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Old 08-24-2010, 12:32 PM   #61
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Okay - due to Harry's reminder (thank you!), I'll nominate my favourite mystery novel, Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters.

A dark, Victorian mystery with a byzantine plot and highly surprising plot twists.

London 1862. Sue Trinder is an orphan, left as an infant in the care of Mrs. Sucksby, a "baby farmer," who raised her with unusual tenderness, as if Sue were her own. Mrs. Sucksby’s household, with its fussy babies calmed with doses of gin, also hosts a transient family of petty thieves—fingersmiths—for whom this house in the heart of a mean London slum is home.

One day, the most beloved thief of all arrives—Gentleman, an elegant con man, who carries with him an enticing proposition for Sue: If she wins a position as the maid to Maud Lilly, a naïve gentlewoman, and aids Gentleman in her seduction, then they will all share in Maud’s vast inheritance. Once the inheritance is secured, Maud will be disposed of—passed off as mad, and made to live out the rest of her days in a lunatic asylum. With dreams of paying back the kindness of her adopted family, Sue agrees to the plan.

Once in, however, Sue begins to pity her helpless mark and care for Maud Lilly in unexpected ways... But no one and nothing is as it seems in this Dickensian novel of thrills and reversals.

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Old 08-24-2010, 12:34 PM   #62
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I'll nominate The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, although I suppose some might not consider it a mystery (it's certainly not classic genre mystery)...
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Sometimes, when you open the door to the past, what you confront is your destiny.

Reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long. Calling on Margaret Lea, a young biographer troubled by her own painful history, Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good. Margaret is mesmerized by the author's tale of gothic strangeness -- featuring the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess,a topiary garden and a devastating fire. Together, Margaret and Vida confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves.

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Old 08-24-2010, 12:35 PM   #63
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Okay - due to Harry's reminder (thank you!), I'll nominate my favourite mystery novel, Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters.
I'll second, it's in mt TBR pile.

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Old 08-24-2010, 12:43 PM   #64
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I'll third Fingersmith.
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Old 08-24-2010, 12:45 PM   #65
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And as my third nomination, I'll second White Seed. I've got it on my reader but haven't gotten around to reading it yet.
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Old 08-24-2010, 12:48 PM   #66
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And as my third nomination, I'll second White Seed. I've got it on my reader but haven't gotten around to reading it yet.
You won't regret reading it. This is one book I can't praise highly enough. Stick with it—it starts slowly, but like Ravel's Bolero builds to a heart-pounding climax.

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Old 08-24-2010, 12:50 PM   #67
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Old 08-24-2010, 01:27 PM   #68
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OK, that gets us up to nine contenders, so I will third The Tin Roof Blowdown. That will bring us to ten, and we can get the voting started.
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Old 08-24-2010, 01:54 PM   #69
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This is a list of the 10 nominations - I am finishing the links (here and in post #9).

I believe nominations are now closed.

Please let me know if there are any errors.

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The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins - mobi - lrf by HarryT | ePub & other formats at feedbooks | Inkmesh search <GA Russell, thinkpadx, recluse

Killing Floor by Lee Child - Inkmesh search <voodooblues, JSWolf, DixieGal

Boston Blackie by Jack Boyle - lrf - mobi - Imp by RWood | ePub & other formats at Munsey's | Inkmesh search | read online or download pdf or epub from USA Google Books<WT Sharpe, GA Russell, Hampshire Nanny

Crime and Punishment by by Fyodor Dostoevsky - Inkmesh search <nimblem, Poppa1956, oggie

Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman by E.W. Horning - Story 1 in the Omnibus by HarryT ePub - lrf - prc/mobi OR single story by crutledge ePub - prc/mobi - lrf <HarryT, Ea, thinkpadx

Skinwalkers by Tony Hillerman - Inkmesh search < bjones6416, DixieGal, voodoo_pepperweb, MsAstoria

Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout - the first Nero Wolfe novel - Inkmesh search <AnemicOak, WT Sharpe, Format C:

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters - Inkmesh search <Ea, AnemicOak, bjones6416

White Seed: The Untold Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke by MR member Paul Clayton - ebook thread on MR - smashwords - amazon < WT Sharpe, bjones6416, edbro


The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel by James Lee Burke - Inkmesh search <edbro, lila55, GA Russell

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Old 08-24-2010, 02:23 PM   #70
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Thanks Dreams... I'll post the poll in a bit. I have to gather all the abstracts.

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Old 08-24-2010, 08:29 PM   #71
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Once again *WAY* to many good choices. Thanks guys...
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URL for the vote please. I cannot find the thread.
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URL for the vote please. I cannot find the thread.
Be patient, it will be posted when he has time.
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