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Review: The Silver Boat by Luanne Rice

This review was originally posted at Dollycas’s Thoughts June 14, 2011.

Jacket Design

by Roseanne Serra

Viking

Pamela Dorman Books

Published by The Penguin Group

ISBN-10: 0670022500

ISBN-13: 978-0670022502

Dar, Delia and Rory have not seen each other since their mother’s funeral.  They have returned the family’s summer beach house in Martha’s Vineyard to remember happy memories and get the house ready to be sold.
The year Dar turned 12 her Irish-born father sailed off on his own to return to Ireland to find something important but he never returned. Dar took her father’s leaving very hard.
Each of the sisters has faced their trials and tribulations over the years but the have always been the happiest when they were at “the vineyard.”
While cleaning up and packing up the house a packet off letters is found that sheds light on why their father returned to Ireland.  With the information in the letters the sisters decide to travel to Ireland to find the answers as to what happened to their father and hoping maybe even to find their father. The trip changes the girls and their perspective of their entire lives. It helps to bring them closer and all their relationships stronger.

 

I haven’t read a Luanne Rice novel in awhile and this was the perfect one to get me back on track.  Her writing of family dynamics seems effortless.  The story flows beautifully.  The characters are ones you become invested in easily and the settings are beautiful. I wish the sisters would have spent more time in Ireland.  Having an Irish grandfather who I never had the privilege to meet drew me to the wonderful descriptions of the places the girls traveled.  The added humor of learning to drive on the “wrong side” of the road and shifting with their left hands was added at just the right moment as their arrival to the land of their father could have been a really heavy moment.  You will feel the entire gambit of emotions reading this book, all in the exact perfect amounts.  This is definitely a book that will end up on your keeper shelf as the story is truly timeless and can be read again and again. 

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Viking, a division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Cemetery Girl by David Bell With Giveaway

Cemetery Girl
New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Available Now

Tom and Abby Stuart seem to be a couple with the perfect life until their wonderful 12-year old daughter, Caitlin, disappears without a trace. The only witness to Caitlin’s disappearance is the family dog. Abby finds solace at church, Tom endures by tracking every lead and keeping their daughter’s story out there. Their marriage starts to fall apart as they are both pulled in different directions. Abby needs closure and Tom needs to keep hope alive.

Four years later their world is rocked again when Caitlin is found alive…..

Dollycas Thoughts
I think the book cover synopsis gives away too much of the story and loses some of the suspense. That being said it is a gripping story. The psychological part of the story is very compelling as all three main characters deal with serious issues. Losing a child is devastating enough but having them return after time, while fantastic, trying to acclimate together again can be overwhelming.

The entire story is told from Tom’s point of view and his pain, agony, fear, mistrust, sadness and grief are all poured out on these pages. As his childhood memories are revealed you feel even more of these emotions. At times I thought he was hallucinating visions of his daughter, his mind trying to cope. Maybe because I was taking this journey so closely with Tom I found myself really not liking Abby and her relationship with her pastor really upset me.

This author has a voice I will continue to watch. This is a smart novel with keen insight. There are many layers in this story that add to the story making it different from other stories with a similar premise. Parents will hug their kids tight after reading this all too real nightmare.


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Review: CAUGHT by Harlan Coben

This review was originally posted at Dollycas’s Thoughts on February 20, 2010.

WOW!! What A Story!!

 

I don’t want to tell you too much because I don’t want to spoil any of the suspense the builds throughout this book but here are the basics:
This is the story of high school senior, Haley McWaid, the pride of her family, good grades, never gets in trouble, a little obsessive compulsive who doesn’t come home one night and goes missing.
It is also the story of Dan Mercer, a social worker, who works with troubled teens, who may be a sexual predator, as he is “CAUGHT” by a television show, hosted by Wendy Tynes who is on a mission to expose internet predators. It also delves into the lives of Dan’s old college roommates and how they may have complicated Dan’s life. The whole thing leaves Wendy worrying about who she can trust.
This story takes more twists and turns than an old country road and you better be belted in.  It is a story filled with tension, stress, pressure, that challenges the reader. It is a thrilling, gripping, spine tingling novel that deals with things that could only be seen on television setting up shop in this community.
Harlan Coben takes all these plots and ties them together in what I believe will be the best book I read this year. 

You will be “CAUGHT” from the first page and you will not be RELEASED even after the last word. 

If you have not pre-ordered this book, you should do it NOW. 

This is definitely not a book to me missed.

