Abject apologies to my faithful readers ...
By now, today, I would normally have posted a book review for your enjoyment and edification. I regret to have to explain that --- in keeping with the true busyness of the holiday season --- my laptop rebelled and decided to contract several viruses.
Therefore, the laptop (with all my review material) is "on vacation" getting cleaned up and updated. If all goes as I expect it to, I should have today's book review posted by Saturday or Tuesday at the latest.
Thank you for your patience!