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Author: Monica Fox

Beyond the Highland Mist

Beyond the Highland Mist

I had been suffering, as many people have, from “Droughtlander”, the emptiness created while waiting for Season 3 of Outlanders.  In desperation, I searched through the CRDL catalog looking for something to satisfy the longing to hear/read Scottish voices weaving stories of plaid, love, magic, lairds and warriors and came across a series by Karen Marie Moning called the “Highlander Romances”.  I checked out book one, Beyond the Highland Mist, and was treated to an engaging and steamy story of…

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The One & Only

The One & Only

Shea Rigsby is in her early thirties and is stuck in a dead end relationship with a man her friends describe as a loser.  She knows she doesn’t want to marry him, but she is comfortable working as a publicist/reporter in the athletic department for Walker College, a college in the small town of Walker, Texas where she is near her mother and her best friend, Lucy who happens to be the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr.  After Shea’s parents…

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Arm Candy

Arm Candy

Nearing the big 4-0 age group is bothering Eden.  For two decades, she has been a model for the famous painter Otto, also her long time lover.  When she finally gets the nerve to leave Otto after his numerous love affairs with other women, she worries that without her looks, she will not be able to find another man.  Eden’s friends take her out and reassure her that she is still a stunning beauty and they encourage her to get out and meet men. …

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Louisiana Saves the Library

Louisiana Saves the Library

Things aren’t going well for Louisiana (Louise) Richardson.  After her husband left her, she moved to Saint Jude, Louisiana with her children to work at the university as a Library Science professor.  As her life was just beginning to settle down, the university eliminated the Library Science department and everything is up in the air again.  But thanks to her flamboyant, fashion conscious friend Sylvia, both Louise and Sylvia land positions at the Alligator Bayou Parish’s struggling library.  The library is seriously stuck in…

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Like grandfather, like grandson

Like grandfather, like grandson

When our son was in grade school and middle school, it was often a challenge to find something he would actually sit down to read.  The secret formula seemed to be non-fiction, lots of pictures, natural disasters with some believe-it-or-not thrown in for good measure.  So recently when my 96 year-old Father-in-law came for a visit and needed something to occupy him while my husband and I were at work, I turned to my formula and found “Extraordinary people :…

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The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax!

The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax!

Mrs. Pollifax is a lovable grandmother type who just happens to be a secret CIA operative!  Just as she is settling in for tea, she receives an urgent call from Mr. Carstairs, an agent at the CIA, asking her to leave immediately for Istanbul to help rescue a secret agent.  Amid concerns that she will miss next week’s Art Association tea, she agrees to help the CIA since she longs to be useful and loves the exhilaration of the dangerous…

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New Year’s Eve Murder

New Year’s Eve Murder

Lucy Stone is a part-time newspaper reporter in Tinker’s Cove, Maine and can’t resist investing a good crime/mystery, even when one of the victims is her daughter.  While in New York with her daughter, Elizabeth, after winning an all-expenses-paid mother-daughter makeover from Jolie magazine, the magazine’s fashion editor suddenly falls ill and dies and Elizabeth appears to have the same symptoms and is rushed to the hospital.  Lucy begins investigating at the magazine and finds a tense, bickering staff who…

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Chief Inspector Gamache is on another case!

Chief Inspector Gamache is on another case!

I picked up this Louise Penny audiobook when browsing the shelves and was not aware of the treat that was awaiting me!  The Brutal Telling is #5 in the series of 12+ Inspector Gamache novels and begins with the respected pub owner in Three Pines paying a visit to a hermit friend in the woods, only to discover the hermit’s body in the pub the next morning.  Inspector Gamache’s investigation finds that the body has been moved to the pub…

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The making of “The Sun also Rises”

The making of “The Sun also Rises”

Everybody behaves badly : the true story behind Hemingway’s masterpiece “The Sun Also Rises” by Lesley Blume tells the story of the events that lead to the writing of this classic novel.  Blume reveals many details about the characters in the story, particularly the fact that they are all based on real-life friends and acquaintances of Hemingway’s.  This fascinating book gives a behind the scenes look at Hemingway’s personality and his life in Europe when working on his first novel. …

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“The widow”

“The widow”

Jean Taylor’s husband has just died and she isn’t the grief stricken widow that people assume she is.  She has been hiding secrets about her husband for years and she must now decide who she is and what she wants to reveal.  The audio book of “The widow” is narrated by several people playing the roles of the characters in the novel.  It’s a potentially interesting story, but the novel goes back and forth in time so you need to…

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