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G1155 Book Review of Queen's Gambit by Bradley Harper

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Name of Book: Queens GAMBIT

Author: Bradley Harper

ISBN: 978-1-64506-001-7

Publisher: Seventh Street Books

Part of a Series: Margaret Harkness Mystery

Type of book: 1881, 1897, communism, socialism, Great Britain, mystery, diamond Jubilee, Queen Victoria, Germany, diplomatic relationships, assassinations, family

Year it was published: 2019

Summary:

Spring, 1897. London. Margaret Harkness, now in her early forties, must leave England for her health but lacks the funds. A letter arrives from her old friend Professor Bell, her old comrade in the hunt for Jack the Ripper and the real-life inspiration for Sherlock Homes. Bell invites her to join him in Germany on a mysterious mission for the German government involving the loss of state secrets to Anarchists. The resolution of this commission leads to her being stalked through the streets of London by a vengeful man armed with a powerful and nearly silent air rifle who has both Margaret and Queen Victoria in his sights. Margaret finds allies in I…

G1147 Book Review of The Body in Griffith Park by Jennifer Kincheloe

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Name of Book: The body in Griffith PARK

Author: Jennifer Kincheloe

ISBN:978-1-63388-540-0

Publisher: Seventh Street Books

Part of a Series:Anna Blanc Mysteries #3

Type of book: California, 1908s, detective work, women, prostitutes, police matron duties, relationship, family, murder, humor, traveling, treatment of genders,

Year it was published: 2019

Summary:

Los Angeles, 1908. Anna Blanc is a former so-so socialite, a flailing police matron, and a killer detective.

Ex-heiress, Anna Blanc, is precariously employed by the Los Angeles Police Department, reforming delinquent children and minding lady jailbirds. What she really wants is to hunt criminals and be alone with Detective Joe Singer--both no-nos that could get her fired. On a lover's tryst in Griffith Park, Anna and Joe discover the body of a young gambler. Anna can't resist. She's on the case.

With a murder to solve and her police matron duties piling up, a young girl shows up at Central Station claiming to have been raped …

G1158 E-Reading Book Review of Killer in the Band by Lauren Carr

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Name of Book: Killer in the band

Author: Lauren Carr

ISBN: B01M193ICR

Publisher: Acorn Book services

Part of a Series: Lovers in Crime #3

Type of book: mystery, farm, music, band, talent, animals, horses, loyalty, horse sense, marriage, crime, animal whisperer, older woman/ younger male relationship, making peace, lawyers, study, determination

Year it was published: 2016

Summary: 

It's a Summer of Love & Murder!

Joshua’s eldest son, Joshua Thornton Jr. (J.J.) has graduated at the top of his class from law school and returns home to spend the summer studying for the bar exam. However, to Joshua's and Cameron's shock and dismay, J.J. moves into the main house at Russell Ridge Farm and Orchards, the largest dairy farm in the Ohio Valley, in order to rekindle a romance with Suellen Russell, the one-time leader of a rock who is twice his age. Quickly, they learn that she has a deep dark secret.

The move brings long buried tensions between the father and son to the surface—not the …

G1148 No Past Tense; Love and survival in the shadow of the Holocaust

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Title of the book: No past tense; love and survival in the shadow of the Holocaust

Author: D.Z. Stone

Publisher: Vallentine Mitchell

Publishing Date: 2019

ISBN: 978-1912676-11-8

Summary:

No Past Tense is the biography of Katarina (Kati) Kellner and William (Willi) Salcer, two Czech Jews who as teenagers were swept up by the Holocaust in Hungary and survived Auschwitz and Mauthausen, respectively.

Covering their entire lives, weaving in first person ‘real time’ voices as if watching a documentary about themselves, the unique structure of No Past Tense provides a distinctive ‘whole life’ view of the Holocaust.

The book begins with their childhoods, education in Budapest, and 16-year-old Kati meeting 19-year-old Willi in the Jewish ghetto in Plesivec, a Slovak village annexed by Hungary in 1938. After liberation from the camps they returned to discover most Jews were gone, and the villagers did not want them back. In defiance, Kati took up residence in a shed on her family’s property, and in …

G947 Book Review of The Unity Game by Leonora Meriel

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Name of Book: The unity game

Author: Leonora Meriel

ISBN: 978-1-911079-43-9

Publisher: Granite Cloud

Type of book: aliens, philosophy, evolution, thought, mathematics, ambition, unity, emotion, humanity, keys, modern times, heaven, afterlife

Year it was published: 2017

Summary:

WHAT IF THE EARTH YOU KNEW WAS JUST THE BEGINNING?

A New York banker is descending into madness.
A being from an advanced civilization is racing to stay alive.
A dead man must unlock the secrets of an unknown dimension to save his loved ones.

From the visions of Socrates in ancient Athens, to the birth of free will aboard a spaceship headed to Earth, The Unity Game tells a story of hope and redemption in a universe more ingenious and surprising than you ever thought possible.

