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Monk's-Hood
Monk's-Hood
by Ellis Peters
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-Plotted Novel, August 24, 2012
This review is from: Monk's-Hood (Paperback)
In this, the third Brother Cadfael novel, Gervase Bonel of the landed gentry prepares to legally turn over his manor and lands to Shrewsbury Abbey in exchange for the Abbey allowing him to live in a small house and to take care of him the rest of his life. But before the agreement can become legal, Bonel dies suddenly: murdered by monkshood added to the sauce of his dinner. Cadfael had prepared monkshood as an ointment earlier, and is able to determine the cause of death. Cadfael also learns that Bonel's wife, Richildis, is the woman he had once been betrothed to, and that Edwin, her son by a previous marriage, is suspected of the murder. Even though Edwin was not Bonel's son, Bonel promised Edwin that he would inherit the manor and lands. So it seems that Edwin has a major motive to kill Bonel before the giving away of the estate becomes legal. But do others have an equal motive? What about Muerig, Bonel's illegitimate son? What about Richildis herself? And . . . could anybody at the Abbey be so unholy as to murder?

Cadfael solves the mystery through keen observations and deductions, and, most importantly, by his knowledge of Welsh customs and law.

A very satisfying read.


Moon Ontario (Moon Handbooks)
Moon Ontario (Moon Handbooks)
by Carolyn B. Heller
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ontario By Section, August 23, 2012
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This is a good travel guide to Ontario. The first section is titled "Discover Ontario" and gives an overview. Then come the following sections:

Toronto
The Niagara Region
Lake Erie to Lake Huron
Ottawa
Eastern Ontario
Georgian Bay and Cottage Country
The North

These are followed by Background, Essentials, Resources, an Index, and a List of Maps.

Each section starts with an overview of that area, then a list of the towns, with suggestions for each town. Under Hamilton and Vicinity, for example, there are Sights (including the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Workers Art and Heritage Centre, among others). Next come Entertainment and Events, followed by Food. After that comes Information and Services, and Getting There and Around.

All of the information is compact, nothing is prolonged. This is a good guide for somebody who wants to know the main points of each town and then wants to learn more on his own.


Inuksuit: Silent Messengers of the Arctic
Inuksuit: Silent Messengers of the Arctic
by Norman Hallendy
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Images, August 22, 2012
The photos in this book are stunning, showing us the Arctic, a world that few of us have encountered. The explanations of the meaning of various inuksuit, the stone constructions of the circumpolar world (to use the phrase from the book flap) reveal how important the physical world is to the Inuit and, by extension, to all our ancestors. Highly educational, highly recommended. A beautiful book in all ways.


Click Here: To Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade
Click Here: To Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade
by Denise Vega
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable But Predictable, August 21, 2012
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I enjoyed reading this story about Erin Swift, who suddenly finds herself entering the seventh grade without her best friend Jilly being in any of her classes. That's bad enough, but when another girl calls Erin "Jilly's puppet," Erin punches that girl in the nose. Not a good way to start off seventh grade. Erin then keeps a computer diary of all her thoughts and feelings about things. She finds herself interacting with students in a new way: a way she wouldn't have interacted with them had Jilly been there. This is an enjoyable read, but also a predictable read.


Rogets Super Thesaurus 3RD Edition
Rogets Super Thesaurus 3RD Edition
by Marc Mccmutcheon
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Quick Thesaurus Bunch, August 20, 2012
I've owned both the first and third editions of this book and am considering buying the most recent . . . or waiting until the fifth is published. For serious writing or word-searching, I use a regular Roget's thesaurus, which works mainly through the index, distinguishing between the different uses and classes of individual words. However, on many occasions I want a very quick, very immediate reference that will give me a bunch of synonyms for a word. When that's what I want, I use Roget's Super Thesaurus.


Nora's Ark
Nora's Ark
by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Edition: Library Binding
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vermont Flood of 1927, August 19, 2012
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This nonfiction picture book tells the true story of how one farm family, along with their neighbors and the farm animals, survived the Vermont flood of 1927. The story is narrated by the young daughter in the family. An uplifting tale because it shows humans coping with disaster, helping others cope, and helping all living things survive.


If Death Ever Slept (Nero Wolfe)
If Death Ever Slept (Nero Wolfe)
by Rex Stout
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Seemed Mechanical, August 18, 2012
Although there's a lot of funny dialogue between Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin at the beginning of this book, the story as a whole seemed rote, as if the author were going through familiar motions without heart. In this story millionaire Otis Jarrell hires Wolfe to discover whether his (Jarrell's) daughter-in-law is stealing business secrets and selling them elsewhere. In order to uncover the truth, Wolfe has Archie take a job as Jarrell's secretary and move into the Jarrell penthouse. Archie does, and then murder follows. More than one. The mystery is solved at the end when Wolfe interviews the suspects and presents a piece of evidence given him by Inspector Cramer. Worth reading if you're a Nero and Archie fan. Maybe even if you're not and just want the taste of a 1950s mystery with lots of wit and cleverness.


The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp
by Richard Yancey
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Exciting, August 17, 2012
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For a book that's supposed to be exciting -- 15-year-old Alfred must retrieve the magical sword Excalibur, and then must retrieve it a second time from somebody bent on using it to take over the world -- this one isn't. There's a certain feeling of dullness and drabness in this book, a kind of plodding onward but without exciting ups and downs. Interesting premise, but the story just didn't come to life for me.


Baskets in Europe
Baskets in Europe
by Maurice Bichard
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful World of European Baskets, August 16, 2012
This review is from: Baskets in Europe (Paperback)
This book is an absolute delight to browse through and to read, again and again. It starts with color and black-and-white photos of baskets that are 4,000 years old, or older. This chapter is followed by one on materials and one on tools. After that come chapters on the various European nations, often grouped, as in "The Low Countries."

Each chapter is well and clearly written, with an explanation of the baskets of each nation and the materials and techniques used in each country. The photos are absolutely gorgeous.

Above and beyond how good the contents of the book are is the fact that anybody reading this book will readily see and understand that basketry is still practiced in the European countries, still respected, and that the baskets are still used by people whose ancestors depended on baskets for the past hundreds, if not thousands, of years.


The Bee's Kiss (Joe Sandilands Murder Mysteries)
The Bee's Kiss (Joe Sandilands Murder Mysteries)
by Barbara Cleverly
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Proceeds Slowly, August 15, 2012
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I enjoyed the Sandilands mysteries that were set in India more than I enjoyed this one. Perhaps the setting helped move the novel along in the India books. This book is interesting in the way that any mystery novel set in another time and another place is interesting: the reader gains vicarious pleasure from reading about the transportation, communication, furniture, clothing, and customs of that particular era. If you enjoy reading mysteries more for the setting than for the plot, then I think you will like both this book and the other Sandilands novels. But I found the pace slow and the plot not memorable.


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