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Posted September 26, 2012 in Community Blogs, Clive

By John Sandford

Sandford’s Minnesota police detective Virgil Flowers is an even more fully developed and enjoyable character than his other long running police commander character Lucas Davenport of the Prey series.  With Sandford’s newest procedural Mad River you get both characters as Davenport who is Flower’s boss makes a few cameos.

No one weaves a better tale of crime solving than Sandford who places Flowers in rural Minnesota where he is dispatched to small towns to solve homicides for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.  This newest addition to the Flowers series includes all the well drawn, colorful characters, accurate depiction of the rural Mid-west and subtle, dark humor we’ve learned to expect from a Sandford novel.

There is never much doubt about who the killers are in this book, but the delight is in the many, many twists and turns of the story, which provides surprises right up to the end.  Sandford is a fine writer at the top of his game.

By Julie Garwood

If you are looking for a ‘lite’, bright confection with which to relax this new novel from NYT bestselling author Julie Garwood is it.

An FBI agent and a lawyer meet, fall in love and one is nearly killed in a hit ordered by members of the criminal conspiracy she is investigating.

Romance, some suspense and a generally relaxing read follow.

By G.J. Meyer

So much has been written by so many fine historians about the Tudor Dynasty that it is questionable whether anyone can really add anything new to the subject, but G.J. Meyer has succeeded in providing a fresh and insightful approach to it.

Backed by solid scholarship he begins this collected biography with how Henry VII seized a throne for which he had barely the narrowest of legitimate claims.  He follows this with a critical study of the often brutal Henry VIII and each of his unfortunate children who followed him to the throne as Edward VI who died of tuberculosis at 18, Mary I  who would be known to history as ‘Bloody Mary Tudor’ and Elizabeth I, the survivor who successfully reigned for 40 years, but may have sacrificed most opportunities for personal happiness to do so.

As with any country it is not possible to fully understand the United Kingdom today without knowing its tumultuous and very bloody history.  The relatively short Tudor Dynasty saw the creation of a strong middle class in England largely due to the growth of trade and flourishing commerce and also to the fact that the Tudors slaughtered nearly all of the old nobility that might have challenged them for the throne.

Meyer’s book is a well written and fascinating study of a fascinating family. 

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