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Where Monsters Dwell by Jorgen Brekke

Jorgen Brekke’s debut mystery, Where Monsters Dwell, is a fascinating trove of miscellaneous bits and pieces of historical information woven into an intricate plot spanning five centuries and two continents.  From a mendicant monk in Bergen, Norway in 1528 to the … Continue reading

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Page Eight (DVD)

Page Eight is a British psychological thriller whose plot rests on the political machinations of the Prime Minister Alec Beasley as he attempts to conceal his knowledge of how the U. S. government used overseas prisons to torture suspected terrorists—knowledge that … Continue reading

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Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker

The charming community of St. Denis in southwestern France does not exist, but you can go there anytime you open one of Martin Walker’s mysteries featuring the engaging Bruno, Chief of Police.  In Bruno, Walker has created an appealing mix of … Continue reading

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Please Look After Mom by Kyung-sook Shin

“It’s been one week since Mom went missing.” So begins Please Look After Mom, a haunting book of random memories that, together, tell the story of a life—a daughter, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a friend—a life.  Told from different … Continue reading

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Longmire (DVD)

Walt Longmire, Sheriff of Absaroka County in Wyoming, is a take-charge, get-the-job-done kind of guy. In the rugged terrain he protects, “forensics” usually consists of Walt and his deputies examining the body before loading it into the pickup for transport.  … Continue reading

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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child takes the Russian/Alaskan folktale of the Snow Maiden and transforms it into a realistic fictional narrative about a middle-aged childless couple that leaves their old life behind to homestead in the Alaskan wilderness.  This new start however, … Continue reading

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project is a marvelous mix of mystery, romance and wit as related through the mind of the socially challenged Don Tillman, a geneticist with Asperger Syndrome who finds the whole dating process extremely inefficient.  Thus he develops a survey—otherwise known as … Continue reading

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Monica and David (DVD)

Monica and David is an interesting documentary that follows a bride and groom, both with Down Syndrome, from their wedding rehearsal through their first anniversary. It is an intimate and revealing portrait of the difficulties these adults and their caregivers … Continue reading

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

I first met Neil Gaiman among the ghosts of The Graveyard Book, a book whose end made me cry like I do whenever I listen to “Puff the Magic Dragon” and think of “that mighty dragon” who is left behind … Continue reading

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Maria Wern (DVD)

This interesting Swedish mini-series with English subtitles will appeal to those who enjoy police procedurals and international crime fiction. Maria Wern, recently widowed, has relocated her family to the picturesque Swedish island of Gotland seeking a quieter lifestyle for her … Continue reading

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