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The Stone Boy by Sophie Loubiere
The Stone Boy by Sophie Loubiere
3.0 out of 5 stars MACABRE, 25 Aug 2014
Madame Elsa Préau is a little befuddled - or is she? That is the question. She could be a crazy old lady, but then, maybe not. That is the question.

Elsa and Gérard are cousins. They grew up together. They married after some bizarre escapades where she encouraged him to `squeeze again' until she could see `tiny yellow stars' which I took to be something of a sexual nature. The marriage does not last but there is a son Martin who becomes a doctor.

Martin, being a doctor, presents his own foibles if one considers his reaction to the death of his son.

This is not your typical mystery/thriller. It presents a number of aberrant subjects and some of… Read more
The Beautiful American by Jeanne Mackin
The Beautiful American by Jeanne Mackin
It is somewhat difficult to like a story when you don't like the people in it.

The novel is narrated by the fictional character Nora Tours, childhood friend of `The Beautiful American' referring to Lee Miller (someone I had never heard of before), a free thinking bohemian turned Vogue model and later acclaimed photographer, most especially for photojournalism during WWII.

Lee Miller may have been `the beautiful American' but she was not a particularly nice person. Nora Tours is a simpering, spineless girl, a total doormat to the boyfriend, Jamie, with whom she runs off to Paris so he can become a photographer even though he has not got one ounce of talent. He is a… Read more
Paris Apartment, The by Michelle Gable
Paris Apartment, The by Michelle Gable
3.0 out of 5 stars SPOILED BY APRIL, 20 Aug 2014
Having heard the fascinating story about the Paris apartment found untouched since 1942 I could not have been more eager to read this book.

Told in two parts: (1) the apartment, its contents and its owner and (2) the expert furniture appraiser from New York, April Vogt, sent to see to the cataloguing of the items for auction.

The sections dealing with the apartment and Madame de Florian are for the most part taken from history. Her story unfolds through journals found in the apartment, and are made to be intriguing and entertaining. Even knowing the author was writing fiction, I liked what she did with the facts. Despite some writing gaffes with the use of unfortunate… Read more