Thursday, 1 June 2017

Book Review: M.K Brown: Stranger Than Life: 1970 - 2013 Cartoons And Comics

Stranger Than Life



























This may contain spoilers

Author: M.K Brown.
Title: Stranger than life: 1970 – 2013 cartoons and comics.
Genre: Comics & graphic novels, publishers, fantagraphics, comics, graphic novels,.


I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review I got a email from Serena Agusto-cox because l signed up for poeticbook tours newsletter.


First of all l would like to say a big thank you to M.K Brown for sending me this book and giving me the chance to read it. I would like to say a big thank you to Serena Agusto-cox for taking the time to email me.


I would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio even if you do not read books like this.


I normally do not read books of this genre but l stepped outside my comfort zone with authors and genres l am so glad l did because l have read so many great books and come across some great authors.

This is the first graphic novel l have read.


I highly recommend this book.


This book has 248 pages and 10 chapters in it.


Synopsis: M.K brown is one of the funniest cartoonists of the last four decades – or, ever, take your pick – and her body of work has long been savored by aficionados but never comprehensively collected – until now stranger than life is the first retro – spective of brown's cartoons and comics from their original appearances in the national lampoon, mother Jones, the new yorker, playboy, and other magazines and underground comics.

M.K Brown's comics stories satirize suburban anxiety and post – modern ennui by the sheer force of her gentle but piquant, off – kilter observations, along with her slightly pixilated but winsome characters, all of which are perfectly captured in her restless pen line and delicate jewel – tone water colors.

In these pages: read instructions for the uses of glue, making a pair of pants, home of auto repair, coping with chainsaw massacres, and jackknifing your big rig. “ another true – life pretty face in the field of medicine” introduces Virginia spears NgodAjtu who ( with a bit of a name change) would go on to star in “ Dr, Janice N!godatu,” Brown's series of animated shorts that appeared on the Tracy Ullman show alongside the first incarnation of the Simpsons. Plus, enjoy aliens, old people, pilgrims, mermen, monitor lizards, tiny floating muggers, and other weirdos in M.K Brown's side – splitting gag cartoons.


Reviews by other people:
M.K Brown turns the orderly world we think we all live in upside – down, shakes up our perceptions of normality – then hands everything back to us profoundly altered in some way only our subconscious mind truly understands. - Bill Griffith, from his introduction.

What you are holding is a work of rare talent. M.K Brown is the Irene Dunne (do google) of the print world. Hard core fans can, at last, rejoice. First time readers will witness true comic enchantment. So come along children, let us follow and see where this divine woman takes us this time. - Brian McConnachie.

M.K Brown is a uniquely innovative artist. Her work is on a level that no other cartoonist even remotely approaches. - Sam Gross.

Review: when l was reading this book I would put some essential oils in my humidifier and put the lights on my humidifier on and chill on my bed listening to magic or spotify or something on television or netflix. Sometimes l light a candle when l am reading this book. It is good to chill reading a good book when you are not well or in pain. I reviewed this book on goodreads, my blog and amazon UK and US. I also took a picture of this book and shared it on Instagram that l made just for pictures of my books it is called donnareviewsbooks. I found this book really easy to get in to and hard to put down once l started reading it. It did not take me long to read this book. I really liked the pictures in this book and l could not stop laughing at the stories in this book. I have never read a graphic novel before but l am glad l read this one and l plan to read more because of this book. I got this book in paperback. I would happily read this book again and again. I really like the pictures and l wish l could draw like the author. I would like to read more from this author. I wish this book did not finish because it was so good and funny. I was sad to finish reading it. I was hooked on this book after reading the first few pages. I can not put in to words how great and funny this book is l would tell people to read it for themselves to know how great and funny it really is. If l was not sent this book for free l would have bought it.

About this book: I really like this book cover and the drawings on the front and back cover and l like that the writings is in red and black because it stands out more.

Star Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars.


I wish l could rate this book more than five stars because it is worth more than the five stars l rated it.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Book Review: Richard Denham and M.J Trow: World Of Britannia

World of Britannia: 


























This may contain spoilers


Author: Richard Denham and M.J Trow.
Title: World Of Britannia.
Genre: History, Britain & Ireland, Early British & Roman Britain, World History, Europe, Pre – 500,

I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I got this book from T. Squared Books.


First of all l would like to say a big thank you to Richard Denham and M.J Trow for sending me this book and giving me a chance to read it. I would like to say a big thank you to T. Squared books for letting me be apart of their book reviewing team.

I would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio even if you do not read books like this.


I normally do not read books of this genre but l stepped outside my comfort zone with authors and genres l am so glad l did because l have read so many great books and come across some great authors.


