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Old 10-28-2013, 01:44 PM
 
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I guess when I'm in the mood for "mystery", I'll check out his Number One Ladies Detective Agency. Thanks for the recommendation from so many!!
My mother and I both read Number One Ladies Detective Agency and we both enjoyed it as well.
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:50 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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OMG! And I always thought it was just a joke! I think I would've liked Alice.
Me too and also I think I would have liked her father Teddy as well . Quite the jokester he was too , I read a book where he would tease the servants and turn pictures around and they would come around and turn them back and in the morning they would be turned around again ....I like a jovial spirit and I sure think he had one .
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:51 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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My mother and I both read Number One Ladies Detective Agency and we both enjoyed it as well.
I have read all of them in the series and just loved it . I love prescious and her lady secretary too funny and smart .
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Old 10-28-2013, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Not where I want to be
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I just read two ebooks, "Sold into Slavery: The Story of Adaku, A Black Slave Woman Part I" and "Sold into Slavery: The Middle Passage, The Story of Adaku Part II". They are told in the 1st person like a diary. I found them very powerful and utterly horrific. Shame, shame, shame on the white man and shame, shame, shame on the natives who captured and sold their own kind.
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Old 10-28-2013, 02:56 PM
 
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I just read two ebooks, "Sold into Slavery: The Story of Adaku, A Black Slave Woman Part I" and "Sold into Slavery: The Middle Passage, The Story of Adaku Part II". They are told in the 1st person like a diary. I found them very powerful and utterly horrific. Shame, shame, shame on the white man and shame, shame, shame on the natives who captured and sold their own kind.
I could not read it for the horror. Indeed, I think slavery is mankind's greatest wrong. It's a black eye to Americans that we were the last bastions of commercial slavery, though I understand the sex slave industry larger than history.
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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It started off pretty well but... oy. I have about 50 pages left of We Are Water by Wally Lamb and I'm struggling to finish it. It's just so soap opera-ish. I will finish it and I will be glad that it's over. His needless use of ellipses was overshadowed by some very stilted dialogue, but the soap opera tendencies just put it over the edge for me. I can't say that I'd recommend it, although your experience with it may be better.
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:02 PM
 
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It started off pretty well but... oy. I have about 50 pages left of We Are Water by Wally Lamb and I'm struggling to finish it. It's just so soap opera-ish. I will finish it and I will be glad that it's over. His needless use of ellipses was overshadowed by some very stilted dialogue, but the soap opera tendencies just put it over the edge for me. I can't say that I'd recommend it, although your experience with it may be better.
Dang! And you were so looking forward to it.
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Old 10-28-2013, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I finished Jake Needham's The Ambassador's Wife and I totally enjoyed it.

Taking place in Singapore makes it even more interesting. This man can write and his ability to get the reader inside the head of the hero, Inspector Samuel Tay, is amazing. We really know Tay. Really, really. The story unfolds with, guess what: The murder of the American Ambassador's wife. The author is obviously very clever and his protagonist is also very clever. But Tay is also a totally likeable fellow as long as an interacting character does not say idiotic things. I absolutely love how we know what the guy is thinking and how his mind works. He susses things out and we go along for the ride.

I truly enjoyed this book. It's so good that I have bought the 2nd in the series. I highly recommend it.
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:54 AM
 
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I might have to give The Number One Ladies Detective Agency series a try again. I picked up this book in an airport years ago and just couldn't get into it at all. I was so frustrated because it was the only choice I brought with me so when it wasn't "the right book" right then, I never went back and tried it again.

Add it to the (ever-growing) list.
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:51 AM
 
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I finished Jake Needham's The Ambassador's Wife and I totally enjoyed it.

... But Tay is also a totally likeable fellow as long as an interacting character does not say idiotic things. I absolutely love how we know what the guy is thinking and how his mind works. He susses things out and we go along for the ride.
That is exactly how I like to read mysteries; I don't even try to figure it out, and if I do figure it out, I dislike it for being predictable.

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Add it to the (ever-growing) list.
I know what you mean. I feel like a title hoarder!

I've grown weary of "Grimpow," since the author has started recording the scientific discoveries of the boy who holds the philosopher's stone. It seems like it's just become the means for the author to describe all the discoveries made (that appeal to him) and it's boring. I am not bored by science -- love it, but I don't want to listen to a wonder of an medieval adolescent about the discoveries of astronomy and mathematics. If it continues much farther without something happening I am going to toss it for a more interesting read -- like "Chatterton"! (The hardbound arrived from Amazon, yesterday! )
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