Christy’s Reviews

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 […]

Monster: A Norwegian Serial Killer Thriller on Starz

      Monster is a seven part series with a simple premise a girl Toril Lind goes missing.   Heading up the investigation is Hedda Hersoug, newly back to her home town.  She plans to work at the local station and keep her mind off of her husband and the marriage she left down south. Then Toril Lind’s boyfriend enters […]

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.  […]

The Frozen Hours: A Novel of the Korean War

      The Frozen Hours, is the first foray of historical fiction author Jeff Shaara, into telling the history and personal stories of the Korean War.   As with the previous books I have read by him. He not only reads biographies by authors on the subject he also interviews the military members still living […]

The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman

  The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months that Changed the World by A.J. Baime examines not only Truman’s life but the time period near the end of WWII and into the Korean War as well. Baime starts with telling about Truman’s early years and his upbringing. His intense labor on the […]

Oliver P. Morton & the Politics of the Civil War & Reconstruction

      Oliver P. Morton grew up in Wayne County Indiana and went on to become a successful lawyer who one day became Indiana’s 14th governor.  He was a strong alley of President Abraham Lincoln and like the president drew criticism that he relied to heavily on one man rule.  Many future historians agreed […]

Unexpected President: Chester A. Arthur

  The Unexpected President tells the life and times of Chester A. Arthur.   No body thought he would reach the position he did as vice president after a career catering to the corrupt and crooked New York political machine boss Roscoe Conkling.   Arthur himself didn’t think so either especially after President Hayes forced him to […]

Lucid Dream – a Kim Joon-Sung Sci-fi Thriller Film

  Lucid Dream focuses on Dae-ho an investigative journalist whose son Choi Min-Woo is kidnapped while the two are at an amusement park.   Three years later the kidnapping still has not been solved by either the police or by investigators Dae-ho has hired. When he hears about a new type of medical technology called Lucid […]

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 […]

Baba Joon: a film written & directed by Yuval Delshad

Baba Joon is a film about Yitzhak who runs the family turkey farm started by his father after the family immigrated from Iran to Israel.   When his son Moti reaches the age of thirteen, Yitzhak wishes to teach his son the family trade but the boy would rather work with machinery specifically on his own […]

The Netanyahu Years by Israeli reporter Ben Caspit

    In the Netanyahu Years, journalist and author Ben Caspit  reveals his subject as a person and politician. He shares details about Netanyau’s early life, living and studying in Israel and America, the family bonds, and what drives him in his endeavors. Up to and through these aspects Caspit gets to the heart of […]

Wormwood: a crime documentary by Erroll Morris

  Frank Olson, a military scientist working at Fort Dietrich, plunges eighteen stories to his death on the night of November 28, 1953.  I first learned of this tragedy while reading the mystery book Better Dead by Max Allen Collins.  (Click on the book title to read my review.)  This year I came upon Wormwood, a documentary […]

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 […]

Documentary: The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson

The documentary film The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson starts  with footage of her in a parade. While Johnson lived she fought for the rights of street queens or transvestites in NY’s gay ghetto.  In 1992 her body lifeless body was found floating in the Hudson River and the NYPD ruled it a […]

Mindhunter: – a new crime drama series on Netflix

Mindhunter, the drama, begins in 1977, a man with a rifle is holding hostages at a factory, demanding to see his wife.   Reporters, snipers, and other police officers watch events unfold.  The lead officer makes demands via a bull horn trying to get the man to give up and lay down is rife.  Soon hostage […]

Astrid Dehe & Achim Engstler’s Eichmann’s Executioner

  Astrid Dehe and Achim Engstler’s Eichmann’s Executioner tells a story that began fifty years ago in May 1962.  Twenty two men who have shared guarding and observing former Nazi Adolf Eichmann must choose who among them will carry out the Court’s sentence to hang Adolf Eichmann.  (It will have to be one of them […]

Ice Guardians: A Hockey Documentary by Brett Harvey

Ice Guardians is a documentary about the enforcers in hockey.   These refer to players who protect their teammates from the opposing team.  Sometimes they need to slam into a player to the keep the puck going from going into their team’s goal.  Or in other cases, if a player crosses an unspoken or moral line […]

Nise: The Heart of Madness a film by Roberto Berliner

        Nise  :The Heart of Madness presents a brief period in the life of Nise da Silveria, a Brazilian psychiatrist and student of Carl Jung. The film opens with her arrival at a psychiatric hospital in Rio de Janeiro.  She batters the closed metal door for some time before someone gives her entry […]

Midnight in the Pacific: Guadalcanal by Joseph Wheelan

    Midnight in the Pacific tells in vivid detail from early August until mid November 1942, US Marines, sailors, and pilots struggle against Japanese soldiers.  The prize: Henderson Airfield which both sides felt if they could win it, the battle would be over.   No matter how hard the Japanese tried the American military gave […]

Bordertown – a Netflix Original Series

      Bordertown is a Scandinavian crime series from featuring Ville Virtanen as Kari Sorjonen, a brilliant & peculiar detective who moves his family out of Finland’s capital to the small town of Lappeenranta near the Russian border.   His wife, Paulinna has survived brain cancer and Kari’s feels his family must come first instead […]

