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Dead Mercy

Author – Noelle Holten.

Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at She is the PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of risk cases as well as working in a multi agency setting. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. Noelle’s hobbies include reading, attending as many book festivals as she can afford and sharing the booklove via her blog. Dead Inside – her debut novel with One More Chapter/Harper Collins UK is an international kindle bestseller and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.

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Publisher – One More Chapter

Pages – 402

The Blurb –

‘Hugely confident … harrowing, visceral … recommended’ Ian Rankin on Dead Inside

A brutal murder…

When a burned body is found with its teeth missing, DC Maggie Jamieson discovers that the victim may be the husband of one of her probation colleagues.

A dark history…

As the body count rises, the team becomes increasingly baffled by how the victims could possibly be connected until a clue leads them to a historical case that was never prosecuted.

A terrible secret…

In order to catch the killer, Maggie must piece together what happened all those years ago before it’s too late.

Today is my stop on the Dead Mercy blog tour. Many thanks Sarah Hardy for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is the fifth installment in the Maggie Jamieson series and it just keeps getting better and better. The author has firmly established herself as a must read crime writer.

After the cliff hanger of the last book we finally get to find out who has been murdered and it hits close to home for Maggie and the team. Again the author’s knowledge shines through and adds the all important authenticity.

Maggie finds herself up against a really brutal killer and again the author does not hold back in her descriptions of crimes and crime scenes. The series as a whole really stands out in the genre for tackling hard hitting issues.

I cannot wait for the next one.

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Death on a Winter’s Day

Author – Verity Bright

Verity Bright is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing partnership that has spanned a quarter of a century. Starting out writing high-end travel articles and books, they published everything from self-improvement to humour, before embarking on their first historical mystery. They are the authors of the fabulous Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery series, set in the 1920s.

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Pages – 330

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Christmas at the castle with holly, handmade gifts, snowflakes and… is that a body under the tree? Someone call Lady Swift!

Winter, 1921Lady Eleanor Swift, amateur sleuth and reluctant lady of the manor, has been invited to spend Christmas in Scotland, at the beautiful castle of her dear friends Baron and Baroness Ashley. Even her favourite companion, master of mischief Gladstone the bulldog, is coming along to share a slice of turkey. As snow begins to fall outside, the rather mismatched group are cozy by the roaring fire, sharing a tipple over a plate of Mrs Trotman’s famous mince pies.

But after what was supposed to be a fun party game, Mr Eugene Randall is found dead at the feast. A somewhat unpopular business associate of the Baron’s from across the pond, it seems Mr Randall has certainly upset somebody. Was it what he said about Scottish whisky?

The killer must be in the castle… and when the Baron is arrested, Baroness Ashley begs Eleanor to investigate. Determined not to let her friend down, Eleanor sets about questioning the remaining partygoers.

All too swiftly, someone else is found dead, having apparently fallen from a high balcony. As if one murder wasn’t enough to put a twist in the tinsel! Eleanor knows she’s skating on thin ice now. And when she discovers a hidden document that points the finger of suspicion at the unlikeliest of suspects, she realises there’s more to the story. Can Eleanor catch the killer before it’s time for Christmas dinner?

The perfect cozy mystery to curl up with this winter! Fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss are in for a festive treat.

Today is my stop on the Death on a Winter’s Day blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is another in this great series. It is Christmas time and Eleanor is off to Scotland for the festive period. Some friends of hers are having trouble so in an act of solidarity she decides to help out.

Of course it isn’t long before a murder is committed and what she considers an inferior member of the police assigned to the case. She is loathed to leave a good mystery alone so immerses herself in the case. We again meet a great array of characters and would be murderers along the way.

As always Eleanor’s butler steals the show!

You may also want to read other books in this series. I have reviewed:

A Very English Murder

Death at the Dance

A Witness to Murder

Murder in the Snow

Murder at the Fair

A Lesson in Murder

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Murder at the Abbey

Author – Frances Evesham.

Frances Evesham is the author of the hugely successful Exham-on-Sea mysteries set in her home county of Somerset. Boldwood has republished the complete series. Frances has also started a new cosy crime series set in rural Herefordshire, the first of which was published in June 2020.

