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Death in the Air
Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City | Kate Winkler Dawson
A real-life thriller in the vein of The Devil in the White City, Kate Winkler Dawson's debut Death in the Air is a gripping, historical narrative of a serial killer, an environmental disaster, and an iconic city struggling to regain its footing. In winter 1952, London automobiles and thousands of coal-burning hearths belched particulate matter into the air. But the smog that descended on December 5th of 1952 was different; it was a type that held the city hostage for five long days. Mass transit ground to a halt, criminals roamed the streets, and 12,000 people died. That same month, there was another killer at large in London: John Reginald Christie, who murdered at least seven women. In a braided narrative that draws on extensive interviews, never-before-published material, and archival research, Dawson captivatingly recounts the intersecting stories of the these two killers and their longstanding impact on modern history.
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Chrissyreadit
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I want to read every book on this list!!! https://bookriot.com/2019/08/15/historical-true-crime-books/ @EadieB @Cinfhen have you read any of these? Any other true crime fans out there? Have you read any of these?

vivastory I was thrilled by today's theme posts. Added several to my TBR 3mo
SummerMom Added to my TBR pile awesome recommendations 3mo
EadieB @Chrissyreadit I've got these books from NetGalley:

Ted Bundy's Murderous Mysteries
Kevin Sullivan

On the Trail of the Yorkshire Ripper
Richard Charles Cobb
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Chrissyreadit @EadieB I added the Yorkshire Ripper to my TBR 3mo
Chrissyreadit @vivastory book Riot has had some great posts lately. 3mo
Chrissyreadit @SummerMom thanks! Glad you liked the link. 3mo
EadieB @Chrissyreadit Great! The other book about Bundy is about things that were not brought out yet that are in some transcripts. I want to read it in order to see what new things the author found out. 3mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Death in the Air is one I'm interested in reading. Our library has this one. 3mo
Chrissyreadit @Penny_LiteraryHoarders me too! I‘m very interested in that one! 3mo
Lizpixie I just read Death In The Air & found it fascinating. Definitely recommended. 3mo
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! I think I need to add all of these book!!! The tagged book has been on my TBR for awhile but the others our new to me. Thanks for tagging me!!!!! I‘ve taken a screenshot 👍🏽 3mo
jenniferw88 Tagging @kaysworld1 as I know she 💖 true crime & might be able to give you some more on British crimes! 3mo
kaysworld1 @jenniferw88 They all look fantastic reads but Tinseltown and Disembodied torso are actually on my paper to be read list. 👍 3mo
Chrissyreadit @jenniferw88 @kaysworld1 thanks! I did not realize how much I like true crime until Litsy- although In Cold Blood is one of my favorite books ever- but the buddy read of Stranger Beside Me made me realize I love the genre! 3mo
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Lauranahe
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I loved this book! I‘ve read about the London smog in 1952, but it‘s still fascinating. Add in an active serial killer during that time, and you‘ve got a great (tho horrific) read. I had a hard time putting it down. Even the politics was interesting!

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It‘s 6.30am Friday here in Sydney & I‘m off to my comfy bed to listen to an audiobook for awhile before sleep. Managed 5hrs so far in #HSreadathon and finished one book. This was fascinating about an almost forgotten phenomenon that claimed so many of London‘s residents, not to mention the women that John Christie buried under his floorboards & in his garden. Highly recommend to any history buff. #NonFiction2019 #SomethingWithHistory #readathon

tpixie Wow! 4mo
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Lizpixie
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I almost forgot that I signed up for this month long #readathon It‘s an easy one to join, you can still sign up I think. For the whole month of August, you just have to try and read as much of your #TBR as you can, using the hashtag #HSreadathon across all social media. I‘m kicking off mine with this non-fiction about the killer smog that hit London in 1952, along with the serial killer John Christie Of 10 Rillington Place. Link to sign up 👇👇👇

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Death in the Air by Kate Winkler Dawson brings people‘s lives and struggles to life on each page creating a compelling book difficult to put down about the deadly smog and serial killer of 1952 London. I don't normally like books about serial killers, but I do love books about London and history. If you're looking for a book filled with dark and creepy details, this is definitely a good one.

https://onthebl.org/2019/07/13/death-in-the-air

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EmilieGR
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Interesting

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The infamous staircase at 10 Rillington Place.

