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New Reader Site Hits the Target

 Though I'm not sure how, I recently heard about Shepherd.com The people there are trying to change the way we find new books to read online, and I'm all for that. When you type in "mystery" or "crime fiction" in most book-finding sites (like Amazon), you get a list of the 8 or 10 biggest-selling writers, like James Patterson, Michael Connelly, and Janet Evanovitch. The problem with that is that telling me Michael Connelly has a new book is useless. I've already bought it, read it, and passed it on to a friend. Also, some of those big names don't interest me, for a variety of reasons. I'd like new suggestions, new authors to try, but it's hard to choose, and the list goes on forever, with no hints as to which ones I'll really like. Enter Shepherd.com. Right now, things are in the beginning stages, but the site categorizes books with a clever teaser: "The Best Books about..." You can search by title or author and along with the

Too Many Good Books

I'm in the enviable position of having a surfeit of good books. The Distant Hours by Kate Morton: about a third through it. The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson: halfway. Sparrow Migrations by Cari Noga: three-quarters done. Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver: just started but already loving it. As you might guess, I have books in different rooms and read them in snatches. All but Sparrow Migrations are historical. Only Murder at the Brightwell is a mystery, though Morton's books have a discovery aspect that adds mystery to them. All are hard-to-put-down types, and it's rare that I have four at once that call to me when I'm not reading. (I also have a book on my phone, but it's only mildly interesting, so that reading progresses in spurts of boredom as I wait for John to take care of things I can't because of this silly foot (which is healing nicely). Sadly, I have an edit to do on my own stuff, so all my reading for fun will have to wai

5 Recommended Mysteries & A "Song Bird" Quiz

 Supply the title that goes with the line. 1. "All the little birdies on Jay Bird Street..." 2. "Spread your tiny wings and fly away..." 3. "May an elephant caress you with his toes..." 4. "Did your lady friend leave the nest again?" 5. "Pack up all my care and woes..."  Recommended mysteries L.L. Bartlett Murder on the Mind ( part of a series ) Terry Pratchett Thud! P.B. Ryan Still Life with Murder Charles Todd The Confession ( part of a series ) P.M. Carlson Audition for Murder (part of a series) Quiz Answers: 1. "Rockin' Robin" by the Jackson Five  www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4VCUbL7jsc 2. "Snowbird" by Anne Murray https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5hm5p5fyQI&feature=kp 3. "May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose  by Little Jimmy Dickens  www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfYFx6MOTYU 4. "Yellow Bird" by the Kingston Trio  https://www.youtube.c