Dashing – First Look …

Release date: September 9, 2016

nv6055%20dashing%20-%20front%20cover[1]Featuring my
In the Bleak Midwinter
and Balulalow!

Sung by The Stanbery Singers conducted by Paul John Stanbery.

A great Christmas gift!

More details forthcoming …

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On the Road Again, Operatically Speaking …

Greetings everyone!

Happy Summer! I want you to know that I’m moving information about my seasonal reading lists over to the book page. As many of you know, I’m focusing on the music side of my enterprises these days by promoting the sales of my choral music and producing some commercial recordings of the same. I am still actively involved in my reading lists, as a matter of fact, yesterday on the plane I completed my 2016 Spring list just in time for Summer! To keep up with this information and read along with me, either click on the books page in the banner menu or, go to www.jamesshrader.com/books.

One of the reasons for this shift in focus is that I am retiring on July 1, 2016 – just a few days away! There will be some other big announcements about what I’ll be up to in the future – keep checking these pages for details. It will take a while to get everything in place, but there are exciting things on the horizon!

Meanwhile, for today, I’ll continue to drive the time machine and work through the excitement of the month of May.

We were excited to see Daniela continue with her emerging career, this time singing Da Falla’s Three Cornered Hat with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Charles Dutoit (May 12).

While Daniela was rehearsing in Chicago, I flew to Philadelphia and met Alek and Eva. The three of us and LOTS of luggage jammed into a mini-van and drove to Morgantown, West Virginia. Alek was recording some Nadia Boulanger songs for a CD to be released later this year. Daniela, meanwhile, was in Montreal participating in the Opera America National Conference, singing excerpts from JFK. Alek and I watched the live stream in Morgantown. Daniela finished up in Montreal and flew to Pittsburgh where Alek, Eva, and I took the mini-van to pick her up, then it was back to Morgantown to complete the recording. The next day, we all jumped in the mini-van and drove to Cincinnati where Alek began rehearsals for Die Fledermaus with Cincinnati Opera, Daniela was Mommy, and I flew back to Valdosta! Whew! You see, the lives of international opera stars are not always as glamorous as one might think!

The beginning of June saw some significant family birthdays including my darling Aija and the amazing first birthday of granddaughter Eva!

Last week I returned to Cincinnati to resume my grandpa duties because Daniela had to fly to San Francisco to sing in the Gala for retiring intendant David Gockley and Alek was in rehearsals for Die Fledermaus. Fortunately, Daniela returned in time for me to see the final performance of Fledermaus. Alek, as Alfred, was marvelous, both vocally and with his amazing gift of comic timing and physical humor.

Late last night, I returned home and now I’ve caught up and can get off this time machine.

In closing, as I said, I am concentrating on promoting my published choral music. Having been a full-time church music director of many years, I know that this is the time to begin planning the Advent and Christmas music. I hope readers will share my music with those who are responsible for this planning and programming. Response to the ads and publicity has been good and I want to continue to compose and record as a major part of my oncoming retirement activities. You all can help by spreading the word and by replying and commenting to the posts on this site, especially the choral music page.

In that same light, the compilation CD, Dashing has been mastered and will be released very soon. It includes my In the Bleak Midwinter and Balalulow. I will provide more information when the release date is official. It will be available on Naxos as well as streamed on Spotify and others sites.

Lots of stuff happening – including high heat in Southern Georgia! So, I think I’ll go jump in the pool! Stay cool and Cheers!  -Jim

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The significance of the number 38…

Greetings Friends!

June is here and I’m still driving this blog-darn time machine. I’ll try to chew up a large portion of the May hijinks in this issue.

First, some family business! In chronological order:

  • May 5 – Our 38th anniversary! On this day in 1978, Aija and I went to the store, bought shoes, and then got married!

  • June 2 – Happy Birthday to the love of my life, Aija! Perhaps older in years, but definitely younger and beautiful in looks!

  • June 11 – The FIRST birthday of super granddaughter Eva! She brings so much joy into our lives!

Now to continue the travelogue:

A few years ago Alek sang the role of Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. It was in Lille, France. Way back in 1975, I appeared in this show while finishing up my masters at The Cleveland Institute of Music. Tony Addison directed and Tom Bricetti conducted. It was a real treat for me to know Alek was going to experience this great work. Unfortunately, I could only see the photos and a few clips uploaded by the company.

