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  • The Girl on the Train by Hawkins, Paula
    ★☆☆☆☆

    Yes there is a major twist at the end.  Yes the author keeps the reader guessing about what happened to Megan Hipwell. Yes there are plenty of surprises in store.  But what this book lacks is a SINGLE likeable character.  They are all rather pathetic and maladjusted each in their own way.  Dark, dreary, and depressing.  

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Mar 31, 2017

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  • The Lost City of Z : A Tale of Deadly Obsession… by Grann, David
    ★★★★☆

    The Lost City of Z is an enthralling account of one man's obsession.  Set during. the age of exploration in the early twentieth century, this book chronicles Percy Fawcett's life-long passion to find the mythical and magical lost city of Z deep within the Amazonian jungle.  His quest ultimately led to his disappearance along with that of his son, Jack, and Jack's friend, Raleigh Rimell.  Since their disappearance many other adventurers have gone into one of the most inhospitable places on earth to search for clues as to what happened to these explorers,  It seems, at long last, the author has come up with an extremely plausible explanation.  The complete truth will never be known.

    As an interesting coincidence--not long after I finished reading this book I learned that there is a movie being released chronicling Percy Fawcett's life and his quest for the lost city of Z.

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Mar 31, 2017

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  • Missing, Presumed : A Novel by Steiner, Susie
    ★★☆☆☆

    Missing Presumed tells the story of a young woman, Edith Hind, who vanishes one day without a trace.  Manon Bradshaw, a tough, but vulnerable Detective Sergeant with the Cambridgeshire Police, is called in to investigate.  There is no dearth of suspects including Edith's friends, her boyfriend, and a mysterious stranger who inserts himself into the case--and into Manon's life.  Not even those closest to her, her parents, are immune from suspicion.  

    There are no sympathetic characters in this book thus making it difficult to care very much about what happened to Edith and how her disappearance is linked to the murder of a local youth, Taylor Dent.  Basically a waste of time.

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Mar 31, 2017

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  • No Dark Place by Wolf, Joan
    ★★★★☆

    No Dark Place is set in Norman England, a time when allegiance could mean the difference between life and death.  When Hugh Corbaille loses his foster father, Ralf Corbaille, Sheriff of  Lincoln at the Battle of the Standard he is bereft.  When a mysterious stranger approaches one of his standard bearers claiming Hugh looks so much like the long-lost son of a powerful Earl who had been murdered thirteen years earlier, Hugh's man advises the stranger not to speak to Hugh at such an emotional time.  When the stranger comes back months later Hugh has taken over his foster-father's estates.  When the truth is revealed to Hugh, he refuses to believe this man he doesn't know.  But he agrees to go with him to meet members of his family, a family he has no recollection of.  Set during the time of Matilda's claims to the English throne over the ensconced King Stephen, this book gets at the heart of political intrigue and how the power plays of the mighty have great effect on the entire population.  

    Well-written and thoroughly researched, No Dark Place holds the reader's interest without becoming mired in historical facts.  It was a pleasant read.

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Mar 31, 2017

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  • His Bloody Project : Documents Relating to the… by Burnet, Graeme Macrae
    ★★★☆☆

    The mystery behind His Bloody Project is not who killed Lachlan Mackenzie and his two children, teenage Flora and young Donald, but why.  Written in the style of collected documents regarding the case include witness statements, newspaper articles, an account written by the murderer himself, and an account of the subsequent trial.  Set in rural Scotland in 1869, this book tells of the daily lives of the inhabitants of Culdie, Ross-shire.  In this small farming community not much changes from day to day until the day when Roderick Macrae, aged 17, brutally murdered his neighbor and parish constable, Lachlan Mackenzie and his two children.  Was Roddy Macrae a wicked young man who murdered out of vengeance?  Or were the crimes committed because of some mental disorder?  Which account of what happened is more truthful--that of Roddy himself or that put forward by agents of the court?  Was Roddy really to blame or was the real culprit the oppressive system of local governance forced upon residents of Culdie?

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Mar 31, 2017

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  • The girl with the dragon tattoo by Larsson, Stieg,
    ★★★★☆

    What can I say? I don’t think I can add much more accolades to this novel than what has already been thrown out there. I hesitated in reading this because I knew there would be sexual violence and certain acts of mutilation I am uncomfortable with.

    I was starkly impressed with the gravity of the plot, the meandering nature of how the mystery unfolded.

    Great read...not always delightful but great.

    Reviewed by LaBae D on Feb 21, 2017

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