City of Light

City of Light

Book - 2003
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The exploitation of Niagara Falls to generate electricity leads to a murder involving members of Buffalo's ruling class. The heroine is a high-society school teacher who investigates and through her eyes is seen the conflict between industrialists and environmentalists of the day. A first novel.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Delta Trade Paperbacks, 2003, ©1999.
Edition: Delta trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780385337649
Branch Call Number: M BELF
Characteristics: 503 pages : maps ; 21 cm


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Dec 14, 2019

I'm really enjoying this novel! Have raced through its almost 500 pages and have one more session until I'm done. It's a great combination of history, romance, and mystery, with a strong female lead who is limited to some extent by the restrictions placed on women of her era but she doesn't entirely let those stop her either. The novel is set in Buffalo, N.Y. around 1900. Buffalo was then one of the 7 largest cities in the U.S. Fuelled by Great Lakes transportation manufacturing, by 1950 the city had a population of over half a million, which has by now shrunk to half of that. The intrigues surrounding the rapidly growing industries, especially electricity generated at Niagara Falls, form the backbone of the book. I knew nothing of Buffalo, so have had this delicious feeling of learning something really interesting about the place and the era while at the same time being thoroughly entertained. I just finished watching the whole of the Murdoch Mysteries series on Netflix. MM is set in Toronto, just 50 miles north of Buffalo and the era is the same - 1900, so many of the same themes, issues, cultural icons etc. appear in both. A great read. I highly recommend it. Perfect for sitting by the fire on a dark winter evening, but it would be a good beach read too.

Nov 13, 2018

As I started this book I realized it was one I had read in the past! Decided to read again and was glad I did. A tale that is relevant to today's Me Too movement!!

ibook4650 Jul 05, 2016

For me, this book was a pleasant read from this author. The historical aspects were woven into the storyline that carried on from the first page until the last page. The human condition from the rich and the poor has in influence on the main character that steer her through life with its ebbs and flows. I will read other books written by this author.

Apr 07, 2015

This is an interesting book about the turn of the century in 1900, Buffalo NY. The first person acount of an all girls school teacher tells the reader of the history surrounding the Niagara Falls/Electricty plant with a colorful cast of characters. Both social and political situations of the time period are weaved into this very rich story line. Throw in a mysterious murder and the plot thickens and brews into a fascinating tale. Historical fiction is very well done in this book.

Jul 09, 2012

Historical Fiction set in Buffalo, New York in 1901 when the Pan American Exposition is about to begin and hydroelectric power at Niagra Falls will bring electricity to the Great Lakes. A mysterious death leads to the uncovering of secrets in the city.

Jul 06, 2012

City of Light was an engrossing historical murder mystery set during one of my favorite eras, the turn of the 20th century. The novel has a strong feminist storyline about a spinster headmistress who has cultivated her own independent life in Buffalo. The story skillfully weaves together real and fictional characters, very engrossing. The ending is somewhat unsatisfying, but otherwise, a lovely read.


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