Therefore I was thrilled when Alek was cast as the Rake this year with Pittsburgh Opera. Early in the morning of May 6, still groggy from anniversary celebrations, Aija and I flew to Pittsburgh to see the show and spoil Eva. Pittsburgh Opera owns the famous David Hockney production and it was a pleasure to see it. It was a wonderful cast and a special moment for us. On a side note, Eva captures my heart every time I’m around her!

We returned to Valdosta late in the evening of May 9 and the next day, I finished and submitted the edits to my new publication with Colla Voce Music On Christmas Night. I originally published this as an SATB/keyboard piece for small choirs. This latest arrangement is for men’s ensemble (TB) with flute and harp accompaniment. You can find out more about it over on the choral music page.

In the next installment, I’ll finish up the May time machine with my travels with the singers and Eva from Philadelphia to Morgantown to Cincinnati.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday I’m off again to Cincinnati to do my grand-nanny thing with Eva and to catch a performance of Alek as Alfred in Die Fledermaus as part of the Cincinnati Festival.

As we move through June, the only other announcement I want to share is that, after 17 years as a full-time church musician, and 26 years as a university professor and administrator, with a little opera singing, directing, and conducting thrown in for good measure, I will be retiring on July 1, 2016. The future is bright and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. Cheers!  -Jim

 

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Clinic, Masterclass, and World Premiere in Texas …

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Greetings!

I’m continuing my backwards time travel as I look at the end of the month of April which found me in Ft. Worth, Texas. I went there to see the world premiere of the David T. Little/Royce Vavrek new opera, JFK. It starred my wonderful daughter-in-law, Daniela Mack as Jackie Kennedy. Beyond bias, I can report that she was magnificent! Hers is the leading role and she sang it with incredible vocal beauty and an emotional magnetism on stage that left very few dry eyes in the theater. I thoroughly enjoyed the opera. It was my second world premiere this year having previously attended Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain at Santa Fe Opera. These are two terrific contemporary operas that I believe will take their place in the standard operatic repertoire.

File_000While in the Ft. Worth Opera lobby, I couldn’t help but borrow JFK’s presidential podium! What do you think?

My former student, Dr. Lisa Morales, is the Music Program Coordinator at Lone Star College in Tomball, Texas. She had arranged to take students on a field trip to Fort Worth to see JFK. When she found out that I was also going to be there, she asked me to do a clinic/workshop with her singers. We had a great time, meeting at The First United Methodist Church. I did a choral clinic using my piece Trust in Me. They sang it very well and I was delighted to jump back into that conductor/clinician role. I also did a vocal masterclass with four young singers for Lone Star. Wonderful art song performances in Italian, German, and French. We followed it all up with a rousing Q&A and then I went with the group for dinner in downtown Ft. Worth.

The next day we met at the performance. After the show, Daniela graciously agreed to meet with them at the stage door and answered more questions. They were smitten with her and I’m sure she is now their favorite opera star! My students have always been part of my extended family and I’m thrilled to provide and facilitate activities such as this. Lisa Morales holds a special place in my heart and my career and the time I spent with her and her LSC students was incredible!

 

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Sadness in Houston …

Hello again, Friends.

The first week in April ended with a sad trip to Houston to attend funeral services for my friend Dr. William Mack. Bill is the father of my daughter-in-law, Daniela. He was a delightful man who became a friend when our kids got married. We had just welcomed our granddaughter, Eva, and we took turns assuming grandfather duties as the traveling opera singers traversed the country. I enjoyed talking to Bill on the phone. Sometimes we would call each other for no particular reason, just to visit. Bill was a respected physician and had maintained an active practice even into his senior days. He also battled with some health issues but, in spite of all, he was a lovely person and I will miss him.

If there can be a positive from this trip, it was that I got to be the grandfather custodian of my darling Eva during the various activities of the services. At that time she was just discovering that she could do a wobbly walk while holding on to an adult finger. With her other hand she would point to where she wanted to go and then it was off to the races. The age of discovery and exploration has begun.

The miracle of those three days in Houston was a living testament to the circle of life as we said farewell to one while reveling in the exuberance in the new life of another.

