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Very interesting take on the Scouts. It's a bit overbearing on how great Scouting can be, but I really enjoyed the wilderness lore put forth. Some of the dialect (especially Irish) at first is a bit much, but thankfully it's not always used. The book is pretty informative about trapping and camping as long as you know things have changed. For instance, rubbing a frostbitten body part with snow is now a big no-no, but 80 years ago it was a common treatment.

If you're big on animal rights, you'll really cringe when they explain trapping mink and fox, but it's a wilderness novel after all. Overall, I really enjoyed it and I'll be looking for the other books in this series.
07/30/2012
Nice, tight story about an arson with a bit of a twist - that I didn't see coming - in the end. The twists and turns seem logical and don't drag in (or toss out) plot elements without reason. Enjoyable.
10/23/2010
Pretty good detective novel about the Pinkertons following up a train robbery. It struck me as being pretty logical in plot and enjoyable in pace. Nice pre-auto setting written in a workmanlike way.
10/23/2010
Interesting twists in the plot, with a surprising (although somewhat unlikely) method of murder. The police investigation of this crime is especially interesting in like of current television shows like C.S.I. and Law and Order. It is easy to picture the folks in this story as straw-hat wearing, upper class, gentlemen and ladies taking their turn around a society of private aeroplanes, country clubs and long hooded Phaetons with wire wheels and big headlights. Pretty enjoyable all-in-all old man.
10/23/2010
Pretty good story. It moves along well and contains a lot of action, well written dialogue, and a logical plot. The twists and turns logically lead from place to place and plot turn to plot turn. I think it's supposed to take place around the 1940s or 1950s and the writer clearly isn't much for prediction in technology, but hits surprisingly close in some political themes. There's an exciting dirigible battle in the Asian theater well described and the rise of the Asian empires against the west is also clearly nailed. I found this book to be just as entertaining than any contemporary novel.
10/23/2010
To be honest, I couldn't finish this story. The dialogue is very stilted - even for this era of fiction. The story was going along pretty well, but the dialogue was just too painful to continue. The plot seemed to move along is clearly manufactured jumps from scene to scene.
10/23/2010
Claire Duffy - Snarky Protagonists, Dark Facts Blended With Fiction, and Suspenseful Crime-solving
FEATURED AUTHOR - Claire Duffy was a screenwriter for over a decade until she caught herself cycling past a production company and giving it the finger. She decided she didn't like the person the film industry was turning her into. Duffy quit, took a temporary job at a daycare in Stockholm, and wrote her first novel while her class of one-year-olds took their afternoon nap. Through blogging that story in daily chapters, she discovered indie publishing and never looked back.