 Harlan Coben is definitely one of the best authors of our time.  His books have debuted as #1 on bestseller lists around the world.  To read his biography, find a list of his 17 novels and more check out his website
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Cozy Wednesday with Author Liz Lipperman (Giveaway too!)


When I saw the title of this book, I knew I had to “meet” this author. I immediately wrote her to ask her to guest post and was so happy when she agreed. Then the book arrived and I loved it and could wait for her to get here! She is here today so help me give her a warm welcome.

Welcome Liz!!!

Hi Everyone,

First of all I want to thank Lori for inviting me to hang out with her today. She’s one of the many avid readers/reviewers out there whom I’ve gotten to know through Facebook. I love Facebook, BTW. Anyway, I’ve developed a new respect for all of you out there who love reading so much and are so generous with your reviews. So many people are quick to tell you what they don’t like but forget to mention a good experience. This happens in all walks of life, not just book reviews, and I’m sorry to say I’ve also been guilty of it.

Not anymore! The next time I get a waiter/waitress who does a really nice job, I’m filling out the comment card on the table. If there is none, I’ll make sure I let him/her know I appreciated the good service.

Anyway, I got off topic for a minute, but I wanted y’all to know how much writers appreciate it when you tell us if you enjoyed our books. Enough of that and onto the post.

When I asked Lori what I should blog about, she suggested I talk about myself and how I got the idea for the book and the series. So here goes.

I’m a retired RN with two grown kids and four adorable grandchildren. Unlike most writers, I wasn’t much of a book reader growing up. My goal was always to be a nurse and marry my high school sweetheart—– both of which I did! About 20 years ago, I got the first wild hair that I wanted to write. I’d always known I could express myself better on paper, even used letters when hubby and I would fight. It wasn’t until I went back to college and took a creative writing class that I really got the itch.

So, I started my first novel about a nurse who was kidnapped and smuggled into Columbia. It’s a beautiful love story, and since I was chasing the romance genre, I thought it would be my breakout novel.

Hello, New York Times Bestsellers’ List… I thought.

Little problem here. My two heroes and the fact that “romance in Third World countries doesn’t sell” (their words, not mine) got me rejected faster than you can imagine. I suppose all the explosions and dead bodies had something to do with it.

It wasn’t until I signed with my agent that I had a rude awakening. “You know you don’t write romance, right?”

What?

“You write mysteries.”

It was as if a light bulb had gone off in my head, and it released me from all the romance rules I had been struggling with. I could now write the story exactly as it played out in my head.

Two completed manuscripts later, my agent submitted the first of a proposed paranormal mystery series to an editor at Berkley. It’s the story of five sisters, one of whom dies and comes back to help solve her murder. My ghost is trash talking and irreverent and says exactly what she thinks. The editor loved the story, even quoted some of the ghost’s best lines, but…

Sheesh! I hate that word.

She was looking for a new cozy series and said she’d have to ruin the ghost story to make it work. She asked if I could write a cozy, more specifically a “foodie” since a series like that had just ended.

I’d only heard the word cozy mentioned up to this point, so I said no. I had just broken out from under the romance chain of rules. No way I wanted more… but (again that word) I would sleep on it and let her know. Since most of the foodies out there were about gourmet food, my first thought was that even if I agreed to write it, there was no way I could pull it off. I’m number 8 of 9 children, and I grew up on casseroles. I hate gourmet food.

Prepared to tell my agent to ask one of her other clients if they wanted to give it a shot, I fell asleep with all this on my mind. About three in the morning, I shot up in bed with the idea of Jordan, my heroine, being the exact opposite of every other “foodie” protag out there. What if she unexpectedly had the opportunity to write a food column for a small newspaper, despite the fact that not only did she know nothing about cooking, but she also survived on fast food, fried bologna sandwiches, and Hostess Ho Hos.

I brewed a cup of coffee then ran to the computer. In less than a week, I had a synopsis and three chapters. When I hit Send to my agent, I wondered if both Jordan and I could pull it off. Two weeks later, I had a three book deal from Berkley.

So my message today is never say never. Sometimes being clueless isn’t the worst thing. And as a side note, I just got my edits for book 2 in the series. My editor wants my love interest to have a little more air time.

Go figure!! I guess I write romantic mystery.

BUT I just got dinged on Amazon because of it. So now it’s my turn to find out how you feel about a touch of romance mixed in with your murders and mysteries.

~Liz

Great Post Liz! Don’t let one reviewer ever get you down!! If everyone liked the same thing the world would be so boring.

Liver Let Die (A Clueless Cook Mystery)
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Published by The Penguin Group
A Brand New Series
Cover Illustrated by Sarah Oberrender
Cover Design by Ben Perini
Available Now!!

