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British satire about misfit spies in MI5 (0)

February 22, 2017 • Mysteries & Thrillers, Spy Stories

Slow Horses (Slough House #1 of 4), by Mick Herron @@@@ (4 out of 5) The spies who work out of Slough House are “a post-useful crew of misfits [who] can be stored and left to gather dust.” Every one of them. MI5 has dumped them all there after they screwed up royally. Now they… Read More ›

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A revealing history of U.S.-China relations (0)

The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present, by John Pomfret @@@@@ (5 out of 5) Some Americans seem to have the impression that the U.S. relationship with China began in 1972 when Richard Nixon flew to Beijing. In The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom, journalist and long-time… Read More ›

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An outstanding sci-fi series (0)

Falling Free (Vorkosigan Saga #1), by Lois McMaster Bujold @@@@@ (5 out of 5) For some time I’ve known that Lois McMaster Bujold is one of best of the contemporary science fiction writers. She’s won the Hugo Award five times and the Nebula three times. Somehow, though, I’ve managed not to read any of her… Read More ›

Mysteries & Thrillers »

British satire about misfit spies in MI5 (0)

Slow Horses (Slough House #1 of 4), by Mick Herron @@@@ (4 out of 5) The spies who work out of Slough House are “a post-useful crew of misfits [who] can be stored and left to gather dust.” Every one of them. MI5 has dumped them all there after they screwed up royally. Now they… Read More ›

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48 excellent mystery and thriller series (2)

Two years ago I posted a list of my 36 favorite mystery and thriller series. What follows is an updated version of that list. I’ve made several changes in my Top 10 list. I’ve also added 12 titles—and demoted a few to a new category of “Not-so-great series.” Unless you’re a devoted fan of the… Read More ›