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The Murder Room (Adam Dalgliesh, #12)
3.79
James, P.D. THE MURDER ROOM. (2003). *****. Again we meet up with Commander Adam Dalgliesh as he solves the mysterious deaths of two different victims ...more
Apr 2009
Apr 01, 2009
 
Not Quite Dead Enough and Booby Trap: Two Nero Wolfe Mysteries
3.98
NOT QUITE DEAD ENOUGH. (1942). Rex Stout. ***.
This volume was actually a collection of two novellas, the title story and another called, “Booby Trap.
...more
Oct 26, 2011
Oct 26, 2011
 
Oscar Wilde Short Stories
4.27
OSCAR WILDE: Stories – I. (var.). Merlin Holland (ed. & intro.). ****.
This is the first volume of Wilde’s stories issued by The Folio Society in
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May 08, 2012
May 08, 2012
 
Agamemnon (Oresteia, #1)
3.83
Aeschylus. AGAMEMNON. (458B.C.). ***. I remember having to read this play – along with the other two in the trilogy, “The Libation Bearers,” and “The ...more
Jan 12, 2009
Jan 12, 2009
 
Catalina
3.37
Maugham, W. Somerset. CATALINA. (1948). ****. Maugham (1874-1965) was a prolific writer, and was successful from his first novel, “Liza of Lambeth,” t ...more
Nov 02, 2010
Nov 02, 2010
 
Dear Me
3.90
47. Ustinov, Peter. DEAR ME. (1977). *****. It was always a delight to watch Peter when he appeared on TV as a guest on one or another of the talk sho ...more
Nov 20, 2010
Nov 20, 2010
 
The Good Soldier
3.72
THE GOOD SOLDIER. (1915). Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939). *****.
This is the first novel I’ve read by Ford, but was so impressed with his narrative skill
...more
Oct 10, 2011
Oct 10, 2011
 
Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter, #1)
3.87
Lindsay, Jeff. DARKLY DREAMING DEXTER. (2004). **. I don’t know how else to say it, but I thought that this was an incredibly badly written book. I gu ...more
Nov 19, 2009
Nov 19, 2009
 
The Empty Mirror
3.38
Jones, J. Sydney. THE EMPTY MIRROR: A Viennese Mystery. (2009). **1/2. The author is an expert on Vienna and things Viennese. He has written guidebook ...more
Feb 21, 2009
Feb 21, 2009
 
One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War
4.18
Dobbs, Michael. ONE MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War. (2008). *****. This is probably the best account ...more
Nov 05, 2008
Nov 05, 2008
 
King Arthur: Dark Age Warrior and Mythic Hero
4.14

KING ARTHUR. (2008). John and Caitlin Matthews. ****.
This is a scholarly but very readable study of both the potential historic and the mythic King A
...more
Nov 15, 2011
Nov 15, 2011
 
The Information Officer
3.22
Mills, Mark. THE INFORMATION OFFICER. (2009). ****. This is the first of Mr. Mills’ books that I have read, but I will certainly look up his others. I ...more
Mar 19, 2010
Mar 19, 2010
 
The Kraken Wakes
3.72
THE KRAKEN WAKES. (1953). John Wyndham. ****.
A married couple, both of whom are reporters for the E.B.C. (a fictional rival to the BBC) are on a vacat
...more
Jun 30, 2013
Jun 30, 2013
 
Muriel Spark: The Biography
3.83
Stannard, Martin. MURIEL SPARK: THE BIOGRAPHY. (2009). Ms. Spark is one of favorite writers, though as I read over the list of her publications I real ...more
Nov 12, 2010
Nov 12, 2010
 
The Lost Sailors
3.95
THE LOST SAILORS. (1997). Jean-Claude Izzo. ****.
This was a very good novel by a writer who is new to me. Searching the web, I found that Izzo (1945-
...more
Mar 07, 2013
Mar 07, 2013
 
