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I used my Barnes and Noble gift card to get two books (and a coffee and cookie).

Mailbox Monday – 2/17 Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker
Series: Bruno Chief of Police #1
Published by Vintage on April 6, 2010
Source: Purchased
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 273
Format: Paperback
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Meet Benoît Courrèges, aka Bruno, a policeman in a small village in the South of France. He’s a former soldier who has embraced the pleasures and slow rhythms of country life. He has a gun but never wears it; he has the power to arrest but never uses it. But then the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army changes all that. Now Bruno must balance his beloved routines—living in his restored shepherd’s cottage, shopping at the local market, drinking wine, strolling the countryside—with a politically delicate investigation. He’s paired with a young policewoman from Paris and the two suspect anti-immigrant militants. As they learn more about the dead man’s past, Bruno’s suspicions turn toward a more complex motive.

Mailbox Monday – 2/17 A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
Published by Tor Books on March 26, 2019
Source: Purchased
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 462
Format: Hardcover
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Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn't an accident—or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court.

Now, Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan's unceasing expansion—all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret—one that might spell the end of her Station and her way of life—or rescue it from annihilation.

About Arkady Martine

Arkady Martine is a speculative fiction writer and, as Dr. AnnaLinden Weller, a historian of the Byzantine Empire and a city planner. She is currently a policy advisor for the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department, where she works on climate change mitigation, energy grid modernization, and resiliency planning. Under both her names she writes about border politics, rhetoric, propaganda, and the edges of the world. Arkady grew up in New York City and, after some time in Turkey, Canada, Sweden, and Baltimore, lives in Santa Fe with her wife, the author Vivian Shaw.

About Martin Walker

Martin Walker is Senior Director of the Global Business Policy Council, a private think-tank for CEOs of major corporations, based in Washington DC.

After three years as the Editor of United Press International, the global news agency, he is now Editor Emeritus and international affairs columnist of UPI, writing the bi-weekly syndicated column ‘Walker’s World.’

He is an author and historian, a Senior Scholar of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC; a Senior Fellow of the World Policy Institute at the New School University in New York; and a Director of Global Panel, an international policy advisory body.

He and his wife Julia Watson, the novelist and food writer, have two grown daughters and a basset hound and they divide their time between Washington DC and the Perigord region of France.

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