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Ms. Holmes of Baker Street: The Truth About Sherlock
Ms. Holmes of Baker Street: The Truth About Sherlock
by C. Alan Bradley
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elementary, My Dear Sherlock, Jan. 31 2015
When I came across the title (through author Alan Bradley), I was very intrigued - even without reading so much as an outline on what the book was all about. Was Sherlock Holmes a woman in disguise? Now that was something I wanted to read about.
Once I started what I presumed would be some sort of essay or maybe even a story turned out to be something of a thesis - a discovery of references throughout the detective's adventures of what made the writers (C Alan Bradley and William A S Sarjeant) believe and prove that their analysis was the correct one. Are there more ways of interpreting what has been presented? Of course - even though only small sections of the various tales are used, recounted and analysed. It is an interesting and intriguing thought and has been well-presented throughout the book.
There is also a second part to this 'thesis' that has been incorporated. The first and major part is all about male versus female, and who has been privy to this information. In the second part - Appendix I - the discussion turns to dating the various cases which, apparently, is not obvious in every case. Again, not all cases are included - only the 'controversial' ones - and only parts of the story quoted, those relevant to making the point.
What made me wonder overall is that there are people out there willing to delve in-depth into trying to figure out what makes a fictional character tick - a fact that included in the analysis right from the start. I can understand, wanting to analyse and research facts about people who have actually lived ... although I will admit that it almost feels as if Sherlock Holmes has been an actual human being and having lived at 221B Baker Street in London.
In any event - I am glad I read the book and I did enjoy 'spending time with Ms Sherlock Holmes', finding the thesis and analysis appealing, even compelling as well as the references to life in the 19th century, particularly where women were concerned. A valiant effort indeed!

by Heather Graham
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harrison Investigation - Number One, Jan. 24 2015
This review is from: Haunted (Mass Market Paperback)
Having read quite a number of the so-called 'Harrison Series', I am glad to finally having found the first one, the initial story on how things came about. Adam Harrison became a father late in life and had a very gifted son - in this novel, Josh' story is finally told.
Haunted, as the title itself suggests, is a paranormal adventure taking place in 'historic Virginia' - on one of those huge plantations with an old mansion and various other buildings on it. As is deemed only right with such a property, there is plenty of history connected to it and the very sceptical owner is none too happy about those ghost stories he keeps on hearing, nonetheless, something does appear to be going on and he just has not as yet found the reason for it. In the end, however, he relents and invites Adam Harrison to come and do some research, after all, he is the head of Harrison Investigations and had been good friends with the owner's grandfather. And thus, the story is set ...
True to Heather Graham's framework for this series, there is a 'present day plot' that is generally based on the past with a 'history' element that is usually researched by one or more of the characters involved. Her suspense mysteries involve lessons from the past or, in the least, an element involving ancestors or previous owners of land and/or buildings involved which is not only entertaining and intriguing but also educational. The perfect mix indeed!

Bones Never Lie
Bones Never Lie
by Kathy Reichs
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tempe gets herself into trouble yet again ... beautifully, Jan. 13 2015
This review is from: Bones Never Lie (Hardcover)
The latest adventure of Dr Temperance Brennan takes place in South Carolina - with excursions to Costa Rica and Montreal. An old nemesis of Tempe and Detective Andrew Ryan resurfaces - with Ryan still AWOL. What to do?
In this story, Dr Brennan does not exclusively stick to working with bones which is rather unusual, but she also actually partakes in an autopsy. However, she is still playing detective and getting herself into trouble, this time round with the help of her mother. And while I thought the explanations at the end were somewhat excessive, what happened next took me completely by surprise. Normally, I hate being left in 'midair' and having to wait for the publication of the next book in the series to find out what is going on - this time round it's not such a hardship. Nonetheless, I cannot wait to read the next adventure.
As always, Kathy Reichs spins a wonderful tale from beginning to end. Also as always, it all starts rather innocently but soon takes on a turn of the unexpected, making it the perfect mystery the reader has come to expect from this author. And while the suspense side of the story is as captivating as ever, so are the personal aspect and relationship issues that are always neatly woven in, and make both plotlines and characters come to life.

