PositiveLibrary Journal... a diverting read, but the plot stretches credibility. There are too many points where it could have gone wrong for the malefactor but doesn\'t. Still, Page is an appealing hero and the story is filled with action and suspense ... For lovers of puzzle-solving detective fiction in the style of Kathy Reichs.
PositiveLibrary JournalBlended with elements of mystery and high seas adventure, Turton’s second book is an enjoyable throwback to the exaggeratedly intellectual plotting of Golden Age crime fiction, not terribly believable but great fun to read.
PositiveLibrary JournalBringing these men together as a group draws attention to how their thought and action unfolded in response to new challenges and dispels any illusion that they were a monolithic bloc. Cheney is an adept writer who makes no wrong steps. Perfect for history buffs, though little new ground is tread.
PositiveLibrary JournalFollett has done it again. Readers will gobble up this exciting prequel to his 1989 classic, The Pillars of the Earth.
RaveLibrary JournalThe strengths of this latest procedural from the inimitable Penny will attract her longtime fans and also draw in new admirers. A deft touch with plotting, sensitive characterization, and the author’s warmth and humanity make this a must-have mystery, especially for collections owning the rest of series.
David A Bell
PositiveLibrary Journal... thorough analysis ... This is a broad brush, but a solid study of a new political phenomenon: the emergence of the hero as political leader and public acclamation as their source of confirmation ... Carefully argued, Bell’s study should appeal to history lovers at all levels of expertise.
PositiveLibrary JournalThe conclusion wraps it up too tidily, but overall, this is a successful, creepy thriller. If you like Stephen King, you’ll probably like North’s new thriller, too.
PositiveLibrary JournalReaders of World War II literature and the history of the Nazi regime should find this a fascinating read.
RaveLibrary JournalAlexander’s adoration for Gershon shines through in every letter, and so do her observations on the opinions and foibles of the people around her. You’ll laugh out loud at unbuttoned descriptions of friends, family, and coworkers while learning more than you’d expect about life in London leading up and during to World War II ... This treasure trove of love letters, cultural history, and memoir should make a wonderful addition to all World War II collections.
K. Ferrari, Trans. by Adrian Nathan West
PositiveLibrary JournalThis amazing mix of crime novel and detective story—think Jim Thompson—is even more of a nightmare—think Kafka—stunning in its power and originality. It should entice foremost crime noir aficionados, with potential to break out to a wider audience
RaveLibrary JournalReaders may be put off by the denseness of the book’s prose, but that’s its power: the details of living in a far-past time surround and enrich the narrative ... Mantel has no equal in historical fiction at setting a scene, telling a compelling story, and delineating vibrant characters. Libraries won’t be able to keep this book on the shelves.
MixedLibrary JournalDespite some modern trimmings, this debut murder mystery is curiously old-fashioned, a throwback to Golden Age detective fiction, when sleuths such as Hercule Poirot and Philo Vance solved cases by observation, lots of talking, and sheer brain power ... The resolution, unnecessarily complicated, clanks at the joints ... Wegert’s first foray into mystery may be met with limited appeal for lovers of the genre but is overall a valiant effort.
Javier Cercas, Trans. by Anne McLean
PositiveLibrary Journal... a book as much about Spain’s troubled history as its subject, a promising young man who never had the chance to find out who he was or what he stood for ... This unusual offering is an effort to heal as much as it is a way to trace an uncertain history, and will appeal to readers seeking more background on Spain and others who admire good writing.
PositiveLibrary JournalInterspersed throughout are chapters detailing the skewed environment in which the complex dwellers lived, with the world outside not looking much better ... Adams’s debut is an effective, jolting dystopic novel that should appeal widely.
PositiveLibrary JournalChaffin has produced a comprehensive history of a long, mutually rewarding friendship ... This exceedingly well-written chronicle will please all history lovers.
PositiveLibrary JournalRosenstiel...crafts a book that offers the double pleasure of an exciting story and new knowledge--how vetting is carried on in today’s supercharged political world. Will appeal to all lovers of quality political thrillers.
RaveLibrary JournalThe authors muster an admirable wealth of examples, then simplify the analysis with diagrams and easily remembered labels ... There is a good deal of repetition in this work whose thesis is simple yet examples are complicated, but it doesn’t affect a well-written and argued treatise ... Indispensable reading for political scientists but also accessible enough to appeal to all educated readers.
