Book Review: Peace in the Making edited by Harry Hurwitz and Yisrael Medad
4 Stars , Non-Fiction / March 26, 2011

I got this book for free. My rating for Peace in the Making – 4 About: “Peace in the Making: The Menachem Begin Anwar Sadat Personal Correspondence” edited by Harry Hurwitz and Yisrael Medad is the complete correspondence between the Israeli prime minister and the Egyptian president during the historic peace making efforts. The book covers the correspondence between June 1977 and October 1981. 384 pages Publisher: Gefen Publishing House ISBN: 965229456X Purchase “Peace in the Making” through the ManOfLaBook affiliate account on: Amazon |Book Depository US | Book Depository UK Thoughts: On this day, March 26, 1979 the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt was signed. “Peace in the Making: The Menachem Begin Anwar Sadat Personal Correspondence” edited by Harry Hurwitz and Yisrael Medad is a collection of speeches, press conferences, interviews, official correspondence, personal correspondence and letters. This is an amazing compilation which gives us insight into the mind of two ambitious men who are striving towards a goal no-one thought possible. The editors have included a short introduction before each section, which puts the correspondence within a certain context. This is important; for me it made all the difference and the book worthwhile and much more understandable….

Book Review: 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan
4 Stars , Fiction / March 24, 2011

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour promotion. The publisher has made available one (1) copy of “31 Bond Street” to be given out- enter at the end of the post My rating for 31 Bond Street – 4 About: “31 Bond Street” by Ellen Horan (website | Facebook)  is a historical fiction novel taking place in 1857 New York City. The book follows the notorious trial of Emma Cunningham for the murder of her landlord Dr. Harvey Burdell, a famous dentist. 352 pages Publisher: Harper ISBN: 9780061773969 Purchase “31 Bond Street” through the ManOfLaBook affiliate account on: Amazon |Book Depository US | Book Depository UK The townhouse at 31 Bond Street Thoughts: “31 Bond Street” by Ellen Horan is an enjoyable book which, for me, was hard to categorize. It is a bit historical fiction, a bit a mystery and a bit court room drama – I guess a legal mystery might fit the bill. The story is actually based on an actual murder case from 1857 and several of the characters are people who actually lived and were involved. Yet several others are not – Ms. Horan makes it clear who’s who…

Book Review: Ashes to Water by Irene Ziegler
4 Stars , Fiction / March 18, 2011

I got this eBook for free. The author has made available one (1) eBook of “Ashes to Water” to be given out- enter at the end of the post   My rating for Ashes to Water – 4 About: “Ashes to Water” by Irene Ziegler (website | Twitter) is a fictional mystery which takes place in pre-Disney Florida. This is a very atmospheric novel involving a small town murder and a resolute woman intending on cracking the mystery. 394 pages Publisher: Five Star ISBN: 9781594148606 Purchase “Ashes to Water” through the ManOfLaBook affiliate account on: Amazon |Book Depository US | Book Depository UK Thoughts: Even though “Ashes to Water” by Rene Ziegler is suppose to be a murder/mystery book, the charm is the small town portrait and its inhabitants. As in any small town there are secrets, betrayals and events which slowly, and not so slowly, unfold. At the beginning I was a bit overwhelmed by all the new characters, but reading further I found myself engaged in small town politics and enjoying the large cast of the inhabitants. There is the assortment of odd folks that make up the backbone of any small town, a town hero, dangerous boyfriends,…

Book Review: The Trinty Six by Charles Cumming
4 Stars , Fiction / March 15, 2011

I got this book for free. Article first published as Book Review: The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming on Blogcritics. My rating for The Trinity Six – 4 About: “The Trinity Six” by Charles Cumming (website) is a fictional spy thriller focusing on the theory that the Cambridge Five (a ring of English Trinity College students who were spies for Russia – Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean, John Cairncross, Anthony Blunt, and Kim Philby) had a sixth member. As always, what gets the politicians is usually never the act, but the cover up. 368 pages Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Language: English ISBN: 0312675291 Purchase “The Trinity Six” through the ManOfLaBook affiliate account on: Amazon |Book Depository US | Book Depository UK Thoughts: In “The Trinity Six” by Charles Cumming, the author takes one of the most notorious, written about spy rings ever and puts his spin on it. In this scenario there was a sixth man to the ring and the clues of the cover up go all the way up to the top of MI6. The book is a well conceived story and properly thought out. There are treacheries galore, double agents abound and a big secret which I will…

