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Chasing Vermeer

Balliett, Blue
Two kids solves a mystery involving a missing Vermeer painting. Read 1/2005

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1/2005

The Calder Game

Balliett, Blue
Calder goes to England with his father, sees a Calder sculpture, which gets stolen, and Calder disappears! Did I mention the Calder exhibit in Chicago? Interesting, has puzzles, maps, pictures.

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6/2008

The Danger Box

Balliett, Blue
Zoomy comes into a mysterious notebook which seems to have something to do with Charles Darwin. Someone is trying to steal it. Zoomy and his friend try to figure out why. Excellent story!

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2/2011

Wright 3

Balliett, Blue
Petra, Tommy, and Calder solve the mystery of a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Chicago. I still dont get pentaminos, but it is a pretty clever book. It did occur to me that living in the house, as a child, would possibly create unrealistic expectations about life. How about that?

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1/2007

No Time For Goodbye

Barclay, Linwood
Teenage girl wakes up in the morning, finds her family is GONE! No trace of them to be found. Now she is an adult, and weird stuff is happening! Very absorbing, I stayed up WAY to late into the morning reading it. Read the Readers Digest Condensed version.

Quote:

...piece-of-crap telescope.

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5/2008

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4/2011

Freedom -- Credos from the road

Barger, Sonny
Thought this would look good on the book list. Wondered what Sonny has been up to since I read Hunter S. Thompson's book back in 1970 or so. So we got fifty rules here for living a full and succesful life, or even your own biker organization. Favorite: At booksigning telling kids not to smoke, using hole in his throat to illustrate why.

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3/2006

Abarat

Barker, Clive
Candy Quackenbush, who hates her life in, get this, Chickentown, travels to the magical land of Abarat, which seems to suit her much more, except for all the beings trying to kill, maim, and/or overpower her. Vol. 1 of who knows how many? Not a bad story.

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10/2006

Days of magic, nights of war

Barker, Clive
Candy Q. is still in Abarat, or is it THE Abarat, I'm not sure, getting into mischief, or rather, since she is the good guy, as it were, foiling the plans of the bad guys. There's another book coming? Yikes! I read the hardcover with the color illustrations, I would recommend YOU read that edition, too!

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11/2006

A City Of Strangers

Barnard, Robert
The awful Phelan family is moving up in the world. Good story.

VOCABULARY FOR TODAY:

Parturition

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7/2000

A Cry From The Dark

Barnard, Robert
Bettina is writing her memoirs about her life as young girl in rural Australia. A fairly calm story with a surprising, sad, ending.

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5/2004

A Fall From Grace

Barnard, Robert
Charlie Peace moves to a small town with his family (including Little Fetus) and father-in-law, who is installed in a bungalow NEAR, but not too near, Charlie's new house. I enjoy reading Mr. Barnard's books very much. His writing is very clear, although I never figure out who-done-it. On reading it again, I see that the plot is is not resolved, but we can see things have been set in motion and where they will lead. Perhaps this is a more "mature" device, rather than spelling everything out for the reader. Although THIS reader often needs things spelled out!

Quote:

"Oh yes, you will, my girl," said her mother, no mean exponent of the obstinate expression herself.

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8/2007

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5/2012

A Fatal Attraction

Barnard, Robert
Woman writer who co-opts teen boys to manipulate their lives is murdered. Charlie Peace helps the investigateion. Pretty good, as usual.

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1/2001

A Hovering Of Vultures

Barnard, Robert
Charlie Peace goes the inauguratory meeting of a literary society for an obscure writer who was killed in a murder/suicide back in the 1932. Lots of words I could have looked up if I had some Post-Its!

I must make note that on page 138 the dog Zoe enters and eyes a box of chocolates. It is implied that Mavis gave the dog a chocolate. Chocolate is toxic to dogs, so I hope not!

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7/2011

A Murder In Mayfair

Barnard, Robert
A new M.P. junior Minister of Education gets notes suggesting he is adopted. Very good.

WORDS I HAD TO LOOK UP:

psephologist (pg. 9) A person that studies elections. taradiddle (pg. 197) A fib. Zeitgeist (pg. 181) The spirit of the time.

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8/2001

At Death's Door

Barnard, Robert
An overbearing actress is murdered. A very good story with a surprise ending. .

QUOTE:

"And of course the Cotterels were very distinguished. You can trace the family back to the Second Zulu War."

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6/2000

Death And The Chaste Apprentice

Barnard, Robert
D. C. Charlie Peace finally shows up to lend a helping hand to find out who murdered an obnoxious hotel manager at the Ketterick Arts Festival.

MYSTERIOUS SENTENCE:

By now Ketterick was securely established in the festival catalog, cunningly poised to take advantage of that moment, around May to June, when longen folk to goon on artistic pilgrimages.--page 55. longen? goon? Huh??

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6/2000

Death Of A Salesperson

Barnard, Robert
Sixteen great short murder stories.

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7/2000

Death Of An Old Goat

Barnard, Robert
An old professor from Oxford is killed after visiting a rural university in Australia. Good story, ending came surprisingly quickly.

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12/2001

Dying flames

Barnard, Robert
Author Graham finds a teen-age girl on his doorstep claiming to be his daughter. I really like this author's books. LATER: Checked it out again, accidentally, so I READ it again.

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8/2006

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5/2009

Fete Fatale

Barnard, Robert
The veterinarian's wife recounts the course of a murder in her village. Really good, several surprises.

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7/2000
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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