Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tour_MURDER OF RAVENS by Patty Jager (Gabriel Hawke)

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<strong>1st in Series</strong><p>
<strong>Windtree Press (January 20, 2019)</strong><p>
<strong>Paperback: 302 pages</strong><p>
<strong>ISBN-10: 1947983822</strong><p>
<strong>ISBN-13: 978-1947983823</strong><strong>Digital ASIN: B07KZ612BY</strong></p>
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<blockquote>The ancient Indian art of tracking is his greatest strength...

And also his biggest weakness.

Fish and Wildlife State Trooper Gabriel Hawke believes he’s chasing poachers.

However, he comes upon a wildlife biologist standing over a body that is wearing a wolf tracking collar.

He uses master tracker skills taught to him by his Nez Perce grandfather to follow clues on the mountain. Paper trails and the whisper of rumors in the rural community where he works, draws Hawke to a conclusion that he finds bitter.

Arresting his brother-in-law ended his marriage, could solving this murder ruin a friendship?</blockquote>
<h1 style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="font-family: 'book antiqua', palatino, serif;">About the Author</span></em></h1>
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<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Paty Jager</strong> is an award-winning author of 35 novels, 8 novellas, and numerous anthologies of murder mystery and western romance. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Her Shandra Higheagle mystery series has been a runner-up in the RONE Award Mystery category, and a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier.</p>
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<strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://www.patyjager.net">http://www.patyjager.net</a>

<strong>Blog:</strong> <a href="http://www.patyjager.blogspot.com">http://www.patyjager.blogspot.com</a>

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MURDER OF RAVENS is an intriguing mystery set in Eastern Oregon, in the mountains, along the rivers, and in small close-knit communities (read, everybody knows everybody else's business). Gabriel Hawke is a Fish and Wildlife State Trooper, of Native American descent, who loves the mountains and land, his dog, horse, and pack mule. At 52, he is long divorced, happy living alone with his animals, tracking, and solving puzzles that arise in the course of his job. Such a bizarre puzzle occurs while he is tracking what he thinks are poachers, and finds a corpse wearing a wolf-tracking collar, and standing over him, a biologist who studies the wolf population. As he investigates, Hawke learns that no one is really surprised that the man, a restaurant owner, is dead; and that there are far too many potential suspects to easily sort. But Hawke is a determined tracker, and he will find his man--or woman--before long. No crime goes unpunished, and even if the victim was unethical and immoral, murder is still a crime.
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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Tour_THE WRONG BOY by Cathy Ace

The Wrong Boy by Cathy Ace


About the Book

The Wrong Boy


Four Tails Publishing Ltd. (January 9, 2019)

Print Length: 307 pages


Perched on a Welsh clifftop, the ancient, picturesque hamlet of Rhosddraig has its peaceful façade ripped apart when human remains are discovered under a pile of stones. The village pub, The Dragon's Head, run by three generations of women, becomes the focal point for those interested in the grisly find, and it’s where layers of deceit are peeled away to expose old secrets, and deep wounds. The police need to establish who died, how, and why, but DI Evan Glover knows he can’t be involved in the investigation, because he's just two days away from retirement. However, as the case develops in unexpected ways, it becomes irrevocably woven into his life, and the lives of local families, leading to disturbing revelations – and deadly consequences . . .

About the Author

Born and raised in Wales, now-Canadian Cathy Ace is the author of the Cait Morgan Mysteries, featuring her Welsh Canadian criminology professor sleuth who travels the world tripping over corpses, and The WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries, featuring a quartet of female PIs, working from a Welsh stately home. Both series are traditional, entertaining, and have been well reviewed.

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The Wrong BoyThe Wrong Boy by Cathy Ace
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The best part of a psychological thriller for me is watching the unfolding revelations of the characters, especially when the protagonist or another character is an unreliable narrator, and either unaware of her/his shortcomings and failings and motives, or simply not confiding in the reader (or both are true). So I delighted in the twisty ways that THE WRONG BOY played out; the reader goes along thinking one version is true, then smack! another version (as interpreted by unreliable narrator), then yet another, another, and so forth. Quite satisfying to read through, holding on to one perception only to find it upended, and this continued throughout the novel. It is said that eyewitnesses are notoriously unreliable; and so it is in THE WRONG BOY, the characters who are eyewitnesses of their own lives (presumably) still fail to perceive truth, and they certainly fail to pass that truth on to others, even their own family members; so that generation upon generation upon generation holds concealed secrets and psychological dysfunction.

