Sunday, February 10, 2013

What we’re reading now

Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
In light of the discovery of the bones of Richard III in an English parking lot, I’m rereading Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey. Detective Alan Grant is recuperating in hospital from a work-related injury and is bored,bored,bored.  A friend brings him a book of portraits; he becomes interested in Shakespeare’s murdering king, Richard III Alan’s  research shows hearsay and politics clouded the historical record; he sets out to prove Richard innocent of murdering his two nephews to gain the throne.  
The Inventor and the Tycoon
by Edward Ball
Murder, money, greed and early technology in Gilded Age San Francisco combine in The Inventor and the Tycoon by Edward Ball. What links Eadweard Muybridge to Leland Stanford? Stanford was a former governor of California, a railroad magnate and a horse owner. He hired photographer Muybridge to prove that a galloping horse’s hooves all leave the ground at the same time.  Muybridge proved it, inventing stop-motion photography with his zoogyroscope device, the first step to motion pictures.  The drive to succeed brought them both to the American West; Muybridge had a murky past, having killed his wife’s lover but was found not guilty at trial. 
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gone girl by Gillian Flynn is a nonstop read. Amy disappears and the police suspect foul play, with husband Nick as a definite suspect. The reader learns both their stories-it’s he said/she said done to perfection. Did Nick kill Amy? Is Amy dead?

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