Archive for the ‘4 Stars’ Category

Book Review: Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis

Natasha Doroshenko, a Ukrainian woman who is wanted for the attempted murder of her Danish fiancée escapes police custody. On that night the police finds the body of her ex-fiancée, a divisive journalist, after he has been tortured.

Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, knows Natasha from her work at the refugee camp and has been following her case for some time. Nina cannot see how someone like Natasha was able to kill so brutally and tries to help her.

Book Review: The Alligator Man by James Sheehan

Lawyer Kevin Wylie works for a shady boss who knowingly protects criminals under the thinly veiled disguise of being their lawyer. When he finds out that his estranged father is dying, Kevin decides to try and renew his relationship and leaves.

During his visit Kevin reconnects with his past and helps a family friend, Billy, who is charged with murder of a corporate tycoon who destroyed the lives of thousands of people (think Enron).

Book Review: Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

A series of non-fiction mini –biographies of famous and infamous women of royalty

Book Review: The Arms Maker of Berlin by Dan Fesperman

The Arms Maker of Berlin by Dan Fesperman is a novel taking place in present time, as well as in Nazi Germany’s Berlin. The book mixes espionage and suspense while telling parallel stories.

Book Review: A Journal of the Plague Years by Daniel Defoe

A Journal of the Plague Years by Daniel Defoe is a fictional book about the Great Plague of London in 1665. The book was published in 1722 (57 years after the event) and was meant as a warning because they thought that plague in Marseilles would cross the channel into England

Book Review: The Nazi and the Psychiatrist by Jack El-Hai

The conclusions Dr. Kelly made are frightening and still relevant to this day. In his writings, Dr. Kelley stated that there was nothing “special” about these top Nazis and their personalities, what happened during Germany’s Third Reich could happen in any country.

Book Review: Clisson and Eugénie by Napoleon Bonaparte

Even though the novel is almost 300 years old (at the time of this post), it is still relevant and exciting. While the language does reflect the prejudices of the 18th Century, it is still a product of its time and well worth reading.

Book Review: Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming

Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming is the second novel featuring Secret Service agent James Bond 007. The book was first published in 1954 and takes place during the cold war.

Book Review: A Blind Goddess by James R. Benn

Billy Boyle finds himself answering a personal request from his old friend Sergeant Eugene “Tree” Jackson who is now part of the all-African American 617th Tank Destroyers. Tree’s gunner, ”Angry Smith” has been arrested for murder and is headed for the gallows.

Book Review: How to Lose a War at Sea edited by Bill Fawcett

How to Lose a War at Sea edited by Bill Fawcett is a fascinating collection of more than 30 short essays about naval warfare and oceanic disasters. The book spans decades, there are essays ranging from the days of the Spanish armada to naval blunders from the 1960s.

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