Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Review: No Cats Allowed by: Miranda James

Title: No Cats Allowed
Author: Miranda James
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Cat in the Stacks #7
Pages: 288
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


In the latest mystery in the New York Times bestselling Cat in the Stacks series, librarian Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat Diesel must clear a friend when the evidence is stacked against her…

Springtime in Mississippi is abloom with beauty, but the library’s employees are too busy worrying to stop and smell the flowers. The new library director, Riley, is a brash, unfriendly Yankee who’s on a mission to cut costs—and his first targets are the archive and the rare book collection.
As annoying as a long-overdue book, Riley quickly raises the hackles of everyone on staff, including Charlie’s fiery friend Melba—whom Dillard wants to replace with someone younger. But his biggest offense is declaring all four-legged creatures banned from the stacks. 
With enemies aplenty, the suspect list is long when Riley’s body is discovered in the library. But things take a turn for the worse when a threatening e-mail throws suspicion on Melba.
Charlie is convinced that his friend is no murderer, especially when he catches sight of a menacing stranger lurking around the library. Now he and Diesel will have to read between the lines, before Melba is shelved under “G” for guilty… 

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Charlie and his beloved Maine Coon Cat Diesel in this book there is new temporary library director who is pushing everyone's buttons from Melba being accused of taking too long a lunch, Lisa being accused of not attending a conference to the latest the director being allergic to Diesel without showing any signs of allergies.  Charlie just can't believe what a jerk the director is.  Add that to someone defacing the directors car with pink lipstick and the drama in the library has reached the stacks.

When Riley winds up dead many people find themselves wondering if they will get stacked with a murder charge pretty much anyone Riley upset while working in the library a short time including an ex-brother-in-law to Melba his co-worker. Or could it be someone skimming the books for a financial gain?  Charlie has to put on his thinking cap and get to the bottom of it before Melba winds up paying for the crime.

I love this series and the way the author gets right down to it really quickly, doesn't add a lot of nonsense that doesn't need to be added to a book just to fatten it up.  I love the way Charlie's mind works and how he can't pass up trying to figure out who the bad guy/girl is and the way he teams up with the local police to get to the bottom of things.  Definitely great for book lovers who love reading about libraries mysteries featuring men as the sleuth.  Such a phenomenal story!

Book Blast: Glass Sword by: Victoria Aveyard

GLASS SWORD (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard
Release Day Celebration Blast February 9, 2016


Red Queen #2
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Pages: 448
Release Date: February 9th, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen


Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. 

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. 

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. 

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?



Victoria Aveyard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen. Victoria was

born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She currently splits her time between the East and West coasts. As an author and screenwriter, she uses her career as an excuse to read too many books and watch too many movies. She has sold several television pilots and feature-length screenplays. You can visit her online at www.victoriaaveyard.comor on Twitter at @VictoriaAveyard.


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Monday, February 8, 2016

Review: The Silence of The Library by: Miranda James

Title: The Silence of The Library
Author: Miranda James
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Cat in The Stacks #5
Pages: 320
Format: Nook e-book
Source: Purchase


Everyone in Athena, Mississippi, knows Charlie Harris, the librarian with a rescued Maine coon cat named Diesel. He’s returned to his hometown to immerse himself in books, but a celebrated author’s visit draws an unruly swarm of fanatic mystery buffs…and one devious killer.

It’s National Library Week, and the Athena Public Library is planning an exhibit to honor the centenary of famous novelist Electra Barnes Cartwright—creator of the beloved Veronica Thane series.

Charlie has a soft spot for Cartwright’s girl detective stories (not to mention an extensive collection of her books!). When the author agrees to make a rare public appearance, the news of her whereabouts goes viral overnight, and series devotees and book collectors converge on Athena.

After all, it’s rumored that Cartwright penned Veronica Thane stories that remain under wraps, and one rabid fan will stop at nothing—not even murder—to get hold of the rare books… 

My Thoughts:

This book follows Charlie Harris and his beloved Maine Coon Cat Diesel in the latest Cat in the Stacks mystery in this book the workers at the local library are getting ready to celebrate a famous novelist Electra Barnes Cartwright also called EBC as part of National Library Week.  We meet Ms. Cartwright and learn a bit about her stories featuring a young girl named Veronica Thane and learn about her through the stories Charlie finds himself rereading.  Ones he had read as a youngster and is sharing with the library.

Not long into the book a murder takes place and Charlie is determined to figure out who killed Carrie Taylor who ran a fan newsletter about EBC.  Was it a fan that was so desperate they killed Carrie? Or was it someone Carrie knew?  And why was she killed?

