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   FlatCityGirl  Okay. I just finished Lis Wiehl’s “A Deadly Business,” book 2 in the Mia Quinn series.

I didn’t take me long to remember why I never read any further after book 1: it’s the kids.

Her plots are okay. Nothing special, but okay.

Mia Quinn is a 30-something prosecutor in Seattle, widowed in the first book; the CPA husband died in an apparent one vehicle accident. We learn in the second book that he was probably murdered because of shady dealings that he was a part of.

Sub-plot: three young boys from the ghetto drop a shopping cart on a woman from four stories up and she’s at death’s door in a coma; Mia is in a quandary as to whether to charge the boys as adults.

Oh, the angst!

Poor ghetto kids never had a chance, one is even borderline retarded.

I’ve had enough of poor down-trodden ghetto crap to last a life time. I don’t care any more.

Back to the kids and the probable cause of not spending any more time with Mia Quinn: she has a fourteen-year old boy –and of course, everything relates to him as to whether she charges the ghetto boys as adults in the assault on the poor woman in a coma: that could have been her son that pulled such a thoughtless stunt that put the poor innocent woman at death's door

Oh the angst.

And Mia has a four year old girl –who whines about what toppings are on her pizza, and still wets the bed.

Oh, the angst.

The sleepless nights that Mia lays awake worrying about everything: her kids, the ghetto kids, the woman in the coma –and of course, whom ever murdered her husband is now out to kill her since the investigation into the accident has been reopened.

The whole thing just got real boring before I finished it.
July 20 at 12:30 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Lis Wiehl.

I read her first book in the Mia Quinn series, A Matter of Trust, several years ago. Four or five at least. I liked it and fully intended to read the second in the series. Somehow it slipped through the cracks.

In fact, I had forgotten all about her, and that she is even an author until I saw her on FOX when I did my 24-hour look/see in the wake of the policemen being murdered. I hadn't turned FOX on for two years and that's why I completely forgot about her I guess.

She is a former Federal Prosecutor, so her books are crime/courtroom.

When I saw her, the light went on, and I looked her up on Amazon. It appears that she has written many books; at least three "series."

Since I'm hard up against it, waiting for a new Bosh book and a new Virgil Flowers book and a new Lucas Davenport book, all coming out in the fall, I'm going to give Lis Wiehl another go.
July 13 at 08:53 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  I can't get with Louise Penny's books. I've read two now [1 & 2 in the series], and think I'll quit right there. I don't guess I'll ever know what the snake-in-the-grass female cop was up to, what kind of nastiness she had planned for the Inspector.

I liked the characters somewhat, although they don't seem very "real." The plots were strange to me.

I think I'm too steeped in hard-core Harry Bosch and Lucas Davenport.

An aside: I don't like French Canadians. I'm too aware of the damage they did in Canada 40/45 years ago. The first time I ever saw two languages, French and English, on packaging was in the Hudson Bay Company store in Dawson Creek, BC 40 years ago. On that trip to Dawson Creek, I get an earful of how the French were regarded by the majority of Canadians.

If this is racist, so be it, but one "joke" that went around at that time --asked me by one of the cousins:

"Do you know why you got the blacks, and Canada got the French?"

"No, why?"

"Because you got first pick."

This was at a time when BC and the three Prairie Provinces were making a lot of noise about breaking away from Canada and joining the U. S. I’m not sure that was ever anything but a pipe dream on the part of some Canadians, but it was a political movement, and part of the reason they wanted to leave Canada was the French.

On that same visit, in that same discussion, I learned that at least one of my cousins didn’t know that Canada was a Colony of Ole Mother England. He argued me up and down that it wasn’t so, until I made him give me a $5.00 bill out of his wallet. I pointed to the Queen’s likeness and said, “And you don’t think Canada is a part of the British Crown?”

And we think U. S. Schools are bad.
July 12 at 10:39 EST .

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   MeiDei  Probably should have said these mystery/who-done-it books are more in the category of cozies; quiet in tone. Similar to the "Cat Who" books, or Agatha Raisin or the Stephanie Plum series. It's the ambiance of Three Pines and it's residents - how their friendships grow & get tested.
July 13 at 00:02 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Yes, when I was reading the books the thought that went through my head was that the stories are a cut about the "Cat Who" books, but on a similar track.

I don't like that thing that Penny does of leaving a sub-plot hanging from one book to the next. That says to me that she relies on that to keep selling books.
July 13 at 08:59 EST .

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   MeiDei  Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes' new book "Belgravia" is reviewed here:
https://www.goodreads.com/interviews/show/1149.Julian_Fellow
es?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=2016-
07&utm_content=fellowes
July 8 at 09:25 EST .

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   Daisymay  I just finished reading GI Brides by Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi. Very interesting story about the 70,000 War Brides and what happened to them after the War ended. This Book follows four of the War Brides. It is a true story. I had no idea there were so many Women involved with our Military during that war. It's amazing that these four British Women left everyone they loved to follow these men to the United States, and how their lives changed once they arrived. I highly recommend this Book.
July 3 at 08:09 EST .

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   Daisymay  OOPS! You probably figured this out already, I left out WHICH War. Of course, it was WWII. Sorry about that!
July 3 at 13:52 EST .

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   RoseOfTexas  The English Spy - Daniel Silva's latest Gabriel Allon novel, definitely meets my criteria for page turner. One day I want go back & read the entire series one right after the other...
   July 1 at 23:43 EST .

