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Mrs. Sherlock Holmes
Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation | Brad Ricca
Mrs. Sherlock Holmes tells the incredible true life story of Mrs. Grace Humiston, the New York lawyer and detective who solved the famous cold case of Ruth Cruger, an 18-year-old girl who disappeared in 1917. Grace was an amazing lawyer and traveling detective during a time when no women were practicing these professions. She focused on solving cases no one else wanted and advocating for innocents. Grace became the first female U.S. District Attorney and made ground-breaking investigations into modern slavery. One of Grace's greatest accomplishments was solving the Cruger case after following a trail of corruption that lead from New York to Italy. Her work changed how the country viewed the problem of missing girls. But the victory came with a price when she learned all too well what happens when one woman upstages the entire NYPD. In the literary tradition of In Cold Blood and The Devil in the White City, Brad Ricca's Mrs. Sherlock Holmes is a true crime tale told in spine-tingling fashion. This story is about a woman whose work was so impressive that the papers gave her the nickname of fictions greatest sleuth. With important repercussions in the present about kidnapping, the role of the media, and the truth of crime stories, the great mystery of the book and its haunting twist ending is how one woman can become so famous only to disappear completely.
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BeaG
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Mehso-so

This was an ok read. I thought it was going to be a novel. It was snippets of solved crimes and how they went about solving them.

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MoMogrl
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Pickpick

I'm still processing what I read in this book. I definitely want to read more about Grace Humiston as there are holes I think need to be filled. Overall I enjoyed this and the fact that it read like a novel although nonfiction.

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Kaila-ann
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Grace Humiston was a champion for new immigrants and missing/exploited women. #somethingaboutamovement #nonfiction2019

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Kaila-ann
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#mayscavengerhunt #maymadness

✅ with a star on the cover
✅ over 300 pages
✅ has a blue cover

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Kaila-ann
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love and be absolutely blown away by this book and yet . . . the presentation of this woman‘s undoubtedly fascinating life fell sort of flat. The author clearly spent a lot of time researching the subject matter but the story just felt jumbled with alternating timelines. I would still recommend this since I had no idea who Grace Humiston was before this book but I wasn‘t as wowed as I had hoped to be by the book.

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MoMogrl
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So life has been super hectic and gotten in the way of reading again. But I'm starting this today for book club. I am also still reading Major Pettigrew's Last Stand which was last month's book club pick.

#Jack is in his usual spot. #blackcatsoflitsy

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AiBBot
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Mehso-so

If you find historical novels tedious and too ‘real world‘ to deal with at the moment, do not read this book. If you are the mood to read about one of the first female lawyer/detective based in New York in the early 1900‘s who championed for the poor, immigrants and young women during a time when women were not even allowed vote, read this historical book.

AiBBot I almost bailed on this book numerous times. My rage towards how they treated her and the women around her....especially when she became middle aged....We have come so far in 100 years and yet, not so much. Oh the rage. 9mo
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ElizabethEmma89
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this fascinating book about one of New York‘s greatest female detective and lawyer. For me is was all the more fascinating because my paternal grandparents were alive during this (but they were in Massachusetts not New York) so it was neat to make that connection that maybe they had heard about this story. Grace Humiston‘s contributions to society were almost lost to history if it weren‘t for Brad Ricca! Highly recommend it

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msford88
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Pickpick

Amazing book! This is the absolutely impressive narrative biography of Grace Humiston, one of the most prolific female detectives in history. She broke ground in so many different ways, and Brad Ricca truly does her justice. From her humble beginnings as a nighttime law student to her game changing career in the NYC spotlight, this book covers it all. Plus, there's the added mystery of her tackling one of the most riveting cases of all time.

lynneamch Oooh! Sounds like a great companion read with this one about Kate Warne, the first female Pinkerton detective. 11mo
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Crazeedi
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Mehso-so

I started out enjoying this book. Even though it jumped between years with every chapter. The story of Grace who championed women in the early 1900's is worthy of knowing. I just dont think this book did the best job. It became mired down in extraneous paragraphs and things not relevant to Grace's story. I rate it 2.5 .⭐
@Savedbygrace

Savedbygrace Thanks for tagging me! ☺📚 11mo
Crazeedi @Savedbygrace yep, yousaid you wanted to know! 11mo
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Crazeedi
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First book of 2019!

