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Death in the Air
Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City | Kate Winkler Dawson
A real-life thriller in the vein of The Devil in the White City, Kate Winkler Dawson's debut Death in the Air is a gripping, historical narrative of a serial killer, an environmental disaster, and an iconic city struggling to regain its footing. In winter 1952, London automobiles and thousands of coal-burning hearths belched particulate matter into the air. But the smog that descended on December 5th of 1952 was different; it was a type that held the city hostage for five long days. Mass transit ground to a halt, criminals roamed the streets, and 12,000 people died. That same month, there was another killer at large in London: John Reginald Christie, who murdered at least seven women. In a braided narrative that draws on extensive interviews, never-before-published material, and archival research, Dawson captivatingly recounts the intersecting stories of the these two killers and their longstanding impact on modern history.
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eanderson
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Interesting listening. It reminds me of Devil in the White City because of the history. Interesting and sad. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

jlhammar Devil in the White City is a good comparison in terms of format. I really liked this one too! 9mo
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eanderson
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Chores and a new audiobook! 😊🎧

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DGRachel
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This is a narrow pick for me, as I‘m rounding up to account for my mood. There‘s some interesting information here about both the killer smog in London in 1952 and a serial killer who operated at the same time, and the politics and errors that enabled both. But, this felt like two different stories that were tossed together because of proximity in time and place, which did a disservice to both events. Neither got the focus they deserved.

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DGRachel
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I have found it impossible to pick an audiobook to listen to while I work over the last two weeks. I have picked up and put down a variety of books, from new fiction to old favorites, books that do and don‘t work for challenges, and I just can‘t stick with anything. I‘m trying out a nonfiction book that‘s been on my Libro.fm wishlist since it came out and hoping that if I post about it, I can stick to it!

EvieBee I‘ve been in a similar mood. It stinks! But this does look good. Hopefully it‘s a win for you. (edited) 9mo
jlhammar Great book though I read it in print. Hope the audio is a winner for you! 9mo
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JackOBotts
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kate Winkler Dawson is a good story teller, and I enjoy this style of narrative non-fiction. She weaves together two threads from the same point in London history: the Great Smog of 1952 (responsible for the death of 12,000 citizens) and that of serial killer John Reginald “Reg” Christie (responsible for the death of - at least - 8 women).
My #bookspin for January 2022

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 10mo
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JackOBotts
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“It did seem ridiculous to many. Another committee?”

I get this vibe at work, too. A committee for the committee… 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

Tamra Ugh, yes. Then committees have to make up tasks to justify their existence. 10mo
JackOBotts @Tamra absolutely…anytime the suggestion for a committee comes up… 😳 10mo
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JackOBotts
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My #WeekendReading will consist of Kate Winkler Dawson‘s narrative nonfiction about London‘s 5 days of deathly smog…and murder. She is a fantastic storyteller…fans of Erik Larson & true crime would enjoy. She also hosts a podcast, Tenfold More Wicked. This is my January #bookspin pick. 👍🏼

Andrew65 Looks good, enjoy. 10mo
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BookishMadHatter
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"Reg was very intelligent but 'a sad, unhappy, rather inadequate, anxiety-ridden little man'"

Quite the catch, wasn't he

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BookishMadHatter
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"Here comes the boogeyman dressed in black, carrying children in his Sack on his back."

Parenting has always been weird ?

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BookishMadHatter
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"The teenager carefully avoided broken shards of glass, barely held together by cracked window frames, as the mist dampened her hair."
#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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BookishMadHatter
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"A criminal could make quite a lot of devilry in that kind of weather."

