Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson

Murder on Astor Place
(Gaslight Mysteries #1)
by Victoria Thompson

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At first Sarah thought the tinkling of the bell was part of her dream. It sounded so sweet and soothing, and she was following it across a sunlit meadow, as if it were a golden butterfly. But then the pounding started, and she knew this wasn’t a dream at all. Dragging herself away from the meadow and out of the depths of sleep, she forced her reluctant eyelids open. Sure enough, someone was pounding on her office door.

“Hold your horses,” she muttered as she threw off her covers. The night air was chilly for early April, and Sarah recalled the freak storm that had stuck yesterday, dropping several inches of snow on the city. Shivering, she felt around in the dark for her slippers but failed to locate them. Padding barefoot through the darkness toward where she knew the bedroom door to be, she snatched her robe from the foot of the bed and shrugged into it as she went. “Coming!” she called, wondering if whoever was knocking could hear her over the racket he was making.

 

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You’ve wasted a trip and bothered us for nothing, and I must say, I plan to complain to Teddy about this. That’s Police Commissioner Roosevelt to you. His mother is a dear friend of mine, and I used to dandle him on my knee when he was a boy.

 

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This is the first book in Victoria Thompson’s Gaslight Mysteries which is now up to number nineteen. I’ve been meaning to try this series for a long time and am so glad I finally got around to beginning it. Have you read any of them?

 

 

Orphan Black Renewed for Fifth and Final Season

Sad that next season will be the last, but thrilled that Fawcett and Manson will be able to end it they way they planned.

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Ahead of tonight’s season 4 finale, Space has announced it has renewed the award-winning Orphan Black for a fifth and final season.

In a press release announcing the renewal, co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson had the following to say:

“We are excited to deliver an epic conclusion to the tale of Sarah and her clone sisters. The past four seasons have been a phenomenal adventure and we are eternally grateful to our loyal fans who have loved the twists and thrills of our weird little show.  We are thankful to our partners at Temple Street, Space and BBC America for their support, and giving us the opportunity to end on a high.”

The season 4 finale “From Dancing Mice to Psychopaths” airs tonight, June 16, 2016 at 1opm ET on Space and BBC America. The synopsis of the finale is the following: When communication with Cosima is…

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20 Books of Summer 2016

It’s almost here!

20 Books of Summer 2016

Twitter: #20booksofsummer

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20 Books of Summer is hosted by the lovely Cathy at 746 Books. For those of you who don’t read quite as much, you may choose 10 Books of Summer or 15 Books of Summer. The Challenge begins Wednesday, June 1 and runs through Monday, September 5 – almost fourteen full weeks this year. Go for it, you know you want to. This is your big chance to take part in a Challenge in which you have total control over which books you read – no set list, genre or format. Check out Cathy’s post “20 Books of Summer is back! Who’s in?”

My progress will be tracked on my 2016 Reading Challenges Page. The planned list:

It Takes a Witch (Wishcraft Mystery #1) by Heather Blake
The Edge of Dreams (Molly Murphy #14) by Rhys Bowen
Royal Blood (Royal Spyness #4) by Rhys Bowen
A Walk in the Woods, Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
A Full Life, Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter
Embrace the Grim Reaper (Grim Reaper #1) by Judy Clemens
The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller #5) by Michael Connelly
Catering to Nobody (Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #1) by Diane Mott Davidson
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
The Revolt of the Angels (La Révolte des anges) by Anatole France
Shakespeare’s Champion (Lily Bard #2) by Charlaine Harris
The Predator of Batignolles (Le Léopard des Batignolles) by Claude Izner
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, A Memoir by Haruki Murakami
Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant
Leon Roch by Benito Perez Galdos
A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters
Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mysteries #1) by Victoria Thompson
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Join us this summer! If not the full 20, then for 15 or 10. Don’t forget to visit Cathy’s 746 Books to sign up.

Books Are Dangerous

Readers unite!