Common Ground
Common Ground
by Justin Trudeau
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting ..., Jan. 13 2015
This review is from: Common Ground (Hardcover)
While I’m not and never have been interested in politics, Justin Trudeau’s story intrigued me nonetheless. Was it the fact that I had heard so much about his dad, the former Prime Minister of Canada or the fact that Justin is working on entering that office himself? Maybe I was simply curious about the man himself, having heard a great deal of good about him and his views. Whatever it was that enticed me to read the book, I’m glad I did.
Common Ground is essentially the life story (so far) of a very interesting man, the son of an older man married to a younger woman who ruled an entire country. Justin Trudeau also had two younger brothers until tragedy struck. He appears to recount his childhood and life in general in earnest, and describes in detail his journey into politics and his rise up the ‘power ladder’. And I will admit that I have learned a lot about how politics work here in Canada, and since I am now living in this country, that’s probably not a bad thing. However, I did draw the line at reading his speeches, some of which are included in the back of the book.
There is no doubt that Justin Trudeau is a very intelligent, even intriguing man and definitely a hard worker to match. He is also very articulate and has a flair for and with words which will, undoubtedly, work in his favour when entering the election ‘war’ later this year. Will he rule Canada and bring the necessary big changes he’s promising? Only time will tell.

Deadly Night
Deadly Night
by Heather Graham
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Whodunit, Jan. 6 2015
Another paranormal mystery penned by Heather Graham. The ‘deadly’ trilogy involves the three brothers Flynn – all formerly involved with law enforcement and now working together as private investigators in Florida. And then they receive a call from New Orleans. An aunt they never knew existed had died and they were the sole heirs of a plantation, complete with a haunted house and cemetery.
The family history started turning dark during the Civil War and the dark events happening then appear to be repeating themselves. A number of women disappeared then and appear to be again, now. Right up the boys’ alley – right? Well, while at least one girl seems to have vanished into thin air, no bodies can be found. That being the case, the local police, FBI, even the overworked coroner are not convinced that anything out of the ordinary is actually going on. And we have a problem.
This is one of those stories with a free history lesson that will be repeated in later, popular and very impressive series written by this author. However, here – as then – the crimes are very real and perpetrated by living, breathing beings – not by anything supernatural as ‘paranormal’ may suggest. And that makes this such an interesting suspense novel.
As always, Heather fleshes out all characters in great detail and the tension keeps on going from beginning to end. While there is only the story of the boys arriving and a girl caregiver to begin with – in the end the reader will most definitely be taken very much by surprise as to who turns out to be the perpetrator. And yet, the whole story as well as the reveal make perfect sense. Such is the power and gift of this magnificently talented writer. Happy Reading!

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay 2015 Wall Calendar
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay 2015 Wall Calendar
by Louise L. Hay
Edition: Calendar
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Enlightening!, Dec 31 2014
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The illuminating affirmations and descriptions by Louise L Hay are absolutely amazing, illuminating and encouraging to open up to the possibilities and magic that meet us every day.

Deadly Harvest
Deadly Harvest
by Heather Graham
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who Is Afraid Of The Harvest Man?, Dec 31 2014
Another adventure in the Flynn Brothers trilogy that is very intriguing and involved. The story starts in what appears to be one of Heather Graham's favourite spots - New Orleans - but then moves off to 'witch country' - Salem, Massachusetts - both known as very (spiritually) versatile places. However, that is only the setting.
As always, Heather spins an interesting web of 'whodunnit' from beginning to end and includes so many possible suspects and leads - essentially Red Herrings - that the culprit that eventually emerges comes as a complete and utter surprise. However, the entire journey from when the reader 'meets' the characters right down to the 'bitter end' is wonderfully interwoven and compelling that you will not want to put the book down until you have finished reading it in its entirety.
Heather Graham, indeed, is a master of suspense. No matter where and/or how she sets up her tales, the descriptions of her locations are vivid and in-depth, the characters well fleshed out and the story flows smoothly from page one right down to the last without fail. The people described interact with each other and make sense beautifully, be that those that have been introduced in other books or those that are newly introduced, with neither too much nor too little detail but simply just right. Indeed - a most talented writer indeed!

