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March Recap

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Books Read / Reviewed in March

I’ve been really good about reading books off my bookshelf. So far, I’ve only strayed a little bit to read The Girl in the Green Raincoat, but I think I’ve earned it. I did buy some new books adding to my book pile already reaching epic proportions in my tiny apartment. I also brought home a sizable stack of books I had left at my mom’s house. Luckily, those books are read, so now I just need to find a place to store them. =/

1. A soft place to land

2. French kissing

3. Old school : a novel

4. Not buying it : my year without shopping
5. A reliable wife : a novel

1. A Soft Place to Land – Susan Rebecca White

2. French Kissing – Catherine Sanderson

3. Old School – Tobias Wolff

4. Not Buying It – Judith Levine

5. A Reliable Wife – Robert Goolrick

Knitting has been slow for me this month. I spent a lot of time working on a puppy sweater for my friend’s little girl, Penny. This was my first ever dog sweater and it really gave me some trouble. I haven’t bought any new yarn since the Knitting Convention in Feb, but I haven’t really used any of my current yarn either.

My other crafting sessions have been making buttons. Thanks to the wonderful Chronicle Books, I won the Button Factory from a giveaway on their blog last week.

<——– The Button Factory

Comes with buttons, fabric, and the handle button presser.

The buttons! This is a great way to use up scrap fabrics (or fat quarter pieces). I plan on adding these buttons to my knitting projects. My favorite button is the baseball one. I think it deserves its own close-up. =)

How perfect is that?

You can find The Button Factory available on The Chronicle Books site, at Urban Outfitters, and at Barnes & Noble,

The Girl in the Green Raincoat – Review

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The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman

Age: Adult

In her third trimester of an unplanned pregnancy, private eye Tess Monaghan is held hostage at home by doctor’s orders. During her time in bed, she watches people walking their dogs in the park across the street and notices that a young girl in a green raincoat walks her dog with a matching raincoat. One day, Tess only sees the dog running, green leash flapping in the air and her P.I. instincts immediately kick in. With the help of her boyfriend, Crow, and her friends, Tess tries to solve the mystery of the disappearance of the girl in the raincoat, and ends up stumbling a dangerous path of unsolved deaths and crimes.

This book caught my attention when I first read this review by Jen at Devourer of Books. I think it was the mention of the similarities between this novel and Rear Window that had me quickly request this book at my library. This book is definitely Rear Window meets Stephanie Plum (the Janet Evanovich series). Tess is sassy, stubborn and not afraid to go where she is not wanted, or in this case, send friends and co-workers in her stead. This book also reminded me Dashiell Hammet’s The Thin Man. There is the funny rapport between Tess and Crow, but there is also a good element of surprise and twists towards the end that really make you rethink who the bad guy is. Its a classic who-dunnit that’s a light, fun and easy read. I actually read it in one sitting on a rainy day at home.

This book is a good stand alone read, although it is part of the Tess Monaghan series. If you want to start from the beginning (or just want more of Tess), be sure to pick up Baltimore Blues to first meet Tess.

The Girl in the Green Raincoat
by Laura Lippman
William Morrow, 2008
ISBN 9780061938368
158 pages
Book 14 of 2011

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