THE WRONG BOY is an excellent psychological suspense thriller, set in a stunning location with eons of history, ingrown characters, and a background on which play out the "normal" human emotions and motives, and quite a few not so "normal."


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Friday, January 11, 2019

Tour_ACADEMIC CURVEBALL by James J. Cudney

Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries) by James J. Cudney

About the Book

Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries)

Cozy Mystery

1st in Series

Independently Published (October 14, 2018)

Paperback: 281 pages

ISBN-10: 172877876X

ISBN-13: 978-1728778761


When Kellan Ayrwick returns home for his father’s retirement, he finds a dead body in Diamond Hall’s stairwell.

Unfortunately, Kellan has a connection to the victim, and so do several members of his family. Soon after, the college's athletic program receives mysterious donations, a nasty blog denounces his father and someone attempts to change students' grades.

Someone is playing games on campus, but none of the facts add up.

With the help of his eccentric and trouble-making nana, Kellan tries to stay out of the sheriff’s way. But who is behind the murder?

About the Author

James is my given name, but most folks call me Jay. I live in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and graduated from Moravian College with a degree in English literature. I spent fifteen years building a technology career in the retail, sports, media, and entertainment industries. I enjoyed my job, but a passion for books and stories had been missing for far too long. I’m a voracious reader in my favorite genres (thriller, suspense, contemporary, mystery, and historical fiction), as books transport me to a different world where I can immerse myself in so many fantastic cultures and places. I’m an avid genealogist who hopes to visit all the German, Scottish, Irish, and British villages my ancestors emigrated from in the 18th and 19th centuries. I frequently blog and publish book reviews on everything I read at ThisIsMyTruthNow via WordPress.

Writing has been a part of my life as much as my heart, my mind, and my body. I decided to pursue my passion by dusting off the creativity inside my head and drafting outlines for several novels. I quickly realized I was back in my element growing happier and more excited with life each day. My goal in writing is to connect with readers who want to be part of great stories and who enjoy interacting with authors. To get a strong picture of who I am, check out my author website or my blog. It’s full of humor and eccentricity, sharing connections with everyone I follow—all in the hope of building a network of friends across the world.

When I completed the first book, Watching Glass Shatter, I knew I’d stumbled upon my passion again, suddenly dreaming up characters, plots, and settings all day long. I chose my second novel, Father Figure, through a poll on my blog where I let everyone vote for their favorite plot and character summaries. It is with my third book, Academic Curveball,, the first in the Braxton Campus Mysteries, where I immersed myself in a college campus full of so much activity, I could hardly stop thinking about new murder scenes or character relationships to finish writing the current story. Come join in the fun!

  List of Books & Blog

Watching Glass Shatter (October 2017)

Father Figure (April 2018)

Braxton Campus Mysteries

Academic Curveball - #1 (October 2018)

Broken Heart Attack - #2 (November 2018) Flower Power Trip - #3 (Early 2019)

  Websites & Blog

Website: https://jamesjcudney.com

Blog: https://thisismytruthnow.com

  Social Media Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/James-J.-Cudney/e/B076B6PB3M/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamescudney4

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamesJCudneyIVAuthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BraxtonCampusMysteries

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Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 1)Academic Curveball by James J. Cudney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A cozy mystery with a "feckless hero"! Narrator-protagonist Kellan Ayrwick works for a dictatorial producer in L.A., researching documentary material on the outre. Single father of a six-year-old daughter, widowed, Kellan's relationship with his parents and siblings in Pennsylvania is, to say the least, problematical. His father, president of prestigious Braxton College, is set for retirement, so Kellan returns for a weekend to attend his retirement dinner. Seems simple and easy, but it's not. He and his father are at loggerheads as usual, his mother has become scatterbrained, and Kellan discovers his father acting strangely. Then the individual who insists they meet after the retirement event--a woman who is to provide research material for the program for which Kellan works, but insists she is busy investigating wrongdoing at the college--is found dead in a classroom/office building on campus, the building where his father, the college president, has temporary offices during a renovation. It's all very suspicious, and the mystery deepens.

ACADEMIC CURVEBALL is author James Cudney's fourth novel and the first in his Braxton Campus Mysteries Series.


