Michael Schau

Helpful votes received on reviews: 67% (2 of 3)
Location: New York, NY United States
Birthday: Sept. 19


Top Reviewer Ranking: 506,330 - Total Helpful Votes: 2 of 3
The Bookman's Promise: A Cliff Janeway Novel by John Dunning
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait, April 29 2004
The newest Janeway thriller -- the first in almost a decade -- finds the bookman chasing mysteries in two centuries -- and both are winners. The milieu of rare books continues to fuel a specialized kind of novel; very readable and almost as on-target as the first three Janeway stories.
Mcnallys Gamble by Lawrence Sanders
Mcnallys Gamble by Lawrence Sanders
3.0 out of 5 stars A B-List Jeeves, Feb. 11 2004
The late Mr. Sanders owes a great deal to P.G. Wodehouse whose Jeeves stories are the style source for Archie McNally, Palm Beach playboy and scion in a stuffy law office. Sanders enjoys the same deft wordplay and skewed insights that make Jeeves and Bertie such a pleasure to follow. This novel has a colorful set of characters ranging from louche to larcenous and a nimble plot. It even has a Pelicans (read: Drones) Club where, as expected, the staff is brighter than the membership. A fast read and diverting.
Wilful Behaviour by Donna Leon
Wilful Behaviour by Donna Leon
3.0 out of 5 stars Leon in a cranky mood, Jan. 22 2004
As I die-hard fan of Donna Leon's Brunetti mysteries -- I went to the trouble of buying this one through amazon.uk since it is not available in the U.S. yet -- I find the author seriously off base here. The plot of the mystery is only moderately interesting or challenging, and Leon herself seems to be in a generally sour mood. The wry and careful observations of Venice tourism and Italian government red-tape have turned into rants and crabbiness that make us wonder if Leon is getting bored with life at the Questura and the Brunetti household. Even the regular cast -- Miss Elettra, Vianello, Patta, Paola, Chiara, Rafi, etc. -- seem to be in a glum place and eager for a fight. For first-time… Read more