Kathy Tracy

A Death of No Importance

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An historical, suspenseful mystery, this is the author's debut adult novel. I thoroughly enjoyed both the mystery itself along with the intimate look at NYC at the time of the Gilded Age for some, extreme poverty for others and the mix of the classes and mores of the time. This is a complex mystery solved by a very smart, observant woman of the time with many unexpected twists including the ending.

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The Forgetting Time

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Just whipped through this riveting page-turner on recommendation of a co-worker! Though a work of fiction, this book is built on actual research of very young children who appear to have lived another life. Interwoven is not just the memories of these children, but also the memories and their impact on the other characters in the story and what they are experiencing in their lives as well. "The Forgetting Time" is a mix of what we forget and what we remember brilliantly crafted by the author in her debut novel. You can't help but feel the emotions of everyone involved. It would also appeal to someone who loves mysteries as long as you can accept those that go unsolved.

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Charles and Emma: the Darwins' leap of faith

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I read this some time ago, but just spotted it again as the kids are looking for biographies. This one intrigued me and although much of the information that is woven into this story is not what I would have grabbed by subject, it was so well told that I was fascinated. The Bio reads like a novel and pulls you right into the time period, the thinking behind both viewpoints of Evolution and the Darwin's marriage and life, often very difficult. Though in the Children's Dept. it's one to read!

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Maisie Dobbs

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Another staffer introduced me to this Mystery series and I love it! I am a lover of historical fiction as well, so having this story set in and around World War l is an added feature for me. Maisie Dobbs is an independent, cerebral, yet spiritual young woman who puts psychology, investigative tools and much inner thought to work solving cases. Before taking each case, Maisie explains to the client her philosophy in solving a case to a satisfactory conclusion which may mean something uncomfortable needing to be said to the client. If they agree, she begins her investigation. Maisie is a wonderful character, the mysteries well-written and developed. The reader is drawn into the time and place with the author's interwoven descriptions.

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