Machiavelli: Guardian of Paris by Micheal Scott. (E-book)


Publication Date : October 6, 2020
File Size : 5655 KB
Print Length : 61 pages
Publisher : Delacorte Press (October 6, 2020)



Amazon Review:


It is 1793, and Paris is in the grip of the Terror—the terrible days of the French Revolution. Drawn by the destruction and chaos, Black Annis has come to the city with dark plans to bring even more death upon its people, and only one person stands in her way: the immortal human Machiavelli.

Now, that lost story is told. . . .

The Dark Elders granted Machiavelli eternal life. But the Prince lives only for himself, and he won’t allow Black Annis to destroy the city he’s come to call home. Only, is isn’t just Black Annis that Machiavelli’s up against—the Dark Elder is out to raise the catacombs of Paris, and now the dead are roaming the streets once more.


  So, the newest short story/ novella is about Machiavelli! 

When reading the original series I tended to (sometimes) not know if he was such a bad guy, or maybe some good in him.  I think this story about him settles that score!  An Immortal with a bit of a soul?   One must read it to find out! 

I am loving these short stories from Michael Scott, letting me know more about the characters and used in writing his series.  I think more authors should do things like this!  Very few people (characters) are always 100% “bad”.  

I am already looking forward to next month and the next addition to his collection!  Aoife and Scathach  Shadow Twins.  I never got to know enough about Aoife and Love Scathach, so it should be, yet another, good read!

Thank you so much for keeping life in the Original Series Michael Scott !!!!

Ruler of the Night


A novel that is part of a series….



Ruler of the Night by David Morrell.


Series: Thomas and Emily De Quincey (3) (Book 3)
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Mulholland Books; Reprint edition (November 28, 2017)
ISBN-10: 0316307912



Amazon Review;


The notorious Opium-Eater returns in the sensational climax to David Morrell’s acclaimed Victorian mystery trilogy.

1855. The railway has irrevocably altered English society, effectively changing geography and fueling the industrial revolution by shortening distances between cities: a whole day’s journey can now be covered in a matter of hours. People marvel at their new freedom.

But train travel brings new dangers as well, with England’s first death by train recorded on the very first day of railway operations in 1830. Twenty-five years later, England’s first train murder occurs, paralyzing London with the unthinkable when a gentleman is stabbed to death in a safely locked first-class passenger compartment.

In the next compartment, the brilliant opium-eater Thomas De Quincey and his quick-witted daughter, Emily, discover the homicide in a most gruesome manner. Key witnesses and also resourceful sleuths, they join forces with their allies in Scotland Yard, Detective Ryan and his partner-in-training, Becker, to pursue the killer back into the fogbound streets of London, where other baffling murders occur. Ultimately, De Quincey must confront two ruthless adversaries: this terrifying enemy, and his own opium addiction which endangers his life and his tormented soul.
Ruler of the Night is a riveting blend of fact and fiction which, like master storyteller David Morrell’s previous De Quincey novels, “evokes Victorian London with such finesse that you’ll hear the hooves clattering on cobblestones, the racket of dustmen, and the shrill calls of vendors” (Entertainment Weekly).


This is the third book by David Morrell which features Thomas De Quincey…. and I wish there were more!

Since many of his books have been made into movies it makes me wonder who would play De Quincey??  But these are not new books so I am guessing they will never be made into movies.. But if they were.. I’d go see them!

The “character” of De Quincey is so strange, that for the life of me I couldn’t figure out how he came up with such an odd, but excellent, character.  Then I found out he was a real person!  Thomas De Quincey The English Opium Eater… wow..  of course the books are fiction, but he brilliantly used him as the main character in these 3 books. 

I certainly recommend these books.  Murder as a Fine Art, Inspector of the Dead,  and this one, Ruler of the Night.  If you like Murder Mysteries and Old England in the 1800’s… you will love these books!

Murder as a Fine Art

Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell.


Series: Thomas and Emily De Quincey (1) (Book 1)
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Mulholland Books; First Edition edition (May 7, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0316216798



Amazon Review


A brilliant historical mystery series begins: in gaslit Victorian London, writer Thomas De Quincey must become a detective to clear his own name.
Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London forty-three years earlier.
The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey’s essay On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts. Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter Emily and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives.
In Murder as a Fine Art, David Morrell plucks De Quincey, Victorian London, and the Ratcliffe Highway murders from history. Fogbound streets become a battleground between a literary star and a brilliant murderer, whose lives are linked by secrets long buried but never forgotten.


