By Elizabeth Gilbert
Lyrical, engrossing, and entertaining, this book follows the life of extraordinary Alma Whittaker. She has the mind of a scientist, an odd family, and a passion for botany.
By Michael Gregorio
Set in Napoleonic times, this is the story about a Prussian Magistrate trying to solve a series of murders. At first glance it seems as though a vampire is walking among the townspeople and killing at will; however, Procurator Stiffeniis doesn't believe in the supernatural.
The plot is clever and intricate. The pacing is slow at first, but it speeds up quickly. The characters are likable and interesting.
It seems to be part of a series, yet it stands on its own. I'm interested in reading other books in the series.