PositiveLibrary JournalWe all know how this tale ended: Chamberlain fell, Churchill triumphed. Reading this book makes clear how it happened ... This fascinating study is a model of historical sleuthing. Vigorously researched, it should appeal widely to history buffs.
RaveLibrary JournalIn any novel by old pro Disher...the characters have substance, the plots are strong, the action is credible and swift. This outstanding work will appeal to all detective-o-philes.
RaveLibrary Journal... lively ... Vividly written and meticulously detailed, this book will please lovers of the history of literature and music, at the very least.
Timothy C. Winegard
MixedLibrary JournalWinegard doesn’t add new insight to this history, but his account makes it accessible for readers of natural history ... The bulk of the book, however, is little more than a potted summary of world history, with an emphasis on military campaigns, one of Winegard’s enthusiasms. Though the work begins and ends well, Winegard repeats the same points often, is prone to digression, and his deployment of footnotes is heavy-handed, sometimes jejune ... There’s room for a popular history on this fascinating topic, but readers should be cautioned that this study is uneven.
S. J. Rozan
PositiveLibrary JournalRozan’s detective stories have won every prize in the book, so expect mystery lovers to flock to this one.
RaveLibrary Journal[Budiansky] takes on the life and works of legal scholar and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. with insight and panache ... paints a nuanced picture of this exceptionally influential judge ... the author makes a dry life of the mind into a lively life of a man, and a very appealing one at that ... it’s refreshing to be reminded of Holmes’s ideas, which shaped American legal thinking for more than half a century ... A winner from start to finish, this is a natural fit for anyone who enjoys history or biography.
RaveLibrary JournalIn Guns, Germs, and Steel and later in Collapse, Diamond...demonstrated the ability to extract answers from unwieldy masses of information and apply it to understanding questions of today. This newest offering complements the former two and completes the author\'s trilogy by focusing on the resources six nations drew on to deal with crisis ... Diamond is a master at explicating matters of pressing importance. His earlier books garnered a vast readership, and there will be equal demand for this one, too.
PositiveLibrary Journal...an intriguing world history ... This account does not slight complicated historical connections ... The discussion of the rise of present-day poppy production in Afghanistan is a model of lucidity ... This timely account will interest advocates and concerned citizens. Inglis\'s skillful command of style will please them all.
RaveLibrary JournalFrom the start, mood dominates in this tale, which is both a conventional detective story and a tale of unquenchable fatherly love ... Harvey...weaves a story of deep emotional truth, with good people seeking to restore lost things and regretting their memories ... There\'s enough tension in this book to please any lover of a good detective story and quality writing that will satisfy general fiction fans.
RaveLibrary JournalThis second volume is just as definitive and revelatory [as the first volume] ... Leader is the ideal biographer for Bellow, who was a perfectionist in his work but led a complicated personal life, evenhandedly negotiating his way through the contradictory accounts of the writer\'s amazing journey ... This is biography at its best and will appeal widely.
PositiveLibrary JournalThe results are a mixed bag, but the best of the 14 pieces are quite good, ranging from a killer’s narrative post–2003 (Muhsin al-Ramli’s \'I Killed Her Because I Loved Her\') to an Agatha Christie–like tale of tribal vengeance set in the 1950s (\'Baghdad House\' by Ali Bader) ... The latest volume in Akashic’s \'Noir series\' maintains its high level of quality but adds a fillip: How do you address crime in a society that no longer has working protocols to cope with even the worst forms of violence? For mystery lovers.
RaveLibrary Journal\"The subject of this extraordinary novel is movie comic Stan Laurel. But he’s never referred to by name. It’s always \'he,\' \'his,\' or \'him.\' The conceit should be off-putting but somehow isn’t. It works, mirroring how Laurel sees himself: never at peace, only completed (and for the moment) when working with his partner \'Babe,\' Oliver Hardy, the fat man to his skinny one in classic comedy skits that span the ages of silent films and talkies ... Connolly makes his literary debut with this exceptional novel about a comic genius who never fully came to terms with his own worth. Who wouldn’t want to read this lovely book?\