The Massey Murder by Charlotte Gray
In February 1915, a member of one of Canada’s wealthiest families was shot and killed on the front porch of his home in Toronto. Carrie Davies, an 18-year-old domestic servant, quickly confessed. But who was the victim here? Charles Massey, a scion of a famous family, or the frightened, perhaps mentally unstable Carrie, a penniless British immigrant? When the brilliant lawyer Hartley Dewart, QC, took on her case, his grudge against the powerful Masseys would fuel a dramatic trial that pitted the old order against the new, wealth and privilege against virtue and honest hard work. Set against a backdrop of the Great War in Europe and the changing face of a nation, this sensational crime is brought to vivid life for the first time.
The Book of Immortality by Adam Leith Gollner
With his singular curiosity, Gollner delves into a strange array of contemporary and historical characters and cults, religions and myths, and businesses all devoted to some form of immortality. His journey begins at a costume party thrown by a group of immortalists in California and ends on David Copperfield's archipelago in the Bahamas, where Copperfield claims to have found the fountain of youth. Along the way he visits St. Augustine, Florida and its purported fountain of youth; Harvard University, where he attends an anti-aging symposium; and Esalen, where he meets a whole host of quirky characters who embody our fascination with escaping death.
The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti
In the picturesque village of Guzmán, Spain an ancient door leads to a cramped limestone chamber known as “the telling room.” Containing a wooden table and two benches, this is where villagers have gathered for centuries to share their stories and secrets.
It was here that Michael Paterniti found himself listening to a larger-than-life Spanish cheesemaker as he spun a tale about a piece of cheese. Made from an old family recipe, his cheese was reputed to be among the finest in the world, and was said to hold mystical qualities. Eating it, some claimed, conjured long-lost memories. But then, Ambrosio said, things had gone horribly wrong ...
What Paterniti discovers there in the highlands of Castile is nothing like the idyllic slow-food fable he first imagined. Instead, he’s sucked into an unfolding mystery, a blood feud that includes accusations of betrayal and theft, death threats, and a murder plot. As the village begins to spill its long-held secrets, Paterniti finds himself implicated in the very story he is writing. (Jenni_Canuck)