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Kate Winkler Dawson discussing Death in the Air at Collin College, Frisco Campus

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Something with science. #nonfiction2019

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Go you! You‘ll have coverall before summer! 👏 8mo
mhillis Good job!!! 8mo
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Samplergal
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Environmental message: Death in the Air. #bookishbingo

wordzie Lol😁❤ 8mo
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Samplergal
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What an interesting book. Set in 1952 London, it chronicles the terrible smog deaths of 12,000 deaths and the government (non) reaction to it. As in the style of Eric Larson, another event is investigated from the same period. A serial killer is killing women in the Notting Hill area. Very well researched and written, if you like Eric Larson, you‘ll likely enjoy this book. #nonfiction2019

rmaclean4 I have had this book for some time now. Thanks for to the review. 8mo
KarenUK My Dad remembers it well, being 11 at the time and living in London.... and he loved this book too... 8mo
Samplergal @KarenUK wow! That‘s cool. It‘s something I‘ve never heard about. I loved that the parliament reacted just about like the US. All the things we know, and yet, it‘s all about the money. 8mo
KarenUK @samplergal They also cover it in the first season of ‘The Crown‘ on Netflix... from the Royals POV.... 8mo
Bookzombie Great review! This was a pick for me too. 🙂 8mo
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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt1 Another big mail day today, of course all 5 books came in separate boxes.Coz there‘s not enough waste in this world apparently😠A few more non-fiction including this one about 2 horrific bits of history, in 1952, a deadly smog blanketed London & killed 12,000 people & there was the murders perpetrated by Mr John Christie Of 10 Rillington Place. I only found out about the smog recently while watching The Crown & wanted to learn more.

Amiable I have this on my TBR--interested to hear what you think of it 10mo
Kaye NF ⭐️ 10mo
Mdargusch I was going to stack this but apparently I already have! 🤪 I had never heard about the great fog either until seeing it on the Crown. 10mo
Bookzombie I read this last year and enjoyed it. @kaye This author lives in Texas (or she did the last time I checked) if you need one for that state. 🙂 10mo
Kaye Thanks. Yep Texas is currently blank. Plenty of true crime books from that state but I might give this one a gander. I think the hard states might be like Rhode Island. Real small states. I‘ll see. 😊. Thank you for your help. 10mo
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Londoners were #WalkingInTheAir December 1952 as a noxious fog descended upon the city. But, a killer also stalked the streets. This narrative nonfiction discusses both catastrophic events. I had slated to read this one this year for a challenge prompt, but I don‘t think I‘ll be getting to it. But, it‘s still on my to read list! #WinterWonderland

Crazeedi Adding! 11mo
TrishB Interesting one 👍🏻 11mo
Cinfhen Ooooh!!! #stacked 11mo
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Cinfhen Happy Holidays, hope your dad is feeling well and his recovery is still going well ❤️ 11mo
Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola I feel like this book has your name all over it!!!!! 11mo
Librarybelle @Cinfhen He was finally able to come home on Friday and feels better than he‘s had in months! Still needs to recover stamina and energy, but it‘s a large step in the right direction. Happy Holidays to you! ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
Bklover Ooh I need to read this ! 11mo
Reviewsbylola It certainly does!! @Cinfhen Stacking 11mo
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KarenUK
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#pop18 part 2..... Completed!

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KarenUK
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I finally completed #pop18 , finishing up with a really interesting True Crime... (tagged)
This is part 1 of the books read... part 2 in next post 👍📚💕

BarbaraBB Congrats. Pop18 made you read some great books 💕 11mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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#FallintoReading #SelfiewithCurrentRead(s) I started both of these last night in hopes that one would grab me, and they both did! So I'll continue to flip between them.

@vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 12mo
Amiable The tagged book looks interesting--stacked! 12mo
vkois88 Love it! Glad you're enjoying your books... I agree with @Amiable #Stacked 12mo
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Matilda
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Really interesting opening explaining the book will parallel two killers in London after WWII: a serial killer and smog. How they were covered, the laws that changed bc of each, etc.

alanacristin That sounds fascinating! And that cover is quite creepy 😻 12mo
Matilda @alanacristin the cover is what landed this book in my TBR pile lol 12mo
alanacristin @Matilda ⬆ very relatable 😂 12mo
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Matilda
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😳

Bookzombie I love this cover and it was a really interesting read. 13mo
Matilda @Bookzombie good to know! I‘m looking forward to it. 13mo
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Litpixie
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If you liked Devil in the White City I strongly recommend this book. The book deals with two killers: The Fog Event of 1952 and the serial killer John Reginald "Reg" Christie. The Fog Event killed over 12,000, Christie killed 6, possibly 8, women. He hoped to walk away from his flat at 10 Rillington Place where 6 victims were buried or hidden in and around his flat.

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Litpixie
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Until I saw The Crown I had never heard about the deadly smog that settled over London. Then I heard about this book, and after receiving a copy at Christmas I knew this would be one of my first Halloween reading. Starting this today!

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StellarDoc
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#Loki lives up to her name by stealing my bookmark. #CatsOfLitsy

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StellarDoc
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"How about petting me instead of reading?" #Ash #CatsOfLitsy

dgingo Well? How about it? 🤣 He has such a sweet face. 💕 1y
StellarDoc @dgingo I can do both. I got skillz. 1y
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Haven‘t read this yet but want to. But just like the smog that strangled London in 1952, in the summer of 2009 I felt strangled by #Igottafeeling. I had just started dating a guy and it became our theme song. We would turn on the radio in the car, it‘s on. Go to the store, it‘s on. Go dancing, it‘s on. Go inside an elevator of the hotel, it was on. And just like the guy and what we had, it got old real quick. The strangling #heatinjuly.

emilyhaldi Love this 1y
TrishB Great post 👍🏻 1y
batsy Agreed, love this post 1y
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BarbaraBB Amen! 1y
ephemeralwaltz 💜 Love this as well 1y
Cinfhen You‘re the best!! His lost 💜💜 (edited) 1y
Jas16 Great post! 1y
kspenmoll Live how creative you are! 1y
Bookzombie Such a great post! 1y
Suet624 Hahaha. Unfortunately I‘m now singing that song in my head. 1y
Reggie @Suet624 yeah, it was in my head all that day of this post. Lol 1y
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Bookzombie
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In 1952, London, still recovering from WWII, is brought to a standstill by a deadly convergence of weather and pollution. Dawson weaves together the events of The Great Smog of 1952 and a serial killer active at the same time. I found this engrossing, especially during the parts about the smog and government ineptitude. #Nonfiction2018

FYI: Dawson will be at San Antonio‘s Central library on June 9th at 2pm for a reading and a book signing.

rubyslippersreads This was interesting, but not the best book to read while I had bronchitis! 🤒 1y
Mdargusch Stacking. I had never heard of this until I just saw something about on the Crown maybe? I need to know more! 1y
MicheleinPhilly This sounds fascinating! Stacked! 1y
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Alicia Just bought this yesterday after hearing about it on Get Booked!! Can‘t wait, glad to hear you enjoyed it too. 1y
Bookzombie @rubyslippersreads Oh no, that would have been rough! 1y
Bookzombie @Mdargusch I haven‘t seen The Crown, but her coronation is in the year following the smog so she is talked about. 1y
Bookzombie @MicheleinPhilly @Alicia I hope you both like it too! 1y
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TheBookkeepersApprentice
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My birthday #bookhaul (and book-related items)-this was such a great birthday, so much wonderful time and celebrations with my students, my family, and my friends ❤️

tpixie Happy Birthday 🎂🎁🎉🎈 📚📚📚 1y
JoScho Happy Birthday!! 1y
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JessClark78 Happy Birthday! 🎊🎂🎉🎈📚 1y
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StellarDoc
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My college gave out copies of next year's Book-in-Common selection with a complimentary face mask.