This is a reread.

And, I had forgotten how good this book is!  Wow.  I remember the first time I read it and talked to my friend Catherine Russell and said , ” what a great character Morrell had come up with using an Opium Eater”.   The she informed me that Thomas De Quincey was a real person!!!  That news blew me away!  He is a great character for this book!  (and 2 others that follow). 

The book has everything.  Old Victorian London, street people, beggers, the police department, murders, and plenty of mystery!

Oh, and if you think the authors name sounds familiar… he also wrote the Rambo books that were made into movies.  FYI.

The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis.


Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Headline; Reprint edition (July 30, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1472255097



Amazon Review:


Read her letter. Remember her story…

Gripping. Mesmerising. Haunting. Heart-breaking. Once you’ve heard her story, you will never forget The Girl in the Letter.

Perfect for fans of Kate Morton, Rachel Hore and Kathryn Hughes, this page-turning, moving novel of separation and long-buried secrets will stay with you for ever.

In the winter of 1956 pregnant young Ivy is sent in disgrace to St Margaret’s, a home for unmarried mothers in the south of England, run by nuns, to have her child. Her baby daughter is adopted. Ivy will never leave.

Sixty years later, journalist Samantha stumbles upon a series of letters from Ivy to her lover, pleading with him to rescue her from St Margaret’s before it is too late. As Sam pieces together Ivy’s tragic story, terrible secrets about St Margaret’s dark past begin to emerge. What happened to Ivy, to her baby, and to the hundreds of children born in the home? What links a number of mysterious, sudden deaths in the area? And why are those who once worked at St Margaret’s so keen that the truth should never be told? As Sam unpicks the sinister web of lies surrounding St Margaret’s, she also looks deep within – to confront some unwelcome truths of her own…


This book is fiction, however many things in this story  are from truths from long ago.  It’s a really good mystery and keeps you reading to find out what’s next.  I like stores about people finding out about their past, surprises all the time.

The book is sad in many ways..but I found I couldn’t put it down for long!  A great book if you like “family secrets” being discovered.

The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols by Nicholas Meyer.


Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books (October 15, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1250228956


Amazon Review:


With the international bestseller The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, Nicholas Meyer brought to light a previously unpublished case of Sherlock Holmes, as recorded by Dr. John H. Watson. Now Meyer returns with a shocking discovery―an unknown case drawn from a recently unearthed Watson journal.

January 1905: Holmes and Watson are summoned by Holmes’ brother Mycroft to undertake a clandestine investigation. An agent of the British Secret Service has been found floating in the Thames, carrying a manuscript smuggled into England at the cost of her life. The pages purport to be the minutes of a meeting of a secret group intent on nothing less than taking over the world.

Based on real events, the adventure takes the famed duo―in the company of a bewitching woman―aboard the Orient Express from Paris into the heart of Tsarist Russia, where Holmes and Watson attempt to trace the origins of this explosive document. On their heels are desperate men of unknown allegiance, determined to prevent them from achieving their task. And what they uncover is a conspiracy so vast as to challenge Sherlock Holmes as never before.


This is book 4 that Nicholas Meyer has written about Sherlock Holmes.  (yes I have them all)  All I can add to the review is that he absolutely nails how Sherlock and Holmes spoke back in the day. He knows the History and If you didn’t know better you’d think Conan Doyle wrote the books that Nick Meyer has written

For Star Trek People:  Nick wrote the screen plays for Start TrekVI, Star Trek II, and Star Trek IV.. as well as directed them. 

He is also the writer of Time After Time, Sommersby and others.

I am honored to say that I actually got to meet Nicholas Meyer once in my life.  At the time I lived In California. My dear friend DeForest Kelley invited me and Sue Keenan to the movie set to see a shot being filmed from Undiscovered Country. (It was the scene where Kirk and McCoy were being beamed up from Rura Penthe.  Before the filming began De told us to “wait right here, I’ll be right back.”… moments later out he walks with Nicholas Meyer to introduce us to  him!  When it came to De introducing “me”.. he hemmed and hawed like he didn’t know my name..(one of his jokes.. so of course I wanted to get even) Mr Meyer had put out his hand to shake while I looked at De who was grinning like a Cheshire Cat.  I looked at Mr. Meyer and said.. oh, I’m a hugger and wrapped my arms around him for a hug! ( De couldn’t control his laughter… poor Nick!)  After that incident Sue and I referred to him as “Nickie” (no disrespect meant)  So to say “Nickie” became someone special to me.  Not to mention that DeForest thought the world of his writing and and directing ..He always knew when someone was special.