Devilry = a new favorite word

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BookishMadHatter
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New book and a wip ... doesn't get better than that

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emilyhaldi
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A little dry in parts, but entertaining enough to listen mostly on audio. Hard to believe somewhere around 12,000 Londoners were killed by the great fog of 1952 😵

#doublebookspin

BarbaraBB Great pic again 😍 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
Reviewsbylola Such a great book! 2y
Reviewsbylola And I know, isn‘t it nuts?! I assume this incident is well known in Europe, but I had no idea! 2y
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RainyDayReading
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So-So to Low Pick. This was an interesting story. Told in a similar vein to The Devil in the White City. One plot line follows a serial killer, the other follows a killer smog that descended on London around the same time the killer was operating. Sometimes repetitive with no real resolution for one of the plot lines, this was interesting enough to hold my attention, but other than that it was just fine. #bookspinbingo #bookspin

RainyDayReading @TheAromaofBooks This is my #bookspin for the month! 2y
RainyDayReading Also, for those interested in the serial killer aspect but not the smog, Murder Maps on Netflix has an episode dedicated to the killer that you can watch and get the story instead. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2y
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RainyDayReading
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Enjoying this so far. Classes started for me again today so we‘ll see how the rest of my reading goes for the next few months. For the rest of the evening I‘m going to relax, (or try 🙄) get some reading in and get caught up on reviews that I‘ve been neglecting on here.

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RainyDayReading
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Lucked out for #bookspin this time around! I‘m back up at my parents dog sitting and of course brought a ton of books with me, not knowing what I would be in the mood for or what #bookspin would choose. Thankfully I brought the tagged book which is my #bookspin for the month with Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee (not with me) as my #doublespin. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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allureofbeauty
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Book Outlet order. Tho I was upset that one came all bent up and the other came torn. And their customer service leaves a lot to be desired. Reminds me part of why I haven‘t ordered in awhile.

#bookoutlet #customerservice #nonfiction #truecrime #parody #humor #twitwit #fiction #youngadult #ya #mystery #thriller #scifi #sciencefiction #frankenstein #londonfog #bookoutlethaul #haul #bookoutletorder #newbooks #books

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MicheleinPhilly
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Utterly engrossing and fascinating, Dawson deftly combines the story of a depraved serial killer with an environmental catastrophe. Both stories were mesmerizing and infuriating. Another one I highly recommend.

squirrelbrain Looking forward to this one! 2y
Bookzombie I thought this was well done as well. 2y
Reviewsbylola So glad you liked this one! One of my favorite books of 2021 so far. 2y
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MicheleinPhilly
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Much needed mental health day.

squirrelbrain Looks yummy! Hope you‘re doing OK 😘 2y
Libby1 ❤️ 2y
MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain Oh yes. Just been hellaciously busy with work and needed to recharge my batteries. 😘 2y
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eanderson Ooo!!! I‘m looking forward to your review. I saw this on goodreads and it sounds good! 2y
LeahBergen Pad Thai? 😍 2y
Kalalalatja Good on you for taking care of yourself! 2y
squirrelbrain I know how you feel! 😑 2y
LiteraryinLawrence Good for you! 2y
Reviewsbylola I hope you enjoyed this one as much as I did! 2y
MicheleinPhilly @Reviewsbylola I‘m still only about halfway through. I didn‘t get a lot of reading done this week. Too much work stress. 😕 2y
Reviewsbylola I hope it improves. That sucks. ❤️ 2y
MicheleinPhilly @Reviewsbylola I feel like adding to my signature block “Do you know how many unread books I own? You‘ve seen them over Zoom! Leave me to them!” 2y
Reviewsbylola I may strategically plant myself in front of my bookshelves for zooms occasionally so people can admire my shelves. 🤣 2y
MicheleinPhilly @Reviewsbylola There is 1 guy at my firm that asked me months ago where I had “downloaded my background” from. I was like, “Um, I didn‘t. This is my house.” Now he remarks on it every single time. 😂 2y
Reviewsbylola Stop it!! That‘s incredible. 😂 2y
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Reviewsbylola
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This was my #sciencewrittenbyawoman choice for #booked2021. While it‘s a bit of a stretch, it DOES include science about weather and air pollution.

The Great Smog of London killed thousands of people in 1952. Blanketing the city for days, it made breathing difficult, and seeped into homes so that residents couldn‘t escape. At the same time, a serial killer was targeting young women in the city.