And so it goes…

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Spring Break Report – a little late …

Greetings everyone! In order to catch up on recent activities, we’re going to go back in time (you can do that in a blog!) and see what’s been happening since spring break started on March 14.

As you know, every spring break I make an annual pilgrimage to Clearwater to check out Phillie Phanaticthe prospects of the Philadelphia Phillies. I try to go to as many games as possible, but always the St. Patrick’s Day game where the Phils drag out their greeen unis! It was a nice drive down I 75 to Clearwater and I went straight to the ballpark. The first game was against the cross-town rivals, The Tampa Bay Rays. They looked good – the Phillies did not!  Result: loss 5-3!

The next morning I indulged in another highlight of the trip – breakfast at Lennies! This is a bit of Pennsylvania ripped from hallowed ground and replanted right next to The La Quinta Inn (my abode) in Clearwater. It’s hard to describe Lennies, but, suffice it to say that they serve SCRAPPLE! This is an indescribable PA delicacy of rather dubious ingredients, but, to my Pennsylvanis Dutch palate, just heaven!

I walked to the field to see the Phillies take on the cross-state Pittsburgh Pirates. Today, the Phillies were in top form. I think 18 batters came to the plate in one inning! Result: win – a lot to a little!

Usually, I spend Saturday night at Pier 60 on Clearwater beach, but after the game the rains came! I was forced to watch some March Madness basketball in my room.

Sunday morning the weather was again questionable, but I tried to be positive. This was an away game for the Phils, so I drove the fifteen minutes to the home of the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin (that’s Dun-EEEE-din). There was a light rain falling, but a crowd still gathered in hopeful anticipation. After waiting about an hour, the game was cancelled.

I headed north to Valdosta!

 

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Notes from the Recording Session …

Spring Break Greetings from the Outdoor Office warmed to 80 delightful degrees!

A gentle breeze and a garden in full bloom makes me wish an avoidance of the inevitable swelter could be possible!

My report today is about the marvelous Saturday recording session we had in Hamilton, Ohio on the northern edge of Cincinnati. As you’ve read in these pages, PARMA Recordings from New Hampshire is producing a Christmas/Holiday recording which will be a compilation of the works of several composers. My pieces, In the Bleak Midwinter and Balulalow were selected to be included in this recording. PARMA also invited me to attend the recording session last Saturday in the sanctuary of Hamilton’s First United Methodist Church.

The PARMA recording staff was outstanding! Session manager Matt Konrad was on top of everything with a relaxed attitude that was all business. His choral background really helped to communicate with the choir and conductor during the session. A&R rep Brandon MacNeil made sure everything ran smoothly and addressed the needs of many participants.

The choir was a “pick-up” group of wonderful singers, many of whom were masters and doctoral students at the Cincinnati Conservatory. They had a long day which began at 9 am. My session didn’t begin until about 2:30. We were supposed to go from 1-3 pm, but they had to do some additional takes on some complex scores from fellow composer Christopher Hoh.

The marvelous conductor was Paul John Stanbery. Paul is music director of the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, a composer, and a church musician. He had an uncanny affinity for my music and incorporated many of my ideas into the session without me saying anything! He made two comments to the ensemble that were gratifying to me. About In the Bleak Midwinter he said, “I think this is the best piece we done this entire session.” About Balulalow he said, “Isn’t it wonderful when a composer knows how to make the choir sound great.”

All in all it was a superb weekend. Aija and I had some excellent meals in various Cincinnati locations, and, to celebrate, on Saturday night we took in a Cincinnati Cyclones hockey game!

The next step in the CD production process is the creation of the master. Matt and Brandon took the hard disks containing the raw recorded material back to the studio in New Hampshire where the production team will take over. In two to three weeks I will receive a copy of the initial master and will have an opportunity to add my comments and suggestions. Still to come will be the creation of the liner notes and the cover artwork. The recording will be on the Navona label and will be available in the fall through Naxos as well as Spotify, Barnes & Noble, and other outlets. I hope you’ll put some on your Christmas lists.

In other news, Thursday I’m off to Clearwater for the annual spring training jaunt. This year I’ll see the Phillies against the Rays, Pirates, and Blue Jays. I’ll also check out Pier 60 and the beach and visit Lenny’s for my yearly scrapple fix! (I am, after all, a Pennsylvania Dutch boy!)

