Christy’s Reviews

Tin Cans and Greyhounds by Clint Johnson

Tin Cans & Greyhounds by Clint Johnson tells the true story of US destroyers and how they developed from WWI through WWII.  These ships could escort & protect other ships, protect ships in battle, perform rescues saving countless sailor lives; and put on a great offense firing torpedoes, hedgehogs, and depth charges.  Although the US did not […]

Doom Patrol: A DC Universe Series

Doom Patrol hooked me in ways that the Umbrella Academy did not. The first episode begins with Alan Tudyck’s (Serenity) Erik Morden going to see Von Fuchs, a Nazi scientist hiding in South America, who offers super hero enhancements at a hefty price. Morden also acts as the narrator of the series and a favorite line from the first episode is […]

The Woman Behind the New Deal

The Woman Behind The New Deal tells the life and legacy of Frances Perkins, the first female Secretary of Labor. The author writes of Perkins’ drive, caring for a husband with a mental illness, the conflicts with her daughter. She tried mightily to keep the family together while also trying to achieve legislative goals. I […]

Seth G. Jones’s biographical book A Covert Action

Seth G. Jones’s A Covert Action tells the true story of a CIA program code named QRHELPFUL.   President Reagan directed the CIA to start this program after the Polish government cut off telephone contact with the West and Prime Minister Wojciech Jaruzelsk got ready to declare marshal law. The CIA used contacts in the Catholic Church, […]

In Plain Sight TV Mini Series

In Plain Site, a TV miniseries I watched on BritTV depicts the true story of Lanarkshire’s Detective William Muncie and his quest to bring killer Peter Manuel to justice. Douglas Henshall to stars at Muncie I am familiar with from police/mystery series Shetland and as the narrator for S.E.O. Secret Agent Selection WWII a series I […]

S.E.O. Secret Agent Selection:WWII

  S.E.O. Secret Agent Selection:WWII focuses on both the tell the real life story of S.E.O in World War II and re-enacting the training with contemporary people. The people in charge include historian experts seeping in S.E.O. knowledge and former and current military personal. The civilians who take part in this exercise do so on […]

The Blood Card by Elly Griffiths

  The Blood Card by Elly Griffiths is the third book in the Magic Men Mystery Series.  It opens in 1953 England and the entire nation is preparing for Elizabeth’s coronation. At the same time televisions have taken England by storm and Max Mephisto and his daughter Ruby will appear in on a live variety […]

Tokyo Rose/American Patriot: A Dual Biography

Tokyo Rose/An American Patriot tells two stories.  The first one about Iva Toguri, a Japanese American, stuck in Tokyo after the US declares war on Japan.  On the other the biography tells the reader about the mythical/ radio personality Tokyo Rose who taunted the US military. The mythical propagandist and Iva Toguri became connected when she made the […]

New PBS Series Unforgotten

  PBS began airing Unforgotten in April. It centers on DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) and her partner DI Sunil (Sunny) Khan. A group of workers breaking up the floor of a rundown building find bones under the footings. Their work stops and the police are called.  Soon after Stuart and her partner Khan arrive […]

Collateral (Four Episode TV Mini Series)

  Collateral, a four episode mini series now on Netflix.   The focus of the series a pizza delivery man dies by gun shot outside of a customer’s apartment building. The detective in charge of the case,  DI Kip Glaspie has a this his death goes past being a hate crime.  The DI proves right it relates to […]

Glace’ or the Frozen Dead” a Netflix and M6 television thriller series

  Glace’ or the Frozen Dead,  is a six part series about a small town in the French Pyrenees where events sinister take place. Commandant Martin Servaz wants to stay in Toulouse but a prosecutor friend calls him back.   A millionaire’s horse dies brutally before being found tied high up on a mountain near a power […]

Blood & Sand by Alex Von Tunzelmann

Blood and Sand focuses on the year 1956. Hungary’s people protest against Soviet rule and in Europe: England, France, and Israel begin to plan war against Egypt.  England and France want to hold onto the Suez Canal and Israel desires more land.   Also, Prime Minister Anthony Eden hates the leader of Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasar […]

The Breadwinner: an animated tale

  The Breadwinner is a tale about 11-year-old Parvana who grows up in Afghanistan under Taliban rule. She and her father sell hand-made items in the market until one day he gets arrested. It drives Parvana to take care of her family and to find a way to free him. To give herself strength as well as the rest of her family she tells […]

