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The Songcatcher

McCrumb, Sharyn
A song travels through a family, pass down through the generations. Very good, of course.

QUOTE:

She had been his Sunday school teacher years ago, with a sternness that gave renewed meaning to the term Christian soldiers. --pg. 293

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12/2003

The Windsor Know

McCrumb, Sharyn
Elizabeth Macpherson tries to get married while solving murders and disappearances.

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10/2000

The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

McCullers, Carson
A group of people in a Southern town. Deaf-mute guy, teen girl, cafe owner, the black doctor and his daughter, and others. Nicely written.

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10/2014

The Member Of The Wedding

McCullers, Carson
This book was hard to read. That is, it went very slowly, and I found myself re-reading portions I had glazed over. Being a little paperback did not help! Some of it was a bit disturbing, too. I'm glad I read it. Maybe I'll watch the movie sometime. And I wonder how Frankie turned out in the end.

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11/2013

The Wright Brothers

McCullough, David
Interesting story of the Wright family, and especially the two famous brothers. Lots of pictures.

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10/2016

Cauldron

McDevitt, Jack
Hutch travels to nearly the center of the galaxy to find out where those darn Omegas are coming from, and why.

Words I Had To Look Up:

superluminals (pg. 373) -- FTL spaceships.

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10/2009

Skylar

McDonald, Gregory
He wrote the Fletch series. This story takes place in the South. A studly young handsome is accused of murder. Rated R

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7/1998

Every Heart A Doorway

McGuire, Seanan
Kids who disappeared and reappeared are sent by their desperate parents to a peculiar school run by Miss Eleanor West. Really nicely written. First of a series.

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2/2018

The Ablative Case

McInerny, Ralph
Kinapping goes wrong. Wrong people keep getting kidnapped, and bodies keep ending up in people's cars... Book ends suddenly.

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9/2003

Widow's Mate

McInerny, Ralph
A confusing mystery of a body in a cement mixer, multiple girlfriends, and money. Who is that bearded guy in Kentucky? Who lets their kid have a trap door?

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7/2010

Avalanche

Mcmanus, Patrick
I can't believe I don't have any other books by this author on The Big List! I've read several, and many of his stories in Outdoor Life. I enjoy his comedic outdoor adventures. This is a light mystery, taking place in Idaho, as far as I can tell, the second of the Sheriff Bo Tully series. Some editing boo-boos (A character is called by the wrong name; Bo visits a crime scene that he has already visited, yet asks directions to it.). Interesting characters, but not a lot of depth. I guess I said "light mystery", didn't I!

Smoke Quote:

"Those things are already killing me," Tully said. "I might as well smoke them myself."

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8/2007

The Blight Way

Mcmanus, Patrick
Sheriff Bo Tully investigates the murder of a man found on a fence. He meets Susan the medical examiner.

Smoke Quote:

He wondered how much they paid ambulance personnel these days, that they could afford to smoke. (pg. 73)

Library Quote:

"They all had ID of some kind, Bo. You count a library card as ID, don't you?"
"It's one of the best, Ernie."

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8/2011

Remote Control

McNab, Andy
British agent Nick Stone tries to find out who BLOODILY murdered his friend in Washington, D.C.

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3/2001

The Book Of Ralph

McNally, John
Hank recounts his inadvertent adventures with Ralph, who is quite the character. The shenanigans run from burglary to involvement in a murder.
The author seems to have confused CB "channels" with "stations", unless this is a Chicago thing. It certainly is not in the Big Dummy's Guide To CB Radio!

Quote:

"You see anything good?"
"What do you mean?"
"Cassette deck, turntables, ham radio?"
"Ham radio? What's a ham radio?? (pg. 98)

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"See!" she said. "It's always about you!"
I started for my bike, but I yelled behind me. "I'm me! Why shouldn't it be about me?" (pg. 158)

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8/2009

Snow Treasure

McSwigan, Marie
A Norse boy named Peter leads the children of their village in transporting the town's gold from the bank to a fishing boat so the Nazis don't steal it. Written in 1942, interestingly. Recommended by Tiffany.

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11/2009

Clear For Action!

Meader, Stephen W.
Rousing story of young Jeff Robbins who signs on a cargo schooner just before the start of the War of 1812 and pressed-ganged into service on a British warship. Good stuff!

Words I Had To Look Up:

Right as a trivet (pg. 312) -- Initially "as steady as a trivet", implying stability. In the book, "right as rain" might have fit the sentence better, though.

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10/2008

How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life

Medwed, Mameve
Abby inherits a chamberpot from her mother and takes it to The Antiques Roadshow. Pretty good, chicklit?

Words I Had To Look Up:

Madeleine -- A sweet scallop-shaped cake.

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7/2006

Christmas Cookie Murders

Meier, Leslie
Lucy Stone lives in a small town in Maine and aggravates the local police by solving murders. Two recipes.

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5/2001

The Apothecary

Meloy, Maile
Janie's parents have to leave the U.S. for England in 1952 because of persecution by the government. Janie a little trouble adjusting, but then she meets an interesting boy. And THEN things get weird.

I enjoyed this story very much, and especially the observations on post-ware life in London.

I should have realized there was gonna be a sequel!

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10/2013

Strength And Honor

Meluch, R.M.
Last book (#4) in the U.S.S. Merrimack series. Ties things up nicely.

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2/2013
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