One Life, One Kopeck by Walter Duranty

One Life, One Kopeck by Walter Duranty

One Life, One Kopeck by Walter Duranty – is a fiction book published in 1937. It’s rather dark and I gave it only 2 stars. As I am studying Duranty and have a very low opinion of him I might be biased, but I don’t…

A Song of Silence by Steve N. Lee

A Song of Silence by Steve N. Lee

A Song of Silence by Steve N. Lee* is the second book I read by him. The first one was To Dream of Shadows. Both stories take place during WWII and both are inspired by real events. Blurb for A Song of Silence by Steve…

Search for a key by Walter Duranty

Search for a key by Walter Duranty

Search for a key by Walter Duranty – a novel based on his life, but has quite a few details fictionalised. I read it for my studies, it is not a book easy to get and it doesn’t seem to be particularly interesting either. While…

Winter in Moscow by Malcolm Muggeridge

Winter in Moscow by Malcolm Muggeridge

The review for Winter in Moscow by Malcolm Muggeridge will be short, mainly because it is a book hard to find, published in mid-1930s, and I doubt there will be many readers interested in reading this book. Which is a shame because I liked the…

Cat among the pigeons by Agatha Christie

Cat among the pigeons by Agatha Christie

Cat among the pigeons by Agatha Christie is a murder mystery solved by Poirot. I am not keen on this series and this book was not to my liking. I only gave it 3 stars. The unpopular games mistress was shot through the heart from…

Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie

Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie

I read Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie and loved it, before watching the BBC abomination of 2018 ecranisation of the book. If you read the book skip the movie, if you haven’t read the book… skip the movie. It’s embarrassingly bad on so many…

Crooked house by Agatha Christie

Crooked house by Agatha Christie

This is a really good whodunnit. The plot is interesting. Aristide Leonides is killed with poison. He had a much younger wife, who is also going to inherit. Charles Hayward is a criminologist who wants to marry into the family, but his future wife said…

The memory keeper of Kyiv by Erin Litteken

The memory keeper of Kyiv by Erin Litteken

The memory keeper of Kyiv by Erin Litteken is the second book I read by her. I really like her writing style and I would happily read her future novels as well. I gave this book a very well deserved 5 stars. Like her other…

The Useful Idiot by John Sweeney

The Useful Idiot by John Sweeney

The Useful Idiot by John Sweeney is a fiction book by an author I read recently, Killer in the Kremlin, that one was non-fiction. It was exactly the kind of book I was looking for, as the subject is Gareth Jones. Jones was a Welsh…

The Lost Daughters of Ukraine by Erin Litteken

The Lost Daughters of Ukraine by Erin Litteken

The Lost Daughters of Ukraine by Erin Litteken is a fascinating novel. She was inspired by her own family’s history and wrote a beautiful and emotional story. It starts in the summer of 1941 when Nazis are marching towards Ukraine. This is the story of…

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie is a murder mystery solved by two amateur sleuths, Bobby and Frankie. Bobby discovers a dying man. His last words were: ‘Why didn’t they ask Evans?’ Bobby starts investigating to see who killed this man. Bobby is…

Giant’s Bread by Agatha Christie

Giant’s Bread by Agatha Christie

Giant’s Bread by Agatha Christie is the first book of the 6 written under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, but the last I read. I gave this one 4 stars, because, unfortunately, the ending is incredibly stupid. Out of the 6, Absent in the Spring was…

The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick

The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick

The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick is a short story, so well worth reading. I gave it 4 stars because I’m not too keen on the style of writing, but I loved the idea. Initially I thought I would read The Man in the…

Unfinished Portrait by Agatha Christie

Unfinished Portrait by Agatha Christie

Unfinished Portrait by Agatha Christie is an autobiographical novel. The blurb was misleading, so avoid reading it. Without reading the blurb I would have appreciated the book more. Nevertheless, it was a clear 4 stars, mainly because of the spoilers in the blurb and of…

To Dream of Shadows by Steve N Lee

To Dream of Shadows by Steve N Lee

I was contacted by the author and asked if I want to review his latest book. I loved the plot, so I said yes. I’m glad I did because To Dream of Shadows by Steve N Lee* was such a wonderful story, worth reading. Even…

The Burden by Agatha Christie

The Burden by Agatha Christie

The Burden by Agatha Christie is the final book in her 6-book series written under a pseudonym. I was unsure if I should give the book 4 or 3 stars, but decided on 3. I can’t say exactly why I didn’t go for the 4…