Savedbygrace I just put this on my tbr list, so I'm eager to hear what you think of this one! 😀 11mo
Crazeedi @Savedbygrace I'll be sure to post! 11mo
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Lea
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Mehso-so

The narrator was really good and saved the story for me. Grace Humiston is a really interesting person with a really interesting life. This book did a so-so job of telling that story. It was all over the place, it needed a better editor. At a few points it felt like he was just dumping all his research into the book whether it added to the story or not. It wasn‘t focused. She dismissed any connect to Holmes so the title is ridiculous.

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MaGoose
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24. Obsession

I have numerous ebooks involving Sherlock Holmes as the main character that I have yet to download and read.

#31bookpics @howjessreads

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Jen2
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Pickpick

Such a good story!

bg_reads I saw this about a week ago! I want to read it but my TBR is overflowing right now!! Adding to my stack! 💙 1y
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Mitch
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Miss Sherlock and Miss Watson, in Tokyo..... could be fun,could be a disaster!

https://newrepublic.com/article/151011/irreverent-joys-japanese-sherlock-holmes

iread2much I really like this series! My Japanese isn‘t as good as it used to be, but from what I can tell, the subtitles are descent and the story lines are pretty good. Good acting too, if in that super dramatic Japanese style. (edited) 1y
Mitch @iread2much cool - I need to try to find a streaming service to view it 🤞🏼 1y
iread2much @Mitch we can get it on Hulu here, hope you can too! It‘s fabulous! We are on the last episode 1y
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ElizabethEmma89
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Pickpick

So I have chosen to start reading this intriguing book. If anyone‘s read it let me know if you liked it or not and why! (But PLEASE, no spoilers!)

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ruskigurl16
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Here are the books I finished recently, and returned to the library today. Two made a very good impression, and them I reviewed separately. The other two, I must say, only registered as a "meh." With a title like "Mrs. Sherlock Holmes" I expected something more. The first part of the story was engaging. But the end seemed to drag itself out to a thoroughly unremarkable conclusion. That is my just my impression. #recentlyread #ENDLESSTBR

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ruskigurl16
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It's my birthday, and there seems to be a trend as to what books I am drawn to and find fascinating. #currentlyreading #birthdaygirl 🖤🎂🎉😊🇷🇺

PurpleyPumpkin Happy birthday! Have a great one. 😉🎉🎂 1y
ruskigurl16 @PurpleyPumpkin thank you. 😊 1y
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catherine2
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Can‘t believe my city was mentioned in this book! What are the odds of that?

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Samary
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Mehso-so

So, instead of retyping my review I‘ll just put a picture of the one on goodreads haha 😂

#mrssherlockholmes #mystery

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TeeCee
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Pickpick

Weekend camping read! Quite good, featuring a kick-ass woman lawyer & detective. Interesting to read about these real-life cases going on at turn-of-the-20th-century & parallels to today. Recommended.

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danimgill
Mehso-so

While Grace Humiston as a person (kickass lawyer for the people, New York‘s first female consulting detective, advocate for missing girls) is fascinating, this account of her life and biggest cases falls a bit flat. I didn‘t like the time hopping first half, I‘d rather have had a fully linear narrative with an intriguing prologue setting up the Ruth Cruger case instead of the one about Arthur Conan Doyle for no reason.

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danimgill
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Beat my sister to the ballpark and she‘s got the tickets so... naturally I‘m killing some time while I wait for her reading on my phone 😂

LiteraryinLititz Jealous! Go, Sox! 2y
asiriusreader Go Sox!!! 2y
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Sarah83
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So wonderful you reached 50k. ??

One thing that's really #uniquelyyou about me is, that even if I don't concentrate on it, I hear all conversations and see all motions around me. My family calls me "Sherlock", because of that and because I remember quite everything. ?

@JoScho

JoScho Have you ever watched Psych? You have Psych skills. That is very cool 💚 2y
Gissy #uniquetlyyou something funny about me? I'm so absent minded person. I can forget I'm surrounding by people, don't understand most of the jokes and don't see or perceive things in the same way people do🤷🏻‍♀️it cost me a great effort to see details, maybe this is the reason I prefer to be alone well with books. I don't give up easily.Maybe that is why I like challenges in sport but in my level. 2y
Sarah83 @JoScho not yet. Maybe I should do. 🤗 2y
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danimgill
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After seeing the episode of Timeless where the crew meets Grace Humiston, one of the first female detectives in New York, I knew I had to find a book about her! I had never heard of this pioneering woman before but I‘m excited to dig in and learn her real life story as well as the details of the case that made her so famous at the time.

