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reviewed Stray Souls. May 26, 2011
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Stray Souls
Stray Souls is a horror story-HOG with an interesting story line and superb graphics and music to get you quaking in your boots. Although a bit on the short side, this adventure is exceptionally atmospheric. …
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"While saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done."    Helen Keller      Helen and Teacher is Annie Sullivan's and Helen Keller's superb …
reviewed Mystery Case Files: 13th Skull. May 01, 2011
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Mystery Case Files: 13th Skull
Not long ago I was shivering in my chair as I tramped around the snowy, cold and desolate town of Dire Grove. Now I am sweating in Louisiana as I slog around in the rain and steamy heat. A Ohio family …
reviewed Campfire Legends: The Hookman. April 23, 2011
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Campfire Legends: The Hookman
Gorgeous artwork, riveting sound, shimmering ghosts, sudden in –the- face encounters -and if you’re like me you’re gonna hold your breath and practically jump out of your skin as this …
reviewed Murder Island: Secret of Tantalus. April 22, 2011
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Murder Island: Secret of Tantalus
Murder Island is a very good HOG in all respects, but the level bar keeps being raised and games such as the Puppet Show series with their superb graphics are superior to Murder Island. But this game …
reviewed Campfire Legends: The Babysitter. April 22, 2011
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Campfire Legends: The Babysitter
Prepare for a great game in the excellent Campfire Legends series and have your bifocals ready if you need glasses, as the hidden objects in this game are devilishly camouflaged. You are sucked into this …
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"While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done."...Helen Keller      This is Annie Sullivan's and Helen Keller's superb memorial, all 800 …
The School of Night: A Novel
   As a writer of historical fiction mysteries, Louis Bayard has reached the top pinnacle of this genre. This guy can WRITE. Not only is his narrative exciting, fascinating and extremely erudite, …
One Nation Under Sex: How the Private Lives of Presidents, First Ladies and Their Lovers Changed the Course of American History
   Larry Flynt and David Eisenbach may seem like the odd couple of co-authors, Flynt being the publisher of Hustler and Dr. Eisenbach being a respected historian and professor at Columbia University. …
reviewed Richard the Third. March 22, 2011
Richard the Third
   Because of Shakespeare’s play Richard III, many people picture Richard as dark of hair (true) but with a withered arm and hunchbacked (not true)…and of course Shakespeare made …
reviewed The Siege of Washington. March 04, 2011
The Siege of Washington
   This play-by-play description to the turmoil that followed the capture of Fort Sumter on April 13, 1861 is exciting and comprehensive, but it is the vignettes of people north or south, famous …
reviewed The Dream Voyagers. February 16, 2011
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The Dream Voyagers
You really can’t beat $3.49 for a charming HOG game, appropriate for everybody and directly downloadable in Amazon. The environments are highly colorful and the hidden objects are very well camouflaged. …
reviewed The Treasures of Mystery Island: the .... February 14, 2011
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The Treasures of Mystery Island: the Gates of Fate
The producers at Alawar have published a stable of excellent games including Snark Busters, Twisted Lands, Mystery of Mortlake Manor and the somewhat earlier The Treasures of Mystery Island And …
reviewed Mystery of Mortlake Mansion. February 05, 2011
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Mystery of Mortlake Mansion
  "Mortlake"  is a humdinger that will give you five or six hours of pure fun. The graphics are wonderful, all hand-painted and although this is an adventure hidden object combo …
reviewed The Tudor Secret (The Elizabeth I Spy.... February 03, 2011
The Tudor Secret (The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles)
"The Tudor Secret" is an interesting and pleasant read but it is not at all likely that a foundling boy, Brendan Prescott, could manage in one way or another to meet face to face with royalty …
Elizabeth Tudor: Portrait of a Queen
The pen and ink drawing of an aging Elizabeth on the book cover really got to me and I would have ordered the book on the basis of the portrait alone. It just seems that artist Barry Moser captured …
reviewed Mishap 2. January 29, 2011
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Mishap 2
I was enthralled by this game! The hidden object scenes are chock full of objects alright, but your eye is distracted by a host of creatures doing their thing. -dragons belching fire, helmeted hunters …
Henry VIII: The Mask of Royalty
  We are fascinated with Henry- so fat, so cruel, so treacherous. He is simply a mass of superlatives. Nevertheless, Henry deserves his day in court and Lacey Baldwin Smith’s splendid and …
reviewed Victoria's Daughters. January 16, 2011
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If a person read only Jerrold Packard's book on the Victorian era he would have a very good picture not only of the events that happened during Victoria's 63 years on the throne, but of the royals …
reviewed Salinger: A Life. January 02, 2011
Salinger: A Life
