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reviewed Little Hands Clapping, by Dan Rhodes. February 15, 2010
Little Hands Clapping, by Dan Rhodes
If you read this book based solely on my recommendation (which you should not do), I don't want you coming back to me if you hate it and saying something like "you are one sick puppy." To be …
reviewed A Splash of Red, by Antonia Fraser. February 13, 2010
A Splash of Red, by Antonia Fraser
This book is number three in the series that features Jemima Shore, writer and star of her own television show, Jemima Shore Investigates  -- a kind of news program. In this installment, Jemima has …
reviewed The Red Dahlia. February 13, 2010
The Red Dahlia, by Lynda LaPlante
The Red Dahlia is second in a series to feature DI Anna Travis, behind Above Suspicion, which I own but haven't yet read, although I don't think I missed anything.  This was an outstanding mystery …
reviewed The Book of the Heathen, by Robert Edric. February 11, 2010
The Book of the Heathen, by Robert Edric
It's 1897, and the Europeans are in Africa exploiting the people and the country's resources.  Most of the action takes place in the station of an unnamed British company (simply known as "The …
reviewed The Human Factor. February 11, 2010
The Human Factor, by Graham Greene
The Human Factor highlights a man, Maurice Castle, who is driven at times to make choices based on love and an often-misplaced sense of moral duty that have some pretty serious consequences for himself …
reviewed The Water Room, by Christopher Fowler. February 11, 2010
The Water Room, by Christopher Fowler
The Water Room is the second installment  in the Peculiar Crimes Unit series, series featuring the Bryant and May (and all of the other somewhat crazy people in the PCU) trying to solve the death …
reviewed The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly .... February 11, 2010
The Lost City of Z
(read as an ARC in 2008)         I picked up this book and was immediately lost between the covers and could not stop reading until I had finished the entire thing.   …
reviewed Under the Dome. February 11, 2010
Under the Dome
   Without going into plot details, Under the Dome was not one of my favorite King books. That honor goes to books like The Stand, The Shining, Salem's Lot, and especially his Gunslinger series.   …
reviewed The Weed That Strings the Hangman's B.... February 11, 2010
The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag: A Flavia
         First, my thanks to the Amazon Vine Review program for both offering and sending me this book.      Second in the series featuring young Flavia …
reviewed The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pi.... February 11, 2010
The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie
   Once again, here's another book I bought when it came out which has sat lingering on my shelves forever.  I have to quit doing that, because this one turned out to be a gem …
reviewed Death on the Barrens, by George Grinnell. February 11, 2010
Death on the Barrens, by George Grinnell
First, my thanks to Librarything and to Goodreads both for sending me this book through their respective Early Reviewers programs.        This is a tough one to review because …
reviewed The Red Widow Murders, by Carter Dickson. February 11, 2010
The Red Widow Murders, by Carter Dickson
   my edition    I happen to really enjoy these old books and have spent a lifetime collecting them. My take on books is this:      1) just because a book hasn't …
reviewed The White Priory Murders, by Carter D.... February 11, 2010
The White Priory Murders, by Carter Dickson
   Carter Dickson is a pseudonym for John Dickson Carr, who was a beyond-prolific author of golden-age mysteries.  As Carter Dickson, he wrote several books featuring the character Sir …
reviewed Vienna Secrets: A Max Liebermann Myst.... February 11, 2010
Vienna Secrets: A Max Liebermann Mystery
   First, my thanks to Random House, who sent me an ARC of this book.       This is book #4 (and the most recent) of the series entitled The Liebermann Papers, set in turn-of-the-century …
reviewed Fatal Lies, by Frank Tallis. February 11, 2010
Fatal Lies, by Frank Tallis
my edition      Book three in the series known as The Liebermann Papers.       After the last two books written by this author, which were rather lengthy, …
reviewed Vienna Blood, by Frank Tallis. February 11, 2010
Vienna Blood, by Frank Tallis
Vienna Blood is book two in the series known collectively as The Liebermann Papers, which are set in Vienna just after the turn of the nineteenth century into the twentieth.  The main character is …
reviewed Fieldwork, by Mischa Berlinski. February 11, 2010
Fieldwork, by Mischa Berlinski
my edition      In an afterword to this novel, the author notes that at first he was going to write a nonfiction book about Christian missionary work among a Thai native tribe, but …
reviewed The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein, .... February 11, 2010
The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein, by Peter Ackroyd
my edition        If you picked this up hoping to find something along the lines of the  Dean Koontz version (which truthfully, I've never read and have no desire to ever read), …
reviewed Dupe, by Liza Cody. February 11, 2010
Dupe, by Liza Cody
   my edition         Dupe is the first book of a series featuring private investigator Anna Lee. Anna was a cop, then realized that she was going nowhere (this …
reviewed Black Rain, by Graham Brown. February 11, 2010
Black Rain, by Graham Brown
 my edition      This is probably a record. Two negative reviews in a row, which is highly unlike me.  But this was an Amazon Vine read, and I've been putting it off, so …
reviewed Impact, by Douglas Preston. February 11, 2010
Impact, by Douglas Preston
   my edition         My review of this book should be subtitled "I feel like the Lone Ranger here."      I have bought and read …
reviewed The Swan Thieves: A Novel. February 11, 2010
The Swan Thieves: A Novel
       my edition      First, my thanks to LibraryThing's early reviewers program for pulling my name out of the hat to win this book.  If you haven't …
reviewed Lolita (book). February 11, 2010
Lolita
      my edition       Lolita is one of those books that you're either going to love or you're going to hate. I choose the former -- it is simply superb.   …
reviewed Tenderwire, by Claire Kilroy. February 11, 2010
Tenderwire, by Claire Kilroy
    my edition      Tenderwire is a somewhat puzzling and offbeat story of a young Irish concert violinist named Eva Tyne, who lives & works in New York with …
reviewed Before the Frost, by Henning Mankell. February 11, 2010
Before the Frost, by Henning Mankell
         my edition      I'm a huge Henning Mankell fan, and I love Kurt Wallander.  All through the series, his daughter Linda has always been there, …
reviewed Missing, by Karen Alvtegen. February 11, 2010
Missing, by Karen Alvtegen
             Fact: I love Scandinavian crime fiction.  Fact: I have an entire three walls of bookshelf dedicated to Scandinavian crime fiction. Fact: I am …
reviewed Boneshaker. February 11, 2010
Boneshaker
Guilty pleasures -- we all have them. Once in a blue moon I crave Kraft macaroni and cheese out of a box, or a huge heaping pile of homemade mashed potatoes with chicken gravy made from fried chicken.  …
reviewed Exile (Denise Mina book). February 11, 2010
Exile Denise Mina
Exile is the second installment of Denise Mina’s Garnethill trilogy, which begins with Garnethill and ends with Resolution (which I have not yet read).  If you do not read Garnethill prior …
reviewed Firewall, by Henning Mankell. February 11, 2010
Firewall, by Henning Mankell
sidebar: a few of the Wallander books have been dramatized on PBS Mystery, starring Kenneth Branagh, who makes an outstanding Wallander. If you haven't seen these, you must.  But do yourself a favor …
reviewed Afterimage, by Helen Humphreys. February 11, 2010
Afterimage, by Helen Humphreys
Afterimage starts off the New Year for me in one of my favorite settings both fictional and nonfictional -- Victorian England.  The book is loosely based on the work of Julia Margaret Cameron, a …
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