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In the Woods by Tana French
In the Woods

CentralCaliGrrrl, May 13, 2011

While I wouldn’t call it a page-turner, because it was somewhat slow at times, I was drawn into this story and I needed to know how it ended.

Ms. French occasionally becomes lost in reflection -- I didn’t really need to know the main character’s every single thought -- it made for a really long book. And, since it’s written by a woman, but is being told from a man’s view point, it didn’t always seem realistic. Do men really think like that?!
Other than that though, I found In the Woods to be a compelling, easy-to-read thriller, with lots of intriguing twists and turns.

In the Woods solves one mystery, but leaves another unresolved. I can see how this would annoy some readers. I am holding out hope that Adam (Rob) Ryan’s story will be explained in Tara French’s next book The Likeness.
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The Alienist by Caleb Carr
The Alienist

CentralCaliGrrrl, April 13, 2011

Absolutely fascinating mix of fact and fiction! Best-selling author Caleb Carr gives us several murder mysteries rolled into one with this thrilling hunt for one of New York’s first serial killers.

Set at the turn of the century, eminent alienist Laszlo Kreizler, accompanied by his good friends John Moore and Sara Howard and two quarreling brother investigators Lucius and Marcus Isaacson, must stop a savage beast before he strikes again. With the addition of real-life characters such as Teddy Roosevelt and J.P. Morgan, you could easily believe that you’re reading a true crime thriller.

Caleb Carr’s extensive historical education and the amazing amount of research he puts into his work truly goes a long way towards bringing the sights, scents and sounds of this great city and time period come alive. At around 600 pages in length, The Alienist is a surprisingly quick read. So much well-written, page-turning excitement will leave you longing for even more.
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I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World by Eve Ensler
I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World

CentralCaliGrrrl, April 7, 2011

A roller coaster ride of passionate feelings, I Am An Emotional Creature by best-selling author/playwright Eve Ensler, is often sad, occasionally funny, always moving. Ms. Ensler turns the experiences of girls from all social classes into soul-stirring prose. This book should be considered a must for anyone that cares about women’s rights and our world today. Share this one with your mothers, daughters, sisters and girlfriends!
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The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

CentralCaliGrrrl, March 29, 2011

As a fan of historical nonfiction crime thrillers, I couldn’t wait to read Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah Blum’s new book, The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York. Broken down into chapters named after different poisons, each containing several true mysteries, it has many captivating accounts from a very intriguing time and place in our country’s history.

Packed with Progressive Era facts and findings, The Poisoner's Handbook was almost as much about Prohibition, the Great Depression and political wrangling as it was about forensic medicine. The book did, in fact, explore Alexander Gettler and his ground-breaking toxicology experiments more than Charles Norris’ administrative skills, which is contrary to what the blurb led me to believe. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as Mr. Gettler’s work was definitely more fascinating and hands-on. As someone who knows next to nothing about chemistry, I found this book to be incredibly comprehensive and well researched, with extensive endnotes. However, as this was a work of nonfiction, a few photographs taken by the newspapers at the time or borrowed from the family's estates would have been nice to include.

Overall, I thought The Poisoner's Handbook was very interesting and it kept me entertained. I would recommend it to others who like this type of genre/subject.
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Altar of Bones by Philip Carter
Altar of Bones

CentralCaliGrrrl, March 28, 2011

Zoe Dmitroff is a San Francisco attorney whose grandmother was just found murdered. Zoe learns that she is the new Keeper of the Altar of Bones, a real-life fountain of youth deep in the wilds of Siberia.

Ry O’Malley is a DEA agent whose brother was just found murdered. Ry learns that he is closely related to the person that really killed JFK.

Thrown together in a race for their lives, Zoe and Ry must trust each other if they’re going to be able to save themselves and the whole human race.

Meticulously researched and vividly described, this fast paced page turner is definite edge-of-your-seat excitement.

Suspense, espionage, romance, mystery...the list goes on and on. Altar of Bones has something for everyone! 4 ½ stars

(Received complimentary copy for review purposes only.)
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