Michael H. (isbnlover) - Reviews

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The Corpse in the Waxworks
The Corpse in the Waxworks
Author: John Dickson Carr
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 7/25/2009


This book uses 1932 vintage language. Quaint at any age! It is the fifth of his books and I believe the last of the Monsieur Bencolin series.


The English Assassin (Gabriel Allon, Bk 2)
The English Assassin (Gabriel Allon, Bk 2)
Author: Daniel Silva
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/27/2011


Excellent! The characters and development of the story were all appropriate to realism and the location. There is an ongoing story line, but knowing the story from whence it came was not necessary as the author gave enough information to make sense.


Friend of the Devil (Inspector Banks, Bk 17)
Friend of the Devil (Inspector Banks, Bk 17)
Author: Peter Robinson
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/11/2011


It helps to have read the series, as DI Annie Cabbott and DCI Alan Banks do have a relationship going in the background. However, Robinson provides enough explanation to keep one up to date on that part of the story.
This mystery was unique in that the two, Cabbott and Banks work apart and then together in an intriguing story and mystery.


Hard Frost (Jack Frost, Bk 4)
Hard Frost (Jack Frost, Bk 4)
Author: R. D. Wingfield
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/26/2011


Reminds me of S. Kaminsky;s Abe Lieberman. Fun character with a good plot.


Heirloom: Notes from an Accidental Tomato Farmer
Heirloom: Notes from an Accidental Tomato Farmer
Author: Tim Stark
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/17/2010


The story began well, but character development wasn't strong. As the book progressed the author got a bit technical and at the last skim-reading felt best.
It may be just the book for someone, not I.


The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon, Bk 1)
The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon, Bk 1)
Author: Daniel Silva
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/3/2011
Helpful Score: 1


Interesting read with believable characters. The story was up to date and accurate.
It is a read-alone story and not dependent on the series having been read.


Missing Joseph (Inspector Lynley, Bk 6)
Missing Joseph (Inspector Lynley, Bk 6)
Author: Elizabeth George
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/15/2010


The story is not the type of mystery one might expect. There is no body. But there are quite a few interesting twists and of course the ongoing development of Deborah and Simon's and Thomas and Helen's relationships sprinkled throughout.


Moscow Rules (Gabriel Allon, Bk 8)
Moscow Rules (Gabriel Allon, Bk 8)
Author: Daniel Silva
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/26/2011


Always a believable story line with people you can relate to - even the bad guys.
I enjoy the travel too; the stories are in towns of interest, not only "a small village near Leeds".


The Rembrandt Affair (Gabriel Allon, Bk 10)
The Rembrandt Affair (Gabriel Allon, Bk 10)
Author: Daniel Silva
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/31/2011


Seems to have more history than in previous stories - mixed blessing.
Otherwise, it is standard Silva.


Sabine
Sabine
Author: Nicolas Freeling
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/15/2010


Nicolas Freeling born Nicolas Davidson, (March 3, 1927 - July 20, 2003) was a British crime novelist, best known as the author of the Van der Valk series of detective novels.
Ordering this book may be the begining of a long friendship with a new author.
The story is an easy-read, bed side table one, but isn't without depth and character development.


To Darkness and to Death (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 4)
Review Date: 8/3/2011


Good story with enough plot to keep the reader interested.


A Touch of Frost (Jack Frost, Bk 2)
A Touch of Frost (Jack Frost, Bk 2)
Author: R. D. Wingfield
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/30/2010
Helpful Score: 3


Get ready for a fast-paced, disjointed, irreverent and funny ride! R. D. Wingfield's DI, Jack Frost will keep you guessing, on the edge of your chair and laughing until the end of the story, when a surpriseâ¦â¦. Oh, I don't want to ruin it, you will have to read it to find out.


Windows Vista Secrets
Windows Vista Secrets
Author: Brian Livingston, Paul Thurrott
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/19/2009
Helpful Score: 2


Although Vista may seem to be overshadowed by WIN-7 it will be around long enough for this book to keep its value. This is especially true as, from all I have read, WIN-7 has many of the Vista features included.
The section on finding and organizing files is a great help in understanding this vital, yet often overlooked, part of the OS.
The book may have a technical feel as it isn't written in the "Dummy" style, but with patient reading the user will discover the language to be valuable when working with the 'Help' tools of the OS. Also, there are a number of "Secret" inserts to expand and explain.
The security, media, data safe keeping, and other sections were complete in themselves but the connections to other features understandable.
A final note is the inclusion of an extensive Font section. This is especially valuable for those writing in foreign languages or using scientific or other symbols.


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