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So many books, so little time.

OMG I love books. I was trying to think what instance to join when I left [ahem] and the one constant in my life (nearly 3/4 of a century so far!) has been a love of reading. Mom taught me phonics before I even entered kindergarten and I've been hooked ever since.

I am a Fahrenheit 451 baby--I cut my political teeth on that book. I firmly believe that everything you could ever possibly want to know can be found in a book, somewhere. for teacherly things is my personal account

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Elly Griffiths, The Crossing Places By Elly Griffiths 978-0547386065, 0547386060, 9780547386065, A Dying Fall By Elly Griffiths 978-0544227804, 0544227808, 9780544227804, The Janus Stone By Elly Griffiths 978-0547577401, 0547577400, 9780547577401, The House at Sea's End By Elly Griffiths 978-0547844176, 0547844174, 9780547844176, The Outcast Dead By Elly Griffiths 978-0544334526, 0544334523, 9780544334526, The Ghost Fields By Elly Griffiths 978-0544577862, 0544577868, 9780544577862, The Dark Angel By Elly Griffiths 978-1328585202, 1328585204, 9781328585202, The Woman in Blue By Elly Griffiths 978-0544947115, 0544947118, 9780544947115, The Chalk Pit By Elly Griffiths 978-1328915351, 1328915352, 9781328915351, A Room Full of Bones By Elly Griffiths 978-0544001121, 0544001125, 9780544001121: The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 10 Books Box Set by Elly Griffiths - The Dark Angel, A Room Full of Bones, The Outcast Dead, The Janus Stone, The Ghost Fields, The Crossing Places, A Dying Fall (Paperback, 2018, Quercus) 4 stars

Review of 'The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 10 Books Box Set by Elly Griffiths - The Dark Angel, A Room Full of Bones, The Outcast Dead, The Janus Stone, The Ghost Fields, The Crossing Places, A Dying Fall' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Not quite up to the first two?

It's good, don't get me wrong, but it's formulaic and when everything unfolds at the end the villain gets the kind of verbal diarrhea we used time see in the old Bond films instead of just getting on with it. And it's always their undoing, isn't it? I've always wondered if real-life serial killers do this.

Otherwise, of course, it was a good read. On to the next one!

reviewed The Peacekeeper by B.L. Blanchard (The Good Lands, #1)

B.L. Blanchard: The Peacekeeper (Paperback, 47North) 5 stars

Against the backdrop of a never-colonized North America, a broken Ojibwe detective embarks on an …

Review of 'The Peacekeeper' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Blazingly creative, deeply moving

In a small port town in a modern-day, never-colonized Ashinaabe nation, two murders rip apart two families, revealing rot at the core. Family secrets and redemption are tired tropes in mystery novels and when I'm looking for something to read and see a book blurbed that way, I tend to roll my eyes and move on. That would be a real mistake with this one.

In Blanchard's hands, there's nothing trite, superficial, or syrupy about it. The ethical choices that Chibenashi faces are complex, the waters of his reasoning muddied by shame, love, conflicting duties, and guilt. The very term "Peacekeeper", both Chibenashi's job and his role in the family, assumes layered and conflicting meanings over time. And the redemption he strives for offers hope of rebirth and renewal to the reader as well. It is this, not the question of whodunit, that makes the book …

Alafair Burke: The Wife (Paperback, 2018, Harper Paperbacks) 4 stars

Marrying an economics professor she met while catering an East Hampton dinner party, Angela finds …

Review of 'The Wife' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Dont lie to your readers

No spoilers. It's a well-written page turner until the last couple of chapters. I'll just say I felt like I'd been played by the time I got to the end.