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Wednesday, January 9, 2019


The Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way by Frances Metzman

About the Book

The Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way Cozy Mystery

Wild River Consulting & Publishing, LLC (June 21, 2018)

Paperback: 506 pages

ISBN-10: 9781941948064

ISBN-13: 978-1941948064

Digital ASIN: B07CV2GP9Z

Would you move a dead body for the sake of your best friend? Ask cha-cha babe Celia Ewing, a sixty-five-year-old widow who has just settled into Boca Pelicano Palms, the Florida retirement community of her dreams. When Celia’s best friend Marcy calls her and their friend Deb for help in the middle of the night, they find a naked Marcy trapped under the body of her beau, the community’s board president, Melvin. And he’s dead. The three friends secretly move Melvin back to his apartment setting off a chain of events that will threaten to tear their community apart and send them to jail. Melvin is one of a number of residents who are dying under suspicious circumstances; and soon Celia becomes an amateur sleuth in an attempt to identify what she suspects is a serial murderer.

Filled with humorous, witty observations about retirement communities, the realities of getting older, and the promise of new love, the Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way celebrates the deep bonds of female friendships, the desire for companionship at any age, and shows us that it’s never too late to learn how to cha-cha through life.

About the Author

Frances Metzman, a graduate of Moore College of Art and a Masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania, co-authored a novel, Ugly Cookies, by Pella Press. Her short story collection, The Hungry Heart: Stories, was published by Wilderness House Press, February 1, 2012. In 2009 she won a nomination for a Dzanc Books award, “Best of the Web.” In addition to publishing numerous (25) short stories in various literary journals, she has a novel published by Wild River Books, 2018, The Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way. Her teaching credits include Adjunct professor at Rosemont College to graduate school, Temple University at OLLI (creative writing and memoir). Other writing workshops, memoir/creative writing, have been given at universities and colleges such as Bryn Mawr, Penn State, Delaware, University of Pennsylvania, Widener, etc. As fiction editor for a literary journal, Schuylkill Valley Journal, she selects and edits the submissions. Many articles, essays, and stories she writes deal with aspects of society that influences relationships for all ages, including the mature set (sometimes tongue in cheek). Many articles are dedicated to improving attitudes toward the mature folks and address myths about “age appropriate” thinking.

Author Links

Twitter - https://twitter.com/FranWrites

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/FranMetzmanWrittenWork/

GoodReads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5871334.Frances_Metzman


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This heartwarming cozy mystery is surprising uplifting; it certainly raised my spirits. The trio of seniors starring in this novel are so unafraid to expose their vulnerabilities to each other, so honest, yet so persevering. They have to deal with bullying and intimidation and slander, just as much as do schoolkids or adults in their 20's or 30's. Apparently the drive to bully and intimidate doesn't recede with advancing age. Marcy, Celia, and Deb are far from perfect, of course, but they are each vibrantly human, and are each aspects of contemporary female life. Deb, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, was dumped by her controlling husband; Celia, who has suffered from depression, was shunted aside from her daughter Allison by her controlling late husband, who left her scarcely provided for; and Marcy, who once left her family for a guru, finds love in all the wrong places, even at age sixty-five. What draws them together are not only similar pasts, but emotional authenticity, and a shared love for cha-cha. These ladies are truly inspiring. See if this novel doesn't lift your spirits, while you puzzle out the mystery of too many demises in one small retirement community, along with these three women who are thrust into sleuthing in order to clear their reputations.


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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Tour_THE PLUNGE by Nancy G. West

by Nancy G. WestAbout the Book

The Plunge (Aggie Mundeen Lake Mystery) Cozy Mystery

1st in Series (Spin-Off of previous series with this character.)

Wildside Press (October 9, 2018)

Paperback: 136 pages

ISBN-10: 1479449326

ISBN-13: 978-1479449323

Digital ASIN: B07J5K8DDG

When Aggie Mundeen accompanies San Antonio Detective Sam Vanderhoven on a weekend getaway to Lake Placid, she thinks it’s going to be fun in the sun. What could be better than caretaking a friend’s cottage on the Guadalupe River in Central Texas? Never mind that Sam intends to discretely investigate the theft of that friend’s boat...

Unfortunately, the weather has plans of its own. Buckets of rain and gusting winds roil the lake, turning the peaceful Guadalupe into an angry, raging river. As darkness descends, lightning reveals two people arguing on a dock across the river. When lightning flashes again, they are gone. Did Aggie and Sam witness an accident? A drowning? A murder?

