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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-04-23 10:04
"Betty", de Arnaldur Indridason.
Betty - 1961- Arnaldur Indriason

Podía haber elegido alguno mejor para hacer esta crítica en el día del Libro, pero es el que toca porque es el que termino de leer ahora.

Nada del otro mundo. Una historia de "femme fatale", la tal Betty, que embauca a una abogada para que se cargue al marido, haciéndole creer que, perpetrado el crimen, se irá con ella a gastar el dinero que él le habrá dejado (porque sabe que ha hecho testamento y se lo deja todo a ella).

Betty se carga al marido intentando que parezca un accidente. La policía se da cuenta de que no, pero como ella es muy lista, inculpa a Sara (la abogada), a la que le caen nueve añitos por homicidio. Betty se va de rositas, pero sin dinerito, que el marido había cambiado el testamento porque no lo veía del todo claro...

Ligerita de leer pero con un argumento tan visto...

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review 2015-07-03 00:13
Ordinary Grace
Ordinary Grace: A Novel (Paperback) - Common - by William Kent Krueger

This book won the Edgar award in 2014 for Best Novel and while this book is listed within mystery genre I don't know that I would describe this book as a typical mystery.  I came by this book highly recommended by a family member and it was the perfect read for my long flight home from Greece.

 

Set in a small town in Minnesota, it is 1961. The story is narrated by Frank Drum who is recalling the summer when he was 13 years old.  Frank is the son of a most compassionate preacher Nathan Drum who could be easily compared to Atticus Finch.  Frank is the middle child, second to his older musically talented sister Ariel and his younger brother Jake of whom he is very protective.  This coming of age tale portrays how people cope when tragedy occurs within a rural community. It is both insightful and inspiring as we witness the outcome when small minds meet with gentle wisdom.

 

When I read a biography about the author, William Kent Krueger it said his favorite book was To Kill a Mockingbird. I wasn't surprised as this story has hints of a similar tone. One of the most beautifully written books I have ever read and particularly accurate in describing grief.  I found this story to be both exquisitely and intensely poignant and one I will not soon forget.  If this book does not touch your heart then I'm afraid nothing will.  I give this book the highest recommendation.

 

How I acquired this book:  Barnes & Noble

Shelf Life:  4 months

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review 2015-01-12 16:03
The Fox in the Attic by Richard Hughes
The Fox in the Attic. Richard Hughes - Richard Hughes
bookshelves: one-penny-wonder, series, paper-read, published-1961, winter-20142015, tbr-busting-2015, wwii, germany, britain-wales, cover-love
Read from September 10, 2013 to January 10, 2015

 

Description: This, the first volume in Hughes's trilogy "The Human Predicament", takes rich young Augustine to Bavaria on the eve of Hitler's ill-fated 1923 Munich putsch and ends with the departure into a convent of Augustine's romantic first love, the blind Mitzi.

Opening: BOOK ONE: Polly and Rachel: Chapter 1: Only the steady creaking of a flight of swans disturbed the silence, labouring low overhead with outstretched necks towards the sea.

Look at that fab cover, this story just yearns to be cracked open in midwinter. Even though this is the correct ISBN, my actual page count is 412.

Well I loved this a full one star over the average on goodreads. This was a fantastic read, just losing a shade to the initial juddering timelines. Have ordered the second - bring it on, although the third book was never written because Richard Hughes decided to fall off his perch.

Fantastic read this, in the right hands!

4.5* The Fox in the Attic
ORD The Wooden Shepardess


3* A High Wind in Jamaica
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review 2012-10-03 00:00
The Berlin Wall: A World Divided, 1961-1989
The Berlin Wall: A World Divided, 1961-1989 - Frederick Taylor I really enjoyed this. I've read some reviews that suggested that the Berlin wall itself wasn't enough to merit a whole book. Having read the book, though, I disagree. This was a really engaging discussion of the events before, during, and after the Berlin wall's presence in the center of Berlin.

The book starts with a long discussion of the history of Germany, which gets a little dry, but it's all very interesting. The book is full of stories about the people who ordered the wall built (party officials), people who actually built the wall, and the people whose lives were affected by the wall's construction. I also appreciated the perspective of officials in Western Europe and the US, who at least initially, were not opposed to the division of Germany (and by extension, Berlin) into two parts.

There are some disturbing stories and photographs in the book; stories of people who were willing to risk their lives to escape East Berlin didn't always have a happy ending.

I finished this book several weeks ago, so I can't go into more detail (had to return it to the library), but I thought this was definitely worth reading, and maybe worth reading again.
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review 2012-01-01 00:00
Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth
Berlin 1961 - Frederick Kempe Initially I found this book daunting. The book's girth alone is intimidating; it weighs in at 579 pages. Once I got past the length of the book and past the idea that the book's topic would be unapproachable, and I began to read, I found the book to be everything a person wants in a good nonfiction book. The book was well researched. The subject was fresh. The writing was inviting. And the story itself had a compelling pull on the reader; of course we know the world didn't blow up in Berlin of 1961, but it was breathtaking to walk with the author as Kennedy and Khruschev taunted each other to throw the first punch.
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