(Review) The Body In The Ice, Hardcastle and Chaytor Mysteries, Book Two by A.J. Mackenzie

Publisher and Publication Date: Bonnier Zaffre. April 20, 2017. In America, available August 1, 2017.
Genre: English Mystery.
Pages: 368.
Source: Complimentary copy from Bonnier Zaffre.
Rating: Very Good.


Christmas Day, Kent, England, 1796. 

On the frozen fields of Romney Marsh stands New Hall; silent, lifeless, deserted. In its grounds lies an unexpected Christmas offering: a corpse, frozen into the ice of a horse pond.

It falls to the Reverend Hardcastle, justice of the peace at St Mary in the Marsh, to investigate. But with the victim's identity unknown, no murder weapon and no known motive, it seems like an impossible task. Working along with his trusted friend, Amelia Chaytor, and new arrival Captain Edward Austen, Hardcastle soon discovers there is more to the mystery than there first appeared.

With the arrival of an American family torn apart by war and desperate to reclaim their ancestral home, a French spy returning to the scene of his crimes, ancient loy…

Release Day Blitz for Becoming Bonnie by Jenni L. Walsh

​Book Summary: 
From debut historical novelist Jenni L. Walsh comes the untold story of how wholesome Bonnelyn Parker became half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo.

​The summer of 1927 might be the height of the Roaring Twenties, but Bonnelyn Parker is more likely to belt out a church hymn than sling drinks at an illicit juice joint. She’s a sharp girl with plans to overcome her family's poverty, provide for herself, and maybe someday marry her boyfriend, Roy Thornton. But when Roy springs a proposal on her and financial woes jeopardize her ambitions, Bonnelyn finds salvation in an unlikely place: Dallas's newest speakeasy, Doc's.

Living the life of a moll at night, Bonnie remains a wholesome girl by day, engaged to Roy, attending school and working toward a steady future. When Roy discovers her secret life, and embraces it—perhaps too much, especially when it comes to booze and gambling—Bonnie tries to make the pieces fit. Maybe she can have it all: the Ame…

(Review) The Seven Year Dress by Paulette Mahurin

Publisher and Publication Date: Early Girl Enterprises, LLC. 2016.
Genre: Historical Fiction, Holocaust, World War II.
Pages: 336.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: Good.

Myra is a nursing student at UCLA looking for a room to rent. She rents a room and bath from Helen. Helen is an older woman. Her apartment is neat and tidy. It looks more like a sterile environment rather than a lived in apartment. One night Myra comes home stressed after a hard shift, she and Helen let their guards down and begin sharing. Helen pours them each a cup of tea, and then she shares her life story. Helen was born in 1919 in Berlin, Germany. Her father was a government attorney. Her mother a homemaker. They had four children. They are Jews. The neighbor boy, Max, is Helen's best friend. He is not a Jew. The years of Helen's childhood are thick with political changes. Antisemitism increases.
Helen was a Jew during the Holocaust. She survived. The Seven Year Dress is her story.

Holocaust and World War …

(Review) The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie

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(Review) Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Publication Date: 1998, copyright 1966
Publisher: W. W. Norton and Company
Genre: Fiction, West Indies, British
Edition: Paperback
Source: Self-purchase
Rating: Very Good


I was intrigued by this book before I ever began reading the first page. I am a Jane Eyre fan. I've read this book a few times. I've read a few other books by Charlotte Bronte and her sisters. Jean Rhys took the story of Jane Eyre, and shifted the focus to the first wife of Rochester who was considered the mad woman hidden away. He called her Bertha. Her name was Antoinette. In the story Jane Eyre, Jane is the protagonist. We feel empathy for Jane. We want the best outcome for Jane. However, Antoinette has a story too. And Rochester is not all he seems to Jane.
The story is in three parts. In the first part, Antoinette is the voice. In part two, Richard is the voice. In part three, Antoinette is the narrator again.
The second half of the book is filled with criticism of the story, letters written b…

(Review) A Ring of Truth, A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel, #2 by Michelle Cox

Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: She Writes Press, SparkPoint Studio, LLC
Genre: Fiction
Edition: Paperback, Advanced Reader Copy
Pages: 313 printed pages
Source: Free copy from SparkPoint Studio, LLC
Rating: Good


Book #1, A Girl Like You

Henrietta Von Harmon, age 19, and Inspector Clive Howard, age 36, are newly engaged. Clive is a Chicago detective. The time period is the 1930s. The main theme of the book is the couple meeting each other's families and coming to terms with their polar differences. In addition, a minor mystery over a ring is introduced in the story, and family secrets are exposed in the Von Harmon family.
I consider the story to be a family saga and less of a mystery or focus on Clive's detective work.
His detective work is brought out in a few scenes. At the end of the story, a significant surprise brings excitement before its conclusion.

A Ring of Truth is a book that holds stories behind the main story. It is apparent from the opening pa…

(Review) Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Publication Date: 2011
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Genre: Nonfiction
Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 324
Source: Library
Rating: Excellent

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The book begins on Saturday, March 4, 1865. President Abraham Lincoln has taken the oath of office as president for a second term. His vice president is Andrew Johnson. While Lincoln is being sworn in to office, the Civil War is still raging, and John Wilks Booth is furious and anxious for revenge. Booth is sympathetic to the Confederate cause to the point of frenzy. While Booth wants to take a murderous action against Lincoln. Lincoln's face is set to reunify the nation of America.
We are reminded that Lincoln has six weeks to live.
Killing Lincoln is a solid study of the last six weeks of Abraham Lincoln's life. O'Reilly and Dugard have captured this period with a close-up view of Lincoln, but also his family. Other characters are also studied: John Wi…