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The wording is ominous:

Books are dangerous!
Report to The Last Bookstore
To sell or trade your books
While you still can!

Founded in 2005, The Last Bookstore claims to be California’s largest bookstore, and it may very well be. “What are you waiting for?” its website asks. “We won’t be here forever.”

This is what I call a Filboid Studge marketing campaign, based on the Saki short story entitled “Filboid Studge: The Story of a Mouse That Helped.” I’ve included a link because the story is very short and outrageously hilarious.

The bookstore at the corner of West 5th and Spring Streets in Downtown Los Angeles was one of the highlights of yesterday’s safari by Martine and me. I took eleven books to donate to the store and wound up buying four titles, including Eve Babitz’s Eve’s Hollywood, which I am…

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Royal Flush by Rhys Bowen

Royal Flush
(Royal Spyness #3)
by Rhys Bowen

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Rannoch House
Belgrave Square
London. W.1.
August 12, 1932

It is my opinion that there is no place on earth more uncomfortable than London during a heat wave. I should probably qualify this by confessing that I have never gone up the Congo River in the Heart of Darkness with Conrad, nor have I crossed the Sahara by camel. But at least people venturing to those parts are prepared to be uncomfortable. London is so seldom even vaguely warm that we are always caught completely unprepared. The tube turns into a good imitation of the infamous Black Hole of Calcutta and the smell of unwashed armpits, strap-hanging inches from one’s face, is overwhelming.

 

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I do usually try to avoid the tube, however. For a country-bred girl like myself the descent into that black hole has always been a cause for alarm–and more so since I was almost pushed under a train by a man who was trying to kill me.

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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Ink and Bone
(The Great Library #1)
by Rachel Caine

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Jacket blurb:

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn….

 

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The first clue Jess had that his hiding place had been discovered came in the form of a hard, open-handed slap to the back of his head. He was engrossed in reading, and he’d failed to hear any telltale creak of boards behind him.

His first instinct was, of course, to save the book, and he protectively curled over the delicate pages even as he slid out of his chair and freed his right hand to draw a knife . . . but it wasn’t necessary.

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The paper was the morning edition, and it must have just turned evening, because as Jess handed it back, the newspaper erased itself, and filled line by line with new words. The ink-licker stayed front-page news, which probably would have pleased the vile old creature.

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I can’t resist. Here is another quote from this world where censorship is rampant and it is illegal to own an actual paper and ink book. If you happen to visualize the concept of a press-printer, it’s best to keep quiet and not propose a demonstration.

The pernicious heresy that began with Gutenberg once again appears among us, as if some great and sinister force insists on destroying the greatest institution of learning humankind has ever known. That it should spring from the mind of one of our most valuable and well-regarded Scholars, one so closely connected to the Iron Tower itself, makes it even more disturbing.

As with Gutenberg and all others who have followed, we must destroy this heresy immediately and completely. We have no choice.

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This YA book isn’t my usual fare, but I am really enjoying it. The story is pulling me along at a rapid pace. Thank you to Selah for bringing it to my attention.

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City of Darkness and Light by Rhys Bowen

City of Darkness and Light
(Molly Murphy #13)
by Rhys Bowen

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Like many Irish people I have always been a strong believer in a sixth sense. In fact I had prided myself on mine. I credited it with alerting me to danger more than once during my career as an investigator. So I can’t explain why it let me down on such a critical occasion, when an advance warning might have spared us all such grief. Maybe the perpetrator of this evil had not planned it in advance. Maybe it had been a last-minute order from above, so I had not been able to sense his intention or his presence . . . or their presence. I’m sure there must have been more than one of them. That was how they worked.

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From their letters they seemed to be having a roaring good time, while I missed them terribly. I had come to count on their comforting presence across the street, their extravagant parties, and their bohemian lifestyle that Daniel only just tolerated for my sake.

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Let’s hope Molly’s thirteenth mystery isn’t unlucky! What are you currently reading? Do you have anything to share with us?