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84, Charing Cross Road
84, Charing Cross Road
Author: Helene Hanff
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 5/26/2011
Helpful Score: 1


Classic book, true story of the correspondence from NYC to London. Woman who yearned for English literature in original condition connects with a London bookseller during the late 1940's and continues corresponding and purchasing books until the late 1960's. Lively letters covering books, post war conditions in England, life style in NYC. This copy is a first edition paper back.


AIA Guide to the Architecture of Washington, D.C.
Review Date: 2/24/2011


This 4th edition has lively and information information for the tourist, resident, architecture aficionado about nearly 400 of D.C. most important landmarks. Organized into 19 tours with maps, each building is photographed, listed with address and names of architects/designers and dates.


Almost Single
Almost Single
Author: Advaita Kala
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.7/5 Stars.
 16
Review Date: 4/21/2011
Helpful Score: 1


This 1st novel is a mix of Bridget Jone's Diary and Sex in the City but with the time and place being modern day India. Written in a fast pace 1st person narrative it is colorful and filled with diva characters. Hotel manager Aisha is almost 30 and fully occupied with finding a husband.


Alzheimer's for Dummies
Alzheimer's for Dummies
Author: Patricia B. Smith, Mary M. Kenan, Mark Edwin Kunik, Leeza Gibbons
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 9/18/2009


This does a good job of defining terms, conditions, aspects of this disease. It is comforting to know what to expect and what to do. Describes resources available for help, what steps to take regarding care and business arrangements.


And Never Let Her Go - Thomas Capano: The Deadly Seducer
And Never Let Her Go - Thomas Capano: The Deadly Seducer
Author: Ann Rule
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/26/2009
Helpful Score: 1


This author is one of the best true crime authors available. Detail and readability always very good. This event occured in 1996 and may seem familiar as it was featured as a CBS mini-series. This book includes a section of photos of the people and places.


The Anderson Tapes
The Anderson Tapes
Author: Lawrence Sanders
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 11/22/2009


This is a posibly collectible copy, good condition, of Lawrence Sanders first novel. The story and pace is great. A classic "caper" story of a recently released convict who plans a apartment building heist. It is written "as if" it is a non-fiction narrative of an event. A stand alone novel not with any of his series characters he developed later in his writing career. Read the novel and then find the 1971 film with Sean Connery for a fun evening.


The Best American Crime Reporting 2007
The Best American Crime Reporting 2007
Author: Linda Fairstein, Otto Penzler
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 6/26/2012


This is true crime writing at its most varied. Articles that have appeared in publications such as Esquire, Atlanta Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, New Yorker give in-depth narrative to crimes memorable, sad and spooky. Good collection of authors and journalists. The yearly installment of a series of "best American" that began in 2002.


The Best American Mystery Stories 2006 (The Best American Series (TM))
Review Date: 4/21/2010


This collection of stories is first rate! Good way to sample a variety of acclaimed mystery writers and thus begin to read their novels. Each year a new collection of "best" stories is published and they are reliably a sample of the best short story writing available.


Blessings of Home
Blessings of Home
Author: D. Morgan
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.7/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 6/16/2012


Lovely gift book with illustrations by Morgan, all featuring homes and gardens. The quotes from a variety of writers commenting on the value of home and its memories.


The Camel Bookmobile
The Camel Bookmobile
Author: Masha Hamilton
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/27/2013
Helpful Score: 1


Novel about young librarian who travels to Kenya as literacy volunteer. The bush community she visits with the library books hauled via camel has varied issues already unfolding. The story of these issues and her involvement is interesting. It offers some differing views of the impact of modern on tradition that are thought provoking. Characters well developed. Style of writing moves the story along well, as it is vignettes of action, thought and conversation from one character viewpoint to another chapter by chapter.


The Case of the Missing Books (Mobile Library , Bk 1)
The Case of the Missing Books (Mobile Library , Bk 1)
Author: Ian Sansom
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/9/2009
Helpful Score: 1


First in the series of an Irish bookmobile librarian. Main character very quirky, other characters equally unusual. Irish language colorful, very dialogue driven writing. Plot so-so.


Chasing Darkness (Elvis Cole, Bk 11)
Chasing Darkness (Elvis Cole, Bk 11)
Author: Robert Crais
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 137
Review Date: 1/25/2012


Another in the series that features Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, doing their investigations in the LA area.

This one involves a decades old murder, vengence, police cover up possibilities and corruption. It builds layers of clues and information.

It is the usual high quality plot pacing and characterizations that author Crais offers in his writing.


Chasing the Dime
Chasing the Dime
Author: Michael Connelly
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/4/2009


Well written, well paced plot, great sense of place. All these are part of a Michael Connelly book. This is a stand alone novel, not part of his other series books, so a good introduction to his writing style.


Crime Beat: A Decade of Covering Cops and Killers
Crime Beat: A Decade of Covering Cops and Killers
Author: Michael Connelly
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/5/2010


This is a non-fiction collection of newspaper stories written by a grade-A novelist when he was journalist for a variety of big city newspapers. These true crime stories are organized in a creative manner - from the viewpoint of the cops, from the viewpoint of the victims, from the viewpoint of the perpetrators. All display fine writing, with an ability to bring out a variety of sides to the event being reported.


Crow Lake
Crow Lake
Author: Mary Lawson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 13
Review Date: 7/12/2012


Written in a flashback and present day style. Young woman recalling how the family adapted after a major disaster, the roles each family member fell into in order to remain a family. Characters well developed and interesting individually and as a family group. Setting is Ontario wilderness in the mid-century, and represented with knowledge and clarity.


Deadline
Deadline
Author: John Dunning
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/9/2009


This is a good read, fast paced, good character development, interesting plot line and complications. I like John Dunning's "Booked" series, this is a good stand alone novel. Great introduction to his writing. As an aside, if you like John Connelly's newspaper writer character from his book The Poet you will likely like this character also.


The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
Review Date: 5/2/2012
Helpful Score: 4


Best written historical crime book EVER. Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime book. A blend of information about the Chicago of 1890's, with the preparation for the Columbian Exposition and the changes occuring in society, it follows a select group of people as their lives unfold in parallel courses. The excellent writing allows reader to move with the story with natural drama and amazement of how life was lived at that time in a large city. Some photographs but I wished for more of them.


Documents in the Case
Documents in the Case
Author: Robert Eustace, Dorothy L. Sayers
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/4/2013


Very enjoyable non-series mystery written by a renown author. The information on the event and the solving is revealed by way of letters, testimony in the trial, flashbacks. Setting is England of the late 1920's. Sample of the pithy views of some of the characters: "If hotel life is your notion of happiness you ought to go and live in America." pg 28.


The Elegant Gathering of White Snows
The Elegant Gathering of White Snows
Author: Kris Radish
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/5/2011
Helpful Score: 1


This title is referring to tea and yet it also works to highlight the group of women friends who decide to support each other by "going for a walk". It is a character study of diverse women, differing ages, backgrounds, work history, relationship status. They are friends living in south central Wisconsin when they begin their walk.


The Enneagram Made Easy: Discover the 9 Types of People
The Enneagram Made Easy: Discover the 9 Types of People
Author: Renee Baron
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/13/2009


A good started book to begin a study of the 9 personality types that are within the Enneagram.


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