Tag Archives: Murder

The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander

The novel establishes itself as a memoir being told by a servant of the Romanov family. He says he was their kitchen boy during those fateful last days in Siberia, up until the Tsar and his family were brutally murdered. … Continue reading

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Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

The summer of 1961 was a memorable one for 13 year old Frank Drum.  It’s Minnesota, and Twins are playing for the first time. More importantly, that summer, people are turning up dead in Frank Drum’s small town of New … Continue reading

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Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

Oh, what can I say about Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian?  It’s about a violent way of life on the Texas-Mexico border during the 1850’s; more specifically about a 14 year old boy, “the kid,” and his bloody adventures as he journeys … Continue reading

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The Truth According To Us by Annie Barrows

Set in West Virginia during the Great Depression, The Truth According To Us is one of those novels that sneaks up on you.  You know, the kind that has you going along, in all pleasantness, and then you realize that you’ve … Continue reading

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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

The Winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize, The Luminaries is an intricate mystery that becomes unraveled, layer by layer.  It is set in 1866 New Zealand, where a gold rush has brought a variety of characters to try their fortunes. … Continue reading

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Tyrannosaur Canyon by Douglas Preston

The great thing about book challenges, is sometimes you venture out of your normal reading genre in order to find a book that fits the challenge.  That’s exactly what caused me to choose Tyrannosaur Canyon.  I needed a book with … Continue reading

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The Child Thief by Dan Smith

The year is 1930 and the location is the western Ukraine of the Soviet Union.  Luka is a former soldier turned farmer, trying to quietly raise his family in a small town far removed from the political turmoil that is … Continue reading

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