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Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker

The charming community of St. Denis in southwestern France does not exist, but you can go there anytime you open one of Martin Walker’s mysteries featuring the engaging Bruno, Chief of Police.  In Bruno, Walker has created an appealing mix of … Continue reading

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The Way (DVD)

When Thomas Avery’s son, Daniel, is killed in the Pyrenees, Thomas leaves California to retrieve Daniel’s body.  Once he gets to France, Thomas discovers that Daniel was walking the Camino de Santiago, which is a pilgrimage that is, at its … Continue reading

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A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay

I loved Sarah’s Key, but I expected to because I enjoy historical fiction. I started  A Secret Kept with much lower expectations; it’s rare for me to love a more modern setting, especially in France, and to follow and become involved in … Continue reading

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

It’s been 24 hours since I’ve finished Code Name Verity, and I am still staring at a wall, recovering. We first meet our heroine as a prisoner of war in Occupied France, writing down everything she knows about the Allied War … Continue reading

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French Children of the Holocaust by Serge Klarsfeld

This nonfiction Holocaust book is not for the faint of heart, or weak of muscle. Its huge size is a tribute to the tireless work of the author. For over 30 years Serge and Beate Klarsfeld have devoted their lives … Continue reading

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The Lost King of France: A True Story of Revolution, Revenge and DNA by Deborah Cadbury

This book could be called a modern science mystery.  It follows the story of Louis XVII, son of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, and his older sister.  While his sister survived her imprisonment, remarried and continued her life as part of … Continue reading

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Joheved by Maggie Anton

The first in the Rashis’s Daughters trilogy, Joheved is a perfect blend of inspiration, religion and historical fiction. Rashi was a real person who wrote some of the most well-known and studied Torah commentaries in existence. While the name Rashi … Continue reading

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DVD – The Tudors, the Complete Final Season

Having enjoyed the first three season’s of Showtimes “The Tudors”, I was anxious to view this fourth and final season.  In this final season, we meet King Henry VIII’s last two wives, Katherine Howard and Catherine Parr, who are played … Continue reading

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The Expected One by Kathleen McGowan

Classed as a Mystery Thriller at the local bookstore and as Fiction at JCL, “The Expected One” follows protagonist journalist, Maureen Pascal as she does research for her new novel. In the process, she discovers ancient mysteries involving the Cathar … Continue reading

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The Engagement by Georges Simenon

Belgian novelist Georges Simenon is best known for his detective series featuring Parisian policeman Jules Maigret. But he also wrote a number of bleak psychological novels that deal with people whose lives are disrupted by seemingly random happenings or impulses. … Continue reading

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