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Nice novel about espionage in WW 1, with some surprises near the end.
01/22/2012
Impressive account of a holocaust survivor. She is not an experience writer, so the book is not high literature, but in a case like this it only makes the true story more impressive. Highly recommended.
11/18/2011
Knowing Anna Katherine Green from several great detective novels, this book was a disappointment to me.

There hardly is mystery in it and several of the story lines are rather old-fashioned to our modern minds.

So: not recommended to mystery lovers, but probably a must to Anna Katherine Green fans.
08/01/2010
A refreshing return to the jungle,in the Tarzan Series. It is, however, Tarzan's son who enters the jungle, and appears to be a true son of his father.
05/03/2009
This is the best book ever written, in my humble opinion. The atmosphere of the old English families is brilliantly pictured. If you found both tv series based on these books more like a soap, then yu should read the books.

In these first parts of the Forsyte books the story is still very good. It becomes a bit less in the later books.

Is there anything more to be said? No. This is a must-read for everybody with a sense of literature.
04/05/2009
This is a good read. Although it looks as if almost everything is clear halfway the book, there still are some surprises near the end.
08/18/2008
Although this is a pleasant read, the high expectations promised in the preface did not work out for me.
07/04/2008
This really is a great detective novel. It is the first of a long list by Fergus Hume.
It has all the ingredients of a good detective novel: Unexpected turns in the plot, putting you (and the detective, by the way) on the wrong leg and an unexpected ending, although "experienced" readers of the genre might not find it too unexpected. But remember that it is more than 100 years old and still a good read.
06/26/2008
This is the sequel to "Monsieur Lecoq", that reveals the "why" and "who" of what happened in Monsieur Lecoq. Although this is more a historical adventure than a detective novel, I found it a good read. I found it a bit longer than necessary.

In the last few pages the secrets of the plot in "Monsieur Lecoq" are revealed. The rest is history, but necessary to understand things.
06/26/2008
This is one of the earliest detective stories. It is well written and a good read, although the end looks more or less like a "deus ex machina" to me.

The bad news is, that you have to read the sequel "The Honor of the Name" to understand who did it and why!

Gaboriau can be regarded as the father of the modern detective novel, so you should read this anyway, if only for that reason, if you are interested in the genre.
06/26/2008
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.