Kenneth Slawenski has almost absorbed JD Salinger by osmosis, the writer becoming part of his breathing out and breathing in. Slawenski’s understanding of Salinger is basic, almost on the chromosome …
reviewed Twisted Lands: Shadow Town. December 26, 2010
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Twisted Lands: Shadow Town
Twisted Lands is a big cauldron of stew and as you stir the pot and peer into its depths for hidden objects you'll confront zombies, creepy ghosts and even a cloaked cult. The graphic work is of the …
reviewed Vampire Saga: Pandora's Box (Pc Cd) W.... December 22, 2010
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Vampire Saga: Pandora's Box (Pc Cd) Windows
 The "Pandora's box" in this fine game is actually a decrepit, creepy ship, floating alone on oily seas and containing dark secrets, imminent danger and no crew, at least no live crew. …
reviewed Love Like A Dog. December 06, 2010
Love like a Dog
Anne Calcagno has the unusual ability of getting into people's minds, feeling the pulse of their inner thoughts, without being sentimental or maudlin. She's is a dog psychologist, too, in this …
reviewed Kingdom under Glass. December 04, 2010
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Kingdom under Glass is the splendid story of a man and his obsession, a genius who survived incredible hardships while collecting animals to show the majesty, the beauty, the variety of East Africa's …
reviewed Mystery Case Files: 13th Skull. December 02, 2010
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Mystery Case Files: 13th Skull
After shivering through “Dire Grove” I am still shivering in the clamminess and torrential rainfall in rural Louisiana where the action occurs in this fine MCF production 13th Skull.” …
reviewed Deadtime Stories. November 19, 2010
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Deadtime Stories
Not long ago I was shivering in my computer chair as I trudged along in the snow at  Dire Grove. Now I’m sweating in my computer chair in the steamy atmosphere of  New Orleans of 100 …
Majestie the King behind the King James Bible
King James has never achieved the popularity the Tudors enjoy and yet he might have been the foremost scholar of all the British monarchs, more erudite even than Elizabeth I.      …
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William Herndon, Lincoln's law partner, once said of him "He dripped melancholy as he walked." Oddly, a cheerful, joke- telling Lincoln is less appealing than his sad persona, and although …
reviewed Shanghai Girls: A Novel. October 28, 2010
Shanghai Girls: A Novel
  Shanghai, 1937. Another world, almost another century. The sights, the smells, the incredibly varied and intriguing cuisines and the lives of two beautiful Chinese girls intertwine and  …
Small Sacrifices
      Ann Rule is a first class writer. She is so well known for her true crime books that it’s easy to forget that her writing- just the writing- is very fine indeed, full …
reviewed Snark Busters. October 27, 2010
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Snark Busters
 “Snark” was one of Lewis Carroll’s creations from his  1876  poem “The Hunting of the Snark,” the creature being a mysterious mythical animal. Geeks borrowed …
Elizabeth I
Mary Queen of Scots, and Queen Victoria  are world-class queens, but they must yield the gold to Elizabeth I who made a successful cult of virginity, who was wily, brave, and charismatic, stubborn …
reviewed Bloody Crimes. October 01, 2010
Bloody Crimes
   Abraham Lincoln has totally eclipsed the Confederate President Jefferson Davis, but in this fascinating comparison between the two men you will find that in many ways they were alike. However, …
reviewed Lost Realms: Legacy of the sun Princess. September 20, 2010
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Lost Realms: Legacy of the sun Princess
   Lost Realms is a hidden object game with 17 interesting mini-games for you to tackle while you tramp through the South American jungle and hunt for a huge number of hidden artifacts. You …
Mary Tudor: Princess,Bastard,Queen
   Author Whitelock has a soft spot for Mary and believes she was greatly underestimated as a queen. Although there is very little new in this biography (how could there be?) this well-written …
reviewed Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen. September 10, 2010
Mary Tudor: Princess,Bastard,Queen
Author Whitelock has a soft spot for Mary and believes she was greatly underestimated as a queen. Although there is very little new in this biography (how could there be?) this well-written book is filled …
Helen Joy Davidman (Joy Gresham)
  She became his muse, his anchor, his raison d’etre. She was born in New York of Jewish parents. She had been an atheist and a Communist and a very smart iconoclast. She had married unhappily …
BEHIND A MASK: THE UNKNOWN THRILLERS OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY MADELEINE STERN
 The Gothic novel has been titillating readers since the mid  1700s. Gothic tales require a decaying mansion, a Byronic hero, emotions gone amok, ghosts, secrets, terror, intrigue and revenge…the …
reviewed Romance of Rome. August 31, 2010
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Romance of Rome
   Romance of Rome, which is apparently unavailable now as a download on Amazon, can be played for free with ads on iWin. (In accordance with Amazon’s policy, I can’t give you the …
reviewed Louisa May Alcott. August 27, 2010
Louisa May Alcott
The nineteenth century produced an extraordinary number of superb women authors- the Brontes, George Eliot, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Jane Austen, to …
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