This book has 210 pages in it.


I highly recommend this book.


Synopsis: World of Britannia forms the historical background to the 'Britannia' trilogy the arrival of Rome's legions, first under Julius Caesar, then aulius plautius in the first century is well documented, but the end of roman rule in Britain remains forever in shadow, ' illuminated' only by contradiction and legend. The action of the Britannia series spans the period 367 – 425 AD, the beginning of what historians, with some justification, used to call the dark ages. It was the twilight of a civilisation that had lasted for nearly five hundred years and Britain would never be the same again. This book documents the little we know, from written records and from archarology and gives a snapshot of a world that was on the brink of vanishing. This book is an invaluable accompaniment to the series, providing insights that are not possible in his historical fiction as a standalone history book, it provides a fast-paced, easily-understood account of one of the least known eras in British history, ' but we must not forget and we must not let our children forget or our children's children! ' forget what? She frowned. ' that there was a wall and there were heroes of the wall. and there was once a Britannia.


Review: I found this book really easy to get in to and hard to put down once l started reading it. It did not take me long to finish this book. I normally do not read about history but after reading this book l really enjoyed reading about history. I really enjoyed reading this book and about Britannia and Romans. I really liked the pictures in this book. I was hooked on this book after reading the first few pages. I can not put in to words how great this book is I would tell people to read this book for themselves to know how great this book really is. It was nice to read about the different gods and names. They was called. I reviewed this book on goodreads, amazon UK and US and my blog and I also took a picture of this book and shared it to my Instagram that l made for pictures of my books it is called donnareviewsbooks. When l was reading this book I would put some essential oils in my humidifier and put the lights on and chill on my bed and listen to magic or spotify or something on TV or netflix. I also put my christmas lights on that are on my christmas tree it is so relaxing. I like reading about all the treasures that are being unearthed and that there are graves being found all over. This book is great and l would happily read it again and again. I am sad to finish reading this book l would love to read more from these authors and more about history. I wish this book did not finish because it was a great read and it was exciting book to read and sometimes l would light a candle when l was reading this book. I got this book in paperback but it is available in other editions I have another book fro M.J Trow l am super excited to read it. I loved reading this book. I wish there was a follow on from this book. It is really nice just to relax with a good book as specially when you are in pain with arthritis or feeling ill. I been reviewing books for over two years and I have read so many great books.


About The Authors: M.J Trow (the 'M' as most people know stands for Meirion, a welsh name few can manage, so he writes as M.J, is known by all and sundry as Mei, rhyming with 'My') has been writing for many years, with his first book – the adventures of inspector Lestrade – being published in 1984 by Macmillan. More Lestrades followed and then some true crime and somehow it all snowballed so now he has many historical biographies and three other crime series (Maxwell, Marlowe and Grand and Batchelor, the latter two written with his wife, writing as Maryanne Coleman, though her name is Carol, actually!) to his credit. He claims to be retired, but that is just from teaching. In fact he has never been busier and is sought after 'ghost' these days as well as historian and novelist, with many different subjects' stories having been told through him. He has recently started collaborating on fiction projects ( with someone other than his wife, that is) and finds it a really exciting and pleasurable experience. To relax he... actually, that's a bit tricky, as he does not really ever relax. He has been know to garden, he is a keen cook and artist and likes to travel. This is rather easier these days as he is a popular speaker on cruise ships – in fact his profile picture was taken on a very gusty day in cape town, setting off on a long voyage home to Southampton through some of the scariest seas he and his wife have had the pleasure to meet! It really was the calm before the storm, despite being a force 9 just leaving the bay. Family is important and he is very proud of his wife, Carol ( aka Maryanne Coleman) for her own books and also the ones they write together, the Kit Marlowe series. His son, Taliesin, know as Tali, is a writer who has written a biography of the tudor explorer Martin Frobisher as well as collaborating with Mei on several biographies. An exciting series is in the melting pot at the moment and will hopefully be appearing soon; remember where you heard it first. Tali is also a musician, playing various instruments with some acclaimed bands; Gemma Hayes, the coal porters, circulus and currently acid-folk ensemble the lords of thyme. He also records and tour-manages. His crystal vocals enhance everything he does and it is just as well someone in the family can sing, as it is the first thing anyone asks a welshman!.

Richard Denham is the co-author of the popular 'Britannia' series with M.J Trow. These books follow a group of soldiers and their descendants through the madness of a chain of events which will eventually lead to the fall of roman Britain and the descent in to the dark ages.
About The Book: I really love this bookcover and that it is a picture of a sky and clouds. It is nice that the font is yellow and white because it makes the writing stand out more. I like the font.

