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The Alchemy Of Murder

The Alchemy Of Murder PARIS E WORLD S FAIRThe Alchemist is how I ve come to think of him he has a passion for the dark side of knowledge mixing murder and madness with scienceNellie Bly reporter feminist and amateur

  • Title: The Alchemy Of Murder
  • Author: Carol McCleary
  • ISBN: 9780340978399
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Paperback
  • PARIS 1889E WORLD S FAIRThe Alchemist is how I ve come to think of him he has a passion for the dark side of knowledge, mixing murder and madness with scienceNellie Bly reporter, feminist and amateur detective is in Paris on the trail of an enigmatic killer.The city is a dangerous place an epidemic of Black Fever rages, anarchists plot to overthrow the governmentPARIS 1889E WORLD S FAIRThe Alchemist is how I ve come to think of him he has a passion for the dark side of knowledge, mixing murder and madness with scienceNellie Bly reporter, feminist and amateur detective is in Paris on the trail of an enigmatic killer.The city is a dangerous place an epidemic of Black Fever rages, anarchists plot to overthrow the government and a murderer preys on the prostitutes who haunt the streets of Montmartre.But it is also a city of culture, a magnet for artists and men of science and letters Can the combined genius of Oscar Wilde, Jules Verne and Louis Pasteur help Nellie prove a match for Jack the Ripper

    • The Alchemy Of Murder by Carol McCleary
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      Published :2019-06-03T04:33:34+00:00

    About "Carol McCleary"

    1. Carol McCleary

      Carol McCleary was born in Seoul, Korea and lived in Hong Kong, Japan and the Philippines before settling in the USA She now lives on Cape Cod in an antique house that is haunted by ghosts.

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    1. This was a fairly enjoyable romp through Paris during the World's Fair of 1889. Nellie Bly, investigative reporter, turns detective to try and catch a murderer who may be Jack the Ripper, a brilliant chemist, or an anarchist. And that's sort of where the problems start. While I enjoyed the book, the story, and the setting, there was an overabundance of characters who seem to be included just because the author could place them in the same city at the same time. At times it's a reach as to why th [...]


    2. Good premise, terrible writing. Using third person perspective to provide more information to the reader, the author completely failed to differentiate the voices. Picking any page at random, you would be unable to discern which character you were reading, and all of them spoke anachronistically. If I could believe the author was trying for wit in this, then I would not have been so frustrated and irritated to have slogged through the book, only to be thoroughly irked by a the final words of the [...]


    3. I'm not sure why this book has gotten so many bad marks. I thought it was a fascinating portrait of several key individuals from literary history. Now while these things most likely could never happen and these individuals might not have ever known each other, the book I grabbed off the shelf was in the FICTION section! I see that individuals are irritated that historically this or that was incorrect but this was a work of fiction and therefore the author had liberty to do as she pleasedd I foun [...]


    4. Very enjoyable, and a clever intertwining of historical events and persons and fiction. But I do doubt that it does Nellie Bly full credit in her 'progressiveness'. [prtf]


    5. I love a good Victorian era mystery - full of atmosphere, class struggles, newly discovered scientific methods of detection. Throw in a few "real" characters and you usually have a winner with me. In this debut novel featuring Nellie Bly on the trail of a killer, author McCleary misses the mark.While covering a story at the insane asylum on Blackwell's Island, Nellie discovers that prostitutes are going missing. When a young prostitute that Nellie has befriended goes to meet a doctor, Nellie fol [...]


    6. In theory this book should have been awesome - it attempts to combine elements as diverse as historical fiction, nineteenth century biological terrorism, romance, suspense and mystery - but it failed spectacularly. In my opinion, the biggest issue was the sub par writing and the superficial and underdeveloped characterizations. I really did want to like it and at times I thought the author was going to ramp up the tension/suspense and I'd really get into it, but that never happened. Not sure if [...]


    7. Great fun - a real pot-boiler. Based upon the character of Nellie Bly, this puts her together with Jules Verne, Louis Pasteur, Oscar Wilde, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, and a few other interesting characters at the time of the Paris World's Fair early in the 20th C. I really enjoy fictional explorations of historical characters like this (cf. The Alienist). The writing is not exactly literary, but it rings true, and I did not want to put it down.