Conspiracy in Death
Conspiracy in Death
by J. D. Robb
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another J D Robb Winner, Dec 18 2014
Having now read most of the books in this series, it struck me as a nice surprise to come across a new adventure of Dallas, Lieutenant Eve, and her trusted sidekick, Peabody, Detective Delia. Naturally, other favourites and 'regulars' - such as hubby Rourke, Feeney, Mira, Whitney, Mavis, Morris and many more - make an appearance as well, with both professional and personal issues covered as well as more insights into Dallas' past.
The main issues covered in this adventure are the 'Gods in White' and police procedures when the IAB - Internal Affairs Bureau - gets involved, in this case investigating the Lieutenant's conduct. What would Eve do without her job that is essentially her life? Would she go under? Would she fight back? Would she continue to investigate the murders, feeling – as always – a need to represent the dead?
This is the main ‘feed’ of this mystery but also involves, as mentioned, memories resurfacing once again where her childhood is concerned as well as what she made of herself in the meantime. Dallas’ social skills and mistrust are also still at the forefront – after all, a woman who has been on her own from 8 years old becomes a survivor and vigorously independent to get to where she has got to. Still adjusting to her new husband’s care and love as well as her growing circle of friends makes life difficult for her and very entertaining and insightful for the reader.

The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
by Sophie Hannah
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hercule Poirot has returned, Dec 18 2014
Agatha Christie is back! Well, that's the overall feel after reading Hercule Poirot's latest adventure. And author Sophie Hannah REALLY got this beloved character down to a 'T'! I also got a kick out of the fact that this tale begins on my birthday - albeit well ahead of my time in 1929.
Trying to go 'incognito' and staying at a boarding house instead of his apartment, Poirot makes the acquaintance of a new 'policeman friend' at Scotland Yard who happens to live in the same building who happens to suffer from a childhood experience that is haunting him. To my taste, this is a little bit too emphasised as it appears to inhibit the 'little grey cells' of said 'policeman friend' - albeit, he appears to assert himself a little toward the end which is encouraging to see. However, we all know of Poirot's 'secrecy' and embellishments, and this book does not disappoint.
Sophie Hannah is doing a great job with fleshing out the characters, understating the facts that will eventually solve the case and find the guilty party as well as describing the surroundings, so the reader really feels part of the story - which takes place so long ago. However, even that is not 'in your face' as sadly so many books are, it's simply a great mystery that will have you wonder where the next clue can be found and who will find it.
The book is divided into relatively short chapters with a heading that will again feed your intrigue, even the pages themselves feel like it was printed in the olden days and has survived nicely, rather than only having been published in 2014. Everything fits - from beginning to end. And the suspense itself will have you reach for the book again and again. Enjoy!

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
by Neil Patrick Harris
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Interesting Story, Dec 2 2014
Not too sure, I care so much for this style of autobiography - but it was interesting to read and 'experience' nonetheless. NPH - despite his relatively young years - has lived an interesting life already and I'm sure, he'll accomplish a lot more in the years to come, no matter which 'hat' he decides to wear at any given time.
As for the 'Choose Your Own Autobiography' series (is it?) - it is essentially set up to make the reader feel as if s/he is the person described ... sort of your own '15 minutes of fame', maybe? I'm not quite sure.
Nor am I too sure about the 'recommendations' at the bottom of each/most short chapters as to which page to turn next. Sometimes, the reader is referred to a previous occurrence, at other times much later and, on occasion, to simply read on. From my point of view, following those 'directions' makes reading the book very confusing - aside from certain 'little stories' that make no sense at all.
The writing - presumably Neil Patrick Harris own 'penmanship'? - is otherwise mostly interesting and intriguing. The descriptions of the photographs that are included definitely sound very much NPH and range from his early childhood to becoming a parent, but also include film, tv, theatre and hosting aspects of his colourful career, some of which I was totally unaware of. However, I did thoroughly enjoy the trip down memory lane where Doogie Howser, M.D. is concerned - an international hit that I first experienced back in Europe.
Overall, I liked what I read but might have enjoyed it even more, had it been the 'deeply personal account written in the first person' this book so vehemently tried to avoid.

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