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JANUARY'S WHAT TO READ THREAD IS HERE - HAPPY 2018!

Where has the year gone? I woke up thinking "It's New Years Eve" then had an "EEEEK!" moment when I realised that meant tomorrow is January 1st & I'd forgotten about the "What to Read Thread"!

So its a bit off the cuff but here it is...as its the end if one year & the start another, it seems appropriate to have.....BEGINNINGS & ENDINGS

So any word meaning beginning ie: start, commence etc
or end ie: finish, over

Also words which are the beginning & end of something ie:

birth & death - start & end of life
dawn & sunset - start & end of the day

You get the idea....as long as you can justify your word go for it!


As January is named after the god Janus who has two faces, one looking to the future & one to the past, you can also have the following words (these words only NOT synonyms);

Two, face(s), look(ing), future & past.

As he is also the god of doorways, gates & passages ANYWORD meaning these is fine.

Oh..& any word that contains JAN is okay too. Hope I've remembered my mythology right :o)

Hope that gives enough scope &.....
🎆🎊🎆A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!🎆🎊🎆

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Where has the year gone? I woke up thinking "It's New Years Eve" then had an "EEEEK!" moment when I realised that meant tomorrow is January 1st & I'd forgotten about the "What to Read Thread"!

So its a bit off the cuff but here it is...as its the end if one year & the start another, it seems appropriate to have.....BEGINNINGS & ENDINGS

So any word meaning beginning ie: start, commence etc
or end ie: finish, over

Also words which are the beginning & end of something ie:

birth & death - start & end of life
dawn & sunset - start & end of the day

You get the idea....as long as you can justify your word go for it!


As January is named after the god Janus who has two faces, one looking to the future & one to the past, you can also have the following words (these words only NOT synonyms);

Two, face(s), look(ing), future & past.

As he is also the god of doorways, gates & passages ANYWORD meaning these is fine.

Oh..& any word that contains JAN is okay too. Hope I've remembered my mythology right :o)

Hope that gives enough scope &.....
🎆🎊🎆A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!🎆🎊🎆
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I have Hard Eight by JANet Evanovich
and...
Ladies NIGHT by Mary Kay Andrews

Will those work?
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just need to finish my December one first!
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and figure out the possibilities....
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in br(END)a and fri(END), as well as (JAN)e authors. So now the decision is which one????
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Just finished my last December book so I'll start my January planning soon :-)
Happy New Year, all!
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One good one and a few justifications :-)
The House of New Beginnings by Lucy Diamond - no contest!

Breakfast at Tesco's by Joanne Harris, because breakfast is the first meal at the start of the day
Even before you have breakfast, you wake up, hence: From Rome with Love
and From Italy with Love, both by Jules Wake
I'm counting Paris Still Life by Rosalind Brackenbury because burials come right at the end of life, after death!
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I'm counting Paris Still Life by Rosalind Brackenbury because burials come right at the end of life, after death!

And for the same reason, I'm including Winter's Fire by Giles Kristian
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I'm counting Paris Still Life by Rosalind Brackenbury because burials come right at the end of life, after death!

And for the same reason, I'm including Winter's Fire by Giles Kristian

It doesn't count. I got bored with this particular group of Vikings and abandoned it after about a hundred pages.
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14618168
But I do have another candidate on the shelves, The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh, Eve being a short form for Evening, at the end of the day, although more commonly used for the day/evening before an event e.g. the fairly recently-celebrated Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve :-)
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The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh, Eve being a short form for Evening, at the end of the day,

Finished it. Very impressed, got totally engrossed in the story.
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14365992
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I forgot about breakfast! I have Breakfast with Buddha by Rolando Merullo
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Breakfast at Tesco's by Joanne Harris, because breakfast is the first meal at the start of the day

I read this Kindle short this morning - only to discover I'd already read it, years ago, within her Jigs and Reels collection :-(
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The House of New Beginnings by Lucy Diamond

Finished it. Lovely, entertaining holiday reading :-)
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From Italy with Love by Jules Wake

Because you have to wake up to start the day!
Finished it. Great fun! I am enjoying getting to know the characters in this series of books.
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I'm counting Paris Still Life by Rosalind Brackenbury because burials come right at the end of life, after death!

