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Kristi & Abby the Tabby read together in 2014 (47 titles)
modern literature, mystery, history, biography
Kristi's 2013 Book List in memory of Maggie, the cat (154 titles)
Happy to say my new reading companion is Abby the tabby, the funniest cat who has ever owned me.
Kristi & Maggie the cat read together in 2012 (143 titles)
eclectic - modern literature, mystery, non-fiction...
kristi & Maggie's Literature Wish List (775 titles)
modern fiction - women's literature - historical fiction....
kristi & Maggie's Non-fiction Wish List (294 titles)
history, biography, autobiography, religion, psychology, medicine
Kristi and Maggie the cat - 2011 list (124 titles)
mystery, modern literature, history, biography
Kristi and Maggie - books read in 2010 (161 titles)

Kristi and Maggie's Mystery Wish List (828 titles)
mysteries / thrillers
Kristi & Maggie the Cat - Books We Have Read Together (1279 titles)
Mysteries, contemporary literature and historical novels, biographies, history, finding a personal world view. maggie is the tabby cat who sits on my books.

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Cover ArtTamarack County : a novel
by Krueger, William Kent.
*** 1/2 stars As a blizzard swells just days before Christmas, the car belonging to the wife of a retired local judge is discovered abandoned on a rural road in Tamarack County. After days of fruitless effort, the search-and-rescue team has little hope that she’ll be found alive, if at all. Cork O’Connor, former sheriff and now private investigator, is part of that team. Early on, Cork notices small things about the woman’s disappearance that disturb him. But when the beloved pet dog of a friend is brutally killed and beheaded, he begins to see a startling pattern in these and other recent dark occurrences in the area. After his own son is endangered, Cork understands that someone is spinning a deadly web in Tamarack County. At the center is a murder more than twenty years old, for which an innocent man may have been convicted. Cork remembers the case only too well. He was the deputy in charge of the investigation that sent the man to prison. With the darkest days of the year at hand, the storms of winter continue to isolate Tamarack County. Somewhere inside drifting snow, a vengeful force is at work. And Cork has only hours to stop it before his family and his friends pay the ultimate price. **** This is the 13th Cork O'Connor mystery. This was not my favorite of the series, but I have become attached to Mr. Krueger's characters and always enjoy the Minnesota connection. Recommend strongly.   posted Apr 21, 2014 at 10:55PM

Cover ArtThe husband's secret
by Moriarty, Liane
* 1/2 stars. Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. The letter contains his deepest, darkest secret, something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia, or each other, but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret. **** I found it easy to guess the husband's secret before his wife read the letter. It is difficult to find anyone in this book who can claim the moral high ground. Another husband is emotionally unfaithful. His wife who drags her son away from his home abruptly and jumps into bed with an old flame. The denouement seems artificial and largely unbelievable. Years and years of pain are resolved much to easily. Sorry... Cannot recommend.   posted Apr 7, 2014 at 10:28PM

Cover ArtThe forever girl
by McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
*** stars Amanda and her husband, David, feel fortunate to be raising their son and daughter in the close-knit community of ex-pats on Grand Cayman Island, an idyllic place for children to grow up. Their firstborn, Sally, has always listened to her heart, deciding at age four that she would rather be called Clover and then, a few years later, falling in love with her best friend, James. But the comforting embrace of island life can become claustrophobic for adults, especially when they are faced with difficult situations. At the same time that Clover falls in love with James, Amanda realizes that she has fallen out of love with David and that she is interested in someone else. While Amanda tries to navigate her new path, Clover finds, much to her dismay, that James seems to be growing away from her. And when they leave the island for boarding school — James to England and Clover to Scotland — she feels she may have lost him for good. As Clover moves on to university, seldom seeing James but always carrying him in her heart, she finds herself torn between a desire to go forward with her life and the old feelings that she just can’t shed. Through the lives of Clover and James, and Amanda and David, acclaimed storyteller Alexander McCall Smith tells a tale full of love and heartbreak, humor and melancholy, that beautifully demonstrates the myriad ways in which love shapes our lives. **** I am a huge fan of McCall Smith's series. I liked this stand-alone novel because of its excellent character development and understanding of love for both children and adults. Sweet story of forever love in a young girl. Recommend!   posted Mar 31, 2014 at 11:56PM

Cover ArtA month of summer [electronic resource]
*** stars. A Month of Summer by Lisa Wingate. For Rebecca Macklin, an ordinary summer brings about an extraordinary change of heart when she discovers that her aging father has been wandering the Dallas streets alone, and his wife, Hanna Beth, has landed in a nursing home. Now Rebecca must put aside old resentments and return to her childhood home. In this moving story of separation and forgiveness, two women will unravel the betrayals of the past and discover the true meaning of family. **** I had to obtain this book thru Inter-Library Loan. Hennepin County does not have a copy of the book or audiobook. Ms. Wingate is a "Christian" author. I did not realize this when I requested the book because of a review concerning the reconciliation of a family. Her religious aspects are not heavy-handed. She does a nice job of character development. You want a resolution of years of secrets and misunderstandings. She does what I believe is an excellent job of portraying the point of view of a stroke survivor. Recommend unless you do not want a Christian perspective.   posted Mar 31, 2014 at 9:16PM

Cover ArtPolice
by Nesbø, Jo, 1960-
*** stars The police urgently need Harry Hole . . . A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can't help . . . For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone, least of all himself. **** I really like Nesbo's Harry Hole series. They are sometimes a little more graphically violent than I usually like, but I have bonded with Harry and his continuing story. It took me a little while to get involved with this book because Harry is not part of the storyline at the beginning. The book opens with a great "red herring" that had me guessing for quite a while. Highly recommend the series with the caveat about the violence, but as I always say with any series start with the first book. Until now that was not possible because the first two books "The Bat" and "Cockroaches" were not published in the U.S. until 2012 and 2013 respectively. I started with the 2006 book "Redbreast". Now I can go back to the beginning.   posted Feb 20, 2014 at 9:32PM

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