So…..   If you enjoy Sherlock Holmes (my movie favorite was Basil Rathbone). Any and all of the books Nicholas Meyer has written would be a no brainer for you!





About the Author

NICHOLAS MEYER is the author three previous Sherlock Holmes novels, including The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for a year. He’s a screen-writer and film director, responsible for The Day After, Time After Time, as well as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country among many others. A native of New York City, he lives in Santa Monica, California.

What Rose Forgot

What Rose Forgot by Nevada Barr.


Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books; (September 17, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1250207134


Amazon Review


Rose Dennis wakes up in a hospital gown, her brain in a fog, only to discover that she’s been committed to an Alzheimer’s Unit in a nursing home. With no memory of how she ended up in this position, Rose is sure that something is very wrong. When she overhears one of the administrators saying about her that she’s “not making it through the week,” Rose is convinced that if she’s to survive, she has to get out of the nursing home. She avoids taking her medication, putting on a show for the aides, then stages her escape.

The only problem is―how does she convince anyone that she’s not actually demented? Her relatives were the ones to commit her, all the legal papers were drawn up, the authorities are on the side of the nursing home, and even she isn’t sure she sounds completely sane. But any lingering doubt Rose herself might have had is erased when a would-be killer shows up in her house in the middle of the night. Now Rose knows that someone is determined to get rid of her.

With the help of her computer hacker/recluse sister Marion, thirteen-year old granddaughter Mel, and Mel’s friend Royal, Rose begins to gather her strength and fight back―to find out who is after her and take back control of her own life. But someone out there is still determined to kill Rose, and they’re holding all the cards.


I enjoyed this book very much.  It was fast moving , double spaced, and makes you want to get back to the book after you’ve closed the book.

There are few books written with an older (60’s) person as the main character.. this is one of the few.. but let me tell you.. she doesn’t act like “some old lady”!! 

Totally like this book.. and I think you will too.

The Hunt for History

The Hunt for History by Nathan Raab.


Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Scribner (March 10, 2020)
ISBN-10: 1501198904



Amazon Review:


Nathan Raab, America’s preeminent rare documents dealer, describes his years as the Sherlock Holmes of historical artifacts—questing after precious finds and determining their authenticity—and he shows us what the past can tell us about the present.

A box uncovered in a Maine attic with twenty letters written by Alexander Hamilton; a handheld address to Congress by President George Washington; a long-lost Gold Medal that belonged to an American President; a note that Winston Churchill wrote to his captor when he was a young POW in South Africa; paperwork signed and filled out by Amelia Earhart when she became the first woman to fly the Atlantic; an American flag carried to the moon and back by Neil Armstrong; an unpublished letter written by Albert Einstein, discussing his theory of relativity.

Each day, people from all over the world contact Nathan Raab for help understanding what they have, what it might be worth, and how to sell it. The Raab Collection’s president, Nathan is a modern-day treasure hunter and one of the world’s most prominent dealers of historical artifacts. Most weeks, he travels the country, scours auctions, or fields phone calls and emails from people who think they may have found something of note in a grandparent’s attic.

In The Hunt for History, Raab shares some fascinating stories about his professional exploits: spotting a letter from British officials that secured the Rosetta Stone; discovering a piece of the first electric cable laid by Edison; restoring a fragmented letter from Andrew Jackson that led to the infamous Trail of Tears; and locating copies of missing audio that had been recorded on Air Force One as the plane brought JFK’s body back to Washington. Whether it’s the first report of Napoleon’s death or an unpublished letter penned by Albert Einstein to a curious soldier, every document and artifact Raab uncovers comes with a spellbinding story—and often offers new insights into a life we thought we knew.


When I sent for this book I wasn’t sure how it would be, but it wasn’t a big book so I sent for it.  In the beginning I thought I made a mistake.. it was a father teaching is son how to tell if something like an autograph was authentic or not. It should have interested me, as I collected autographs.. but I got mine most all in person so I had no doubts they were authentic! 

Anyway it finally got to when the son was older and they were mostly interested in documents from history.  When they found something they said how they checked for authenticity and then just because it was a letter from, lets say, Einstein , what was in the letter was far more important then the signature.

As it went on they got deeper into historical letters and documents and then he talked about why each piece was or was not important in value of the History of it.  The book became more and more interesting as it went on. In the end it could have been longer as far as I am concerned. 

