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Sons of Fortune (Archer, Jeffrey)
Fletcher Davenport and Nat Cartwright are two successful young men - but they also happen to be twins separated at birth as a result of the unscrupulous actions of a well-meaning nurse in the hospital …
reviewed The Simple Truth. April 09, 2011
The Simple Truth
Rufus Harms, a giant of a black man, has served 25 years of a life sentence in a Virginia military prison for the brutal killing of a young white girl. When some obscure government correspondence results …
reviewed The Rule of Four. April 07, 2011
The Rule of Four
The Rule of Four is a coming-of-age novel built around a real-life mystery, The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a Renaissance book that has puzzled scholars and historians for 500 years. As a literary device, …
reviewed Adiemus IV: Eternal Knot. April 05, 2011
Adiemus IV: Eternal Knot
Some earlier reviewers would suggest that this isn't up to the standards that Karl Jenkins achieved in some of his earlier output. I couldn't respond to that because this is the first Adiemus …
reviewed Aztec. April 03, 2011
Aztec
In a word, Jennings' monumental work on the Aztec empire is outstanding. A simultaneous success on multiple fronts, Aztec is a gut-wrenching drama, a romance, an epic family saga, a titillating R-rated …
reviewed Mind Games. April 02, 2011
Mind Games
Dr Timothy Dare is a forensic psychiatrist working as a consultant for the criminal courts in Vancouver. His wife, unquestionably the light of his life, has just left him and is having an affair with …
Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, No. 2)
Stephanie Plum is slowly learning the bounty hunter trade but she's got a long road to haul before she'll be ready to tackle the really mean dudes.      In the meantime, "Two …
reviewed One for the Money. March 31, 2011
One for the Money
Let's face it - the basic premise of this book is so whacked that you just gotta laugh before you even start reading it! Stephanie Plum, a down on her luck and out of work lingerie buyer cons her …
reviewed The Last Juror. March 29, 2011
The Last Juror
Mississippi's Ford County local weekly newspaper hangs on the edge of bankruptcy and Willie Traynor, a rather shiftless ne'er do well college dropout, hears from a chum that a publication like …
Barnes and Noble books
The marriage, property and inheritance laws of the late 18th and early 19th century, by today's standards, can be considered cruelly misogynistic.      The Bennett family estate …
reviewed Orphans of the Sky. March 25, 2011
Orphans of the Sky
The mutiny took place many, many years ago on an enormous star ship outfitted for a multi-generational voyage to Far Centaurus. The last remaining member of the original crew, for right or wrong, made …
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
An atheist manifesto, GOD IS NOT GREAT contains content that ranges from thought-provoking essays to vitriolic diatribes against both the existence of an all-powerful God and the current and historical …
Digital Fortress: A Thriller
TRANSLTR is perhaps the most powerful multiple parallel processor computer on the earth, run by the National Security Agency, dedicated solely to the process of brute force code breaking. An extraordinary …
reviewed Mr. Timothy. March 22, 2011
Mr. Timothy
Timothy Cratchitt, now fully grown with his crippling childhood infirmity reduced to a limp and a chronic ache in bad weather, is sadly mindful of his financial dependence on his uncle. Somewhat disappointed …
reviewed Ship of Magic. March 19, 2011
Ship of Magic
Vivacia is a liveship - a seagoing vessel made of wizardwood sailing out of the trading hub Bingtown - that has magically come alive into self-awareness after the death of Ephron Vestrit, patriarch of …
reviewed The Alienist. March 19, 2011
The Alienist
In 1896, Theordore Roosevelt hadn't yet made it to the White House. As Commissioner of the New York City Police, Roosevelt was sadly aware that the gruesome serial mutilation and killing of young …
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Like JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, HARRY POTTER, THE WIZARD OF OZ and so many other children's stories that have entered the realm of literature classics, THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE …
reviewed The Search (Eve Duncan). March 06, 2011
The Search (Eve Duncan)
John Logan, ultra-rich businessman, entrepreneur and power broker, has a serious problem. Devastated by the recent death of his Korean wife, Chen Li, from leukemia, he pulls out all the stops on the development …
7th Heaven (The Women's Murder Club)
7TH HEAVEN is (you guessed it!) the seventh entry in the long-running and surprisingly successful James Patterson series about THE WOMEN'S MURDER CLUB, an informal grouping of professional women that …
reviewed Brookly Brewery Black Chocolate Stout. March 05, 2011
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Brookly Brewery Black Chocolate Stout
