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Mambo In Chinatown
Mambo In Chinatown
by Jean Kwok
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.73

5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing Between Cultures - A Wonderful Read!, 17 July 2014
This review is from: Mambo In Chinatown (Paperback)
I love this novel; it dances between Charlie's worlds with ease. Not only does Kwok aptly create a feeling of delicate (and potentially fragile) balance as Charlie finds her way in the new life she's creating for herself; the book is also underscored with a growing sense of urgency as the story with Lisa, her sister, progresses. This tale of self-discovery and the dance steps we all navigate between dreams, hopes, realities, and expectations, amongst family, friends and cultures, is uplifting, at times harrowing, always authentic, and will keep you enthralled to the last page!

The Cater Street Hangman
The Cater Street Hangman
by Anne Perry
Edition: Paperback

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Birthing Pains, 26 Sep 2004
Seeing the relationship between Charlotte and Thomas Pitt bloom and grow is one of the main reasons to read this book. The story is good, the descriptions and background setting in Victorian London as always with Ms. Perry, excellent.
Still, the book is not as good as some of the later volumes in the series. The light, humorous tone that sometimes shines through is more subdued here, leaving a bit of a melodramatic aftertaste. It seems that Ms. Perry's skill as a writer is still in its early stages in this book. There are moments of greatness, on the whole it is an entertaining, excellent read, but things are still a little rough around the edges.
If you've already been introduced to the Inspector Pitt series, by all means read this book, if only to find out how things began...if not, buy it and be prepared to enjoy it, but be aware that there are even better stories to be had in this series!

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