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What an epic party and a great way to finish the year. I've put everyone on this email, not just those who came to the party, because I want to start off by saying thank you SO much for my group gift. I am looking forward to 12 months of books and accessories from the Cratejoy subscription you got me (it will include 2 books along with other fun booky things like bookmarks, chocolate, etc). I am also excited to put my DIY Detective Agency together. Here's what it will look like (assuming my crafting skills are good enough).

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I had a blast at the party and want to also thank Patricia for the homemade candles she brought for everyone, and Cindy for the journals she brought courtesy of Douglas County Libraries.

There won't be a book summary, although we DID discuss the book. It seemed that we had some who liked it, some who didn't get a chance to read it, and lots who thought there was a LOT going on. We all agree that it wasn't the family we'd like to be a part of.

We had 3 Quiz winners this year who got every question correct (we also had some 10s and 11s). I told you it was easy!

Lastly, here is a list of the books we all got for the exchange (some had two-fers and some three-fers, therefore a long list). There was a lot of stealing, so we put a list together so everyone could check them all out as possible reads.

  • The Housemaid's Secret by Freida McFadden
  • The Enigma of Room 622 by Joel Dicker
  • The Jury Master by Robert Dugoni
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • The Kill Clause by Gregg Hurwitz
  • Malice by Keigo Higashino
  • A Traitor in Whitehall by Julia Kelly
  • The Beaten Territory by Randi Samuelson-Brown
  • Void Moon by Michal Connelly
  • The Maid's Diary by Loreth Anne White
  • Murdle by GT Karber
  • The Best Mystery Stories of the Year - Otto Penzler
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins
  • Death in the Family by Shana Merchant
  • The Search Party by Hanna Richell
  • Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers
  • I Have Some Questions For You by Rebecca Makkai
  • The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  • Deception Point by Dan Brown
  • Mastering the Art of French Murder by Colleen Cambridge
  • The Last Devil to Die by Richard Osman
  • The Haunting of Blackwood House by Darcy Coates
  • Paradise Valley by CJ Box
  • The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman
  • City of the Dead by Jonathan Kellerman
  • The Christmas Guest by Peter Swanson
  • All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers
  • The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths

I will see you all in the new year, specifically on January 22 to discuss The Only One Left by Riley Sager. Claudia will lead and Penny will bring snacks.

If you want to join us for the Crime & Beyond Enchanted Grounds game day on January 7th, let me know. SO far I have RSVPs for Jeff, Jay, Allie, Melissa, Claudia, Sharon Also, Gail, and Janice.

Have a wonderful Christmas & New Year!

Kerry

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