Reviews and Blog Posts: England

The dead in their vaulted arches

by C. Alan Bradley

DPL Rating:
5

The last Flavia de Luce novel ended with one of the best cliffhangers I’ve ever read, and picking up from that moment, this new installment did not disappoint. When I started tearing up just in the first chapter, I knew I was in for a great read. When I almost...

Small island

DPL Rating:
5

   I admit that I picked up this title simply because I saw the ubiquitous Benedict Cumberbatch on the cover but he has a relatively minor role in this two part series.  Based on a book of the same name the movie follows the lives of Jamaican immigrants in London...

The little stranger a novel

by Sarah Waters

DPL Rating:
4

The Little Stranger was a fun, fairly creepy Victorian ghost story. It's the story of a country doctor in post-WWII England who becomes close with the family of a dying estate. As one by one, the family and their maid become convinced something sinister lurks in their stately home, the...

Speaking from among the bones : a Flavia de Luce novel

by C. Alan Bradley

DPL Rating:
4

Speaking from Among the Bones is the fifth novel in the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley. Flavia, a young preteen girl intensely interested in chemistry (specifically poisons), aims at finding the truth behind the local church organist's murder.

Crusher

by Niall Leonard

DPL Rating:
4

 Being an avid book lover, I was hesitant to try to read this book in ebook format. I can't say that I particularly enjoyed reading it in a ebook format, but the ebook format is very user friendly which I can appreciate. 

London calling

by Edward Bloor

DPL Rating:
4

Martin is a 7th grade student attending a private, Catholic school and he's just been struck across the face by the school's bully for sticking up for his friend.  It's the last day before summer break, but the thought of ever returning is less desirable than a root canal.  Martin's...

The private life of Sherlock Holmes

DPL Rating:
3

      This movie was made in 1970 and so some of the comedic material depicted  is a tad inappropriate. With that said, this is a good addition to the Sherlock cannon and describes a case that was supposedly not included in earlier archives. This mystery comes to them...

Out of the silent planet

by C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis

DPL Rating:
3

Most people know C.S. Lewis for his Chronicles of Narnia series or his writings about Christianity and the human condition.  Out of the Silent Planet is the first book of his Space Trilogy and one of his earliest published works.  It tells the story of Dr. Ransom, a language professor, who unwillingly gets...

The hound of the Baskervilles

by Arthur Conan Doyle

DPL Rating:
3

Wanting to read a classic mystery, I decided that the obvious place to start would be with Sherlock Holmes and his most famous case, The Hound of the Baskervilles​.  I'd never read Doyle before and have somehow managed to avoid seeing any film adaptations of his work so my understanding of...

Watership Down

by Richard Adams

DPL Rating:
4

For years I was under the impression that Watership Down was a science fiction book.  I knew it was about rabbits, but thought they must be of some alien variety and their “ship” goes “down”.  About 50 pages in I finally let go of this mistaken notion and began to...

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