I've finished this one as well. Quite a lot about life and death and what really matters - a bit too grown up for holiday reading (LOL!)
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From Rome with Love by Jules Wake

Another one read and enjoyed :-)
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Happy new year everyone xx
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I think I'll be able to go through quite a few of my TBRs with this theme.
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Just to start with a digression (if there is such a word?) I think we should have a (new) Advent Calendar every December-it's such a good idea and the daily themes can be different each year so they'll still be a surprise to us AND you'll have a whole year to work them all out PLUM. What do other participants think?

As for this month I have found the following:-

The LAST Anniversary by Liane Moriarty

The Road to Nab END by William Woodruff

A Long WAY Down by Nick Hornby (as in doorway or passage)

AFTER You by Jojo Moyes (as in after something is at the end of it)

The Little Prisoner by JANe Elliott

and Tempting Fate by JANe Green

That should keep me going for a while and I shall be reading them in the order listed above.
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I have three books suitable for this but they are all by Christopher Brookmyre. Apart from the fact I already have a January list, I'm not going to read three books by him in one month so I'll go for at least Quite Ugly One Morning.
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I have spotted at least 2 on my MTBR that fit this theme. A happy New Year to you all!
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but a few that are different

Behind Closed DOORS by B.A. Paris
The GATES of the Alamo by Stephen Harrigan
FOUNDING Fathers by Joseph J. Ellis

Everything else is death/dead

Dead Watch by John Sandford
Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris
Dead Simple by Peter James
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
Death Echo by Elizabeth Lowell
Holiday in Death by J.D. Robb
Seduction in Death by J.D. Robb
Hickory Dickory Death by Agatha Christie
The Face of Death by Cody McFadyen

I'm going to look for some embedded "Jan" so I am not spending the whole month reading about death.
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I've actually got quite a few on my TBR that will work for this month but I'm going to start with these five:

pENDennis Castle Guidebook from English Heritage
Little House in the Ozarks: The RediscOVERed Writings by L.I. Wilder
STARTing Now by Debbie Macomber
The FriENDly Persuasion by Jessamyn West
Ruth by Lois T. hENDerson

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As he is also the god of doorways, gates & passages ANYWORD meaning these is fine.

A hall is a passage, although maybe not quite the hall in this title :-)
Christmas at Thompson Hall and other Trollopian Holiday Tales by Anthony Trollope
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As he is also the god of doorways, gates & passages ANYWORD meaning these is fine.

A hall is a passage, although maybe not quite the hall in this title :-)
Christmas at Thompson Hall and other Trollopian Holiday Tales by Anthony Trollope

Finished it. Feel quite virtuous for starting the year with some classic short stories/novellas :-)
Kindle so no link
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The end of one day or the beginning of the next. Or is it just the middle of the night?

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14597840/

Thanks again to Nu-Knees for this.
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The end of one day or the beginning of the next. Or is it just the middle of the night?

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14597840/

Thanks again to Nu-Knees for this.


Another great read from on of my favourite authors.
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Not my favorite but I survived to read another book... :)

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11154062

Up next: STARTing Now by Debbie Macomber
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When I put this on my wishlist I didn't realise that it was a YA book but it doesn't matter a bit! So far so good...


http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14297093
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by Liane Moriarty

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14376157/

A pity as I've enjoyed other books by this author.

So am now reading The Road to Nab END by William Woodruff which is an autobiography and very good so far.
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Nonfictions

With the end of the holidays approaching, Twelfth Night at all that, I've started looking at my 'serious' reading for January - and have chosen two nonfictions that fit the theme, both memoirs/autobiograpies :-)
There's a Jan in Jane and an End in Kendal, hence:
Everybody's Daughter, Nobody's Child by Jane Lapotaire
White Cargo by Felicity Kendal
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Everybody's Daughter, Nobody's Child by Jane Lapotaire

Finished it
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13922570
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The Hero TWO Doors Down by Sharon Robinson
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Last Train to Istanbul by Ayse Kulin
Last Days in Hunting Camp by Eowyn Ivey
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Last Days in Hunting Camp by Eowyn Ivey

Just a short short story/novella, finished it already
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Last Train to Istanbul by Ayse Kulin

Finished it. Just got in under the January wire, didn't think I was going to! Very good.
Kindle so no link
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good embed spot. I might have one by that author.
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Because after death there is dust.
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'Leaves' as in 'leaves a room/job' would be a type of ending. Can this count do you think?

