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Capital Region Reads: Mystery and an eclipse

Capital Region Reads: Mystery and an eclipse

Amy Lane at the Open Door offers 2 books
Capital Region Reads: Mystery and an eclipse

For your next Summer reads, Amy Lane of the Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery in Schenectady recommends mysteries of two kinds.

One is a mystery within a mystery by Anthony Horowitz and the other explores the solar eclipse of 1878 and the scientists who chased it. 

When mystery writer Alan Conway dies before completing his latest manuscript his editor, Susan Ryeland, sets out to complete the story in Anthony Horowitz’s latest novel "Magpie Murders."

But wait there’s more!

As Susan talks with those closest to the author, she discovers similarities between them and the characters in Conway’s manuscript. Not only that, she begins to suspect that Conway’s recent demise was no accident.

Brilliantly written, Horowitz cleverly delivers a mystery within a mystery that pays homage to classic crime fiction. 

Science journalist David Baron (The Beast in the Garden) takes readers on a fascinating journey through American astronomy in "American Eclipse."

Three great scientists all chased the total solar eclipse of 1878 – inventor Thomas Edison, planet chaser James Craig Watson, and astronomer Maria Mitchell. Skillfully maneuvering between these three converging stories, Baron not only offers an engaging exploration of this pivotal moment in American scientific history, but a vivid account of life in Wild West.

A terrific and timely read – given the rare total solar eclipse that will be crossing North America this August.

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