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What are you reading this weekend?

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This weekend I'm going to read Ian Rankin's Saints of the Shadow Bible. Rankin's past books featuring Edinburgh homicide detective John Rebus have been good, and Marilyn Stasio called Saints of the Shadow Bible a "terrific new procedural" in her New York Times column.  

So, that's what I'm into this weekend. You?

Longbourn by Jo Baker. Have Your Read It?

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Last night I finished reading Longbourn by Jo Baker.   The novel is about the lives and dramas of the servants in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.  I found it to be a pleasant read, with the second half of the book a bit more engaging than the first.  It is not, however,  groundbreaking fiction.

Have you read Longbourn?  What did you think?  It has inspired me to read again Austen's novel.


The Good Cop is a Good Book

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I wrapped up reading Brad Parks' A Good Cop.  It was the type of mystery book that I enjoy: engaging, humorous at times, and simply entertaining to read.  A Good Cop is one of a series of books by Parks that features a character named Carter Ross.  Ross is an investigative reporter for the Newark Eagle-Examiner. In this outing, Ross looks into the apparent suicide of a police officer.  Of course, things are not as they seem and Ross sets out to break open the story.

Check out The Good Cop: A Mystery (Carter Ross Mysteries) if you need a book to cozy up with during this spell of cold winter.

What are you reading this weekend?

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I've finished reading Mohsin Hamid's excellent novel How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.  If you are looking for a weekend read, check it out.  The story is cast as a self-help book and follows the life, loves, and ambitions of an unnamed man, living in an unnamed country, as he makes his way in a new world order. A lively, engaging, and memorable story.  I now intend to go back and read the author's debut novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist.


With that wrapped up, this weekend I'm turning to The Good Cop, which is the fourth installment in one of my favorite mystery series. The series is created by Brad Parks and features a protagonist named Carter Ross, an investigative reporter at the Newark Eagle-Examiner.  I love the tone of these books: mystery with a dash of levity.

That's what's on my reading agenda.  And you?


Welcome 2014

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New Year's Day sunrise in southern Arizona.