Friday Finds – July 31, 2015

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Friday Finds is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm to showcase books you recently found and added to your TBR list. It doesn’t matter whether you found them free online, borrowed them from a library or purchased them. Anything and everything works.

My Finds for the month of July include a modern classic, a non-fiction and four series mysteries. A nice haul!

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Justine
(Book One of the Alexandria Quartet)
by Laurence Durrell

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I’ve known about and considered reading the Alexandra Quartet for a number of years. When I saw it on Fred’s Desert Island list earlier this month, I knew the time had come. Thanks, Fred!

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Places
The Journey of My Days, My Lives
by Thaao Penghlis

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Having enjoyed watching Thaao Penghlis on General Hospital and Days of Our Lives, I’ve been looking forward to the paperback publication of Places. Thaao Penghlis has also been in a number of movies, including portraying a fascinating character in one of my favorite movies, Altered States.

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Now for the series mysteries:

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The Blood of an Englishman (Agatha Raisin #25) by M C Beaton – a tried and true series for me which I have been following for years.

The Twelve Clues of Christmas (Royal Spyness #6) and Heirs and Graces (Royal Spyness #7) by Rhys Bowen – a new series I put off reading, finally tried thanks to Selah at A Bibliophile’s Style and now love.

Dead Water (Benjamin January #8) by Barbara Hambly – I first heard of Barbara Hambly through her Star Trek novels and am now hooked on her historical mystery series set in New Orleans.

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Share your Finds with us! We’d love to know if you found anything exciting this week.

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18 comments on “Friday Finds – July 31, 2015

  1. I’m so glad you’re enjoying Her Royal Spyness!

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    • Dagny says:

      Thanks, Selah! Fortunately, the #20BooksOfSummer Challenge means I can read any more of them right away, so that will keep me from burning out from reading them too close together. 🙂

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  2. Fred Runk says:

    Madame Vauquer,

    You are welcome. I hope you enjoy Justine and the rest of the Alexandria Quartet as much as I have and will, the next time I read it–which will be soon. It’s been several years now.

    Just received my copy of The Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill in the mail. An example: “Asked what qualities a politician required, Churchill replied, ‘The ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.'”

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    • Dagny says:

      Thanks, Fred. Now to find a slot to schedule them.

      I’ll bet that Wicked Wit book will be a great read. Don’t know if this is true or not, but one of my favorites is at a dinner party, a woman told Churchill that if he was her husband she would poison his drink. Churchill replied that if he was her husband, he would drink it.

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  3. little bookworm ali says:

    Yay! Love Agatha 🙂 x

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  4. Ashley says:

    These all look like super interesting reads! Nice finds! I hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

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  5. Yvo says:

    I really have to start reading The Benjamin January series; I’ve had the first book on my TBR pile for ages now. I’ve read a M.C. Beaton novel before, and this one sounds interesting as well.

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    • Dagny says:

      I put them off myself for a long time, Yvo. Even after I read the first one and enjoyed them, I was a while getting to the second one. They’re very dense reads, if that makes any sense. Not light, easy-reading fare. Not that they’re hard to understand at all, they’re just not fast reading for me. Part of it could be the intricacy of the descriptions – not complaining at all, they’re very lush!

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  6. Jayne says:

    Thank you for hopping by my Friday Finds posts. Your finds this week are interesting – I am quite intrigued with the Englishman book.

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    • Dagny says:

      The Blood of an Englishman is Beaton’s 25th book featuring Agatha Raisin. Her Hamish Macbeth series is even longer at #31. Yes, that’s how long I’ve been following those series, lol.

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  7. the bookworm says:

    Nice finds. I have had Rhys Bowen on my TBR list for a while, I like the covers. Happy weekend 🙂

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    • Dagny says:

      I’m just getting going on the Georgie series. I enjoyed Bowen’s Constable Evan Evans series and absolutely love her Molly Murphy series. I didn’t start the Royal Spyness series for a long time because they’re set back in time and I feared I wouldn’t like Georgie if she was an aristocrat. Wrong, she is a delightful young woman, not snotty or anything like I was expecting.

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