The February reader's report:
1. The Historian (remaining two-thirds). Really could have used some vigorous editing, but I did enjoy it. Much more elegantly written than DaVinci Code and light-years ahead of The Rule of Four.
2. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote. Chilling story told in compelling prose; easy to see why this is considered such a groundbreaking book. My haphazard internet research found an interesting series of articles from a Kansas newspaper that looks at the legacy of the Clutter murders and the Capote book here. Nope, haven't seen "Capote" yet.
3. Confessions of a Teenage Sleuth, by Chelsea Cain. Okay, I'll admit it: I had every Nancy Drew book as a kid. Yep, all fifty of 'em, their bilious yellow spines lined up on top of my dresser. This is a breezy, snappy parody of them. Lightweight & enjoyable, but if you've never read Nancy Drew, don't bother.
4. The Lighthouse, by P.D. James. Latest in her Adam Dalgliesh mystery series; high quality, veddy British writing.
5. Manhunt, by James L. Swanson. Fascinating story of John Wilkes Booth's flight from Ford Theater to Virginia after assassinating Lincoln. My history education was woefully deficient so I didn't know much about this at all. I even discovered a piece of Philadelphia trivia: Asia Booth Clarke, the assassin's sister, lived in Philly at the time of Lincoln's shooting, and her husband was an actor and manager at the Walnut Street Theatre.
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