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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
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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
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Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
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The Revenant of Thraxton Hall, by Vaughn Entwistle

The Revenant of Thraxton Hall - Vaughn Entwistle

In The Revenant of Thraxton Hall, it is 1894, and Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle has just killed off Sherlock Holmes at Reichenbach Falls, and is the most unpopular man in London (and possibly England as a whole).  He receives a message from a young and beautiful woman, a famous medium, who has forseen her own death, in the near future, at one of her own seances.  Lady Hope Thraxton begs Conan Doyle to help her.  He ropes in a good friend who is bored - Oscar Wilde - and they head off to a meeting of the Psychical Society, at Thraxton Hall, a great, Gothic, falling-down country house in Yorkshire, to attempt to prevent a murder.

 

Oh yes, and did I mention that Conan Doyle is having hallucinatory visions of Sherlock Holmes?  He fears he's going mad.

 

The characterization of Conan Doyle is very nice, and that of Oscar Wilde very amusing.  I also was much amused by the other psychics and investigators at the meeting, including the eminent scientist Sir William Crookes, a famous levitator from America, a medium clearly modeled on Madame Blavatsky (she comes with a familiar, a monkey on a leash), and a mysterious count from central Europe.

 

This would make a very nice read for spooky October nights.

 

ARC from NetGalley - many thanks.