Posts Tagged ‘New York City’

Good Sunday morning! I hope this finds you well.

This week’s read was another by one of my favorites, Linda Fairstein, titled Death Dance. In this NYC based mystery, Assistant DA Alex Cooper investigates the disappearance of a world-famous dancer, who vanishes during a performance at Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera House. Along with her colleagues, Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, the trio delve into the nuances of New York City’s theatre scene and discover that there’s an ugly side to the business. One that involves greed, jealousy, power, and tons o’ money. Other cases they’re wrapped up in during the novel: a Turkish doctor working in the U.S. who’s drugging young women in order to have his way with them, and a rapist they believe to be a homeless person, based on a controversial DNA sample. Per Fairstein’s “formula” that works so well, Alex manages to have a couple of brushes with death during the story, but no worries. The series lives on…

If you like history–especially about theatre and/or buildings in NYC–this will be a great book for you. Fairstein always delves into some historical tidbits about NYC in her Alex Cooper novels, but this one seems to have more than most and is very interesting. Also, the banter between the three colleagues is always fun, and there are many final Jeopardy questions in this read so that the characters can show off some of their “off the field” knowledge of various topics.

So grab this one–and maybe one other– of Fairstein’s Alex Cooper’s novels. It’ll be entertaining and educating, and it really doesn’t get a lot better than that. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂


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Happy Sunday morning! This is a fun time of year with the March Madness Tournament, and for some people, spring is also in the air, so that’s a great thing as well. I’m convinced that spring will find us in Boston at some point this year–maybe May or June?? Enough snow already!

This week’s read was Entombed, by Linda Fairstein. I love her writing and thought that I’d read all of her Alex Cooper books, but I found this one a couple of weeks back and was really glad I did. In this story. a skeleton is found entombed in a basement wall in an old NYC townhouse, a place where Edgar Allan Poe had once lived. The ties to Poe, along with the fact that the skeleton has only been there for twenty-five years, lead Alex and her cohorts, Mike and Mercer, on a trail to find the murderer. If that wasn’t enough to keep them busy, NYC’s serial rapist from a few years prior–gone dormant–appears to be back in action, and the suspect has ties to the immunity-protected United Nations in downtown NYC. Red-tape much?

This is a fast-paced mystery, with lots of historical background about the city of New York and Edgar Allan Poe, and Fairstein always makes me feel just a tad-bit smarter after reading one of her novels. For that, I am grateful. So grab the book, enjoy it, learn a little, and find out what type of influence Poe still has on his followers out there in our world… ‘Til next week, happy reading!

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