The Ring of Thoth by Arthur Conan Doyle ★★★★☆ #BookBlog #BookReview #ShortStory

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Primary Genre(s): Short Story, Fiction
Published: January 1890 in The Cornhill Magazine
Page count: 36
My Format: free online
Pacing: Good
Ending: Tragically romantic
Would I recommend it: Yes

My rating: ★★

Synopsis
Mr. John Vansittart Smith is a student of Egyptology who travels to France to see some papyri in the Louvre Museum. Tired from his visit, he sits in a corner of the museum and dozed. When he wakes up, the museum is closed and he is locked inside. Trying to get out he meets a strange man who seems to perform a ritual on a mummy.
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Blood is Blood (Barker & Llewelyn #10) by Will Thomas ★★★☆☆ #BookReview #BookBlog

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Primary Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Mystery
Published: 13 November 2018 by Minotaur Books
Page count: 232
My Format: Audiobook via Hoopla Digital
Cover: Great
Pacing: Good
Ending: Satisfying
Would I recommend it: Yes
Commission Link: Buy Blood is Blood

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The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse ★★★★★ #BookReview #BookBlog

41150467Primary Genre(s): Historical Fiction
Published: 18 June 2019 by St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books
Page count: 605
My Format: Electronic ARC via NetGalley
Cover: Simple
Pacing: Good
Ending: Expected, but wonderful
Would I recommend it: Yes
Commission Link: https://amzn.to/2FBc728

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind ★★☆☆☆ #bookreview

perfumeSynopsis from Goodreads
In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift—an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille’s genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and fresh-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the “ultimate perfume”—the scent of a beautiful young virgin. Told with dazzling narrative brilliance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity.

My Thoughts
I love historical fiction and the premise of the book was intriguing to me. It is clear the author did his research on perfume and perfume making. His ability to describe scents was both fascinating and sometimes disgusting, but always impressively authentic. I could almost smell the perfumes and scents the author described. But I have to say straight out that I really did not enjoy this book. Continue reading “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind ★★☆☆☆ #bookreview”