MinDea This has been on my radar. Look forward to your review! 2y
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Redy2trvl
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Yesterday was so fun! I picked up a couple new books and a Karen Slaughter ARC (book picture to come - they are still in @Vbrrgirl trunk). Nothing better than books, rosé and friends!!!! #ISupportIndies

Vbrrgirl It was a great day! However, not sure our significant others buy the there really is a Happy Independent Bookstore Day celebration!😁🍷🎉 2y
BookaholicNatty Hahahahahahaha @Vbrrgirl that‘s funny!!!!!! 2y
BookaholicNatty So glad you all had fun yesterday!!!! Looks like your local Indie has loads of fun stuff!!!!! 2y
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CassiM
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Pickpick

This overall is a really good read. If you like true crime and or writing like Eric Larson then this should be added to your TBR list! This was my first piece by Ricca and I was impressed!

CassiM #fullreview can be found at www.godscomicrelief.blogspot.com/2018/04/have-you-met-mrs-sherlock-holmes.html 2y
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CassiM
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CassiM
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1. Finished The Bone Labyrinth and starting Mrs. Sherlock Holmes
2. In fiction it's intelligent thrillers and in non-fiction it's prehistory.
3. Cadbury
4. @SqueakyChu and @Ardachy and @LitsyHappenings

#HappyEaster! 🐰🐇🍬🍭🌷🌷🌷 @Syndelle777

Ardachy Thanks for the tag but I have not worked out how to copy these things yet. Nor do I understand question three. Sorry 😐 2y
CassiM @Ardachy I have to take a screenshot of the post and then upload the image ☺ as for question 3, it's asking your preference between Cadbury eggs or Peeps 'candies' as an Easter treat. 😀 Also, do not feel obligated to repost just cause you were tagged 😉 you just happened to have been one of the last 3 profiles I followed! Happy Easter! 2y
Ardachy Thanks for the explanations. Screenshots sound a bit fiddly for me. I have never heard of Peeps candies so guess they are probably an American thing that is not yet well known in the UK. 2y
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Ardachy Oh and happy Easter to you too 😀 2y
CassiM Well if we really love you lot we will not torture you with importing them to the UK. They are almost unexplainable. They're shaped like baby chicks and made from like marshmallow fluff stuff and have weird colored topping that try to look like feathers I guess 🤔 2y
CassiM Thank you @Ardachy ☺ and to you as well! 🐇🌷🍭🍬🐰 2y
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Branwen
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I had a wonderful first day working at the library! Of course it was only about thirty seconds before I checked out my first book! 😁📚

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RainyDayReading
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The stack I need to get through tonight. In between looking for a new car 😪 wish I knew more about what to look for, my knowledge is limited to oil and tires haha. Hoping I find something decent soon that‘s not going to go belly up on me in two years like my current car just did 🙄

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ABookGeek
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Found this lovely book at #B&N yesterday. Haven‘t been able to put it down.

scripturient Oooh! @sarah83 - something for you?? 2y
Sarah83 @scripturient 😍😍😍😍 2y
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Preciouz29
Panpan

Ugh! I feel like this was bait and switch; this book is all over the place and I lost interest....because it felt like the author lost interest.

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bookishdawg
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Current read for the Book Riot Read Harder challenge... true crime #riotgrams

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 7! This is the true watershed story of the first female US D.A., Grace Humiston. She was also a traveling detective. She was put to the test by solving the case-gone-cold of a missing 18-year-old woman. She and her partner, Julius, navigated a dangerous web and collected the clues. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

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robinb
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Try this one!

I got “The Enigma of the Judgmental Thumb”.

