Upstairs, Downstairs, Murder.

For those of you suffering from Downton Abbey withdrawal, or who can't wait for the next Vera Stanhope outing, or both, I may suggest a few titles? These books concern the murderous doings both above and below stairs, and servants play a large part in the mystery. All of them are also recent arrivals, so…
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Cherokee Mysteries

One hundred and eighty years ago, the Cherokee were forced from their land in the southeast United States to the new Indian Territory on the Trail of Tears. While exact numbers are hard to come by, the casualty rate was appalling. Those who did survive held on to their traditional ways the best they could…
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Flights of Fantasy

Flying isn't just for Peter Pan. Many people have dreams where they fly. Some have dreams where they aim for the ground and miss, which could be considered the same thing. Here are some novels for adults about a favorite fantasy. Tom Miller manages the near-impossible in his debut, The Philosopher's Flight. Robert "Boober" Weekes longs…
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Listen to Granny

Old women have plenty of stories to tell, and the conceit makes for great miniatures of larger events. All the books chosen for this post are emotionally resonant stories of women (and children and men) caught up in the great events of the day but finding their own small victories.  Octogenarian Herra Bjornsson has made…
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Not Asking For It

Sexual slavery is unfortunately nothing new, particularly in times of war. If you liked Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht might be right up your alley. I'm going to cover some other books dealing with forced prostitution, some fiction, some not, as well. Bracht's White Chrysanthemum tells the story of Hana and…
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