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Publisher – Boldwood Books

Pages – 262

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The Brand NEW instalment in the bestselling Exham-on-Sea series.

An unsolved murder echoes down the corridors of Cleeve Abbey for years.

The Exham-on-Sea’s History Society’s annual summer picnic comes to an abrupt end when human bones are discovered in Washford River, beside historic Cleeve Abbey.

Thrilled to find evidence of a possible centuries-old murder mystery, the members of the society organise a ghost-hunting night in the ruins of Cleeve Abbey, despite amateur sleuth Libby Forest’s reservations.

Libby is a woman of many talents, a baker, chocolatier, even a reluctant sleuth, but she’s no fan of the supernatural and her doubts are justified when a friend is attacked under cover of darkness at the ghost-hunt.

Distressed and angry, Libby sets out with her new husband Max and their two dogs Bear and Shipley to uncover the connection between the murder of a sixteenth century monk and a present-day attack in picturesque Somerset.

With friends and neighbours as suspects, Libby and Max close in on the culprit only to find that others are still in danger.

There’s no time to lose as the sins of the past threaten lives in the community.

Murder at the Abbey is the eighth in a series of Exham-on-Sea Murder Mysteries from the small English seaside town full of quirky characters, sea air, and gossip.

Today is my stop on the Murder at the Abbey blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – I absolutely love this series and this is the eighth book.

Cleeve Abbey is a site of interest to the historical society and it is here that Libby is drawn in to another mystery. She is loathed to spend a night ghost hunting so when a friend gets attacked she is quick to investigate.

In her usual style she gets to discovering the link between the abbey and the attack. This is one of my favourite series now, I love how the author portrays where the murders are portrayed, in this book, I could really picture the abbey and its surroundings.

Highly recommended.

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Wish You Weren’t Here

Author – Gabby Hutchinson Crouch.

Gabby Hutchinson Crouch (Horrible Histories, Newzoids, The News Quiz, The Now
Show) has a background in satire. Born in Pontypool in Wales, and raised in Ilkeston,
Derbyshire, she now lives in Canterbury.

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Publisher – Farrago

Pages – 230

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The Rook family run a little business: ghost hunting. And things has picked up recently. Something’s wrong. It’s been getting noticeably worse since, ooh, 2016?

Bad spirits are abroad, and right now they’re particularly around Coldbay Island, which isn’t even abroad, it’s only 20 miles from Skegness. The Rooks’ ‘quick call out’ to the island picks loose a thread that begins to unravel the whole place, and the world beyond.

Is this the apocalypse? This might be the apocalypse. Who knew it would kick off in an off-season seaside resort off the Lincolnshire coast? I’ll tell you who knew – Linda. She’s been feeling increasingly uneasy about the whole of the East Midlands since the 90s.

Today is my stop on the Wish You Weren’t Here blog tour. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is such a good read. I haven’t read anything by this author before but I am so glad I got to read this.

The Rook’s business is growing which should be good news but when they deal in ghosts, maybe something else is at work. They think their new job will be simple but Coldbay Island has other ideas. I really loved the characters the author has created and found myself laughing out loud more than once.

Coldbay Island is also a huge character of the book, it is dark and creepy and home to many unhappy entities.

I really hope this will become a series.

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Flora’s Travelling Christmas Shop

Author – Rebecca Raisin.

Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been widely published in short story anthologies, and in fiction magazines. And now she is focusing on writing romance.

Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships and believe in true love.

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Publisher – HQ Digital

Pages – 315

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‘Tis the season for mulled wine, mince pies, and magic under the mistletoe…

Flora loves Christmas more than anything else in the world, so she’s gutted when her Scrooge-alike boss fires her from Deck the Halls Christmas emporium. But now she finally has a chance to follow her dreams – and what better place to start than the home of Christmas?

Before she can say ‘sleigh bells’, Flora’s on her way to Lapland in a campervan-cum-Christmas-shop. She can’t wait to spend her days drinking hot chocolate and taking reindeer-drawn carriage rides, but something Flora didn’t expect was meeting Connor, a Norse god of a man who makes her heart flutter and snowflakes swirl in her stomach. There’s just one problem: Connor hates Christmas.

