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Death at the Sign of the Rook

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« Peppered with the author's signature dry (and often laugh-out-loud) humour, this is PI Jackson Brodie, former cop and always wise guy, at his most unflappable. Hired to track a stolen painting, lifted from a country estate by a mysterious woman who just may have many more crimes up her…

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Knife River

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« An unrelenting read that works its way deep inside your head, leaving thoughts and impressions that have lingered with this reader, beyond the page. Knife River, a small town in NY, based in a valley between two forests, is the setting for this atmospheric tale of sisters tormented by…

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πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸβž• An absolute delight, this middle-grade story is voiced for us by eleven-year old Tig herself, weaving a first person narrative that so rings with authenticity, poignancy and most of all, charm, it is impossible for the reader not to fall completely under her spell. Heartlessly abandoned by her alcoholic…

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The Offing

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 An excellent thriller unravelling the tale of two young American women, friends for life, and their harrowing trip to Far North Queensland Australia - a trip of a lifetime and one that is also driven by secrets - facts hidden that will in fact come to change the entire…

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North Woods

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 An exceptional read, with dozens of interesting characters and their stories, a historical perspective, and a thought-provoking message - bundled with gorgeous depictions of nature and its glory. This book is a literary (so historical it is almost scholarly) look at life surrounding, subsuming and begetting more life in…

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Why We Remember

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸβž• This brilliant book completely changed the way this reader will think about remembering. Written by a clinical psychologist who is also a neurologist, the author offers a sweeping perspective on memory : what it is and how it works (or why we remember); how we use memory to orient…

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Still I Cannot Save You

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 This candid and beautifully written memoir is a heartbreaking look at family, sisters in particular, and the healing we can and cannot do. As Kelly, an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, comes to terms with her relationship with her maddening, often dishonest and drug-addicted sister, Meghan, it’s not…

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Baby X

🌟🌟🌟🌟 Imaginative and intricate, this sci-fi thriller blends a near-future world of inventive hi-tech gadgets and norms (fantastical, but perhaps only barely), with a thoughtful commentary on engineered procreation - in this case labeled β€œprecision reproduction” - and its affect on the fragile identities of the generations of these humans…

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🌟🌟🌟🌟 A claustrophobic thriller set in a fascinating location - aboard an expedition cruise set for the icy splendor of Antarctica. In this case, before the ship has even set sail, sinister and unexplained happenings are afoot. When a man is kidnapped enroute to boarding for the soon-to-depart cruise, it…

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Roy is not a Dog

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A gorgeously illustrated tribute to diversity, this sweet book is as beautiful to look at as it is thoughtfully messaged. Not to mention funny, playful, and oh so charming. When Weasel, a little boy who notices everything in his neighborhood of Lilypod Lane, identifies a strange house with an…

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