"Naguib Mahfouz writes about the unease in Modern day Cairo. This particular book, about drug addicts who drift in a houseboat on the Nile is somewhat odd. (He wrote a trilogy that is much better, but much longer. ) This book is only about 166 pages. What is interesting about it is that it really gives you a a feeling of being in a place and having no idea of your world, of feeling like a prisoner of fate. It is interesting, but certainly not light and lively reading."
"I guess I have read too many books about "family secrets" because I knew from the outset what the secret was. So I found this book very dull. Even though it is about a sad situation, the subject has been over discussed. It was well written. It's just tht I had heard the story before."
"I was a little disappointed in this book, mainly because I liked shadow of the wind so much. This one didn't hold together as well. I got the message about how religions are used, but it just seemed a little heavy handed."
"I liked this book very much. I tend to like the last books in this series; the ones where the village becomes a working group. You have to follow all the characters and you get so that you know them and like them."
"This was my very favorite of the Aunt Dimity series, though I like them all. Ayoung man arrives, they don't know where he's from , he does good deeds-- does this sound familiar? It is not so like the Christmas story to be boring though-- It was great."
"This book was simple, but bery good. The story kept you interested. I loved imagining the villages, and the boys trying to figure out what to do, and of course "Young love". It is also nice to realize the importance literature can have on life."
"I enjoyed this book because I had gotten so I knew the characters, and wanted to see what would happen to them. a series of murders take space while Sarah and Max are supposedly having vacation. They are not married yet. You meet all of Maxes family. It was fun."
"I love this series . I liked this particular book very much because so many groups were involved as roads were planned and it was fun to see where the actual connections were. Of course, the characters are as wryly amusing as ever, I especially loved the widow with the school. As always, you don't know who the culprit is until the end"
"I liked this book in this series. I read to relax and enjoy what I read. This was definitely cozy. All the characters are likable , even with their flaws. A real estate mogul gets killed on the Inn property near Christmas. There are many suspects. It's a puzzle. It was fun"
"I loved this series and have read all of them. You have to be able to deal with the main character, though, who is an unbelievable loser, BUT VERY FUNNY. Don't try to like Isreal(main character- a British Woody Allen) and you will enjoy this. It is more about the townspeople trying to get him in line then about him being wonderful."
"It was the first in the series. I have thesecond, but have not read it yet. It was interesting, but I like the hemlock falls series better. I think, if you really loved horses and horse shows, this would have more appeal."
"This is the second in the series. I liked it better than the first, but found it a little disconcerting that all the murder victims were constantly beating up their families in this series. It gives the impression that upstate NY is not a very likable place. Maybe the next one will have a victim that's evil in a different way."
"I really enjoyed this series and I read them in order. I like that I can never guess who has done it, and even if I read the end I still want to read the whole book to understand all the twists and turns. In this one, the characters and town are introduced, and the plot is workable, and the killer was a surprize for me. I loved it and it made me want to read the whole series."
"I enjoyed this series because the heroine has a wealth of historical knowledge about Martha's Vinyard that makes the books interesting. I especially enjoyed this one, which dealth with land grabs. Seemed like something that really could happen."