The Break by Pietro Grossi

As has been noted on this blog before, I am an eclectic reader. If I was dedicated and savvy about these things I would pick an audience or niche and stick with it (read the right books, connect with the right blogs, market in the right places, etc.). But I am neither savvy nor dedicated so what you get is a little of this and a little of that – whatever happens to catch my attention at the time and/or whatever I get the time and energy to write about. I bring this up because it has been...

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In the Mail: Tattoo: A Pepe Carvalho Mystery

*This was inadvertently buried in the Mail pile and wanted to make you aware of it Tattoo: A Pepe Carvalho Mystery (Pepe Carvalho Mysteries) Publishers Weekly Those who prefer getting inside characters’ heads to figuring out whodunit will enjoy this mystery in Montalbán’s series featuring food-loving PI Pepe Carvalho (Buenos Aires Quintet, etc.), first published in Spain in 1976. When the corpse of an unknown man with the words Born to Raise Hell in Hell tattooed on his shoulder...

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In the Mail: Tattoo: A Pepe Carvalho Mystery

*This was inadvertently buried in the Mail pile and wanted to make you aware of it Tattoo: A Pepe Carvalho Mystery (Pepe Carvalho Mysteries) Publishers Weekly Those who prefer getting inside characters’ heads to figuring out whodunit will enjoy this mystery in Montalbán’s series featuring food-loving PI Pepe Carvalho (Buenos Aires Quintet, etc.), first published in Spain in 1976. When the corpse of an unknown man with the words Born to Raise Hell in Hell tattooed on his shoulder...

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In the Mail: In Translation Edition

–> Many and Many A Year Ago by Selcuk Altun Publishers Weekly Altun’s second novel to be made available in the U.S. has a premise almost as intriguing as his first, Songs My Mother Never Taught Me, but the execution is less successful. Kemal Kuray’s meteoric ascent to the top of the Turkish Air Force comes to an abrupt end after the engine of the plane he’s piloting fails. Barely escaping serious injury, he’s assigned to coordinate a secret translation project...

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In the Mail: In Translation Edition

–> Many and Many A Year Ago by Selcuk Altun Publishers Weekly Altun’s second novel to be made available in the U.S. has a premise almost as intriguing as his first, Songs My Mother Never Taught Me, but the execution is less successful. Kemal Kuray’s meteoric ascent to the top of the Turkish Air Force comes to an abrupt end after the engine of the plane he’s piloting fails. Barely escaping serious injury, he’s assigned to coordinate a secret translation project...

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Nicholas by Rene Goscinny & Jean-Jacques Sempe

Cover of Nicholas I am sure readers here know by now I am a sucker for well packaged and illustrated young adult books.  So I guess it is no surprise that I am a fan of Nicholas by Rene Goscinny & Jean-Jacques Sempe brought to US readers by Phaidon. These 19 collected tales about a French school boy (originally published in French 1959) are published in English with a simple but elegant design that matches the simple but classic New Yorker style illustrations. The stories are narrated...

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