You will not want to put down this clever mystery which provides not just one whodunit, but two. The two stories, one past and one present, are cleverly intertwined and full of details, parallels, anagrams, and crafty twists, and occasionally a bit of humor. There is an English countryside, a fussy detective, a crazy sidekick, a meddling busybody, a peculiar vicar and a pretentious aristocrat.
I enjoyed the elegant yet playful plotting and felt like I was right in the middle of the mystery myself. Despite the slightly expanded length, the story is very fast paced and hard to put down. It kept me thoroughly entertained from start to finish.
Magpie Murders is the classic mystery fan's ideal read.
This is the story of an American woman, a British RAF pilot, and a young Jewish teenager whose lives intersect in occupied Paris during the days of World War II. When fate brings the three together, they must find the courage to go against the Nazis as they fight to survive.
Newlywed Ruby Henderson Benoit arrives in Paris in 1939 with her French husband Marcel and is imagining her life with him in Paris. War is looming, and as France falls to the Nazis, her marriage begins to fall apart.
When the Germans roll into the French capital, Charlotte Dacher is eleven. After the Jewish restrictions take effect and Jews are ordered to wear the yellow star, Charlotte can’t imagine things getting much worse and then the mass deportations begin. Her life is ripped apart forever.
Thomas Clarke joins the British Royal Air Force to protect his country and thinks he is making a difference until his mother dies in a German bombing. Thomas then finds himself in Paris and discovers a new reason to keep fighting.
The Room on Rue Amélie is a powerful novel of fate, resistance, and family.
In Paris by the Book, a mother and her two daughters find themselves traveling from Wisconsin to Paris in search of her husband who does not return one day.
After Leah discovers that her husband Robert purchased a ticket to Paris, Leah and her daughters follow the clues that are in her missing husbands unfinished manuscript. Once in Paris, it is not long before they find themselves living above, and eventually running, a failing bookstore called the Late Edition for the eccentric Madame Brouillard.
Leah’s funny narration jumps between her early days as an aspiring filmmaker with the troubled Robert and her time in Paris, where she imagines seeing Robert everywhere.
Leah eventually makes a shocking discovery.
If you like following and uncovering clues along with the charming setting of Paris you will love reading Paris by the Book.
White Chrysanthemum is a fascinating debut novel by Mary Lynn Bracht that tells the story of World War II, the history of Korea, and two sisters.
On Jeju Island, Korea, in 1943, 16-year-old Hana is terrified when she sees a Japanese soldier coming over the horizon towards her young sister Emi who is playing on the beach. Hana has been taught that it is not safe to be found alone by the occupying soldiers. In an act of sisterly love, Hana swims towards the shore so the soldier will spot her before he sees her sister. This works but Hana is captured. She is forced into a truck with dozens of young girls while her sister evades the soldier. After a journey of hundreds of miles Hana arrives at a brothel where young women are forced to satisfy the lust of Japanese troops.
As the story unfolds, it follows Hana's slavery during the war, alternating with her sister's life as an elderly woman in the present day.
This story is suspenseful, hopeful, and is about the strong bond between two sisters separated by war and conflict.
The newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.
Hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive ― until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.
The factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects. As the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come.
Radium Girls is a highly readable, narrative style book. It tells the incredible story of the lives of inspiring young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives.
The story of these women will provoke great discussion.
Kirby "Zig" Zigonski lives for the world of simple circuits, light bulbs, buzzers, and motors. To her, electronics are so much more predictable than people.
It is always lots of fun when Zig’s dad is around. The problem is, he hasn’t been around for over a year. When his dad's visit is canceled with no explanation and Zig and his mom are evicted from their apartment, Zig discovers it’s because child support hasn’t been coming for several months. Even when they end up in a homeless shelter, Zig’s mom still isn’t talking about his father’s absence, leaving Zig to become obsessed with discovering his whereabouts.
Zig turns to his best friend Gianna and a new gizmo for help, a garage sale GPS unit. Convinced that his dad is leaving clues through the popular hobby of geocaching, Zig sets out to search for answers. Following one clue after another, logging mile after mile, Zig soon finds that people aren't always what they seem, and sometimes there's more than one set of coordinates for home.
The Exact Location of Home will capture readers' hearts and is a must-read for middle-graders.
If you like to travel in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan or are planning to take a trip to the Upper Peninsula, this is a handy book for you to have. If you have two days or more, there is plenty for you to experience.
The U.P. has many surprises - from the Victorian-era and car-free Mackinac Island, to millions of acres of forests, waterfalls, wildlife, remnants of the prosperous copper mining era, and 1,700 miles of spectacular shoreline. Just 3% of Michigan's population lives across a third of the state's territory. Go see what it is all about.
100 Things to Do in the Upper Peninsula Before You Die is a great guide to use for a getaway.
Many families have secrets. The secret of Eva Sandeski's family is so great, someone is willing to kill for it. There’s is a haunting and dangerous legacy that could destroy the family for generations.
In the quaint New England college town of Ashford, Vermont, Eva finds herself on the run from a man known as "Snake Eyes". She finds herself living in an area called Burn Town where there are mystical women living off the grid in a campsite on the river's edge, inspired by powerful herbs called "the devil's snuff".
Eva has been a part of this underworld for years, ever since the night her father drowned in a flood that left her and her mother homeless.
Sometimes, it is the smallest towns that have the strangest secrets. Find out what the secret of the Sandeski family is and why it got Eva's father murdered. Burn Town has it all: the supernatural, fantasy, mystery, and suspense.
The Scribe of Siena is an intriguing debut Novel by Melodie Winawer. Who wouldn’t want to read a book that has mystery, history, conspiracy, romance, time travel and the black plague.
Beatrice Trovato is a neurosurgeon who finds herself traveling to Siena, Italy, due to the untimely death of her brother, Benjamin, a scholar who had been doing research on historic Siena. Upon her arrival in Siena, she finds that his research is unfinished. Beatrice is intrigued by Benjamin’s work and decides she is going to take a leave from her job and stay in Siena to complete his research.
As she is diving into the research, she finds herself mysteriously transported back to the year 1347, the medieval times of Siena, and the onset of the black plague. Beatrice must figure out how she was transported back in time and must decide in which century she truly belongs.
This is a must-read if you like page-turning excitement throughout a book.
The Zookeeper’s Wife is the extraordinary true war story of Antonina and Jan Zabinski and their heroic acts that saved around 300 Jews after Poland was invaded during World War II. This is a story of terror and heroism, and of a compassionate woman who helped save these lives alongside her husband by sheltering them in the Warsaw Zoo.
Antonina was an ordinary woman who opened her door to strangers. She sacrificed the safety of her children and everything she loved to protect others. Not only did she save lives, but she brought love and fostered hope that bolstered their spirits.
Heroism can come from the most humble places.
The pioneer life is a hard one, especially for a pregnant woman with no family or friends to turn to for comfort or help. This historical fiction book recreates the beauty, hardship, and joys of the frontier. Caroline is courageous, resilient, and a loving pioneer woman.
Caroline Ingalls and her family leave the familiar comforts of Wisconsin and her family for a new life in the Kansas Indian Territory. The family heads west to settle in a beautiful, unpredictable land full of promise and peril.
This familiar story of family, friendship, hardship, love and survival is retold in Caroline: Little House, Revisited. If you are a Little House on the Prairie fan, you are sure to love this book as much as I did.