Metaphysical thriller and interstellar mystery, this is a 'complex, ambitious and thought-provoking novel' from an exciting and original new voice in fiction.

Characters:

Main characters include David, an investment banker who is extremel…

G1101 The new evil; understanding the emergence of modern violent crime

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Title of the book: The new evil; understanding the emergence of modern violent crime

Author: Michael H. Stone, MD and Gary BRUCATO, PhD

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Publishing Date: 2019

ISBN: 978-1-63388-532-5

Summary:

A CHILLING FOLLOW-UP TO THE POPULAR TRUE CRIME BOOK THE ANATOMY OF EVIL

Revisiting Dr. Michael Stone's groundbreaking 22-level Gradations of Evil Scale, a hierarchy of evil behavior first introduced in the book The Anatomy of Evil, Stone and Dr. Gary Brucato, a fellow violence and serious psychopathology expert, here provide even more detail, using dozens of cases to exemplify the categories along the continuum. The New Evil also presents compelling evidence that, since a cultural tipping-point in the 1960s, certain types of violent crime have emerged that in earlier decades never or very rarely occurred.

The authors examine the biological and psychiatric factors behind serial killing, serial rape, torture, mass and spree murders, and other severe forms of violence. They…

G1150 Book Review of The Third Daughter by Talia Carner

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Name of Book: The third daughter

Author: Talia Carner

ISBN: 978-0-06-289688-9

Publisher: William Morrow

Type of book: Russia, prostitution, Argentina, shtetls, 1889-1897, south America, life, dancing, family, friends, tricked, Zwi Migdal, loyalty

Year it was published: 2019

Summary:

From the author of Jerusalem Maiden comes a remarkable story, inspired by little-known true events, about the thousands of young Jewish women who were trafficked into prostitution at the turn of the 20th century, and whose subjugation helped build Buenos Aires.

The turn of the 20th century finds fourteen-year-old Batya in the Russian countryside, fleeing   with her family endless pogroms. Desperate, her father leaps at the opportunity to marry Batya to a worldly, wealthy stranger who can guarantee his daughter an easy life and passage to America.

 Feeling like a princess in a fairytale, Batya leaves her old life behind as she is whisked away to a new world. But soon she discovers that she’s entered a waking nigh…

G1152 Book Review of An Unorthodox Match by Naomi Ragen

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Name of Book: An unorthodox match

Author: Naomi Ragen

ISBN: 978-1-250-25527-3

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Type of book: orthodox and/Or Hassidic Judaism, faith, modern times, recovery, matchmaker, New York, family, community, support, romance, Baal teshuva, widower, surviving, struggling, modern world vs old world, coming home

Year it was published: 2019

Summary:

California girl Lola has her life all set up: business degree, handsome fiancé, fast track career, when suddenly, without warning, everything tragically implodes. After years fruitlessly searching for love, marriage, and children, she decides to take the radical step of seeking spirituality and meaning far outside the parameters of modern life in the insular, ultraorthodox enclave of Boro Park, Brooklyn. There, fate brings her to the dysfunctional home of newly-widowed Jacob, a devout Torah scholar, whose life is also in turmoil, and whose small children are aching for the kindness of a womanly touch.

While her mother direly …

G1090 Alice and Gerald; a homicidal love story

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Title of the book: Alice and Gerald: a homicidal love story

Author: Ron FRANSCELL

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Publishing Date: 2019

ISBN: 978-1-63388-512-7

Summary:

True-crime master Ron Franscell tells the grisly story of a cold case involving multiple murders committed by a husband-and-wife team. The appalling details are made even more vivid by the author's familiarity with the Wyoming times and places that formed the backdrop of his national bestseller The Darkest Night.

Would you kill for love?

After Alice, a desperate young mother in a gritty Wyoming boomtown, kills her husband in 1974 and dumps his body where it will never be found, she slips away and starts a new life with a new love. But when her new love's ex-wife and two kids start demanding more of him, Alice delivers an ultimatum: Fix the problem or lose her forever. With Alice's help, he "fixes" the problem in an extraordinarily ghastly way ... and they live happily ever after. That is, until 2013, almos…

Coming Attractions for October 2019

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I feel very proud of myself for September, mainly because I finished pretty much finished almost all my planned reads for September,. so go me, yay! (Now writing the reviews is another matter...) so what plans do I have for my birthday month, the month I turn 34? A lot, I believe. For my birthday month, my plans include traveling to Indiana USA in 1860s and current time as well as traveling to Ireland for my Fresh Fiction reads. I also plan a travel to England in a conspiracy attempt and to New York followed possibly by Hungary, Russia, France, China, South Korea, and Argentina. Can I do it? Let's wait and see.

