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Through a glass darkly

Advantages: Good Conclusion
Disadvantages: Slow pace

Background: This is the fourth book by Donna Leon that I have reviewed. Originally my boss told me to give her a try as she is one of her favourite authors. And after getting used to the first one, I have found her books to be very good and quite addic ...

CPTDANIELS 31.05.2008 · Read full review
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Review of Through a Glass, Darkly - Donna Leon

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Vile Venetians

Advantages: Good characters, good descriptions of Venice
Disadvantages: not too thrilling

Commissario Brunetti and his colleague Vianello "play hooky" on a fine spring day in Venice and leave the Questura to help Vianello's friend Marco, an engineer and ardent ecologist, who's protested in front of a factory on the mainland that poisons the la ...

MALU 15.07.2008 · Read full review
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Slow starting, and hard to classify, but I'm glad I stuck with it

Advantages: Well researched, well rounded characters
Disadvantages: slow to start, perhaps could have been edited down to pick up the pace and get the hinted drama

...I picked up a copy of this in the library, being fairly intrigued by the olde worlde style cover, and the title, knowing that Salem is usually a link to stories about witchcraft. The blurb on the back pitches it as a bit of a fast paced novel with secrets ...

cha97michelle 04.12.2011 · Read full review
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Review of The Lost Book of Salem - Katherine Howe

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I Found this Lost Book - and it's a Gem!

Advantages: Brilliant and Gripping
Disadvantages: -

The Lost Book of Salem is a modern novel, set in Massachusetts in 1991, that solves a riddle which has it's origins in events that took place three centuries before. Our heroine is Connie Goodwin, a career academic studying colonial history and her amb ...

Vixterbelle 19.07.2009 · Read full review
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Deliver us from boredom

Advantages: A page turner, part of the story set in an interesting historical period
Disadvantages: Much too long, heroine is very slow to work things out

...Connie is doing postgraduate research on witchcraft. Although she is initially rather wary of being asked to clear out her grandmother’s old house, the project turns out to lead to lots of exciting possibilities, including romance and perhaps original sou ...

elkiedee 15.06.2010 · Read full review
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