Star Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars.


I wish l could rate this book more than five stars because it is worth more than the five stars l rated it. 

Book Review: Frank Cavallo: Eye Of The Storm

Eye of the Storm


























This may contain spoilers

Author: Frank Cavallo.
Title: Eye Of The Storm.
Genre: science fiction & fantasy, fantasy, low fantasy, literature & fiction, horror, dark fantasy, fiction, literature.


I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


The author or somebody on behalf of the author contacted my sister through her book reviewing blog asking her to review this book. She said to the person send me two copies and l will pass one on to my sister who reviews books.


First of all l would like to say a big thank you to Frank Cavallo for sending me this book and giving me the chance to read it.


I would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio even if you do not read books like this.


I normally do not read books of this genre but l stepped outside my comfort zone l am so glad l did because l have read so many great books and come across some great authors.


I highly recommend this book.


This book has 404 pages and 64 chapters in it and this book also has 6 parts in it.


Book Dedication: as always, deepest thanks to my family and friends, for your unwaving support. Special thanks to PD coffee gang, for keeping me sane all these years and to Kitty, for giving me this idea a chance to grow and place to settle.


Lastly, I owe a debt to everyone in mongolia crew, especially Suvdaa for showing me your wonderful, wild, beautiful country and Kitty, who made me tell her this entire story in a Russian UAZ-452 on a very long drive through the gobi desert. This one is for all of you – my fellow wanderers of the steppe.


Synopsis: on a research mssion in one of the most remote regions of the world, former navy seal Eric slade and Dr Anna fayne are caught in a mysterious storm. Catapulted through a rift in space – time, they are marooned on a lost world. Struggling to survive and desperate to find a way home, they must confront the dangers of this savage land – a dark wizard and his army of undead – a warrior queen and her horde of fierce neanderthals that stands against him – and a legendary treasure with power to open the gateway between worlds, or to destroy them all: the eye of the storm.


Review: I found this book really easy to get in to and harder to put down once l started reading it. I was hooked on this book after reading the first page. When l was reading this book l would put some essential oils in my humidifier and put the lights on my humidifier on and chill on my bed and listening to magic or spotify, or something on television or netflix. I sometimes light a candle when l was reading this book. It is good to chill reading a good book when you are not well or in pain. It did not take me long to read this book. I like that the author dedicated to all his family and friends and all the other people who helped him and showed him around different countries. I was sad to read about all the people who lost their lives in this story. I was sad to read that threya's father Chernos passed away. I was sad to read that Dr Anna fayne was hurt, I was also sad to read that all the people on the plane with Dr Anna fayne, Mark vaughn and Eric R slade all died and I was sad that Mark vaughn passed away. It was nice that Kerr helped Anna and Eric and saved them from being sold as slaves. I hope Dr Anna fayne survives being shot with arrows. I can not put in to words how great this book is I would tell people to read it for themselves to know how great it really is. This book is a great read and this book will take you away when you are reading it. It is nice that Threya's father wanted her to take over for him because he knew he was dying. Some people were happy about it and some were very upset about having a woman as a boss. I was very sad to read that Kerr's father passed away but was happy to read that Threya's father took him in and looked after him until he passed away even though they was enemy. I was sad that Dr Anna fayne passed away due to her injuries and slade was the only survivor. I am wondering what's going to happen to slade when they get to the place where they are going and what Kerr going to do and if he saves slade. Dr Anna fayne had all her blood drained out of her body and some sort of liquid put back in her body so she become undead. Threya sounds like a strong girl still going on with things after the passing of her father. I wondered what happened to her mother. I was really sad to read both Kerr's mother and father passed away at the same time. It was nice that slade tried to return something to Threya after it fell off her wagon. Kerr sounds like a strong guy after losing both his parents at the same time. I am wondering if Anna and slade see each other again or get back to their own world. I was sad to finish reading this book l would happily read this book again. I wish this book would not finish. I also wish there was a follow on from this book. I would love to read more from this author. I was sad to read that Eric slade was going to be killed and Kerr was going to lose the friend he made. I understand why he was angry about it and I understand why Kerr could not tell him. I was sad that Threya's guard was not going to protect her and that he was going to kill her. I hope slade helps Kerr save her and then she asks slade to become her guard because he was strong and he did take on her guard and toad-men who attacked them and sadly killed Dr Anna fayne. I reviewed this book on goodreads, my blog and amazon UK and US and l also took a picture of this book and shared it on my Instagram that l made just for pictures of my books it is called donnareviewsbooks. I was sad to read that all the slaves was stabbed and cut from the neck down when they was still alive and it was horrible that their hearts were ripped out and their bodies was eaten by some sort of animal it also ate their bones. I wonder what happened to their hearts and l wonder if slade helps Kerr and saves Threya and stops her being killed. It sounds like they want to kill threya because they do not want a women to be their queen and her bodyguard is suppose to protect her not kill her. I really enjoyed reading this book I could not get enough of this book and story I wish there was a follow on to this storyline I would happily read this book again. I have this book in paperback but it is also available in kindle edition. I can not put in to words how great this book is l would tell people to read it for themselves to know how great it really is. I was happy that slade saved threya life and l was sad to read that they was going to war after loads of people died. I am glad threya has slade and Kerr by her side. I think threya has fallen in love with slade but I think Kerr likes threya more than just a boss. I hope threya, Kerr and slade win the battle. This book will leave you wanting more this book is really addicting. This book has lots of pages I would tell people to give this book a go. Do not judge the book by it cover ( I love the cover). My sister has also read and reviewed this book and she loved it too. I was sad to read that loads of people was dying. It was weird that tarquin come to by the black storm like everybody else that ended up there. Everybody who arrived with tarquin died and now tarquin is half human and half cyborg he can not remove the framework as it would kill him. I hope Kerr and slade stay friends because they sound like great friends they should not let threya come between them. I have honestly really enjoyed reading this book and how tarquin drains the blood from people's bodies to make them undead when the undead went to war with threya's people they just turned in to dust or bones but l found it sad that some of the people will never make it home to their loved ones or to be buried by their loved ones. I was really sad to read that Azreth turned against threya and pushed Kerr off a cliff I hope he survives and they can stop Azreth before he does too much damage. I wonder why tarquin thought threya, Azreth, slade and Kerr was died. It was nice of tarquin to help threya and slade after Dr Anna fayne took them to the place she had been staying since she was injured by the toad-men when she was helping Kerr get the ghost stone after threya's father told him to get it before he passed away. I hope Azreth can be stopped. This book is really a great read and I was sad that tarquin died and Dr Anna fayne took over the machine / robot to help with the fight against Azreth. I was glad Kerr won the war against Azreth but l was sad he had to be sent away. I was happy slade stayed with Threya and Dr Anna fayne because he could not face leaving them.


