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review 2018-12-10 16:48
second time as good as first
The master of Calverley Hall - Lucy Ashf... The master of Calverley Hall - Lucy Ashford

This is actually the second time I've read this, however while I started I thought I had but the storytelling drew me in.

Connor Hamilton grew up as a smiths son but everything chaged when his fathers forge burns down and his father dies. He goes to London and earns his fortune and now has come back to buy the manor house. Still in the area is the daughter of the previous owner, Isobel Blake who was his friend, but she now has scandal following her. However the attraction is still there.

Conor decides to support a small school and gets her to help, she is trying to hide her inability to spell, which was brought about by being forced to use her right hand when she's left-handed.

Lots of angst but the characters worked for me.

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review 2018-12-07 03:43
Review: Master And Commander
Master and Commander (Aubrey/Maturin, #1) - Patrick O'Brian

This book is the beginning of Jack Aubrey's captaincy, and the start of physician Stephen Maturin's tenor as a naval surgeon.

 

Jack is made captain of the Sloop, Sophie.  In his excitement at finally being made captain, Aubrey seeks out Maturin, with whom he had an unpleasant meeting with the previous evening, to apologize and invite to share a meal.  During this time he learns that Stephen is a physician in need of employment as his current patient had recently died.  Jack was in the market for a ship surgeon.  It was kismet.

 

The Sophie engages in several battles, takes several prizes and Jack begins to make a name for himself; especially with what he has accomplished with such a small ship.  We see the start of the Aubrey/Maturin great friendship, and meet fun characters that will stick with him through his captaincy like Pullings, Bondin and Mowett.  All-in-all it was an interesting start to the long story f Aubrey/Maturin and I look forward to seeing how many books it takes for Jack to inherit the Surprise.

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text 2018-12-07 02:10
Reading progress update: I've read 86 out of 142 pages.
The Whispering Master - Frank Gruber

still loving it, but getting tired and saving the rest for tomorrow.

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text 2018-12-07 01:31
Reading progress update: I've read 51 out of 142 pages.
The Whispering Master - Frank Gruber

it moves fast and it’s quite funny. so I’m happy.

 

a woman tosses a phonograph record out her hotel room window just before she is murdered. the record sails across to an adjacent room’s window where, of course, con men and occasional detectives Johnny Fletcher and Sam Cragg are staying. they were about to be tossed out - as was the murder victim back over in the other room- as it seems the hotel is great at letting people stay for weeks who can’t actually pay. anyway, think of the detective duo as a sort of Abbott & Costello pairing - maybe not quite as funny, but still pretty funny - and a few suspects later, some at the hotel and some working at a record company, we have a winner here, so far.

 

turns out Frank Gruber is just another one of those Mystery writers - American, this time - who was, once upon a time, a big deal, very popular, even a Hollywood screenwriter too, but now forgotten. and in Gruber’s case, not reprinted much, lately. but my old, yellowed copy of this Mystery, from a series lots of people used to enjoy ages ago but now no one knows about, is turning out to be a terrifically entertaining investment. and, I’ve gotten far enough to know what the whispering on the record - a master recording of a newly-cut tune by superstar singer Con Carson (he’s dead before the book starts with the poor woman’s murder - his new recording not released yet) - sounds like. I’m guessing that whispering means murder. murders?

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text 2018-12-06 14:56
Reading progress update: I've read 4 out of 142 pages.
The Whispering Master - Frank Gruber

this pick is from my Music-Themed list of Crime novel suggestions; it's from 1947 originally, and incidentally, I am not reading a Large Print edition...but I don't know how to add this old Signet paperback edition to BookLikes, because it is too old to have an ISBN # of any type, and those are required fields when adding a book or an edition.

 

anyway, I suspect the "whispering master" may be a master recording with strange sounds on it, given that it is a Crime novel with a music angle, but I don't actually know for sure yet. plus it seems the killing takes place in a hotel, one of my fave locations for skullduggery. we shall see.

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