Have a great week, especially if, like me, you’re on spring break! I’ll see you ONLINE!  -JAS

 

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Another Choral Publication Is on the Way …

Greetings!

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Colla Voce, Inc., the outstanding music publisher from Indianapolis, will publish my choral piece On Christmas Night. This is my sixth publication with Colla Voce and I am deeply appreciative for my relationship with them.

They actually published this piece in its original form (SATB/Keyboard) a year or so ago, but this new publication is an arrangement of my original composition, this time for men’s choir with flute and harp (keyboard).

In addition to the two versions of On Christmas Night, Colla Voce has published my compositions: In the Bleak Midwinter, Trust in Me, Love Came Down at Christmas, and Balulalow.  You can find details and recordings of these pieces and others over on the music page of this website (click on “Music” above, then “Choral”).

Speaking of recordings, as previously announced, this Friday I will be flying to the Cincinnati area to attend the recording session of my In the Bleak Midwinter and Balulalow.  The recording venue is the First United Methodist Church of Hamilton, OH and the performing group will be the Stanbery Singers conducted by Paul John Stanbery.

The recording is under the auspices of PARMA Recordings and will be released on the Navona label. It will have distribution through Naxos, Barnes & Noble, Spotify and more.  It will be a compilation CD of Christmas works by several composers including yours truly! Look for a release next fall in time for your Christmas stocking!

I am so looking forward to being part of the recording process as well as the post-recording production activities.  I will announce distribution details as they become available.  As of now, the CD remains untitled.  I will announce the title from here as well.

I hope you will explore the music page on this site and encourage those you know who are responsible for holiday programming to consider using my works. Most importantly, if you have sung my pieces or you are programming any of them, please let me hear from you.

I will have another HUGE career announcement in a few weeks – stay tuned! Meanwhile, I’ll see you ONLINE!  – JAS

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Oops! Here’s the Winter TBR List …

Greetings!

A quick review of my new resurgence in posting revealed that I never gave you the details of the Winter TBR (To Be Read) list!

Here you go!  Grab one of these at the library, bookstore, or Kindle and read with me!

Ian Rankin – Even Dogs in the Wild

Rebus comes out of retirement…to save his nemesis.

Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is feeling the heat. She’s investigating the death of a senior government prosecutor, David Minton, who has friends in high places. When one of their own is killed, the powers that be want answers fast. But Clarke is puzzled: if Minton died in a robbery as everyone thinks, why is nothing missing from his home? The answer may lie not in what was taken, but in what was left behind at the scene–an ominous note. 

Malcolm Fox is feeling useless. Shunned by his colleagues because of his past in the Complaints bureau, he’s been reassigned to a grunt detail, helping a surveillance team–one that trusts him even less than his own boss does–track a notorious Glasgow crime family. Helping Clarke with the Minton case is the only thing that makes Fox feel like a real cop. 

Newly minted civilian John Rebus is feeling restless. Being a cop is in his blood and he’s failing miserably at retirement. So when Clarke and Fox ask for his help, Rebus doesn’t need long to consider his options. But before he can get his bearings, a call comes from Rebus’s old nemesis–“Big Ger” Cafferty. Someone just fired a bullet through his front window–and sent him a note identical to Minton’s. The normally unflappable old gangster is on edge, but for the life of him Cafferty can’t figure out who he’s wronged. And the only man he trusts with his life is Rebus. 

As the cases collide, it’s up to Clarke, Fox, and Rebus to connect the dots and save their unlikely ally Cafferty, whose past harbors a shocking secret that implicates Minton’s friends in an unspeakable crime. Even Dogs in the Wild reunites crime fiction legend Ian Rankin’s greatest characters in an explosive story exploring the darkest corners of our desires.

Karla Hull – The Grievance Collectors: A Sip of Death

A glimpse into the dark underbelly of University life. 

         “An intriguing, suspenseful book with unexpected plot twists

Murders, an active shooter, and sexual predators create a tangled web of danger on campus.  Dr. Bridget O’Leary becomes the Provost while still tormented by the recent murder of her husband, and soon learns that she can’t simply think her way out of the problems encountered at the university. She will need to add a gun to her administrative toolbox as she works with a university police officer, a city police detective, and a troubled student to solve the mystery of three unexplained deaths on campus.

