The Alchemy of Murder

by Carol McCleary | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 9780765322036 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingperryfranwing of Elk Grove, California USA on 8/5/2015
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Journal Entry 1 by wingperryfranwing from Elk Grove, California USA on Wednesday, August 05, 2015
The Alchemy of Murder - Nellie Bly, Bk 1
Author: Carol McCleary

The world's most famous reporter, the intrepid Nellie Bly, teams up with science fiction genius Jules Verne, the notorious wit and outrageous rogue Oscar Wilde, and the greatest microbe-hunter in history, Louis Pasteur. Together, they must solve the crime of the century. — They are all in Paris -- the capital of Europe and center of world culture -- for the 1889 World's Fair. A spectacular extravaganza dedicated to new industries, scientific discoveries, and global exploration, its gateway is the soaring Eiffel Tower. But an enigmatic killer stalks the streets and a virulent plague is striking down Parisians by the thousands. Convinced that the killings are connected to the pandemic, Nellie is determined to stop them both... no matter what the risks.

Journal Entry 2 by wingperryfranwing at North Ogden, Utah USA on Sunday, August 16, 2015
This novel is the first in a series featuring Nellie Bly. Bly was a real person who in 1885 began her reporting career at the Pittsburgh Dispatch. Then she travels to New York seeking a journalist spot at the New York World and finally lands a job after selling the idea of going undercover as a woman committed to the notorious Blackwell’s Island Asylum for ten days to the newspaper mogul, Pulitzer. When she is committed to the asylum, she finds out that a Dr. Blum is murdering prostitutes that were committed there. She is almost murdered herself when she discovers him in the act. After her release from the asylum and writing an exposé about her experiences, she learns of a serial killer in Whitechapel London using the name Jack and connects him to Dr. Blum. She goes to London after the Ripper but fails to catch him which then leads her to Paris on the trail of a similar slasher. In Paris, she meets Jules Verne, Oscar Wilde, Louis Pasteur and Toulouse-Lautrec who end up assisting her in her search for the slasher. The World’s Fair with the Eiffel Tower is in progress while a black influenza is killing many of the poor in Paris. Overall, I thought this was a good historical mystery novel told by Bly as she hunts for a psychopathic killer on two continents. The novel also involves anarchists who are willing to take any steps for their cause of injustice to the downtrodden. The descriptions of Paris at the time are very well done and the reader gets a real feel for the city including the Moulin Rouge and the horrific conditions of the poor. This is the first in a series and I will probably seek out the next books.

Journal Entry 3 by wingperryfranwing at bookstogive's mystery/thriller VBB, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, March 12, 2016

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Journal Entry 4 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Saturday, March 19, 2016
Thank you so much for sharing this book with me. It arrived safely today. One of the reasons I picked this is because it is book #1

Journal Entry 5 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Wasn't very impressed with the book. I could put it down and not want to rush to get back to reading it. Felt the connections with Oscar Wilde, Pasteur, and Verne didn't connect right for me.

Journal Entry 6 by wingbooklady331wing at Operation Paperback in Cape Coral, Florida USA on Saturday, March 31, 2018

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