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A Medal For Murder: A Kate Shackleton Mystery (Kate Shackleton series Book 2)
A Medal For Murder: A Kate Shackleton Mystery (Kate Shackleton series Book 2)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite Grand Opera, 18 Jan. 2014
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Fans of Frances Brody - and I am one - my find this outing of Kate Shackleton a bit fussy and unfocussed. Set in the world of regional amateur dramatics, the story struggles to hold its main course and our key character, Kate herself, is oddly distanced from her own narrative. In other Brody novels Kate is more invested n the story, more involved with the characters she encounters in the course of her investigations. It's a diverting read nonetheless, just not her best book.


Burial Rites
Burial Rites
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grim tale, 6 Oct. 2013
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A powerful plea for understanding and a sincere indictment of capital punishment.
The final days of Agnes's life are almost unbearable. Stay with this bleak narrative because it gives back heartfelt humanity to the reader. It also reveals the compassion of the church in a time and place when it was expected to simply endorse the rule of law. I suspect this character and her sad story will haunt me.


Pope Francis
Pope Francis
by Paul Vallely
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars life-changing, 12 Sept. 2013
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This is an inspiring book about an inspiring person. You simply have to read it.
Well written and researched. Quite gripping.


Edward Adrift
Edward Adrift
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4.0 out of 5 stars Montana Manhood, 27 April 2013
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A hugely rewarding read. Lancaster lets his narrative unfold with perfect precision. The novel gets off to a slow start but stay with it because as the very personal style asserts itself - as you get to know Edward - you will experience his highs and lows in a direct, candid and emotional adventure. There's one complaint (about which I'd write a letter if I were Edward) and that's our narrator's parenthetical references to words he's just used and feels the need to tell us he loves. I taught myself to skip over these annoying parentheses and go with the flow - which is what Edward does in his growth to full manhood. It's a joy.


Rogue Male
Rogue Male
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2.0 out of 5 stars Holed up, 2 April 2013
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A disappointing read after, it seems, decades of build-up. A central character - I decline to say hero despite the author's strenuous efforts - who comes across as unbearably smug and omniscient. Almost impossible to like and therefore to root for, Household's hunter/hunted assassin is just too damned smart for his own good and would only ever get away with this caper in a pre-War world. Glad to have finished the book.


Trustee from the Toolroom (Vintage Classics)
Trustee from the Toolroom (Vintage Classics)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take it on trust, 9 Mar. 2013
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Shute is one of the finest storytellers in English popular fiction. He wasn't great on book titles but the quality of his writing seldom disappointed his vast readership in mid-20th century Britain. In this novel pulls off a typical triumph, taking an ordinary guy from 1950s suburban England and sending him half way round the world on an improbable adventure in the south Pacific before bringing his hero home the richer for his experiences in every sense. The narrative never flags, the characterization delivers new pleasures in each chapter. What a fine film this would make. If you love story, you should discover Nevil Shute Norway.


Smoke Over Birkenau (Jewish Lives - Memoir)
Smoke Over Birkenau (Jewish Lives - Memoir)
by Liana Millu
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars smoke over birkenau, 26 May 2009
with a title like this, you think you know what you're getting - holocaust accounts, but not quite like you've ever read before because the viewpoint is exclusively female and the tone is both tragic and tenacious. at times in these succinct and powerful memoirs there's even a note of triumph amidst the appalling circumstances of life [and death] in the birkenau extermination camp. and because these are women's stories they are strong on small significant details as much as on the big emotions. i doubt if the hope-against-hope quality of these courageous victims would have been found anywhere in the men's quarters. read it.


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