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Voice of the Violin (04 Edition)
Voice of the Violin (04 Edition)
by Andrea Camilleri
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As with most things Italian, this story exudes atmosphere. It has an engaging inspector in Montalbano. Lean yet literate, this series is sure to gain popularity in the U.S. as it already has in Italy.... (read more)

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A Noble Radiance
A Noble Radiance
by Donna Leon
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"Anything that takes place in Venice immediately grabs my attention. This mystery series offers up a domestic side of the city without the usual romantic overlay and has subtly drawn characters in the detective Brunetti and his family. I can't wait to... (read more)

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Queen of the South
Queen of the South
by Arturo Perez-reverte
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This is the most full-blown novel yet from Pérez-Reverte, with a wonderfully drawn main character and a very intriguing plotline. If you've already enjoyed his work you'll be quite pleased with this one.... (read more)

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Dirt Music
Dirt Music
by Tim Winton
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What propels this work is the intensity of Winton's very poetic style. A plot like this with these characters would typically make me tear my hair out with irritation. Under Winton's paternal guidance (not unlike Thomas Hardy's) I was consistently... (read more)

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Fierce Pajamas: An Anthology of Humor Writing from the New Yorker
Fierce Pajamas: An Anthology of Humor Writing from the New Yorker
by David Remnick
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This makes the perfect gift for those who love a literary hit with their humor. A wonderful wide-ranging selection to read aloud with others or simply snicker at in the privacy of one's own personal reading space.... (read more)

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The Great Fire
The Great Fire
by Shirley Hazzard
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The Great Fire is one of the most sophisticated novels I’ve read in years. Beautiful writing and acute psychological insights.... (read more)

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The Coffee Trader (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
The Coffee Trader (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
by David Liss
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What grabbed me was the combination of historical atmosphere (Amsterdam during the time of Rembrandt) and a subtle sense of tension and intrigue in the plot line. The world's first commodities exchange and our present day Wall Street have much akin to... (read more)

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Started Early, Took My Dog
Started Early, Took My Dog
by Kate Atkinson
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Tracy Waterhouse is an oversized gem of a character — well worth chasing after through this perplexing maze of a plot. When she impulsively decides to buy an abused child from a prostitute on the street, mayhem ensues.  Just try to keep up. You'll... (read more)

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Acqua Alta
Acqua Alta
by Donna Leon
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"If you haven't treated yourself to this mystery series yet, you owe it to yourself to indulge. Venice in the rain. Get out your hip boots. There's a crime to be solved."... (read more)

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Peace Like a River
Peace Like a River
by Leif Enger
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"A lean and lovingly told story, drawn from Midwestern life, sparked with moments of the miraculous."... (read more)

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Queen of the South
Queen of the South
by Arturo Perez-Reverte
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This is the most full-blown novel yet from Pérez-Reverte, with a wonderfully drawn main character and a very intriguing plotline. If you've already enjoyed his work you'll be quite pleased with this one.... (read more)

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Dissolution
Dissolution
by C J Sansom
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With extremely good writing and a clever interweaving of history, C. J. Sansom has introduced a new mystery series that focuses on Tudor England and a protagonist who works for Thomas Cromwell. I'm looking forward to further investigations by this sharp,... (read more)

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Iron Council
Iron Council
by China Mieville
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In Iron Council, China Miéville delivers us back to the teeming metropolis of New Crobuzon. Its citizens (a fantastic array of creatures) are on the brink of revolution, and its government will use any means necessary to control the uprising. Fans of... (read more)

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The Cave
The Cave
by José Saramago
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This story, like the author's previous novel, All the Names, starts off with a seemingly simple plot line — almost fable-like — and develops in metaphoric and philosophic richness. Filled with wit and wisdom and finishing with a most wonderful ending,... (read more)

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The Book of Salt
The Book of Salt
by Monique Truong
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I enjoyed this book for its quirky story line — a young Vietnamese cook, who is also gay, comes to live in Paris with his brother who is an aspiring chef. After a brief stint working alongside his sibling he loses the job and comes to inquire for a... (read more)

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That Old Ace in the Hole
That Old Ace in the Hole
by Annie Proulx
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What engages the reader in this story is not a traditional plot line; rather, it's a garland of overtly detailed vignettes and anecdotes about a place and a roster of quirky characters that Proulx obviously loves creating. There's wit and wackiness... (read more)

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The Cutting Room
The Cutting Room
by Louise Welsh
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Wow! A first novel with an intriguing plot and totally believable characters. An excellent writer who allows you to empathize with a protagonist who is not always deserving.... (read more)

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The Cutting Room
The Cutting Room
by Louise Welsh
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Wow! A first novel with an intriguing plot and totally believable characters. An excellent writer who allows you to empathize with a protagonist who is not always deserving.... (read more)

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Codex: A Novel
Codex: A Novel
by Lev Grossman
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This clever literary thriller concentrates on a series of incidents that appear straightforward but grow more and more complicated as our protagonist's mission to track down an ancient codex runs eerily parallel to a virtual reality game he's become... (read more)

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The Dream of Scipio
The Dream of Scipio
by Iain Pears
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"This is a most unusual plotline — three men's lives are paralleled throughout history at times of great spiritual and political crisis and how each comes to terms with their significant roles that must be played out. So, we have the fall of the Roman... (read more)

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