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Shomeret | 1368 comments So a month that includes Thanksgiving allows me a week where I have lots of time to read. So I'm ahead of the game for now.

1)Temptation Rag by Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard (historical fiction) 399 pages. Source: Publicist sent print ARC Started: 10/30 Finished: 11/3

Why Read: This is New York in the 1920's. The Jewish protagonist wants to be "Ragtime King of the World". I'm interested in music history.

Comments: The real originators of ragtime were African Americans. The protagonist benefited from racism. I had no idea. Rated B+ See my review at

2)"Mudlark" Clare Seger (epic fantasy short story) Source: free from Book Funnel Started: 11/5 Finished: 11/5

Why Read: It's a prequel to a female Robin Hood novel.

Comments: The young MC learns how to survive as a thief. Then her mother parlays her skills into a way to do a great deal more than survive, but the MC hasn't forgotten her friends who are still "mudlarks" on the street. I really liked this. I'm looking forward to the novel. B+

3)The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey (historical fantasy) 385 pages. Source: ARC from F2F mystery group
Started: 11/5 Finished: 11/12

Why Read: It was on the ballot for the GR Choice Awards in the earliest phase in the mystery category and I thought I'd want to vote for it. It's a mystery taking place in 1920's India with an MC who is one of the first female lawyers in India. That sounded really good to me.

Comments: Amazing from all perspectives. A+ It'll probably be the best M/T I read in 2018. See my review at

4)A Christmas Revelation by Anne Perry (historical mystery) Source: Net Galley
Started: 11/12 Finished: 11/15

Why Read: The F2F mystery group is discussing it for the December meeting next week.

Comments: Aside from the working class central characters, this is mediocre. C+ See my review at

To Be Continued...

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Ann (annrumsey) | 14306 comments Shomeret- isn’t it wonderful to have extra time to read around a holiday! I am really looking forward to reading The Widows of Malabar Hill (though I also need a holiday week to read it)

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Ann (annrumsey) | 14306 comments Also, a female Robin Hood novel sounds quite intriguing. I always get good ideas for books from your lists!

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Shomeret | 1368 comments Ann wrote: "Also, a female Robin Hood novel sounds quite intriguing. I always get good ideas for books from your lists!"

The female Robin Hood is a Victorian flavored epic fantasy novel called A Thief & A Gentlewoman by Clare Sager

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