Mary Whipple

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Location: New England
In My Own Words:
After more than eighteen years reviewing books on Amazon .com, I am now devoting most of my time to my own website (the link is above). I give 5 stars for "outstanding," 4 stars for "good," 3 stars for "fair," 2 stars for poor, and 1 star for total failure. Because life is short (and I am getting old), I don't finish dull books, and if I don't finish a book, I do not review it; hence, the prepo… Read more

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 99 - Total Helpful Votes: 12377 of 13771
Warburg in Rome by James Carroll
Warburg in Rome by James Carroll
The constant machinations of the Vatican and its hierarchy as they played all sides during the post-war years of World War II emphasize the fact that the Nazi Holocaust was only one of the horrors faced by Jews in the 1940s. The Holy See, dedicated to the Gospel of love and charity, became so involved in international politics and so protective of its own power that it contributed to another whole level of international abuse of the Jews. Pope Pius XII, papal nuncio to Germany from 1917 – 1929, had long-standing relationships with all the members of the church hierarchy in Germany, and many of them accompanied him to Rome when he became Pope. Their institutional anti-Semitism is one of the… Read more
Three Card Monte (World Noir) by Marco Malvaldi
Three Card Monte (World Noir) by Marco Malvaldi
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The second novel in the delightfully light-hearted Bar Lume novels by Marco Malvaldi, Three-Card Monte brings us once more into the life of thirty-seven-year-old Massimo Viviani, owner of the Bar Lume in Pineta, near Pisa. For Massimo, a single man trying to put his life back together after a devastating breakup, the Bar Lume and his responsibilities there have become a kind of refuge, or as much of a refuge as any place can be when it is occupied every day by four cranky and gossipy old-timers who regard “their” table” at the Bar Lume as their “office.” Ranging in age from seventy-three to eighty-two, they have known each other all their lives –and they keep up a running commentary on… Read more
By My Hand (Commissario Ricciardi Mystery) by Maurizio de Giovanni
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The ninth year of the Fascist Era, 1931, is almost over, and the residents of Naples, at least those who have managed to keep food on the table, are getting ready for Christmas. Within this setting Maurizio de Giovanni develops his fifth novel in which Commissario Ricciardi is challenged by a terrible murder, this one, the murder of a husband and wife from a wealthy family. The husband Emanuele Garofalo is a rising star in a fascist-inspired seaport militia, which governs the port, its boats, its fishermen, and all the fish being brought in to market. The possibilities for corruption and graft are enormous, and Garofalo, who acquired his position by making false claims against his boss, is… Read more