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Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is another wonderful book by one of my favorite authors. Backman carefully crafts a story that at first seems random, but slowly the people and events weave together into one beautiful tapestry.

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The Darkest Evening (Vera Stanhope #9) by Ann Cleeves

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a good Mystery set in small village in snowy Northumberland. DI Vera Stanhope sets off for home, but gets lost in a blizzard. She comes across a car abandoned at the side of the road with the door open. Upon inspection she finds a baby strapped into a car seat in the back seat.

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A Question of Betrayal (Elena Standish #2) by Anne Perry

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a good mystery/thriller set in the years just before WWII. In this book Elena is sent to Northern Italy on her first MI6 mission to rescue a contact that has important information regarding future plans of Nazi Germany. His handler is missing and MI6 needs to get the information, and rescue their contact if possible. Elena is the only one person that can recognize him – because he’s her former lover Aiden Strother, the man that betrayed her, ruined her reputation, and brought shame on her family.

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Hanging Falls (Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #6) by Margaret Mizushima

Rating: 4 out of 5.

(Release date 9-8-2020)

Yet another great mystery starring our favorite K-9 officer Mattie Cobb and her partner Robo. This time Timber Creek is having a lot of rain and areas are starting to flood. While out checking on damaged trails in the mountains, Mattie and Robo stumble on a dead body caught up on a tree in the flood waters. The deceased is linked to a new religious sect that has moved into the area. The members dress in 19th Century attire and practice polygamy.

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Two Widows by Laura Wolfe

Two widows

3 stars

This was an easy-to-read mystery/thriller set in northern Michigan. Continue reading “Two Widows by Laura Wolfe”

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

the turn of the key

3 stars

This was a fairly good Mystery/Thriller book about a nanny left to care for 4 children in a remote Scottish Highlands “smart” house that is reportedly “haunted”. The author did an ok job of building tension, but overall, the story was a little blah. Continue reading “The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware”

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Ordinary Grace

4 stars

This was the July book for my book club. I’ve never read this author before, but I really enjoyed his writing and will definitely read more of his books. This book is written about one fateful summer in the life of 13 year old Frank Drum who lived in New Bremen, MN in 1961. The book is told from his perspective 40 years after the events. Continue reading “Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger”

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

the night swim

4 stars (release date August 4, 2020)

This is a quick and enjoyable mystery/thriller that has a story within a story. Rachel has a true crime podcast (think “Serial”) that grew in popularity after her first season when she investigated a murder trial and found evidence that set the defendant free. Now in her third season, she is following a rape trial in real-time in the small town of Neapolis. The town is being torn apart by the rape trial of a young teenage girl by a popular teenage boy training for the Olympics. Continue reading “The Night Swim by Megan Goldin”

The Bright Lands by John Fram

the bright lands

4 stars (release date July 7, 2020)

This book is a creepy, weird mixture of mystery/suspense and horror – a combination that works surprisingly well. I couldn’t stop reading it, even though part of me didn’t want know anything more about what happens and just wanted to go on about my life. Continue reading “The Bright Lands by John Fram”

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