        The Grievance Collectors: A Sip of Death is the first book in the series and it may remind you of events and characters from your own university experience. Every university has its dark secrets

 

Michael Orenduff – The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras

Hubie Schuze must solve the case of a $25,000 pot theft—or he could be in deep trouble

A dealer of ancient Native American pottery, Hubert Schuze has spent years combing the public lands of New Mexico, digging for artwork that would otherwise remain buried. According to the US government, Hubie is a thief—but no act of Congress could stop him from doing what he loves. For decades, Hubie has worn the title of pot thief proudly. Outright burglary, though, is another story.
But an offer of $25,000 to lift a rare pot from a local museum proves too tempting for Hubie to refuse. When he sees how tightly the relic is guarded, he changes his mind, but the pot goes missing anyway. Soon a federal agent suspects that Hubie is the culprit. After things take a turn for the serious, Hubie knows he must find the real thief quickly, or risk cracking something more fragile than any pot—his skull.
The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras is the 1st book in the Pot Thief Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Elizabeth George – A Banquet of Consequences

The unspoken secrets and buried lies of one family rise to the surface in Elizabeth George’s newest novel of crime, passion, and tragic history.

As Inspector Thomas Lynley investigates the London angle of an ever more darkly disturbing case, his partner, Barbara Havers, is looking behind the peaceful façade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire and deceit.

The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind who will have to deal with its unintended consequences—could there be a link between the young man’s leap from a Dorset cliff and a horrific poisoning in Cambridge?

After various issues with her department, Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself. So when a past encounter gives her a connection to the unsolved Cambridge murder, Barbara begs Thomas Lynley to let her pursue the crime, knowing one mistake could mean the end of her career.

Full of shocks, intensity, and suspense from the first page to the last, A Banquet of Consequences reveals both Lynley and Havers under mounting pressure to solve a case both complicated and deeply disturbing.

Tim Ellis – The Kisses of an Enemy

 Due to a shortage of murders, Parish and Richards are asked to help out in the search for a missing eight year-old girl, but as usual things are never what they seem. 

Xena and Stick are seconded to the Kent & Essex Serious Crime Directorate and are put on stake-out outside an industrial unit waiting for a drug delivery. However, Xena gets bored on stake-outs and things quickly become something a lot more sinister when she decides that they should go and investigate.

Bronwyn books into the Beautiful You Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in London, but when she hacks into the system she is drugged and locked in the basement. Jerry, Shakin and Joe decide to find out what’s happened to her, but things quickly go from bad to worse – a lot worse.

 

JA Jance – Dance of the Bones

J.P. Beaumont and Brandon Walker, two ofNew York Timesbestselling author J. A. Jance’s most acclaimed series characters, join forces for the first time in one of the most suspenseful works of her career.

Years ago, Amos Warren, a prospector, was gunned down out in the desert and Sheriff Brandon Walker made the arrest in the case. Now, the retired Walker is called in when the alleged killer, John Lassiter, refuses to accept a plea deal that would release him from prison with time served. Lassiter wants Brandon and The Last Chance to find Amos’s “real” killer and clear his name.

Sixteen hundred miles to the north in Seattle, J.P. Beaumont is at loose ends after the Special Homicide Investigation Team, affectionately known as S.H.I.T., has been unexpectedly and completely disbanded. When Brandon discovers that there are links between Lassiter’s case and an unsolved case in Seattle, he comes to Beau for help.

Those two cases suddenly become hot when two young boys from the reservation, one of them with close ties to the Walker family, go missing. Can two seasoned cops, working together, decipher the missing pieces in time to keep them alive?

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The Winter Read Is in Full Bloom!

Greetings!

Well, there’s only sixteen days left to complete the Winter TBR list and, guess what? We’re not going to make it! So, just like last month we made an adjustment on Leap Day (February 29), I’ll adjust the Spring TBR to make sure it can be accomplished  by June 21.

Before delving into the Winter TBR progress, a brief note about upcoming travels.

