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I am 43, slightly overweight, with a decided tendency to think about things rather than doing them, as evidenced by the state of my garden, my house, and my kitchen (did I mention weight?). Have several preadolescent children (panic! panic!), no pets, and a devoted but absentminded spouse.
I actually lived in Scotland - those are literal transcriptions, dammit! If the Scots is hard to understand, it's because THE SCOTS ARE HARD TO UNDERSTAND!

OMG! (please envision me bouncing ecstatically around my cluttered living room at the excitement of having made the ED. The ED!!!!) TWICE!

A huge thanks to all you lovely people who had the rash temerity to back an old lady and a goat. (And some gold, I think, somewhere in there), and again a rash girl chased by mosquitoes. Regardless - I return all reads. Just, it must be said, sometimes quite slowly. If I take too long, please bleat. To the squeaky wheel goes the grease, as they say. Just - I said this before, didn't I? - somewhat slowly.

If you want to follow my progress (what's wrong with you?!) you can do so at the following thread:
I am using this for the return reads of Fresh Meat as well as for those of Mrs Maginnes.
Please let me know if I owe you a return and have forgotten to put your book on the list.

I can be contacted at maevesleibhin at yahoo dot com, but I prefer to be messaged on the site when possible.


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I have a deep and abiding fondness for florid middle aged 18th century English writers like Edward Gibbon and Lawrence Sterne, but I spend most of my time reading pulp fiction because - let's admit it - pulp fiction is really much more fun.

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Mrs. Maginnes is Dead

Maeve Sleibhin

Stolen ancient Byzantine coins - a goat, a dead landlady, and maurading Englishwomen. What else can go wrong? In Edinburgh - plenty.

Mrs. Maginnes is murdered - thrown off a cliff near Edinburgh.
She leaves behind a million pounds' worth of hidden Byzantine gold, a rampaging goat, and a student tenant just arrived from Portugal.
Socorro, the bewildered tenant, finds refuge with the five, recently goat-bequeathed Aspenall sisters. They, and an overwhelmingly large number of their neighbours, set out to find the gold, encountering along the way a plethora of irate neigbours, a Valorous detective, Queen Nimnu Ninsikilla, Pouty, Cheeks, a false passport ring, communist militants, a gypsy fortune teller, Shakespeare (in reference), true love, and a purple and pink plaid couch.


Fresh Meat

Maeve Sleibhin

Paranormal fiction in the tropics – bursting with vampires, demons and succubi. Seems impressive – until you see the mosquitoes.

Lola – tiny, twenty two, excessively tattooed – moves to Puerto Rico to live with her best friend, Jeremy, after being kicked off professional women’s soccer for excessive violence. Her paradisal idyll is tragically cut short when she discovers that Jeremy appears to have taken up with his boss, Lucia, a supermodel with a medical degree and an annoying penchant for very short skirts, very high heels, and ornate mid-seventeenth-century bejeweled crucifixes. Lola moves out and gets a job at Walgreens, only to discover – the hard way – that the reason Lucia likes crucifixes so much is that she’s a slayer caught in a war between the vampires and something else – something much more dangerous, which appears to have developed a sudden and very hazardous interest in Lola.


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Kenneth Edward Lim wrote 9 days ago

Maeve, Just so you know, "The North Korean" can be found in its full....

J.Adams wrote 11 days ago

Hi Maeve, Thanks so much for your thoughts on the new version of E....

J.Adams wrote 25 days ago

Hi Maeve, How have you been doing? What's going on with Fresh Meat?....

LiveinPI wrote 34 days ago

Have you ever wondered about what happens to a human soul after death....

Kenneth Edward Lim wrote 35 days ago

Maeve, Thank you so much for the words of cheer. My book "The Nort....

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I wrote 11 days ago

Well, I have not done a compare and contrast, but it's very good and very reminiscent of my memory of the original. It is just as compellling and easy to read. Two wee notes: as I mentioned, I think Paul saying he misses the beach in San Francisco is odd. Also, there is a typo in the suicide no... view book

I wrote 51 days ago

Crane's Way Karen, I have read to chapter 12. I am very much enjoying the pacing of this traditional fantasy. Crane is a very likable character whom it is easy to cheer for, and his stumbling attempts at magic are endearing and entertaining. I think the pace affords good character development wi... view book

I wrote 71 days ago

Six Short Stories With a Twist Christine, I read the first two stories. I can tell that there is a lot of passion and enthusiasm going into your writing, but you have chosen to use a narrative style that makes it very hard for me to get engaged, where you tell sweepingly long accounts of events t... view book

I wrote 80 days ago

The Trial of Jesus. Harold, I have read to Autho chapter 3. I am seriously ill equipped to comment on this book. On the one hand, it is obviously very carefully thought out and researched. It is sometimes reminiscent of a good, although somewhat heady sermon. On the other hand, I found the que... view book

I wrote 81 days ago

Puritan Hell Dennis, I read everything you posted. I was pleasantly surprised by this traditional horror novel with a likable lead and fun poltergeists. The ghostly murders are varied enough to be gruesomely entertaining, but not so morbid as to be a turn off. The lore is spooky enough to be fun... view book

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