I can‘t recommend this book enough. 5 ⭐️

Cinfhen It does work for science !!! And who cares, the book was SO GOOD!! 2y
squirrelbrain Sounds fab - stacked! 2y
bunny Love the author's true crime podcast Tenfold More Wicked. I'll have to pick up her book! 2y
Lizpixie I loved this book last year!😷 2y
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Reviewsbylola
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Confession: Sunday is my day for a good lie in. Brian and the girls let me sleep obscenely late, and once I wake, I take to my bed with coffee and a book.

This Sunday I‘m reading the tagged book and it is absolutely riveting. @Cinfhen ‘s review compared it to The Devil in the White City, and I agree, although I think it could be even better!

I chose it for #booked2021, science book written by a woman. I see now that it‘s a stretch. 😂🤷🏼‍♀️

MallenNC This was a good read. I like how she balances both of the story threads. 2y
Cinfhen This really was riveting!!! Enjoy your Sunday read xx 2y
vivastory Have you read Mary Roach? This one sounds great btw 2y
Reviewsbylola Yes! I loved Stiff. I read two of her other books and found them dry though. @vivastory 2y
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Jess
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@Cinfhen Look what I got yesterday! Thanks so much. I can‘t wait to dig into this one. The bookmarks went right into my collection. Thanks!

Cinfhen Woohoo!!! I was convinced it was long gone and missing. Enjoy ♥️ 2y
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CoffeeK8
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A fascinating look at the simultaneous killings of a serial killer in London and the Great Fog.

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CoffeeK8
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Today‘s #audiowalk

ferskner You must have just had rain! 2y
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MallenNC
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#ThankfulThursday
The tagged book is partially about another time when the air around us was dangerous.

1. Not really a hobby but it is stress relief to watch Great British Bake Off or Escape to the Country. UK reality shows are much nicer than ours in the US.
2. Thankful that I was able to take the week off from work to disconnect from email and projects. It has been a difficult year!

@britt_brooke and @TheAromaofBooks do you want to play?

OriginalCyn620 You‘re welcome! 2y
Cosmos_Moon Cool book pick for this. I work as an environmental manager and have learned about this historic air quality issue and the changes society can make for improvements. I hope our world society will realize soon that it‘s not too late to change and mitigate some other damages to earth 💚🌏🌎🌍 2y
MallenNC @Cosmos_Moon Before this book, I had only heard about the smog in London from an episode of The Crown. The author ties it to the story of a serial killer but makes the point that he remains better known than the environmental disaster that killed many more. 2y
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CoffeeK8
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Today‘s #audiowalk was hot and humid even at 7am.

Eggs Gorgeous 🌸 2y
kspenmoll 💗 2y
Megabooks Lovely! 2y
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akfreeborn
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This was a fascinating time in recent history with incredible consequences with the fatal smog particularly in London, the burning of cheap coal, the politics of the time with slow recovery from WWII. Then you have this heinous serial killer at the same time. While at first I didn‘t think this worked as well as Devil in the White City it came together and both sides were fascinating. Ultimately, clean air efforts and death penalty reform came.

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Zelma
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After 3-4 weeks of not reading, I am finally feeling normal enough to pick up a book. Working on this one about the 1952 London smog. Plus bonus image of my current Baby Yoda puzzle.

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Cinfhen
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If you enjoyed Devil in the White City then this is a MUST READ!!! A wonderfully researched and gripping read about two simultaneously silent killers plaguing London in December 1952. One a heavy fog containing enough poisonous fumes that would kill 12,000 people & the other; a depraved serial killer. A true crime thriller mixed with an environmental disaster that changed both the death penalty in the UK & the coal industry. Riveting!!!