Aija is pulling nanny duty in Boston right now, then she’ll make a short overnight to Baltimore to reunite Daniela and Eva with Alek, before finally returning to the warm climes of South Georgia. Next week, we’re both off to Cincinnati where I will be overseeing a recording session of two of my Christmas choral works, In the Bleak Midwinter and Balulalow, for inclusion on a Christmas CD to be released next year. After three days, we’ll return to Valdosta where I will be on Spring Break! I’ll be doing my annual jaunt down to Clearwater to catch three Phillie spring training games and check out the beach and cuisine of the Gulf coast. My next trip will be to Orlando for the Southern Regional Honors College Conference which I always find exhilarating! In April it’s more nanny chores for Aija and opera trips to Forth Worth (Daniela in JFK) and Pittsburgh (Alek in Rake’s Progress). In May you might find us in Chicago (Daniela in Three Cornered Hat), then in June it’s back to Cincinnati (Alek in Die Fledermaus). Finally, as the summer begins, the fam will once again gather here in our Georgia version of an Italian Villa for another brief vacay. Eva should be walking by then and it will be my goal to keep up with her!

Needless to say, it’s a great life thanks to our brilliant and talented children!

Now, let’s see how the Winter TBR is doing …

I started with Dance of the Bones by JA Jance. Jance has several protagonists all working simultaneously and every so often she has them meet up for a shared adventure. In this tome, my old friend J.P. Beaumont, retired from the Seattle PD works with Brandon Walker, retired Arizona Sheriff. I hadn’t read any of Jance’s books featuring Brandon Walker so this was a new direction for me. Beaumont, on the other hand, is a familiar character and I eagerly anticipated this new story. This tale is basically a cold case assigned to these two retirees who finally do get the right bad guys and release the wronged good guys. It takes place mostly in Arizona. Each chapter has a Native American prologue that I found difficult to assimilate into the ongoing plot. I would also have liked more Beaumont and less Walker, but that’s probably because Beaumont was more familiar. All in all, Dance of the Bones holds your attention, but the tempo of the action is not too quick. A chapter every night before nodding off to sleep is just about right! (No Amazon review from me yet.)

Next I read The Pot Thief Who Studies Pythagoras by Valdostan Michael Orenduff. Full disclosure: I am a friend and colleague with Orenduff’s wife as we both work and teach at Valdosta State University. Michael has a series ongoing featuring the pot thief Hubie Schuze, and this is the first in the series. This book is terrific. Orenduff shows to be a master of the first person narrative. I think he even has me convinced to give it a try with some of my efforts. Schuze is a marvelous character – a protagonist/theif with a good heart and a self-deprecating attitude that is endearing and yet interesting to the reader. The plot moves right along with short chapters/scenes and the plot twists are easy to follow. The method Hubie uses to abscond with a pot on display in the museum in Albuquerque is quite ingenious! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and welcome these characters into my family of personalities of whom I keep track through the years. Well done, Michael – let’s have coffee one of these days!

I am now in the middle of The Grievance Collectors: A Sip of Death by another Valdosta State friend and colleague, Karla Hull. Dr. Hull was interim Provost at VSU when I was granted tenure, for which I will be eternally grateful! This is her first book and, wouldn’t you know, it’s about murders at a mid-sized southern university (hmmmmm). When the book was first published, everyone at the university was reading to see if they recognized any of the characters in the story! So far I’m intrigued by the plot, although it moves a bit slowly at the beginning (despite opening with the first murder on page one!). It seems like the corrupt professors are getting their comeuppances, and our heroine Provost seems to be successfully navigating the turbid waters of academia. I’m only about half way through it, I look forward to what is ahead. If there is a recognizable chubby old bald professor in the works, I’ll let you know. Great first book: I also want to do coffee with you, Karla!

Still on the Winter TBR list is Even Dogs in the Wild by Scotsman Ian Rankin (featuring retired detective John Rebus – there seems to be a theme in my reading!). Then we’ve got a continuation of the Thomas Lynley/Barbara Havers series with A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George. Finally, one of favorite authors in one of his best series, Tim Ellis provides The Kisses of an Enemy featuring the continuing saga of Inspector Jed Parrish and his stepdaughter, detective constable Mary Richards.

I obviouslt can’t squeeze them all in by March 21, so, as I said above, we’ll make an adjustment in the spring list. I’d love you to read some of these with me and drop a comment or two in the reply space below. The azaleas are coming out here in the Azalea City and I wish you all the best for a glorious spring.

Check out the Music page tomorrow for music news!  -Jim

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