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The Diviners by Libba Bray
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Sep 24, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: pleasure-reading, work-review-related-reading, ya
Read from August 01 to 05, 2012

I owe a debt to a co-worker for being relentless about convincing me to read this book--I shied away at its rather stout size, thinking of the stack of books I'd already collected. But she made a good case, and she was 100% correct--I LOVED this book, and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Set in the 1920's in New York City, the time of speakeasies and flappers, jazz and, at least for Evie and her uncle, murder. Her uncle is an expert in the occult, and he is asked to help the police find the killer who had carved occult symbols into a murder victim and left her on the river's edge. Evie, never one to stay on the sidelines, accidentally discovers some occult powers of her own that may help her identify the killer, if he doesn't get to her first.

While technically a YA book, this is a great read for just about anyone who enjoys historic and/or atmospheric mysteries. And the best part--this is first book in a planned series.
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