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My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith

My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith Review by Brenda Repland Paul Stewart’s life has hit an unexpected emotional bump in the road. As he determines to “get on with life,” he decides to ret...

Agent 110 Review by Brenda Repland

Agent 110 An American Spymaster and the German Resistance in WWII Review by Brenda Repland This is the grippingly true history of Allen Dulles who, in November 1942, managed to get into (WWII neutral) Switzerland bef...

Homegoing Review by Brenda Repland

Homegoing By Yaa Gyasi Review by Brenda Repland In eighteenth century Ghana, two half sisters will come to lead very different lives. Born into separate villages and unknown to each other, their stories might be consid...

The Women In the Castle Review by Brenda Repland

The Women In the Castle By Jessica Shattuck Review by Brenda Repland This novel was inspired by the author’s desire to understand her own family history. Her grandparents were active members of the Nazi party....

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Defectors by Joseph Kanon In 1949, Frank Weeks, a star in the new CIA, was exposed as a Communist spy. Just steps ahead of his pursuers, he fled the country to vanish in the Soviet Union, behind the Iron Curtain. Twelve ye...

Books Reviews by Brenda Repland

The Searcher By Christopher Morgan Jones Review by Brenda Repland This is the latest in a series that focuses on a unique London corporate espionage firm headed by Ben Webster and Ike Hammer. They follow the criminal m...

Blue Light Yokohama By Nicolás Obregon

Blue Light Yokohama By Nicolás Obregon Review by Brenda Repland Inspector Iwata is a man with a tortured past. He cannot sleep and is haunted by a song, “Blue Light Yokohama.” He has just been reinstated t...

Books Review by Brenda Repland

Astrophysics For People in a Hurry By Neil deGrasse Tyson Review by Brenda Repland Dr. Tyson not only answers all the questions you didn’t know you had about the Cosmos, but makes it interesting and ....

A Cruel Necessity The First John Grey Mystery By L. C. Tyler

A Cruel Necessity The First John Grey Mystery By L. C. Tyler Review by Brenda Repland Looking at the body of King Charles, Cromwell was said to have uttered that it was, “A Cruel Necessity.” King Charles has been exe...

This Is Not A Border

This Is Not A Border Edited By Ahdaf Soueif and Omar Robert Hamilton Review by Brenda Repland Published to celebrate the tenth annual Palestine Festival of Literature, This Is Not A Border is a collection of essays, poems...

Books Review by Brenda Repland

Lucky By Henry Chang Review by Brenda Repland The Detective Jack Yu series takes us to New York’s Chinatown with all its quirks, tongs and, well . . . crime. The Italian Mafia “family” wars are infamo...

Please Do Not Disturb By Robert Glancy

Please Do Not Disturb By Robert Glancy Review by Brenda Repland As the (fictional) African nation of Bwalo prepares for The Big Day, a collection of locals – both native and expat – are drawn into the...

Not All Bastards Are From Vienna By Andrea Molesini

Not All Bastards Are From Vienna By Andrea Molesini Review by Brenda Repland In 1917, as World War I rages, Austrian soldiers advance into northern Italy. In a small town near Venice, Refrontolo, they commandeer th...

The Prisoner By Alex Berenson

The Prisoner By Alex Berenson Review by Brenda Repland When evidence mounts that a senior officer in the CIA is passing information to ISIS, John Wells will face one of the most hair-raising missions of his career. He ...

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The Kaiser’s Last Kiss By Alan Judd Review by Brenda Repland It is 1940 and (former) Kaiser Wilhelm is in exile in Holland, following his abdication. Leaving the limelight is difficult for anyone but especially a...

Youth Poetry in PACC امسية شعرية لشبيبة الجالية العربية بمركز الجالية الفلسطينية

Youth Poetry in PACC امسية شعرية لشبيبة الجالية العربية بمركز الجالية الفلسطينية الحوادث لعرب امريكا – كليفتون،: في دار مركز الجالية الفلسطينية الامريكية في كليفتون – نيوجيرسي تم اقامة امسية شعرية للشبيبة المشاركين في مسابقة ا...

Books Review by Brenda Repland

Hector and The Search For Happiness by François Lelord Psychiatrist and author François Lelord has written a charming story of another psychiatrist, Hector who determines to search for the keys to happiness. His trip t...

Books Review by Brenda Repland

Diana’s Altar By Barbara Cleverly Inside the old All Hallows Church – on Halloween 1933 no less – Dr. Adelaide Hartest comes across a dying man. The well-spoken man confesses that it was suicide and before she...

The Private Life of Mrs. Sharma By Ratika Kapur

The Private Life of Mrs. Sharma By Ratika Kapur Review by Brenda Repland Through the life of one Indian woman in Dehli, we see a glimpse of Indian life in general. Renuka Sharma lives a modest life with her te...

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All Creation Waits The Advent Mystery of New Beginnings by Gayle Boss Illustrated by David G. Klein Review by Brenda Repland Here is the perfect gift to enjoy and even give to anyone observing the ...