The Plunge sweeps readers along with the threat of looming disaster, helpless before an untamable force, where sleuthing takes a back seat to survival...

About the Author

Nancy G. West is the author of award-winning suspense and the Aggie Mundeen Mystery Series. Each book in the series has either won or been nominated for an award. The Plunge, Lake Mystery #1, takes Aggie in a new direction. Chat with Aggie and Nancy on their blog: www.stayyoungwithaggie.wordress.com

Author’s Webpage: http://www.nancygwest.com/

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6442929.Nancy_G_West

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very frightening but yet very heartwarming mystery, THE PLUNGE is based on the tragic and horrendous Central Texas flood of 1998. There is a lot of tragedy here, but there is also so much that is best in humanity: the altruism, the generosity and effort to help others in need, the dedication of both first responders and also ordinary individuals to help, to rescue, to provide. There is also a lot of emotional impact and heartwrenching; and truly, I was not only surprised but gratified at the conclusions. Aggie, our narrator-protagonist-heroine, is a determined and very kind-hearted individual, whose boyfriend Sam is a San Antonio police detective. She loves to help on his cases. When they decide to spend a weekend at a Houston friend's lake house, they never expected a flood strong enough to break dams and to wash houses away. Nor could they expect a substantial mystery in which both Aggie and Sam are endangered.


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Monday, January 7, 2019

Tour_A LITERAL MESS by J. C. Kenney (Ally Cobb #1)

A Literal Mess (An Allie Cobb Mystery) by J.C. Kenney

About the Book

A Literal Mess (An Allie Cobb Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

1st in Series

Lyrical Underground (January 8, 2019)

Print Length: 196 pages

ASIN: B07C6T6X41

The first book in a new series featuring Allie Cobb brings the New York literary agent back to her Hoosier home town where a mysterious death keeps everyone on spoiler alert . . .

Allie Cobb left home for the literary circles of Manhattan to make her name out from under the shadow of her legendary father. Now his death brings her and her rescue cat Ursula back to the southern Indiana town of Rushing Creek, population: 3,216. But a tragic new chapter hits the presses when the body of her father’s hard-drinking, #1 bestselling client is found under the historic town bridge. The local police suspect foul play and their prime candidate for murder is the author’s daughter—Allie’s longtime friend.

Determined to clear her bestie, Allie goes into fact-checking amateur detective mode while trying to ignore the usual rumormongers. Those with means, motive, and opportunity include the vic’s ex-wife, his rejected girlfriend, the mayor, and a rival agent trying to mooch clients. With a rugged genealogist distracting her and the imminent Fall Festival about to send tourists descending on their once-peaceful hamlet, Allie needs to stay alive long enough to get a read on a killer ready to close the book on a new victim: Allie . . .

About the Author

J.C. Kenney grew up in a household filled with books by legends Agatha Christie and Lilian Jackson Braun, among many others, so it was no surprise when he found himself writing mystery stories. When he's not writing, you can find him following IndyCar racing or listening to music. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, two sons, and a cat who is the inspiration for Ursula in the Allie Cobb Mysteries.

Author Links

Website - https://www.jckenney.com;

Twitter - https://twitter.com/JCKenney1;

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/JCKenney1;

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/JCKenney;

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/j.c.kenney/

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This cozy mystery novel totally absorbed my interest and kept me guessing throughout! When the father of a New York literary agent passes from cancer in their Southern Indiana small town, she returns home and discovers how much has changed. Ally Cobb's father owned his own literary agency, and trained her. Now she has to close the agency and make certain his authors are taken care of, while simultaneously maintaining her clientele from the New York City agency where she is employed. All this plus grieving; and then her best friend's father dies, and the friend is suspected. Ally stops at nothing to uncover the truth and to clear her friend of suspicion. I was riveted throughout.


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Sunday, January 6, 2019

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Gown with the Wind (A Wedding Planner Mystery) by Stephanie Blackmoore

About the Book

Gown with the Wind (A Wedding Planner Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

4th in Series

Kensington (December 18, 2018)

Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages

ISBN-10: 1496717511

ISBN-13: 978-1496717511

Digital ASIN: B07BV3K4N8

Professional wedding planner Mallory Shepard knows her job is challenging under any circumstances. But when the groom is your ex and someone invites murder, there may never be another tomorrow . . .

