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Book reviews and concert previews brought to you by Betsy Burton, co-owner of The King's English Bookshop, and Austen Diamond, producer of 13% Salt. Books & Beats airs Saturdays at 7:35 a.m. and 9:35 a.m. during NPR's Weekend Edition.

Books & Beats: October 31, 2015

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Heartless Bastards play at Urban Lounge on Monday, November 2nd.

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A Banquet of Consequences (Viking) is Elizabeth George’s latest Inspector Lynley mystery.  It finds Lynley’s partner Detective Barbara Havers on the trail of a prominent feminist speaker’s killer.  In her review, Betsy Burton says, “Few people depict character with deeper—or more diabolical—understanding than Elizabeth George when she’s on her game, and she’s at the top of her game [here].”

There’s a phrase Austen Diamond is tired of hearing, and it’s this: “I like all music, except country.”  This week, he highlights a few bands who, he says, owe more than a little of their sound to some of country music’s greatest acts.

Reminiscent of Waylon Jennings, Nashville-based Sturgill Simpson plays at The Complex on Saturday, November 7th.

Howling roots rockers Houndmouth will be at The Complex on Friday, November 6th.

And Austen, Texas, bar-rockers Heartless Bastards stop by for a show at Urban Lounge on Monday, November 2nd.

Tracks heard on this Books & Beats:

1: “Turtles All the Way Down” by Sturgill Simpson

2: “Sedona” by Houndmouth

3: “Hi-Line” by Heartless Bastards  

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