy busy.

des. 14, 2015, 1:44am

>229 Familyhistorian: Bravo you, Meg, making the trek to Chapters on Broadway and Granville! As I mentioned on your thread, I've been dreaming of doing the same thing, but have not found the time / the weather has been unfavourable. My little " Indigo Spirit ' store here in Richmond is so small. Still, it is lined up like crazy, or at least it was on Friday evening, which of course is a crazy time to try to shop. I'd only take the Canada Line into downtown. Parking is crazy in the downtown area of Vancouver.

des. 14, 2015, 2:10am

>227 vancouverdeb: Deb, Heriot-Watt University is a Scottish University that has a campus in Malaysia. It is named after George Heriot (died 1624) an Edinburgh goldsmith and philanthropist to whose foundation the James Watt institute (named after the august Edinburgh inventor) turned in need of financial salve in 1885 - hence Heriot-Watt.

des. 14, 2015, 4:52pm

>232 vancouverdeb: Thanks for clearing that up, Paul. Sounds so odd that the UK won't let Saad in , despite all of the evidence that he is going back to Malaysia. I guess the British Passport folks did not look at the documents carefully enough.

des. 16, 2015, 11:34pm

>230 vancouverdeb: I don't drive into Vancouver either, Deb. It is walk, bus, skytrain and bus to get to Broadway and Granville. I hate looking for parking in the area, besides I can catch up with LT threads on my phone when I take transit.

des. 17, 2015, 3:45pm

> I've yet to use a my phone to catch - up on threads, Meg, but I usually do read a book on the Canada Line, which only takes 20 - 30 minutes, depending how far I am heading downtown. Sometimes I get so absorbed in my book that I nearly forgot my stop!

des. 17, 2015, 5:32pm

Love the list to the cbc books. Birdie has such a beautiful cover, and The right to be cold ticks all my memoir fan boxes. Any you've added to your list for Santa?

des. 17, 2015, 7:03pm

Hi, Deb! Just checking in with Tonto! Hope the week is going well and you are enjoying your current read(s). I am really enjoying The Grand Sophy and I'll finish it up tomorrow.

des. 17, 2015, 9:35pm

>234 vancouverdeb: I get really absorbed in catching up on threads, Deb. I have come close to missing my stop especially on shorter runs.

Editat: des. 18, 2015, 1:32am

>235 charl08: Glad you found something that you liked in the CBC books, Charlotte. I've read several of them already, as you know. I suppose of the books that I have not read, The Illegal by Lawrence Hill interests me, as does This is Happy by Camilla Gibb. They are both authors I have read before. I am on the wait list at the library for Martin John which I don't think is going to appeal to me,but I have to have a look at it. No, I have not added any books to my Santa List, but I've been purchasing books for my mom and sister for Christmas. I am so bad I order enough books on my own!

>236 msf59: Hi Lone Ranger! Deeply absorbed in Restless by William Boyd and I expect to finished reading it a little later on tonight. It's been a great read!

>237 Familyhistorian: Good for you, Meg, getting caught up on the threads! I can never remember my LT password , so I just use my computer at home to update my threads, but I should really commit to memory so I could do the same. Only trouble is, I am a very slow keyboarder on my phone.

Editat: des. 18, 2015, 7:27am

Good news about Restless, Deb. I will have to inch it up the pile.

des. 18, 2015, 10:58am

Happy Friday, Deb!

des. 18, 2015, 12:47pm

>238 vancouverdeb: I'm looking forward to reading my first Laurence Hill for the CBC next year. I'm full up with reservations (20) at the library at the moment, otherwise I'd add Fifteen Dogs now. Ill just have to try and be Patient. Hmm.

Just finished The Wolf Border, brilliant novel. All very cold and wild (despite being mostly set in England).

des. 18, 2015, 3:35pm

>238 vancouverdeb: I don't remember my LT password either, Deb. My phone is set up so that I am already signed in.

Editat: des. 18, 2015, 5:35pm

>239 msf59: Restless was excellent, Mark! I've finished it, but it will take a bit to come up with a few comments on it. A great espionage tale!

>240 jnwelch: Happy Friday, Joe!

>241 charl08: If you can , try reading Someone Knows My Name also known as The Book of Negroes in Canada. I'm not sure which title they will use in the UK. It's a fabulous read! I'll have to look into Wolf Border . I'm not sure what is next reading wise for me... I need to settle on a book.

>242 Familyhistorian: Meg, you are smart to have your phone set up! Maybe I should try that too!

des. 18, 2015, 9:07pm

>243 vancouverdeb: You should preset it. That way it is there with just the touch of a button. I also follow the threads during my lunch when I am at work if my card playing group isn't there.

des. 19, 2015, 8:25am

I loved Restless, too. Wishing you a lovely weekend, Deb.

