Got this early from NetGalley. Anne Perry's series continues with the same idiosyncrasies. Her characters spend a huge amount of time in introspectionGot this early from NetGalley. Anne Perry's series continues with the same idiosyncrasies. Her characters spend a huge amount of time in introspection. Seriously! Even in a life or death situation, they are analyzing their past as if they were on a therapist's couch. They also repeatedly cover the same ground in their thoughts, which I understand may be necessary to some degree if someone's not read previous books, but it all gets to be a bit much. I rather enjoy the parts of the story that focus on the main characters, their families, etc., but the mysteries, not so much, especially now that they deal almost exclusively with the gritty river police matters....more
It's well documented that this was the book that inspired Downton Abbey. So, what can I say? If you like digging into the real life history behind theIt's well documented that this was the book that inspired Downton Abbey. So, what can I say? If you like digging into the real life history behind the entertainment you'll probably enjoy this book.
It explains why Anglo-American marriages were such a trend at the turn of the 20th century. It has to do with the Prince of Wales, the impoverished state of many British nobles, the perceived value of social status for the nouveaux riche, the snobbery of New York, and the cultural freshness of Americans.
While occasionally I noticed the book making some sweeping generalizations/stereotypes, and it was chronologically quite jumpy, overall it was interesting. Lots of photographs....more
This does NOT constitute an endorsement or a recommendation!
Although many of the songs are clean, Hamilton obviously does have some language issues inThis does NOT constitute an endorsement or a recommendation!
Although many of the songs are clean, Hamilton obviously does have some language issues in other songs*, which I don't take lightly, but MAN what a theatrical tour de force, a coup d'etat, a magnum opus...
I was originally sucked in by "You'll Be Back," the harpsichord Beatles-esque sprightly breakup song performed to the colonies by Mad King George III.
This book contains annotations for all the songs, as well as some historical context and the story of how the play came into being.
I guess I never added this book when I read it years ago. With some mystery novels, eventually you forget whodunnit. You can reread and it'll be freshI guess I never added this book when I read it years ago. With some mystery novels, eventually you forget whodunnit. You can reread and it'll be fresh because it wasn't that memorable the first time around. This is not that book. You'll remember....more
Similar in style to D.E. Stevenson, anyone who likes her novels is sure to enjoy this. Mrs. Lorimer has four grown children who all occasionally desceSimilar in style to D.E. Stevenson, anyone who likes her novels is sure to enjoy this. Mrs. Lorimer has four grown children who all occasionally descend on her for a visit en masse. She finds herself at the center of all their little and big troubles... the son recovering from an unhappy romance and on the brink of a new one, the daughter who's always spoiling for a fight, the son-and-daughter-in-law who are perfectly happy but not great at housekeeping, the daughter and son-in-law who are so shipshape as to seem almost dull... Mrs. Lorimer's dearest friend Gray lives nearby and their friendship is lovely... they respect each other's reserve, but understand each other all the same. I love the description of a picnic the two of them have, where they sit "on a grassy bank with a young river talking quietly to itself at their feet and a heather-scented breeze drifting overhead."
Mrs. Lorimer's husband Jack is a blustery type, but with hidden value. I know I started out feeling rather sorry for her in her marriage, but ended feeling extremely satisfied. This is a story of the variety I like best: mostly good people, leading mostly content lives. No irreparable tragedy. Delicious, and soothing....more
I enjoy this series the farther I go in it. It's a unique "mystery" series, because the mysteries are not very intense, and often it's just a case ofI enjoy this series the farther I go in it. It's a unique "mystery" series, because the mysteries are not very intense, and often it's just a case of being observant and finding the right person to ask. They're little mysteries, and they have a lot to do with people's personalities. There are also several side-by-side stories that enhance the main characters' plot arcs and personal lives.
For instance, in this one, Mma Ramotswe and her assistant Mma Makutsi are asked to find a safari guide who is to receive an inheritance. The only problem? They don't know his name. The American woman who left him a legacy merely remembered that he was extraordinarily kind to her.
Meanwhile, Grace Makutsi's fiance has been terribly injured and is now being held hostage by a jealous aunt. How is Grace to get her foot in the door to be reunited with her man?
I love the humorous moments and the running jokes in the series. I will have to mark quotes and share some in the future. Rarely have I ever read something that is so good at combining laughs and serious thoughts. It is very human, and very positive.