I love this series especially reading about the connection so many have to Diesel this series also offers something others don't a male amateur detective Charlie Harris, most books that are cozies offer up female lead characters I also enjoy how he connects with his son and daughter in these books. Such a great book can't wait to see what is next for Charlie, Diesel and the rest of the people in Athena!

Review: Murder on Wheels by: Lynn Cahoon

Title: Murder on Wheels
Author: Lynn Cahoon
Publisher: Kensington
Series: A Tourist Trap Mystery #6
Pages: 198
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley & Great Escapes Book Tours


The food truck craze has reached the charming coastal town of South Cove, California, but before Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—can sample the eats, she has to shift gears and put the brakes on a killer . . .

Now that Kacey Austin has got her new gluten-free dessert truck up and running, there’s no curbing her enthusiasm—not even when someone vandalizes the vehicle and steals her recipes. But when Kacey turns up dead on the beach and Jill’s best friend Sadie becomes the prime suspect, Jill needs to step on it to serve the real killer some just desserts. 

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Jill her cop boyfriend Greg and their friends in South Cove, California in this book we meet Austin's wife Kacey Austin who is in South Cove opening a Gluten free desserts truck when she winds up dead and suspects point to a few but those leads seem to fall short in quick order, was it Austin's gilted girlfried for having her recipes swiped by her jerk of an ex?, or Sadie's son trying to help his mother?, or is it connected to the secrets Austin is keeping from everyone in South Cove?

This book was full of everything I've come to love about South Cove, the sticky situations that Jill gets into even when she tries to stay out of trouble, but trouble seems to find her everywhere she goes.  Add that to a fight brewing between Jill and Amy and the drama never ends.  I love going back to South Cove time and again!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Review: A Bead in The Hand by: Janice Peacock

Title: A Bead In The Hand
Author: Janice Peacock
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Series: Glass Bead #2
Pages: 230
Format: e-book
Source: Great Escapes Book Tours


A bead bazaar turns bizarre when jewelry designer and glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell discovers a body beneath her sales table. Everyone assumes the death of famous bead artist Saundra Jameson is an accident—until homicide detective Tiffany Houston arrives, ready to drag Jax off to jail as her top suspect. Jax and her friend Tessa must scramble to find the killer among the fanatic jewelry shoppers, eccentric vendors, and Saundra’s many enemies.

While trying to solve the mystery, Jax and Tessa have their hands full with a scumbag show promoter, hipsters in love, and a security guard who wants to do more than protect Jax from harm. Adding to the chaos, Jax’s quirky neighbor Val arrives unexpectedly at the dilapidated—and possibly haunted—hotel where they’re staying, and she’s brought trouble with her. 
Can Jax untangle the clues to find the crafty killer before she’s arrested for murder?

A Bead in the Hand is the second book in the Glass Bead Mystery series.

My Thoughts:

This book takes place in the world of glass beading which many people love to make and sell and even purchase.  Our local beadmaker Jax is heading to a bazaar with her good friend Tessa for a weekend of fun and relaxation.  Tessa sorely needs a break from her teenage daughters who know how to throw down a good fight.  While setting up for the bazaar Jax learns who will be tabling next to her is the one person Jax could do without with is Saundra who is a bead diva in the worst way.  She has definitely alienated herself be upsetting so many people.  That is when the weird stuff begins blackouts which close down the first night of sales followed the next day by Saundra winding up dead. The big question remains who had the most to gain by Saundra's death?  The sleezy promoter who flirts with anyone?, two hipsters in love one of them being Saundra's assistant?  Or someone else no one has even considered?

I loved learning about bead making and seeing well actually reading how a bazaar goes and what is put into one add the murder to the mix and I was hooked to see how Jax and Tessa were going to get to the bottom of it.  Especially considering Jax's alibi for the night in question wasn't there.  Talk about putting the main character up against the wall.

I think anyone who loves beads or crafts in anyway with love delving into this mystery.  I also love the cover picture on this book I think it's beautifully done and different then typical cozy mysteries.  Can't wait to see what is next in the Glass Bead Series.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BOTM: Lori@Great Escapes Book Tours

For February's Book of The Month I did it a little differently instead of picking through books and authors to find one I love the most I decided to showcase my blog tour hostess who I think is great and wonderful even when she is going through hard times she continues to push through with book tours and offers up incredible cozy book tours.

Lori at Great Escapes has been doing book tours for a while now and offers up the best cozy book tours I've ever seen.  She is a doll to work with and very accommodating.  After the past year Lori has had with her own ups and downs I felt the need to show someone I admire and love in the February slot.  She has definitely earned her recognition for everything she offers.

