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By education and experience - Accountant with a specialty in taxation. Formerly a CPA (license has lapsed). Masters degree in law of taxation from University of Denver. Now retired. Part time work during baseball season as receptionist & switchboard operator for the Colorado Rockies. This gig feeds my soul in ways I have trouble articulating. One daughter, and four grandchildren. I share the house with two cats; a big goof of a cat called Grinch (named as a joke for his easy going "whatever" disposition); and Lady, a shelter adoptee with a regal bearing and sweet little soprano voice. I would be very bereft if it ever becomes necessary to keep house without a cat.
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Books Update - part the first

Well, I've got more than twenty works of fiction on my log since my last update, so it's going to take a while to post about them all. My health prevented me from doing a lot of reading - I can tell by the gaps in the dates when things were at a low ebb. But I was pleasantly surprised to see that many titles on the list.

WATCHING YOU by Michael Robotham

In contemporary London, a young woman is at her wit's end when her husband disappears. She suspects he is dead, but without a death certificate she can't collect on his life insurance; scheduled payments from their checking account continue and on her own, she can't stop them; and worst of all, various unsavory characters begin to plague her for the return of some unnamed unknown items she knows nothing about.

Two of Robotham's continuing characters, a psychiatrist and a retired cop, try to help her. In passages printed in italics, the reader learns that someone is stalking the young woman, but who and why?

I always enjoy Robotham's books.

THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Fleming's protagonists Clare and Russ struggle through an ice storm to find and help a young girl who needs medical attention. I find her books to be easy, diverting reads - with perhaps a shade too much impending disaster, repeated in every book in the series.

THE GODS OF GUILT by Michael Connelly

The title refers to a jury in a criminal case. Mickey Haller is the defense attorney for a man accused of murdering a call girl - who happened to be former client of Haller's and whom he thought was living safely away from California. He fears he may have contributed to her death. Classic Connelly - very readable and entertaining.

DIRTY LOVE by Andre Dubus III

This a collection of linked novellas, with some overlap of characters and situations. Set in a small coastal town in NE United States, the stories feature people down on their luck; others in unhappy relationships; others looking for ways to better their lot. The author has been a guest at the writers' workshop where I have taken classes - I really enjoyed the book.


Game warden Joe Pickett is on special assignment from the governor of Wyoming - investigating the presence of a idiosyncratic and very wealthy man who has built an extensive luxurious compound in eastern Wyoming.

When Pickett discovers that some people working for Fish and Wildlife are involved in bending the rules his stubborn honesty gets him into hot water in more ways than one.

I always enjoy the latest from Box.

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