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“The Echo” by Minette Walters

Walters, Minette. The Echo (1997)   Penguin Putnam, 351 pages, $6.99 paperback  ISBN 0 515 12256 4 When a homeless man known as Billy Blake dies of malnutrition in the garage of an expensive home in London, police are unable to discover anything about the man’s true identity. Several months later journalist Michael Deacon is …

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“The Scold’s Bridle” by Minette Walters

Walters, Minette. The Scold’s Bridle (1994)   St. Martin’s, 365 pages, $5.99  paperback   ISBN 0 312 95612 6 Recommended Nobody is very concerned when the body of Mathilda Gillespie, a venomous old woman, is discovered in her bathtub. Mathilda apparently has committed suicide by slitting her wrists while wearing her scold’s bridle, an ancient …

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“The Sculptress” by Minette Walters

Walters, Minette. The Sculptress (1993)   St. Martin’s, 308 pages, $5.99 paperback   ISBN 0 312 95361 5 Rosalind Leigh is a blocked writer given an ultimatum by her publisher: write a book about a sensational murder that occurred several years earlier or be dropped from the publisher’s list.  Roz grudgingly accepts the assignment to …

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“The Ice House” by Minette Walters

Walters, Minette. The Ice House (1992)   St. Martin’s, 301 pages, $5.99  paperback   ISBN 0 312 95142 6 Recommended When a decomposing body is discovered in the ice house on a British estate, two cynical detectives arrive to investigate. They’re certain that the body must be that of the husband of the household, who …

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“P” Is for Peril by Sue Grafton

Grafton,Sue. “P” Is for Peril (2001)   Putnam, 352 pages, $26.95 hardcover  ISBN 0399147195 Dr. Dowan Purcell has been missing for nine weeks by the time his ex-wife, Fiona, hires Kinsey to find him. The 69-year-old doctor, a respected member of the local medical community, is director of a nursing home. He’s now married to …

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“Angels Flight” by Michael Connelly

Connelly, Michael. Angels Flight (1999)   Little, Brown, 393 pages, $25.00 hardcover   ISBN 0 316 15219 6 Howard Elias, an attorney well known around the LAPD for bringing charges of police brutality, is found murdered in Angels Flight, a small two-car train that travels up and down a hill in Los Angeles. The murder …

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“The Black Echo” by Michael Connelly

Connelly, Michael. The Black Echo (1992)   St. Martin’s, 412 pages, $7.50 paperback   ISBN 0 312 95048 9 Harry Bosch of the LAPD, newly demoted to Hollywood detectives after 10 years in RHD—Robbery Homicide Division—catches what looks like a routine homicide. Soon, though, Bosch realizes that the corpse is Billy Meadows, whom Bosch had …

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The Best Books I Read in 2000

Listed alphabetically by author Gibbons, Kaye. A Virtuous Woman Hamilton, Jane. The Short History of a Prince Hegi, Ursula. Stones from the River James, Henry. The Turn of the Screw Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird McEwan, Ian. Enduring Love: A Novel Percy, Walker. The Moviegoer Pipher, Mary. Reviving Ophelia Shreve, Anita. The Weight of …

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“The Greatest Generation” by Tom Brokaw

Brokaw, Tom. The Greatest Generation Random House, 1998Hardcover, 412 pagesISBN 0-375-50202-5 When my father-in-law died just about a year ago, I realized that it wouldn’t be long before everyone with personal experience of World War II would be gone. Even the youngest people who went off to that war are in their mid 70s now. So …

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“The Run” by Stuart Woods

Woods, Stuart. The Run (2000)   HarperCollins, 352 pages, $26.00 hardcover  ISBN 0 06 019187 2 Just in time for the U.S. Presidential election comes The Run, a political thriller about a U.S. Senator’s campaign for the Presidency.  Fortunately, the candidate is not Stone Barrington, but William Henry Lee, IV, of Georgia. A descendant of …

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