If you are looking for book tours that have great tour hostess check out her blog! Great Escapes Book Tours!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Interview with Michelle Lynn Siegfried author of Major Crimes

Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today!

What genre do you write? 

Cozy Mysteries and Children’s Picture Books

How did you come to write cozies and Children's Picture Books? 

Cozies were always my favorite books, and over a ten-year-period, I always thought about writing one.  I finally wrote my first book when my daughter was an infant.  After that, I realized I wanted to write a book for her—hence the Children’s Picture Books!

Who is your favorite character to write about?  

I love, love, love writing about “Bonnie.” She is sassy, smart, and tells it like it is.  She can come off as rude and obnoxious, but in a funny way.  Bonnie says things I would never dream of saying to someone out loud! I just think she is hilarious.  I modeled her after a friend of mine, (with her permission).

Who inspires your books?

My daughter and my husband inspire the children’s books. They may say or do something that I think would make a good book, like the new one I’m working on, There’s a Monster in My Mouth.  That’s something my husband would say to my daughter to get her to brush her teeth.

For the mystery novels, I would say various family members inspire me.  Uncle Freddy is modeled after my own Uncle Freddy. Sylvia G from Tax Cut is a cousin of mine. Giuseppe Fruscione from Red Tape was my cousin (Sadly, he passed away). Frank and Geri from Major Crimes are modeled after a couple of my relatives as well. 

I’m also inspired by various municipal clerks, some of which have given me permission to use their real names as characters.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Between working full-time and being a full-time mom, I find it hard to do much of anything when I’m not writing!! I do like to travel though, and watch a good movie. I’m also a bit of a foodie and love trying out new places to eat!

If you were stuck on a deserted island what three things would you take?

Sunscreen – I burn like oil on a frying pan! My cell phone – not only to call for food delivery, but to take pictures of the beautiful scenery!  And my laptop – to write of course!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Book Spotlight: Death of A Nurse by: M.C. Beaton

M.C. Beaton is back with her 32nd Hamish MacBeth mystery DEATH OF A NURSE by M.C. Beaton (Grand Central Publishing Hardcover; 9781455558254; on-sale: Feb. 23; $25). Beaton continues to draw readers—old and new alike—to her cozy mysteries like moths to flame. With so many novels in her repertoire, and her career spanning three decades, she has perfected her craft so that every reader, following along with MacBeth, becomes an armchair sleuth! 

Teeming with Beaton’s trademark wit, snappy dialogue, and so-real-you’ll-think-you’re-there descriptions of the Highlands, DEATH OF A NURSE book will take you on a romp of a good time. 

James Harrison has recently moved to a restored hunting lodge in Sutherland with his gorgeous private nurse Gloria Dainty. When Hamish visits Mr. Harrison to welcome him to the neighborhood, the cantankerous old man rails at him and tosses him out. The sting of Harrison’s dismissal diminishes somewhat when Gloria takes it upon herself to smooth things over and apologizes. Charmed by her, Hamish invites her out for dinner yet on the appointed evening, she never arrives at the restaurant. Four days later, Gloria's body washes up on the beach. Now battling more than the embarrassment of being stood up at dinner, Hamish must find out who killed the beautiful new resident of Sutherland and why, before the truth devastates the community… 

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M. C. Beaton has won international acclaim for her New York Times bestselling Hamish Macbethhttp://www.mcbeaton.com/us/ or at http://facebook.com/MCBeatonAuthor
mysteries. The BBC has aired 24 episodes based on the series. Beaton is also the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, which will air as an eight-episode dramatic series on Sky1, starring Ashley Jensen. She lives in the Cotswolds with her husband. For more information, you can visit

About the book:
On Sale: February 23, 2016
Grand Central Publishing (Pages: 256)
ISBN: 9781455558254 ($25)
E-book: 9781455558261 ($13.99)
Downloadable audio: 9781478902478 ($24.98)

Praise for M.C. Beaton & Hamish MacBeth:

"The latest appearance by the charming Scot...provides all the quirky characters and striking Highlands scenery you could want, along with one of Beaton's most successful mysteries."
—Kirkus Reviews on Death of a Nurse

"Macbeth, when roused to action, is very canny at solving mysteries, and the Highlands setting is always satisfying. A fine mix of eccentric characters, vivid landscape, and engaging mystery."
—Booklist on Death of a Nurse

“…highly entertaining…Beaton’s series remains as engaging as ever.”
—Publishers Weekly on Death of a Liar

"Longing for escape? Tired of waiting for Brigadoon to materialize? Time for a trip to Lochdubh, the scenic, if somnolent, village in the Scottish Highlands where M. C. Beaton sets her beguiling whodunits featuring Constable Hamish Macbeth.”—New York Times Book Review