Jordan McAllister wants to be a sports columnist, but she follows her boyfriend to Dallas and sports columnist jobs are few and far between. Even worse her boyfriend breaks up with her after she has turned her life upside down for him.

The only job she can find working at a newspaper is at the Ranchero Globe writing the Personals ads, while she awaits her dream job. After just three months on the job she is summoned to the editor’s office. Not having a clue what she did, she slowly makes her way there. She quickly learns he wants to offer her a job in addition to her Personals work. He wants her to fill in for the Culinary Reporter who is on leave recovering from an accident.

Jordan knows absolutely nothing about food, but this may take her one step closer to becoming a sports columnist, so she decides she will figure out the details later and accepts the job.

Her first assignment puts her right into the hot water. She really is trying to stay away from red meat and she has been sent to review a local steakhouse. She asks the waiter for a recommendation and he suggests the foie gras. As soon as she sees it she knows there is no way she is going to be able to eat it, so she tries to go unnoticed as she slides the plate full of food into her purse. She has ruined a good handbag, but that is nothing, when the next night she finds her waiter dead in her building and he had her name and phone number in his pocket.

She is now the prime suspect and could end up being served as the main course on the real killer’s menu.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I loved this book on so many levels. First of all I am one of the pickiest eaters on the planet. It drives my family nuts but my dad was the same way. Growing up my mother owned a restaurant and was a wonderful cook. She loved to cook casseroles but about the only one dad and I would eat was her tuna casserole. The rest ended up as specials on her restaurant’s menu. Foie Gras was never on the menu but Liver & Onions was a weekly special. This story reminded me of all those dishes she used to serve.

Now, my husband is the chef of the family, so like Jordan I don’t know too much about food. This whole idea of someone like Jordan writing a “Kitchen Kupboard” column is something easy for me to relate too. The recipes in the back are a nice bonus that I will pass along.

I don’t want to give to much away but foodies and non foodies, will love how this “clueless cook” makes it work. Even a dead body and slew of suspects doesn’t stop Jordan from returning back to the steakhouse at the owner’s request, of course she is going to do a little snooping along the way. It wouldn’t be a cozy mystery without a nosy protagonist.

Liz has a winner start to her new series. Great characters, a really good mystery and what may bud into a little romance for Jordan. I especially liked all the connections of the people in Jordan’s apartment building, meshing together as a family. It is going to be fun watching this characters develop as the series continues and Jordan gets herself into more sticky situations.

A savory cozy not to be missed!!!!

This story is definitely

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Berkley Prime Crime. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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The Girl In The Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman


This book caught my eye some time ago on Staci’s blog Life In The Thumb. At first when I learned that it was book 11 in the series I was a little hesitant as I am one of those people that has to read series in order, but after seeing Staci’s review and hearing more about it I moved it to the top of my To-Be-Read pile last week. Thank You Staci!!!


The Girl in the Green Raincoat: A Tess Monaghan Novel
Published by HarperCollins
Cover Design by Emin Mancheril
Cover Photo by Charles Gullung/Corbis
11th in the series

Tess Monaghan is a private investigator in Baltimore, but unfortunately as she enters the third trimester of her pregnancy she is put on complete bed rest. This is especially hard for a woman who uses her keen observations to solve crimes. Now all she gets to observe is what she can see out her window. Pretty boring stuff, the same people walk by every day, some walking dogs or kids. A young woman wearing a green raincoat walking a dog goes by every day without fail. Tess is intrigued by her and tries to figure out her story just by what she can see from her bed.

Then one day the dog goes flying by Tess’s window and the girl in the green raincoat is nowhere in sight. Certain that something is really wrong. Tess decides she must solve the mystery. What happened to the girl in the green raincoat? Little does she know she is putting herself and her baby in danger as she delves into her quest to find the answers she needs.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The book reads quite easy as a stand alone. I have not read any of the books in this series and totally enjoyed it. The whole Rear Windowesque theme was thoroughly entertaining.

Some of Tess’s superstitions added quite a bit of humor along with the zany actions of Dempsey. It is easy to feel for the character of Tess as she not only deals with being bedridden but deals with questions about her future, the normal pregnancy hormones and the fears of a high risk pregnancy. Her boyfriend is a gem, her best friend Whitney is a stitch and her dad is the typical dad, there when you need him.

This story is short, well paced and gives us a peek into the world of Tess Monaghan. This may be the first story I have read in this series but it won’t be the last. I also want to check out some of Laura Lippman’s stand alone novels.

