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(Review) The Spy in Hitler's Inner Circle: Hans-Thilo Schmidt and the Intelligence Network that Decoded Enigma by Paul Paillole

Publication Date: May 2016 (originally published under the name, Notre espion chez Hitler in 1985)
Publisher: Casemate
Genre: Nonfiction, history, World War II, Hitler, espionage
Pages: 304
Source: Free copy from Casemate.I received this book free of charge from the author or publisher.
Rating: 3 stars for good

Link for more information at Casemate. 


Paul Paillole was born in Rennes, France, 1905. He died in Paris, France, 2002. He joined the French army in 1925, and began working for the French Secret Services in counter-espionage branch, 5th Bureau in 1935.
I read a small biography on Paul Paillole on Wikipedia. Controversy surrounds whether he helped Allied forces or engaged in counter activity against the Allies. There are other sites available to read but they are in French.

The time period for the book is 1931-1946.
Paul Paillole held an eye-witness account to the Hans-Thilo Schmidt spy work during World War II. Hans-Thilo through most of the book is known as H.E…

(Review) The Black Country: A Novel of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad Book 2 by Alex Grecian

Publication Date: 2013
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
Genre: Murder Mystery, Scotland Yard
Pages: 384
Source: Self purchase
Rating: 2 stars for okay


Scotland Yard Inspector Walter Day and Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith are sent to investigate the disappearance of a young boy and his parents. The village is a coal mining area in the midlands. The people are private and appear to be afraid of sharing information. At least 100 people become sick. At first, the water is suspected. The surviving members of the missing family are non-compliant, but as the story unravels the story takes on an even odder atmosphere.
The story also reflects on the memories of a character who fought in the American Civil War.

My Thoughts:
I feel over-all the story fell flat. The story became heavy with too many strong elements. This is a difficult review to write, not because I have given this book 2 stars for okay, but because I do not want to give away important facts of the story. Forgive me …

(Review) Death At The Paris Exposition, An Emily Cabot Mystery Number 6 by Frances McNamara

Publication Date: September 1, 2016
Publisher: Allium Press 
Genre: Historical Fiction 
Pages: 276
Source: Free paperback copy from Frances McNamara.  I received this book free of charge from the author or publisher.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent 


About The Author: 
Frances McNamara grew up in Boston, where her father served as Police Commissioner for ten years. She has degrees from Mount Holyoke and Simmons Colleges, and formerly worked as a librarian at the University of Chicago. When not working or writing she can be found sailing on the Charles River in Boston or beaching on Cape Cod. For more information please visit Frances McNamara’s website. You can also find her on Facebook and Goodreads. Sign up for Frances McNamara Newsletter to receive notification of new books and events.

Summary: Amateur sleuth Emily Cabot’s journey once again takes her to a world’s fair–the Paris Exposition of 1900. Chicago socialite Bertha Palmer is named the only female U. S. commissioner to the Expositi…

(Review) Time and Regret by M.K. Tod

Publication Date: August 16, 2016
Publisher: Lake Union
Genre: Historical mystery
ISBN: 978-1503938403
Pages: 366
Source: Free copy from M.K.Tod. I received this book free of charge from the author or publisher.
Rating: 4 stars for very good
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Author’s page
When Grace Hansen finds a box belonging to her beloved grandfather, she has no idea it holds the key to his past—and to long-buried family secrets. In the box are his World War I diaries and a cryptic note addressed to her. Determined to solve her grandfather’s puzzle, Grace follows his diary entries across towns and battle sites in northern France, where she becomes increasingly drawn to a charming French man—and suddenly aware that someone is following her… Through her grandfather’s vivid writing and Grace’s own travels, a picture emerges of a man very unlike the one who raised her: one who watched countless friends and loved ones die horrifically in battle; one who lived a life of regret. But her grandfa…

(Review) The Last Relicuin: History Never Surrenders by Hargus Montgomery

Publication Date: September 22, 2013
Publisher: Kerius Pye Series LLC
Genre: Historical fiction, mystery, dystopian
Pages: 526
Source: Free copy from Hargus Montgomery. I received this book free of charge from the author or publisher.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent


Hargus Montgomery website

About the Author:

Hargus Montgomery is the author of The Last Relicuin, and The Seventeenth Pocket, part of the Kerious Pye series.

In the 22nd century, part of the world returns to history. Safe inside the guarded borders of live-in museums, museum dwellers live authentic lifestyles from prehistory to the twentieth century. Separate from all modern influences, some dwellers forget that a modern world exists outside the borders. When the son of a prominent anti-museum Senator marries a museum dweller, the young couple becomes the target of a worldwide struggle between the past and the future. Crossing borders into the 12th, 18th and 20th centuries, The Last Relicuin unravels a mystery that …