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The Alchemyst

Scott, Michael
Twins Josh and Sophie become embroiled in a war for the survival of humanity, to their dismay. Book one of how many to come? The author says many of the characters are based on historical and mythological figures. Pretty good!

Words I Had To Look Up:

sigils (pg. 314) -- Signs, words, or devices held to have occult power in astrology or magic
pergola (pg. 366) -- An arbor or a passageway of columns supporting a roof of trelliswork on which climbing plants are trained to grow.

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...Sophie leaned over and hit the windshield wiper switch. The heavy blades activated...and simply swept the bird off the hood in a flurry of feathers and a shrill croak of surprise. (pg. 98) Mere mortal SUV wipers can sweep a Dire-Crow, "huge" bird, right off the hood? A bird that can peck through windshield glass? I think NOT!

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3/2009

The Enchantress

Scott, Michael
Book six of the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. I started this series four years ago, and now it is finished. Some weeps at the end. I enjoyed the series, and especially the occasional humor. I am sure my neighbors wondered what I was chortling about.

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3/2014

The Magician

Scott, Michael
The second volume in the series. Sophie and Josh are now in Paris. Perenelle is imprisoned in Alcatraz. Couldn't put it down!

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5/2009

The Necromancer

Scott, Michael
Another volume in the Adventures of Josh and Sophie. Volume four, to be precise. Well, now we know what happened to Virginia Dare!

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2/2012

The Sorceress

Scott, Michael
Third book in the series. Perry is still trapped at Alcatraz, the twins are now in London. It's what, day four? Yikes!

Words I Had To Look Up:

Gabriel Hounds...Ratchets (pg. 206) -- Gabriel Hounds are a pack of spectral hounds said to be haunting Britain during the Wild Hunt. Ratchet is the archaic term to describe a hound hunting by scent. Mary Stewart wrote a book titled The Gabriel Hounds.

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"It's a conjugation," Sophie said in awe. (pg. 286) -- It's a conjugation of conjurations!

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9/2009

The Warlock

Scott, Michael
Book #5 in the series. Lots of stuff happens. San Francisco may get eaten by monsters. I can't remember what happened in the previous books. Volume #6 awaits.

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3/2014

Courting trouble

Scottoline, Lisa
Anne Murphy finds out from a newspaper that she was murdered. Her co-lawyers at Resato & Assc. help her track the the perp.

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7/2005

Daddy's Girl

Scottoline, Lisa
Law Prof. Nat gets banged up when she visits a law class for inmates at a prison. Eventually solves a crime. Book moves right along, but didn't care for "surprise" ending. Read the Readers Digest Condensed edition.

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9/2007

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4/2011

Dead ringer

Scottoline, Lisa
Bennie Rosato takes on a class action suit, sends Mary off on her Italian relocation camp adventure.

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10/2004

Devil's corner

Scottoline, Lisa
Vicki Allegretti, a government prosecuter, does some un-authorized investing and breaks up a crack cocaine operation.

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6/2005

Dirty Blonde

Scottoline, Lisa
Judge Cate has a secret life that is about to be exposed as a television series. Interesting information about coal mining fires in Pennsylvania.

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6/2006

Killer Smile

Scottoline, Lisa
Mary DiNunzio is working on a case involving a man who died in the relocation camps of World War II.

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10/2004

Lady Killer

Scottoline, Lisa
Mary is asked to help one of the "Mean Girls" she knew in high school. Mary seems a bit ditzy and unorganized. She needs to FOCUS!

Words I Had To Look Up:

Ensconced (pg. 75) -- To settle oneself securely or comfortably, or to place or conceal in a secure place. In the text, Fung is ensconced by Giulia's bosom, so I'm not sure which meaning is correct...
Camarr (pg. 92) -- Can't find a translation. Friend, buddy?
Cavone (pg. 93) -- Disrespectful, lower class.
Locatelli (pg. 177) -- A hard, sharp, cheese. Which the text says, two pages before...

Smoke Quote:

Giulia's hair smelled of its trademark mousse-and-Marlboros, but for the first time, Mary almost liked the scent. It smelled kind of grown up. Maybe she should start smoking. -- pg. 284

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9/2008

Legal tender

Scottoline, Lisa
Bennie Rosato is accused of, not one, but TWO murders!

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7/2006

Moment of truth

Scottoline, Lisa
Some lawyer guy finds his wife dead and pleads guilty to protect the daughter he thinks did it.

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7/2005

Rough Justice

Scottoline, Lisa
Mary and Judy are working for a lawyer, Marta, who hired the firm to defend an evil landlord.

