Any kind of historical NY fiction book will inevitably wind up in my hands.
I picked this book up at Kramerbooks last year, and added it to my short list when I got a galley of the sequel, Hudson’s Kill. I was completely intrigued by Justice’s character - he was a very compelling young man. There’s a fair bit of violence against women in this, but I was drawn into the central conceit of the prostitution houses who were being supplied by mixed race women by the corrupt leaders of financial NY. The historical note at the end of book was super informative as to Hirsch’s process in writing this book.
I’m always excited about learning, and/or imagining, new facets of NYC’s sordid history, and this book brought be through an old NY that I had never experienced before.
And I loved the brief appearance by Mr. Alexander Hamilton himself.
Currently reading the sequel, Hudson's Kill. Will post a review soon!
I was intrigued by the set up of this book, and felt like it delivered pretty well. The characters are what I’ll remember long after the details of the plot have left me. It wasn’t nearly as gripping as the title leads one to believe, and had a bit too much romance for my liking. But! It did keep my attention, and I can say that it was worth the read.
Will probably be a great Netflix series ala Pretty Little Liars.
Blake Crouch is an insane writer. I loved the WAYWARD PINES series so when his next standalone was available on NetGalley, I snapped it up. Boy, oh boy, did he not disappoint.
This novel is a wild ride through a future that is tangible yet foreign, frightening but possible. Not to even mention the morality questions that coincide with these scientific advances. I recommend this to folks who might be nervous about science fiction; it reads like what could be reality before we know it.
Thank you NetGalley and Crown Publishing for the digital ARC.
A killer premise, and excellent execution.
LOCK EVERY DOOR sets up a premise that leads us all to ask, what would I do in this circumstance?
Jules answers an ad to be an apartment sitter at the insanely luxurious and classic Bartholomew building on Manhattan's UWS. But with it comes strict rules, a creepy ambiance, and now a neighbor that can't be located... what is she to do? This novel is a real gothic suspenseful page-turner, and I willingly shirked responsibility to continue reading.
Riley Sager novels have been a tad hit or miss for me; I was underwhelmed by FINAL GIRLS, but really enjoyed THE LAST TIME I LIED. Happy to add LOCK EVERY DOOR to the list of books that I truly loved this year.
We creatures of the theatre must thrive on the variances of emotion, or how would we perform the roles required of us? // Karen Lee Street, EDGAR ALLAN POE AND THE LONDON MONSTER
This title has been on my shelf for a nice long time, and I had never gotten to it. But because my tour is in Baltimore, and Poe is everywhere, I decided to crack into it. While Baltimore isn't a locale in the book, I'm glad it spurred me into picking it up.
Karen Lee Street has created an entire world in the pages of this book, and I am delighted that there are more in the series. Poe is a dynamic character, haunted by his family at home, including his ill wife, but drawn into a mystery with Dupin - the first of his kind.
I was enthralled by the historical basis of this book, and the attention to detail within this period piece. Looking forward to more outings of Poe and Dupin; hopefully closer here to Baltimore's streets.
I bit the bullet and purchased a Kindle edition of this book, because I was so enamored of the previous two in the series. Plus I'm headed to Scotland in August. Plus I'm a theater nerd.
It was everything I wanted and more. I was floored that so much of what de Muriel included in the novel was based on actual writings/knowledge of the time. The confluence of Stoker, Irving, and Terry both in real life and in this novel opened my eyes to the theater of the time. And the enormity of the danger! Who knew?!
I was sucked into the storytelling, and the real life backstage drama. Working in a theater I'm familiar with how insane things can be, but these antics bested a lot of even what I've seen.
The continuing relationship between McFrey and Nine Nails is masterful. de Muriel continues to delve into their quirky dynamic, while still having real stakes to play throughout.
Can't wait to pick up LOCH OF THE DEAD.
The beautiful cover of this book peaked my interest upon first viewing. And then I kept seeing it on BEST OF SUMMER lists. I was lucky enough to get an ARC, and it did not disappoint.
Sarah Gailey has created a universe where some are gifted with magic, and some are not. Ivy is not. Her twin sister is. That's just a first step in the divide between them.
Ivy is now a small-time private detective and finds herself investigating a gnarly murder at the very school for magic where her sister teaches. She feels out of her depth, but perseveres to try to prove to her estranged sister that whether or not she has magic, she can indeed solve this major of a crime.
I was sucked into this world, and I do love a good boarding school novel. This checked a lot of boxes for me: strong female leads, unreliable narrators, magic as normalcy, and a murder in a library!
I recommend this debut book highly, and I truly hope that Gailey has some more magic up her sleeves.
Thank you to NetGalley and Tor Books for the digital ARC, and BookishFirst for the ARC book.
The quirkiest of books. I feel like I spent too much time acclimating to this world to fully enjoy the experience. But once I came to terms with the fact I was fully immersed in an alternate version of 1920s NYC, I let myself enjoy the ride. W.M. Akers is a meticulous wordsmith, and I was intoxicated quite often with his sentences - quite possibly sometimes distracting me from the storytelling.
Gilda is a strong protagonist, a solver of "tiny mysteries," who leads us through her life, and this foreign yet familiar landscape.
I do recommend this novel even though I did have some questions about the world. It's worth a read for Aker's language, and for the character development alone.
Having devoured Rachel McMillan's first book featuring Hamish and Reggie, I was over the moon to get a chance to read an ARC from NetGalley. I devoured this sophomore novel as well.
We return to Boston, and encounter Hamish and Reggie trying to give their detective business a go. I don't want to spoil any plot points, but there are a number of twists and turns that I didn't see coming. I love Hamish's anxiety-ridden character juxtaposed with Reggie's innate strength. McMillan has crafted characters that leap off the page, and stay with you long after you finish reading. These two are a dynamic duo of a kind I haven't encountered before, and they're a pleasure to follow through Boston's cobbled streets.
I'm drawn in by McMillan's meticulous research of the era; I feel transported to a time and place gone by. I can't recommend this series highly enough. But be sure to start with MURDER AT THE FLAMINGO!
I read a handful of really good reviews about this series, so I decided to pick up the first, HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE.
I was immediately drawn in by Dayna, and her desperate need to both prove her worth to herself, and provide for her family. I love that we have an African-American woman as our protagonist. A woman that is taking charge, kicking ass and solving crimes.
Kellye Garrett's storytelling is very strong, and her voice is unerring. It's obvious that she herself either is or was immersed in Hollywood life - so many of her characters are pitch-perfect, from Dayna the "retired" commercial actress, to Sienna's desperation to make it (by hilarious means), and the seedy underbelly of Hollywood crime.
This easy read kept me guessing throughout - the best I can ask of a mystery novel.
I will undoubtedly be picking up the sequel... Okay, yes, I already have it on reserve at the library.