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Margaret Jones
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Dog-loving, book blogging, librarian / musician
Dog-loving, book blogging, librarian / musician

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Genesis of a crime lover
Do you ever find yourself wondering why you love the books that you do? I was thinking about this last year, and found myself recollections my favourite reading memories. I guess you become a reader, or a football fan, or a painter partly because that's jus...

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John Le Carre Chronological Challenge 5
I seem to have got a bit behind with my John Le Carre Chronological Challenge, this year, after reading his first 4 novels in quick succession at the start of the year. So finally we're on to novel 5 - A small town in Germany. Bonn, a "small town in Germany...

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Black and blue
I've previously read the first two of Ian Rankin's Rebus novels - Knots and crosses , and Hide and seek . Although I enjoyed both of them, I found them strangely unmemorable. Ian Rankin is undoubtedly a good writer, but neither of these novels gripped me. T...

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Someone like you?
After an argument with my Android, who had decided, for no particular reason to only speak Korean, I had to abandon Clare Chase's thriller A stranger's house (don't worry - there will be a review shortly). I hate it when you have to quit a book partway thro...

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Back to the Golden Age
I thoroughly enjoyed Martin Edwards ' examination of the Golden Age of detective fiction through the prism of the renowned Detection Club in his book The Golden Age of Murder. It features a stellar cast of true-life characters from feminists and academics s...

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Seasonal ghosts
I've enjoyed my previous reads by Kate Mosse, especially the sequence set in the Languedoc, which have also been reviewed on Bookhound . I love her mixture of history and myth, and how she combines the past and the contemporary to produce an eerie otherworl...

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Towering achievements
When the BBC did their Big Read survey in 2003, most of the books were rather what you would have expected. They were mainly either books you'd probably had to read in school, or books that were currently of the moment (there was LOTS of Harry Potter!). Man...

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Looking forward to a challenge
This year I discovered the blogs - Crossexaminingcrime  and Myreadersblock . Both great blogs, especially if you're into all things mysterious. Having a look at Cross examining crime the other day, I came across a great challenge courtesy of My readers bloc...

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Going underground
"A ride for liberty: the fugitive slaves" by Eastman Johnson. Online collection of the Brooklyn Museum. Public Domain. Colson Whitehead's novel,  The underground railroad  is a chilling but compelling book following Cora, a woman born into slavery on a Geor...

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