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Defending Jacob

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After a slow start this book was a page turner. The story is told by Andy Barber, asst district attorney, who is called in when a 14 yr old boy is found murdered in the woods. The boy went to the same school as Andy’s son, Jacob. The investigation proceeds and more and more evidence starts building up against Jacob. Andy is put on leave so that he has no inside information. The Barbers become isolated as friends, neighbors, colleagues and the town suspect Jacob.Completely surprised by the ending.
Farriers' Lane: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel

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The Pitts and Charlotte's mother, Caroline are enjoying a night at the theater when the man in the next box becomes ill. He dies at the theater and Thomas suspects he was poisoned. He's been put on the case and learns that he was a judge and was looking into a 5 year old murder conviction after a visit from the convicted man's sister. With the help of Charlotte, Daisy and Caroline who is involved, much to the horror of her daughter, with one of the actors who is 15 years her junior Thomas investigates and solves the cold case to solve the judges murder. I found this book to be a little repetitious and of course the prejudices against the different religions and society were very pompous according to today's standards.
Leaving Everything Most Loved: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

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I love Maisie Dobbs! Maisie is asked to look into the murder of an Indian woman by her brother because the police have back-burnered the case. He believes it was because of her nationality and traveled to London with his uniform and medals from WWI to be taken seriously and with respect. As Maisie learns about Usha's life and that of the people surrounding her, she comes to some decisions about her life.Spoiler: The ending is very much up in the air and left me with an uneasy feeling about the future of Maisie Dobbs.
Looking for Yesterday

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Sharon's client is a woman who was acquitted 5 yrs earlier of murder but continues to live under the cloud of did she do it. Sharon isn't all that interested until the woman is assaulted on her doorstep. Kind of preachy about the NRA and responsible gun control. This book just was blah for me.
The Light Between Oceans

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A wonderful story. A childless couple living on an island off Australia discover a boat washed up with a dead man and an infant. The wife wants to keep the baby (having delivered a stillborn 2 weeks previous) and the husband (the lighthouse keeper) relents and says they'll keep it for the night and he'll notify the authories in the morning. The story is about the choices made, justifying those choices and then living with the consequences of the choices. The story is so well told that the reader feels sympathy for all the characters.
The House at Sea's End

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This time bones are found that date back to WWII. While aiding the police investigation looking for relatives of the Home Guard, Ruth finds herself talking to townspeople while trying to juggle work, home life, Kate’s father, babysitting issues and the unexpected visit of an old friend after returning to work from maternity leave. Not quite as good as the first two in the series.
A Room Full of Bones: A Ruth Galloway Mystery

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Ruth is asked to attend a museum ceremony in place of her boss who is ill. She arrives early and finds a dead body next tot he ceremonial coffin. Is it natural causes or murder? Of course, DCI Harry Nelson is called to the scene. When the area's aristocrat asks her to verify some bones he has from a collection of his late father's, she is sickens to see them dumped in cardboard boxes stored in the basement. Meanwhile, a new neighbor moves in next to Ruth who is a friend of Cathbad's. Lots of ancient folklore, Australian Aborigine tribal culture, Ruth's insecurities, and the usual cast of characters made this an interesting story.
A Darkness More Than Night

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Another good Harry Bosch book this time with Terry McCaleb, a former FBI agent who had open heart surgery. Terry is now married to Graciela and they have a baby but Terry wants and needs to work and is approached by the Bureau to look into a cold case. His research shines a light on Harry and together they figure out who is framing him.
First Family

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King & Maxwell, the ex-secret service agents now P.I.s, are asked by the First Lady to find her kidnapped neice and solve the murder of her sister-in-law and to do it with quietly. Front the very beginning Sean King knows the First Lady is keeping some very important information from them. The book shifts back and forth between their investigation and the kidnapped 12 yr old girl, Willa, plus that of a woman who was kidnapped at the same time.The story is really far-fetched but the investigation byf King & Maxwell and their partnership/relationship is so interesting it makes for an interesting read.
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