Jabberwocky That‘s equal parts terrifying and great 2y
StellarDoc @Jabberwocky And it makes an interesting bookmark! 😹 2y
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Ephemera
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Non-fiction, about the killing smog that sat over London in 1952 and caused 12,000 deaths. But at this same point in time, serial killer Reg Christie was murdering women in his home at 10 Rillington Place. The story of the smog is an indictment of the Tories who ran the government at that time, including Churchill. But some good did come out of this, as you will see if you read the book.

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River looks sad bc she broke a toenail, but I really enjoyed this one. I didn't know anything about the history of smog, and found the public perception of it and the creation of laws to protect against it so interesting. And Reg Christie's story was so disturbing, but the writer really put the reader in the heads of all of the people, making it read almost like a movie script rather than a book about a serial killer.

TricksyTails Poor River! 😘🐶 2y
DGRachel Aww, poor River! Hope your pup feels better soon! 2y
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rjsthumbelina
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Trying to relax this afternoon, bc this evening will be rough.Tonight I have my last in-home session with a kid I've been working with for 2 years.He has multiple disabilities,and I am the only person who can hold a conversation with him,and the only adult in his life who tells him that he is smart and nice.His insurance changed and my company can't work with him anymore.I'm heartbroken.So for now, it's a book and Gilmore Girls, plus cat blanket

Elizabeth_Chatsworth So sorry to hear this. Insurance companies are the worst. 2y
rjsthumbelina Yeah, and it's just really crappy bc he loses the one caring adult in his life that isn't related to him. And he is switching schools soon, which is for the best but it's gonna be hard on him too! I feel really guilty, even though there is nothing I can do about it. 2y
99problemsbutabookaint1 I'm so sorry hon!! Remember what you have to your patient and hopefully that will help comfort you some. If it doesn't maybe your awesome cat blanket and Gilmore Girls will do it !! 🤗🤗🤗 here are some hugs to help as well. 💝 2y
cobwebmoth That's sad. Big hugs to you! 2y
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EvieBee
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Today‘s #libraryhaul felt great because I returned 4 read books from previous hauls! Always makes me feel accomplished. Is that weird? I was most excited about DEATH IN THE AIR because I recommended it for purchase! Yay!

#bookhaul #librarystack #bookstack

BookMaven407 Not at all! 🙂Way to go! 🎉 2y
EvieBee @BookMaven407 Thank you! ♥️♥️ 2y
rubyslippersreads Sounds interesting —I first heard about this in The Crown. 2y
EvieBee @rubyslippersreads Me too! After each episode I find myself on Wikipedia reading supplemental information. (edited) 2y
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rjsthumbelina

Wow. The beginning of this book sure is suspenseful - hopefully the writing keeps this tone! So cool to find a history book that reads that way.

Also, any of you who like to read in bed when your significant other is sleeping, I would suggest a Philips Hue light. I can control it from my phone, and change the color of the light as well as the brightness! Makes it easy to read as long as I want without waking the hubby 😉

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Anabnieto
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Long time away from #litsy.... but back to recommend a book that it feels more than a novel.

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Julsmarshall
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Fascinating audiobook. Compelling serial killer story with an even scarier story about the real threat of air pollution. Highly recommend! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Julsmarshall
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New audiobook! #commutingreader

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BookishMarginalia
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I‘ve been interested in the Great London Smog of 1952 since I saw an episode of The Queen about it.

RealBooks4ever Recently read the Bannon & Clare series which has a great smog in "Londinium". Didn't know it was a real thing until this book came out! ? On my TBR! 2y
Pamwurtzler Wow I‘m going to read that. @kitty_reads and I just watched that episode too. 2y
KarenUK Me too! I called my dad in the UK straight after watching that Crown episode, to ask if he remembered it.... then he told me some stories about those days that I‘d never heard before.... definitely going to buy this for him..... 2y
Magslhalliday My mum and dad both told me tales of it years ago as one visited London and the other worked there during the smogs. 2y
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monkeygirlsmama Reality is scary sometimes. 😬 2y
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rubyslippersreads Interesting, because I just learned about this smog via "The Crown." 2y
WanderingBookaneer @rubyslippersreads : @BookishMarginalia and I did too! (The fog, not the serial killer) 2y
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