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Oh, Never Mind
liked it
Another Kindle single courtesy of IHG hotels. Not sorry I picked it from the list of available titles, but can't honestly recommend it either. While t ...more
Apr 06, 2017
Apr 06, 2017
101 Places Not to See Before You Die
liked it
Really should be 2.5 stars. I agree with another reviewer who said that she thought it seemed the author really hadn't worked hard to write these piec ...more
Sep 07, 2010
Sep 07, 2010
Korea: A Walk Through the Land of Miracles
did not like it
I liked Outposts and Fracture Zone; Korea, however, was the end of line for me. Winchester makes a repeated point of how popular he is among South Kor ...more
not set
Aug 28, 2007
Dark Dawn over Steep House (The Gower Street Detective, #5)
liked it
Sometimes a writer appears to pay attention to reader criticisms, as in this case. The previous book in this series had been so flawed by over the top ...more
Jul 27, 2017
Jul 25, 2017
Sushi and Beyond: What the Japanese Know About Cooking
really liked it
I've been a fan of Michael Booth's writing for a while, as well as Ralph Lister's narration, so had high expectations here, which weren't disappointed ...more
Nov 08, 2016
Oct 29, 2016
One Pair of Feet
liked it
I wasn't as interested in the subject matter as with the previous books of hers I'd read about being a cook and a newspaper writer. This one's fine fo ...more
Jan 09, 2017
Dec 31, 2016
The Last Supper: A Summer in Italy
really liked it
I had read Cusk's novel Outline, which I liked, so decided to try her nonfiction - what a great idea! Normally, a book about a British family in Italy ...more
Jul 02, 2016
Jun 17, 2016
Two Old Fools on a Camel: From Spain to Bahrain and Back Again (Old Fools, #3)
liked it
I found the couple very naive; the points raised in their orientation about local culture was stuff that shouldn't have been as much of a surprise to ...more
Nov 15, 2014
Nov 15, 2014
The Imbroglio at the Villa Pozzi (Angela Marchmont Mystery #6)
liked it
I felt that this was one of the better entries in the series so far; almost, but not quite, stands alone. Characters were varied, rather than stock, a ...more
Jan 23, 2017
Jan 23, 2017
Fragrant Heart
liked it
Travel narrative is well done, and the foodie angle is okay, although the second-hand reports of anything with meat are slightly . . . awkward. Couldn ...more
Aug 30, 2017
Aug 30, 2017
It Could Be Worse, You Could Be Me
it was ok
Leve writes well, but the more I read, the more I grew to dislike her as a person. What's so "funny" about someone who's perpetually pessimistic? She ...more
Jun 09, 2010
Jun 10, 2010
Sicily, It's Not Quite Tuscany
really liked it
I liked the author's self-deprecating sense of humor, although I could understand why some folks might not. Never been there, but he seemed even-hande ...more
May 17, 2017
Apr 30, 2017
The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir
liked it
Found myself skimming a couple of times, but overall a good look at New York City from a native familiar with the "old" days.
May 20, 2017
May 20, 2017
Spice: The History of a Temptation
liked it
I really wanted to like this one, as it had a promising start, but mired into too much historical detail for me to do anything but skim of my way thro ...more
Oct 11, 2017
Oct 07, 2017
Hitch-22: A Memoir
really liked it
I've been holding off on this one because it's a serious work that cries out for a detailed review, but I'm just not going to do that. Instead, I'll s ...more
Sep 29, 2013
Sep 04, 2013
London Orbital
liked it
First of all: the author is brilliant. The bon mots fly faster dust motes in a tornado; to fully apprec iate them, the reader needs a *very* strong gr ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 19, 2007
An Arrangement of Skin: Essays
liked it
I'm a great fan of essay collections (short stories not so much), so after the first entry here I had high hopes for the book. Sadly, having just fini ...more
May 21, 2017
May 14, 2017
A Haunted Murder (A Lin Coffin Mystery #1)
liked it
(Disclaimer: review copy provided by the author)

As someone very familiar with Nantucket, I was interested in the setting authenticity, which I found a
Nov 04, 2016
Nov 05, 2016
Guaranteed to Bleed (Country Club Murders)
liked it
I get that this series has glowing reviews, but I find I have a true love-hate relationship with these books. They are well-written, and Ellison can b ...more
Oct 08, 2017
Oct 07, 2017
The Secrets of Wishtide
really liked it
If you're looking for a Victorian mystery fix, I can recommend this one.

This story is likely intended as the "pilot" for a series (although as of mont
Nov 14, 2017
Nov 10, 2017
Killing Me Softly (Gideon Lowry #1)
liked it
I'm having a tough time deciding where to begin a review of this book. Normally, I'd try to say something nice, so here goes: the supporting character ...more
May 13, 2017
May 08, 2017
Walking the Kiso Road: A Modern-Day Exploration of Old Japan
really liked it
There's not all that much travel narrative in audio format, and I'm a bit picky, so thought this one seemed promising -- it was.

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Jun 26, 2016
Jun 15, 2016
Heart in the Right Place
really liked it
At roughly the halfway point, I was prepared to dimiss the book as a cynical attempt by a well-paid civil servant to cash in on her experience; having ...more
Jul 26, 2008
May 04, 2008
I Am Jonathan Scrivener
really liked it
A fascinating book, although I confessed I liked the first part better than the second.

I hate re-hashing plot, so I'll summarize as briefly as possibl
Jun 26, 2016
Jun 19, 2016
Lenin Lives Next Door: Marriage, Martinis, and Mayhem in Moscow
liked it
When it was good, I really got into the author's depictions of Russian culture, but when it was not ... we're talking "Rich Peoples' Problems: Moscow" ...more
Oct 19, 2014
Oct 13, 2014
I Will Have Vengeance: The Winter of Commissario Ricciardi
liked it
First, I want to get out of the way that the "hook" for this series is that Ricciardi sees ghosts ... but only those who've died violently in all thei ...more
May 21, 2015
May 19, 2015
The Lost Book of the Grail
liked it
I had trouble getting into this one at first, as I have very little interest in the King Arthur legend that's central to the plot here. I could see ot ...more
Aug 23, 2017
Aug 18, 2017
The Ha-Ha
it was amazing
I listened to the unabridged audio, and can highly recommend it. Howard is mute, yet you're hearing his thoughts, a far more intense experience than r ...more
not set
Aug 23, 2007
English in America: A Linguistic History
liked it
Started out well, but I grew less interested as the author introduced her own politics into the story. More ... conservative readers would likely find ...more
Oct 14, 2016
Oct 09, 2016
Murder at Lowry House (Hazel Martin Mysteries #1)
it was ok
On the comedy series "Are You Being Served" an exasperated Mrs. Slocum was known to shout: "Weak as water!" Well, that's how I felt about this story. ...more
Oct 31, 2017
not set
Oct 31, 2017
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