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Category: Laura Tolomei

Review by LallaGatta – The Ides of Apri by Lindsey Davis

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What a disappointment!

I'm a big fan of Lindsay Davis, and I've read all her Falco series, loving every single book.

But Flavia Albia is another story.

This book lacks all of Falco's wit and irony. It lacks the,warmth and the thoroughly enjoyable relationships between lovable characters.

This book is dark, heavy and repetitive at times. Where Falco doesn't take anythin seriously, Flavia Albia takes herself way too seriously. She plays it like she's the best informer, but in fact she makes so many blunders that she ought to consider a carreer change.

The plot was so predictable that I knew from Chapter One who had done it, something I never managed with any of the Falco's investigations.

And I particularly didn't like discovering that the author is biased toward women investigators. The difference between how she treats Marcus Didius Falco and Flavia Albia leaves me wondering whether she's a misogynist at heart.

For sure, I won't be reading any more of this series.

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Review by LallaGatta – Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

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Fantastic and hilarious read!

Crichton's pungent humor blends in with this historical adventure to spin an intriguing yet witty tale that kept me hooked until the last page!

True that Michael Crichton is one of my favorite authors ever, but I didn't know how funny and ironic he could be. This work was therefore an unexpected surprise, and it thoroughly delighted me.

I would recommend this book to anyone with a high sense of adventure, a curiosity for the history of the US expansion in the West, a bonding with the fate of the American Indians, but mostly the propensity to make fun of people and situations no matter how dire their conditions.

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Review by LallaGatta – The Miracles of the Namiya General Store by Keigo Higashino

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Mr. Higashino is unequalled!

His latest work had me hooked from the first page. Events were woven together so intricately yet so perfectly that they came round in a full circle without a single flaw!

And the characters stand out so vividly that it's like I actually know them in real life.

This book is nothing short of superb, and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an out-of-the-ordinary plot, a series of unexplainable coincidences and an unexpected ending!

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