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Unto Us a Son Is Given – Donna Leon

Commissario Gido Brunetti is having a difficult conversation with his father-in-law, Count Orazio Falier. The Count is hoping that Brunetti will agree to look into the affairs of a mutual elderly friend. It seems that the friend is planning on … Continue reading

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If Cats Disappeared from the World – Genki Kawamura, trans by Eric Selland

If you were given only a few more days to live, just what would you do? Well, the young postman in this story is faced with that situation and sits down to write the 10 things he wants to do … Continue reading

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Devices and Desires: Bess of Hardwick and the Building of Elizabethan England – Kate Hubbard Harper

Hardwick Hall was built in the 1590s, when Bess was in her seventies. It is still remarkable with clean lines, ¬†amazing windows – ¬†more glass than wall. It was the grand finale of building projects for Bess of Hardwick. being … Continue reading

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The Wartime Sisters – Lynda Loigman

You would never think that Ruth and Millie were sisters. Ruth, three years older, was the responsible one, rather plain looking, very smart, and you could count on her to always do the right thing. But expectations were high for … Continue reading

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Code Name: Lise – The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy – Larry Loftis

Odette was born and raised in France. Her father died a hero in the First World War, and every Sunday afternoon she and her brother placed flowers on his grave. Her Grandfather told the children that in twenty or twenty-five … Continue reading

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Once Upon a River – Diane Setterfield

There was a tradition at the Swan, an ancient inn on the banks of the Thames. It was a tradition of storytelling. Joe Bliss was very good at storytelling. His wife ran the inn. Joe told the stories. And it … Continue reading

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The Au Pair – Emma Rous

Seraphine is in her father’s study at the estate on the Norfolk coast. Still shocked by her father’s accidental death, she’s struggling to clear the mass of papers and photographs, unhappy with the fact that there are no early pictures … Continue reading

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