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Forms of Things Unknown by Elizabeth Ireland
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I had the best time with this book, a historical fiction/fantasy book that made the history of the times so fresh and real; readers, you are there with our heroine, actress Lillian Nolan. We learn about two intense weeks in Lillian’s life as told by the 96-year-old Lillian, who is writing her memoirs. From a vantage point of about 70 years, Lillian writes with a confident, clear, factual style.

What was going on in the summer of 1876, besides the harrowing events that Lillian relates? The country was celebrating the nation’s Centennial. Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for his telephone. (Lillian’s family was split on whether this was a crazy or interesting invention.) Mark Twain and his “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” was popular, as was the new sport of baseball- already America’s favorite pastime. Chicago, where the story takes place has rebuilt after the Great Fire. Custer made his last stand at Little Big Horn and Lillian almost made her last stand as her memoirs clinically detail.

Once again, Lillian is called on to solve a mysterious death. This time, it involves a popular actress. Did the actress commit suicide or accidentally fall from her hotel window in downtown Chicago? When danger comes to Lillian, thankfully she has friends to help her, plus a guide from the spirit world, a 16th century gentleman.

The author has populated this book, the third in the series, with plenty of interesting characters and fascinating scenes of the theater and life in Chicago. Each chapter stars with a quote by Shakespeare, which adds to the mystery clues. This book was readable and entertaining as a stand-alone. Enjoy Lillian’s world!

Thanks to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for a digital review copy. This is my honest review.

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Reading Progress

May 9, 2019 – Started Reading
May 9, 2019 – Shelved
May 13, 2019 – Finished Reading

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