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11/2004

Save Me

Scottoline, Lisa
Lunch-room mom saves bully girl, then goes back to save her daughter, but bully-girl goes back into burning building, gets injured, mom gets blamed. Didn't care for the last few chapters, but the ending was good.

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3/2012

Someone Knows

Scottoline, Lisa
Four high school "kids" cause a new kid to shoot himself. Two of them feel guilty for many years. Two of them do not. One of the second two is a psycho.

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10/2019

The Vendetta Defense

Scottoline, Lisa
Recommended by P.G., a lawyer defends a old man who killed a neighbor in a vendetta going back about 50 years.

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11/2003

Think Twice

Scottoline, Lisa
Bennie's evil twin plants her in a box in a field. Then Alice takes Bennie's place for a couple of days to transfer Bennie's money to the Bahamas. In Italian witch helps stop Bennie's impulse to shoot her sister, so the sister escapes. The Italian witch says Bennie's twin sister (Alice) is dead. But she is not, so she will probably show up in another book.

On page 201 she is trying to convince the police of her identity. Don't they do fingerprints in Pellesburg, PA?

On page 198 the "husky Officer Pete" is typing on an IBM Selectric typewriter. I love the Selectric, but that is probably a twenty year old machine. You know, it takes balls to type on those.

I'm here all week, folks. Try the veal.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Chang and Eng (pg. 13) -- Famous Siamese twins from the 1800s.
Strega Anna Wintour (pg. 24) -- Anna Wintour is editor of Vogue, strega means "witch" in Italian.

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8/2010
20 books displayed
[Abadzis- Alcott] [Alcott- Anderson] [Andreae- Atkinson] [Atkinson- Ballard] [Balliett- Barnard] [Barnard- Barnhill] [Barr- Barr] [Barrows- Bear] [Bear- Beaton] [Beaton- Beattie] [Beattie, editor- Black] [Black- Block] [Block- Borchert] [Bosch- Brennert] [Brillant- Bryson] [Bryson- Bujold] [Bujold- Card] [Card- Card] [Card- Chabon] [Chabon- Clancy] [Clancy- Cline] [Coakley- Cohen] [Cohen- Collins] [Collins- Connelly] [Connelly- Constantine] [Constantine- Cornwell] [Cornwell- Crais] [Crais- Crombie] [Cronley- Cussler] [Cussler- Dashner] [Dashner- DiCamillo] [Dick- Doohan] [Dorsey- Drake] [Draper- Elkins] [Elkins- Ephron] [Eszterhas- Fairstein] [Fairstein- Ferris] [Ferris- Flanagan] [Flanagan- Flynn] [Foer- Fox] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Funke] [Funke- Garrigue] [Gash- Goffard] [Going- Grafton] [Grafton- Grant] [Grant- Greenwald] [Greer- Grisham] [Grisham- Haddix] [Haddix- Hall] [Hall- Harris] [Harrison- Heinlein] [Heinlein- Heley] [Heley- Henry] [Henry- Hess] [Hess- Hiaasen] [Hiaasen- Hirsch] [Hitchcock- Holt] [Holt- Hulme] [Hunter- Jenkins] [Jennings- Kadohata] [Kaminsky- Kandel] [Karr- Kienzle] [Kienzle- Kinney] [Kirby- Kostyal] [Kowal- Larson] [Larson- Leckie] [Leckie- Leonard] [Leonard- Lewis] [Lichtman- Lowry] [Lowry- MacAvoy] [MacDonald- Manley] [Marcinko- Martini] [Martini- Mazer] [McBain- McCarthy] [McCaughrean- McDevitt] [McDonald- Meyer] [Meyer- Moody] [Moon- Mosley] [Mosley- Nicholson] [Nicholson- Norton] [Norton- O'Brian] [O'Brian- O'Rourke] [Oates- Paretsky] [Paretsky- Parker] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Patterson] [Patterson- Peacock] [Pears- Perry] [Perry- Pohl] [Pohl- Poyer] [Poyer- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pronzini] [Pronzini- Pullman] [Pullman- Reeve] [Reeve- Riggs] [Ringo- Robinson] [Rodman- Rucka] [Rucka- Sachar] [Sachar- Scalzi] [Scalzi- Scott] [Scott- Scottoline] [Sebold- Shields] [Shriver- Sloan] [Sloan- Soto] [Soto- Stark] [Stark- Stephenson] [Stern- Stroud] [Stroud- Tappy] [Tappyly- Townsend] [Tracy- Updale] [Urban- Vance] [Vance- Walter] [Wambaugh- Westerman] [Westerman- Westlake] [Westlake- Wodehouse] [Wodehouse- Yelchin] [Yep- Zusak] 

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