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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, by Erik Larson


Several people I told about this book already had heard of Dr. H. H. Holmes, a supposed doctor who built a murder hotel in Chicago near the World’s Fairgrounds. He preyed on young women with few other family members. Estimates … Continue reading

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The Boy in the Shadows, by Carl-Johan Vallgren


Translated from Swedish, this is a complex thriller with many interwoven plots. It takes place mostly in Stockholm, so the large number of Swedish place names and names of Swedish characters give it an additional complexity similar to reading a … Continue reading

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The Copernicus Legacy, Book 1, The Forbidden Stone, by Tony Abbott


If you like Riordan’s books, National Treasure, or the Da Vinci code, you will love this series. I could barely put Book 1 down from start to finish over two days. Historical fact and fiction are woven together. Did Copernicus construct … Continue reading

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Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore


http://www.amazon.com/dp/1400096138/ref=asc_df_14000961384106344?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=shopzilla0d-20&ascsubtag=shopzilla_rev_436-20;14536635924970750080910060301008005&linkCode=df0&creative=395093&creativeASIN=1400096138 Very interesting read. I read it because 1) it is written by a British cousin on my son’s dad’s side of the family, 2) it caught my eye in the New Books section of my Public Library, and 3) … Continue reading

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These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly (Advance Reader’s Copy)


I like that this story is set in 1800’s New York, during the time of the “Captains of Industry,” when families like the Astors and the Vanderbilts sought advantageous marriages to “preserve bloodlines.” Proper young ladies went to finishing schools, … Continue reading

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Pandora’s Daughter, by Iris Johansen


Pandora’s Daughter combines cloak and dagger, CIA and child traffickers with an ancient ledger that contains the names of an entire lineage with various psychic abilities dating back to the Inquisition in Spain. The main foursome are a  young woman doctor Megan Blair,Grady — a sort … Continue reading

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The Blue Notebook, by James Levine


This is a haunting book. Just as you think it can’t get much worse, life can. This is the story, told as an autobiography through a journal of a 15 year old prostitute in Mumbai, India. We learn how she … Continue reading

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