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Mary rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Empires of Faith by Peter Sarris
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The Devil's Workshop by Alex Grecian
The Devil's Workshop (The Murder Squad, #3)
by Alex Grecian (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2014
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Well written, but maybe not for imaginative readers prone to nightmares. Grecian paints some truly horrific scenes.
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Death of a Scholar by Susanna Gregory
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I'm not entirely certain why I keep buying this series. So many of the recurring characters are ridiculous and/or unpleasant that it's difficult to care much what happens to them.
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Vertigo 42 by Martha Grimes
Vertigo 42 (Richard Jury, #23)
by Martha Grimes (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2014
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For all the brand names dropped, this book is distractingly dissociated from real time. One line lets you place the setting as mid-00's. One more line says Jury lost his parents during "the war" - so he must be pushing 60 & yet there is never any...more
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The Third Horseman by William Rosen
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"Climate Change and The Great Famine" may have been the hook the author used to structure the book, but it feels more like a history of the struggle for recognition of Scotland or the mistakes of Edward II than an exploration of the famine. It's inte...more
Mary rated a book 2 of 5 stars
1177 B.C. by Eric H. Cline
1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed
by Eric H. Cline (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2014
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You should never get to the end of a book & wonder if maybe your copy was missing a chapter. But that's how I felt about 1177 B.C.

Cline does a fine job of setting up the stage, identifying the major civilizations of the Mediterranean area in the...more
Mary rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Children of the Revolution by Peter Robinson
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Death on Blackheath by Anne Perry
Death on Blackheath
by Anne Perry
read in April, 2014
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A maid disappears, a dead woman appears. They may or may not be the same woman. No one seems very interested in finding out for the first third of the book or so, overlooking incredibly obvious things to do and forgetting things they have seen in per...more
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What a Plant Knows by Daniel Chamovitz
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if you've taken a botany course in the last 20 years, perhaps the info in this short introduction to how plants detect and respond to their environment is old hat. i found it very interesting. it certainly gives me things to think about when I'm out...more
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Scythian Gold by Ellen Reeder
Scythian Gold
by Ellen Reeder
read in April, 2014
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There's not much to the essays (and the more detailed ones assume a fair bit of previous knowledge), but the photographs are stunning and the text accompanying the catalog entries is interesting and easy to understand.
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