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Death of a Dreamer
Death of a Dreamer
by M. C. Beaton
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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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
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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
Ce commentaire est de: 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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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
Price: CDN$ 18.25
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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
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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!

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
by Erik Larson
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars CHICAGO...CHICAGO...IT'S A WONDERFUL TOWN..., April 18 2012
This is an exceptionally well written, well-researched book about two events that were intertwined, the Chicago World's Fair and the crimes of a serial killer in late nineteenth century Chicago. The book is rife with period detail and highly descriptive passages that give the reader a taste of what living in Chicago was like at that time.

The book provides a fascinating look at the enormous work and planning that went into creating the Chicago World's Fair, making it into one that was truly remarkable for its time, given some of the problems that the architects had to overcome. It also provides a fascinating look into the lives of some of the key players involved in its creation.

Meanwhile, an enterprising and charismatic killer was also at work, his story being tied into that of the creation of the Chicago World's Fair itself. His story, however, is the weaker part of the book, as it lacks the detail that is evident in the other segment of the book. Still, it provides an interesting look into the life of a serial killer who seemed to go about his grisly business with impunity, as well as a look at crime, law enforcement, and the state of criminal justice in late nineteenth century Chicago.

The photographs that were included in the book are excellent and illustrative. The only problem is that there are not enough of them, as the few that are included simply make the reader desire more of them. Still, those with an appreciation of history will enjoy this work of non-fiction and look forward to reading more by this author.

Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games
Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE END OF A GREAT TRILOGY..., April 18 2012
I confess that I was heartbroken to see this fabulous story come to an end in this third book of the trilogy. I totally loved the first two books, and while this last and final book is not as good, it is still a highly entertaining and enjoyable book, as well as a fitting end to the trilogy.

The book is about the loss of what one may hold most dear and about hope. It is also about the fact that things may not always be as they seem. It is the continuation of our heroine's journey in life and some decisions that she needs to make. There are also some twists and turns in that journey that lead to an sudden life or death decision.

Kudos to the author for writing this trilogy, which was originally targeted to the young adult market but ultimately captured the heart and imagination of people of all ages. I am so glad that I read it and am looking forward to the movie based upon the series.

Death of a Village
Death of a Village
by M. C. Beaton
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A TOWN WITHOUT PITY..., April 18 2012
This is the nineteenth 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, Hamish is called to the isolated village of Storye, where something is just not quite right, as the normally god fearing, Calvinist population has seemingly taken fear of the Almighty to new heights, and are now seemingly fearful of everything. Just what is going on in Storye? Well, that is what Hamish tries to discover, that is, when he is not daydreaming about his ex-fiancée Priscilla, who is now engaged to be married to someone else, or sparring with local news reporter Elspeth Grant, who seems to have taken a shine to our local constable.

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!

The Devil on Lammas Night
The Devil on Lammas Night
by Susan Howatch
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE DEVIL TAKES MANY FORMS..., April 18 2012
Ce commentaire est de: The Devil on Lammas Night (Hardcover)
This is a well-written book of romantic suspense that revolves around witchcraft. When an attractive man named Tristan Poole and his followers arrive in the village of Colwyn in South Wales, they move into Colwyn Court, an estate in which Walter Colwyn and his daughter, Gwyneth, a nineteen year old hypochondriac live, after they are led to believe that Gwyneth was brought back from death's door by Tristan and his herbalist healing powers.

When Walter's son, Evan, who is practicing tropical medicine in Africa, returns to South Wales, he is shocked at what he finds at Colwyn Court. Moreover, he is not the only one. His former fiancée's father has a run in with Tristan that involves his wife, and it does not bode well for him or his wife.

Evan also tries to woo back his former fiancée, Nicola, but when she arrives at Colwyn Court and meets Tristan, she undergoes a complete transformation. Evan, with a little help from some unexpected sources, is determined to get to the bottom of the madness and tragedies that seemed to grip Colwyn Court and its inhabitants. The only question is whether or not he will live to tell the tale.

Those who enjoy the romantic suspense genre, laced with a touch of the paranormal, will find this book enjoyable.

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