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Crime in a dangerous time

2 crime stories by Volker Kutscher evoke Berlin on the eve of the Nazi ascent.  In “Babylon Berlin”, police discover a body with no identity who had clearly been tortured.  Investigator Gereon Rath discovers a connection with a circle of … Continue reading

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Summer sleepers

In “A Shout in the Ruins” by Kevin Powers, the traumatic impact of the Civil War is followed across the generations of 2 families from the same plantation, one white and one black.  “Gods of Howl Mountain” by Taylor Brown … Continue reading

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Back to the Beach

“Beach House Reunion” by Mary Alice Monroe dusts off the venerable ‘cant-go-home-again’ theme, with nieces and grannies and babies on hand to raise sand on the Isle of Palms.  A wildlife sanctuary subplot offers some diversity.  “The High Tide Club” … Continue reading

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Ordinary heroes

Heroism on a more mundane level is on hand in Clint Eastwood’s “The 15:17 to Paris”. Two off-duty servicemen and a college student board a train to Paris which it is high-jacked by a terrorist.    Eastwood ‘shoots with documentary-style immediacy’ … Continue reading

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Superheros

In “Black Panther” T’Challa (the Marvel super hero) returns to his homeland to be crowned king but finds his sovereignty challenged by a new adversary.  Along with the striking visuals and action sequences, director Ryan Coogler has  added  a layer … Continue reading

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Whodunits

  In “The Knowledge” by Martha Grimes, Richard Jury investigates the shooting of an American physicist and his wife outside a swank London casino.  In “The Glass Room” by Ann Cleeves, Vera Stanhope finds herself in an Agatha Christie style  … Continue reading

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UPS Drop

   The man in the little brown dropped by with a box of new books and audios.  We should have them ready to go by the weekend.  If you see one you want, let us know and we will get … Continue reading

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