Audiobooks from Boyd, Grann, and Penrose | Xpress Reviews

Week ending September 1, 2017

Boyd, Natasha. The Indigo Girl. 9 CDs. 10:55 hrs. Blackstone. Oct. 2017. ISBN 9781455137183. 1 MP3-CD. F
In 1739, spirited 16-year-old Eliza Lucas is left in charge of her father’s three South Carolina plantations while he returns to Antigua to pursue political ambitions. She is determined to find a cash crop and with the help of slaves and a neighbor develops a method for the profitable cultivation and processing of indigo, the rich blue plant-based dye that became a major component of the economy of colonial South Carolina. The book is interspersed with passages from Eliza’s letter book, an actual document. Saskia Maarleveld reads with a touching sincerity that brings Eliza to life.
Verdict Recommended for libraries wishing to enrich their historical fiction collections by including a story about a notable colonial woman. [“Boyd’s (Eversea) first historical novel captivates on every level”: LJ 8/17 starred review of the Blackstone hc.]—David Faucheux, Lafayette, LA

starred review starGrann, David. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. 7 CDs. 9 hrs. Books on Tape. Apr. 2017. ISBN 9780307747440. $40. digital download. CRIME
Relating the little-known story of the murders of members of the Osage tribe in 1920s Oklahoma, Grann (The Lost City of Z) relates how the Native Americans became wealthy via mineral rights and how the new and untested FBI became involved when many Osage were murdered. The actual number of murders will never be known. The book is presented by three different narrators: Ann Marie Lee, Will Patton, and Danny Campbell, who reads the author’s voice in the final segment. Grann provides a view of early 20th-century attitudes about Native Americans and sheds light on this heretofore obscure story.
Verdict Recommended for those interested in Native American history, civil rights, and the history of forensic science in this country. [“A spellbinding book about the largest serial murder investigation you’ve never heard of”: LJ 2/1/17 starred review of the Doubleday hc; an April 2017 LibraryReads Pick.]—Cheryl Youse, Norman Park, GA

Penrose, Andrea. Murder on Black Swan Lane. 10 CDs. 12 hrs. HighBridge. Jun. 2017. ISBN 9781681686134. $34.99. digital download. F
Wealthy and influential Lord Wrexford, suspected in the murder of a notorious clergyman with whom he has publicly feuded, must enlist cartoonist and social commentator Charlotte Sloane, aka A.J. Quill, to learn the truth behind the clergyman’s murder and the subsequent murder of a chemist. Jointly, the unlikely pair apply their wit while employing the services of friends, colleagues, and the two street urchins whom Quill has taken under her wing. Together, they unveil the clandestine circumstances that led to the grisly murders. Not only is Wrexford’s life in peril through the investigations but also the lives of those who help him, including the boys. There is never a dull moment as Wrexford and Quill build their friendship and trust while probing the crimes. Narrator James Cameron Stewart sets the Regency-era London scene perfectly.
Verdict Mystery fans, as well as those interested in the early development of the field of chemistry, will find great satisfaction with the meticulously researched setting and the imaginative story.—Ann Weber, Los Gatos, CA

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