Mini Reviews (5 books)

I am trying to finish off reviewing all my reads of 2010 (39 books, wow!). These 5 books were very good but I think I can talk about them in a few words because they are much- read books and I just enjoyed them a lot. But really can’t add anything more to what is already said about them.   The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie(Hercule Poirot) Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages first published June 19th 1926 Synopsis: Village rumor hints that Mrs. Ferrars poisoned her husband, but no one is sure. Then there’s another victim in a chain of death. Continue Reading

The Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

The Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda Paperback, 352 pages Published February 20th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books Synopsis: On the eve of the monsoons, in a remote Indian village, Kavita gives birth to a baby girl. But in a culture that favors sons, the only way for Kavita to save her newborn daughter’s life is to give her away. It is a decision that will haunt her and her husband for the rest of their lives, even after the arrival of their cherished son. Halfway around the globe, Somer, an American doctor, decides to adopt a child after making the Continue Reading

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay Hardcover, 293 pages Published June 12th 2007 by St. Martin’s Press (first published 2007) Synopsis: Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France’s past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a Continue Reading

The Englishman’s Cameo by Madhulika Liddle

The Englishman’s Cameo by Madhulika Liddle Paperback, 281 pages Published 2009 by Hachette India Synopsis: A poisoned paan, A non-government issue arrow And the cameo of a mysterious Englishman. Muzaffar Jangis that rare creature in Mughal Emperor Shahjahan s Dilli an aristocrat with friends in low places. One of whom, Faisal, stands accused of murder. When the body of Mirza Murad Begh is found stabbed in the chest, lying in a water channel in the Qila, poor Faisal is the only one around. But what of the fact that, minutes before his demise, the victim had stepped out of the Continue Reading

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See Paperback, 253 pages Published February 21st 2006 by Random House Trade Paperbacks Synopsis: In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she’s painted a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret, away from the influence of men. As the years pass, Continue Reading

All’s Fair in Love and Law by K.M. Daughters

All’s Fair In Love And Law (Men in Uniform; The Sullivan Boys) by K.M. Daughters Published December 8th 2010 by The Wild Rose Press eBook, 198 Pages Synopsis: The senseless death of their brother-in-law, Mike Lynch, has left the Sullivan boys reeling. Still coping with the death of their brother, Jimmy, they are pulling together to help their sister Kay deal with the loss of her husband as she slips into depression. During an outing with Kay’s twin girls, Patrick Sullivan, a new captain at the Chicago Police Department, comes face-to-face with a woman who gets his body tingling all Continue Reading