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review 2020-05-23 16:12
Adrenaline rush
Fair Warning - Michael Connelly

Wow….just finished, and what a fantastic read and possibly one of the best books written by Mr Connelly. Jack McEvoy, you Connelly devotees will remember him from The Poet when he was a crime reporter and his brother died in an apparent suicide, and what an andreniline ride that was. Now Jack a man in his 50’s and working for an online “defender of consumer rights” site called Fair Warning, is back and hot on the heels of a killer who uses a bizarre, brutally painful, and unusual way to destroy his victims….atlanto-occipital dislocation (AOD) This is a form of internal decapitation where the spine is separated from the skull. When the body of Christina Portrero is discovered, and Jack’s DNA is identified he becomes a suspect. Now I’m not going to destroy the plot by telling you that Jack did not of course commit the murder, but as he does a little digging he soon discovers that there are a number of similar deaths that appear to be related…..yep the word that we crime readers adore...wait for it….a “serial killer” is on the loose! Hold on for the ride, and I can honestly tell you that this book moves with an unrelenting pace, forget everything...put the cat out, cancel the milkman, switch off the telly, unplug that bloody phone, and just do what we all do naturally….read. We enter the world of DNA, supply and demand, seller and purchaser and of course shady trading on the darknet. Jack once again finds himself working alongside ex FBI agent Rachel Walling, hoping to ignite that old flame of passion, and entice the delectable Rachel back to his lonely single man flat!. There are false leads, a super (nasty villain) and a well researched intelligent story, just waiting to be consumed by MC’s hungry and adoring fans!


After some 25 years as one of the leaders in American crime fiction, Michael Connelly shows no signs of waning, the writing is taut, fresh, no wasted words or descriptions, simply great storytelling….if you only read one crime novel this year, this is it...many many thanks to the good people at netgalley for a gratis copy in exchange for an honest review and that is what I have written….Highly, highly recommended.

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review 2020-04-30 12:32
Fairies:: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk - Morgan Daimler

by Morgan Daimler


This book is about the folklore and fairy tradition of Ireland. It may well be the most down-to-earth book on the subject on the market to date. Rather than the airy-fairy Victorian ideas of pretty little girl fairies that popular culture has spread, this is about the original tales and beliefs that are still prevalent in a mostly Christian Ireland.


The book is well researched. Tales from many places in the British Isles and Europe are cited and the folk beliefs are given context. Actual belief in fairies isn't required to enjoy the relation of the stories, though the author is mostly directing the information at a Pagan readership where some degree of belief is relevant.


There is a lot of repetition. Perhaps it was needed for context but I've seen the same information about fairy behavior in three different chapters and that gives the impression of padding. My only other complaint is that in an early chapter there was a promise to explain the difference between fairies and nature spirits, but only a passing reference to the latter later on. I pretty much understand the difference but would have liked to see it put into words to clarify.


Overall a good reference for anyone new to the subject, although the classic reference books are cited so often that I wonder if someone with more than a passing interest should just reading those works. Mostly well written, though it meanders in the last couple of chapters.

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review 2020-03-28 20:36
Review of World's Fair by E.L. Doctorow
World's Fair - E.L. Doctorow

I loved this book.  I am now officially a big fan of E.L. Doctorow.  I completely understand that people will either love or hate his books, I just happen to think they are outstanding.  He is essentially giving a historical tour through his novels.  They are not page turners in the sense that you can't wait to see what happens next, and there is no real climax to the story.  However, I enjoyed the characters and felt that the characters put the reader right in early 20th century New York City and I enjoyed every word.

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text 2020-01-27 08:49
Where to Visit to Experience Best Art Exhibition in Delhi

Museum in Delhi

Although popular art fair Delhi witnesses bring together art lovers from around the country to the city, in addition, the need to reach common people with a regular art exhibition in Delhi is addressed by the KNMA museums at Delhi and Noida. At KNMA exhibitions one can explore the works by the greatest of Indian artists. Unlike limited days visiting opportunity at popular Art Fair Delhi witnesses, the KNMA museums are open throughout the year and offer exhibitions showcasing the best of Indian art. KNMA also brings together a unique amalgamation of exhibitions, workshops and cultural events in Delhi.


Extending freedom in the field of art, KNMA is a non-commercial, not-for-profit organization intends to exemplify the dynamic relationship between art and culture through its open for all free exhibitions, publications, educational, and public programs. At different KNMA exhibitions you can experience a diverse range of work like seminal paintings, drawings, sketches and watercolours from various public and private collections, the exhibitions at KNMA focuses on artists’ long and singular commitment to the medium of painting and its evolution into a personal space.


KNMA is a place for people from different walks and shades of life with art as a binding force. You can regularly visit KNMA for different programs like exhibitions, musical evenings, school programs and college workshops, art appreciation events and creative activity programs on a free entry basis. KNMA Cultural Events in Delhi range from talks, discussions, art fairs, folk performances to Indian classical music concerts and lots more. The entry to the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art events is absolutely free.

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review 2020-01-20 04:19
Foul is Fair - Hannah Capin

This is not a book for the faint of heart. This one is all sharp edges. The pages are blades and the words are poison. It is a blood soaked revenge tale that is relentless, uncomfortable at times (most of the times) but also shamefully entertaining. It can read a little disjointed but I think it was purposefully done that way. Definitely feeling those Shakespearean vibes and a more contemporary Heathers/Cruel Intentions (on steroids...and maybe like bath salts too lol). It's amped up and bloodthirsty and venomous. Maybe a bit too over the top but mostly in an enjoyable way. I'd like to read more by this author in the future.


I received an ARC of this book from St. Martin's Press / Wednesday Books via Netgalley and this is my honest review.

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