House of Thieves

House of Thieves by Charles Belfoure

house-thieves-picIn 1886 New York, a respectable architect shouldn’t have any connection to the notorious gang of thieves and killers that rules the underbelly of the city. But when John Cross’s son racks up an unfathomable gambling debt to Kent’s Gents, Cross must pay it back himself. All he has to do is use his inside knowledge of high society mansions and museums to craft a robbery even the smartest detectives won’t solve. The take better include some cash, too — the bigger the payout, the faster this will be over. With a newfound talent for sniffing out vulnerable and lucrative targets, Cross becomes invaluable to the gang. But Cross’s entire life has become a balancing act, and it will only take one mistake for it all to come crashing down.

I liked this book because of the way all of the characters evolved and became involved in the high society crimes.

By Barbara Galvin 

Orphan #8

Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade

orphan-8-picIn 1919, Rachel Rabinowitz is a vivacious four-year-old living with her family in a crowded tenement on New York City’s Lower Eastside. Rachel is separated from her brother Sam and sent to a Jewish orphanage where Dr. Mildred Solomon is conducting medical research.A fascinating story of a woman who must choose between revenge and mercy when she encounters the doctor who subjected her to dangerous medical experiments in a New York City Jewish orphanage years before.  Reviewed by Barbara Galvin
A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

a-man-called-ove-picMeet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse.   I love this book  because behind this cranky old man there is a story of sadness and it reminds me of my own dad.   It seems pretty simple at first but there is more depth to this book than any I’ve read in forever.  Review by Barbara Galvin

Church of Marvels

Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry

church-of-marvels-picsA beautiful first novel set in turn of the century New York City, where the lives of four outsiders become entwined, bringing irrevocable change to them all.  Sylvan Threadgill, a night soiler cleaning out the privies behind tenement houses , finds an abandoned baby in the muck.  An orphan himself, Sylvan rescues the child, determined to find where she belongs.  Reviewed by Susan Dillard

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