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The Immortal Who Loved Me: An Argeneau Novel
The Immortal Who Loved Me: An Argeneau Novel
by Lynsay Sands
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting new twist ..., March 26 2015
When I first started reading the book, I quickly thought - oh no, not another Leo novel! This 'badie' has been cropping up in several adventures now and I have been hoping for him to be dealt with for quite some time. And yet, like a bad penny ...
However, as the story progressed, another plot - that turned out to be the main tale - emerged and started to intrigue me. A mortal who had been exposed to an immortal for at least two decades without anyone's knowledge. Huh. Now there was something author Lynsay Sands had not as yet explored in this continuing series - somehow she always seems to come up with an idea and/or mystery that catches the reader's attention and doesn't let go until it is finally resolved.
Granted, some stories are better than others - more fascinating and/or captivating - but there has ever only been one particular book that I did not finish reading because I simply could not get into it and the plot literally sucked in 23 stories. Not a bad track record! And the series still continues, with the next adventure out later this year.
Lynsay Sands is another one of those authors capable of introducing new readers to recurring characters, without sounding repetitive for those who have followed the Argeneau's for some time now. What I do miss, though is the family tree that was available in earlier editions, however, as family and friends 'expand', I guess, it is a matter of the simply not being enough space for it anymore. That, however, does make it somewhat difficult at times to keep up with who is who and how exactly they are related to each other.
Nonetheless, this is another interesting tale spun by a most talented writer, set right here in Canada which is another plus, with storylines, plots and subplots intricately set out and easy to read.

Witness in Death
Witness in Death
by J. D. Robb
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Intriguing Adventure, March 23 2015
This tale takes is into the world of theatre and starts with one of those rare moments when Dallas, Lieutenant Eve, takes a bit of time off to enjoy an evening out with hubby Roarke. Naturally, where she goes, death is not far behind and this time she even witnesses the murder happening rigt in front of her eyes ... and still does not make it any easier for her to solve. In fact, have you ever considered the time and manpower necessary for the police to interview each and every attendee at an opening night at the theatre? And that, of course, includes the boss of the homicide department as well as the 'head shrink'.
All in all, J D Robb delves into the world of performing artists as well as supporting cast and crew as well as stand ins with vigour and appears to know exactly what is going on on stage as well as behind the curtains. Even the reaction of the audience is captured with the knowledge of someone who knows exactly what is happening. Once again, there are plenty of red herrings and secret lives to be discovered as well as insubordination among police which ups the antis some more as the story unfolds. And that is only the official and professional plotline!
As always in this series, Eve's somewhat underdeveloped social life as well as her early life are rearing their heads and introduce an amusing factor as well as one that almost tears your heart out. All the different plots, characters and overall descriptions come together beautifully, taking readers - whether new to the series or 'experienced' in what is going on - on a ride they will not quickly forget. There are lessons to be learnt, insights to be discovered as well as sheer, interesting and intriguing suspense and mysteries to be had - essentially, once you pick up one of this authors books in this series, you will no doubt be hooked from beginning to end.

Minding Frankie by Binchy, Maeve (2010) Hardcover
Minding Frankie by Binchy, Maeve (2010) Hardcover
by Maeve Binchy
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Binchy Classic, March 14 2015
Minding Frankie encompasses four major characters according to the back page of the book – however, there is, of course a lot more to the story, or stories, and many more characters involved. Once again, author Maeve Binchy covers a mass of different issues, based in Ireland but not limited to it. In fact, people literally come from all over the world and whatever is happening could occur just about anywhere.
One of the individuals having a major influence in and on the tale is not even one of the four characters mentioned – yet, without her, events would have turned out a lot different, I dare say. Mind you, one of those ‘named’ could easily be called the ‘bad guy’ – very embittered and not being able to let go of the past. She is also a social worker, very good at her job, however, also in a position of power and without compassion whatsoever. She sees everything in black and white – more black than white in most cases, which causes a lot of friction. And thus you have the premise for an intriguing, at times even annoying storyline where you just want to wring that woman’s neck, while feeling sorry for her at the very same time.
Maeve most definitely knows how to spin a captivating tale, something of an emotional rollercoaster ride that nobody can really escape from. Once you get reading, you’re hooked an in for the duration – a journey with many ups and downs, while you get to know the characters inside and out as well as their backgrounds explained so that everything makes perfect sense. This author does not write romance and ‘living happily ever after’, but she writes about life and what people are going through on a daily basis … yet manages to inspire hope and positive thinking that generally gets people motivated and looking and moving ahead.