About The Author: Frank Cavallo is the author of the hand of osiris and the lucifer messiah. His short stories have appeared in a variety of publications, including every day fiction, Ray gun revival, and lost souls. He has also written for the black library's warhammer property, including several short stories in their monthly fiction magazine hammer & bolter, as well as a novella featured in the collection gotrek & Felix: lost tales.

About A Book: I really like this book cover and the colours used on it and l like the font that the title of the book is wrote in and the colour of the font makes the writing stand out.


Star Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars.



I wish I could rate this book more then five stars because it is worth more than the five stars I rated it.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Book Review: John Murray And Sharon Murray: Code Name: Papa My Extraordinary Life While Hiding In Plain Sight

Code Name: Papa: My Extraordinary Life while Hiding in Plain Sight


























This may contain spoilers

Author: John Murray & Sharon Murray.
Title: Code Name: Papa My Extraordinary Life while hiding in plain sight.
Genre: biography, political, history, military history, political history, politicians, society, politics & philosophy, government & politics, warfare & defense, autobiography, memoir,.


I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review. The author or somebody on behalf of the author contracted my sister though her book reviewing blog asking her to review this book and she said she would pass it on to her sister to read and review it aswell.


Book Dedication: we dedicate this book to all the wonderful people who have worked so hard to make this world a better and safer place... and especially to the many who have given their lives or their good health while doing it.


First of all l would like to say a big thank you to John and Sharon Murray for sending me this book and giving me a chance to read it. I want to say a big thank you to the person who contacted my sister and thank you for taking the time to email her.


I would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio even if you do not read books like this.


I normally read books of this genre but l also stepped outside my comfort zone with authors and genres I am so glad l did because l have read so many great books and come across some great authors.


I highly recommend this book.


This book has 328 pages and 45 chapters in it.


Synopsis: who'd have thought a bright, but fairly ordinary young man from middle class america who got just above average grades, dated the same girl throughout high school and went to church most Sundays, would grow up to eventually head a very secretive band of brave individuals – both men and women – who regularly put their lives on the line because they wanted to protect the rest of you. Yet that's what we did, often sacrificing our personal lives ( Four marriages for me, all in the book) and our health ( courtless broken bones, major surgeries, even death) to do it. Meanwhile you're just going to have to call me “Papa” like everyone else around the globe has through most of those wildly unpredictable and dangerous years.


