The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
- Okay, yes. There is a little fiction thrown in here to make the story really come alive, but it’s a true crime read that will not disappoint. I originally read this for a book club and was reluctant to read it. Wow, was I in for a shock. This is a gripping page turner that educates at the same time. Highly recommended! Check out more reviews at Amazon.com.
The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country by Charlotte Gray
- Toronto, 1915. A bit dry at times, but a very interesting look at how Toronto (and Canada) were a century ago. Check out more reviews on Amazon.com.
Midnight in Peking by Paul French
- A fascinatingly educational, gripping page-turner. Written about an event that took place in 1937, this book provides a glimpse into a bygone Peking as well as a satisfying solution to a grisly unsolved murder. Check out more reviews on Amazon.com.
Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper – Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell
- A very convincing case, I really believe Cornwell solved this one. Thoroughly researched with lots of photos, this is highly recommended! Check out more reviews on Amazon.com.
Red Star Rogue: The Untold Story of a Soviet Submarine’s Nuclear Strike Attempt on the US by Kenneth Sewell
- This book was amazing. Very well written and thoroughly researched, you won’t believe it’s true – but it is! Check out more reviews on Amazon.com.
Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist’s Wife by Irene Spencer
- Absolutely fascinating! The title pretty much says the rest. Check out more reviews on Amazon.com.
The 100-year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
- This book was a treat from cover to cover (just a few moments that dragged). I love how bizarre all the characters are, and the epic scope of the tale within a tale made it all the more interesting. Check out more reviews on Amazon.com.
Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was by Barry Hughart
- This novel’s main characters were very endearing, and the story itself was therapy for an active imagination. I loved every page. Check out more reviews on Amazon.com.
Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant
- Honestly, the style of writing was an adjustment for me, but once I got going, Audrey’s memories of her childhood warmed my heart. An out-of-the-ordinary, refreshing and quirky read. Check out more reviews on Amazon.ca.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
- This book gives those of us who aren’t Asian and/or filthy rich a fascinating glimpse into the world of the Asian mega-rich, with lots of comedy thrown in. Check out more reviews on Amazon.com.
Dewey the Library Cat: A True Story by Vickie Myron
- When I saw that this is a true story about a tiny kitten who shouldn’t have survived, I was instantly intrigued. A quick read, this book was wonderfully uplifting. Check out more reviews on Amazon.com.
The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley
- Set in post-WWI New York, this book was thoroughly heart-warming. Very interesting to those who enjoy reading about how things used to be, with murder and espionage to boot! Check out more reviews on Amazon.com.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
- Books like Landscape of Lies and Rule of Four come to mind with this one, although the humor and very currant setting makes it even better. The protagonist’s wry humor and the swirling mystery place this book firmly into the quirky category on my list of fun books to read. Check out more reviews on Amazon.com.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (YA fiction, but don’t let that keep you from a truly delightful read)
- Besides reviving memories of first hearing this read to me by my father sometime before my tenth birthday, this book was interesting in its wonderful characters and epic scope. Check out more reviews on Amazon.com.
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (and other Flavia de Luce mysteries) by Alan Bradley
- This quirky little detective is absolutely adorable, and she’s a very smart girl. Also set in times past, this is another thoroughly delightful read from beginning to end. Check out more reviews on Amazon.com.
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