Book Spotlights/Reviews:

Killer in the band by Lauren Carr (October 10th, e-book)

The Root of Murder by Lauren Carr (October 25th, e-book)

Possible Reviews:

The Devil's Wind by Steve Goble

Promised Land by Martin Fletcher

The Body in Griffith Park by Jennifer Kincheloe

The Queen's Gambit by Bradely Harper

Planned Reads:

The Kennedy Moment by Peter Adamson

David Lazar …

October 2019

A House Divided-Pearl S Buck
SR: March 11th, 2016
FR: N/A
Twine- Monica Duncan
SR: October 10th, 2019
FR:
People of the wolf- W Michael Gear Kathleen O Neal Gear
SR: October 2nd, 2019
FR: October 15th, 2019
Blood- Maggie Gee
SR: September 23rd, 2019
FR: October 10th, 2019
Seven letters- J.P MONNINGER
SR: October 17th, 2019
FR:
The fragility of bodies- Sergio OLGUIN
SR: September 29th, 2019
FR: October 17th, 2019

Nonfiction:
Tree of Souls-Howard Schwartz
SR: February 10th, 2014
FR: N/A
One spoon on this earth- Hyun Ki Young
SR: October 15th, 2019
FR:

G1157 E-Reading Book Review of Real Murder by Lauren Carr

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Name of Book: Real Murder

Author: Lauren Carr

ISBN: B00KMMQT6K

Publisher: Acorn Book Services

Part of a Series: Lovers in Crime

Type of book: Crime, West Virginia, small towns, second marriages, pets, families, cooking, secrets, getting along, mysteries

Year it was published: 2014

Summary:

When Homicide Detective Cameron Gates befriends Dolly, the little old lady who lives across the street, she is warned not to get lured into helping the elderly woman by investigating the unsolved murder of one of her girls. “She’s senile,” Cameron is warned. “It’s not a real murder.”
Such is not the case. After Dolly is brutally murdered, Cameron discovers that the sweet blue-haired lady’s “girl” was a call girl, who had been killed in a mysterious double homicide.

Meanwhile, Prosecuting Attorney Joshua Thornton is looking for answers to the murder of a childhood friend, a sheriff deputy whose cruiser is found at the bottom of a lake. The deputy had disappeared almost twenty years ago while privately investig…

G306. Dinosaurs without bones; dinosaur lives revealed by their trace fossils

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Title of the book: Dinosaurs without bones; dinosaurs lives revealed by their trace fossils

Author: Anthony J Martin

Publisher: Pegasus books

Publishing Date: 2014

ISBN: 978-1-60598-499-5

Summary:

What if we woke up one morning all of the dinosaur bones in the world were gone? How would we know these iconic animals had a165-million year history on earth, and had adapted to all land-based environments from pole to pole? What clues would be left to discern not only their presence, but also to learn about their sex lives, raising of young, social lives, combat, and who ate who? What would it take for us to know how fast dinosaurs moved, whether they lived underground, climbed trees, or went for a swim?


Welcome to the world of ichnology, the study of traces and trace fossils—such as tracks, trails, burrows, nests, toothmarks, and other vestiges of behavior—and how through these remarkable clues, we can explore and intuit the rich and complicated lives of dinosaurs. With a unique, detective-lik…

GG44.The Last Outlaws: The Lives and Legends of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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Title of the book: The last outlaws; the lives and legends of Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid

Author: Thom Hatch

Publisher: New American Library

Publishing Date: 2013

ISBN: 978-0-451-23919-8

Summary:

The Old West was coming to an end.Two legendary outlaws refused to go with it.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid—as leaders of the Wild Bunch, they planned and executed the most daring bank and train robberies of the day, with a professionalism never before seen by authorities. For several years at the end of the 1890s, the two friends, along with a revolving cast who made up their band of thieves, eluded local law enforcement and bounty hunters, all while stealing from the rich bankers and eastern railroad corporations who exploited western land. The close calls were many, but Butch and Sundance always managed to escape to rob again another day—that is, until they rode headlong into the 20th century.

Fenced-in range, telephone lines, electric lights, and new crime-fighting techniques were…

G1145 E-Reading Book Review of Dead on Ice By Lauren Carr

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Name of Book: Dead on Ice

Author: Lauren Carr

ISBN:B0091I2IH0

Publisher: Acorn Book Services

Part of a Series: Love in Crime Series

Type of book: mystery, suspense, murder, dating, family, pets, moving forward, West Virginia, prosecutor, playing by the rules

Year it was published: 2012

Summary:

Dead on Ice is the first installment of Lauren Carr’s new series (Lovers in Crime) featuring Hancock County Prosecuting Attorney Joshua Thornton and Pennsylvania State Police homicide detective Cameron Gates.

Spunky Cameron Gates is tasked with solving the murder of Cherry Pickens, a legendary star of pornographic films, whose body turns up in an abandoned freezer. The case has a personal connection to her lover, Joshua Thornton, because the freezer was located in his cousin’s basement. It doesn’t take long for their investigation to reveal that the risqué star’s roots were buried in their rural Ohio Valley community, something that Cherry had kept off her show business bio. She should have kept her h…