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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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FIELD OF PREY by John Sandford
UNCAGED by John Sandford and Michelle Cook

Sandford continues his popular Prey series - Minnesota crime investigators, led by Lucas Davenport search for a killer who uses an abandoned cistern to dispose of the bodies of the victims. It's soon apparent that the crimes have occurred over a period of several years, and determining who has gone missing and why no one has reported the disappearances is a major question to be answered.

In UNCAGED, Sandford is working with co-writer Michele Cook. I didn't realize until I was nearly finished with the book that this is the first entry in a planned series for young adults. The book is certainly enjoyable by Sandford fans of any age. After a break in at a medical laboratory, in which hundreds of animals used in testing are released, a group of baddies goes in search of one of the perpetrators who managed to elude the police first called to the scene. The sister of the young fugitive in turn goes in search of him.

For long term readers of Sandford's many books, there are quite a few similarities to the early Kidd books, in which familiarity and skill with electronic gadgets, computers, and cell phones play a large part.

MIDNIGHT IN EUROPE all by Alan Furst

Furst writes almost exclusively about Europe in the late 1930's, as well as the early days of World War II. He usually portrays a protagonist who is not famous, doesn't work in government or the military, and is just trying to manage to survive in a world presenting difficulties which become more challenging as the days go by.

The books above feature, respectively: the captain of a merchant ship converted from commercial use to a means of transporting weapons and ammunition; an American film star who gets involved in espionage against Germany; a Frenchman, out of work and nearly broke, who helps the French resistance obtain military hardware; and a lawyer who works to obtain armament for the republican side in the Spanish civil war.

I can't resist picking up a title by Furst if I see one I haven't read on the library shelves. He always provides a very good read.

PAYMENT IN BLOOD both by Elizabeth George

Quite a few friends have encouraged me to read the Inspector Lynley series by George. These are the first two books in the series. I enjoyed the first one more than the second. In each the aristocratic Lynley is sent by Scotland Yard to investigate a murder that has confounded the local law enforcement. His fellow officer Barbara Havers is a problem to her London superiors, and she is assigned to work with Lynley as a sort of last ditch effort to see if she can become a good investigator. George makes much of the differences between the two. I'll probably keep going and read the entire series, but probably won't put the next book in the series on the front burner.

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