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 […]

Humanitarians at War : A book about the ICRC in Geneva

    Before I get to my thoughts on Humanitarians at War, I want to stress the book’s focus is solely about the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC): Geneva, Switzerland. The title and book description piqued my interest.  I wanted to know why the author felt the ICRC didn’t do enough to help […]

The Killing Forest: A Louise Rick series book

  At the start of The Killing Forest, Louise Rick returns after an extended leave to work at the Special Search Agency a unit of the National Police Department.   After surviving meeting her partner Eik’s canine friend Charlie, they get assigned to find a missing person’s case that of a fifteen year old boy named Sune. […]

Doctor Who: First Four Episodes of the Series

  Doctor Who starts with four episodes that originally aired 23 November 1963 with Unearthly Child, then The Cave of Skulls a week later, next The Forest of Fear, and finally wrapped up with Firemaker on 14 December 1963. Two teachers from Coal Hill School, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright, have concerns about a student […]

Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary by Walter Stahr

  Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary, the third book I read by Walter Stahr.  The other two – Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man has good flow and is an absorbing book.  However, I didn’t feel the same about John Jay Founding Father. It didn’t flow well and at times felt boring. Yet I did finish the book and […]

Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman

  Thalia Mars, just short of her one hundredth birthday, gets in touch with child psychologist Alex Delaware. Normally, he would not consider treating someone outside of his usual patients, but her charm and wit change his mind. Alex meets her in her suite at the Aventura, a luxury hotel.  He hopes for answers as […]

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 Getting off on Frank Sinatra

    “Getting off on Frank Sinatra”, the title to a new mystery series, caught my eye the moment I saw the title on-line. Copper Black, is the arts and entertainment editor, for the newspaper The Las Vegas Light.  Her latest assignment is to interview Marilyn Weaver the founder of the élite Anna Roberts Park […]

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 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 […]

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 The Man Who Knew Infinity (DVD)

  The Man Who Knew Infinity, released on DVD this year, is a film based on the biography of self-taught mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan by Robert Kanigel. Srinivasa grew up in poverty and became enthralled with numbers, formulae, and mathematical theory.  He taught himself most of what he needed to know about each and some […]

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 Breaking The Chains of Gravity

  Usually when we hear the story of NASA it starts with the Soviet Union launching Sputnick.  It is not often anyone finds out more about  NASA’s early days.  This changed for me when I read Amy Shira Teitel’s book Breaking The Chains of Gravity: The Story of Spaceflight Before NASA. Originally known as NACA […]

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. […]

Review of A Dangerous Place

    Ever since Jacqueline Winspear published her first Massie Dobbs book in 2003, I have made a point to read each new book in the series. I find it refreshing that she takes the time to tell each of her character’s full story. She tells the reader their past, present and the offers a […]

The Brokenwood Mystery Series

  I recently found a new mystery series I was not familiar with at the library.  It is called Brokenwood and is set in New Zealand.  The star is Neill Rea as Detective Sargent Inspector Mike Shepard who arrives from an unnamed city to Brokenwood to solve a flagged case. However, The local officers on […]

Review of Secret State

Recently I watched an intriguing TV movie from 2012 titled Secret State.  It starred Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment and Vikings) as Tony Dawkins and Charles Dance as John Hodder (Imitation Game.) Once I finished watching this political thriller, I learned it was based on Chris Mullin’s 1982 book: A Very British Coup.    Six years […]

Review of Back Channel

    Recently I was roaming the isles of my local library when I came upon Stephen L Carter’s Back Channel.   I knew the author’s name from another book he wrote titled The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln. In it Carter imagines Lincoln surviving an assassination attempt only to have Congress charge him with overreaching his constitutional […]

A Review of Two Bronze Pennies

      Chris Nickson’s Two Bronze Pennies opens on Christmas Eve 1890 in Leeds, England.  Detective Inspector Tom Harper is eager to spend Christmas with his wife Annabelle and to have a break from work.  His latter plans are dashed when a young Jewish man living in a nearby district, riddled in poverty, is murdered.  His body […]

Gods of Gold: A Det. Insp. Hardy Mystery

  Chris Nickson author of the Richard Nottingham series, beings a new series also set Leeds, with Gods of Gold. It features Detective Inspector Tom Hardy who  is about to marry Annabelle, a hard-working business woman who rose up from humble beginnings as a maid. While he wishes for mundane police work till after he weds […]

Jeff Shaara’s The Fateful Lightning

      I have read all of Jeff Shaara’s historical fiction books.  I was introduced to  Jeff’s work through his late father Michael Shaara’s Killer Angels. While I was reading the afterward of the book, I learned Jeff was going to continue where is father left off.  I was excited at the news.  And when Gods […]

Time’s Up: A Maise McGrane Mystery

    Time’s up is written by Janey Mack who wanted to be a cop but instead followed another dream to become an author. In her the book, she introduces Maise McGrane, who like her, has always wanted to be a cop – it’s in her blood. Her father and more than half her brothers are […]

