The Sad Variety by Nicholas Blake

Professor Alfred Wragby, a scientist whose research has yielded a new discovery, is spending the Christmas holidays at the Guest House in rural England. Nigel Strangeways has been assigned to keep an eye on Wragby and his family. And when the professor’s young daughter is kidnapped, Nigel finds himself not only trying to find her, …

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The Bathysphere Boys by Ted Enik, Illustrated by G.F. Newland

Learning about bathyspheres can be fun? It is when presented in the way that The Bathysphere Boys does. This rhyme about intrepid adventurers Messrs. Beebe and Barton, as well as the all important Gloria Hollister (an intrepid adventurer in her own right) was fun and educational. As soon as I finished I was searching for …

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Woman in the Veil by Laura Joh Rowland

Sarah Bain is a crime scene photographer for the Daily World newspaper in 1890 London. She, along with her friends and colleagues Mick O’Reilly and Hugh Staunton, is in search of a new case. When they come upon the scene of a murdered woman by the Thames, Sarah realizes the woman is very much alive …

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The Man That Got Away by Lynne Truss

Summer 1957, and life in the Brighton Constabulary is pretty much normal. Constable Twitten is trying to convince his superiors that the station charlady is a murderous master criminal. The Maison du Wax is begging Inspector Steine to sit for a mannequin of himself, for the small donation of thirty-five pounds 10 shillings. Sergeant Brunswick …

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My Weekly Book Stack

Since I retired a year ago my days have been filled with traveling, knitting, gardening, watching the Mets, and reading. Our summer trip is over and done (driving up and down the southern coast to visit Charleston, Savannah, and the Kennedy Space Center for my husbands Retirement Victory Tour was soooo much fun). All of …

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