If you want to find out more about Laura Lippman check out her web page.


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Recipes To Die For: A Victoria Square Cookbook by Lorraine Bartlett

Recipes To Die For: A Victoria Square Cookbook


Polaris Press
A Companion Cookbook
By Katie Bonner
Manager – Artisan Alley
Victoria Square

We were introduced to Katie in Lorraine’s first book in the Victoria Square series A Crafty Killing.Artisans Alley is the cornerstone of Victoria Square. It is an old applesauce warehouse renovated into a collection of booths for artists and craft dealers to sell their wares. Katie’s original dream was to open a Bed & Breakfast but plans changed when her husband died in a car accident and he already owned part of the Alley. Shortly thereafter, his partner is killed and Katie found herself sole owner of Artisan’s Alley, which turns into a dangerous job until the killer is tracked down.

Since setting things in order at the alley Katie realized that it was her husband who was the real cook in the family. She has been sustaining herself on just sandwiches for far too long. Katie has now gone back to preparing the food she grew up with, the food her Aunt Lizzie taught her to make. As she becomes more than just an “adequate cook” she has generously decided to share her favorite recipes and those from some of her friends on Victoria Square with all of us in this wonderful cookbook.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
This is an excellent little cookbook. My husband and I both come from a long line of excellent cooks. My mom even owned a small home town cafe, as did her mom. My husband has always been the main chef in our house but even more so since my accident. I couldn’t wait to share this cookbook with him. He had it full of post-it markers in minutes! “This green bean recipe sounds like something by grandma used to make!” “This pie is perfect for Thanksgiving!” The comments went on and on. This book is already a family favorite.

Today there are so many fiction books that include recipes for food mentioned in the stories. Cozy mysteries are famous for this. The problem with that is that right after you finish the book you have to make sure you copy down any recipes you might like to try because you know when you are ready to bake it you won’t remember which book that recipe was in. If you are like me and share your books, if you don’t write the recipe down, it goes right out the door with the book. Thankfully a lot of authors put the recipes on their websites or you can go to Mystery Lovers Kitchen for some of the recipes found in the books.

I love this new idea of companion cookbooks and I hope the trend continues. Recipes To Die For: A Victoria Square Cookbook has found a permanent home in my kitchen with recipes like Sweet and Sour Green Beans, Pumpkin Chiffon Pie, Aunt Lizzie’s Cream Scones and drinks perfect for Halloween like the Black Widow or Corpse Reviver.  There are fun little anecdotes before each recipe.  This is truly a one-of-kind cookbook  that  should be in your kitchen as well.


The next book in the Victoria Square series The Walled Flower
comes out February 7, 2012, but is available to pre-order today.

To find out more about Lorraine visit her web page at http://lorrainebartlett.com/

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Death by the Dozen by Jenn McKinlay

This review was originally posted over at Dollycas’s Thoughts on October 7, 2011.

3rd in the Series
A Berkley Prime Mystery
Published by The Penguin Group

The Food Channel comes to Scottsdale, Arizona, by way of the Scottsdale Food Festival.  Mel Cooper and Angie DeLaura are determined to win top prize for the Fairy Tale Cupcakes Bakery or may die trying.  They have to “beat” their arch rival Olivia Puckett first just to get entered into the competition and beating her with their delicious desserts will just be icing on their cupcakes.
Even with Mel’s mentor, Vic Mazzotta, Food Channel celebrity chef, sitting in one of the judge’s chairs, Mel knows she will need to use all her culinary skills to create the best dish using the daily mystery ingredients if they are going to take home the grand prize.
Shocked when Vic doesn’t show up to judge the girls know something is amiss. They are just planning to search for him when a dead body is found in a freezer truck on the festival grounds. Someone had put Vic on ice, permanently.  Now they not only have to ice their competition with their fabulous cupcakes they also need to find a cold blood killer.
My Thoughts
This is a scrumptious series and the latest installment is absolutely delicious!!

Two strong women, some hunky men and frosting how can you go wrong, lol!!!!

Truthfully the characters are lovable and becoming more defined in each story. I love Oz, the newest face at  Fairy Tale Cupcakes. The plot is timely and clever. The mystery ingredients competition reminded me of the mystery box challenges of Master Chef on Fox.  There were assorted “red herrings” to divert us and lead us astray.  Plus cupcakes, lots and lots of cupcakes!!! (recipes included)

WARNING: You will be craving cupcakes while reading this so be sure to have some handy!!

Jenn even gives us a taste of the next temptation, Red Velvet Revenge, and I can’t wait to get my sticky hands on it.  For now just be sure to get your copy of Death by the Dozen today and enjoy!!!

