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All My Friends by Hope Larson
Batman and Robin and Howard by Jeffrey Brown
Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn
Cinder the Fireplace Boy (Rewoven Tales) by Ana Mardoll
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The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion by Alice Kimberly
Hot-Air Henry by Mary Calhoun and Erick Ingraham (Illustrations)
Invisible Kingdom, Volume 1: Walking the Path by G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward (Artist)
Moriarty the Patriot, Volume 4 by Ryōsuke Takeuchi and Hikaru Miyoshi (Illustrations)
Murder in the Bayou Boneyard by Ellen Byron
Murder Ink by Lorraine Bartlett, Gayle Leeson and Jorjeana Marie (Narrator)
My Life in Transition by Julia Kaye
Sarah Somebody by Florence Slobodkin and Louis Slobodkin (illustrator)
The Sign of Death by Callie Hutton and Nano Nagle (Narrator)
A Three Book Problem by Vicki Delany and Kim Hicks (Narrator)
Tiger Honor by Yoon Ha Lee
Tink and Wendy by Kelly Ann Jacobson
Trick or Treat Murder by Leslie Meier
Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire
A Whisker of a Doubt by Cate Conte and Amy Melissa Bentley (Narrator)
The Year We Learned to Fly by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López (Illustrator)

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Moriarty the Patriot, Volume 4: 01/20/22

Moriarty the Patriot, Volume 4

Moriarty the Patriot, Volume 4 by Ryōsuke Takeuchi and Hikaru Miyoshi (Illustrations) returns to the source material's roots, while expanding on the MI6, James Bond, tangent. Moran and Moneypenny are sent to India.

I much prefer these spy plots to the revenge killing plots. It's interesting to see how well the two mystery series blend together. The Bond plots help to give the manga a well needed focus. Left to its own devices, this series can quickly devolve into a fetishization of violence.

This plot too ties back to Watson's backstory as a soldier and medic who served in Afghanistan. Here the goal is stop a top level gunrunner who is trying to keep the war going.

The English translation of volume 5 released in October 2021.

Five stars

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