Tag Archives: Mystery

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 Angel’s Game, by Carl Ruiz Zafon


I loved this book. It had that feeling of underlying evil, secrets, decay. By the end, I didn’t know if the narrator had really experienced the story, or was it all a mind induced illusion? Whatever the answer, it was … Continue reading

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Lucky Breaks, by Susan Patron


Lucky Breaks is the second book in the trilogy that started with Patron’s 2007 Newbery Award winning book, The Higher Power of Lucky. Lucky is nearing her 11th birthday. She lives in the tiny town of Hard Pan (pop. 43) … Continue reading

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The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende


I highly recommend this book. I read the first couple chapters and thought, “This is a BOOK!” Her prose is so lovely, so well constructed. I have loved her other books, such as “Daughter of Fortune,” also set in San … 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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Old Earth by Gary Grossman


As a former archaeologist and casual caver, I really enjoyed this audio book from Audible. If you enjoyed books like the DaVinci Code or National Treasure, you probably will enjoy this one. The story has to do with mysterious walls … 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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