Review: I found this book really easy to get in to and harder to put down once l started reading it. I can not put in to words how great this book really is l would tell people tp read it for themselves to know how great it really is. I was happy Billy, Jake and now who called Papa survived the army. I was sad to read that Jake's father and the first Papa died of cancer. The first Papa picked the new Papa before he passed away. He wanted the three friends to carry on his lifes work after he was gone. But the three friends would never forget the first Papa. When l was reading this book I would put some essential oils in my humidifier and put the lights on my humidifier on and chill on my bed listening to magic, spotify or something on television or netflix. I sometimes light a candle when l am reading this book. I was sad that Billy was shot but glad he survived. I was really sad to read that man, women and children was all murdered and their bodies was burnt. Billy, Jake, Nancy and Papa knew the people who was murdered because they had helped them. I was sad that Jake lost a bit of his finger in a gun battle with the people who killed all the people who lived in the town where they was. I wondered who is after them and why they sent in two women. I understand that they had to be killed because they was a threat and they could tell all the secrets that first Papa (Jake's father) worked so hard to build. It was sad that all the women had to have hysterectomies so they would not have periods so they would not slow them down or miss missions because of their periods. Nancy had to have one but she knew she did not want any more children she was happy with her son and she told her husband it was for medical reason why she had to have a hysterectomy. In away she was doing it to save her life and so she did not leave anything behind or slow down Bill, Jake and the two new guys and Papa. I like how bill, Jake and Papa stay friends through out the years. The three friends sounds like great guys and they sound like they loved the first Papa very much and was sad that he passed away. Papa would be so proud of them and that they had suck together and are still carrying out his lifes work even though he is not here to see his dream live on. I was really sad to read that women that they were trying to save was murdered not long before they entered the building. I was really sad to read that all the women was kidnapped when they was younger and used as sex slaves. I was happy to read that Papa was reunited with a guy who saved him when he was injured in the war but little did he know that the ship he was fetched home on belonged to Papa (Jake's father). I was sad to read that brownie was shot and was sad that Papa was shot in the arm. It was good that Nancy treated brownie's wounds and helped stop Papa bleeding from his arm. I was sad that bill got power burns on his face. Brownie lost one of his kidney and had some nerve damage in his leg. Papa lost use of his left arm but he had several operations to regain use of it. Bill had a bit of damage to his right eye but they had all survived. I was sad to read Jake's wife had died from ovarian cancer. I was sad that Jake's son Adam was in a terrible car accident. I was sad that a tumor was found in Julia's stomach I was really sad to read how much pain Julia was in. Julia had chemo I was really sad that Julia passed away. I was sad that Bill took his own life. I was sad that Bill's wife told Papa and Jake not to to come back to bill's final resting place. I was really sad to read that Nancy had passed away and she was cremated when she wanted to be buried. I was sad that Jake was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. Papa promised to look after Adam if anything happened to Jake. Papa and Jake wanted to find who killed Nancy. I was sad to read that Jake had passed away and was cremated I think he should have been buried. I was happy Papa got married again but it ended in divorce and Papa was now power of attorney of everything and Jake's beloved and only son Adam. I was sad to read that gangrene had set in both limbs and he knew Adam would not survive amputation. Papa knew it was time to let Adam go because the poor lad was only being kept alive by the machines and Adam was cremated. Out of all his friends Papa was the only one left alive but he will always remember his second family.

About the author: John Murray is a Vietnam veteran who spent most of his adult life working as an undercover agent for the united states, Canada, and various european governments he lives with his wife in a small, rural western town, but he remains haunted by the visions of what he saw, tried to prevent or rectify.

Sharon Murray is a retired business executive who lived in the united states and abroad. After helping John write his memoirs, she convinced him thay they were worth sharing with the world.
Abby Jones is the author of several books and has written for numerous magazines. She lives on the west coast and has traveled extensively.

About the book: I really like this book cover it is perfectly fitting for the story and l like the colours used and I like that two different colours are used for the writing.

Star Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars.


I wish I could rate this book more than five stars because it is worth more then the five stars l rated it. 

Book review: Shelia Roberts: The Snow Globe

The Snow Globe


























This may contain spoilers.

Author: Shelia Roberts.
Title: The Snow Globe.
Genre: christmas, romance, holiday, fiction, chick lit, contemporary, contemporary fiction, contemporary romance,

I used my own money to buy this book as a treat for myself.

Book Dedication: For Rosebud.

I highly recommend this book.

