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Moonflower Murders: A Novel by Anthony Horowitz - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062955456
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Published: Harper - November 10th, 2020

Horowitz as ever is witty and wily; the master of the perfect murder mystery; the heir apparent to Agatha Christie. In Moonflower Murders Susan has been lured back to windswept England from her not-so-idyllic retreat on Crete (where we left her in Magpie Murders). Hired to solve the murder(s) at the Moonflower Hotel by finding clues within a book she edited for the irascible, troublesome and very dead Alan Conway. It is always in the details of character and events that Horowitz (or is it Conway?) shines a dark, sly gleeful light on human nature. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology by Adrienne Mayor - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780691202266
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Published: Princeton University Press - April 21st, 2020

Beyond the finding of the Antikythera mechanism (an ancient astrolabe that archaeologist just found another piece of) Mayor examines everything from myths to ancient authors works both lost and referenced in other works of science and robotics. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Last Odyssey: A Thriller (Sigma Force Novels #15) by James Rollins - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062892898
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Published: William Morrow - March 24th, 2020

In need of a little adventure? Try Rollins's newest; apocalyptic threats from a secret organization searching for the lost robotic works created by three brothers in the Islamic Golden Age tied together with Homer's Odyssey and the technology of Ancient Greece. A great mix of science, history and mystery. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525559559
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Published: Penguin Books - April 7th, 2020

If you want to learn the history of Reconstruction, of Juneteenth, and the origins of Jim Crow, I can think of no one more eloquent or knowledgeable than Gates. This book is concise, thorough, and well documented with photos. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Forgotten Kingdom: A Novel (The Lost Queen #2) by Signe Pike - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501191459
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Published: Atria Books - September 15th, 2020

The Forgotten Kingdom is the second volume in the The Lost Queen Trilogy and it picks up right where The Lost Queen ended. Get a cup of tea and a scone and a comfy chair and be prepared to get lost in the dark, peaty Scottish mists of the 6th century British Isles and ancient poetry. Based on years of research and scholarly material that has been largely ignored or forgotten, this is for anyone who loves The Mists of Avalon. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Exiles: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062356345
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Published: Custom House - August 25th, 2020

The Exiles explores the plight of women and children before the 20th century in so many ways, but especially widows, orphans and single women not born to privilege. The sheer will and tenacity of life is told through the stories of different characters (Evangeline, Olive, Hazel and Mathinna) each of whom will tear at your heart. Beyond that the Exiles deals with the perfidy and prejudice and the violence not only of the penal system but also of Colonialism in Australia, all in a beautifully rendered novel where I fell in love with women who could have been my ancestors or yours. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


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