DREAMING IN CODE: ADA BYRON LOVELACE, COMPUTER PIONEER, by Emily Arnold McCully, Candlewick Press

This illuminating biography reveals how the daughter of Lord Byron, Britain's most infamous Romantic poet, became the world's first computer programmer. Even by 1800s standards, Ada Byron Lovelace had an unusual upbringing. Her strict mother worked hard at cultivating her own role as the long-suffering ex-wife of bad-boy poet Lord Byron while raising Ada in … Continue reading DREAMING IN CODE: ADA BYRON LOVELACE, COMPUTER PIONEER, by Emily Arnold McCully, Candlewick Press

THE LONDON UNDERWORLD, IN THE VICTORIAN PERIOD, AUTHENTIC FIRS-PERSON ACCOUNTS BY BEGGARS, THIEVES AND PROSTITUTES, by Henry Mayhew (and others), Dover Publications

The first and possibly the greatest sociological study of poverty in 19th-century London, this survey by a journalist invented the genre of oral history a century before the term was coined. Henry Mayhew vowed "to publish the history of a people, from the lips of the people themselves — giving a literal description of their … Continue reading THE LONDON UNDERWORLD, IN THE VICTORIAN PERIOD, AUTHENTIC FIRS-PERSON ACCOUNTS BY BEGGARS, THIEVES AND PROSTITUTES, by Henry Mayhew (and others), Dover Publications

MARY POPPINS, by P.L. Travers and Genevieve Godbout (illustrated), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Based on the original 1934 novel by P. L. Travers with beautiful illustrations by Genevieve Godbout, this collectable picture book is sure to become a favorite of Mary Poppins fans old and new. When the East Wind blows Mary Poppins over Cherry Tree Lane and into the lives of the Banks children, nothing is ever … Continue reading MARY POPPINS, by P.L. Travers and Genevieve Godbout (illustrated), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

DISNEY, THE NUTCRACKER, AND THE FOUR REALMS – MOVIE REVIEW

Synopsis All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel … Continue reading DISNEY, THE NUTCRACKER, AND THE FOUR REALMS – MOVIE REVIEW

A LADY’S GUIDE TO ETIQUETTE AND MURDER, by Dianne Freeman, Kensington Books

In this exciting historical mystery debut set in Victorian England, a wealthy young widow encounters the pleasures—and scandalous pitfalls—of a London social season . . . Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, enjoys more freedom as a widow than she did as a wife. After an obligatory year spent mourning her philandering husband, Reggie, … Continue reading A LADY’S GUIDE TO ETIQUETTE AND MURDER, by Dianne Freeman, Kensington Books

THE ANGEL MAKERS, A CONSTANCE PIPER MYSTERY, by Tessa Harris, Kensington Publishing Company

In Victorian England, flower seller Constance Piper goes searching for the truth behind a new rash of murders in London's East End . . . In November 1888, the specter of Jack the Ripper instills fear in every woman who makes her living on the streets of London. But there are other monsters at large, … Continue reading THE ANGEL MAKERS, A CONSTANCE PIPER MYSTERY, by Tessa Harris, Kensington Publishing Company

IN HIDDEN PLACES, by Tracie Peterson, Bethany Press

On her way to San Francisco to find her brother, Caleb, who went missing three months ago, Camriann Coulter meets Judith and Kenzie, who both have their own mysteries to solve in the booming West Coast city. The women decide to help each other, including rooming together and working at Kenzie's cousin's chocolate factory. Camri's … Continue reading IN HIDDEN PLACES, by Tracie Peterson, Bethany Press

THE BRIDGE, by Peter J. Tomasi, Illustrated by Sara Duvall, Abrams Comicarts/Abrams Books, Hachette Book Group

More than 130 years after its completion, the Brooklyn Bridge remains one of the most extraordinary landmarks and symbols of Brooklyn and New York City—and the story behind this architectural marvel is just as extraordinary. The Brooklyn Bridge was originally designed by John Augustus Roebling, but it was his son, Washington, and his daughter-in-law, Emily, … Continue reading THE BRIDGE, by Peter J. Tomasi, Illustrated by Sara Duvall, Abrams Comicarts/Abrams Books, Hachette Book Group

THE CURSED WIFE, by Pamela Hartshorne, Pan Macmillan

A gripping historical thriller by the author of Time's Echo, Pamela Hartshorne. The Cursed Wife is a page-turning, psychological thriller set in Elizabethan London, by the author of Time's Echo, Pamela Hartshorne. Mary is content with her life as wife to Gabriel Thorne, a wealthy merchant in Elizabethan London. She loves her husband and her … Continue reading THE CURSED WIFE, by Pamela Hartshorne, Pan Macmillan

MURDER AT HALF MOON GATE, by Andrea Penrose, Kensington

A wealthy lord who happens to be a brilliant scientist . . . an enigmatic young widow who secretly pens satirical cartoons . . . a violent killing disguised as a robbery . . . Nothing is as it seems in Regency London, especially when the Earl of Wrexford and Charlotte Sloane join forces to … Continue reading MURDER AT HALF MOON GATE, by Andrea Penrose, Kensington