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Mildred Pierce
Mildred Pierce
by James M. Cain
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.98
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE UNKINDEST CUT OF ALL..., Aug. 4 2013
This review is from: Mildred Pierce (Paperback)
Having loved the film, I looked forward to reading this classic novel upon which the film was based. I must say, just as the movie kept me riveted to the screen, the book likewise kept me riveted to its pages. Darker and even more compelling than the film, the author tells the story of Mildred Pierce, a divorcee with two children who is caught in the throes of the depression of the 1930s but manages to make something of herself.

Professionally successful, Mildred has a talent for picking the wrong men and an irrational devotion to her eldest daughter, Veda, who is morally twisted and totally monstrous. Unfortunately, Mildred does not see her daughter for what she truly is, until it is too late.

Masterfully written and thematically complex, the writing is intense, hard-boiled, and, though redolent of a bygone age, as relevant today as when it was first written. There is an undercurrent of a permeating malaise throughout the book that culminates in a shattering climax. Believe me, you will feel Mildred Pierce's pain, as she discovers how sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child, when Veda delivers the unkindest cut of all. This book is a winner and a true American classic.

The Help
The Help
by Kathryn Stockett
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.53
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5.0 out of 5 stars A NEW AMERICAN CLASSIC..., Aug. 4 2013
This review is from: The Help (Paperback)
This is a well-written novel that takes pace in the South during the early civil rights movement. It features a South in transition, as well as a series of complicated relationships between blacks and whites at that time. There are also glimmers of the feminist movement that resonate faintly throughout the book.

The story focuses on three intrepid Southern women from Mississippi. Skeeter Phelan is a young, college educated, southern white woman in her early twenties who, to the horror of her family, has not yet acquired a husband. Aibileen Clark, who works as a maid, is a quiet, intelligent black woman with a well-spring of bitterness that derives from having lived in the Jim Crow South for so long. Minny Jackson is a sassy maid with a troubled employment history, who also happens to be a friend of Aibileen.

Together, these three women will collaborate on a project that will change and shape them for years to come. Out of their collaboration will come a book that will reveal to all and sundry what it is like for a black woman to work as a maid in the Deep South.

The author weaves a spellbinding, poignant story that is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. Written with a sense of humor that permeates throughout, the book is thoroughly enjoyable, as well as profoundly moving. It is a refreshing look at a bygone era that caused misery to so many and was fraught with so many complexities. I found myself riveted to its pages, until the very last one was turned. It is a stunning debut novel.

Blue World
Blue World
Price: CDN$ 9.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars A WORLD BEYOND IMAGINATION..., Aug. 4 2013
This review is from: Blue World (Kindle Edition)
This is an entertaining and skillfully written collection of twelve short stories and one novella from a master of horror. They range in quality from very good to simply amazing. Those who are fans of the horror genre will delight in these highly imaginative and creepy stories, some of which are downright scary! ). There is definitely something for everyone in this collection, where the mundane is elevated to a sublime level of horror.

My special favorites are "Yellowjacket Summer" (a wrong turn off a highway), "I Scream Man!" (a special game of scrabble), "He'll Come Knocking at Your Door" (a frightening Halloween in a small town), "Chico" (an idiot savant with a special gift), "The Red House" (the significance of being different), and "Something Passed By" (the end of the world as we know it). So, if horror is your genre, do not pass up this collection of artfully crafted stories.

Dark Angel
Dark Angel
by Donna Ball
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW MAY KILL YOU...., Aug. 4 2013
This review is from: Dark Angel (Mass Market Paperback)
This is an excellent book of psychological suspense with a touch of romance. It is well-written with an excellent plot and characters that are fully fleshed. The storyline will keep the reader riveted to its pages with its twists and turns.

When Ellen Cox, a teacher of the deaf, is enmeshed in a death defying freak accident, she looks death in the eye and survives, aided by a young doctor who becomes enamored of her. She comes to national prominence because of the nature of the accident and gains her fifteen minutes of fame. Through a reporter, she discovers that her background is not what she thought it was. In fact, she discovers that there is no record of her existence.

