“Bird Box” by Josh Malerman
“The Quick” by Lauren Owen
“Rooms” by Lauren Oliver
“The Bone Clocks” by David Mitchell
“Evil Librarian” by Michelle Knudsen
“Hollow City” by Ransom Riggs
“The Girl with All The Gifts” by M R Carey
Sarah Bartlett, author of “A Guide to the World’s Supernatural Places” from National Geographic
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The special Halloween edition of the Book Report. Elaine brings you a great crop of smart, scary books, a task she takes….very gravely. Fun, fantasy and literary treats.
Royalty biographer Penny Junor profiles the “spare” prince in “Prince Harry: Brother, Soldier, Son,” a well-researched, if rose-tinted account of the Royal’s first 30 years.
Junor sympathetically recounts the royal family’s controversies—the affairs, leaked phone conversations, and various betrayals—and speculates on 12-year-old Harry’s feelings about his mother’s death. There are Harry’s own scandals, most of which Junor glosses over or denies, like his underage drinking, his Nazi masquerade-party costume, and the leaked nude photos taken in a Las Vegas hotel room.
Junor documents Harry’s military career from the “tough, brutal, relentless” drilling at Sandhurst to flight training at Shawbury, and his establishment as an Apache copilot gunner. He also covers Harry’s philanthropic activities, his charitable foundation for orphaned children in Lesotho, and his organization of the the inaugural U.K. Warrior games, an athletic event for wounded veterans.
Fans of royalty will also appreciate Junor’s details of the interior of Kensington Palace and Highgrove, the ins and outs of Eton College, as well as descriptions of William and Kate’s wedding and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
JACK THE RIPPER REVEALED
The world may finally know the real name of Jack the Ripper. A new book out recently called “Naming Jack The Ripper” claims to have uncovered the serial killer’s identity with the help of DNA analysis. The book asserts that Jack the Ripper was actually Aaron Kosminski, a Polish immigrant who came to London in the early 1880s and was later committed to an insane asylum.
Kosminski had long been on the short list of suspects for the string of five gruesome murders that took place in London in 1888, but the famous murder mystery had never been solved definitively. Russell Edwards, the sleuth who claims to have finally determined the murderer’s identity, is not a professional criminal investigator, but rather has a business background and a passion for London history. The key piece of evidence is a shawl with blood and semen stains.
“By 2007, I felt I had exhausted all avenues until I read a newspaper article about the sale of a shawl connected to the Ripper case,” Edwards wrote in an article for The Mail On Sunday. “Its owner, David Melville-Hayes, believed it had been in his family’s possession since the murder of Catherine Eddowes, when his ancestor, Acting Sergeant Amos Simpson, asked his superiors if he could take it home to give to his wife, a dressmaker. Incredibly, it was stowed without ever being washed, and was handed down…”
Edwards then turned to Jari Louhelainen, a molecular biology professor, who agreed to analyze DNA samples from the shawl and compared it to a DNA sample from a descendant of Kosminski’s sister.
“The first strand of DNA showed a 99.2 per cent match, as the analysis instrument could not determine the sequence of the missing 0.8 per cent fragment of DNA,” Louhelainen wrote in the Mail On Sunday article. “On testing the second strand, we achieved a perfect 100 per cent match.”
Mystery solved? It wouldn’t be the first time someone claimed such a feat. Just last year, popular crime writer Patricia Cornwell said she “cracked it” after more than a decade of research. The answer, according to Cornwell: Jack the Ripper was actually a British artist named Walter Sickert.
George Clooney is set to direct an adaptation of the book “Hack Attack” by Guardian journalist Nick Davies. The book is an account of Davies’ investigation into Rupert Murdoch’s media empire which uncovered the phone-hacking scandal that rocked the British establishment and resulted in the closure of the News of the World.
“This has all the elements – lying, corruption, blackmail – at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London,” Clooney said. “And the fact that it’s true is the best part. Nick is a brave and stubborn reporter and we consider it an honor to put his book to film.”
“With “Hack Attack,” George will explore the dark side of a business where all of the rules of journalism are broken in the race for an easy and ever-larger payday.” Shooting is scheduled to begin next year.
“The Long Way Home” by Louise Penny
“Mean Streak” by Sandra Brown
“The Marco Effect: Department Q, Book 5″ by Jussi Adler-Olsen
“The Stone Wife” by Peter Lovesey
“Deadline” by John Sandford
“The Perfect Witness” by Iris Johansen
“A Thin Dark Line” by Tami Hoag
Sandra Brown, Author
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A show that proves that crime does pay…when you’re looking for a book to keep you turning those pages. Elaine speaks with bestselling author Sandra Brown about her newest thriller, “Mean Streak.”
Amtrak is excited to announce the selection of 24 members of the literary community as the first group of writers to participate in the #AmtrakResidency program. Over the next year, they will work on writing projects of their choice in the unique workspace of a long-distance train. The 24 residents offer a diverse representation of the writing community and hail from across the country.
WAS THE STORY FOR “FROZEN” PLAGIARIZED?
A Peruvian author is claiming Disney plagiarized the story for “Frozen” from her work. She claims the tale was not taken from a Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, but from her book entitled, “Yearnings of the Heart.”
Isabella Tanikumi, whose birth name is Amy Gonzalez, has filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement worth $250 million against Disney. The little-known author claims Disney copied the story, characters and plots of her 2010 novel and turned it into “Frozen” — the studio’s highest grossing animated movie of all time.
According to Amazon’s synopsis of the autobiography, it is a “compelling, introspective account of the life of Isabella Tanikumi, who takes her readers on a journey through her remarkable life – from her family’s survival during the devastating earthquake of 1970 in Peru, to the trials of facing the tragic and untimely death of her beloved older sister Laura.”
In the lawsuit, filed recently in New Jersey, Isabella claims Disney plagiarized her own life story in 18 different ways. “I recently purchased and viewed your movie ‘Frozen’ with my daughter and was appalled at what I observed,” Isabella wrote. Her published and copyrighted work, deals with “the story of two sisters who have tragedies, romances, conflicts, isolation and loneliness and there are significant similarities with your movie.”
A critical part of “Frozen’s” movie plot is when Elsa accidently hurts Anna with her wintry magic. According to Isabella, that is not an original Disney idea. Isabella claims her sister has no memory of an accident she caused that did severe damage to Isabella’s face.
Disney’s “Frozen” has grossed an astronomical $1.2 billion at the global box office, and its lead song “Let It Go,” performed by Idina Menzel, gave songwriter Robert Lopez the coveted EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) wins. But that hit soundtrack, Isabella claims, is also plagiarized from portions of her stories.