Book Review: The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbø
4 Stars , Fiction / February 24, 2011

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour promotion. My rating for The Devil’s Star – 4 About: “The Devil’s Star” by Norwegian author Jo Nesbø (Website | Facebook)is the third in the Harry Hole series. This novel  was published in Norway in 2003, but just recently arrived in the USA. Purchase “The Devil’s Star” through the ManOfLaBook affiliate account From: Amazon |Book Depository US | Book Depository UK Thoughts: The Devil’s Star” by Jo Nesbø has a very complex hero. Harry Hole is a tormented alcoholic who is losing his relationship and sanity. Harry would have lost his job as a police officer if he didn’t have the uncanny ability to solve complex crimes. The book deals with a Norwegian serial killer, who we are constantly reminded is a rarity in Norway because it’s an American disease. Along with the killer, Harry Hole also has to prove that a standout officer is corrupt and battling the bottle. The novel introduces a sophisticated plot which, to be honest, had me scratching my bald head several times trying to remember who are the characters, what did they do (or didn’t do) and their relationship to the…

Book Review: Radio Shangri-La by Lisa Napoli
4 Stars , Biographies & Memoirs / February 21, 2011

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour promotion. The publisher has made available two (2) copies of “Radio Shangri-La” to be given out- enter at the end of the post. My rating for Radio Shangri-La – 4 About: “Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth” by Lisa Napoli is a memoir starting in 2007.  The author volunteered to go to Bhutan and help launch  their first radio station. Purchase “Radio Shangri-La” through the ManOfLaBook affiliate account from: Amazon |Book Depository US | Book Depository UK Thoughts: When I first started to read this book I thought “not again”.  A woman, in mid-life crisis, flies thousands of miles and changes her life forever.  I hated “Eat, Pray, Love” (book review) and didn’t want to go through pages and pages of whining again. What I discovered, however, was the fascinating chronicle of a country moving in a breakneck speed towards change (and yes, a woman’s search for happiness – but Ms. Napoli doesn’t whine). The book made me want to go visit Bhutan, although I doubt my beloved wife and Mr. Wallet will agree to the $200 tourist fee, charged per…

Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
4 Stars , Fiction / February 11, 2011

A small baby escapes a horrible night when his family was murdered. The baby crawls into a graveyard followed by the murderer, the man Jack, who loses him in the mist. The boy is taken care by the inhabitants of the graveyard, his name is Nobody Owens or Bod. Bod can transgress between the world of the living and world of the dead, how and why is part of the mystery.

Book Review: This Book Is Overdue by Marilyn Johnson
4 Stars , Non-Fiction / February 2, 2011

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour promotion. Harper has made available one (1) copy of “This Book is Overdue”  to be given to one lucky winner – enter at the end of the post. My rating for “This Book is Overdue” – 4 About: “This Book is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All” by Marilyn Johnson (Website| Twitter)is a non-fiction account of the author’s research and pontifications of how librarians will guide our culture into technological literacy.  The book paints a picture of how the role of librarians is changing with technology. Get a discount on “This Book Is Overdue” through the ManOfLaBook affiliate account on: Amazon |Book Depository US | Book Depository UK Thoughts: Disclaimer: I am a big fan of public libraries. Public libraries are some of the few public buildings the public actually uses. Whether you are rich or poor, educated or not and no matter to which political party you donated to, you are always welcome at your local library – they are the great equalizer of our society. I loved what this book was trying to do – make librarians relevant at the age of…

Book Review: The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
4 Stars , Fiction / February 1, 2011

I got this book for free St. Martin’s Press has made available three (3) copies of “The Devotion of Suspect X” to be given out- enter at the end of the post. My rating for The Devotion of Suspect X – 4 About: “The Devotion of Suspect X” by award winning Japanese author Keigo Higashino (Wikipedia)is a fictional mystery book but not in the usually “who-dun-it” style. This charming novel focuses on the mind games played between the suspect and a police consultant – both brilliant mathematicians. Get a discount on “The Devotion of Suspect X” through the ManOfLaBook affiliate account on: Amazon |Book Depository US | Book Depository UK Thoughts: “The Devotion of Suspect X” by Keigo Higashino is a very clever mystery novel. The mystery is the way the investigation unfolds, layer by layer while the reader is privy to how the murder was done is a unique way to tell a story; it is also dangerous because the pitfalls to ruin the story are many. Actually one could say that this book, certainly a thinking person’s novel, is more of a psychological drama, a cat and mouse game, than a mystery. The interaction between the characters is…

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