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Book review: Camino Island by John Grisham

My list of all-time favorites by thriller writer John Grisham includes The Pelican Brief, The Firm, and The Rainmaker. All are about lawyers and the law. Last week, I read one of his more recent novels: Camino Island (Dell Books, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Les Parisiennes — by Anne Sebba

What is it that Rick (played by Humphrey Bogart) says in the movie Casablanca when Ilsa (played by Ingrid Bergman) asks if he remembers Paris? Rick says, “I remember every detail. You wore blue; the Germans wore grey.” Those lines … Continue reading

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Book Review: March Violets — by Philip Kerr

After the success of the Nazis in the election of 5 March 1933, swarms of Germans scrambled to jump onto the bandwagon by joining the Nazi Party. Such latecomers were termed ‘March Violets’ by the old-time Nazis. March Violets is … Continue reading

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Book review: A Rancher and a Warrior

In her book A Rancher and a Warrior: The life of Dale Robinson in Wyoming and WWII, Jessica Robinson describes the life of her grandfather-in-law, as a cattle rancher in Wyoming and as a soldier during World War II. Photographs, … Continue reading

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Book review: A Chill Wind Blows

The Second World War ended more than seventy years ago and there is no shortage of photographs of jubilant crowds celebrating the liberation of cities such as Brussels or Paris. The German occupation was over. The Nazis had left. Yet … Continue reading

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Book review: Spitfire Spies

There are two intertwining stories within the Second-World-War novel Spitfire Spies by John Hughes (Austin Macauley Publishers, 2016). One story could naively be labeled male, the other, female. The first concerns the men who are sent to England to spy … Continue reading

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Book review: Hotel Boy

The novel Hotel Boy by John Trythall (Austin Macauley Publishers, 2013) takes the reader through the early years of the Second World War from the viewpoint of ten-or-so-year-old Michael Treloar. In that sense, Hotel Boy can be compared to John … Continue reading

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