"Hamish Macbeth is that most unusual character, one to whom the reader returns because of his charming flaws. May he never get promoted."—New York Journal of Books
"Macbeth is the sort of character who slyly grows on you."—Chicago Sun-Times

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Book Blast: The Urban Boys by: K.N. Smith

I’m really exctied to be on the book blast for this Young Adult novel by K.N. Smith! THE URBAN BOYS: Discovery of the Five Senses is perfect for the young adult reader in your life – but don’t just take my word for it:
"The Urban Boys - an energetic YA adventure debut with stellar action sequences. Smith's writing is intelligent and often lyrical. Her exuberant prose never fails to dazzle." - Kirkus Reviews
About The Book
THE URBAN BOYSAuthor: K.N. Smith
Pages: 292 Release Date: September 29th, 2015
Publisher: Two Petals Publishing
The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses is an action-adventure story about five teen boys who are mysteriously exposed to a foreign energy source that gives them extremely heightened senses. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell become hypersensitive gifts that forever change the world. The story chronicles their effortless interrelations and later exposes the testing of their deep bonds. It introduces the reader to an array of supporting characters who alter the boys’ lives forever. The Urban Boys offers young and mature readers central themes of loyalty, responsibility, honesty, fear, and triumph, which become artfully integrated with cinematic-level action and high drama. The story twists, turns, and grinds through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in a diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narrative!

Overview: The story’s small town of Danville Heights, a carefully crafted universe, contrasts with the dark, gloomy town of Sandry Lake, where evil abounds. Upon the boys’ mysterious incident with the energy source, they’re instinctively called to Sandry Lake to root out evil. Their senses guide them each time. However, secrecy about their mission, furious battles with evil thugs, extreme fatigue, and stress and pressure soon overwhelm the boys, but they must find a way to embrace their fate. A lurking, Dark Stranger seems to know their plight, and a strikingly beautiful, fearless girl lends way to heightened confusion. Shocking details about these two characters, and the evil antagonist, the dreaded Druth, twist and grind the story even further.
Despite tension and fierce battles, will the boys hold it together long enough to fulfill their destiny?

Intriguing, intelligent, and full of action, The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses offers a memorable, emotion-packed, thrilling ride for young and mature readers alike!

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About The Author
K.N. Smith is an American author and passionate advocate of childhood and family literacy programs throughout the world. She continues to inspire students of all ages to reach their highest potential in their literary and educational pursuits. Her creative, lyrical flair sweeps across pages that twist, turn, and grind through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narratives. K.N. Smith has over twenty years' experience in writing, communications, and creative design. She lives with her family in California.

WEBSITE: www.knsmith.com
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Book Spotlight: Skiing is Murder by: Carolyn Arnold

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Skiing is Murder by Carolyn Arnold

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Cozy Mystery 10th in Series 
Print Length: 116 pages 
Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc. (January 28, 2016) 


They’re ready to hit the slopes when things go downhill...
Carolyn Author Photo 2013 ColorSean and Sara were supposed to have a relaxing vacation in Vail, but it all goes up in a puff of powder when there’s a suspicious death on the mountain. And the deceased is not just anyone; it’s Adrian Blackwell, a two-time Olympic skiing gold medalist. Rumor has it that Adrian died in a skiing accident, but he was too skilled for Sara to accept it as fact. Though she’s convinced Adrian was murdered and she’s itching to find the killer, she doesn’t want to disappoint Sean by ruining his ski trip. Sean has never had the ability to say no to Sara before, but this time he comes close. It takes a call from their PI firm back in Albany to change his mind. A job’s come in to investigate Adrian’s death, and his agent is the one footing the bill, leaving Sean with more questions than answers. Yet one major problem remains: their New York State PI licenses hold no legal authority in Colorado. But they still can’t help but look into Adrian’s death on the sly. This case will definitely involve some underhanded tactics, all while trying to dodge the local police during the course of the investigation.


CAROLYN ARNOLD is the international bestselling and award-winning author of the Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher, and McKinley Mystery series. She is the only author with POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.
Carolyn was born in a small town, but that never kept her from dreaming big. On par with her large dreams is her overactive imagination that conjures up killers and cases to solve. She currently lives outside Toronto with her husband and two beagles, Max and Chelsea. She is also a member of Crime Writers of Canada.
Author Links: Website Blog Facebook Twitter
Purchase Links: Amazon US Amazon UK Barnes & Noble Apple iBooks Kobo  

Monday, January 4, 2016

Excerpt from Lucky For You by: Jayne Denker

Thanks to Jayne Denker author of Lucky for You we have an excerpt from the book.  Here is just a tidbit of what is you will catch in Lucky for You.  If you haven't picked up your copy yet you are sorely missing out on an incredible journey!!

