Month: March 2012

Ursula Hegi, Tearing the Silence: Being German in America

Ursula Hegi, Tearing the Silence: Being German in America

Tearing the Silence: On Being German in America by Ursula Hegi My rating: 5 of 5 stars A non-fictional collection of interviews with Germans who were children during or after World War II who then emigrated to America. My Take Oh, wow. An excellent and easy read with the interviews broken up into individual stories. This raised so many conflicting emotions within myself. I’ve always wondered how post-war Germans felt about what their parents did in the war. How they reconciled love for a family member with the horror of what that family member likely did in the war. Yeah, yeah, I’m sure they were just following orders… And, yes, I believe there was an atmosphere of terror that affected the average German. Enough fear that they hunkered down and did what they could to protect their immediate families, maybe friends. From their own government. Almost all of them felt that they should not be held responsible for what happened during the war. And, how could they? They were children. That’s like holding the children of a serial killer responsible for what he does. Another points out that this genocidal behavior is not exclusive to Germans. That today we have […]

Posted March 31, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Tami Hoag, Deeper Than the Dead

Tami Hoag, Deeper Than the Dead

Deeper Than the Dead by Tami Hoag Series: Oak Knoll, 1 My rating: 5 of 5 stars First in the Oak Knoll suspense series and the brutal serial killing slowly being revealed in this small California town. My Take Oooh…Hoag was a tricky devil! She just leads you around by your expectations until she smacks you over the head with the truth! I can’t wait to read Secrets to the Grave! Partly to find out what happens next, but mostly because I like her flawed hero. It’s not often we get a man with a bullet in his brain…alive…and one of the heroes of the story. He has such a lovely attitude toward life…now. I also want to see how he handles her father…! The story begins from the perspective of the children, students at the elementary school in Oak Knoll. Setting us up. Revealing how one’s parents have an effect on how you turn out. The textbook case of a psychotic serial killer in the making. Revealing how much lies hidden under those happy façades. Providing a terrifying glimpse of what it might be like to be deaf and blind. The stereotypical portrait of an abuser. Deeper Than the […]

Posted March 30, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Margaret Frazer, The Servant’s Tale

Margaret Frazer, The Servant’s Tale

The Servant’s Tale by Margaret Frazer My rating: 4 of 5 stars An Edgar Award-nominee, it’s second in the Sister Frevisse medieval mystery series based in a nunnery, St. Frideswide, near Prior Byfield outside Oxfordshire. The story revolves around Dame Frevisse, one of the nuns in the year of Our Lord 1434 at Christmastide. Interestingly enough, Basset and his traveling troupe appear in this installment (from her Joliffe the Player series that begins with A Play of Isaac). My Take It’s a woman’s worries about her family. Keeping them safe. It’s ignorance about the world, about oneself. Another very good story from Frazer even if the killer was too obvious. Frazer does such a beautiful job of the language and setting a medieval scene. This one provides a more in-depth look at the everyday life of a villein and the constrictions on their movements as well as how they see such “godless”, landless men as…gasp…players! The feudal system has its pluses and minuses. In this story, it’s rather like a factory job with built-in nepotism. The system keeps carrying you along until the man of the house really screws up. If he dies, his oldest son, if he’s old enough […]

Posted March 27, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Mary Higgins Clark’s The Plot Thickens

Book Review: Mary Higgins Clark’s The Plot Thickens

Eleven suspenseful short stories involving thick that twist the ending from the expected and includes Mark HIggins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark, Janet Evanovich, Donald E. Westlake, Nelson and Lauren DeMille, Walter Mosley, Ann Rule, Edna Buchanan, Lawrence Block, Linda Fairstein, Nancy Pickard.

Posted March 26, 2012 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Heron Carvic, Miss Seeton Draws the Line

Heron Carvic, Miss Seeton Draws the Line

Miss Seeton Draws The Line by Heron Carvic Series: Heron Carvic’s Miss Seeton, 2 My rating: 6 of 5 stars Second in Heron Carvic’s Miss Seeton mystery series set in a small village in England in the mid-1960s and revolving around Miss Seeton, a sweet old lady who happens to draw psychically. My Take This series is a buy for me…well, at least the stories written by Heron Carvic. In this particular story, Miss Seeton has been coming down to spend her holidays at her cottage for about a year now and the villagers should have had a chance to get to know her…well, to be fair, they have and it seems to be the Nuts who just can’t handle the truth. Well, it is so much more fun to make up your own! I’d reckon about a third of the book is taken up with all the gossip that goes swirling around the village: Miss Seeton’s been arrested, she’s the burglar, she’s in cahoots with __fill in the blank__, she’s running from the law, she’s tossing people into traffic, etc. The gossip is actually just a few idjits spreading it far and wide; Miss Seeton has a number of […]

Posted March 24, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments