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The Brutal Telling

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I always look forward to a new mystery by Louise Penny as I know it will bring me back to the delightful village of Three Pines and renew my acquaintance with Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his crew.A body is discovered in the Bistro owned by Gabi and Olivier. Who is he and who put him there. There are many suspects after they discover the body is that of a hermit who lived alone in the woods with many treasures in his run down shack. Bit by bit, Inspector Gamache is finally able to track down the killer with surprising consequences for the residents of Three Pines. We also meet again all of the residents of Three Pines, Clara, the artist who struggles to do the right thing, her husband Peter, also an artist, Myrna, the Bookstore owner, Ruth, a poet who is an unusual woman,There are also new residents who are introduced in this novel and play a part in unraveling the mystery about the hermit. Highly recommended.
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden

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Although the book is titled The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, she only plays a brief part in this novel. The heroine is Pia Kolvenbach, almost eleven ,who has an awful problem. Her grandmother, Oma Kristel was horribly burned and died after a terrible accident. Her fellow classmates think she exploded and that Pia might do the same, so she is ostracized by them and has only one friend known as StinkStefan. She is also friendly with an elderly resident Herr Schiller who tells her and Stefan story tales reminiscent of the Brothers Grimm. Living in a small German village, Bad Munstereifel, she is allowed freedom to explore the area until Katharina disappears without trace. Then another girl disappears.She then decides that with the help of Stefan, she will solve the crime and the two of them proceed to do so, not realizing the danger they will put themselves in.Readers who enjoy reading stories about young sleuths will find this novel to their liking.
Making Rounds with Oscar

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I thought this was a wonderful book which deserves a large readership because of all the information it provides about patients suffering from Alzheimer's. .Although the title of the book makes you think that it will be focusing on Oscar, a special cat, who comforts patients in the last stage of life,it actually does more than that. It is a touching portrait of residents of a nursing home, most patients in various stages of decline with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia ailments. It is a very sensitive book which also touches on the authors own physical problems.
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Bad Boy

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Peter Robinson is one of my favorite mystery writers and I always look forward to reading his mysteries featuring D.I. Banks. However, Bad boy was a disappointment. Banks only appears in the last part of the mystery since in this mystery he is on vacation in the American West. I also thought that Tracy, his daughter, should have had more sense than to become involved with a "Bad boy" since she is a policeman's daughter.A former neighbor of DCI Banks shows up at headquarters asking to see him. Since he is away she is directed to Annie Cabot who is Banks partner. The problem is that she found a gun in her daughter Erins's bedroom, a crime in Great Britain while Erin is staying with them. Arrangement is made to pick up the gun by the squad which goes awry when no one answers the door quickly enougTracy Banks, the Inspector's daughter, is roommate of Erin and another girl Rose. She is also attracted to Erin's boyfriend, Jaff and they exchanged a kiss while dancing which infuriated Erin who later had an argument with Jaff and took his gun to annoy him. Tracy goes to warn Jaff and her crush on him leads her to provide a hideout for him at her father's house since he is away. This is a mistake, which she soon learns and leads to danger for her and and others.On Banks return, he is advised that his daughter is endangered by Jaff and as usual does not follow police policy but tries to rescue his daughter himself .This is not one of Robinson's best works.
Mission to Paris: A Novel

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Although I like novels of espionage set in the period just before WWII, I had never heard of Alan Hurst until I picked up Night Visitors at a paperback exchange. I immediately became a fan of Hurst after reading this book and was happy to receive a copy of Mission to Paris from BS.In this novel Hurst tells the tale of an American movie star, Fredric Stahl, originally from Vienna who travels by ship to Paris in 1938 to star in a film to be shot in France, Apres la Guerre. While there he assists the Americans in the murky world of espionage against the Nazis whom he dislikes with some danger to his life when the Nazi's realize he is not on their side. There is romance, attempted blackmail, murders, etc, all the ingredients of espionage in a novel that moves quickly. This novel is fairly well done.
Field Gray

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Field Gray by Philip Kerr is the latest novel in his Berlin Noir series. Bernie Gunther is his antihero who once was a policeman in 1930's Berlin and saw the Nazi rise to power.You can't help liking him for his sardonic humor and self deprecating wit.,. He has done some awful things in his life but he rationalizes to himself that it was necessary so he could stay alive .In this Novel, Bernie is in Cuba, working for Meyer Lansky but tries to escape after Cuban military intelligence wants him to spy on Lansky. He takes along a Cuban women wanted for murder but unfortunately they are captured by Americans at Guantanamo bay as his boat runs adrift. Because of his SS background, he is sent first to a prison in NYC and then on to Landsberg Prison in Germany. He is interrogated by his American investigators who he finds abusive. They want to know about his background in the SS and relationship with some top Nazi officials. The story jumps around but is interesting since some of the characters he mentions are based on true individuals who were Nazi officers during WWII. Many twists, turns and double crosses as Bernie schemes to escape from his captors.
Prague Fatale

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My first encounter with Bernie Gunther was Field Gray, a book sent by Library Thing. Bernie is a likeable flawed character. He is a policeman in Berlin during the Nazi era and detests the Regime but does what he has to do to stay alive.He rescues a woman from what he thinks is an attempted rape and she becomes his girlfriend. Although he has antipathy for Reinhard Heydrich, a high ranking Nazi official, he is summoned to become his bodyguard when Heydrich is sent to Czechoslovakia. He takes his new girlfriend, Arianne with him to Prague and leaves her in a hotel while he stays with Heydrich in a sumptuous country house some miles away. Also living there are a number of Nazi Officials. A murder is committed in a locked room and Bernie is asked by Heydrich to use his detective skills to solve the crime. He takes pleasure in questioning all these Nazi's since he has finds them all contemptible. He also learns the secret of why Arianne accompanied him to Prague. This is a series well worth your time if you want to get a picture of how life was during the Nazi regime.
The Memory Key: A Commissario Alec Blume Novel

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A drunken man, an artist is found dead and the police believe that he may have been attacked by the same muggers who have attacked others, Investigating the crime, Commissioner Alec Blume is assisted by Caterina who has been newly assigned to investigative work. They discover that he was an artistic forger. Blume is then warned by a mysterious colonel to hand over notebooks written by this man. Although Blume is taken off the case he and Caterina continue their investigation and learn much about how this forgery was done. An exciting mystery
Itamar makes Friends: A Children's Story Of Jewish Brotherhood

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CommentsItamar makes friends is a wonderful book for young children as it promotes understanding between those who live different lives. Itamar lives in a small village in Israel. He loves to play soccer. He is delighted when his cousins who live in a larger city come to visit and play soccer with him. He goes to visit them and they again play soccer. :He realizes when it is time to leave that he has left his soccer ball behind. Some other boys are playing with it and refuse to give it back. After he falls and hurts himself, one of the boys help him and the other boys change their attitude and return the ball. Later they go to Itmars town and play soccer with him. There is friendship when first there was disagreement.
The Jade Cat: A Novel

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"Be careful what you wish for, it might just come true.". I requested The Jade Cat because the synopsis on Library Thing sounded very interesting, memories of three generations of a Jewish family. Unfortunately, I tried several times to start reading the book, had it in the Dr's office this afternoon with a long wait but the style was very confusing for me and also remembering all the characters. The translation also didn't help. For example, page 314, "...Bekka had met an Irish solicitor and fallen for him hook, line and sinker. And vice versa" My ARC also had missing pages.
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