Crick, Civil War and not a lot of peace


Lately, I’ve had the privilege of reading some great books. I thought I would share them with you so you may have the same pleasant experiences. The art of “cracking open a book” seems to be dying due to electronic books and devices. There is nothing wrong with electronic books I assure you, but I believe books; their smell, feel and experience are still alive and well.

The first book I read lately I found particularly interesting and difficult to put down.  The title is Killing Lincoln:  The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever.  Killing Lincoln shared a lot of information about John Wilkes Booth and his life prior to and after the assassination.  I know you are asking,  “Is this just another book about Lincoln being shot?”  Well, yes, it is a book about Lincoln being shot, but it is also written very well and does show documentation of a conspiracy.  This book makes you think and makes you want to know more.  There is a reason it still graces the NYT Best Seller list after 25 weeks.

My Name is Mary Sutter is a wonderful book by Robin Oliveira. Ms. Oliveira is a new author and I understand there is a sequel coming out next year.  Check it out if you like Civil War history and strong female characters.  I’m not going to spoil anything for you by saying any more.

The Anatomist’s Apprentice (Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mysteries), written by Tessa Harris, is also a wonderful read.  I have it on her authority she is working on the next installment in a trilogy involving Dr. Thomas Silkstone.  This book takes place in 1780s London before refrigeration of bodies was available.  During this time it was extremely important to autopsy a body as close to time of death as possible.  Read about her inspiration for the book here:

The last book I will discuss is Dreadnought by Cherie Priest.  This is a book categorized as “Steam Punk” and is in the Science Fiction realm.  I can’t say enough about the protagonist in this book.  This book takes place in the Civil War era, but brings with it elements that are extremely modern.  I wish Priest would write more about Nurse Mercy Lynch, but to date I don’t believe she is working on anything with her as the central figure.

All of these books are electrically charged and are very difficult to put down after you begin and please let me know if you’ve read any of these book and your opinions.  I love hearing from you.  Happy Reading!


About lucygracesmom

I am a mom of one 10 year old and stepmother to three wonderful adults; ages 20, 23 and 25. The youngest child is just beginning Fifth grade at Ashland Elementary in the Gifted/Quest program. She enjoys playing violin, archery and everything scientific. Mary Stewart is beginning her last year of medical school at Case Western in Cleveland. She and her fiancé, Franklin, plan to marry next June! Charles Morgan just graduated from the College of Charleston and will be beginning Post-Baccalaureate work next month. Betsy is living the college dream at Ole Miss in Oxford studying Business and the most fun ways to party. She plans to take the LSAT next summer! We are very blessed in the family department. My husband is a lawyer specializing in Intellectual Property, computer and entertainment law. We are in the eighth year since starting our own business, Montague Law PLLC. I have the title Operational Manager which means the administrative end of the business (yuk) and now some new and fun work on the firm's website. We live in Lexington, KY or as many know it – horse country. Everything around here is horse-themed and it is a very beautiful area to live in and raise a family. I have many interests that span art, sciences, education, books, computer science and security and one of my greatest passions is design. One of my favorite blogs is Grace Bonney’s Design Sponge. I like living the simple life, spending time with my family and reading and writing about my interests in my blog. One of my hopes in developing this blog is to share with you the many things I enjoy so that you may enjoy them too. I love sharing cool information with people who appreciate it. I like pinning on Pinterest, keeping track of my high school friends, college friends and family on Facebook and don’t tell anyone, but I sometimes re-shelve books at the library because I enjoy it.

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