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3.11  ·  Rating details ·  95 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Rose Dugan is a young and beautiful woman living in Philadelphia in the late 19th century passionate about keeping Philadelphia's water reservoir clean and healthy. But when Rose starts receiving threatening letters, warning her to convince her husband to shut down his plans for a water filtration system or else, things take a turn for the worse. A conspicuous murder and b ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Running Press (first published September 28th 2010)
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Oct 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Margo Tanenbaum
I was disappointed in this historical novel, set at the end of the 19th century in Philadelphia, which revolves around a young woman named Rose Dugan. Rose seems to have it all--a fancy house, nice clothes, a best friend, and a rich and charming husband, Patrick. Her husband is a contractor who wants to build Philadelphia's first water filtration system, and is embroiled in the nasty world of 19th century urban politics. When Rose's best friend is murdered while wearing Rose's cloak, and Rose re ...more
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Some details are a bit vague, some things a bit pat. Characters felt a little like from a mold.
Dec 07, 2011 rated it liked it
I almost gave up on this one. Am I glad I stuck it out? Meh. It was okay. What had me wanting to put it down originally was the language. Names were heinously overused in dialogue and for me, that really stands out. People don't say each other's names when talking to each other that often. It just ends up sounding stilted and it was used so much that it grated on me enough to want to walk away. Plus the plot was really lagging at the beginning. It didn't seem to be going anywhere and it was heav ...more
Apr 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Joanne Dahme's Contagion is one the best historical fiction books I've read in a long time. Deeply compelling, mysterious, and romantic, Contagion takes the reader back to 19th century Philadelphia where a scandal is just about to break out.

Contagion tells the story of Rose and Sean with alternating perspectives. To the untrained eye, Rose is a girl who seems to have it all- a rich husband, a life filled with riches, a best friend, and best of all, a cause to devote her time to. Though, und
It's 1895, almost a new century and Philadelphia is a rapidly changing city. Irish families like Rose's are becoming more respectable all the time. Her husband Patrick is a top contractor in the city and he wants to win the contract to construct a brand new water filtration plant. Rose and her best friend Nellie are on a committee of concerned citizens who want to preserve the city's parks, including the old water works. Sean, a manger at the water works, loves the old park and the old machinery ...more
Jenna H.
Oct 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
A young girl adjusts to marriage, while fighting her attraction to another man, & investigating deadly outbreak in 19th cent. Philadelphia.

I liked how this book was straight up suspense/mystery. I've been reading a lot of paranormal YA recently and I love the genre, but it was nice to step away from that and read something different. Plus, I grew up reading mystery novels and it was great to "get back to my roots," so to speak.

I also really liked Patrick's character. He'
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Oct 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What really got me spurring about this book was the dirty little secrets Patrick carried around with him. All the time as I was reading, I was angry at him. But he did entertain me and kept me well on my toes.

After losing her best friend, Rose is troubled by her husband's misgivings. Things are not the same with him. Threatening letters are being sent to her and she has begged her husband to do something about it but all he does if ignore her suspicions. All of the sudden, he's mean, contradict
Oct 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Joanne Dahme has first-hand knowledge about the rivers and streams in the Philadelphia area as she works for the Philadelphia Water Department as its Watersheds Programs Manager. Her mission is to restore and revitalize Philadelphia’s rivers and streams.

During her years with the department, Joanne obtained a Master’s of Journalism and Master’s in Creative Writing from Temple University. Joanne ha
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