The Tourist (The Tourist, #1)
3.75
Steinhauer, Olen. THE TOURIST. (2009). ****1/2. There’s been lots of buzz about this new novel from this author; about it’s being a re-introduction to ...more
Mar 26, 2009
Mar 26, 2009
 
The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu
3.39
THE INSIDIOUS DR. FU-MANCHU. (1913). Sax Rohmer. ****.
The four-star rating is just a way of sneakingly make you want to give this novel a try. It is
...more
Dec 29, 2012
Dec 29, 2012
 
Desperate Sons: The Secret Band of Radicals Who Led the Colonies to War
3.54
DESPERATE SONS. (2012). Les Standiford. *****.
This latest popular history from Professor Standiford is a must-read for those of you interested in The
...more
Apr 20, 2013
Apr 20, 2013
 
Titian: His Life
3.90
TITIAN: His Life. (2012). Sheila Hale. ***.
This is an exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) biography of Titian. The problem is that although we know
...more
Jan 27, 2013
Jan 27, 2013
 
Napoleon's Russian Campaign
4.01
NAPOLEON’S RUSSIAN CAMPAIGN. (1824; Eng. trans. 1958). Philippe-Paul de Segur; translated into English by J. David Townsend. ****.
This is an excellen
...more
Jun 06, 2012
Jun 06, 2012
 
I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1933-1941
4.20
Klemperer, Victor. I WILL BEAR WITNESS. A DIARY OF THE NAZI YEARS: 1933-1941. (1995). ****. Victor Klemperer (1881-1960) was a Jew living in Dresden a ...more
Nov 08, 2010
Nov 08, 2010
 
Catullus: The Complete Poems
4.11
Catullus. THE POEMS OF CATULLUS. ****. This was an edition published by The Folio Society in 1981, ably translated by James Michie. What’s particularl ...more
Dec 16, 2009
Dec 16, 2009
 
The Road to Mecca
3.83
Fugard, Athol. THE ROAD TO MECCA. (1985). ****. This play by Fugard is set in South Africa in the region known as the Karoo. It tells the story of an ...more
Sep 17, 2008
Sep 17, 2008
 
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
4.02
Mosley, Walter. THE LAST DAYS OF PTOLEMY GREY. (2010). ***. Mosley adds another mythical character to his list with this latest novel. Ptolemy is a ni ...more
Dec 31, 2010
Dec 31, 2010
 
Penrod
3.91
PENROD. (1914). Booth Tarkington. ***.
Tarkington (1869-1946) was a very popular writer at the beginning of the 20th century. He was from Indianapolis
...more
Dec 10, 2012
Dec 10, 2012
 
The Longest Journey
3.50
THE LONGEST JOURNEY. (U.S. 1922; UK 1907). E. M. Forster. ***.
I’m a big fan of Forster’s novels, but this one left me cold. It’s the life story of Ric
...more
Jun 04, 2014
Jun 04, 2014
 
Once Were Cops
3.85
Bruen, Ken. ONCE WERE COPS. (2008). **1/2. Bruen is often hailed as the “King of Noir.” That may have been true of most of his earlier books, but this ...more
not set
Dec 22, 2008
 
The Devil's Star (Harry Hole, #5)
4.02
Nesbo, Jo. THE DEVIL’S STAR. (2003; Eng. Ed. 2010). ****. This is another fast-paced crime novel from this Norwegian author who seems to be gathering ...more
May 19, 2010
May 18, 2010
 
Without Feathers
4.02
Allen, Woody. WITHOUT FEATHERS. (1975). *****. I’m a big fan of Woody, and was glad I read this one again. The plan is to reread all of his writings. ...more
Nov 16, 2008
Nov 16, 2008
 
In Paradise
3.37
IN PARADISE. (2014). Peter Matthiessen. ****.
Matthiessen has written another of his low-key, thoughtful novels that manages to probe man’s inner belie
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Sep 25, 2014
Sep 25, 2014
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