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text 2019-08-12 11:35
Pre-Party for Halloween Bingo - Book Suggestion for the New Squares? - Truly Terrifying - Part 2
Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans - Gary Krist
Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris - David King
Say Nothing - Patrick Radden Keefe
The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer - Kate Summerscale
American Predator - Maureen Callahan
Beneath a Ruthless Sun - Gilbert King
Conan Doyle for the Defense - Margalit Fox
The Last Pirate of New York - Rich Cohen
Furious Hours - Casey Cep
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America - Jill Leovy

Lol, my "non-fiction true crime list of books I want to read" just went through the roof. These sound all amazing.


I haven´t read any of these books, but again: I want to read them all. And I definitely have to shoehorn another non-fiction book or two into my bingo reading. 

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text 2019-05-25 02:38
Summer/Winter of Sherlock
The Mystery of Cloomber - Arthur Conan Doyle
Conan Doyle - Hesketh Pearson
Conan Doyle: Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes. - Andrew Lycett
Arthur & Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes - Michael Sims
Tales of Terror and Mystery - Arthur Conan Doyle
Conan Doyle for the Defence: A Sensational Murder, the Quest for Justice and the World's Greatest Detective Writer - Avishai Margalit
The Sherlockian - Graham Moore
Sherlock: An anthology of stories inspired by the greatest detective of all time - Otto Penzler

Going through my TBR stacks, these are the books I have yet to read that concern either Sherlock Holmes or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, or written by Doyle, as well as two that are tribute/pastiche (one a stand alone fiction, one an anthologies of short stories).


I am not including those I've already read (i.e. all the Sherlock Holmes stories written by Doyle); not because I'm unwilling to re-read them, just unwilling to list them all.


Not sure what I'll get around to reading the next three months.  I'd like to tackle Hesketh Pearson's work, but I've got to be in a biography frame of mind.  Hopefully one or two will work for BL-opoly spaces and can do double-duty.

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review 2019-01-24 00:32
Conan Doyle for the Defense by Margalit Fox
Conan Doyle for the Defence: A Sensational Murder, the Quest for Justice and the World's Greatest Detective Writer - Avishai Margalit

Glasgow, Scotland: 1908
A wealthy, and extremely paranoid elderly woman is brutally murdered in her home. Clues that would prove to even the untrained to be blatantly false lead the police to a suspect, Oscar Slater - immigrant German Jew with a shady reputation. Slater finds himself imprisoned for a life of hard labor in one of Scotland's worst prisons...barely escaping hanging for the crime. After 18 and a half years, and close to suicidal, Slater manages to get a cry for help out....to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
A well known crusader for justice, despite the blows to his reputation concerning his fascination with the afterlife....and a faked photograph of "fairies", Doyle takes on the case....applying the same investigative tools used by his fictional creation, Sherlock Holmes.
Battling the rabid anti-Semitism and anti-immigration bias that gripped Scotland, and the entire British Isles at the time....along with a police department and prosecutors more willing to frame a man on questionable circumstantial evidence rather than find the real perpetrator, Doyle would spend his final years seeking justice, finally freeing Slater in 1927.

A remarkable work of biography, history and true crime that captures the time and place that this travesty of justice occurred, and revealing the honorable man Doyle was, along with the innate genius for deduction that he was blessed with, a genius that lives on in his most famous creation.

Overall, a highly recommended read...for Doyle fans, Holmes fans, history buffs and true crime aficionados everywhere.

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review 2015-01-18 19:04
The Riddle of the Labyrinth
The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code - Margalit Fox

The pull of an undeciphered ancient script comes not only from the fact that its discoverer cannot read it, but also from the knowledge that once long ago, someone could.

As someone who had no previous knowledge of the discovery of Linear B and the eventual deciphering of it, this book was absolutely fascinating. I decided to read this after seeing a positive review of the book. I was wary that the book was going to be dry and somewhat boring but I needn't have worried because this was a vibrant yet informative book.


Margalit Fox covers not only Alice Kober but also Sir Arthur Evans and Michael Ventris. All three played critical roles in the discovery or eventual deciphering of Linear B. I liked that while Fox tended to focus on Kober, she also spent plenty of time discussing Evans and Ventris. The author shows a clear disdain for Evans and I feel like her disdain really overtakes her section on Evans. Fox also shows a sort of disdain towards Ventris and really drives home her point that he would never have been able to decipher Linear B without Kober's previous work on the subject. While Fox clearly admires the work that Kober has done I was glad that that her section on Kober didn't turn into hero worship.


Reading this book has made me want to know more about Linear B and also the still undeciphered Linear A. Fox mentions other books that have discussed these topics and they all seem so fascinating and I look forward to one day reading those as well.

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text 2015-01-17 16:50
The Magical Tbr Jar Returns

I have read all the ARCs that I had to read for January and was wondering what to read next. Then I remembered my magical tbr jar (at least it was magical last year) which I have neglected for a bit. So I put all the books in the jar (the titles, not the books themselves) that I had not yet put in there and made my first pick of 2015, which turned out to be:  The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code by Margalit Fox. I am going to try to stop adding so many books to my tbr pile and really make a dent in the jar. I will still be reading ARCs here and there but I am also going to try cutting back a bit on those too.

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