Mallory’s fine—really—handling the wedding arrangements for her ex, Keith. But his fiancée, Becca, has at the last minute decided to switch from a Japanese-cherry-blossom theme to a Gone with the Wind theme. She wants to honor her ailing grandmother, who owns an impressive collection of GWTW memorabilia—and who is fiercely at odds with the groom’s mother over the nuptial plans.

But among other complications, Becca gets into a fight with an old childhood rival over a replica Scarlett O’Hara wedding gown. She wins the dress—but soon becomes a murder suspect when the other woman is found dead in Becca’s swimming pool. And it’s up to Mallory to solve the mystery behind this unhappy occasion, before a different kind of civil war breaks out . . .

About the Author

A native Pittsburgher, Stephanie Blackmoore now lives in Missouri, with her husband, son and two-spirited cats. She was an attorney in Pittsburgh and a librarian in Florida before becoming a writer. Stephanie is a fan of everything black-and-yellow. She is hard at work on her next Wedding Planner mystery. Connect with Stephanie at the links below. Social Media Links:  Website    Facebook    Twitter Purchase Links - Amazon    B&N    Kobo    Google Play a Rafflecopter giveaway Gown with the Wind (Wedding Planner Mystery, #4)Gown with the Wind by Stephanie Blackmoore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This delightfully enchanting cozy mystery is #4 in Stephanie Blackmoore's Wedding Planner Series, a series I plan to catch up on, as I so enjoyed the characters, lovely setting, and the twisting plot with so many unexpected surprises. I certainly didn't guess the outcomes ahead of time, which made the story so much more enjoyable. Ms. Blackmoore writes well, and makes the readers love the characters and the scenic settings.

Mallory Shepherd and her sister Rachel own and operate a B&B, in a lovely old house bequeathed by the grandmother of Mallory's former fiance. They also are wedding and event planners, hoping to expand and develop a thriving business. All looks good, until the ex-fiance's new lady books the B&B for their wedding, with Mallory and Rachel as planners. If it isn't enough that the bride, the groom's overbearing, domineering mother, and the bride's grandmother continually change the desired theme, the bride's ex-husband shows up to have his new wedding at the B&B, the day after his ex-wife's new wedding. If it sounds confusing, just be thankful you're not the bewildered and much put-upon wedding planners. Throw a suspicious death into the works, a vintage Scarlett O'Hara gown, the world's premiere collection of Gone With the Wind memorabilia (both novel and film), and you have a fine conglomeration of pressure, pressure, and more pressure, with one delightful story.


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Saturday, January 5, 2019

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Steamed Open (A Maine Clambake Mystery) by Barbara Ross

About the Book

Steamed Open (A Maine Clambake Mystery) Cozy Mystery

7th in Series

Kensington (December 18, 2018)

ISBN-10: 1496717945

ISBN-13: 978-1496717948

Digital ASIN: B07BV3RCDG

It’s summertime in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, and the clamming is easy—or it was until a mysterious new neighbor blocks access to the beach, cutting off the Snowden Family Clambake’s supply. Julia Snowden is just one of many townspeople angered by Bartholomew Frick’s decision. But which one of them was angry enough to kill?

Beachcombers, lighthouse buffs, and clammers are outraged after Frick puts up a gate in front of his newly inherited mansion. When Julia urges him to reconsider, she’s the last to see him alive—except the person who stabs him in the neck with a clam rake. As she pores through a long list of suspects, Julia meets disgruntled employees, rival heirs, and a pair of tourists determined to visit every lighthouse in America. They all have secrets, and Julia will have to work fast to expose the guilty party—or see this season’s clam harvest dry up for good.

About the Author

Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries. The first book in the series, Clammed Up was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel, the RT Book Reviews, Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Amateur Sleuth and was a finalist for the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. She is co-editor/co-publisher of Level Best Books, which produces anthologies of crime stories by New England authors. She writes at her home overlooking the harbor in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Barbara blogs with the Wicked Cozy Authors and Maine Crime Writers. Readers can visit her website at MaineClambakeMysteries.com.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of my favourite aspects of cozy mysteries is being an armchair traveler. While reading, I learn about local customs and color, geography, climate, foods, and all sorts of aspects of a particular location. I also devour any history included. I enjoy reading about Maine and have for decades, so it was pure delight to read Barbara Ross' STEAMED OPEN, with its likable characters (and a few not so, of course), a murder with far too many possible suspects, beautiful antique homes, and of course, Clambakes. STEAMED OPEN is Maine Clambake Mystery #7, a series I definitely want to delve into.


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