The Hawk and the Dove

  The Hawk and the Dove fits into a series of books on the Cold War that I am reading.  This biography’s focus is on the relationship and rivalry between Paul Nitze, a political insider who worked with several Presidents and George Kennan, a diplomat turned academic.   The author of this book is Nicholas Thompson, grandson of […]

Buso Renkin – Anime and Manga Program

Buso Renkin I think is the first anime program I have watched in years. The previous programs I remember watching are Inuyasha (2000-2004) and Cowboy Beebop (1998-1999). Buso Renkin beings with Kazuki Muto, a high school student, walking near a Haunted Factory when he sees  a giant robot snake like monster chasing a school girl.  […]

Schlesinger: The Imperial Historian

  Arthur M Schlesinger JR, one of the major historians of the 20th century,  set the bar on shaping the late John F. Kennedy’s legacy.  His start as a historian began with his father a noted Harvard professor who encouraged his son to follow his dreams and goals. In the years to come Schlesinger forged […]

66 Days: Bobby Sands Documentary

  66 days: Bobby Sands, a documentary by  Brendan J. Byrne, presents a cleaner version of the IRA member’s last days. I became familiar with Bobby Sands from watching the 2008 film “The Hunger” starring Michael Fassbender.  Unlike, 66 days, it does not hesitate to face and show the terrible prison conditions Sands and other […]

Harlan Coben’s The Five: A BBC Crime Drama

  New Jersey novelist, Harlan Coben moved to doing a drama series with the BBC that first aired in April of this year called “The Five.” This series is now available on Netflix’s Online streaming service.  I found the series there, read the description, chose to watch all 10 episodes. “The Five” focuses on four […]

The Inspector Pekkala Series

  Since I read The Eye of the Tsar, I have made a point to read  the Inspector Pekkala series by Paul Watkins writing as Sam Eastland. However, soon this series will end and it makes me very sad.  I really enjoy the series and the richness of Watkin’s story telling. His main character, Pekkala was […]

Review of Swiss Vendetta by Tracee de Hahn

      Unable to stay in Financial Crimes,  Inspector Agnes Lüthi  transfers to Violent Crimes to escape memories of her late husband.  She thinks her new assignment will start uneventfully, she could not be more wrong. With a severe blizzard about to strike Lausanne,  Lüthi receives orders to investigate the stabbing death of a young woman […]

Review of A Study In Scarlet Women

  A Study in Scarlet Women (The First in the Lady Sherlock Series) is an interesting take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s character.  I initially felt uncertain and a bit awkward about Charlotte Holmes’, the Lady Sherlock, because of what she does to gain her freedom and independence.  And yet the affair she has is what […]

Review of The Seance Society

The Seance Society is set in 1956, Lee Pickett is a reluctant private investigator, following in his late father’s footsteps.   Aiding him in his investigations is a scholarly Mr. O’Nelligan, who has a keen ability to solve mysteries.  Their latest case is brought to them by George Agnelli, a policeman nearing retirement. He feels the death […]

Review of Smoke & Mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors, is just as enjoyable to read as the Zig Zag Girl , its up follows in the Mystery men series.  Christmas has come to Brighton and locals are eager to see the new production of Alladin starring Max Mephisto but Di Edgar Stephen can’t feel the holiday spirit.  He has the murder of two children, brother and […]

A Review of In This Grave Hour: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

    In This Grave Hour, opens on Sunday, September 3, 1939. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in a radio broadcast announces to the nation that Britain is at war with Germany. Shortly afterwards, psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs, find her house broken into by secret agent Dr. Francesca Thomas.  She comes on urgent business to […]

Review of The Blood Strand

        In The Blood Strand: A Faroes Novel, British police detective Jan Reyna, returns to his native home on one of the Faroes  islands after police find his estranged father unconscious with a shut gun and someone else’s blood staining his clothes. The novel presents in two narratives one from Jan point of view and his […]

Review of Death in Profile

      Death in Profile by Guy Fraser-Sampson, author of the ‘Mapp and Lucia’ novels, introduces readers to his Hampstead Murder series.  A serial killer has claimed the lives of four women and  Detective Chief Inspector Tom Allen and his team remain stuck after more than a year of investigation.   When a fifth woman is found dead, […]

Review of Another One Goes Tonight

  Another One Goes Tonight is the 16th book in the Peter Diamond series by Peter Lovesey.   Two police officers near the end of their shift receive one last call from dispatch; to look into a report of a naked man.   On their way to the scene their squad car crashes into an eccentric elderly […]

