Get this for a child you know! 91 Cool Maths Tricks to Make You Gasp!

by Anna Claybourne

Pub Date 15 Dec 2020  

This book contains six chapters; they are Shapes, Patterns and Sequences, Mind-Boggling Tricks, Magical Mathematics, Curiouser and Curiouser and Fool Your Friends. With them, the author engages kids in Math, encouraging them to view it as more than a school subject. The illustrations add to this message; they are cartoon like and playful.

The puzzles are engaging and fun to try. Each puzzle has a section called What’s Going On that offers insights. I highly recommend this title. Making Math engaging and fun will serve kids so well.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. All opinions are my own.

It’s not easy being a lady: A Lady Compromised

by Darcie Wilde

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A Lady Compromised is the fourth title in this enjoyable Regency series of mysteries featuring the ever busy Rosalind. Our protagonist, who helps others of her class, is the daughter of a forger and the sister or a courtesan, so unique. This time Rosalind is helping her friend Louisa to prepare for her upcoming wedding. Friend Helen also needs Rosalinda’s help. Regular readers of the series know that all will not go smoothly and that there will be murder, but that all should ultimately turn out well.

This title combines mystery with Rosalind’s personal life and a male character important to her..if only things could go well. This novel is an enjoyable historical mystery and I recommend it for fans of cozies.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.

A very clever mystery: Moonflower Murders

A Novel

by Anthony Horowitz

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Anthony Horowitz is a creative and imaginative author of complex mysteries. This book follows on his earlier novel, The Magpie Murders that also featured Susan Ryeland and the story within a story detective, Atticus Pund. I liked this title more than that first title in the series.

When the story starts, Susan has left England to run a hotel on a Greek island. It seems that venture is beginning to pale so when the opportunity comes to return to England, Susan is on her way. Susan is asked to investigate the disappearance of a hotelier’s daughter. Cecily was not seen again after calling her parents to tell them that, based on an Atticus Pund novel, she believes that a guest murdered at the hotel a number of years previously, was not killed by the accused and then convicted hotel worker. Does this sound a bit confusing and convoluted? Well, it just may be.

Susan investigates the case and, as part of her research, rereads the Atticus Pund book. That novel is very cleverly inserted in the middle of the book. I found this to be so appealing. There was the book cover, the blurbs, the copyright, everything one would expect but, again, it is a novel within the novel.

Will Susan solve the case? What happened to the missing daughter? Who committed the murder at the hotel and that is then fictionalized in the Pund book? There are many characters and there is lots to solve here.

This book is original and intriguing. I very much enjoyed it. It is long at over 600 pages so settle in for a long read.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.