Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Review: The Full Cupboard of Life

The Full Cupboard of Life The Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander McCall Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another winning story. Life at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency keeps on rolling along. Now the assistant has her own thriving little business teaching typing to men in the evenings. Precious has a few cases that she is finding interesting, and the manager of the orphan farm is throwing her weight around and trying to get donations for her children.

Just a great series. It has kept the cold and horrible weather outside and a nice warm feeling for reading these stories inside.



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Monday, March 28, 2016

Review: The Kalahari Typing School for Men

The Kalahari Typing School for Men The Kalahari Typing School for Men by Alexander McCall Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In this episode of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Precious has to face down a new competition and also unravel a very sensitive issue involving her assistant detective.

No wedding is in sight for Precious as yet and the apprentices are back to being extremely prone to the girls, although the younger one did spend some time being "saved", his natural instincts have returned.

The orphans are settling into a routine and Precious does her best to do what is right for them.

This is a thoroughly addictive series. When one volume is finished, you look forward to starting the next one. It feels like coming home, although Africa is a very strange place for me. Botswana feels right with its politeness and considerations for others.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Review: Far From True

Far From True Far From True by Linwood Barclay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another terrific book by Linwood Barclay. It continues with the happenings in promise Falls and what an exciting episode this is.

Who is the killer/s? What are their motives? A cliffhanger and now we wait for the final episodes.

A thoroughly enjoyable read. Sitting with a Linwood Barclay novel is like a trip to the comfort of home.

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Review: Morality for Beautiful Girls

Morality for Beautiful Girls Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The two ladies continue to operate the detective agency, but now Precious' fiance is not well. She decides that her secretary will take charge of the garage while he recovers from a terrible bout of depression. Meanwhile there are many important detecting assignments to take care of, but the ladies are "up for it".

This is the third book in the series and a thoroughly enjoyable read. when I open one of these books it feels so comfortable, just like coming home.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Review: Harry's Last Stand: How the world my generation built is falling down, and what we can do to save it

Harry's Last Stand: How the world my generation built is falling down, and what we can do to save it Harry's Last Stand: How the world my generation built is falling down, and what we can do to save it by Harry Leslie Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a mixture of memoir and politics and very well written. I believe it should be compulsory for everyone to read and study this.

Harry's descriptions of life when he was young were horrific and I think we can all say that we would not want that to happen to anyone, ever. But it is happening and Harry has the understanding of the why and how, and the perspective to be able to stand back and watch the pieces fall, once again, as they did in his youth.

An excellent read.

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Review: Tears of the Giraffe

Tears of the Giraffe Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a lovely, refreshing story. This is a continuation of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Now Precious is engaged to a mechanic who owns his own garage. She has now promoted her secretary to assistant detective and she is doing some great work on her own.

There are also some new additions to the family that are sweet and charming.

As usual, a wonderful read with many human, heartwarming stories.

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Review: The Alice Network

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn My rating: 5 of 5 stars In an enthralling new historical novel from nati...