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Books Read in February 2010

I did read 14 books in February but have fallen behind in reviews. Here are short summaries of those I have written up with links to longer reviews in my journal.

Book 14: The Lady in the Tower: the Fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir, 2009. 416 pages. A highly researched and richly detailed portrayal of the last days of Queen Anne Boleyn. My review here.

Book 15: A Mind to Murder (Adam Dalgliesh Book 2) by P.D. James, 1963. 225 pages. There are plenty of suspects for Inspector Dalgliesh to consider in his investigation of a murder in a London psychiatric clinic. An enjoyable police procedural with interesting 1960s details. My review here.

Book 16: Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult, 2008. 450 pages. Death row prisoner wants to donate his heart to a young girl. However, she is the daughter of the man and half-sister to the child he was convinced of murdering. Legal, ethical and religious dilemmas ensue. Another page-turner from Jodi Picoult. My review here.

Book 17: Death and the Devil by Frank Schätzing, 1995. Translated from the German by Mike Mitchell, 2007. 391 pages. Real life events are used as a starting point for this fast-paced historical thriller set in 13th century Cologne. My review here.

Book 18: The Case for God: What Religion Really Means by Karen Armstrong, 2009. 396 pages. A thought-provoking and accessible book on the history of religion and religious practices from 30,000 BC to the present. Enjoyed it a lot though got brain ache on the section on post-modernist philosophy. My review here.

Book 19: From Dead to Worse (Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampires Book 8) by Charlaine Harris, 2008. 368 pages and unabridged audio. Things do indeed go from bad to worse in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and events at the conclusion of Book 7. Territorial conflicts in the supernatural community dominate the story.
Book 20: Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampires Book 9) by Charlaine Harris, 2009. 320 pages and unabridged audio. The weres and shifters finally reveal themselves to the human world. Repercussions follow. Sookie also finds herself a pawn in another conflict. Roll on May 2010! My review of Books 19 & 20 here.

Book 21: Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella, 2009. 480 pages. Kinsella's latest has a modern young woman haunted by the ghost of her great-aunt, who in her heyday was a flapper. Fun and feisty with a poignant love story at its heart. I consider this her best to date for this extra depth. My review here.

Book 22: The Reincarnationist by M. J. Rose, 2007. 472 pages. The premise of this novel about a man, who after surviving a terrorist bomb is plagued by flashes of memory of a life in 4th century Rome, intrigued me. His quest to come to terms with these memories is combined with a fairly standard fast-paced thriller. Some bits worked for me while others didn't. My review here.

Book 23: Blotto, Twinks and the ex-King's Daughter by Simon Brett, 2009. 185 pages and unabridged audiobook. The first outing for aristocratic brother and sister sleuths, Blotto and Twinks. The novel is a hilarious and quite wicked send-up of Golden Age cosy mysteries. It had me literally in stitches of laughter from start to finish. My review here.

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