book reviews:

Scent of the Missing, by Susannah Charleson, a Review

Scent of the Missing, by Susannah Charleson, a Review

I hadn't read a dog story since Rin Tin Tin was on television, but browsing through a list of feel good books at my library's site lead me to Scent of the Missing, by Susannah Charleson. The cover picture caught my eye, so I clicked and was hooked.

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A Christmas Party, by Georgette Heyer, a Review

The book has everything you could want in a mystery: an English manor full of bickering relatives all of whom would benefit from the death of one of them—who is soon found dead inside a locked room.

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Why Shoot a Butler?, by Georgette Heyer, a Review

A few weeks ago, in the review of Toured To Death, I made fun of the "damsel in distress" motif that I kept coming across in modern mystery stories. Now, having read Georgette Heyer's Why Shoot a Butler?, I might have to eat my words. This lady gets it right.

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Two County Cork Mysteries by Sheila Connolly, a Review

Buried in a Bog and Scandal in Skibereen are the first two in the County Cork Mysteries series by Sheila Connolly. I would have reviewed them one at a time but they were so good and read so quickly that I was through with the second before I could write about the first.

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Toured to Death, by Hy Conrad, a Review

Lately I've read mysteries about unattached thirty-something year old women who solve mysteries while running 1) a catering service, 2) a book store, and 3) a chocolate company. This time, in Toured to Death, the young lady, Amy Abel, age 30 or so, owns a travel agency with her mother Fanny.

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Some Observations on Jane Eyre

I don't see the point in writing a review of a two hundred old classic that everyone but me—until last week—has already read, so I will just make a few observations to motivate you to finish it. It's a long book.

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Most of the information here is about my family or my wife’s, or about families with ties to Cleveland, Ohio, or the area near Rostrevor and Kilkeel in County Down, Ireland. There are also some unrelated families included that I came across. Whatever the case, I hope the material is helpful in your own efforts.
-- Ed Hamilton