Jill Meyer

Top Reviewer Ranking: 166
Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (3,125 of 3,556)
Location: United States
In My Own Words:
I'm a history-jock and political-junkie and my book choices tend to reflect my interests. I read more non-fiction than fiction, but the percentage is actually closing because I'm choosing mostly fiction for my Vine choices. I was born in 1951 - you do the math - and I'm trying to age gracefully.

History, politics, cats, travel, working out on my treadmill. I am active in Democratic politics and in the senior learning program in my community.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 166 - Total Helpful Votes: 3125 of 3556
Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies a&hellip by Bernard Cornwell
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5.0 out of 5 stars Waterloo..., 20 Sep 2014
Bernard Cornwall's book, "Waterloo" is his first non-fiction book. He writes marvelous historical fiction, including the "Sharpe" and "Saxon" series, as well as stand-alone fiction. In "Waterloo", Cornwell looks at the great battle, and the armies and soldiers who fought it. He also examines briefly the Congress of Vienna and how Napoleon was able to flee captivity on Elba.

Who were the main players at Waterloo? And what was at stake? How was the battle - which was really several battles fought over a two day period in June, 1815 - order arranged? Cornwall gives the reader Wellington, that enigmatic leader whose troops respected and followed him,… Read more
The Dark Meadow by Andrea Maria Schenkel
The Dark Meadow by Andrea Maria Schenkel
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spare writing..., 12 Sep 2014
"The Dark Meadow", by German author Andrea Maria Schenkel is a short, dark, sparely written novel about a crime in Germany, soon after the end of WW2. It has been translated from German by Anthea Bell, who has worked with Schenkel to provide a twisty, turning story of desire, death, and the correct attribution of a crime.

This is the second of Schenkel's novels I've read; "The Murder Farm" was the first. In "Meadow", set in 1947 and 1965, a horrendous murder of a young mother and her small son set tongues a wagging in a small, isolated West German village. The young woman had returned to her village in 1944, pregnant with a child conceived out of wedlock… Read more
Rest is Silence, The : A Billy Boyle WWII Mystery &hellip by James R. Benn
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I am comparing James Benn's latest book, "The Rest is Silence" to the preceding books in the "Billy Boyle" series, not necessarily to other historical mysteries. I think most readers of the review will already be familiar with the "Billy Boyle" series. "Silence" is the ninth book in the series.

Why do people read historical fiction? In many cases, these books give both an enjoyable plot and the chance for the reader to learn a bit more about history. That is, if the author writes the history with accuracy - or points out in an afterword what he has changed a bit for fictional stylings. American James Benn has been writing his "Billy Boyle"… Read more

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