The Bodyguard's Story: Diana, the Crash and the Sole Survivor
The Bodyguard's Story: Diana, the Crash and the Sole Survivor
by Trevor Rees-Jones
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY! Some Insight into what actually happened!, March 11 2015
Coming across Trevor Rees-Jones’ recollection of one of the most famous accidents in Paris most certainly brought back memories of the event of now almost twenty years ago. It also made me wonder, what happened to all the people involved … although, reading the book made me also hope that the sole survivor and his family got their privacy back and managed to move on with their lives. The paparazzi have so much to answer for – and not just in this particular instance – but their continued claim to ‘just doing their job’ and ‘freedom of the press’ literally lets them get away with murder … not just then but still now.
As I was living in London at the time of the accident and liking what Princess Di had accomplished in her life – predominantly being a loving mother to her children and her extensive charity work – I was floored when she suddenly died in an accident. And not until The Bodyguard’s Story explained just how and why she died, can the remaining doubts finally be laid to rest. There was always the nagging wonder, just what those internal injuries were – especially in the light of a grieving father throwing out all sorts of conspiracy stories – here the reasons are explained and they make perfect sense. Why could this not have been made public at the time? Or was it simply drowned out by sensationalism? All in all, I am so glad, Trevor Rees-Jones decided to write this book and tell his story, despite worries about his, his family’s and friends’ privacy being ‘shaved’ to say the least. This frank account of what happened that day, the weeks leading up to it, and the months of recovery in so many ways and on so many levels is an absolute must-read for anyone who lived through that time and wonders what truly went on. Naturally, this tale is the writer’s own point of view – however, how much closer to the events can you get than by someone who was actually there?
The book also contains a number of photographs – some public, others look a lot more private – and is laid out in descriptive chapters, which have an easy flow to them. The only thing that I found a little off-putting was the style of switching from past to present tense rather abruptly and only explaining after that somebody was thinking this and that and/or doing something at the time. Overall, however, it appears to be an honest narrative of a very private man being caught up in very public goings on, involving the Peoples’ Princess, a very rich foreigner with desperate needs and his son. May they now all rest in peace and let the living go about their own lives once again.

The Bodyguard's Story: Diana, the Crash, and the Sole Survivor
The Bodyguard's Story: Diana, the Crash, and the Sole Survivor
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sole Survivor's Story, March 10 2015
Coming across Trevor Rees-Jones’ recollection of one of the most famous accidents in Paris most certainly brought back memories of the event of now almost twenty years ago. It also made me wonder, what happened to all the people involved … although, reading the book made me also hope that the sole survivor and his family got their privacy back and managed to move on with their lives. The paparazzi have so much to answer for – and not just in this particular instance – but their continued claim to ‘just doing their job’ and ‘freedom of the press’ literally lets them get away with murder … not just then but still now.
As I was living in London at the time of the accident and liking what Princess Di had accomplished in her life – predominantly being a loving mother to her children and her extensive charity work – I was floored when she suddenly died in an accident. And not until The Bodyguard’s Story explained just how and why she died, can the remaining doubts finally be laid to rest. There was always the nagging wonder, just what those internal injuries were – especially in the light of a grieving father throwing out all sorts of conspiracy stories – here the reasons are explained and they make perfect sense. Why could this not have been made public at the time? Or was it simply drowned out by sensationalism? All in all, I am so glad, Trevor Rees-Jones decided to write this book and tell his story, despite worries about his, his family’s and friends’ privacy being ‘shaved’ to say the least. This frank account of what happened that day, the weeks leading up to it, and the months of recovery in so many ways and on so many levels is an absolute must-read for anyone who lived through that time and wonders what truly went on. Naturally, this tale is the writer’s own point of view – however, how much closer to the events can you get than by someone who was actually there?
The book also contains a number of photographs – some public, others look a lot more private – and is laid out in descriptive chapters, which have an easy flow to them. The only thing that I found a little off-putting was the style of switching from past to present tense rather abruptly and only explaining after that somebody was thinking this and that and/or doing something at the time. Overall, however, it appears to be an honest narrative of a very private man being caught up in very public goings on, involving the Peoples’ Princess, a very rich foreigner with desperate needs and his son. May they now all rest in peace and let the living go about their own lives once again.

A Week in Winter
A Week in Winter
by Maeve Binchy
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.50
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Irish Tale, March 1 2015
This review is from: A Week in Winter (Paperback)
This book came highly recommended and I am glad I followed through and read it. I had never even heard of the author, Irish born Maeve Binchy, and was equally impressed by her easy writing style, her knowledge of her native land as well as her in-depth description of issues, characters and locations.
I’m not sure what her ‘usual style’ is – many a writer tries his/her hand on various techniques – but in this book Maeve reserves an extended chapter on each and every character involved … and somehow manages to link them all together, too. One such section may cover part of a story and then leave the reader to wonder what exactly happened, only for it to be picked up in another story, not only completing the tale but also neatly fitting in into the overall storyline.
While most of the characters are based in Ireland and/or of Irish birth, the plots reach worldwide – from as close as England to as far away as Australia. Equally, some of the people involved and/or described were born and lived abroad, yet they all come together very naturally and fit right in. Such is the brilliance of Maeve Binchy, a 30 year published author who won a number of awards and sadly passed before this, her last book, was published. The book world and, no doubt, her current and future readers will miss her writing.