Book Review by Brenda Repland

The Six By Laura Thompson Who were the six? They were the famous (and infamous) Mitford sisters. Raised in early 20th century privilege, they would come to represent extremes. In the interwar years, they enjoyed the high life of Lo...

Books Reviews by Brenda Repland

The Obsidian Chamber A Pendergast Novel By Preston & Child Following the traumatic events of their previous novel, The Crimson Shore, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is missing and presumed dead. Constance, his ward,...

Books Review by Brenda Repland

The Corners of the Globe A James Maxted Thriller By Robert Goddard In this second of the James Maxted Thriller trilogy, Max Maxted will find himself in an even more dangerous situation than that of The Ways of the World. After arrivi...

Chronicle of a Last Summer A Novel of Egypt by Yasmine el Rashidi

Review by Brenda Repland Starting in 1984, the narrator takes the reader through three summers from Mubarak’s first term, through 1998 and beyond to the “last” revolution and the removal of Morsi as president. ...

The White Cottage Mystery By Margery Allingham

Review by Brenda Repland This may roughly be referred to as a “parlor mystery,” as all the suspects are in one place at the time of the murder. The very first of Margery Allingham’s mysteries, this was writ...

Dead Men’s Bones By James Oswald

Review by Brenda Repland Edinburgh-based Detective Inspector, Tony McLean, has his hands full when two very curious cases land on his desk. One is the murder/suicide of a Scottish politician. This will be tricky to...

The Barbary Pirates 15th-17th Centuries By Angus Konstam

Review by Brenda Repland This is an excellent history of the infamous “Barbary Pirates,” covering their exploits, organization, ships and weaponry. Their name was an anglicized version of the name of the Berbers...

The Woman in Cabin 10 By Ruth Ware

Review by Brenda Repland It is easy to see why this is a bestseller. The story is . . . gripping! Journalist Lo Blacklock has just snagged a prime assignment: travel on the maiden voyage of the boutique luxury cruiser, ...

The Black Widow By Daniel Silva

Review by Brenda Repland In this latest of the series featuring art restorer cum spy, Gabriel Allon, we are taken into a very harrowing situation that resonates in what has become “the new normal” of terrorism. ...

Dreams of a Refugee From the Middle East to Mount Everest By Mostafa Salameh

Review by Brenda Repland The son of Palestinian refugees and now a dual citizen of Jordan and the UK, Mostafa Salameh recounts the path that has taken him from a partying secular young man to the one who is now a devout Mu...

The King of Shanghai An Ava Lee Novel The Triad Years By Ian Hamilton

Review by Brenda Repland In this seventh of the series, Ava Lee is starting a new professional life. Her previous partner, “uncle,” has passed away and she’s formed a venture capital firm (Three Sisters) with h...

The Noise of Time By Julian Barnes

Review by Brenda Repland Based on the actual records of (composer) Shostakovich’s life, Julian Barnes has written a novel that fills in the spaces. Though this renders it a work of fiction, the suppositions are, for the ...

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People By Farahad Zama

Review by Brenda Repland Mr. Ali has retired but he’s finding it not all that much fun. He’s bored and what’s worse, he’s driving Mrs. Ali crazy sitting around doing nothing. He hits on an idea. In India...

The Damascus Threat By Matt Rees

Review by Brenda Repland In the first of his new ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) Thriller series, Matt Rees puts a spotlight on another part of Homeland Security that we seldom hear about but one that is avidly fight...

Murder on the Quai By Cara Black

Review by Brenda Repland In this prequel to the Aimée Leduc series, we learn what she was doing before she became a private detective and head of Leduc Investigations. We meet her entourage including her godfather, Commissa...

The Courtesan By Alexandra Curry

Review by Brenda Repland The story of Sai Jinhua has been told before. She is a legend in China. At times, her story was banned; others, she was venerated. Her story has been adulterated to the extent that it is impossib...

Street of Eternal Happiness by Rob Schmitz

Street of Eternal Happiness Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz Review by Brenda Repland Foreign correspondent Rob Schmitz and his family are living in Shanghai on a street named Street of Eternal Happ...

Aunty Lee’s Chilled Revenge by Ovidia Yu

Review by Brenda Repland In this third installment of the Aunty Lee Singaporean mystery series, the lady is contending with a sprained ankle. She acquiesces to take a rest from her famous café, Aunty Lee’s Delights, a...

The Rare Earth Exchange A Larivière Espionage Thriller Bernard Besson

The Rare Earth Exchange A Larivière Espionage Thriller Bernard Besson Review by Brenda Repland The president of France clandestinely watches the flight he was supposed to be arriving on from Malaysia erupt in flames...

Shadows of War By Michael Ridpath

Review by Brenda Repland It’s 1939 and war is looming for England. A year ago, Conrad de Lancey came within seconds of assassinating Hitler. Now the British Secret Service send him back to Europe to contact those German ...

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