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The Shining
The Shining by Stephen King (1970s)
Evil goings-on at a snowed-in hotel. There's even murderous topiary! -- (which struck me as more comical than terrifying) -- Added by ChristyAV on 01/29/2014

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Vintage Murder
Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh (1930s)
While vacationing in New Zealand, aristocratic Scotland Yard inspector Roderick Alleyn gets embroiled in a murder investigation at a theater. Most of the books in this classic mystery series are set in England, so it's interesting to read one set in the author's home country. I also enjoyed the "Inspector Alleyn" mystery series available from the library on DVD. -- Added by ChristyAV on 01/28/2014

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Angelmaker
Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway (2000s)
Joe Spork, son of a London gangster, repairs clocks for a living and tries to live a simple life. His world is turned upside down when he is asked to repair a mysterious machine that might have the power to destroy the world! A lively, occasionally humorous, sort-of-steampunkish book. -- Added by ChristyAV on 01/27/2014

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Code Name Verity
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein (1940s)
An obviously well-researched book about two young women in World War II -- one of them a British spy and the other a pilot. -- Added by ChristyAV on 01/27/2014

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Last Days of Summer
Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger (1990s)
On the eve of World War II, 12-year-old Joey Margolis is the only Jewish kid in his Brooklyn apartment and is therefore a constant target for bullies. He starts writing fan mail to rookie third baseman Charlie Banks of the New York Giants, filling his letters with dramatic sob stories in the hopes of getting a response. Charlie's irritated replies and Joey's brazen retorts make for a correspondence that gradually develops into friendship as the rough-around-the-edges Banks becomes a father figure for Joey. The novel is told mostly through letters but also newspaper snippets and memorabilia. A funny and emotional read. -- Added by ChristyAV on 01/15/2014

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The Talented Mr. Ripley
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (1950s)
It seems like a perfect job. Tom Ripley is given money by a wealthy businessman to go to Italy and convince the man's son Dickie to return to come home to America. Once in Italy, though, Tom becomes enamored of Dickie's carefree lifestyle. When Dickie tires of their friendship and seems about to brush him off, Tom takes drastic measures. The film version, starring Matt Damon, differs from the book is several key ways but is also excellent, and it's interesting to compare the two. -- Added by ChristyAV on 01/13/2014

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