Judgmental Thumb??! Yeah, I‘d call that an Enigma for sure! 👍👍👎👎🤷🏻‍♀️🧐😜🤣🤣😂😂😂

Thanks @MelAnn ! 😊
#mySherlockstory

Read4life The Tragedy of the Unexpected Meme 🤓 2y
Well-ReadNeck I got The Murder of the Part-Time Toaster! Yeah, that‘s about right. If my toaster was part-time, it would be murdered! 😜 2y
Pamwurtzler Today mine is The Murder of the Judgemental Toaster 😂 2y
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Carolyn11215 Secret of the Persnickety Writer. 😜 2y
Kristy_K The Tragedy of the Unexpected Bachelor. Hmm. Lol. 2y
actualdisneyprincess The Fate of the Abominable Unicorn. 😂 2y
MelAnn Hmmm I might read it! 🤓 2y
Eggs Legend of the Loquacious Toaster 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes The problem of the part-time oyster!! 😂😂😂 2y
robinb @actualdisneyprincess I‘m imaging a unicorn in a blizzard (for some reason)! Lol 🦄⛄️🤷🏻‍♀️😂 2y
robinb 🤣🤣🤣 These are great! 2y
robinb @MelAnn 👍 👍😂 thanks! 2y
minkyb The secret of the lurking librarian. I like it. Thanks for the fun @robinb 2y
robinb @minkyb ooooh, at least yours makes sense (AND sounds intriguing)! My Judgmental Thumb gives it a thumbs up! 👍😂 Thank you @MelAnn for starting this crazy ride! 2y
MelAnn Thanks so much for playing along and spreading the fun! 2y
SilversReviews FUNNY!! 2y
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SilversReviews
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Join in the fun. It's small so I took a screen shot and blew up the words 😍.

#MySherlockStory Thanks, @MelAnn

Here is mine: INCIDENT PART-TIME TEACHER

I was a business teacher but a full time one so this was fun it turned out to be these words.

I had a few incidents in my 34 years as a business teacher, but mostly everyone was happy to learn to type.

Did you learn to type?

tournevis I did learn to type in the mid-1980s, in my private highschool for girls run by Catholic nuns. In a large typewriter lab that had been state of the art in 1958. On Olivetti manual typewriter with approximalivaly 8 miles of travel on the keys. Good times. 2y
SilversReviews Definitely good times. I taught on manual typewriters the first four years. FORTY typewriters clicking and clacking. :) Best skill ever. Thanks for commenting. 2y
Pamwurtzler Oh gosh typing class. I remember that whole room full of typewriters too! 2y
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cobwebmoth My mom made me learn to type on her typewriter. She insisted that typing and accounting were skills that would be practical. She wasn't wrong.🙂 2y
robinb I LOVED typing class (took Typing I and Typing II my junior and senior years in high school). My business teachers were some of the best I had (favorites too!). Thanks for the memories and for your years of patience as a teacher! 👏👏👏👏👏❤️😊 2y
Carolyn11215 My mom made me take typing in high school because she said if I could type I‘d always be able to make a living. I wasn‘t very happy about it but like so many things my mom told me that I didn‘t want to listen to at the time, she was right. I‘m very grateful that I can speed type as I watch some people hunt and peck on their keyboards. Saved my bacon more than once when I was typing up college term papers at the 11th hour as well! 2y
SilversReviews @Carolyn11215 exactly. The best skill out there. 2y
SilversReviews @robinb I‘m glad you liked us. 😍 You are welcome. 2y
SilversReviews @cobwebmoth she sure wasn't wrong. 2y
RachelO We got to take it as an optional extra during A-levels. A few weeks in, I broke my collarbone. To this day I can touch-type perfectly as long as I only use the A-L row of the keyboard. 🤔 2y
SilversReviews @RachelO You could try an online website. I have one I like. Or Mavis Beacon teaches typing is good. 2y
RachelO @SilversReviews Maybe I should try it! I'd have a lot of bad habits to shake off though... 2y
MelAnn Oh yes - I took two years of typing! Glad you played along! 2y
SilversReviews @MelAnn I‘m glad I played too. It was a lot of fun. Typing RULES!! 2y
AlaMich Yes, took typing in junior high. I‘m pretty sure my father insisted on it. But lord, it was boring. Helpful, but boring. 2y
SilversReviews @AlaMich LOL...I‘m glad you took it. Sometimes worthwhile things can be boring. :) 2y
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GinEyre22
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Mehso-so

This was really well researched but the narrative jumped all over the place
#LitsyAtoZ

vlwelser I thought it should end with solving the murder but it just kept going. And going. 2y
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RainyDayReading
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It‘s always amusing to read a book and find typos or mistakes. Even more so when the book is a library book and someone before you has fixed said typo xD
Really enjoying this book so far!

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KarenUK
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#rocktober #ifiwasyourgirlfriend #goals 😊💕
Also... I totally want the t-shirt on the right to wear to the gym 😂

