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Book Reviews for April 2018 + Giveaway!

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Treasure Island First up, I have another little book giveaway. This month it's for a paperback copy of the Wordsworth Classics edition of Treasure Island. Originally serialised between 1881 - 82, this classic by Robert Louis Stevenson is a must for any bookshelf! :)

Blurb: When a mysterious sailor dies in sinister circumstances at the Admiral Benbow inn, young Jim Hawkins stumbles across a treasure map among the dead man's possessions. But Jim soon becomes only too aware that he is not the only one who knows of the map's existence, and his bravery and cunning are tested to the full when, with his friends Squire Trelawney and Dr Livesey, he sets sail in the Hispaniola to track down the treasure...

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The Missing Reel: The Untold Story of the Lost Inventor of Moving PicturesThe Missing Reel: The Untold Story of the Lost Inventor of Moving Pictures by Christopher Rawlence
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Non-Fiction, 1992. The narrative is disjointed and sometimes difficult to follow, but the actual content is fascinating. I particularly enjoyed the family detail which is usually left out of online accounts of Le Prince, and hearing about the personal connections Rawlence had that inspired him to work on the story.



That's Not My UnicornThat's Not My Unicorn by Fiona Watt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fiction, 2017. Simple but super cute pre-school book with lots of different touchy-feely elements, ranging from fluffy to sparkly to bumpy. My three-year-old adores it and can already recite the whole thing.



Where's My Cow? (Discworld, #34.5)Where's My Cow? by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fiction, 2005. When Sam Vimes gets bored of reading about farmyard animals to his baby son, he starts introducing some of the characters he encounters every day on his beat along the streets of Ankh-Morpok. This is a fabulous take on the ubiquitous 'that's not my...' kids' book format, making it a must for (future) Discworld fans everywhere!



The Abdy Farm Murders: Who killed two little girls at Kimberworth?The Abdy Farm Murders: Who killed two little girls at Kimberworth? by Jeannette Hensby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Non-Fiction, 2017. Detailed account of a case I hadn't come across before. I especially liked the careful explanations of the distances involved and the likely visibility (or lack thereof) of the murder site from the road, which helped make sense of how the killer was able to commit the crime. The family involvement in the book really brought home the tragedy of the case, and played on my mind for weeks afterwards.



Fatal PassionsFatal Passions by Adrian Vincent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Non-Fiction, 2016. 16 brief overviews of historical crimes of passion, some better known than others. A well written, engrossing read, with short enough sections to pick it up and put it down as necessary.




The Woman In The Attic : The True Story of Blanche MonnierThe Woman In The Attic : The True Story of Blanche Monnier by Jennifer Morgan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Non-Fiction, 2017. Interesting but very brief overview, would work better as a chapter in a wider book on such cases.





Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes about the Stars and Legends of the Movies!Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes about the Stars and Legends of the Movies! by Stephen Schochet
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Non-Fiction, 2010. An absolute treasure trove of Hollywood trivia from a professional Tinsel Town tour guide. The stories come without sources or references, but one or two at the very least will definitely whet your appetite to go googling for more info!




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