Acknowledgments: this was such a fun book to write! Of course it is always fun when you get to work with great people and I want to take a moment to thank some of them right now. Thanks to my buddy Ruth, for all the great insight and encouragement. Huge thanks to Susan Wiggs, Elsa Watson, and Anjali Banerjee, for keeping an eagle eye on my work in progress most of all, thanks to my fabulous agent, Paige Wheeler, and my amazing editor, Rose Hilliard, and all the super people at st Martin's press, who worked so hard to help this story become a book may you all see your dreams come true this christmas.

This book has 176 pages and 18 chapters in it.

I would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio even if you do not like books like this.

I normally read books of this genre but l also stepped outside my comfort zone l am so glad l did because l have read so many great books and come across some great authors.

Synopsis: when Kiley Gray discovers a snow globe in an antique shop, she has no idea how much her life is about to change. For years, the snow globe has passed from generation to generation, somehow always landing in the hands of a person in special need of christmas miracle, this year, all Kiley wants for christmas is someone to love. A hopeful shake leads her on an adventure that makes a believer out of her when Kiley shares her story of the snow globe with her best friends – two women with problems of their own – they do not believe it. But they are about to discover that at christmas time, sometimes the impossible becomes possible and miracles really do come true.

Review By Other Author: Shelia Roberts makes me laugh. I read her books and come away inspired, hopeful and happy;. - Debbie Macomber.

Discover an unforgettable treasure in Shelia Roberts' tale of love and laughter, magic and miracles, friendship and coming home …

perfect for fans of Debbie Macomber, Jill Shalvis and Nora Roberts, this is a gentle, romantic christmas story that is sure to capture your heart and leave you with a smile.

Review: I found this book really easy to get in to and harder to put down once l started reading it. I was hooked on this book after reading the first page. I can not put in to words how great this book is. I would tell people to read it for themselves to know how great it really is. I love how christmassy this book is. This book is perfect to read at christmas time or even winter but l would read christmas books all year because christmas is my favorite holiday.when l was reading this book l would put some essential oils in my humidifier and put the lights on my humidifier and chill on my bed listening to magic, spotify or something on television or netflix. I sometimes light a candle when l am reading this book. It is good to chill reading a good book when you are not well or in pain. I reviewed this book on goodreads, my blog, amazon UK and US and l also took a picture of this book and shared it on Instagram that l made just for pictures of my books. It is called donnareviewsbooks. I was sad to read that Otto's wife and baby passed away I was happy to read that somebody give him a snow globe because it had an angel in that looked like his late wife and he could pass it down through generations. It was really good to read that Otto found a new wife and their had a new baby. I was sad to read that Kiley's sister and fiancee cheated on poor Kiley it must be horrible going to family dinners and parties and seeing the guy that cheated on you with her sister. I was happy to read that Kiley found the snow globe because it sounds like she needs a christmas miracle, l like that Kiley got a cat to keep her company. It was nice that Kiley met Craig because she deserves happiness after what she has been through. It was really nice that Kiley give Suzanne the snow globe but it was sad that Bryn tried to get it off the fireplace and ended up falling but glad Suzanne catched her but l was sad to read that Suzanne broke her leg and ended up on clutches. Suzanne should get Bryn the dog she wants and l hope Suzanne does not break the snow globe l hope she passes it on to Alison or back to Kiley. I would happily read this book again and again. It did not take me long to read this book. I wish l had the snow globe because it sounds beautiful and everybody needs a christmas miracle. I was happy that Suzanne got Bryn a dog it was a shame she did not get happy. It was nice if Alison to go visit the old folks home and give out cookies. I was really happy Kiley and Craig got engaged and Suzanne was going to have another baby. It was great to read Kiley, Suzanne and Alison went to meet the last of Otto's family and Alison had seen the lady's living room and the lady and herself having a cup og tea together in the snow globe. It was great that the three best friends left the snow globe on the boat with a note saying if you need a christmas miracle please take it. I think they should of put on the note when you had your christmas miracle please pass it on to somebody else.

About the author: Shelia Roberts lives on a lake in the pacific northwest. She's happily married and has three children. She has been writing since 1989, but she did lots of things before settling in to her writing career, including owning a singing telegram company and playing in a band. Her band days are over, but she still enjoys writing songs. Shelia's books are best sellers and often appear as reader's digest condensed books. Her novel “ angel lane” was named one of amazon's top ten romances in 2009. her novel “ on strike for christmas” was a lifetime network movie and her novel “ nine lives of christmas” is now a hallmark movie. When she is not speaking to women's groups or at conferences or hanging out with her girlfriends she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women's hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.

About the book: the bookcover is very christmassy and l like the picture of the snow globe and l like that the writing is yellow and white because it makes it stand out more.

Star Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars.

