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Currently Reading - The Sunday Philosophy Club, Alexander McCall Smith

The need for a fill-in book, one that can be read a chapter or short segment at a time as required, is something that always comes up so this book seemed to meet the requirement.

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Currently Reading - Shadow of the Rock, Thomas Mogford

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Interesting combination of setting - Gibraltar and Tangiers.

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A humid summer night in Gibraltar. Lawyer Spike Sanguinetti finds Solomon Hassan, an old school friend, waiting on his doorstep.

Accused of murdering a Spanish girl in Tangier, Solomon swears his innocence. He has managed to skip across the straits, but the Moroccan authorities demand his return.

Currently Reading - When We Were Kittens, David Greagg

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Loved the first book (Dougal's Diary) so much went out and acquired two cats from the RSPCA. There's a certain nervous tension about the place at present...

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The gentleman cat’s account of his wonderful and challenging life follows his bestselling first book, Dougal’s Diary.

Dougal and Shadow are still living with Man, Woman and Belladonna – the Senior Cat and boss of the house – but the pair are now, mostly, all grown up.

Before They Were Writers - video from Open Road Media

Great idea from Open Road Media now posted on YouTube:

"I was always collecting anecdotes on scraps of paper, I would write notes on old hamburger wrappers . . . In a way, I was a writer and I didn't know it," explains novelist and former policeman Joseph Wambaugh. In this short video, thriller and mystery authors Charles McCarry, T. J. English, Martyn Waites, and Ken Bruen speak about the jobs and experiences that inspired their work and led them to a career in writing."

Currently Reading - Mercy, Jussi Adler-Olsen (aka The Keeper of Lost Causes)

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I have to confess that I rushed out and got this book as soon as it was released. And then backed away from reading it. Mostly because everyone was reading / talking about this book and I was starting to wonder if I could look at it dispassionately. But there's only so long you can wait ....

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Currently Reading - The Good Thief's Guide to Paris, Chris Ewan

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Second of this series, which I've had lurking around here for a very long time.

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Charlie Howard—globe-trotting mystery writer, professional thief, and poor decision maker—is in Paris. Flush with the success of his latest book reading, not to mention a few too many glasses of wine, Charlie agrees to show a complete novice how to break into an apartment in the Marais. Fast-forward twenty-four hours and Charlie’s hired to steal an ordinary-looking oil painting—from the exact same address.

Currently Reading - The Geneva Trap, Stella Rimington

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7th book in the Liz Carlyle series, which means, in no particular surprise, I'm behind again... It doesn't seem to be mattering though - this grabbed from the very first paragraph.

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Geneva, 2012. When a Russian intelligence officer approaches MI5 with vital information about the imminent cyber-sabotage of an Anglo-American Defence programme, he refuses to talk to anyone but Liz Carlyle. But who is he, and what is his connection to the British agent?

Currently Reading - Shatter the Bones, Stuart MacBride

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For some stupid reason I've been hoarding this book for the longest time. Which is daft, because I really really really really love this series. And not just because of DI Steele. Well maybe a little bit because of DI Steele. But mostly because I absolutely love the combination of dry, dark humour, and dark, pointed scenarios.

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