Another delightful book with 11 year old genius amateur detective Flavia de Luce. She discovers a dead body in the local church and her scientific curiosity is peaked. With a large laboratory full of books and chemicals at her disposal she again helps find the solution.
Fans of Jack Reacher know he is a real tough guy. In this book his former elite team from the Army is threatened. Jack is contacted by a number code from his ATM account since he doesn’t have a phone or address. They all trained together so the threat is very personal. It’s another page turner with a satisfying ending.
This is one of those “what if” books about the Civil War. What if Grant and Lee signed a paper that formed a military coup called the Glory Warriors. When part of the paper is unearthed in modern times it starts the Glory Warriors on a mission to take over the government by killing the top three in power. History Professor Nick Journey has part of the document and finds himself on the run to find the rest of the papers. Fortunately he has help with some people in high places.
Sixeen year-old George Carole, uncommonly gifted at the piano, falls in with a strange troupe — and under the watchful eye of the enigmatic figure of Silenus, George comes to realize that the members of the troupe are more than they appear to be.
This book was very confusing or maybe it was just I’m not use to reading fantasy. It started out interesting following a troupe of vaudeville performers. I skipped a bit of the fantasy part.
Hit man Keller is a serious stamp collector. His hit man job finances his stamp collecting. Since he collects expensive stamps he needs a lot of money. He’s not really a bad guy, the people he is hired to kill are usually not very nice. Does that make it right, he figures somebody else will eventually do it so it might as well be him. You also learn a lot about stamps in this book.
Always fun to read a Lord Peter Wimsey mystery. He has so many friends to help him solve crimes. In this book he helps a mystery writer, Harriet Vane, who is accused of poisoning her ex boyfriend with arsenic. Unfortunately she has just written a novel that involves poisoning. But Peter is convinced she didn’t do it and he also falls in love with her.
Not only is this a good source for the history of Jazz but it also discusses the record industry. How and why the 78 record evolved into the 45 and 33 long playing albums. Why ASCAP was started and how World War II helped musicians learn more and find jobs. The economy and geography of America had a lot to do with Jazz and still does.
Kate Morton really knows how to tell a story. This one was hard to put down. So many twists and turns. World War II in London with all the bombs falling and young people falling in love is a perfect setting for this novel. It’s hard to describe but it keeps you on the edge til the last chapter. Secrets and second chances. You have to read it, I don’t want to give anything away.
Look around your kitchen at all your gadgets and cooking tools and there is a reason they were all invented. Since eating is the most important part of living these tools made our cooking chores easier. Depending on what your culture and lifestyle is you may use different tools then the Chinese and French. Cooking was a dangerous job early on mostly because of fire and metal pots that might poison you. Bee Wilson did a lot of research finding out why our everyday utensils, like the wooden spoon, was invented. If you like to cook and eat this book is for you.
This book was a lot of fun, not to be taken seriously. The rich elite in Victorian England usually don’t have a real job. They invest money they don’t have or money they inherited from the wife’s family. When things go wrong with the investments they try to marry their eldest son into money. The family in this series has a title so they try to set up the son with a young American lady who’s father is rich. Everyone has a secret that could be scandalous but there are ways to keep it covered up. Can’t wait for the next book.
This is the first V.I. Warshawski book I have finished. I started one years ago but lost interest. This one held it longer but it was full of too much detail and too many characters. It’s the typical female PI with a cop as a boy friend. She is trying to help people but everyone is telling her she needs to let everyone help her so she won’t get hurt. I got tired of hearing that so I skipped a lot and read the ending to find out who the murderer was.