Inner Alchemy is by the author of the Urban Monk. In both books, Taoist principles are explained and used to reduce the reader’s stress and challenges with modern life and free their minds for more spiritual thoughts. The Urban Monk is a more user-friendly book. True beginners will be able to quickly learn the exercises and improve their thinking. Inner Alchemy is the more advanced book and is better for either people already familiar with some Taoist principles or at least read the Urban Monk first.
Therefore, I recommend Inner Alchemy only for readers already familiar with the core principles of the Urban Monk. Read that book first and then this book will make much more sense. For those ready for more advanced topics, this book gets 4 stars.
Thanks to Sounds True Publishing for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
Posted in New Books, Non-fiction Tagged with: Jan 1 2019, self-help
Priest holes, mysterious ghosts, secret passages and skeletons figure prominently in Footsteps in the Dark.
Siblings Peter, Celia and Margaret inherit the Priory, a large ancient country estate, from their Uncle. They, along with Celia’s husband Charles, decide to move in.
Footsteps in the Dark was originally published in 1932. It was the first thriller by an author who was most famous for her historical romances. I think that was my issue with the book. It was a fun read. However, it seemed as if the author was trying to use every overused thriller cliché. The local police are incompetent bumblers. The recently inherited country estate is haunted. Some of the “surprises” during the conclusion were obvious from almost the beginning of the book.
Overall, Footsteps in the Dark is more a curiosity than a good thriller. It is only recommended for fans of British Golden Age mysteries who are trying to read everything still in print from that era. All others should steer clear. 2 stars.
Thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
Posted in Mystery & Thrillers Tagged with: ghosts, Jan 1 2019