Can Flora convince Connor of the joys of Christmas – and will she find a festive romance along the way?

Today is my stop on the Flora’s Travelling Christmas Shop blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This book is a must read this Christmas. Especially if you are like me and adore the festive season.

Flora adores the Christmas period and is happy to share her cheer with everyone, even if they don’t appreciate the season. She has to work hard in this book to get certain someone to feel the same way she does.

This is the first Rebecca Raisin book I have read and I really liked it, this one is so evocative of Christmas time, it made me want to put up my tree instantly! She does such a good job of bringing her characters to life, I really liked Flora and her attitude. Plus a visit to Lapland is now on my to do list!

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Frozen Souls

Author – Rita Herron.

USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Rita Herron fell in love with books at the ripe age of eight when she read her first Trixie Belden mystery. But she didn’t think real people grew up to be writers, so she became a teacher instead. Now she writes so she doesn’t have to get a real job.

With over ninety books to her credit, she’s penned romantic suspense, romantic comedy, and YA novels, but she especially likes writing dark romantic suspense and crime fiction set in small southern towns.

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Publisher – Bookouture

Pages – 414

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She looked like an angel. She lay perfectly still, silky blonde hair falling to her pale shoulders. Icicles clung to her eyelashes as snowflakes fluttered to the frozen ground, burying her body.

As a snowstorm wreaks havoc in the mountain town of Crooked Creek, a woman is found buried in ice. Detective Ellie Reeves is first on the scene. Examining the body, she finds frozen blonde hair, pink nail polish and a silver heart necklace engraved with Mine Forever.

Ellie has first-hand experience of the monsters that lurk in the mountains––her childhood is testament to that. She vows to catch this one, but she’s up against the brutal weather, with snow covering footprints and making forensics impossible.

Frantically trawling through missing-person’s reports, Ellie identifies the victim. Nadine Houser disappeared eleven years ago. Where has she been all this time? Why was she only murdered now?

As storm clouds roll in, another girl is reported missing. Ellie retraces the steps of Ginger Weston who was renting a cabin in the mountains. She discovers a gold chain in the snow, spotted with blood. The killer is accelerating, and it’s just a matter of time before more innocent lives are robbed.

With the town blaming Ellie for the missing girl on her watch, and everyone fearing for their safety of their daughters, it’s down to Ellie to solve the toughest case of her career. But when the killer comes after her, will she live to save Crooked Creek from its ruthless monster?

A totally gripping read that will get your pulse pounding as you flip through the pages! Perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot who love a roller-coaster, twist-packed page-turner!

Today is my stop on the Frozen Souls blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is the fourth book in the Ellie Reeves series and can easily be read as a standalone.

In this book Ellie finds herself up a very dark adversary. When the body of a woman is found frozen, Ellie realises she literally has a cold case! However when another woman goes missing maybe someone is active again.

Ellie finds herself at odds with Bryce and the town as everyone starts fearing that a serial killer is on the loose.

This was a really great read, the author has created a fantastic series. The characters are all interesting with their own stories to tell.

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Twelve Days to Save Christmas

Author – Elizabeth Neep

Elizabeth Neep was born in 1990 in Derbyshire and now lives in London Bridge. After studying Law at the University of Nottingham and the University of New South Wales, she worked in magazine journalism, most noticeably writing for Dazed and Confused and PETRIe. Elizabeth now works as a non-fiction Senior Commissioning Editor and writes and paints in her spare time.

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Pages – 324

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On the first day of Christmas, my true love… dumped me.

Poppy loves Christmas and always goes all out to make this magical time of the year extra special for her boyfriend George. But George is strangely not in the Yuletide spirit this year. As Poppy wrestles him into her Christmas jumper built for two for a holiday snapshot, she finds out why.

He’s leaving her. With only twelve days to spend together until Christmas.

Poppy is heartbroken. George is the love of her life, and what would Christmas be without kisses under the mistletoe, his mum’s delicious homemade gingerbread or their super-competitive games of Pictionary?

