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Summer Time and the Livin’ is Easy – Making Time to Read – Robert Parker’s Night Passage

Jesse Stone is the lead character in a series of detective novels written by Robert B. Parker. They were among his last works and the first series in which the novelist used the third-person narrative. The series consists of nine … Continue reading

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Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy- Making Time to Read -Donna Leon’s -The Waters of Eternal Youth

I’ve been to Itlay once on a wonderful garden club tour in Tuscany. To this day I revisit it again and again in my memories. I’ve researched and used both Lucca and Pienza for locations in my second novel, Facing East. … Continue reading

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Summer Time and the Livin’ is Easy – Make Time to Read -Three Days in Moscow

How is your summer reading going? Three Days in Moscow, Bret Baier’s new book explores the dramatic endgame of America’s long struggle with the Soviet Union and President Ronald Reagan’s central role in shaping the world we live in today. … Continue reading

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Summer Time and the Livin’ is Easy – Make Time to Read – Christopher Fowlers’ Off The Rails

I’ve just reread the #8th Peculiar Crimes Unit novel, Off The Rails by Christopher Fowler. Fowler has become one of my favorite authors. This is another superb, satisfying romp with Arthur Bryant and John May who are Golden Age Detectives … Continue reading

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Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy – Make Time to Read – The Swans of Fifth Avenue

I am never without a book. When I finish one, I start another. Throughout this summer of 2018,  I am writing about the books I’m reading, and only those I highly recommend. I hope you have already read The Aviator’s … Continue reading

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Never Under Estimate a Trip to the Library To Make Your Day – Donna Leon’s latest – Earthly Remains

I arrived at the Braswell Public Library in Rocky Mount, NC to do some research on the ZB Bullock family and their Renaissance Revival home built in 1927. If you love architecture like I do you might enjoy reading this post.  When I … Continue reading

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Garden of Lamentations – The Newest Deborah Crombie Mystery

My interest was peaked the moment I discovered that one of Notting Hill’s private gardens was part of the setting in London for Deborah Crombie’s latest 2017 book. Having already done some research myself on London’s Garden Squares for the … Continue reading

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Now You Know The Rest of the Story – David Halberstam’s THE FIFTIES

I envy my grandchildren who will live long enough to read a book written by another David Halberstam, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, who has written about the social, political, and athletic life of America in books like The Fifties, The Best … Continue reading

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A Receipt from a Bookstore Brings Happiness -Author Beatriz Williams – Part 3

I have been writing about the books I bought when one of my two book clubs had an outing to Quail Ridge Book Store in North Hills Mall, Raleigh, N.C.. At some point you have to stop shopping or be … Continue reading

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A Receipt From A Bookstore Buys Happiness – Part 2

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” ― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish Without the collective reading life of wonderful friends and readers in my two book clubs, I might never have discovered many of the authors I … Continue reading

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A Receipt From A Bookstore Buys Happiness – Part 1

Imagine my pleasure when I found a paperback copy of Edward Marston’s, The Stationmaster’s Farewell. 9th in Railway Detective Series, with a 50% off sticker. Fifty or more women, wandering around in the new location of Quail Ridge Books at North … Continue reading

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Edward Marston’s -The Railway Detective Series

I’ve finished reading the first three novels in Edward Marston’s Railway series. Well written and plotted, featuring fully drawn characters, I am delighted to have discovered this series while doing research for a second blog I write, Mainstreetrockymount.com. The railroad is … Continue reading

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