An absolutely engrossing story that reveals the failure of MacArthur in defending the Philippines (and his monumental ego), Florence Finch and her determination to risk her life despite the consequences, and many other real people who defied the odds against them.
A wealth of primary sources, books, and other material enabled Mrazek to reveal both personal and historical elements of the War in the Pacific--the battles, loss of lives, and conditions of the Philippines including the last ditch effort on Corregidor, the Battaan Death March, and the occupation of Manila. I've just started a review, but it will be scheduled for closer to the book's June 16th publication date. Nonfiction. Highly Recommended!
Why Writing Matters by Nicholas Delbanco. Another one that I read this month, but publication will be in March, so I'll schedule the review closer to publication. Nonfiction.
I also really liked The Hollows, with its strong female cast and historical relevance which I reviewed here.
I finished Hidden on the Fens by Joy Ellis yesterday, and it made the list. Ellis is one of my very favorites in the police procedural genre, and her latest Nikki Galena/Joseph Easter is one of her best.
A copse of trees, so dense and entangled that getting in is almost impossible, hides a derelict cottage from the early 1900's. Richard Howard wants to clear the copse and plant local trees--leading to the discovery of the ramshackle cottage and evidence that someone has been squatting there. They find a tent and a satchel with photos of a girl who went missing 15 years ago. And eventually, a body.
At the same time, Richard's mother has been receiving some disturbing messages, including an athame, a witch's knife.
Nikki's team is working two cases and there is a staff shortage that is keeping everyone busy. Ellis always writes excellent police procedurals, and this time, she had a number of surprises to keep me off balance as to the identity of the villain.
I love the characters and the complex, skillfully woven narratives in this series. I was also intrigued by a couple of mentions of Nikki's mother and friend Wendy undertaking some historical research in Scotland in an attempt to find out more about an artist mentioned in the last book. The references to this research indicate more of Eve and Wendy in the next book. :)
Police Procedural. Feb. 14, 2020. Print length: 302 pages.
A good month that ended on a high note!