Friday, June 15, 2018

What I Read June

I am linking up with Modern Mrs Darcy's Quick Lit.  Check out what everyone else is reading.

I first saw this book Starvation Heights by Gregg Olson at Nonna's.  This is a twisted true story about a woman who called herself Dr Hazzard who offered a cure of fasting to her rich patients.  Once she got them into a weakened state basically drained their bank accounts.  Dr Linda Hazzard will give you the creeps.

In 1911 two wealthy British heiresses, Claire and Dora Williamson, arrived at a sanitorium in the forests of the Pacific Northwest to undergo the revolutionary “fasting treatment” of Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard. It was supposed to be a holiday for the two sisters, but within a month of arriving at what the locals called Starvation Heights, the women underwent brutal treatments and were emaciated shadows of their former selves. 

Claire and Dora were not the first victims of Linda Hazzard, a quack doctor of extraordinary evil and greed. But as their jewelry disappeared and forged bank drafts began transferring their wealth to Hazzard’s accounts, the sisters came to learn that Hazzard would stop at nothing short of murder to achieve her ambitions. (Amazon)

I found The Woman in the Photo by Mary Hogan on the hot reads table at the library.  While the book is not a true story it is based on a true event of a dam breaking. The book is set in the past and present. An adopted girl in the present finds a gilded age photo in her adoption records that leads her to discover her ancestry. This is a good summer read.  The historical event of the dam breaking was well researched and interesting. 

The Widows of Malabar Hill is part of Modern Mrs Darcy's Summer Reading Guide.  I really liked this book.  The main character is Perveen Mistry. Perveen Mistry is Bombay's first female lawyer and takes on a case of 3 Muslim woman and a will she is trying to settle for them of their late husband.  This was a great mystery set in 1920 Bombay.  I found the cultural information fascinating.  This book reminded me of some of Zoe Ferraris books though the setting is Saudi Arabia and not India.  


  1. The Widows.... sounds intriguing, but not sure I can bump it up on my list right now. May be one I come back to in time.

  2. Oh my goodness, Starvation Heights sounds intriguing and horrifying at the same time. I grew up in the Pacific NW and never heard about her, so I am curious to read it!

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