Monday, June 18, 2018

The Incorruptibles:

The Incorruptibles: A Study of the Incorruption of the Bodies of Various Catholic Saints and Beati By: Joan Carroll Cruz
Non-Fiction: Religion, 290 pages
Physical Book Count:8
Book Count:24

This book is a collection of all the saints that the author could find that are or were incorruptibles.  (Saints whose's bodies did not decay or did not decay at a normal rate given the amount of exposure to the elements and preservation used.)  They are arranged by when they lived, and include any information that makes their lack of decay even more amazing. (A number of the bodies were covered with quicklime to stop the smell of decay or to break the body down to bones faster for relics.   Other were left out for days without any embalming or were buried with out a casket or in a casket the rotted due to water damage.)  There is also a quick bio of each saint's life along with what happened to the body after death.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Superstition, Pirates, Ghosts and Folklore of Bocas del Toro, Panama:

Superstition, Pirates, Ghosts and Folklore of Bocas del Toro, Panama by: Malcolm Henderson
Non-Fiction: History, paranormal, E-Book
E-Book Count:16
Book Count:23

This short book is an attempt to keep the local legends and history of the island of Bocas del Toro.  It includes lists of superstitions some divided by what people/occasion it relates to, some by which of the mix of different ethnic groups on the island it is from.  It also includes local history and stories.  It also includes interviews with older locals on the subject of superstitions and paranormal things they experienced or heard of when they were younger.  

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Norse Mythology:

Norse Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Norse Folklore Including Fairy Tales, Legends, Sagas and Myths of the Norse Gods and Heroes by: Matt Clayton
Non-fiction: E-book
E-Book Count:15
Book Count:22

This book is a quick overview of some of the major myths and characters in Norse mythology.  It includes information on conflicting/overlapping  stories with notes on  where/when the different variations came from.  

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Heiress of Linn Hagh

The Heiress of Linn Hagh (the First Detective Lavender Mystery) by: Karen Charlton
Fiction: Mystery, Historic, E-book
E-Book Count:14
Book Count:21

This book takes place in 1809 in England.  Detective Lavender and Constable Woods work for Bow Street (as in the police ) and are known for their detective skills.  A young lady named Helen has disappeared from her locked room at the top of her family's castle.  Her concerned uncle has hired the two to find her and dispel rumors that magical creatures are the cause of her disappearance.   

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Beggar King:

The Beggar King by: Oliver Potzsch translated by: Lee Chadeayne
Fiction: Mystery, Historic, E-book
E-Book Count:13
Book Count:20

This is book 3 in the Hangman's Daughter series.  Review of book 2 here.    In this book both Jakob and Magdalena are accused of  murder that they didn't commit.  Magdalena as a midwife was accused of killing the baker's servant, by the baker who was hiding that he gave his servant too much ergot in attempt to cause her to miscarry his child.  As he got the ergot from the town's doctor with bad instructions on how to take it, this causes a big fight between Simon and his father.  Jakob rushes to the city his sister lives in because he received a letter that she was sick, only to be stopped by guards and framed for a double murder by someone from his past, back when he was in the war.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

The Dark Monk:

The Dark Monk: A Hangman's Daughter Tale By: Oliver Potzsch translated by: Lee Chadeayne
Fiction: Mystery, Historic, E-book
E-Book Count:12
Book Count:19

Review of book one here.  In this book a local priest that found something during church renovations was murdered.   This leads Jakob and Simon on a quest to find out who killed him and why.  The priest's sister, Benedikta also gets  involved in the quest, making Magdalena jealous.   They quickly learn that it has something to do with the Templers.  Meanwhile, there is a plague going around, bandits, and a group of strange monks in town.  Of course all of them are related to each other (except the plague.)