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   StormCnter  Any Wall visitor a fan of political books? I've read a bunch, some good, some not so, over the years. I'm halfway through "Mutual Contempt", written about 20 years ago by Jeff Shesol. It's an analysis and study of the years-long feud (lasting through their deaths )
between Lyndon Johnson and Robert Kennedy. It's really engrossing. I'm enjoying it.
   June 27 at 14:47 EST .

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   MeiDei  Yes. I read a book about Goldwater early last year that was very interesting, an auto biography. Title escapes me it's been sent out of State & in that persons estate : (
June 28 at 11:07 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  A Texan Looks at Lyndon, J. Evetts Haley, Sr.

You and I are close in age, Storm, and we both would have been fairly young women when the book was published in 1964. I didn't read it then, but did read it years later. Long after LBJ was gone.

Like any publication of that kind, some praised it and some damned it. According to everyone I've talked to who knew him, Haley was an eccentric --to put it kindly. He was a Democrat, radical, ran for Governor of Texas a couple of times.

He did write a lot of history of this area, and one book in particular, The XIT Ranch of Texas [and Life on the Llano Estacado] I read years later. I think it was published in 1926, still in print.

When I was still working for the Cowboy Attorney, I ran across an ancient article on the internet, unrelated to what I was researching, regarding that book and the fact that Haley had been sued for slander because of it, but there was nothing in the article as to what the lawsuit was about. I got curious and started searching the internet, looking for the reason that a book that seemingly innocuous would get the author sued.

I could not find anything about it.

Later that day, my boss came back from the feedyard, and I asked him if he knew anything about it. The reason I thought he might know is that Haley's son, Junior, [Midland/Odessa] is involved in water conservation and my boss, at that time was working with the High Plains Water Conservation District and City of Lubbock on water conservation, and Haley, Jr. was serving the same purpose in Midland/Odessa.

So I asked him, “Do you know anything about that book, and what got Haley sued”?

“Ohhhhhh, yes,” he says. “Let me get me a cup of coffee and pull up a chair. I’ll tell you all about it.”

What it boiled down to is, there were two brothers who cowboyed on the XIT, who lived somewhere near Vega. There was a woman who worked for them, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, and apparently, the brothers shared he in other ways. She had a son and no one ever knew which brother was the father. They both raised him.

Haley recounted that in the book, and the son sued.

Come to find out –of course this was way before my boss’s time, our law firm, the oldest continuing law firm in Lubbock, represented Haley and the publisher in that suit. Little Brown was the publisher. They settled out of court for something less than $10K.
June 28 at 14:52 EST .

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   StormCnter  Thanks for sharing, FCG. I remember the furor about Haley's book very well. My own family had nothing but contempt for Lyndon Johnson. My grandfather's good friend was Governor Coke Stevenson, defrauded out of the senate seat he rightfully won by the Johnson mysterious 87 vote "landslide".
However much I disliked and distrusted LBJ, however, I highly recommend Robert Caro's series on Johnson. Each of them is very readable and informative. I liked the first one best, though, "The Path to Power".
June 29 at 06:10 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Dad and mom were both Democrats [you couldn’t be from this area and not be in the 30's/40/s]. Dad went Republican for Eisenhower. Mom’s twin brother turned Republican at sometime during the FDR years –he said the math didn’t add up in FDR’s policies where farming was concerned. [When the federal government starts paying the farmer not to farm, the farmer’s in trouble. He just don’t know it, but he’s in big trouble. (So said my Uncle Buster )]

It took mom longer to see the light. She stayed with the Dems until Jimmy Carter; she voted for him the first time, and was a Reagan Republican from them on. She hated Carter for what he’d done the Shah and to Iran.

Dad never liked LBJ, but it was a funny thing about mom: no matter how big a Democrat she was, she never liked LBJ, either. She always said he was a snake. I could understand dad not liking him, but mother’s dislike was always a puzzle, but she sure didn’t like him.
July 1 at 10:10 EST .

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   StormCnter  An L-Dotter correspondent has told me he and his wife are enjoying Louise Penny's books, a mystery series set in Montreal. He cautions a reader should begin with the first one, not dip into a later book. Anyone else read Louise Penny? I confess I am unfamiliar with her, but have looked her up and am intrigued.
https://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&query=louise
+penny


And now, I'm going to drop the level of book discussion to a new low. When my father was alive, he joined me for long driving trips to the ranch on the other side of Texas. We enjoyed listening to many audio books, but the "Hank, the Cow Dog" series was his favorite. I've sent "Hank" books as gifts many times. The books are a hoot. Anyone else ever listened to or read one? John Erickson is a serious writer with serious historical tomes on his resumé, but the "Hank" books are pure fun.
https://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=john+erick
son&search_type=books
June 24 at 12:09 EST .

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   MeiDei  I & my book swapping friend are HUGE fans of Louise Penny's books! I think I've read all of them & yes, it's best to start from the beginning. All centers around the fictional hamlet of Three Pines in a remote area in Canada.
You meet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec and his lovely wife, & daughter, and the residents of Three Pines: an artist couple, Ruth the poet, the owners of the Bistro (prepare to salivate )& B&B, the bookshop owner & others. The difficulty is waiting for the next book to hit the shelves.
June 24 at 12:52 EST .

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   Gram77  Was in Books-A-Million and saw that a new book I have been watching for is now for sale. It is Summit by Harry Farthing. I think it might be worth spending the money. It takes our local library a good 10 months to get new books. Check it out on line, the summery sounds very interesting.
June 23 at 17:12 EST .

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   Daisymay  Just notified I am able to download "The Liar" by Nora Roberts. I've waited forever to get this from my Library (for my Kindle ). Hope it is worth the wait!
June 23 at 16:37 EST .

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