“Jordan, for God’s sake . . .” And then Will trailed off, his grin fading as he caught sight of a couple in a tight clinch on the back patio, in the shadows but not so secluded that they—or anyone else around them—couldn’t get a good view.
“Great costume,” Jordan whispered, agog, after watching the couple in action for a few moments. “Zombie nurse. I mean, she looks like a regular nurse, but that can’t be right—she’s eating his face off.”

Will didn’t laugh. Instead, he touched Jordan’s shoulder to turn her in the other direction, leading her away from the scene of carnal carnage.

His grim expression worried her. “What’s with you?”

“That was Cam.”

“I know.” Even if she hadn’t been able to get a good look at him, she’d have recognized those crappy moves anywhere. He hadn’t changed a bit.
Will sighed. “I’m sorry you had to see that.”
“Well, yeah. Lousy technique. Sheesh.”
“No, I mean . . . he invited you to his party and . . .”
“You thought I was his date?” Jordan laughed. “No and no. I told you I don’t care about him.” Then the rest of her thought was out before she even knew what she was saying. “I’m a little distracted by another Nash brother.”
She felt light-headed all of a sudden, and she swallowed with difficulty. She’d said it; now she had to face the consequences. They were by the alley now, with only a few partygoers nearby. The music was muted here, and Jordan knew he’d heard her loud and clear. He swung around and fixed her with his intense stare as her pulse pounded in her neck.
Her nerves evaporated in an instant. “Oh my God, will you stop being so stupid?”
Why was he acting so obtuse? He had to know . . . didn’t he? That she thought about him all the time, in ways she shouldn’t? That his patience and kindness had affected her more than she’d ever thought possible, and now she was just a sucker for more? But there he was, staring at her, and she thought maybe he really was just that uncomprehending, because he hadn’t moved a muscle. There she was, dressed to kill, no longer on the wrong side of the law, no longer off limits, and pretty much laying it out there, and still nothing.

Maybe he wasn’t stupid. Maybe he was paralyzed with horror.

She had to find out once and for all. Instead of walking away with one last, small shred of her dignity intact, she went toward him. One long step, and she reached out with both hands and grabbed the open collar of his dark blue uniform shirt, brought herself in close. Her heart was thudding under her skimpy top, and dimly she wondered if he could feel it against his chest. No. He had to wear his Kevlar on duty. She still had to get her point across.
She tugged a little more, until his face was close to hers. His warm breath heated her cheek, her lips. He was still staring at her, still not touching her. She fought past the urge to run. Now or never.
“Kiss me, you idiot.”
A pause as he studied her intently. Then, “No.”
Will put his hands on her waist and firmly pushed her one, two steps back.


But he wasn’t done. The next thing she knew, Will had her by the arm and was tugging her down the alley. Started at how forceful he was, Jordan stumbled to keep up. Shit, she’d made him angry, and now he was going to drag her back through the crowd and throw her off his brother’s property. Great.

“Hey, all right, forget it. I’ve had a couple of drinks, okay?” She hadn’t, but she was ready to say anything at this point to get him to stop walking, stop pulling her, turn and talk to her. She’d never seen him this upset, and she didn’t know how to handle it.

“No, you haven’t,” he tossed over his shoulder. “You knew what you were doing.”

“Okay, so what?” she challenged him. “I thought you liked me. I was wrong. If you hate me as much as the rest of this town does, that’s fine—”
“You know I don’t.”
He swung her around, planted her in one spot by the brick wall that made up one side of the alley. She didn’t dare move. Panting as though he’d just run a marathon instead of dragging her a hundred feet, he stood there, hands on his hips, staring at her but saying nothing.
She couldn’t let the silence descend again. “What?”
He held up his hand like he was stopping traffic, then turned his arm so he could check his watch.
Will held up his hand once more. She fell silent. No easy feat for her, and she was sure he knew it. What the hell was he doing? Now he wasn’t looking at her at all, just staring at his watch. After a moment, he let out a long breath and said simply, “Okay.”

“Okay what?”

“I’m off duty.”

Jordan had barely enough time to absorb the words, but not their meaning, when Will launched into her, slamming her against the wall. Hello, Officer. One hand against the wall, the other grasping her chin, he ducked his head, his heated lips closing over hers and stopping her breath. She didn’t care. William Nash was kissing the stuffing out of her, and that was all that mattered. It was nothing like she expected. But it was so, so much better.

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