Review of Missing People

      Missing People is  the heartbreaking  story of the Messenger family unable to carry on after eldest child Etta vanishes.  In the years following Etta’s disappearance, her family and her boyfriend’s wounds are still fresh and angry. Meg, the mother, is a house cleaner who has conversations with Etta as she works.  Charlie, the […]

Review of The Gatekeeper

        The Gatekeeper by Kathryn Smith shares the life story of Marguerite (Missy) LeHand  personal secretary to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She gained family access to her personal papers, work correspondents, newspaper interviews done during her life time and much more. Smith shares this story less like a biography and more like a […]

Review of A Warrior of the People

  Susan La Flesche grew up at a time when her tribe faced a serious crisis: do they fight to keep their culture intact or do they adapt to white culture? Her father, Joseph La Flesche, the last chief of the Omaha, made the tough decision to combine both cultures and he set an example […]

Her Nightly Embrace

      Her Nightly Embrace is the first book in the Ravi PI series set to become a TV show starring Sendhil Ramamurthy from Heroes and Heroes Reborn. Ravi is a seminary drop out and former teacher who becomes a PI in a firm filled with quirky characters.  The predilections each of his co-workers has […]

Apostle of Union

  Apostle of Union by Matthew Mason,  is a biography about  Edward Everett.  By sharing his life story, Mason reveals a sometimes overlooked part of Pre-Civil War history: the devotion many had preserving the Union and the Constitution. Everett is an example of one such champion to both causes. During his life, Everett was as […]

Outfoxed: Andy Carpenter Mystery

  Andy Carpenter, David Rosenfelt, wise cracking and case adverse lawyer, is back again in Outfoxed. (The fourteenth book in the series.)  Andy’s loves are wife Laurie, a former cop still connected to her old colleagues, adopted son Ricky, and dogs especially Tara. When he is able to elude his law practice, Andy is usually […]

Eye In The Sky (DVD)

Eye In the Sky, directed by Gavin Hood (Rendition) and script by Guy Hibbert,  is a taut thriller that reveals not even drone warfare is clear-cut. The film’s focus is on a house in a Kenyan village where a small group of terrorists are meeting.  UK, US and Kenyan political and military personnel watch them […]

Review of Origins

      Authors Simon Cantan and Dave Higgins short story Origins, introduces readers to a new series called Dragons and Magic. In the story’s fantasy world people have attributes (think a role-playing computer game with points to add to a basic character to improve it) including strength, wisdom, constitution, dexterity etc. Parents can improve […]

Review of Circle of Poison

   Circle of Poison tells the story of U.S. banned pesticides being sold to other countries through  interviews with people in communities around the world. In each of them there are unusually high levels of disease and babies being born with defects. In India a family feels the terrible effects of the pesticide endosulfan when […]

Better Dead

Better Dead by Max Allen Collins  is the 20th book in his Nathan Heller series.  I have not read this series before now. I chose this specific book for its interesting premise. At the start of the novel, Senator Joseph McCarthy hires Heller to investigate the Rosenberg case. He wants the detective to prove there […]

Review of The Zig Zag Girl

  It is 1950 Briton England, and Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens latest case is gruesome.  A woman is found cut into three pieces and packed into luggage mimicking a magic trick made famous by his friend Max Mephisto, a renown magician and a former member of the Magic Men. The Magic Men were a group of […]

The Hour Glass Factory

  It is London 1912, Francesca “Frankie George”, a reporter for the London Evening Gazette wants off a woman’s column.  She yearns to have her own hard news stories published like male reporters do.  Her latest plea to her boss Mr. Stark falls on deaf ears.  Her next assignment is to do a profile of […]

Dr. Ruth Galloway Series

  I have enjoyed Elly Griffith’s Dr. Ruth Galloway series going on six years now.  Ruth is first introduced in The Crossing Places (2010), when her archeological ability becomes necessary to Norwich, DCI Harry Nelson. He asks her to decide if a child’s bones found near a prehistoric henge site belong to a girl who […]

My Review of Shiny Young Adult

Shiny Young Adult is the prequel story to the book Shiny New Swindle. Shiny Young Adult offers a peek into events leading  to main character, Chris joining elite hackers: Max, Heidi and Erika in the heist featured in Shiny New Swindle. (Last year I read and reviewed the book. Please click here to read it. […]