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As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Flavia de Luce Mysteries) by Alan Bradley
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Flavia de Luce Mysteries)

Peggy Arthurs, January 1, 2015

So much seemed resolved in the last book The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches that I was afraid this next book with Flavia going away to school would be less of everything we have come to love about the books and the characters. Boy was I wrong! Even though Flavia is away from Buckshaw and all the characters we learned to love she's still our beloved Flavia and wherever she is there is fun! And murder!

Flavia is being groomed to follow in her mother's footsteps as a secret agent or spy, we're not really told. Here in Miss Bodycote's Female Academy she has a larger than life image to live up to in her mother. Can she do it? Who can she trust in this land far from home? Not only do we have the wonderful antics of Flavia here at the school but a whole group of girls there for just the same reason as she! Lots of brainy, quirky girls to love! We still get glimpses of home and family through letters from Dogger and Flavia's memory as she draws on things that happened or were said to help her on her journey. Great series!
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Nest by Esther Ehrlich

Peggy Arthurs, September 29, 2014

This was a wonderful book! I fell in love with Chirp and with her friend Joey. I truly hated for the story to end. I'd love to see a continuation of their story as they grow up.

The sense of place was strong. The family was Jewish and I enjoyed the yiddish words and little peeks into their traditions. The characters grew and evolved through the events. And I learned a lot about birds! A book I look forward to reading with my grand-kids.
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The Blackhouse by Peter May
The Blackhouse

Peggy Arthurs, September 13, 2014

Vivid, gorgeous descriptions of the Isle of Lewis. Wonderful sense of place. Interesting complicated relationships. The story moves flawlessly between current day and his memories of his youth on Lewis. His memories are told in first person and present day in the third person. Almost like two stories weaving in and out of each other and coming together in one superb, climatic ending I was not expecting!

This is a book that will stay with you and might possibly be my favorite book read this year! I can't wait to get onto the next one in the series!

You just have to go to the author's website click on The Lewis Trilogy to the left and check out all the extra's on this series available there!
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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A Man Called Ove

Peggy Arthurs, August 26, 2014

Quirky character got me interested in this book. And Ove is quirky! And I absolutely loved him! Ove is pronounced 'uu'-ve the uu sounds like the u in rule and the ve like vay. I looked it up!

The writing is wonderful, the characters excellent. I felt like I knew the whole neighborhood by the end of the book and I hated it to end. I hate to give too much away, but Ove is trying to commit suicide throughout the whole book and he is constantly interrupted, by his neighbors whom he really wants nothing to do with, and a stray cat that seems to have adopted him. Such a serious matter and yet so very funny. I laughed out loud, a lot. Lots of tender moments to that bring you to tears.

'Ove stands there with his hands in his pockets. The cat beside him looks as if it would do the same, if it had pockets.'

'He knew better than to speak ill of what she loved; after all he understood very keenly how it was to receive her love when no one else could understand why he was worthy of it.'

A beautiful, funny tale of loss, love and reconciliation. I hope you get a chance to read it and fall in love with Ove too. We can all learn a lot from him.
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The Removers by Andrew Meredith
The Removers

Peggy Arthurs, July 3, 2014

This was a good book. I just about read it right through in one sitting. The story skipped back and forth a little to when he was young and before the firing and after the firing, but it didn't distract. I had a hard time putting the book down to go to bed. I was compelled to finish and see how things turned out for Andrew and his family.

Pretty graphic descriptions of dead bodies, especially the one that had lain for a week before anyone checked on him, and what happens to a body during cremation. But it was really interesting learning about this aspect of what happens when someone dies.

I'm glad Andrew invited us on his journey through a fractured family. How he finally came to be comfortable with himself, to see he had value and something to contribute to life. We all have traumas and drama in our families. But what he learned and shared with you and I is that the important thing is our response to them. Worth a look! I recommend it.
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