She’s determined to win George back. So, anxious to prove to him she can be spontaneous, she signs up as a Christmas volunteer at the local community centre. What she doesn’t know is that there’s a festive surprise coming her way…

As Poppy throws herself into her new role – mulling vats of hot cider and hanging fairy lights off everything within reach – she discovers an inner strength she never knew she had. And there’s also Theo. Her new boss. Grumpy and opinionated, he’s everything she doesn’t want.

But as the snow starts to fall, she begins to notice other things about him – like his twinkling green eyes, how he makes her laugh, and how much he cares about the people he’s trying to help.

As the twelfth day approaches, Poppy might be about to discover that the most perfect Christmas might be the one that she didn’t plan at all…

Fans of One Day in December, Beth O’Leary and Mhairi McFarlane will be completely enchanted by this witty and warm festive story about friendship, love and finding yourself.

Today is my stop on Twelve Days to Save Christmas blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – It is that time of year again, to snuggle up on the settee with a cup of tea and delve in to great Christmas reads.

Poor Poppy it is just before Christmas and her (not so nice) boyfriend has dumped her, just when Poppy has gone all out to make it a special festive time for them. She starts to dread the big day and the fact she will have to spend it single.

So she hatches a plan to get George (the not so nice boyfriend) back, part of the plan is to volunteer at a local community centre. Little does she know how big a decision this will be.

I really enjoyed this book, I felt so sad for Poppy even though George is horrible! However it was lovely to see her character change as she throws herself into volunteering at the centre. Her new friends help her to blossom. So may be her Christmas might not be so bad after all.

I loved this book it really got me into the Christmas spirit.

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A Body at the Altar

Author – Dee Macdonald.

Aged 18, Dee arrived in London from Scotland and typed her way round the West End for a couple of years before joining BOAC (forerunner of British Airways) in Passenger Services for 2 years and then as a stewardess for 8 years.

She has worked in Market Research, Sales and at the Thames TV Studios when they had the franchise.

Dee has since relocated to Cornwall, where she spent 10 years running B&Bs, and only began writing when she was over 70!

Married twice, she has one son and two grandsons.

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Pages – 272

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Nurse Kate Palmer thought the pretty Cornish village of Tinworthy would be the perfect place for a peaceful retirement. She couldn’t have been more wrong! But even she is shocked when she attends a beautiful wedding at St. Pirin’s Church and the handsome groom drops dead in front of her very eyes.

While the rest of the wedding party panics, Kate notices the strange behaviour of the not-so-blushing bride and the posh mother-in-law – and vows to find out the truth behind the poor young man’s sudden demise. Especially when the new detective Charlotte Martin makes it known that she doesn’t want Kate involved – and also shows an interest in Woody Forrest, Kate’s partner in crime-solving.

Undeterred, Kate discovers this isn’t the only wedding to have been sabotaged. A series of peculiar letters contain the clues Kate needs to get to the heart of the matter. But is the mystery letter writer behind the unusual deaths? Or is more than one person responsible for the strange goings on in the seaside village…

As Kate digs deeper, she adds more suspects to her growing list: the world-weary vicar, the unlucky-in-love cleaner and the bride’s former flame. But, as a pair of boots bring Kate closer to the killer, it becomes clear their investigation has placed Woody in danger.

Can Kate solve the murder and save the man she loves at the same time?

If you love cozy crime mysteries by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin or Joy Ellis, this page-turning novel will have you reading late into the night!

Today is my stop on A Body at the Altar blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is the fourth book in the Kate Palmer series. I have also read and reviewed

A Body at the Tea Rooms which is the third.

It was great to go back to Kate’s world, in this installment Kate attends a wedding when one of the party suddenly dies. Again she finds herself and Woody looking into the death, however someone else has intentions for Woody. Can Kate solve the crime and her relationship?

I really love this series, the author has made a great cosy crime world with really endearing characters. Kate is a wonderful lead and the author has surrounded her with very entertaining people.

I am really looking forward to seeing what happens next in Tinworthy.

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The Post Box at the North Pole

Author – Jaimie Admans.

Jaimie is a 36-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots.
She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.

She is the author of several romantic comedies for HarperCollins – The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, The Little Wedding Island, It’s a Wonderful Night, The Little Vintage Carousel by the Sea, Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm, The Little Bookshop of Love Stories, The Wishing Tree Beside the Shore, The Little Christmas Shop on Nutcracker Lane, and The Post Box at the North Pole.