Humorous, non-fiction read about punctuation.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14863736
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Sure it will fit! You take your leave at the end of a meeting and servicemen and women have leave at the END of a commission.
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always happy to oblige ChocBrownie ...........
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Reading...

River's End, by Nora Roberts.
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My choice from my "Read it, Swap it, Leave it" ring.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14601333
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Which I am also reading for a bookring. Nice when you get two in one like that!
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is next up for me. Thanks to Deltic for this one.
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City on Fire by Garth Risk HALLberg

Follows the investigation of a Central Park shooting that took place on New Year's Eve during the 1970s.

2 stars only - - wish I hadn't spent the time reading this 900 plus page novel, but I kept thinking it would get better.
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by Roz Denny Fox is the latest read for this challenge.
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Homestead is one of my oldest ABC TBRs. This challenge is a good reason to read it and move it along.
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Turns out my oldest unread Kindle download also fits the theme, don't know why I didn't it notice to start with . . . .
And so does my newest, New Beginnings by Fern Britton :-)
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Turns out my oldest unread Kindle download also fits the theme, don't know why I didn't it notice to start with . . . .
And so does my newest, New Beginnings by Fern Britton :-)

Lots of characters I did NOT want to waste time with! This is her first novel and if it had been the first of hers I'd read, then it would also have been my last! I've enjoyed a novel and a couple of short stories set in Cornwall, so she'll get another chance . . . .
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Starting

Hard Eight by JANet Evanovich. This has been on my TBR shelf forever. Finally a theme that fits!
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Hard Eight by JANet Evanovich. This has been on my TBR shelf forever. Finally a theme that fits!



Good choice ;o)
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This popped through my letterbox about an hour ago & how lucky it fits this months theme!

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14797294
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I had an auntie called Joy, actually an aunt-by-marriage, married to one of my mother's younger brothers. It was well known within the family that she was named from a Bible verse, the second half of verse 5, the book of Psalms, chapter 30, which reads, in the Authorised Version, the translation commonly used at the time:
Weeping may endure for a night,
but joy cometh in the morning.
I was fascinated by this idea, being named from the Bible but not after a Biblical character!
So I've always known that Joy comes in the morning, hence my reading The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce as part of this theme!
Well, of course, the real reason is that I loved Harold Fry/Queenie Hennessey and can't wait any longer for an excuse to read this latest novel by their creator :-)
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Love your thinking!!


She has a twisted mind lol
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Love your thinking!!

She has a twisted mind lol

Guilty as charged, m'lud!
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So I've always known that Joy comes in the morning, hence my reading The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce as part of this theme!
Well, of course, the real reason is that I loved Harold Fry/Queenie Hennessey and can't wait any longer for an excuse to read this latest novel by their creator :-)

Thanks for your encouragement, Deltic and Chocbrownie :-)
As expected, I loved it. Couldn't put it down! Harold, Queenie and now Frank and Ilse . . . . unforgettable characters!
Kindle so no link
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HomeGOING by YAA Gyasi

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Finished One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner
link: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9916740
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ooohhh - I have a few "last" ones. Off to mark them as possibilities
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One being the beginning of the counting system.

