Mary Ann’s June Recommendation

The Solitary House by Lynn Shepherd

“This mystery is set in Victorian London with all its crime, grime and poverty. It’s a type of Fan Fiction because Shepherd uses elements of Bleak House (Charles Dickens) and The Woman in White (Wilke Collins) in the plot.  For fans of those books, it’s fun to recognize the personalities and their dialogue. There is a hint of a notorious real-life crime.  Like Death Comes to Pemberley ( P.D. James) and House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel (Anthony Horowitz), a modern author imagines iconic characters in new situations.  All of these current books have the flavor of the books that inspired them, but with the complexity, quick-pacing and plot twists that we’ve come to expect in modern mysteries.”

Read about it or request it from the library catalog!

3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

1) An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears (Access to library catalog here)

2) The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco (Access to library catalog here)

3) Bleak House by Charles Dickens (Access to library catalog here)

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) Victorian London: The Life of a City, 1840-1870 by Liza Picard (Access to library catalog here)

2)  London 1849: A Victorian Murder Story by Michael Alpert (Access to library catalog here)

3) A Prescription for Murder: The Victorian Serial Killings of Dr. Thomas Neill Cream (Access to library catalog here)


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