I wish l could rate this book more than the five stars because it is worth more then the five stars l rated it.



Saturday, 8 April 2017

Book Review: M.J Trow: The Wigwam Murder

The Wigwam Murder

This may contain spoilers










Author: M.J Trow.
Title: The Wigwam Murder.
Genre: biography & true accounts, true crime, criminals, biography, true accounts, murder and mayhem,murder, mayhem,


I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I got this book from T Squared Books.


First of all l would like to say a big thank you to M.J Trow for sending me this book and giving me a chance to read it. I would also like to say a big thank you to T Squared Books for letting me be apart of their book reviewing team.


I would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio even if you do not read books like this.


I normally read books of this genre but l also stepped outside my comfort zone I am so glad l did because l have read so many great books and come across some great authors.


I highly recommend this book.


Book Dedication: to Mam, with thanks for her reminiscenes of the war ( and for teaching me to write!).


This book has 220 and 12 chapters.


Acknowledgements: my thanks to all who have contributed to this book.


To those who lived in the thursley area in 1942. - ex – pc a W. Bundy, Miss P.J Dummer, Mr A.E Gale.


To those who knew Joan Wolfe. - Mrs R. Durrant, Mrs Betty Holliday and others.

To 'the Canadians'. - Carl Goodard, Carol White of the personnel records centre, national archives of Canada and Mrs Helen McKay of the battleford branch library.


To Linda Findlay of the surrey police headquarters press office.

To Michael Page of the archivist's department, surrey country council.


To Joan Charman, librarian of the goldalming trust.


To G.R Cpllyer, editor of the surrey advertiser.

To all authors and publishers from whose works l have quoted.


To my wife, Carol, for all her hours of labour ate the keyboard and her continued help and support.


Synopsis: The wigwam murder – as the case against August Sangret came to be known – was one of most brilliant pieces of detection and forensic science then on record Drs Keith Simpsons, Eric Gardner and Gerald Roche Lynch worked together to present a comprehensive body of work that convinced and shocked the jury. It was the first time that a human skull had been produced in a British court room. It belonged to Joan Pearl Wolfe, a nineteen-year-old runaway and vagrant who hung around Canadian army camps, particularly in the hankley common, Surrey, area. The man who went to the gallows in April 1943 for the capital crime of murder was August Sangret, a french – Canada metis Indian despite the amazing forensic work, the evidence against him was purely circumstantial 'no, sir, I never killed that girl, somebody did it and I guess I will have to take the rap,' he said. In this compassionate re – telling of the short and tragic relationship between the two young misfits, M.J Trow builds on his reputation as a chronicler of human failings and bringer of the light of day in to the cold pragmantism of the courtroom with a foreword and afterword to give the 21st century reader some additional insight in to both the time of the murder and the time of the original research of twenty years ago, this book is a gripping and at times heartrending tale of two lost people in a world torn by war.


Review: I found this book really easy to get in to and hard to put down once l started reading it. I was hooked on this book after reading the first page. I can not put in to words how great this book is l would tell people to read it for themselves to know how great this book really is. This book is really a great read and it did not take me long to finish this book. I reviewed this book on goodreads, amazon UK and US and on my blog. I got this book in paperback but it is available in kindle edition. I was sad to read about Joan Pearl Wolfe murder I hope the police catch who murdered her I would love to read more from this storyline and more from the author I wish this book would not finish. This book is truly gripping it will leave you wanting more. I hate how a person can take a life of another person. I am glad this book is on my bookshelf. I was really sad to finish this book. I was sad that Joan did not get to turn 20 years old and her baby never got a chance to live outside the womb. Joan sounded like a sweet girl. I wish she had got to go home to see her family again. I feel for Joan's mother no mother should have to bury their children I wish Joan's mother had got to see her daughter become a mother and she got to see her grandchild. I was sad to read that Joan's father gassed himself I wish they knew why he committed suicide I think Joan would have been different if her father was still alive to help. Her mother tried everything to get her beloved daughter to come home but nothing made Joan want to come home which l thought Joan would want to be around her family at the time so she would not be alone while she was pregnant. When I was reading this book I would put some essential oils in my humidifier and put the lights on my humidifier and chill on my bed and listen to magic or something on spotify or something on TV or netflix l also put on my christmas lights on that are on my christmas tree. I sometimes light a candle when l was reading this book. I really enjoyed reading this book. I could not get enough of this book. I do not understand if August did not murder Joan why would he take the blame like August Sangret did if was me l would not take the blame for something l never did. I was wondering if Joan's skull was buried with the rest of her body after reading that it was shown in court l hope it was and she has a nice spot in the graveyard where her family can go and remember their beloved family and her unborn baby and put flowers on the grave. I was sad that Joan's life was cut short and in a violent way and it was upsetting that she was not discovered for a few weeks and that maggots and rats had been eating away at her so they could not tell if she was pregnant because her womb had been eaten. I loved this book I would happily read this book again because l really enjoyed it. Sometimes it is good just to chill reading a good book when you are not well or in pain like l am with arthritis. I also took a picture of this book to share it to my Instagram that l made just for pictures of my books it is called donnareviewsbooks.