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ONE gives me even more possibilites
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The Return by Victoria Hislop
Really enjoyed this historical novel.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14339827

Return - meaning: entrance, homecoming - so I'm counting it as the 'end' of a journey? maybe? possibly?!!!
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Dead Watch by John Sanford http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14870036/

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14870933/

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14873011/

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14874680/

I'm now reading Dead Simple by Peter James
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Dead Watch by John Sanford http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14870036/

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14870933/

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14873011/

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14874680/

I'm now reading Dead Simple by Peter James


Quite a death theme going on....
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Yes, that is true. But all the books are different, some better than others. Death Comes for the Archbishop wasn't about death, it was about the fictional life of a missionary from France assigned to New Mexico during the mid 1800's. Dead Simple is of the someone got murdered genre, except the victim did not get murdered and the story is an edge of your seat story, at least it is when the author is not describing the police station or something equally boring.
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Strange Fits of Passion by Anita Shr(EVE)http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7325176

One of my oldest ABC TBRs and a quick read about an abusive relationship, set back when society didn't think that happened & usually sided with the abuser.
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You can't go any further than the far side, so let that be an end to it.

Still January and I've managed to slot in a Patrick O'Brian. Things are looking good!
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You can't go any further than the far side, so let that be an end to it.

Still January and I've managed to slot in a Patrick O'Brian. Things are looking good!


Finished it this afternoon with the cat on my knee to pin me down. Not a great amount of ship to ship action in this one, but a very enjoyable read nonetheless.
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used in the December release challenge: https://www.babynames.com/---/jan

So, that works for me to read a older ABC TBR John Author

In The Beauty of the Lilies by JOHN Updike http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12010362
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by William Woodruff which I really enjoyed.

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5602008

Next up is AFTER You by Jojo Moyes (in a slight change from my original progamme!)
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Next up is AFTER You by Jojo Moyes (in a slight change from my original
I enjoyed this and felt it was an ok sequel to ‘Me Before You’. Get the tissue box ready!
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ok Chocbrownie-will have them ready. Haven't got very far into the book yet but I like the way Jojo Moyes writes so I think I will enjoy it. Have read Me Before You of course and seen the movie-both enjoyed.
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In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people.

an audiobook - -so no link.
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ONE being the BEGINNING of the set of numbers made up by integers.

Now starting Hello Kitty Must Die by Angela S. Choi. Death, obviously, being the END of life
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ONE being the BEGINNING of the set of numbers made up by integers.

Now starting Hello Kitty Must Die by Angela S. Choi. Death, obviously, being the END of life
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by Mike Horne and Bob Hayman

Thanks to 4evagreen for this one

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14299200/
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by Mike Horne and Bob Hayman

Thanks to 4evagreen for this one

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14299200/


Finished it this evening. An interesting read.
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swimming(or driving/running/riding) home is an end to a journey?

Loved this swimming the English Channel story set in the 1920s.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14864253
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So far interesting enough, though somewhat dated.
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finished The Last Patriot by Brad Thor

link: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8323443
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so it works for me.

The FINAL Touch by Betty Neels http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14168097

Good excuse to read a light book as I continue to slog through the John Updike book already reported. Not bad...just not very riveting.
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Finished

Hard Eight by JANet Evanovich. Next up The DEATH of Bees by Lisa O'Donnell
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One being the beginning of counting . . . . 1, 2, 3 . . . .
I got 5 books from a couple of charity shops this morning - and this is the only one that'll fit the theme!
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First time I've read this author, but really enjoyed this book.
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Sounds like an End to me! You can't get much further than that . . . .
My latest Kindle download :-)
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Sounds like an End to me! You can't get much further than that . . . .
My latest Kindle download :-)

I've finished this pleasant tale of pleasant (mostly!) folk living in a fictional West Coast of Ireland.
Kindle so no link.
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This time, 3 for £5 at The Works, McArthur Glen Designer Outlets, York!
Death Comes to Lynchester Close by David Dickinson is the only one that'll count for this Thread, both the finality of Death and Lynch, a possible means of achieving that end, not to mention the Close that comes with Death! The End . . . .
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This time, 3 for £5 at The Works, McArthur Glen Designer Outlets, York!
Death Comes to Lynchester Close by David Dickinson is the only one that'll count for this Thread, both the finality of Death and Lynch, a possible means of achieving that end, not to mention the Close that comes with Death! The End . . . .

Great fun!
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14887802
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Me too! Found a charity shop that had a sale on - fill a bag with paperbacks for £2. How could I refuse......

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