Review of The Death’s Head Chess Club

    The Death’s Head Chess Club is a historical fiction novel by John Donoghue .  The novel’s focus is on the unlikely bond between a Nazi officer and a Jewish chess player. During WWII SS Obersturmfuhrer Paul Meissner had fought on the Russian front. During one battle he is severally wounded and loses his foot.  He […]

My Thoughts on Mr. Robot

    Mr. Robot is a USA network show focusing on a young man named Elliot Alderson who has antisocial disorder and who suffers from severe depression. By day he works at Allsafe, a computer network security company, and at night in his apartment he hacks his way into people’s’ lives, learning all he can […]

The Pawn: A Patrick Bower Files Book

    Recently I was in my local library looking for another book to read. I came upon Steven James’ The Pawn, the first book in the Patrick Bowers Files series. Bower is a FBI agent whose specialty is environmental criminology. It is the analysis of time and place locations of crimes to find out […]

Review of The Last Train by Richard Alan

  Richard Alan’s Last Train is a short novella about loving couple Jake and Bernadette who are celebrating their silver wedding anniversary when the train they are on is blown up.  Jakes dies and goes to heaven where color and emotions are intertwined but as lovely as heaven is to him, being there without Bernadette is simply […]

Review of ABC Family drama: Stitchers

    The new ABC Family drama Stitchers aired for the first time on Tuesday, June 2nd.  It is about a highly intelligent Cal tech student named Kirsten Clark (portrayed by Emma Ishta) who has temporal dysplasia (not a real condition) that prevents her from having a sense of time.  The condition also apparently leaves her […]

Arthur & George by Julian Barnes

  I first heard about Arthur and George, a 2015 ITV series through a posting by John Rakestraw on Google Plus. He gave a mini description of the series starring Martin Clunes as Sir Author Conan Doyle. Clicking on the link, Arthur & George Season 1 episode 1  I began to watch. The series focuses […]

E-book Review of Johnny Don’t March

        Timothy Hurley’s e-book, Johnny Don’t March, is a very moving and touching fictional story about Brooklyn native, Nelson O’Brien. Through the main character Hurley  portrays a solder suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. At the start of the book, Nelson has deep emotion and physical scars  from the destruction of […]

Review of Shiny New Swindle E-book Edition

  Shiny New Swindle features an advanced technological world where all a person needs to connect to the web is a tiny brain implant. As a result hackers are “king or queen”. One of the most successful  groups include Chris, Max, Hailey, and Erika. Each member has perfected a code program that hacks into people’s […]

Review of Peter John’s Dead Medium

      For 75 years, May Elizabeth Trump has liked being on her own. Whenever she has company like from her cheery friend Margaret, she allows them begrudgingly. One day after a visit from her friend, May chokes on a cookie and dies in her home. At first she is dismayed by how her […]

Kelly’s Koffee Shop A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery

  Dianne Herman is the author of three Cedar Bay Cozy Mysteries set along the central coast of Oregon. Kelly’s Koffe Shop is the first in the series. The book’s central character is Kelly Connor, a fifty-something breakfast, and luncheonette owner of the popular Kelly’s Koffe Shop. One of her waitresses is her goddaughter, Amber […]

My Review of Titanic Deception

      After I had watched the online book trailer for Titanic Deception by John and Toni Rakestraw, I knew I wanted to read it.  It is about Michael Kearney who works as a food server for Chandler and Sons in the financial district of New York City. He is inconspicuous and reliable. His […]

My Review of Great Lakes Skipper

  On my birthday, one of the gifts I received from my parents was Jim Stark’s Great Lakes Skipper. At his rotary club, my Dad had heard the author speak about his new book. He decided to buy a copy of the book with a personal note. Over the course of fifteen years, the author […]

Review of White Heat by M.J. McGrath

White Heat by M.J. McGrath plays out on Arctic islands off of Greenland. Edie Kiglatuk, the book’s main character, is a part-time teacher and a guide for hunters on Ellesmere and other islands. At the start of the book, she guides two men – Felix Wagner and Andy Taylor – on a hunt. The longer […]

My Review of the film Black Tulip

  The Black Tulip is a film set and filmed in Afghanistan. The film was released in 2010 with a broader release in 2012. It is about the Mansouri family who opened a restaurant called “The Poet’s Corner.” The name of the restaurant comes from Mrs. Farishta Mansouri’s father’s book shop. He ran it until […]

My Review of the book The Detective

  The Detective is by James Patrick Hunt. He has written ten books including Maitland, Maitland Under Siege, The Betrayers, and  Police and Thieves. The Detective is the first book I have read written by Hunt.  It is set in 1970s Chicago in the aftermath of one of the worst snowstorms the city has experienced […]

Review of The Set Up Man: A Johnny Addock Novel

    “The Set Up Man” by T.T. Monday was published this year and is about a relief pitcher named Johnny Addock who plays for the Bay Dogs of San Jose, California. He is thirty five years old and nearing the end of his major league baseball career. With lots of time on his hands […]