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Publisher – HQ Digital

Pages – 347

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I wish I could believe in magic again.

From, Sasha.

Sasha Hansley hates Christmas. As a child, it was her favourite time of year, but ever since the tragic death of her mother, it has completely lost its magic.

But when she gets an unexpected phone call from her eccentric estranged father, she’s forced to dust off her snow boots.

He has been running a Lapland-style Christmas village in Norway and after suffering a heart attack, he is on strict doctor’s orders to slow down. Eager to reconnect with her dad, Sasha books the next flight out there. Only she has never actually been on a plane before, let alone to the Arctic Circle.

 Met at the runway by drop-dead-gorgeous Taavi Salvesen, they sleigh ride through the snow with the Northern Lights guiding their way.

 When Sasha uncovers sacks of unopened Santa mail – letters that children and adults from all over the world write to Santa every year – she realises that she can send a little bit of magic out into the world by replying to some of them.

 With Taavi on hand to help, will Sasha rediscover her own excitement for Christmas and find love among the letters?

The Post Box at the North Pole is like one big romantic mug of hot chocolate with extra whipped cream and a splash of Christmas magic! Fans of Holly Martin, Sarah Morgan and Heidi Swain will love this novel!

Today is my stop on The Post Box at the North Pole blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – Now I am a summer girl that loves everything Christmassy apart from the cold, however even I am tempted to give the Arctic Circle a go after reading this book.

It really is a heart warming read despite the weather! The author has taken the real magic of Christmas, belief, and woven a lovely story. Take away the commercialism of Christmas and it has always been about people believing in something magical.

Sasha, the main character has no time for the season, but when a family emergency forces her to fly to the Arctic Circle, she finds herself immersed in everything festive. Faced with a stack of Father Christmas letters she has to spread the joy to ensure hundreds of children are not disappointed.

A beautiful book that really encompasses the Christmas spirit.

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Silent Island

Author – Dana Perry.

Dana Perry is a New York City journalist and an author who writes mystery thrillers featuring Detective Abby Pearce on the island of Martha’s Vineyard (SILENT ISLAND, HER OCEAN GRAVE) and NYC newspaper reporter Jessie Tucker (THE GOLDEN GIRL, THE SILENT VICTIM). 

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Pages – 269

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Nancy Lavelle lies still on the floor. With her eyes looking towards her children’s rooms, her hands are clasped in prayer, as if the last thing she wished for was her children to be saved…

When Detective Abby Pearce is called to the Beach House, a holiday home in the most affluent part of Martha’s Vineyard, she finds five bodies. An entire family has been killed in a frenzied attack… all except one. Fifteen-year-old Karin is the only survivor. Sitting in the house, surrounded by her family, she stares into the distance and doesn’t say a word.

When Karin’s grandparents fly in to take her home, Abby’s investigation takes a shocking turn. Taking one look at the traumatised girl, they recoil—the girl curled up in a hospital bed isn’t their granddaughter. So who is she? And where is the real Karin Lavelle?

Abby fears the missing girl is in serious danger, and with local residents worried that the killer is still on the island and the press questioning her every move, she’s under pressure to solve both crimes fast. But when she uncovers a link between Thomas Lavelle’s New York office and her previous job at the NYPD, she begins to fear that these brutal murders are a sign… and that she’s next. Can she find the killer before another life is taken, or is she walking into a trap?

This fast-paced thriller is perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, Kendra Elliot and Mary Burton, but be warned—you won’t want to put it down!

Today is my stop on the Silent Island blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – Although this is part of a series, it can easily be read as a standalone.

The book follows Detective Abby Pearce, who has previously moved home from New York to Martha’s Vineyard.

I really liked the character of Abby and how she handles her cases, as with any good detective she has baggage and it was interesting how dark her past actually is. This definitely adds to the story and the complexity of Abby.

She needs all her skills in this book to deal with a traumatised victim of a family slaying. However she is in for a shock as the story unfolds, as nothing is as it seems. I really like the author’s style of writing and found I flew through the book as I wanted to know the outcome.

I can not wait to read the next book in the series and more by this author.

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