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The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

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The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
1886


I've wanted to read this for a long time. A thrilling Victorian crime mystery with all sorts of sensationalism. There are murder and mayhem, mistresses and illegitimate children, poison and blackmail. It's a well-written and easy to read novel from this era. The suspense during the trial and at the unravelling of the mystery are delicious. There is a death scene of a drunken hag which is outrageously overdramatic. In fact, there are a few melodramatic scenes which made me giggle with delight. Written in Australia, this was a huge bestseller there, and I can just envisage how the lurid plot stoked the imaginations of the public at that time.


Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine April 1983

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Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine April 1983
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The last of my three issues of this magazine and certainly my favourite. Decent crime stories.

1. Shadow of Death by Brett Halliday - A fast-paced, easy to read Mike Shayne adventure. This was pretty hokey and dated with ninjas, revenge and a message that Viet Nam vets aren't crazy, drug-addled psychos but just like the rest of us. (3/5)

2. The Crucifixion by Mel D. Ames - A man is discovered nailed to a thirty-foot cross at a local church. Even though I couldn't stand the attitude of the lead detective, it was a fun mystery with the classic ending scenario of the suspects gathered in a room while the lieutenant explained which of them was the murderer. (5/5)

3. Blind Justice by Jerry Jacobson - I enjoyed this hardcore crime story. A punk severely maims an old man who lives downstairs in his low-income building. Justice is not served, but in the end, the assailant gets his due. (5/5)

4. A Matter of Organization by…

Tin Soldier by Sigmund Brouwer

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Tin Soldier by Sigmund Brouwer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This is the fourth book I've read in this series and probably my favourite so far. An excellent, exciting adventure for teens. This book deals with the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, secrets, spies and the CIA. A fast-paced read that was a real page-turner for me.



Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed - A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings by Michelle Knight

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Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed - A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings by Michelle Knight

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This book is so powerful and heart-wrenching. I hardly have the words to describe how much it affected me. I've read the book by Amanda and Gina already, but Michelle's book is superior.She is such an inspiration and her story so brutal. I was crying at her life before she was even kidnapped. The book held me in a shocked grip, and I read it in two sittings. A must read!


The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII by Jack El-Hai

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The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII by Jack El-Hai

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


A very engrossing book. A page-turner. I had never heard of Dr.Kelley before, but of course, know who Goring is.I've also read a lot of books about WWII but had never read about the Nuremberg Trials before. Therefore, I found the content absorbing, and the writing flows in a story-telling narrative voice. The story is told in an unusual order with the first half about Kelley in Germany and his research with the Nazis while the second half settles into a complete biography of the doctor. Recommended!



The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories by Terry Pratchett

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The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories by Terry Pratchett

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


A collection of early works by Sir Terry. These were all written from the mid-sixties to the early seventies and published in Pratchett's local newspaper where he worked as a junior reporter. The stories are written for children and are all fun. Most of them were good with a couple of duds and a couple of excellent ones, averaging out to a solid rating of 3/5.

1. The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner - Cute story about a magician who gets cursed by a witch. Everything he touches changes into something else, usually odd, but he comes up with a way to appease the witch, Mrs. Riley. (3/5)

2. The Great Train Robbery - This is a story about the Wild West, the other Wild West, the one in Britain ... Wales. Amusing story of how the law derailed a heist. Lots of silly wordplay. (4/5)

3. The Truly Terrible Toothache - A deliciously fun magic story. A librarian finds an old book and reads an interesting bit…