Flight from Berlin : a novel

From  Eileen Effrat
Author:  David John
Title:  Flight from Berlin : a novel
Set during the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, this suspense thriller pits the Gestapo and the British Secret Intelligence Service against one another in the quest for a secret dossier that could destroy the Nazi leadership. A British journalist, outspoken in his criticism of Hitler, and a former Olympian join forces in this atmospheric and fast paced thriller. If you are a fan of Alan Furst, Daniel Silva, Philip Kerr, or David Downing, give this a try. You won’t be disappointed.

Jeeves & wooster. complete series [videorecording DVD]

From Ginny Pisciotta
Author:  P.G. Wodehouse
Jeeves & wooster. complete series [videorecording DVD].
Jeeves and Wooster is a fun, zany British series  based on stories by P.G. Wodehouse.  The 23 episodes are set in the 1930s and revolve around Bertie Wooster (Hugh Laurie), a likeable but feckless member of the idle rich, and his extremely competent valet Jeeves (Stephen Frye).

Bertie always seems to be involved in some wacky scheme, usually at the request of one his eccentric  friends or relations.  The unflappable and brilliant Jeeves is always working behind the scenes to fix the bumbling messes that Bertie puts himself in, all while  maintaining his professional image and duties.

There aren’t many series that my husband and I both love, but this is one fits the bill.  It is worth watching for the theme song alone – a toe-tapping original piece written in the jazz/swing style.  If you are looking for light-hearted entertainment this series is a must-watch.


Rules of Civility

From Ellen Druda
Author:  Amor  Towles
Rules of Civility
If you’re a fan of movies from the 30’s and 40’s starring a wise-cracking and beautiful heroine who mingles with high-society New York, put this book on reserve now. Meet Katey Kontent and her best pal, the tragic Eve. Out celebrating the end of 1937 in a Village jazz joint, Katey and Eve meet wealthy Tinker Grey, and the three become fast friends. Tinker allows them into his world of the rich and very rich, and Katey impresses his associates enough to start her own ascent from legal secretary pool to glamorous publishing world. The writing has an elegance and style that perfectly mimics the New York City setting.