Posts by Vicki J Kondelik

Band of Sisters by Lauren Willig

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This is a wonderful, complex historical novel about a group of Smith College graduates who go to France during World War I to give aid to French villagers whose homes were devastated by the German invasion. The novel focuses on Kate and Emmie, two friends from very different backgrounds, and how the tensions created during their time in the war zone threaten to destroy their friendship. Author Lauren Willig paints an unforgettable portrait of life in the war-torn French countryside.

Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland

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Mistress of the Sun is a historical novel about Louise de la Vallière, the first mistress of Louis XIV. The daughter of an impoverished nobleman, Louise is an excellent horsewoman who, at the age of six, tames a wild stallion no one else has been able to tame. Later, she becomes lady-in-waiting to Louis XIV's sister-in-law, and finds herself drawn to the king, who shares her love of horses, and of reading. They keep their relationship a secret at first, then, when it comes out into the...

The Last Mona Lisa by Jonathan Santlofer

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The Last Mona Lisa is a multi-layered thriller inspired by an actual event. In 1911, Vincent Peruggia, a former employee of the Louvre, stole the Mona Lisa and ransomed it to the Italian government. Ever since then, there have been rumors that the painting returned to the Louvre was a forgery. Santlofer invents a great-grandson of Peruggia, Luke Perrone, who finds his great-grandfather's diary and searches for the truth behind the theft. But danger awaits as a killer stalks him, and...

The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths

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In this mystery novel set in a seaside town in England, Harbinder Kaur, a gay Sikh police detective, investigates the murder of a ninety-year-old woman who had served as a "murder consultant" to mystery authors: helping them come up with ways to murder people. As Harbinder and three friends of the victim try to solve the crime, Harbinder discovers the victim may have been involved in espionage in Russia. Did someone take revenge? The plot takes many twists and turns. Griffiths...

Blood Sisters by Marilyn Yalom

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In Blood Sisters, historian Marilyn Yalom tells the story of the French Revolution through the perspective of women’s memoirs. She studied the memoirs of over eighty women, of various ages and social classes, who lived through the French Revolution. Many of them were aristocratic or upper-class women, because they were more likely to be literate, but she also writes about memoirs by poor or working-class women that were dictated to someone else. All of the memoirs make for compelling stories.

The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey

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The Satapur Moonstone is a mystery featuring Perveen Mistry, a female lawyer in 1920s India. Perveen travels through the jungle to the princely state of Satapur to settle a dispute between the mother and grandmother of the ten-year-old maharaja over the boy's education. While there, she discovers a web of intrigue. The maharaja's mother thinks that someone is trying to poison her son, and that his older brother's death was no accident. Perveen confirms her suspicions, and...

Murder in Old Bombay by Nev March

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Murder in Old Bombay is the first in a new mystery series by Nev March, set in colonial India in 1892. The main character, Captain Jim Agnihotri, is a wounded Anglo-Indian army officer who learns about the murder of two women from a prominent family while he is recovering in the hospital and reading the newspapers. After leaving the hospital, Jim uses the techniques of his hero, Sherlock Holmes, to help the family find the murderer. Along the way, he falls in love with the daughter of the...

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