    8. I picked this up at the library because something about the cover made it seem like the kind of book I like. I was right as I enjoyed this largely light-hearted romp through 1889 World Exposition Paris. The main character is Nellie Bly, intrepid newspaperwoman who is tracking down a crazed mass murderer.The story is presented as if it is her own memoirs, recovered by editors and edited for spelling. Thus most of the book is in first-person. However sometimes the action shifts to follow other cha [...]


    9. This novel is the first in a series featuring Nellie Bly. Bly was a real person who in 1885 began her reporting career at the Pittsburgh Dispatch. Then she travels to New York seeking a journalist spot at the New York World and finally lands a job after selling the idea of going undercover as a woman committed to the notorious Blackwell’s Island Asylum for ten days to the newspaper mogul, Pulitzer. When she is committed to the asylum, she finds out that a Dr. Blum is murdering prostitutes that [...]


    10. So so close. Love the premise and the idea of fictionalizing Nellie Bly. But the interweaving of the historical persons became quickly contrived. And I don't know how it's possible, but I didn't feel much connection to any of these characters. Kinda disappointed. Visiting Wilde, Toulouse, Pasteur, etc. made for a very erratic plot and kinda read like a Love Boat episode. I felt kinda short changed with the ending, too. And please don't get me started in the "Editors' Notes".


    11. more reviews on my blogOoof. This is gonna be tricky.McCleary uses the real life figures of Nellie Bly and Jules Verne in her Victorian Murder Mystery. There can be problems with using real people in this way. The main one is this: These were real people. They are inspirations to many, and many readers won't agree with your interpretation of their character, actions and history. Nellie Bly was a fascinating woman, who got herself incaracerated in a mental asylum in order to better report on the [...]


    12. If I was to consider this a valid piece of literature, I would have given it 1-2 stars. On the other hand, my enjoyment of it was immense - If anyone asked me for a book that was "So bad it's good", this would be the first to spring to mind, and I lost track of the amount of times I had to put the book down to fully absorb just what was going on, or to go "Did the author really just make Jules Verne/Oscar Wilde/etc say that?". For these reasons I'm giving it four stars; it was truely a reading e [...]


    13. The book starts off as a really fast paced and engrossing mystery. You will read through the first hundred pages completely absorbed in the story but then you start to slow about a third of the way in as the book becomes less about the story and more about how many historical people Ms. McCleary thought she could get away with using in her book. Oh yea and then there was that sex scene that would probably have made the real Nellie Bly blush. Anyway if you can get through all of that it does have [...]


    14. I am a sucker for a good historical novel and I love strong female characters. Carol McCleary’s The Alchemy of Murder sets a new high standard for both historical novels and for a strong feminine character. That The Alchemy of Murder is a first novel is stunning and is hopefully prophetic about the talents of this new author. I believe it is.McCleary brings to life, Nellie Bly from the dustbin of history giving us not only a grand novel heroine, but a flesh and blood woman that you will fall i [...]


    15. A Victorian Paris Mystery ExtraordinaireCarol McCleary’s first installment of her new Nellie Bly mystery series comes out of the starting gate full gallop with a tour-de-force debut that will keep you up all night for one hell of a one-sitting read. Finely tuned polished writing and loveable characters will have historical mystery fans panting for more from this astoundingly accomplished new author. Opening scenes of The Alchemy of Murder introduce the famous American female newspaper reporter [...]


    16. The Alchemy of Murder by Carol McCleary is the first book in the Nellie Bly mystery series. McCleary presents this story as the long-lost record of Bly's search for a murderer that led her from a mental institution in New York to London to Paris' World Expo. While Nellie did her famous stint in Blackwell's Island, an infamous mental asylum for women, she became friends with a prostitute named Josephine who disappeared after a doctor offers her a way off the island if she will help him with an ex [...]


    17. It would seem that I am constantly being thwarted in my search for satisfying historical fiction. While I appreciate the historical accuracy and the meticulous research McCleary did for this novel (as opposed to the OTHER historical that fell flat) I still found myself wanting something else. I did like the details surrounding the French Anarchists and the cafe society of Monmartre, mais le livre? Il ne m'etait pas satisfait. Pas de tout. Quelle domage. As intrepid as the character of Nellie Bly [...]


