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Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch
If you're looking for a balanced and even handed review of Elizabeth II's reign, this book isn't it. It was so blatantly pro-monarchy, and so blindly ...more
Apr 14, 2012
Jan 04, 2012
Me Before You
3.5. What can I say. Another end of life book that I didn't want to read that sucked me right in and left me moved and in tears. Sweet and sad. A bit ...more
Jan 12, 2015
Dec 19, 2014
Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy, #2)
Definitely not as good as A Discovery of Witches, but entertaining, just not enthralling.

Shadow felt rushed, like the author had to jam in a certain
Jul 30, 2012
Jul 31, 2012
The Schoolmaster's Daughter
Just meh. The book is about the Boston occupation by the redcoats, Lexington and Concord, and the Battle of Bunker Hill, from the perspective of a pat ...more
Nov 30, 2011
Dec 01, 2011
The Winter Sea (Slains, #1)
Did it bother anyone that she is writing about the "Stewarts" and the first Jacobite revolution of 1708 -- which is a true historical event -- but the ...more
Oct 10, 2011
Oct 04, 2011
The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
The book on which the charming PBS series is based. Some of the stories have been incorporated into the show, others have not. I felt like the book wa ...more
Jun 2013
Jun 01, 2013
The Taste of Salt
Somewhere I read a review of this book that peaked my interest so I was thrilled when I found it available via Kindle for the library. I kept on missi ...more
Jun 29, 2012
Jun 25, 2012
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse
Detailed almost to the point of excrutiating, but overall excellent recitation of the events leading up to the killing of 2 FBI agents in Oglala, on t ...more
Jun 21, 2009
Jun 14, 2009
Knots and Crosses (Inspector Rebus, #1)
I came to this book after having read several later Rebus novels. I was happy to have the complete background about Rebus, and the book answered sever ...more
Apr 22, 2011
Apr 23, 2011
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
Pretty good but not entirely what I expected. I wanted more art and less war --- although in this story you cannot have one without the other. The bo ...more
Jan 30, 2014
Jan 21, 2014
The Lotus Eaters
Fabulous first novel -- which took the author 10 years to write -- about a shadowy, dark war that still no one really talks about. I loved the book, I ...more
Mar 11, 2012
Mar 12, 2012
The House at Riverton
Started and finished in one 24 hour period. Very Downton Abbey-esque, with the upstairs/downstairs views of the world and some very similar characters ...more
Jun 26, 2012
Jun 25, 2012
Straight Man
3.5 out of 5 for the several laugh out loud moments --and the fact that the book made me think. Mostly it had me wondering, are all men as neurotic as ...more
Apr 04, 2013
Mar 21, 2013
The Three Weissmanns of Westport
2.5 perhaps. Enough with the comparisons to Austen. Other than the fabulous Bridget Jones, none of the others can hold up their end, especially this o ...more
not set
Dec 04, 2013
The Girl in the Green Raincoat (Tess Monaghan, #11)
I love the Tess Monaghan series, but this one felt like an afterthought. Really a novella -- quite short, made for an hour+ read. Great homage to Rear ...more
Jul 29, 2011
Aug 01, 2011
Not as bad or as painful as some have commented, but not entirely what I expected either. The quality of his prose shines through a difficult story ab ...more
Feb 2014
Jan 29, 2014
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
I liked it because it was so different than most of the mysteries I read. The prose and the characters were sparse and dark -- what I think of as typi ...more
not set
Jul 12, 2009
A Woman Of Independent Means
Thanks Chris for recommending this book. It definitely reminded me of Woman Of Substance, but with a much more American twist. I have to say, I never ...more
not set
Dec 10, 2011
Defending Jacob
Really torn on this one. I enjoyed the writing (and very much appreciated that since the writer is a former MA ADA, the courtroom scenes, procedure, a ...more
Nov 05, 2013
Nov 05, 2013
The Secret History
I don't usually like books that start at the end, or where I don't like the characters. Still I enjoyed this book, as the very dark story built, and t ...more
Sep 04, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
War Brides
Really wanted to like this more. The characters and the various story lines were compelling but the author totally failed in completing the story. It' ...more
not set
Aug 05, 2012
The Fallen Angel (Gabriel Allon, #12)
Finally got my hands on a Gabriel Allon book and thoroughly enjoyed it -- well written, interesting, suspenseful, and even politically relevant. If yo ...more
Sep 17, 2013
Sep 20, 2013
The Jefferson Key (Cotton Malone, #7)
Awful, awful, awful. Miserable characters. Annoying jumping around (Tom Clancy did that well, this guy used the technique to make his poor book thorou ...more
not set
Oct 20, 2013
Following Ezra: What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism, and Love From His Extraordinary Son
Loving, irreverent, incredibly patient memoir of a Dad and his young autistic son, from the discovery through his bar mitzvah. I loved it, and laughed ...more
Jan 31, 2012
Jan 30, 2012
The Night Strangers
Not as creepy as it could have been, although it was still a bit of a psycho thriller, which I don't usually read. Not up to his usually good works, a ...more
Mar 09, 2012
Mar 12, 2012
Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice
Tough to review this book - well written and well detailed and held my attention, but can anyone really enjoy a book about the horrors Whitey Bulger h ...more
Jul 06, 2013
Jun 23, 2013
The Invisible Bridge
Over a year after I started it, I finally finished Invisible Bridge. The first few chapters took me a year, the last 90% of the book I read at every p ...more
Aug 12, 2011
Jun 29, 2010
The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3)
3.5. Started slow and then got interesting but ending was somewhat predictable. Glad I finished the series but the author fell into the traps of many ...more
Aug 25, 2014
Aug 27, 2014
Summer of the Dragon
My first EP book, and one of my absolute faves. Originally read sometime in the 80s and re-read many times more. Who doesn't love heroines whose jeans ...more
not set
Aug 02, 2009
The English Girl (Gabriel Allon, #13)
3.5. Gabriel Allon is one of the most interesting spies yet invented - Mossad and painter/art historian, a man with a conscious. I enjoyed the book bu ...more
Oct 06, 2013
Oct 04, 2013
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