Festive in Death (In Death, Book 39)
Festive in Death (In Death, Book 39)
Offered by Penguin Group USA
Price: CDN$ 9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars More Murder and Mayhem, Feb. 24 2015
The latest ‘outing’ if Dallas, Lieutenant Eve, ‘only’ covers one murder – and a very convoluted one at that. At first, it all appears very straight forward but we soon delve into money, privilege and chauvinism. And this is the main subject of this particular case.
Naturally, there are a lot of females involved – starting with our Lieutenant and her sidekick – making this another intricate and intriguing storyline covered by J D Robb. She does know how to pick them, take them apart and putting them right back again – and inspiring the reader to join her on yet another thought-provoking rollercoaster ride through murder and mayhem.
The other aspect of the life of our heroine is, of course, included again as well. While Eve has come a long way already where social etiquette and socialising in general is concerned, her feathers are once again ruffled when she, essentially, has to choose between resolving a case and ‘dealing with the devil’. She ends up having to act as hostess even before the big Christmas Party – a agreement she made with none other than Roarke’s butler, her nemesis Summerset. And it’s always GREAT FUN to read those particular segments of the story.
Once again, we have plenty of recurring characters that ‘long-term readers’ – this is book 39 of the ‘In Death’ series – have come to know and love, however, as always, there is enough detail within the tale to explain who they are and what their connection is without being boring and/or repetitive for ‘newcomers’. As the story is set in big, bright and busy New York, there are always new people to be found and involved – be that as victims or culprits or both, and they, too, are introduced in detail and well-defined.
Overall, the suspense is captivating, the characters and locations thoroughly depicted, and the plots well laid out, allowing the reader to work on figuring out what exactly happened from beginning to end.

Loyalty in Death
Loyalty in Death
by J. D. Robb
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.54
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing subject matter and plotlines, Feb. 19 2015
Despite the mention of several murders right from the start – this story begins rather placidly. Dallas, Lieutenant Eve, is called to a particularly gruesome killing that appears down-played and surreal, with the DA offering the culprit Man 2 without so much as waiting to receive the relevant paperwork. Case closed and shut in a day. Nice! And I am sure, we have all heard of cases just like that – no wonder, J D Robb uses this in one of her Eve Dallas plots.
Something doesn’t sit well with the Lieutenant, though, especially once she and Rourke attend the reading of the dead man’s Will, which ‘showers’ the murderer with millions – and there is no law against that. Can you blame Eve for digging deeper? And then, literally, all hell breaks loose!
Nora Roberts – writing this series as J D Robb – tackles the subject of mass bombings. Those people, who kill indiscriminately because they feel short changed – be that literally in financial endeavours or more laterally because they want their 15 minutes of fame. Murder the innocent and blame whoever or whatever comes in handy.
Yet another pretty controversial subject stacked on top of the other covered in this storyline is that there is one law for the rich – who can ‘buy’ themselves the best and most unscrupulous lawyers they can possibly find – and one for the poor who have to accept whoever is assigned to their case to defend their rights, a very active and troublesome subject indeed.
J D Robb – in her usual, easy flowing writing style – once again captures the reader’s attention and interest with intrigue and plenty of ‘Red Herrings’. This is an absolutely fascinating series, not only for the subject matters and thrills where murder is concerned, but even more intricate watching a very anti social homicide Lieutenant ‘learning the ropes’, evolving into a woman who is well loved and learns to love right back. And this time round, the people she cares about are alive and not ‘resting’ in the city morgue …

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition)
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition)
by Malala Yousafzai
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 13.49
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST-READ!, Feb. 19 2015
Most of us will have heard when this young woman was shot and why. For those who haven’t, Malala Yousafzai is from Pakistan and resisted the Taliban when they tried to enforce enslaving her country by putting unbelievable restrictions upon the people. And all she wanted was going to school and contribute her fair share. Now literally living in exile, she continues her work which is literally supported by the world – and she is still only seventeen years old. If we are looking for heroes of humankind, she is it! And I predict, she will go far – fighting not only for the right that everybody deserves a decent education but literally for peace on Earth.
With the help of Patricia McCormick, Malala has now written about the events in her life leading up to this day and it is more than impressive. She has won a number of awards at her very young age already that others can only dream of and, by the sound of things, she deserves each and every one of them! Here is a young woman who started fighting for her rights at the tender age of ten, got shot and very nearly killed at fifteen and told US President Barack Obama to invest less in war and weapons, and more in the education of all in this world! And that is only a fraction of what this book reveals – it is an absolute MUST READ for everyone!

Cariboo Christmas
Cariboo Christmas
Price: CDN$ 5.71

5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming Stories, Feb. 11 2015
This review is from: Cariboo Christmas (Kindle Edition)
There are thirteen short Cariboo Christmas stories included in this book and each and everyone is based on an actual occurrence. However, you do not need to be a local to enjoy those tales and they are heart-warming not only at Christmas but at any time of the year.
A wonderful mixture of little adventures of young and old suitable for reading by anyone of any age, with beautiful illustrations by local artist Tom Godin. Enjoy!

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