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Canada - She's a funny place.

I went to Canada on Tuesday. I bought a few books.

While we were driving to Canada’s B+N equivalent, Chapters, We drove past a sign on a residential street. Printed in black marker on a large piece of poster board was the word ‘Poet’ with an arrow at the bottom pointing to the house.

Hilarious. Desperately in need of a camera for moments likes that.

Was hopeful that there would be some British first of a few UK authors I like to read.

Two big stumbling blocks to that were; lack of money and an annoying UK publishing practice of producing both hard and soft cover versions of a book at the time of initial release. As a ‘collector’ there is nothing more frustrating. Saved me a few loonies though.

Maureen Jennings has started a new series. Christine Morris, Forensic Profiler. I can think of now finer historical series out there than here Murdoch books. For the longest time when KM used to say Poor Tom is Cold in relation to whatever book I was reading. Tremendous author. Anyway this book is called Does Your Mother Know?

I read Harold Schechter’s Nevermore upon its release, and never read him again. I remember the book being slow, but enjoyable. I picked up the third in the series The Mask of the Red Death. This is a US release, but 7.99 must translate into something fairly inexpensive. The books follow Edgar Allen Poe around as he deduces 1840’s crime. 2nd is Humbug. Will have to keep an eye out.

Last was the latest in the Tom Thorne series by Mark Billingham. I read the his first two books and thought them just excellent. Did not pick up the third for a couple years, and when I was done reading had wondered why I let this author go so long. I bought the UK Lifeless at the Madison B’Con. Probably got 3 or 4 books before I can get back to the darker stuff. Mark’s book will be near the top of the pile.

Total: 58.74. Canada. US? 51.27. I think I overpaid. Hmmm


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