Afterword: Since the writing of the Wigwam murder, the world has turned, but nothing new has emerged in this particular case. The aftermath of let him have it, Chris was astonishing not only was the murder conviction against Derek Bentley overturned, but the laws that made it possible, that of joint felonious enterprise, has been repealed the Bentley decision, the hanging of an educationally subnormal boy for a murder he did not commit, was controversial from day one. The Wigwam case was not there was a war on, newsprint itself was in scarce supply and the jury was sufficiently swayed by the evidence to find August Sangret guilty. Despite their recommendation to mercy, no mercy was extended to the outsider, the loner without any real friends in the book you have just read, I find the evidence against Sangret circumstantial and the verdict unsafe, but l concede I may be in a minority of one. Thames television, as they then were, contacted soon after publication. The story of an Indian living in a Wigwam in rural surrey intrigued them (though I suspect they may have had their wires crossed with grey owl, Archibald belaney, 1888 – 1938) and l 're-enacted' the murder on location, swinging a birch branch towards the camera lens and scrabbling through the undergrowth since this was a local news 'feature', there was no fee and l am not even sure if it was ever shown very belatedly, l was contacted by a member of the Sangret family who expected payment because l had 'used' his forebear in a book l decided not to reply to tell him that. That was not how publishing worked! Years later still, I was asked by the historical society at Scotland yard to talk to them on the case. The evening was well attended, I showed my power. Point presentation and l hope a good time was had by all. The famous 'black museum' which I have now visited twice, thanks to the metropolitan police's good offices, could not help with the Sangret case because it came under the jurisdiction of the surrey police at the time the most bizarre follow up to the Wigwam murder was a letter out of the blue from a man who claimed to be August Sangret's son, he could not understand how l could have got my facts so wrong because his mother had told him that Sangret was his father and he had not been born until 1950. since this was some seven years after the metis execution, I could not understand that either welcome to the world of true crime!
About The Author: M.J Trow (the 'M' as most people know stands for Meirion, a welsh name few can manage, so he writes as M.J, is known by all and sundry as Mei, rhyming with 'My') has been writing for many years, with his first book – the adventures of inspector Lestrade – being published in 1984 by Macmillan. More Lestrades followed and then some true crime and somehow it all snowballed so now he has many historical biographies and three other crime series (Maxwell, Marlowe and Grand and Batchelor, the latter two written with his wife, writing as Maryanne Coleman, though her name is Carol, actually!) to his credit. He claims to be retired, but that is just from teaching. In fact he has never been busier and is sought after 'ghost' these days as well as historian and novelist, with many different subjects' stories having been told through him. He has recently started collaborating on fiction projects ( with someone other than his wife, that is) and finds it a really exciting and pleasurable experience. To relax he... actually, that's a bit tricky, as he does not really ever relax. He has been know to garden, he is a keen cook and artist and likes to travel. This is rather easier these days as he is a popular speaker on cruise ships – in fact his profile picture was taken on a very gusty day in cape town, setting off on a long voyage home to southampton through some of the scariest seas he and his wife have had the pleasure to meet! It really was the calm before the storm, despite being a force 9 just leaving the bay. Family is important and he is very proud of his wife, Carol ( aka Maryanne Coleman) for her own books and also the ones they write together, the Kit Marlowe series. His son, Taliesin, know as Tali, is a writer who has written a biography of the tudor explorer Martin Frobisher as well as collaborating with Mei on several biographies. An exciting series is in the melting pot at the moment and will hopefully be appearing soon; remember where you heard it first. Tali is also a musician, playing various instruments with some acclaimed bands; Gemma Hayes, the coal porters, circulus and currently acid-folk ensemble the lords of thyme. He also records and tour-manages. His crystal vocals enhance everything he does and it is just as well someone in the family can sing, as it is the first thing anyone asks a welshman!.


About The Book: I really like the bookcover and the colours used on the cover are really nice they are not too bright and not too dark. I really like that some of the writing is in grey and some is in white as it makes it stand out more.


Star Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars.


I wish l could rate this book more than five stars because it is worth more than the five stars l rated it.