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ARC Review: Dogma of the Five Kingdoms (Book 2 of A Five Kingdoms of Cordizal Series)

Dogma of the Five Kingdoms by Charles K. Jordan In Dogma of the Five Kingdoms , Book 2 of his Five Kingdoms of Cordizal series, Charles K. Jordan again plunges us straightaway into the events unfolding on the continent of Cordizal. Though the war between the Five Kingdoms and the undead Scourge continues, the focus in Book 2 is on the unfolding scheme of the mysterious figure Ta'Lin and his followers. As the book unfolds we see Ta'Lin working to resurrect powerful magik from the past. His scheme threatens to bring an end to the Five Kingdoms themselves, and may lead to a fate worse than death for their citizens. Book 2 picks up right where Book 1 left off. (My review of the first book is here .) While there is the occasional bit of backstory provided, most of the action proceeds apace. The Kingdoms of the Grang, the Nawahl, the Ramons, Arzans and Xandrans, and the ongoing war, are taken as a given. Some of the happenings in Book 1 are alluded to, but not delved into or repeate

Review: American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI

American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI by Kate Winkler Dawson

American Sherlock is a biography of Oscar Heinrich, an early 20th century private detective (or "criminalist") and an early pioneer of forensic techniques, told mostly through "true crime" stories about selected cases that he took on.

The true crime stories provide a good understanding of the many forensic techniques Heinrich pioneered. But the cases Winkler Dawson chose to highlight are a mixed bag for Heinrich - they seem to be the cases that were the most newsworthy at the time, but in most of them his forensic testimony does not lead to a conviction. Which leaves you to wonder why the newspapers called him the "American Sherlock".

As to biography, outside of work / famous cases it's unevenly told, and overall paints a picture of a person who was aloof, with supreme self confidence in his methods and abilities, who looked down on his competitors, and who, it would seem, would have been difficult to get along with.

I rate American Sherlock 2 Stars ⭐⭐ - it was okay, but I don't know that I can really recommend it. I will say that I listened to the audiobook on this one, while puttering around in the greenhouse, and if you are tempted to pick it up, I suspect the audiobook is the route to take.

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