Archive for May 19, 2008
In 1860 a shocking crime horrified all England and led to a national obsession with detection, ironically destroying, in the process, the career of perhaps the greatest detective in the land.
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale is a true mystery with all of the intrigue and suspense of a great novel. This page turner will keep you guessing about the identity of the murderer and fascinated by the challenges facing the first detectives of Scotland Yard.
Written from the point of view of Death, this wryly narrated book tells the story of Liesel Meminger, a young German girl living in the birthplace of Nazism during World War II. The Book Thief focuses on Liesel’s love of books and how books help her, her family and her community cope with the horrors of war.
If you love the written word, Zusak’s subject matter and writing style will pull you into Liesel’s world. Many people have trouble getting into the story at first, but I say give it at least one-hundred pages. I was hooked from page one; this is one the best young adult novels I have ever read. The Book Thief is highly recommended for both teens and adults.