"Stories are how the world evolves." || Lydia Kang, OPIUM & ABSINTHE
I loved this book! I've been mighty skeptical of Amazon First Reads books, but this description caught my attention. And it surpassed any expectation I had. This novel is a captivating historical fiction tale that draws on classic fiction, namely DRACULA, and centers around Tillie, a plucky young woman who is unknowingly becoming an opium addict. Against the wishes of everyone around her, except a young newsie, she fights to uncover the truth behind her sister's very suspicious death. Lydia Kang has crafted an immersive novel set in 1899 NYC with well-defined characters that all work towards forwarding this exciting murder mystery. I loved reading about Kang's inspirations at the end; for those in the know, "Never fear, Brooklyn is here!" Highly recommend.
I thoroughly enjoyed MYCROFT, so the sequel was a no-brainer. And Mr. Abdul-Jabbar and Ms. Waterhouse did not disappoint. Now that we're well acquainted with Mycroft, it was so fun to see his fraught interactions with Sherlock. Oh, and Sherlock as a young man! Simply the most exciting.
As a fan of (almost) any Holmesian writing, this one is high on the list of well-written and well-thought out contributions. This book is not just a vehicle for the Holmes brothers either; there is a fair amount of social commentary on Victorian England as well. I applaud these writers for a job well done. I recommend this sequel highly - it might even outpace the first!
Michael Connelly is simply prolific. I am enamored by the fact that he has written such a strong female protagonist in Renee Ballard. This book is an exciting second foray with her. Fans of Harry Bosch, as I am, will be no doubt beside themselves to see these two strong renegade cops working together to solve the murder of Daisy Clayton.
I love Connelly's attention to detail about police work in general, and the specificity of the late show specifically. The moral ambiguity of Bosch coupled with the tenacity of Ballard is a revelation in this book. Excited to see where Ballard's future will take her.
Thank you to the Mysterious Bookshop for the beautiful signed hardcover!
I find myself thinking about this book a lot. Guess that means I should get the next in the series! Lucky for me there's lots of Inspector Rebus tales.
I had heard about Ian Rankin for a long time before picking up his work, but the clincher was definitely visiting his native Scotland, and specifically Edinburgh. Rebus is incredibly well-read, and an astute investigator. While there are some interesting characters in this novel, including our illusive antagonist, it is mostly a plot-driven piece. Yes, we're inside Rebus' mind, and he is indeed a focal point, but I wanted more character work from Rankin - including more about his hypnotist brother??
I will delve into the next in the series, HIDE AND SEEK, to continue to explore Rankin's prolific additions to the Scottish crime fiction canon.
Libraries had always made her feel like a kid, in a good way: secret and safe and taken care of, rocked to sleep in a cocoon of books. || Kate Racculia, TUESDAY MOONEY TALKS TO GHOSTS
As soon as I read the description of this book last year, I knew I had to get my hands on it ASAP. It strikes a lot of facets of my biblio likes: treasure hunts, quirky characters, ghosts, and Bostonian history. And it was everything I wanted it to be.
Kate Racculia has crafted a well-conceived novel full of eccentrically lovable people, a compelling narrative about friendship, and an intricate history of Boston's landmarks.
I recommend it to all the fabulously gothic women out there. And the people who love them.
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.