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100 Pages A Day...Stephanie's Book Reviews

I absolutely love historical fiction and read a lot of it; I love to learn history this way.  I also enjoy reading science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller and non-fiction science.

City of Liars and Thieves

City of Liars and Thieves: A Novel - Eve Karlin

Catherine Ring and her husband Elias move their family to New York City in 1799 to open a store and boarding house. Something is missing from Caty's life though, and she soon asks for her cousin Elma to join her and help with the boarding house.  Caty and Elma grew up together, almost as sisters.  Elma's childhood was not easy as the daughter of an unwed mother and Caty wants to give her a second chance in a new place.  One of the boarders that finds their way to the Ring's boarding house is Levi Weeks, brother to Ezra Weeks.  Ezra Weeks is working on Manhattan's water problem with Aaron Burr who created to Manhattan Water Company.  Levi and Elma begin to spend time together and confide in one another and on the day Elma believes that she is going to be married to Levi, she disappears.  Caty will stop at nothing to find out what happened to her cousin.  As she digs deeper, Caty learns that Elma's disappearance has less to do with her relationship and more to do with politics.

An interesting story of a real trial that took place at the end of the 18th century in New York City.  Using the real transcript from the trial, Eve Karlin re-created the events leading up to and surrounding the death of Guilelma Sands.  The story starts a little slow building the setting and the relationships of everyone involved. However, in the details of everyday life for Caty, Elma and their borders, the scene is set for a buildup of tension.  The story began to move faster after Elma's disappearance and during the start of the trial.  From Caty's point of view, the facts are unraveled as she learns about them. Secrets, lies and dirty politics soon become apparent as Caty relentlessly searches for the truth.  The most intriguing aspect for me was the truth to this story and I love that many of the facts from the trial were present in the book.  
This book was received for free in return for an honest review. 
Release 1/13/15...this is my 2015 Debut square for bookish bingo: