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The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Osman

The Thursday Murder Club is the first novel produced by British Television quiz show designer, quiz show host, and panel show regular, Richard Osman. I am a big Osman fan. If he is on a show, I’m tuning in. I first encountered his work on the show Pointless, which he co-hosts with Alexander Armstrong. Then he has hosted…

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Lessons in Fusion – Primrose Madayag Knazan

Lessons In Fusion is the first novel from Winnipeg playwright, food writer, and Winnipeg food promoter, Primrose Madayag Knazan. I’ve met Ms. Knazan at a couple of food events over the years, including sharing a table with her at one of the Raw:Almond brunches. Lessons in Fusion tells the story of Sarah, a teenaged food blogger, who…

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Black Smoke by Adrian Miller – Review

Black Smoke:  African Americans and the United States of Barbecue, is the latest book from Adrian Miller, a former political policy adviser and current food writer and historian. Black Smoke details the role of black cooks and chefs in the development of barbecue, and how as barbecue has become a more global phenomenon, white chefs, businesses, and…

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The Coldest Case, Bruno Novel 15

The Coldest Case is the most recent, Bruno, Chief of Police novel, from Martin Walker. I’ve been anxiously awaiting its arrival since I first heard it was coming out. On the holiday Monday I was up at the McNally Robinson store at The Forks. I asked when the book was coming in and was told it…

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Holy Grounds – Tim Schenk

Tim Schenk’s Holy Grounds contains three of my favourite topics. Coffee, History, and Theology. If you are not familiar with the author, he is the creator of Lent Madness, an annual parody of March Madness that offers opportunities to learn about the lives of saints. I know about him, because we are mutuals on Twitter.…

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The Woman in Green, Jack Todd (August 2020)

My reading inspiration comes from all sorts of sources. In the case of Jack Todd’s The Woman in -Green, it’s because I follow the author on Twitter. It wasn’t his mystery writing that caught my attention. Rather, as a Montreal Canadiens fan, I find him to be one of the more restrained and well-thought out…

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All the Devils Are Here – Gamache 16

All the Devils Are Here, is the latest installment in the Inspector Gamache series, by Louise Penny. This time, Armand Gamache is off to Paris for the birth of a grandchild. However, like any detective, trouble and crime seem to follow him wherever he goes. The Inspector Gamache series is one of three that I…

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Beyond The Food Court – Laberinto Press

Beyond the Food Court: An Anthology of Literary Cuisines, is the first book published by an new imprint, Laberinto Press. Laberinto Press is located in Edmonton, Alberta, and their mission is: In a largely primarily anglophone and Anglo-centric publishing industry, Laberinto Press is Western Canada’s first press to publish writers whose first language is not English,…

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A Song for the Dark Times – Ian Rankin

Early this year, I went through a time of reduced income. That means I haven’t been able to catch up on the reading I would like. A Song for the Dark Times, by Ian Rankin is one of those books. It’s been out since the beginning of summer, but I’ve only just got around to reading it…