Cinfhen Perfect 💘👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🏆 2y
Cathythoughts I love it 👍 2y
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TheAliceEvers Oh my gosh that tshirt is perfect! 👌🏻😂 2y
britt_brooke 😆😆 2y
BarbaraBB That shirt 😂 2y
Balibee146 Fab choice... So would now be a good time to mention I met him during the Hamlet run. He was rather lovely. 😍😍 2y
KarenUK @Balibee146 Super jealous! He seems so sweet, smart and silly all at once... the perfect combo! 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Hahahahaha!!!! Love it! 2y
CouronneDhiver Ha! Yep. He‘s pretty adorable 2y
Balibee146 @KarenUK you are spot on.... He was a really lovely and articulate man. Also had to severely restrain the urge to reach out and touch him in a highly inappropriate, scary way 😂😂 on the face I hasten to add!! (bad enough ha ha!!) as that sounded REALLY suspect..... 2y
KarenUK @Balibee146 😂😂😂💕👍 2y
LeahBergen 😂😂 2y
TricksyTails 😍😂😍😂😍😂 I need that shirt on the right but I want what's in the shirt on the left!! 2y
KarenUK @TricksyTails exactly my thoughts! 💕👍 2y
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Reviewsbylola
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Bailedbailed

This started off so strong. Narrative non fiction about a girl that went missing 100 years ago and the female lawyer turned detective who helped solve the mystery of her disappearance--what's not to love? Unfortunately, the author got so tied up in the story of Grace Humiston, the detective, that the actual story gets forgotten. Almost halfway through I decided I'd rather just google it. Such a shame.

emilyhaldi Bummer 😒 2y
bio_chem06 Oh no! This was pin my TBR. I might still give it a try, but its good to know if I bail, I'm not alone. 2y
Reviewsbylola Definitely still give it a shot. I thought the history was fascinating, I just lost momentum. @bio_chem06 2y
Mdargusch Darn. It sounded so good. Thanks for reading this first. 😁 2y
Cinfhen I've had the same thoughts at time during Helter Skelter ....Bugliosi is a real stickler for details🙄 2y
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Sweettartlaura
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Bailedbailed

Maybe this just isn't hitting me right... maybe I'll pick it up again someday. But over 100 pages in, & I can't find anything I like about it yet 😕. So it's a #dnf for me. Gotta move on... there are too many other books to read ❤️📚

Reviewsbylola I literally just started this last night. Pros are that I love it so far, but con is that I'm reading it on my kindle app and I hate ebooks. I swear my DNF rate has to be 90% for ebooks. 😂 2y
Sweettartlaura I hope you like it more than I do, @Reviewsbylola - it seems like something I would like, but the structure is seriously getting in my way. Good luck! 2y
AWahle Since I am missing book club this week, I put this on the back-burner... 2y
Sweettartlaura @awahl I hope you wind up liking it. I hate to hate on a book that I haven't finished. But I can't get through it right now😕 (edited) 2y
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Oliveskool
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Time for a bedtime story! @Sweettartlaura @AWahle

AWahle I'm so sorry I'll be in Baltimore and will miss this discussion. Looking forward to September! 📚 2y
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Liberty
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Evening reading. 📚☠️🖤

Sweettartlaura Oooh... This is our Book Club pick this month 🙂 @Oliveskool @respekt1111 @AWahle @ohmygoshbeck @KB253 2y
BookwormBeth Ok I have to know about this immediately. 🔎👣⚗️🖤🖤 2y
8leagueboot How... have I not heard about this??? It sounds amazing! 2y
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CouronneDhiver Sounds awesome! 2y
Caksf This looks like it could be right up my alley! 2y
Bookishlie I own this but haven't read it yet... 2y
Oliveskool I hope I can make it to book club! I started a new job and my schedule changes constantly. 2y
nvhXesq Ooh! I've never heard of this one. Will you discuss it on a future podcast episode? 2y
ardoomer I read his book, Super Boys, about the Superman creators. Mmm...maybe I'll pick this up. 2y
littledid.she.know This looks fascinating! 2y
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Sharpeipup
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Back at it with book 5!
#24in48 #readathon @24in48

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GFB
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Pickpick

Well-deserving of its praise, this book is a biography written like a detective novel, right down to the red herrings that eventually brought our hero down. An unusual choice that worked for me. #biography #detective

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VoraciousReader
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Pickpick

An absorbing snapshot of one woman's fight for justice in turn-of-the-century New York. By turns horrifying, frustrating, & somewhat gratifying. At first the Holmes reference isn't apparent, but soon becomes clear when we meet the woman who becomes our main character.

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jckphnx
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Pickpick

Meticulous research and deep respect bleed through this well-crafted work of true crime, bringing a well-deserved spotlight to what would otherwise be a forgotten story and a forgotten historical heroine.

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DGRachel
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JSW
Mehso-so

In between the really interesting parts was a lot of really dull reporting. I skimmed quite a bit. I'm beginning to think that biographies are not my jam; I've read so many but enjoyed so few.