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Review: The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness and Obsession by David Grann

The Devil & Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness and Obsession by David Grann Published by Random House Audio, Vintage on January 2011 Genres: Non-Fiction Pages: 352 Format: Audiobook Source: Bought Buy on Amazon Goodreads Acclaimed New Yorker writer and author of the breakout debut bestseller The Lost City of Z, David Grann offers a collection of spellbinding narrative journalism. Whether he’s reporting on the infiltration of the murderous Aryan Brotherhood into the U.S. prison system, tracking down a chameleon con artist in Europe, or riding in a cyclone- tossed skiff with a scientist hunting the elusive giant squid, David Grann revels in telling stories that explore the nature of obsession and that piece together true and unforgettable mysteries. Each of the dozen stories in this collection reveals a hidden and often dangerous world and, like Into Thin Air and The Orchid Thief, pivots around the gravitational pull of obsession and the captivating personalities of those caught in its grip. There is the world’s foremost expert on Sherlock Holmes who is found dead in mysterious circumstances; an arson sleuth trying to prove that a man about to be executed is innocent; and sandhogs racing to complete the brutally dangerous job of building New York City’s water tunnels before the old system collapses. Throughout, Grann’s hypnotic accounts display the power—and often the willful perversity—of the human spirit. Compulsively readable, The...

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Review: One Hundred Proposals by Holly Martin

One Hundred Proposals by Holly Martin on June 2014 Genres: Adult Fiction Pages: 320 Format: ebook Source: Bought Buy on Amazon Goodreads ‘Is there really such a thing as a perfect proposal? Over the next hundred days I intend to find out. I will find one hundred ways to propose to our Chief Proposer Suzie McKenzie and post the results here for your enjoyment. One thing’s for sure, not one of my proposals will be on top of the Eiffel Tower with a dozen red roses.’ Best friends Suzie and Harry are partners in romance. That is, they run...

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Review: The Leaf Reader by Emily Arsenault

The Leaf Reader by Emily Arsenault Published by Soho Teen on June 2017 Genres: Mystery, Young Adult Pages: 240 Format: Physical Book Source: Bought Buy on Amazon Goodreads Marnie Wells knows that she creeps people out. It’s not really her fault; her brother is always in trouble, and her grandmother, who’s been their guardian since Mom took off is…eccentric. So no one even bats an eye when Marnie finds an old book about reading tea leaves and starts telling fortunes. The ceremony and symbols are weirdly soothing, but she knows—and hopes everyone else does too—that none of it’s real....

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Review: Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed Published by Penguin on December 2014 Pages: 592 Format: Audiobook Source: Bought Buy on Amazon Goodreads In his million-copy bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world. Now in this brilliant companion volume, Diamond probes the other side of the equation: What caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates? As in Guns, Germs, and Steel, Diamond weaves an...

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Book Box Subscription Review – LitJoy Crate

Genres: Young Adult Format: Physical Book Source: Bought Hi Friends! I signed up for some book box subscriptions, under the guise that I would review them ;).  My first box is here! LitJoy Crate I wasn’t sure what to expect with a subscription box. I mean, I had seen the others’ boxes and past boxes but you never know what you’re going to get. I was so delighted when it arrived!  And then I opened it..   I’m super excited about the Cherry Blossom Bath Bomb and it came in this pretty box!   I love Drogon little pocket...

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Kimberly Kimberly majored in Songwriting and currently works full time in the music industry. When she's not listening to music, knitting or writing, you can find her outside reading her favorite genres: Young Adult, Adult Fiction, Mystery, and Romance.

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