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Review: Buttercream Bump Off by Jenn McKinlay

This review originally was posted over at Dollycas’s Thoughts December 22, 2010.

A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery

A Division of Penguin Publishing
A Cupcake Bakery Mystery
2nd in the Series
Release Date:  January 4, 2011
ISBN-10: 0425239241
ISBN-13: 978-0425239247 

Mel Cooper and Angie DeLaura, all of Angie’s brothers, Mel’s mom, and their evil bakery enemy Olivia Puckett, are all back in the second book of the Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series.
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and the girls are teaching a couple’s cupcake baking class.  During the first class Mel’s mom bursts in to announce she has a date!  She needs Mel to take her shopping for the perfect “drop dead” gorgeous dress for her date.  She hardly expected the dress to cause one man to have a heart attack and another, her date, actually “drop dead”, but that is exactly what happened.  Only her date didn’t die of a heart attack or any other natural causes.  He was murdered and Mel’s mom is in a deep bowl of batter as the number one suspect.
Mel knows her mother couldn’t kill a fly let alone a man, so with Angie’s help they must take time away from their Fairy Tale Bakery to find the real killer without getting themselves baked or frosted.  

 

 

Jenn McKinlay has done it again, the cupcakes not only stirred my cravings but the mystery had me so captivated I couldn’t put this book down.  I stayed up late and finished this book all in one sitting.  I hate to give too much away but these characters, especially Angie’s new boyfriend, will keep you entranced and in stitches until the very last word.  The cupcakes are just the icing on this wonderful delectable treat for your reading pleasure. A definite must read for the new year.  Start the year off right with Jenn’s delicious cupcake series.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received these books free from Berkley Prime Crime,  a Division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Review: Sprinkle with Murder by Jenn McKinlay

This review was originally posted over at Dollycas’s Thoughts on February 14, 2010.
A Cupcake Bakery Mystery

This first book in this  new series gives us a fresh baked “who-dun-it” that will have you craving for cupcakes from the first page to the last.

A cupcake bakery, “Fairy Tale Cupcakes”, is a dream come true for Mel Cooper and Angie DeLaura.  They are excited about their first big order of 500 cupcakes for a wedding until Mel sits down with the bride.  She puts any “bridezilla” you have ever seen on television to shame.  When Mel goes for a follow up meeting she finds the bride dead with a one of her cupcakes in her hand, she then becomes the number one suspect.  Mel knows she didn’t do it and she has to find out who did, to keep herself from being arrested and to save their business.
Add into this mixture Angie’s seven brothers, a crazy competitor, and their best friend Tate, who happens to be the groom and you have the recipe for a great cozy mystery.
The book is set to be released on Mar 2, 2010
Pre-order your copy now at Amazon.com

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Berkley Publishing Group a division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Charlotte Caine isn’t called “the Vampire Chef” because she’s a member of New York’s undead community-she just cooks for them. Her restaurant, Nightlife, is poised to take the top slot in the world of “haute noir” cuisine.

But when a drunk customer causes a scene, a glowing review from the city’s top food critic doesn’t seem likely-especially when that customer winds up dead on Nightlife’s doorstep. Now, with her brother under suspicion for the murder, Charlotte has to re-open her restaurant and clear her brother’s name-before they both become dinner.
and

As party planner Presley Parker investigates a murder during a séance party at San Francisco’s famous Winchester Mystery House, she doesn’t need a Ouija board to tell her someone’s trying to scare her to death…

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Is nothing sacred? The last thing Carmela Bertrand and her friend Ava expected to bear witness to in St. Tristan’s Church was a crime. But now a beloved member of their scrapbooking circle lies lifeless next to a smashed statue of St. Sebastien-and a mysterious hooded figure has absconded with an antique crucifix.

As Carmela and Ava are drawn deeper into New Orleans’ French Quarter in search of the missing crucifix, they may need the help of more than a few patron saints. Because this is one killer they don’t want to cross…

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There have been some people trying to sell these precious gifts and if that continues the Advance Reader Copy will no longer exist. It is very important to educate every reader on this issue and it is a cause I hold dear. Publishers and Authors make no money from these copies but graciously share them with bloggers like me to get the word out about their books. They deserve to be paid for all their hard work. I love sharing my books with you and want to continue that forever so if you do ever see an ARC for sale, don’t buy it, report the seller, and buy the actual book. You will enjoy it more. If you are lucky enough to win a Advanced Reader Copy, treasure it, put in on your keeper shelf, and accept it as a wonderful gift which it is.

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