Meanwhile, murders are occurring at an alarming rate. It seems that there is a serial killer on the loose, and this killer has Ellen in the cross-hairs. Moreover, in the recesses of Ellen's mind, there is something about this killer that is on the threshold of her consciousness. Just what it is, however, Ellen is unable to fathom.

Can FBI agent and profiler, Matt Graham, get to the killer, before the killer gets to Ellen? Just what is the connection between Ellen and the killer? Already eleven women have died at the hands of this killer. Will Ellen be the twelfth? Read this absorbing book for the answer.

Death of a Dreamer
Death of a Dreamer
by M. C. Beaton
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.54
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4.0 out of 5 stars A DREAMER'S DEATH..., Aug. 4 2013
This is book twenty two in a delightful series of cozy mysteries featuring Constable Hamish Macbeth, a red-headed highlander responsible for law and order in the town of Lochdubh and its environs in Northern Scotland. As clueless as he appears to be about the opposite sex, when it comes to crime detection, Hamish is pretty astute. So, when village newcomer Effie Garrard is found dead, Hamish thinks it murder, even though his boss believes it to be suicide.

Like a dog with a bone, Hamish pokes around, trying to resolve her death to his satisfaction. While doing so, yet another murder occurs, leaving Hamish with his hands full, as it seems that there is any number of people with something to hide. Moreover, Hamish believes the two murders to be connected. So, he definitely has his work cut out for him.

The book is laced with sly humor throughout that is engaging, and the dialogue creates a feeling of authenticity of place, making the book highly enjoyable. One does not read these books for their literary value. One reads them purely for the fun of it.

As with all cozy mysteries, it is not so much the mystery that is of import but the characters that revolve around the mystery, and the characters are certainly quirky and entertaining, adding to the charm of the series. With the oddly endearing Hamish Macbeth, the author has created a character that is a winner. I love this series of cozy mysteries!

Death of a Bore
Death of a Bore
by M. C. Beaton
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.54
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE PEN IS NOT MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD..., April 18 2012
This is the twenty first book in a series of cozy mysteries featuring lovable Highlander, Hamish Macbeth, in charge of law and order in the village of Lochdubh and its environs in the north of Scotland. As always, the book is laced with sly humor throughout that is engaging, and the dialogue creates a feeling of authenticity of place, making the book highly enjoyable. One does not read these books for their literary value. One reads them purely for the fun of it.

This time, a well-known writer moves to the Highlands and decides to teach a writing course. Unfortunately, this bitter, nasty, self-important man decides that his time would be best spent treating his students like the village idiots. So, when he turns up deader than a doornail, in a manner befitting his occupation, no one is shedding any tears. It is then left to Hamish to discover just who is the murderer amongst them.

Due to the notoriety of the murder and the celebrity of the deceased, the media descends upon the village like a plague of locusts. Along with these unwelcome outsiders, his new boss, Detective Chief Inspector Heather Meikle, also pays the Highlands a visit, discovering that Hamish is just what the doctor ordered. Then things get even more complicated when his old girlfriend and news reporter, Elspeth Grant, returns to Lochdubh.

As with all cozy mysteries, it is not so much the mystery that is of import but the characters that revolve around the mystery, and the characters are certainly quirky and entertaining, adding to the charm of the series. With the oddly endearing Hamish Macbeth, the author has created a character that is a winner. I love this series of cozy mysteries!

Laura
Laura
by Vera Caspary
Edition: Library Binding
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5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC MURDER MYSTERY..., April 18 2012
This review is from: Laura (Library Binding)
This is a classic, old-fashioned murder mystery that was first published in 1943. As such, it is written in a highly stylistic manner of a long ago era, which may take some getting used to, as it does have a definite anachronistic feel. Still, it is a stunning novel of suspense. The story revolves around Laura Hunt, a beautiful, intelligent, and independent business woman at a time in which such women were rare, indeed. She is someone to whom men are drawn, often obsessively so.

When she is apparently murdered on the eve of her marriage, Detective Mark McPherson, a hardboiled, no nonsense, virile officer of the law, is assigned the case, and he finds himself smitten the minute he sees a portrait of Laura Hunt at the scene of the crime. He is determined to bring the murderer of this lovely young woman to justice. As have all the men in Laura's life, McPherson, too, becomes obsessed with her.

