The Revenant of Thraxton Hall Review

The Revenant of Thraxton Hall.

The Revenant of Thraxton Hall: The Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Vaughn Entwistle This is a  Sherlock Holmes pastiche in which Conan Doyle assumes the role of his detective. Having just killed off Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle is not popular. In fact, he has become the most hated man in the city! […]

The Norway Campaign and the Rise of Churchill 1940 Review

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The Norway Campaign and the Rise of Churchill 1940 by Anthony Dix The first months of the Second World War seemed to herald nothing but defeat for anyone opposing Hitler.  The campaign in Norway was one of those depressing times – yet despite its lack of success, it did pave the way for the emergence […]

Death from the Skies Review

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Death from the Skies: How the British and Germans Endured Aerial Destruction in World War II Hardcover by Dietmar Suss This is the story of the bombing of British and German cities in World War II – and how these very different societies coped with the trauma, devastation and impact. Written by a German historian, […]

Celtic Calligraphy: Calligraphy, Knotwork and Illumination Review

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Celtic Calligraphy: Calligraphy, Knotwork and Illumination by Kerry Richardson Ornate, elaborate and extremely intricate – it is no wonder that Celtic calligraphy has always captured the attention of artists. The Book of Kells is justly renowned as one of the greatest treasures in the world for its calligraphy, artwork and design.  Trying to capture and […]

Bitter Greens Review

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Bitter Greens: A Novel by Kate Forsyth Review Did you really think you knew the story of Rapunzel? That it was just a child’s story?  Well think again – this is definitely a new, and innovative take on the story. While researching the period of the Sun King Louis XIV, Kate Forsyth came across the […]

If I Close My Eyes Now Review

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If I Close My Eyes Now by Edney Silvestre Review Two boys are playing in a small Brazilian town and make a horrifying discovery – the murdered body of a teenage girl. With the death being quietly hidden away by the authorities; the boys decide to investigate with the aid of an elderly man living […]

The Moor Review

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The Moor: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Review Sherlock returns to the haunting location of Baskerville Hall in Laurie King’s pastiche of Conan Doyle’s work. Holmes, and his wife Mary Russell, go back to Dartmoor at the request of his godfather. Their task is to investigate a possible reappearance of […]

Spying for the Fuhrer: Hitler’s Espionage Machine Review

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Most books about wars are written from the winning side’s point of view especially when it comes to undercover activities which is why this one is quite unusual. Jorgensen focuses on the story of German espionage during World War 11, as well as providing a quick look at the state of play during the First […]

Indian Painting: Themes, Histories, Interpretations Review

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This has to be one of the most comprehensive studies of Indian art that has been created for many years – if only by sheer weight! This is a massive, and heavy book.  Seriously through, this is definitely fascinating and well worth studying if you are an artist, historian or have any interest in art […]

Sleeping Dogs Review

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A gritty, urban detective story set in Ireland. Gangland boss Harry Larkin lies dying in a Dublin hospital following an assassination attempt. After hearing him ask constantly for Detective Inspector Leo Woods to find his daughter Whitney, Senior Ward Nurse Eveleen Morgan passes on the message. With the aid of DS Helen Troy, Woods begins […]

God of Vengeance Review

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Sigurd’s life changes dramatically when King Gorm decides to betray Jarl Harold. Having seen his family destroyed, and his sister sold into slavery, Sigurd is intent on revenge.  He is the mistake that Gorm should not have made.  Sigurd is determined that blood will be spilled as a result.  Determined to catch Odin’s eye, Sigurd […]

Broken Soul Review

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Jane Yellowrock is back; kicking butt and taking names as she tackles the latest job Leo, vampire Master of the city of New Orleans has tasked her with. Pending the arrival of a delegation of European vampires who are seeking to take over Leo’s city by gaining possession of powerful artifacts, Jane is in charge […]

No Stone Unturned: An Ellie Stone Mystery Review

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Set in New Holland, New York during the 1960’s, a time when professional women in the workplace were viewed with skepticism if not open hostility and just prior to the sexual revolution, newspaper reporter Ellie Stone is tired of being pushed off into boring community stories while a less talented male coworker gets plum assignments. […]

New American Knits: Classic Sportswear Patterns Review

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From cardigans to hats, this collection of twenty patterns offers knitters a bit of everything. Each design is named for an American artist and feature classic, timeless lines that never go out of style and are simple enough for most knitters to tackle with confidence. The flowing cable lines of the seamless Benton Cardigan draw […]

Mastermind How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova book review

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What is it that makes the famous detective known by the name Sherlock Holmes so special? His distinctive skills of his brain would be my personal guess.The book “Mastermind How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes” by psychologist Maria Konnikova analyzes this skills Holmes use – his knowledge in deduction and of course to control his […]

Hell With the Lid Blown Off: An Alafair Tucker Mystery Review

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Hell With the Lid Blown Off: An Alafair Tucker Mystery by Donis Casey Set in the small community of Boynton, Oklahoma during the early 1900’s prior to WW I, the latest Alafair Tucker Mystery provides more of a window into what rural life was like during that time period then a real mystery. The first […]

Children Of The Can by Felix ‘FLX’ Braun Book Review

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The book “Children of the Can: Bristol Street Art and Graffiti” by Felix ‘FLX’ Braun is the follow-up to 2008′s “Children of the Can: 25 Years of Bristol Graffiti”. Both books have in common that they are tributes to Graff scene in Bristol, UK, as well as a homage to the artists located in or […]

Fluenz Spanish Review

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In 2011 many changes happened to me. One of them was my curiosity for languages. Since then it’s off-leash and I can’t tame it. Fluenz Spanish came across my way. So to turn something that strong into something positive I started learning languages. My goal was to learn Spanish and Dutch. Dutch because it’s quite […]