Mystery Scene: The Streel

From “the reigning royalty of Minnesota murder mysteries” (The Rake) comes a striking new heroine: a young Irish immigrant caught up in a deadly plot in nineteenth-century DeadwoodI’ve long been a fan of Mary Logue, author of the Claire Watkins mysteries. I think it’s her background as a poet that lends her books a concise crispness not always to be found in today’s overly long novels. While this book clocks in at a little over 200 pages, it’s packed with character and action from the first page to the last.

It’s the story of Brigid Reardon, who escapes the Irish potato famine in 1880 and heads to America with her brother Seamus. In the first 12 pages, Brigid leaves home, takes the ocean voyage, is almost raped on board, and forms a friendship with Seamus’ shipboard friends Paddy and Billy.

 

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University of Minnesota Press Podcast

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Art and Posthumanism: Cary Wolfe in conversation with Art after Nature series editors Giovanni Aloi and Caroline Picard.

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Life in Plastic: Petrochemical fantasies and synthetic sensibilities, with Caren Irr, Lisa Swanstrom, Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, and Daniel Worden.

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Live: A book launch for We Are Meant to Rise at Next Chapter Booksellers features Carolyn Holbrook, David Mura, Douglas Kearney, Melissa Olson, Said Shaiye, and Kao Kalia Yang.