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The Witch of Lime Street: Seance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World by David Jaher
The Witch of Lime Street: Seance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World

Ronrose, July 19, 2015

This is a very detailed recounting of this nation’s and in fact most of Europe’s quest for proof of an afterlife following World War I. The death tolls of the war and the Spanish Influenza outbreak soon after, were staggering. Tens of millions died as a result. The grieving masses became obsessed with finding an answer to what, if anything, happened after death. Was death the final act or was there more, perhaps another world or dimension beyond death, where those millions who lost their lives lived on in a spiritual life. Mediums and spiritualists popped up around the world claiming to be able to contact the dead; for a price of course. Famous leaders as well as ordinary men on the street were caught up in the need to connect with the beyond. Such personages as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, believed unabashedly in the ability to contact the dead. His wife in fact practiced a form of communication called spirit writing, were she would write down messages transmitted from beyond the grave. On the other side of the question were the skeptics, most notably, Harry Houdini, the great magician and escape artist, who publicly called all such spiritualists frauds and fakers. He openly challenged any spiritualist or medium to show him a connection to or communication with the dead that he couldn’t prove was faked. Into the middle of this turmoil stepped a beautiful, young, seductive woman who was conducting seances in her high class Boston home. Mina Stinson Crandon, known simply as Margery, soon captured the focus of the nation, both believers and skeptics. This would culminate in a showdown of wills as well as skills between the Great Houdini and the Witch of Lime Street. As in any very detailed book, the story can sometimes become bogged down in a plethora of information. Book provided for review by Crown Publishing and Library Thing.
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Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Book Scavenger

Ronrose, May 14, 2015

What’s a girl to do? Emily doesn’t have much she can call her own. Her Mom & Dad have free lance jobs that allow them to work from any location they choose. They have taken this freedom to heart. They are determined to have lived in each of the fifty states. They move Emily and her older brother, Matthew, wherever it pleases them to go. Emily knows her Dad’s favorite author is Jack Kerouac, who wrote, On The Road, back in the day. She believes he gets his inspiration for travel and freedom from this writer of the beat generation. Emily doesn’t seem to make friends at school easily. Perhaps she doesn’t want to make friends, knowing she may have to pack up and leave in the middle of a school year. Her one passion in life is the internet game, Book Scavenger. It appeared on the web about five years ago and Emily has been addicted to it ever since. Book lovers of all ages can play the game. Books are hidden all over the country by the web masters and the players. Players can gain cred & prizes by solving puzzles and finding hidden books or having their books found. This game is perfect for Emily, as books have always been her solace, substituting for her lack of friends as she moves from one location to another with her family. As her Mom and Dad set their sights on San Francisco as their next temporary home, Emily is thrilled. This is where Garrison Griswold, the creator of Book Scavenger has his headquarters. Emily has read that the next big puzzle challenge is about to begin. This may be Emily’s only chance to meet her hero, Mr. Griswold. Maybe that boy next door to her new home might even be interested in helping her. She would love to be the one to solve the next puzzle and claim the top prize. Challenges and prizes await those who dare. Great fun, lots of puzzles and action. Book provided for review by Henry Holt & Company.
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The Valley by John Renehan
The Valley

Ronrose, January 16, 2015

An enigmatic mystery wrapped in a war story. The author masterfully conveys what it is like to be in the Army in a modern war. From the artificial normalcy of a secure base camp, to the baffling insanity in the middle of a hot war zone, the descriptions are spot on. The images of men under fire in combat, are powerful enough to take your breath away. It all starts as another annoying assignment for First Lieutenant Black, who is stuck in an office in secure base Omaha. But it turns out this assignment will take him into the field for a couple of days. He has to track down the facts surrounding a minor incident involving a run in between an Army patrol and some civilians. Warning shots were fired and a goat was killed. A goat. Surely this wouldn’t take long to investigate, but it did happen in the Valley. Not just any valley, but the Valley. The location is the farthest outpost of our troops, smack on the border of the country. Ops people consider it the Wild West. A lonely outpost in hostile territory, far from help. What could possibly go wrong? Everything! This book provided for review by the well read folks at Dutton Books.
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A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War, and a Ruined House in France by Miranda Richmond Mouillot
A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War, and a Ruined House in France

Ronrose, October 22, 2014

A good book, stunning in it’s revelation of the human tragedy. Miranda Richmond Mouillot’s maternal grandparents haven’t spoken to each other for fifty years. The lure of this enigma draws the author inexorably into the search for answers. At some point surely, they must have loved one another. Why else marry and eventually give birth to Miranda’s mother, Angele. Both grandparents, Anna and Armand, found themselves Jewish refugees in Nazi occupied France during World war II. After evading capture and deportation to a concentration camp, the couple sought sanctuary in neutral Switzerland. Their marriage in 1944, did not work for very long. After the war, Anna would pursue her medical studies and practice apart from Armand. He found work as an interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials in Germany where many of the leading Nazis were brought to justice. Miranda is mesmerized by the fact that her grandfather, after enduring so much together with her grandmother during the war, cannot even hear Anna’s name without flying into a rage. Traveling to France, Miranda settles into an old medieval stone house that her grandmother, Anna, bought after leaving her husband. The ramshackle house reflects the current state of the relationship between Anna and Armand. Miranda resolves to rescue not only the house, but perhaps the relationship as well. If nothing else, she determines to solve the riddle of her grandparents breakup. Much heart warming emotion and love are evident in this book. It is well worth reading. This book provided for review by Crown Publishers.
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Painted Horses by Malcolm Brooks
Painted Horses

Ronrose, July 31, 2014

This is a fantastic first novel. It’s a bit of the classic western, with lots of wild horses and open spaces. Yet it takes us down new trails that lead to unexpected, but exciting places. A young woman archeologist, Catherine LeMay, fresh from university and an opportune find in the war torn rubble that still defines parts of London 10 years after the end of World War ll. Catherine is now headed to the American West. The Smithsonian and a Montana power and light company are sponsoring her to search a remote canyon for archeological finds prior to a major dam construction project. Has she really been chosen for her scientific credits or has she been chosen because she is a young woman in a male dominated profession? A young woman who might be overwhelmed by the immensity of the job and easily manipulated to give the expected report? Catherine will prove as tough in her own way as the weathered cowboy she meets on her first day in Montana.
John H. is as wild and weathered as the mustang he rides. He has another side, however, which Catherine discovers. He has turned a life long talent for painting into an homage for the horses he once caught and sold. John H. has a checkered past, but his love of the West and it’s wild horses is as true as his attraction to Catherine. Each will help the other to seek their goals, but there is much to overcome in a world now run by money and power. Book provided for review by Grove Press.
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