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The Alchemy of Murder by Carol McCleary
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Oct 05, 13

Read in August, 2012

Really enjoyed this quirky and interesting mystery and loved the historical figures, period setting and background details. I'm impressed McCleary was able to weave together actual people and events in a rather complicated yet plausible plot. I haven't read Bly's diaries but I wondered if she did hobnob with all these famous faces in real life?

Nellie Bly makes a great heroine, though her character/voice seemed to waver in parts: She seems fearless in most of the book, but her "affair" with Jules Verne was a bit creepy and far-fetched to me (given their age difference, personalities and circumstances). It made her seem like a romance heroine and out of character with her tough female-reporter persona. Overall I applaud this ambitious, entertaining and engrossing debut by a new, talented author and look forward to reading the whole series!
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