Editat: des. 19, 2015, 7:03pm

>244 Familyhistorian: I'll have to figure out how to pre- set it, Meg! Even that will be a challenge for me.

>245 Ameise1: Thanks for the lovely bright kitchen scene, Barbara! Appreciated on dark and dreary day!

Editat: des. 20, 2015, 1:09am

Restless by William Boyd.

A great spy / espionage novel. The story begins in 1976 Britain. The daughter of Mrs. Sally Gilmartin notices that her mom is becoming more paranoid than usual. Daughter Ruth has always noted that her mother has been different from other moms, eccentric, and living hidden away in a small cottage. Even Ruth's young son, Jochen , notices that his grandma Sally is unusual . Jochen asks his mother " Is Granny your real mother?" Says Ruth " Of course she is, why?" "" I don't know .. She is so strange" answers young Jochen. p3

Ruth becomes concerned that her mother is suffering from " senile dementia." p8

From there, the story of Sally Gilmartin is told via letters to her daughter. In 1939 , Sally Gilmartin was Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian emigrant living in Paris. As WW11 breaks out, Eva is recruited by the British Secret Service. The story goes back in forth in time, from Eva's time as a spy to 1976, when she reveals her real identity to her daughter. Eva aka Sally Martin still has one more assignment to deal with and recruits her daughter Ruth to assist her. The story is essentially Eva's varied and daring life as spy during WW11.

An interesting and well told story. William Boyd has a new fan, though I'm not sure if I will like all of his works, but I am open to reading more by this author.

4 stars

des. 20, 2015, 3:48am

I could use a good spy thriller right now, Deborah. Sounds very entertaining with the hidden identity thing as you describe in the plot. Haven't heard of that writer before.

Editat: des. 20, 2015, 11:14am

Fab review of Restless, Deb! I can see why William Body has a new fan. Like Carsten, I am also not familiar with this writer, but that might have to change. Thumb-up : ). … *oops! you need to post your review my friend!*

des. 20, 2015, 6:54pm

>248 ctpress: It was reallly a good read, Carsten, if a little complicated at times. But that is a spy/espionage novel for you! It is much more complex than I have described.

>249 lit_chick: Thanks Nancy. I do think you'd enjoy Restless and other of William Boyd's works. He was one of the author's for Paul Cranswicks " British Author's Challenge. I'll definitely be looking of for more by this author.

Editat: des. 20, 2015, 7:32pm

I've started a new novel, that I was hoping would be a bit of a guilty pleasure. A Small Death in the Great Glen: A Novel byA.D. Scott. I ran across it at the library and thought, perhaps this will be the start of wonderful new easy going series. I'm about 150 pages into 400 pages and I'm finding it a bit long winded and just too cozy with all matter of side stories that I cannot think will come to anything. However, I'm determined to see it to the end and it is picking up. Sadly I don't think this will be the start of a series for me. But you never know.

des. 20, 2015, 7:36pm

Happy Sunday, Deb! Good review of Restless. I will have to slot that one in, at some point.

Sorry, the Scott book is a bit of a letdown. I am not familiar with that author.

des. 20, 2015, 9:55pm

Hi Deb. I also enjoyed Restless when I read it last month. I still have one more William Boyd on the shelves and I plan to read it in 2016.

>251 vancouverdeb: I'll be interested to see how you like A Small Death in the Great Glen. I want it to be wonderful because, well, you know -- Scotland.

Karin Fossum is one of the authors whose works I may feature in my series reading of 2016.

Have a great week and a very happy Christmas, Deb!

des. 21, 2015, 1:11am

>252 msf59: Yes Mark, do slot in Restless. I'm sure you would enjoy it. Yeah, I'm a bit sorry about A Small Death in the Great Glen but like a terrier with a bone, I'm determined to finish it in case it might pick up and not that bad.

>253 EBT1002: Great to see you Ellen. I'm keen to have a look at some more books by William Boyd. When I picked up Restless in the second hand store, they had several other books by William Boyd, so I am eager to get back there and have a look. The problem is that they are open limited hours , and over Christmas, rather less hours than usual

Oh please do try Karin Fossum she is such a fabulous writer of psychological suspense! I sort of like A Small Death in Great Glen , and I'm hoping , even at page 160 , that it will improve. Debut novel and all that. It is improving.

des. 21, 2015, 11:47am

That's a helpful review of Restless, Deb, thanks. I liked another one of his (Any Human Heart), and I enjoy spy thrillers, so this sounds like a good one.

des. 21, 2015, 6:35pm

>255 jnwelch: Glad to be of help, Joe! I'm hoping to have a look at Any Human Heart at the second hand bookstore. My library does not carry it - well, they do, but only in Cantonese or Mandarin! Restless was very literate and enjoyable too!

des. 22, 2015, 6:59am

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