Very different for me to read , yet, I learned a lot from it.  Probably some “forgotten history” along with things I vaguely remembered.  Not a bad choice for a book if you want something different and you have interest in some history.

A Gift of Dragons

A Gift of Dragons by Anne McCaffrey.

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Del Rey; 1 edition (October 29, 2002)
ISBN-10: 0345456351

Amazon Review

For more than thirty years, Pern has conjured visions of brave men and women mounted upon the backs of dragons. As anyone knows who has been touched by the storytelling magic of Anne McCaffrey, to read of the exotic world of Pern is to inhabit it—and to experience its extraordinary dragons is to soar aloft with them and share their dazzling adventures.

Now, A Gift of Dragons brings together three beloved stories and a thrilling new tale of Pern in a single volume illustrated with beautiful artwork by Tom Kidd. In “The Smallest Dragonboy,” Keevan is the youngest dragonrider candidate, determined to impress a dragon when the next clutch of eggs hatches. But what transpires will surprise everyone—Keevan most of all. In “The Girl Who Heard Dragons,” a young girl’s rare ability to communicate with dragons puts her family in danger and will bring her face to face with her greatest fears—and with her most secret desire. The “Runner of Pern” is a girl named Tenna, who follows family tradition by delivering messages—and who will find her destiny on the mossy traces that runners have used for centuries under the dragon-filled sky. And finally, a very special gift: an exciting new Pern adventure, published here for the first time, fresh from the imagination of Anne McCaffrey.

Honestly, there’s not much left to say after the amazon Review.  Since the book is 4 short stories they have given a good account of it.

I will add that the pages are all decorated and every so often the is a full page drawing of what is happening in the story.  The book is call A Gift of Dragons.. but it also a special little book that is a gift in itself.

The Dolphins of Pern by Anne McCaffrey.

Hardcover: 340 pages
Publisher: Del Rey; 1st ed edition (September 6, 1994)
ISBN-10: 0345368940


Amazon Review:


The humans of Pern are reunited, after eons of noncontact, with the intelligent dolphins who had originally settled the planet with them. When a boy, Readis, is rescued by “shipfish” and realizes that they can talk, he develops a lifelong obsession with the fascinating creatures. But, though his interest is shared by the young dragonrider T’Lion and his dragon, Gadareth, it is forbidden by his mother, who has feared the unusual ever since she was kidnapped by outlaws because of her ability to hear and talk with dragons. Readis pursues his briney friendships nonetheless, reporting his findings to the computer, Aivas, which is attempting to guide the humans to a new era by freeing Pern forever from the devastating, life-consuming Thread. Meanwhile, the leading dragonriders and holdlords must act to contain the lust for land and power of Toric, Lord Holder of the South. Expanding upon events related in All the Weyrs of Pern, McCaffrey here adds yet another dimension to her colorful and vivid saga by focusing on the attractive dolphins and their highly believable society.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.


This book “happens” at the same time Avis is teaching others about their ancestors who came to Pern.  The Dolphins are mentioned in other books but “barely”.  It seems the ancients had changed something in Dolphins to make them understand man and even English speech!

All the Weyrs of Pern by Anne McCaffrey.


Hardcover: 404 pgs
Publisher: Ballentine Books; First Edition edition (January 1, 1991)



Goodread Review:


For generations, the dragonriders had dedicated their lives to fighting Thread, the dreaded spores that periodically rained from the sky to ravage the land. On the backs of their magnificent telepathic dragons they flew to flame the deadly stuff out of the air before it could reach the planet’s surface. But the greatest dream of the dragon riders was to find a way to eradicate Thread completely, so that never again would their beloved Pern be threatened with destruction.
Now, for the first time, it looked as if that dream could come true. For when the people of Pern, led by Masterharper Robinton and F’Lar and Lessa, Weyrleader and Weyrwoman of Benden Weyr, and Jaxom, excavated the ancient remains of the planet’s original settlement, they uncovered the colonist’s voice-activated artificial intelligence system – which still functioned!
And the computer had incredible news for them: There was a chance – a good chance – that they could, at long last, annihilate Thread once and for all!


Goodness!  I was so long since I read some of these that I actually had forgotten how the book would end!!

All the favorite characters are back and are amazed at what they had found and the information AVIS was giving them!  I just love the characters that Anne McCaffrey created and can never get enough of them… however, when her son took over writing them he took things in different directions..(woman’s view and man’s view?) Anyway I tried 2 of his books and stopped…  No one, not even her son can write like Anne McCaffrey did.