Also Mma Ramotswe's observations about people and life are witty while also having the charm of being very simple and natural. The voice feels great, something you can get lost in and almost forget there's an author creating this world. That's pretty skillful!...more
Really there's not much to distinguish this book from many others like it, but I'm a sucker for a happy story where decent, hardworking people get theReally there's not much to distinguish this book from many others like it, but I'm a sucker for a happy story where decent, hardworking people get the good things they deserve. You know, the warm fuzzies. In this book a bunch of brothers and sisters, maybe late teens and early twenties, are left to their own devices after their parents die. There's enough money for them to live on the interest and lead boring, narrow lives in their hometown, or they can live on capital, go to London, and hope that their particular brand of "genius" will help them make good within a year or two. One of them is musical, one writes, one is artistic, and one domestic. There are plenty of heartaches along the way, but make no mistake, you know how it's going to turn out....more
This series is a world away from my usual literary tastes--I'm a glutton for the Victorian/Edwardian British sentimental novel, and these are set in mThis series is a world away from my usual literary tastes--I'm a glutton for the Victorian/Edwardian British sentimental novel, and these are set in modern-day Botswana and introduce a lifestyle that is foreign to me. They were recommended to me some years ago, and I read several but then stopped. I'm starting to pick them up again. They're quite smooth reading and narrate the thought processes of the characters in a way that's entertaining and sometimes thought-provoking. I do recommend them! They deal with a lady detective, her mechanic husband (an uncomplicated, kind, reliable and occasionally self-doubting man), her assistant (Grace Makutsi, graduate of the Botswana Secretarial College, the smartest in the class, but also the least flashy, now engaged to be married, to her own great amazement), and various other people who are part of their lives. There are at least three detective cases being handled with varying degrees of skill, as well as various other small incidents that create a fully-formed, well-realized world. And they drink lots of tea. I'm particularly fond of the concept of making your own life better through..."acts of love, acts of tea, acts of laughter."...more
Set in the 1920s, this book introduces us to the Scarlet Pimpernel's great-great-grandson, Peter Blakeney. He's in love with Rosemary, who has just goSet in the 1920s, this book introduces us to the Scarlet Pimpernel's great-great-grandson, Peter Blakeney. He's in love with Rosemary, who has just gotten engaged to another man. There's spy stuff, mistreated aristocracy, and a daring rescue, but it did drag in the middle. Also, we don't get to see nearly enough of Peter. The story stays largely with Rosemary and her new husband, and it tries to build suspense and plant doubts as to the integrity of Peter Blakeney, but fails. There's also a REALLY long monologue by the villain at the end, which presents a rather pathetic view of how he basically can't help himself, and that all men have a wolfish nature (not intended by the author to be taken as truth, but still, too comic-book villain-y. I highly doubt that evildoers sit around at midnight psychoanalyzing themselves for you, starting with their CHILDHOOD.). Seriously, this is one self-aware bad guy!...more
Wow! Is it odd that one of the best Pimpernel books basically doesn't have the Pimpernel in it at all? I'd been feeling like I must be "over" the PimperWow! Is it odd that one of the best Pimpernel books basically doesn't have the Pimpernel in it at all? I'd been feeling like I must be "over" the Pimpernel books because the last few I've tried have wearied me a bit with their high-flown language, cookie-cutter ladies, and a godlike hero who is so unassailable that all suspense is gone... and then there was this!
The story is framed by Sir Percy, who's supposedly telling it, but you never really feel his presence again till right at the end.
Andre is a poor boy whose temper is often getting him in trouble with the higher-ups. After he grows up and the French Revolution begins, he skirts dangerously near to the bloodshed and the rising stars of the new republic, almost being counted as one of them. When he returns home to find his mother's house burned to the ground, and she's dead, he vows vengeance on the aristocrat who's responsible.
This aristocrat, de Marigny, is a pretty heartless guy, but he has a daughter who's really sweet, Aurore. She and Andre shared a "moment" in their childhood, and when he sees her again in adulthood, he moderates his vengeance toward her father, and says only that if she will marry him, she and her father will be kept safe from the bloodthirsty villagers, no matter what. She hates him for this, but pretty much has no choice; also, he is QUITE aggressive about this plan.
And the rest is, you know, a lovely tribute to Stockholm Syndrome... I sound sarcastic, but I really did just eat it up, it was a pretty compelling story of its type! At least Aurore had more gumption than some of the girls in the other Pimpernel books. Anybody who's cool with the occasional novel about an alpha male, broody but misunderstood, will probably like this....more