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The American Boy
3.53
really liked it
I loved this book.

I've read many of the reviews, and while I agree with some of the criticisms (more on that later) I was so thoroughly caught up in t
...more
Nov 04, 2009
Sep 06, 2009
 
Little Women and Me
2.99
it was ok
So this author knows better than the true author of a wonderful, nuanced, bittersweet, multi-layered classic? Excuse me while I...

This is for people w
...more
Mar 15, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
 
Scarlet Women
3.50
really liked it
I enjoyed reading this so much that at first gave this four stars, but then demoted it to three. The reason for this was that the ending was a bit dis ...more
Jan 20, 2010
Jan 01, 2010
 
An Inconvenient Wife
3.83
liked it
Three stars because I could stand to read it. Definitely would not have read it just for itself, but it covers a period of history that I'm writing ab ...more
Sep 27, 2009
Aug 14, 2009
 
Murder at the Breakers (Gilded Newport Mysteries #1)
3.61
it was ok
Why, oh why is it that some historical fiction writers take absolutely no trouble to write dialogue and description that sounds as if it came from the ...more
not set
Aug 15, 2017
not set
Aug 15, 2017
 
Painting The Darkness
3.95
liked it
Despite all the clever twists and turns, all the tight plotting, all the desire to find out what came next, this book left me with a hollow feeling a ...more
Sep 07, 2009
Jul 28, 2009
 
Murder as a Fine Art (Thomas De Quincey, #1)
3.90
really liked it
On the whole, I enjoyed this well enough that I am giving it four stars. The history/research bits that annoyed other readers I quite enjoyed. The sen ...more
Nov 28, 2013
May 03, 2013
 
Letters From a Murderer (Finley Jameson & Joseph Argenti #1)
3.64
liked it
This was decent; readable, which other detective novels set in this era are not always (I put down the Alex Grecian one after the first chapter.) The ...more
Sep 24, 2016
Mar 14, 2015
 
Savage Girl
3.15
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Two stars despite some positive attributes because the characterizations were really lame. The narrator, Hugo, is unattractive, fine ...more
Oct 29, 2014
Mar 24, 2014
 
The Meaning of Night
3.71
liked it
**spoiler alert** Okay, I'm starting a new shelf: riveting novels spoiled by bad endings. As you might guess, this book falls in that category. It kep ...more
Apr 13, 2009
Sep 12, 2008
 
Bristol House
3.54
liked it
I was really up for this book as this is one of my favorite plots -- a current day individual solves a mystery from the past, with ghosts thrown in. A ...more
Jul 07, 2014
Jun 09, 2013
 
The Fifth Heart
3.46
really liked it
After "Drood" I approached "The Fifth Heart" with ambivalence. I loved the premise and the era, but I was so befuddled by "Drood" – which had an intri ...more
Jul 24, 2015
Apr 03, 2015
 
The Traitors' Gate
Avi
3.66
really liked it
Another of my "historical mystery for teens" research books. Although I give it a four, it's actually more like a three and a half. John Huffam is a f ...more
not set
Apr 19, 2009
 
The American Heiress
3.41
liked it
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this book well enough, and thought the descriptions of the travails of a rich yet naïve American heiress who marries an En ...more
May 28, 2013
Jun 05, 2011
 
The Haunting of Charles Dickens
3.60
it was ok
During most of this book, my biggest dilemma wasn't whether Charles Dickens would get over being haunted, or the missing boy found, but who this nove ...more
not set
Jul 26, 2011
 
Time and Again (Time, #1)
3.97
it was ok
I found this novel valuable because I am writing a novel that takes place in 1886 and this was a treasure trove of research. But that's where it stops ...more
not set
May 31, 2012
 
And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily, #1)
3.73
it was ok
I had great hopes for this novel, because it was a Victorian mystery with a titled female protagonist,-- nothing like mansions and high Society for f ...more
not set
Mar 11, 2009
 
Seance in Sepia
3.51
it was ok
I bought this book because of the Victorian occult angle, and because in the first chapter a modern day woman finds a so-called "spirit photograph" a ...more
Jan 2013
Apr 08, 2012
 
The Virgin Cure
3.75
liked it
I read this book for research purposes (New York in the late 19th Century) and from that perspective it didn't disappoint. But it was surprisingly dev ...more
Oct 25, 2016
May 29, 2012
 
The Spiritualist
3.71
liked it
**spoiler alert** Read this because I am researching "spiritualism" in New York at around that same period. It was an enjoyable enough read though I f ...more
Aug 19, 2009
Dec 22, 2008
 
Murder on Marble Row (Gaslight Mystery, #6)
4.09
really liked it
I read this book as research because I am writing a book with a mystery that takes place in that era and I thought it would be entertaining to find o ...more
Jan 28, 2009
Jan 27, 2009
 
The House of Silk
3.95
it was amazing
Actually somewhere between 4 and 5 stars, because I thought that the actual mystery, which seemed to hint at treachery of international proportions, w ...more
Mar 14, 2012
Oct 18, 2011
 
Poseur (Poseur, #1)
3.56
liked it
"Poseur" would seem to fall easily into your typical bitchy fashion-crazy narcissistically populated teenage novel, except that, while Rachel Maude is ...more
not set
Mar 26, 2011
 
The Tea Rose (The Tea Rose, #1)
4.18
it was ok
Strangely, just finished a YA novel where I complained about bad it was compared to the author's best in earlier days; Jennifer Donnelly, who wrote "T ...more
Nov 27, 2016
Jun 05, 2016
 
City of God: A Novel of Passion and Wonder in Old New York (Old New York, #3)
4.13
really liked it
An entertaining saga of old New York. Bought it for research purposes, but unlike Paradise Alley and Heyday, it kept me entertained even as I was lear ...more
Jul 03, 2012
Jun 03, 2012
 
The Tiger in the Well (Sally Lockhart, #3)
3.86
liked it
**spoiler alert** Found this one the weakest of the series because a lot of the time was spent with Sally not being able to figure out what was what, ...more
not set
Jul 19, 2012
 
A Hazard of New Fortunes
3.20
liked it
I read this book (sometimes more like skimmed it) as research for a book I am writing which takes place in the same era and city. The research info wa ...more
not set
Jul 11, 2011
 
Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, #1)
3.68
did not like it
Hilariously bad. Some of my favorite moments of this vampire cum fashion rant of a novel: "Their food arrived -- rare pink slices of tuna carpaccio fo ...more
Jul 12, 2011
Oct 14, 2009
 
Stanford White: Decorator in Opulence and Dealer in Antiquities
3.83
really liked it
Excellent book for those looking to do research into interior design for rich in late Victorian America.
not set
Jan 24, 2011
 
Maritime New York in Nineteenth-Century Photographs
5.00
it was amazing
Wonderful record of the wharves and seafaring ships of old time New York.
Jan 2015
Oct 16, 2015
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