A pitch black body laced with pleasantly modest carbonation with good staying power resides underneath a dark tan head that dissipates virtually instantly after the pour. The aromas and the flavours match …
Tchaikovsky (Life and Works (Naxos))
Even from the earliest age, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, like so many other musically precocious world-class composers, displayed an emotional insecurity that was to develop into a string of personal crises, …
Hound of the Baskervilles (Aladdin Classics)
When Henry Baskerville, the last remaining scion of the family, travels from Canada to England to take up residence in Baskerville Hall after the puzzling violent death of his uncle, Sir Charles, he is …
Freakonomics
Freakonomics is a refreshing, thoroughly enjoyable, easy reading, fast paced, witty and cynical breath of fresh air! Levitt and Dubner offer up a series of pointed, thought provoking essays composed in …
reviewed Mad Ship. March 01, 2011
Mad Ship
In "Mad Ship", Hobb accelerates the pace of her epic saga of the Liveship Traders and significantly expands the breadth and scope of the canvas on which she dramatically paints the lives of …
reviewed The Justice Game. February 27, 2011
The Justice Game
THE JUSTICE GAME opens with a proverbial and literal bang!      Larry Jamison, crazed and bent on revenge, crashes into a news studio and guns down investigative news reporter Rachel …
reviewed Silent Witness. February 26, 2011
Silent Witness
Having enjoyed the recent addition of England's Simon Beckett's to the intensely crowded North American forensic pathology thriller field, I was looking forward to another rural mystery with that …
reviewed Tyrannosaur Canyon. February 25, 2011
Tyrannosaur Canyon
Only an extraordinarily deft master of suspense thrillers like Douglas Preston could pull together such wildly unrelated props, ideas and events and combine them into single related roller-coaster story …
reviewed Derailed. February 23, 2011
Derailed
I put it to you that there isn't a single forty- or fifty-something man on the planet that hasn't found himself in Charles Schine's shoes at some point!      You have a …
reviewed The Gods Themselves. February 20, 2011
The Gods Themselves
To elevate a work of science fiction from mere novel to literary masterwork is an achievement to which few authors can lay claim. Asimov is one of those authors and "The Gods Themselves" is …
reviewed Dissolution. February 19, 2011
Dissolution
It's 1537, the height of the English Reformation, and Thomas Cromwell, vicar general for the court of Henry VIII, is absolutely bent on the systematic ruthless dismantling of England's feudal …
reviewed Shatter. February 18, 2011
Shatter
Joe O'Loughlin, practicing clinical psychologist, and his wife, Julianne, a strikingly beautiful woman and an up-and-comer in the high-flying world of international corporate finance, moved to Somerset, …
Blind Justice (Sir John Fielding)
In 1768, a recently orphaned Jeremy Proctor arrives in London and promptly finds himself in the dock facing false charges of theft under the gavel of the blind magistrate, Sir John Fielding. The justice, …
reviewed The Wind in the Willows. February 15, 2011
The Wind in the Willows (first edition; 1908)
... As history-books have showed;   But never a name to go down to fame   Compared with that of Toad!"      THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, a turn-of-the century …
The Dead Secret (Oxford World's Classics)
Mrs Treverton, who is not expected to live through the night, summons her lady's maid, Sarah Leeson, to her side. Their hushed conversation reveals that, many years ago, Sarah and Mrs Treverton conspired …
reviewed Body Double. February 12, 2011
Body Double
Boston medical examiner, Dr Maura Isles, returns home from a working vacation at a forensic pathology conference and is shocked to discover that her home is a murder crime scene with herself starring …
reviewed Flashforward. February 11, 2011
Flashforward
Like Schrödinger's Cat, Flashforward is a confounding, challenging, magnificent thought experiment that is, at once, breathtakingly simply and yet staggering in its possible scope and ramifications.   …
2nd Chance (The Women's Murder Club)
"The Women's Murder Club", introduced to legions of new fans in "1st To Die", is an intelligent, plausible, modern idea whose time has come. It's also appealingly warm and …
reviewed Storm Cycle. February 06, 2011
Storm Cycle
The story starts well enough!      Rachel Kirby, a computer whiz kid in Houston, Texas, and a rock hard business woman, will let nothing and nobody stand in the way of the only goal …
Carved in Bone: A Body Farm Novel
In CARVED IN BONE, forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton obviously is the fictionalized version of his creator, Dr Bill Bass, the founder of the real-life Body Farm, a research facility that he runs in …
reviewed Still Life With Crows. January 30, 2011
Still Life With Crows
What do you get when you combine the supercilious fastidiousness and overbearing punctiliousness of Hercule Poirot; the intensity, pure logic and deductive power of Sherlock Holmes; the austerity, speed, …
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