    18. I got this from the library because it sounded and looked very interesting. When I read the reviews on here, I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into; opinions are all across the board! I found that I did like this book. It has its downfalls (grammar not always up to par, a little far fetched & conversation a little hokey at times) but, overall, it was a fun little romp! It did keep my interest, was a pretty quick read since it flowed smoothly, and had quite a good bit of historical triv [...]


    19. Fiction about real historical figures is always risky, but this example is especially awful. The only reason I made it to page 26 is that the book doesn't start until page 11. The writing is horrendous and the exposition painfully heavy-handed - asides about the construction of the Eiffel Tower or the demographics of Montmartre are unnecessary and footnotes about the real Nellie Bly are just awkward, because she was probably way more interesting than this wooden character.Also, anything that use [...]


    20. Amazingly bad. Plot is ridiculous. Writing is purely Gothic horrible. Central character is Nellie Bly. Her newly found diaries provide the basis for the story. Story is set in Paris where the fearless Nell chases down a murdering anarchist (who also happens to be Jack the Ripper). She meets Oscar Wilde, Louis Pasteur, Toulouse Latrec and even beds Jules Verne. Total nonsense. Might have been pretty funny if done with a sense of humor. But no. Waste of time. Don't know why I even finished reading [...]


    21. I enjoyed this fictional representation of Nellie Blye. There was a great blend of mystery, suspense, humor and yes, even a bit of a love story, for those who are so inclined. I found myself having to put the book down periodically to take a breath from the suspense, but that in itself is enjoyable. I did struggle with the switching of tenses on a literary plane but not enough to spoil the story.


    22. The ideas and characters were good, and the mystery and culprit were well done. It had a lot of flaws though- tense issues, subject-verb agreement, info dumps, repetition, abrupt segues I'm hoping most of those issues are because this was her debut novel; I want to read the next one, but if those issues aren't resolved, I'll have to give up on her.


    23. I thought the character of Nellie needed more depth. I did enjoy learning about the prevalence of anarchism at this point in history, as well as seeing the famous people of the day tied in to the story--which is why I did not stop reading, even after encountering a good number of jarring word-usage errors. I hope the author finds a real editor, but I will not read any more of this series.


    24. At first I really liked this book, but it soon lost my interest and I gave up on it. Maybe I will try it again sometime soon.


    25. Book DescriptionThe world’s most famous reporter, the intrepid Nellie Bly, teams up with science fiction genius Jules Verne, the notorious wit and outrageous rogue Oscar Wilde, and the greatest microbe-hunter in history, Louis Pasteur. Together, they must solve the crime of the century. They are all in Paris—the capital of Europe and center of world culture—for the 1889 World’s Fair. A spectacular extravaganza dedicated to new industries, scientific discoveries, and global exploration, i [...]


    26. I really liked this book and I certainly wasn't expecting the ending that is for sure. I liked all the footnotes throughout the book telling of the real things that happened to Nellie Blye. This is the first book that I have read about this wonderful lady even though it was fiction. The bulk of the book takes place in France during the late 1800's and Oscar Wilde, Jules Verne and Louis Pasteur are helping to find the "slasher". The author made Jules Verne a very interesting character in this boo [...]


    27. I genuinely don't understand the bad reviews this book has gotten and am so glad I didn't let them scare me off. Nellie Bly, an actual historical figure I'm sorry to say I'd never heard of, sets off on an adventure in this debut novel to track down a slasher she stumbled upon while writing an expose about the terrible conditions at Blackwell Island, a women's asylum. She spends years tracking him, only for him to continue to elude her, until she hears from another journalist that murders were oc [...]


    28. Kept thinking this would get more exciting, but it moved on at a bit of a plod-pace. Potentially interesting characters, but just not that gripping for a 'murder-mystery'. Also found a ton of typos in the book, which I find highly irritating. Can't say it was a page-turner. Glad I only paid 50c for it at a used book store!


    29. needs proper editing Misused, misspelled and missing words detracted from what could have been a fun ( yet far fetched) story. It reads like a self published ebook.



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