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Twisted Prey - John Sandford

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold - John LeCarre

UNSUB - Meg Gardiner

A Spy Named Orphan by Roland Philipps

How It Happened by Michael Koryta

The Word Is Murder - Anthony Horowitz

Star of the North - D.B. John

The Sinners - Ace Atkins

The Outsider - Stephen King

Spymaster - Brad Thor

The Other Woman - Daniel Silva

The Man Between - Charles Cumming 

Operation Mincemeat - Ben Macintyre 

Berlin: Caught in the Mousetrap by Paul Grant 

Berlin Game - Len Deighton (for the Spybrary book club)

Desolation Mountain - William Kent Krueger

Podcast Favorites . (The life and Legacy of Ian Fleming, with author and historian Jeremy Duns, always an excellent and entertaining interview) . (the true story of Oleg Penkovsky, regarded by many as the greatest spy of the Cold War era - with Jeremy Duns, whose book on the topic, Dead Drop, is a classic) (wonderful history of Ian Fleming's involvement at Bletchley Park during WWII, and Anthony Horowitz making a presentation about his new James Bond novel, Forever And A Day. "How I Nearly Started World War III" with Mark Valley, host of the Live Drop Espionage podcast


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Matchup - edited by Lee Child


Matchup is a collection of thrillers, short stories, written by unlikely male/female collaborators featuring their best-known characters. Such an fascinating premise. Editor Lee Child seems to have made it his mission to pair writers who otherwise would never have worked with each other.

Every story has it’s own rhythm and pace. Child co-authored “Faking a Murderer” with Kathy Reichs, pairing his legendary Jack Reacher with her Temperance Brennan. Reacher, with his brevity of speech and cutting-to-the-chase language is starkly contrasted with the world of lawyers he finds himself caught up in. This helps Child’s writing be all the more entertaining. I love how Reacher lives so vividly in his own world, yet adapts quickly when circumstances dictate. His “What’s an IPA?” is a laugh-out-loud moment near the end of a suspenseful story.

Child of course introduces each story, detailing how these writers got together and giving readers a bit about how they mingled their often very different writing styles, processes and characters. 

I thoroughly enjoyed Matchup from beginning to end. Eleven adventures flow between the covers, including such favorites of mine as John Sandford, C.J. Box, Sandra Brown, Michael Koryta and Lisa Scottoline. Some of the pairings create tensions and flow quite different from what readers may expect. 

Want to know how much I enjoyed reading Matchup? The book followed me around the house. I looked for five minute spaces of time to read a few pages. Usually I am reading several books at a time, but once Matchup opened itself up to me, I had nobody else until the final page was turned.


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