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From Nashua, New Hampshire USA
Age 72
Joined Sunday, August 11, 2002
Recent Book Activity
4 weeks all time
books registered 266 25,004
released in the wild 177 23,552
controlled releases 9 3,271
releases caught 6 2,126
controlled releases caught 14 2,799
books found 5 2,807
tell-a-friend referrals 0 462
new member referrals 0 136
forum posts 204 53,936
Extended Profile
[Note: I usually respond to PM's within a day or two; if you've sent me a message requiring a response and have not heard back, it's possible that there was a glitch somewhere in the world of email, so please try again!]

[See my in-progress bookrings/rays here.]

I am (among other things) a bibliovore, an Anglophile, an ailurophile, a role-playing-gamer, a bit of a thanatophile, an out-of-work software engineer, and an aunt. And a seriously addicted BookCrosser.

I enjoy many types of books: history, forensic archaeology and taphonomy, true crime, how-to's, horror, fantasy, SF, mysteries, and more. Favorite authors include Jane Austen, Edward Gorey, Dorothy Sayers, Ethan Mordden, Patricia Highsmith, Rudyard Kipling, M. R. James, E. F. Benson, Joseph Hansen, Manly Wade Wellman - uh, well, there are lots and lots. Since discovering BookCrossing, my goal has been to register the most unique, quirky, and/or weird books I can bear to part with (and a few that I can't).

If you see an available-status book on my bookshelf that you're interested in, or if you just want to talk books, feel free to PM me. [NOTE on my use of status codes: I'm using the "available" status to indicate all of the following: books that I'm willing to consider for trades, books available via bookrings, and books I plan to wild-release. Please read the journal entries to see which is which. Also, please note who set the "available" status - if it wasn't me, then I don't have the book! I wild-release often, and new books become available as I read them, so the list will change frequently. I used to use the "TBR" status exclusively for books that I intended to read and hadn't finished yet, but since I'm so far behind in writing up journal entries on the books I have read, about two-thirds of my "TBR"s are really "to be reviewed"!]

As of 2023:

Current wild releases caught: 1988 (some more colorful catches here and here). My catch rate is hovering just under 13%. The shortest gap between release and journal entry - about half an hour (or less: this one was about 20 minutes!); the longest, over ten years...

My Wishlist: You can see my wishes on my BC wishlist.


My current bookrays/rings (current hop/total hops): [no current rings in progress]

Bookboxes: True Crime [US only]

Bookrays/rings that seem to be stalled/lost: The Cemetery Book [last with Mom-of-one], What NOT to Name the Baby [last with Mom-of-one], Dead and Gone [last with m7c57], Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death [last with BelleMorte], Ask Henry [last with jjlanes], What's Your Poo Telling You? (replacement copy lost on its way to littlebooklover), Pimp My Cubicle (last with BusyAngel), Bending the Willow (last with elviraro in Romania), Based on the Book box (last with Isabel-Batteria).

Bookrays/rings/boxes that made it to the end [thanks, everyone!]: The Cook, The Last Hero, Mr. Death and the Redheaded Woman, More Items from Our Catalog, The Healing Hand, Studies in Murder, Escape from Fire Island, The Anything Box, Mr. Cat, Heave Ho, Living with Dickens, Nanny Ogg's Cookbook, No Hidden Meanings, More Cats in the Belfry [audio], Bodies In Motion And At Rest, Catkin, The Iron Tonic, Doomsday Book, Queer Books, The Highwayman, Flight of the Phoenix, My Five Tigers, Murder By Design, The Mice Will Play, Screening Party (1 copy stalled, replaced), Blood Games, Story Hour, The Man Who Folded Himself, Curious Sofa [tag-team bookring], Food for Life... and Other Dish, The Catswold Portal, Lord John and the Private Matter, Cats in May, Century of Women Cartoonists, Love of Seven Dolls, Last Days of Summer, Two by Two, The Burglar in the Library, Creatures of the Night, The Ghost of Silver Cliff, Stormy Night, Air Disaster, We'll Always Have Parrots, The Best Ghost Stories of H. Russell Wakefield, As We Were: A Victorian Peep-Show, The Popsicle Tree, (Raffles) The Amateur Cracksman, Shadows over Baker Street, Sunday's Child, Bimbos of the Death Sun, Sleep Demons, Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade, Love Junkie, Riddle of the Traveling Skull, Amazing Mackerel Pudding Plan, The Unstrung Harp, The Case of the Transposed Legs, The Importance of Being Earnest (graphic novel), Andrée's Story, Me and Mickie James, Send Bygraves, Women Who Run With the Werewolves, Gritty Grace, The Anatomist, Field Guide to the Apocalypse, Grandmother and the Priests, Lammas Night, Death on the Ice, The 27th Day, Ophelia Joins the Group of Maidens Who Don't Float, Motel of the Mysteries, Bodies in a Bookshop, Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Vol. 1, Wicked Plants, LGBT shrinking bookbox, Wallace Tripp's Wurst Seller, Jam, Project X: Nissin Cup Noodle

My most frequent release locations: New Hampshire, Massachusetts


[Credits: my profile picture is a Wallace Tripp illustration from a mug and greeting card I own; I like it 'cause it's entirely too much like me. And if you've caught any of my books, you may have noticed some cat stamps on the inside covers; "Cats. Books. Life is good." or "So many books, so little time." Stamp source: , a wonderful site for items by and about artist/author Edward Gorey (no relation!).]

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