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I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

Alan Bradley scores again with I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, the latest Flavia de Luce mystery. Eleven-year-old Flavia is the youngest de Luce daughter, a chemist and de facto detective, solving mysteries in her moldering ancestral mansion, Buckshaw. In Shadows, … Continue reading

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Copperfield’s Turns 30

The local independent booksellers, Copperfield’s, turned 30 last weekend.  On Saturday all of their stores had 30% off all day, and at noon they had cake.  Copperfield’s is not my favorite independent bookseller—that would be the Four-Eyed Frog, followed closely … Continue reading

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Magical Alaska

Though Not Dead/ Dana Stabenow Minotaur Books, 2011  Kate Shugak, five-foot-nothing, but extraordinarily strong, with lightning reflexes and amazing endurance, is the heir to a tiny kingdom called Niniltna.  Her talking wolf Mutt is her closest friend.  Kate was trained … Continue reading

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Interiors: The Private Patient

The Private Patient/P.D. James Vintage, 2010 Whether it’s describing a publishing house along the river, a small local museum or a religious community, PD James is adept at setting her mysteries in interesting spaces.  Invariably, the fate of the place … Continue reading

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Bones is Back, Baby!

Bones is back!  In the space that the Meza Grill had, it fills Main Street with the rich aroma of barbecue.  At noon on Friday its parking lot was packed.  Yeah, baby!  I’m not a barbecue expert.  I don’t even … Continue reading

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