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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

Murder on Astor Place

Murder on Astor Place - Victoria Thompson

Setting: intriguing (New York City in the 1890s).


Writing: pedestrian. 


An additional problem was that I figured out who committed the murder, and the big twist as to why, fairly early.  (I was hoping the author wasn't "going there," and that it was a fake-out, but nope.)


The word choices were sometimes extremely ahistorical.  "Suffragette," in conversation - a decade before the word was coined. (When I threw it at the wall.)  "Post-partum depression," again in conversation - in a book set in 1896.  This was about two pages after suffragette, which is when my mother threw it at the wall.  I didn't even notice that one, as I was still kvelling at "suffragette."


She abandoned it, while I finished it out of sheer curiosity as to the ending.  But I'm certainly not tempted to read any more in the series.