McPherson goes full speed ahead, as new developments point the finger of suspicion from the least likely to the most likely suspect. Could it be Laura's handsome playboy fiancé? After all, though to the manor born, he has a decided penchant for money and other women. Could it even be Laura's long time friend, mentor, and spurned would be suitor, the effete and prissy, self-styled cynic and writer, Waldo Lydecker? Then a major, mind-boggling twist in the plot casts a new light on the evidence. Just who wanted the lovely Laura Hunt dead?

Those who enjoy old fashioned mysteries will certainly like this book, which was made into a wonderful film noir.

Voyage of the Damned: A Shocking True Story of Hope, Betrayal and Nazi Terror
Voyage of the Damned: A Shocking True Story of Hope, Betrayal and Nazi Terror
by Gordon Thomas
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT..., April 18 2012
I first read this book when it was first published and was captivated by it. Now, over thirty five years later, I decided to read it again. Time has not diminished the power of the narrative to keep the reader riveted to its pages.

This well-researched and superbly written work of non-fiction details the story of the voyage to end all voyages, that of the 1939 sailing of the SS St. Louis. This ship, laden with nine hundred and thirty seven German Jews, was scheduled to go to Cuba. There, the passengers believed, they would disembark, finding surcease from the horror of the Nazi regime and its policies against Jews. It was to be their last chance dance. Unfortunately, everyone, including the Captain of the ship, had been sadly misinformed.

What happened when the passengers arrived in Cuba triggered an international crisis that would not reflect well on the world at large. Captain Gustav Shroeder, in whose veins ran the milk of human kindness, vowed not to return his passengers to Germany, where he surmised the fate that would await them. He did this, even though it was apparent to him that there were Gestapo agents aboard his ship.

The voyage of the SS St. Louis was to capture the attention of the world. Unfortunately, too little was to be done too late to forestall the eventual final solution that the Nazis had in mind. This book, however, chronicles the triumph of the human spirit at a time when there was little over which to rejoice. It is a book that should be read by all those interested in history, as well as those who are interested in a remarkable true story that almost defies belief. Indeed, truth is sometimes stranger than fiction.

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
by Anthony Bourdain
Edition: Paperback
95 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST..., April 18 2012
I totally loved this book! If one is a foodie, a gourmand, or lover of memoirs, one will thoroughly enjoy this rollicking, insider's account of the restaurant industry and how the author ended up as a highly respected chef who is a passionate about food.

This is a well-written, thoroughly enjoyable and informative book, replete with self-deprecating humor and any number of quirky and crude characters that can be found in the belly of the beast known as the restaurant industry. It is an eye-opening and engrossing book that will keep the reader riveted until the very last page is turned.

Death of a Poison Pen
Death of a Poison Pen
by M. C. Beaton
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.45
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD..., April 18 2012
This is the twentieth book in a series of cozy mysteries featuring lovable highlander, Hamish Macbeth. In charge of law and order in the town of Lochdubh and its environs in Northern Scotland, Hamish wishes nothing more than to tend to his little plot of land and make sure everyone lives in peace. Unfortunately, murder sometimes rears its ugly head, and it is up to Hamish to discover just who the miscreant is that is causing all the trouble.

As always, the book is laced with sly humor throughout that is engaging, and the dialogue creates a feeling of authenticity of place, making the book highly enjoyable. One does not read these books for their literary value. One reads them purely for the fun of it.

This time, Hamish is initially confounded when a series of malicious poison pen letters start circulating among his constituency. When a local postmistress is discover dead by hanging, with a poison pen letter left by her swinging body, Hamish believe it to be murder and not a suicide. Just who is sending these letters and murdering the locals is what Hamish seeks to discover. Of course, waiting in the wings to assist him is intrepid local reporter Elspeth Grant, who has her eye on our handsome highlander. Believe me, it is not only a story that she is looking to get.

As with all cozy mysteries, it is not so much the mystery that is of import but the characters that revolve around the mystery, and the characters are certainly quirky and entertaining, adding to the charm of the series. With the oddly endearing Hamish Macbeth, the author has created a character that is a winner. I love this series of cozy mysteries!

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