After I’m Gone

After I’m Gone, by Laura Lippman was a great story about Felix Brewer and his family. The style jumps from character to character, time period to time period, wealthly to poor. No ones particularly likable, but they are all charming. Felix meets the love of his life in 1959 and disappears in 1976. His mistress disappears in 1986 and everyone thought she met up with Felix until her remains were found. In 2012, a retired Baltimore detective picks up the cold case and opens old wounds that didn’t quite heal.

I read this in 2 days, staying up past midnight to finish it.

Exciting read!

Read August 2019

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Death Spiral

Death Spiral, by Leena Lehtolainen, has a very pregnant Maria Kallio trying to solve the murder of a rising ice skating star. Tensions run high in the small competitive skating world, but many seemed to lose with Noora’s death so theres no obvious murderer.

Fun cultural read about skating and Finland.

Read August 2019

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The Clockmakers Daughter

Kate Morton’s The Clockmakers Daughter tells the interconnectedness of people across time and space, all connected and drawn to the beautiful, mystical Birchwood Manor.Currently, Elodie Winslow, an archivist, comes across a beautiful photo from 1862. Edward Radcliffe, part of a group of artists at Birchwood in 1862, stopped painting after losing the love of his life. His sister Lucy, who used the manor for a girls school. As well as several others connected.

Slow start for me, but then I couldn’t put the book down to find out what happens.

Read July 2019.

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The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, by Julie Berry, tells the story of a Victorian aged boarding school where the headmistress and her brother die mysteriously die. Craving their independence, the girls decide to hide the bodies and run the school themselves.

Fun story, listened to audiobook while on long car trip.

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The Paragon Hotel

The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye is a great story about women who are change to survive. So interesting about Portland’s racist history and how dealing with the mafia may be easier than white Christians in Portland. Sad stories about hiding from mafia, homophobia, transphobia, and racism. Great characters. The slang was a little hard for me at times, but overall added a bit of fun.

Read July 2019

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