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Anne Hawn's books

Who Moved My Cheese?
If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans
Scientific Secrets for Self-Control
Just One Damned Thing After Another
The Vanishing
Exercises in Knitting
The Good Dream
The Very Best of Edgar Allan Poe
The Chosen
BT-Kids' Knits
Talking God
The Professor
The Christmas Files
The Finisher
Home Decor for 18-Inch Dolls: Create 10 Room Settings with Furniture and 15 Outfits with Accessories
Dracula and Other Stories
A New Song
All Quiet on the Western Front
File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Farriers' Lane

Farriers' Lane Farriers' Lane by Anne Perry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was the story of a heinous crime which was committed five years prior to the time of this novel's setting. A young man was stabbed and hung, as if in crucifixion, a fact that leads the police to conclude that the assailant was a Jew. A young actor, who was Jewish was tried and executed, but his sister has always insisted that he was innocent. The story opens with the death of an Appellate Judge's death, which just happens to occur in the Opera Box next to the one in which were Charlotte and Thomas Pitt. It seems that this judge had received a visit from the young man's sister and something she said made him interview a number of the participants in the earlier trial. It seems as if the Farrier's Lane murder is at the heart of this murder.

While it is hard to figure out who the guilty person is until near the end, there are "facts" that are accepted as evidence that are easy to see through. There are several examples of circular logic which even Pitt accepts during most of the book. Usually Anne Perry is more subtle than in this book, but it doesn't distract from the story

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Hyde Park Murder

The Hyde Park Murder (Eleanor Roosevelt, #2)The Hyde Park Murder by Elliott Roosevelt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Eleanor Roosevelt helps a young girl whose parents want her to stop seeing the young man she intends to marry because his father has been arrested for financial scandal involving investments. She wants to prove that the young man has been framed. Unfortunately, the young man's father appears to have committed suicide, but Bob is sure that he has been murdered. As the plot develops other actual people like the newly appointed SEC Commissioner, Joe Kennedy become involved.

The plot has many twists and turns, but moves at a pretty fast pace and the history of the era is very interesting. It is a nice way to get a little history lesson with a pretty engaging mystery.

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

(Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #2)

Spirit Walker (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #2)Spirit Walker by Michelle Paver
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book was OK, but I never engaged with the characters. The book was mainly about surviving in the woods and escaping a huge maniacal bear and eventually stealing its power. I can't say the book is poorly written, because it is not. It just wasn't for me.

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