Leftcoastzen Matzo Brei ! Would love some right now!Passover blessings to you! (edited) 3y
Cinfhen Yup!!! My hubby makes the BEST matzah brei @Leftcoastzen 😋😋😋 3y
DrJAdMerricksson What food is that? It looks yummy. And I'm always down for a good true crime book 3y
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emilyhaldi Ooohhh this sounds right up my alley!! Might be good to try on audio.. thanks for the rec! 3y
Cinfhen Matzah brei is a Passover dish @DrJAdMerricksson First you soak pieces of matzah in beaten egg, add shredded cheese salt & pepper and then scramble it all in a frying pan. It‘s yummy!!! Have you ever had fried matzah??? I highly recommend both matzah brei & the book 😋 3y
Cinfhen I was thinking Dargusch Family bookclub would love this book @emilyhaldi 😘 3y
Jess I‘m definitely adding this to my TBR. I just finished her new book American Sherlock and really like it. Thanks! 3y
Cinfhen Oh...she has a new book??? Yay, I‘ll need to find it 😁 im happy to send you this book @Jess once I‘m able to go back out!!!! 3y
DrJAdMerricksson @Cinfhen no, but it def sounds yummy! 3y
Jess Thanks Cindy! I think you will like the new one. Hope all is well there. 3y
Reviewsbylola I don‘t think I realized this also involved a serial killer! Must move it to the top of my list! 3y
Cinfhen This is SO your jam @Reviewsbylola 3y
Cinfhen Not sure I have an address @Jess so when u get a chance.... Cindyh666 at icloud dot com 3y
Crazeedi @Cinfhen I loved devil in the white city, so I have to add this one, thanks! 3y
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Cinfhen
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I know...that title 🥺🙄This book is vividly evocative/ feels like living in the middle of a Dickinson novel but it‘s 1952 London in the midst of a silent killer. Beginning today at 3pm the entire country will be on a forced mandatory lockdown. NO STORES or roadways will be open for 48 hours. So my darling husband went out early this morning to bring me home flowers for Passover 🌷🌸🌷

squirrelbrain I read about your Passover lockdown in our media yesterday 🙁. Hope you are all OK and that you still manage to celebrate in some manner. And the flowers are beautiful. 3y
TrishB That‘s so sweet of him ♥️ hope you manage ok. The world is indeed a strange place at the moment x 3y
Hooked_on_books The flowers are beautiful. I wonder what they think 48 hours is going to do? I find the arbitrary timelines governments are coming up with rather unsettling. 3y
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Cinfhen The 48 hours is to deter citizens from “traveling” to join family/ friends for the Passover Seder. Limiting exposure and gatherings @Hooked_on_books although unfortunately those who don‘t care will attempt anyway. The Hasidic communities have been hit hardest because they refuse to adhere to the guidelines. Apparently the curve has flatten in every other town/city/ community. (edited) 3y
Cinfhen Strangest Passover for sure @squirrelbrain @TrishB but we are trying to make it special and meaningful. My son, who went to Poland in October and I are both finding a “hero” from the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising which happened on the first night of Passover 1943 and we will share their story tonight ❤️ 3y
rockpools Your flowers are beautiful. Wishing you a special Passover, even if it‘s a little unusual. 3y
TrishB That‘s a lovely idea ❤️ i just started reading this one today. 3y
Cinfhen Thanks @RachelO good luck with that book @TrishB 💔 3y
JennyM Look after yourself Cindy. And best wishes for Passover ❤️ 3y
Cinfhen Thanks @JennyM Hope you‘re doing well and staying safe 🌸🌺🌸 3y
Megabooks Awww!‘ Good hubby!! Stay safe. 💖💖 3y
BarbaraBB Wishing you strength! Sent you an email - finally 💚 3y
Hooked_on_books Oh, I see. I guess the lockdown makes sense in a way while also being awful. I‘m not at all religious, but I imagine it feels quite injurious to many who are unable to honor a holiday in a way important to them. Yet another thing lost to this situation. I hope you‘re able to make the most of it. 3y
Freespirit Stay safe @Cinfhen 🌷 3y
Susanita I hope you have a lovely Passover in the midst of these strange days. 3y
KarenUK Beautiful flowers.... Wishing you a lovely passover, in these strange times... And what a perfect idea to share those stories.... 😘💕 3y
Chrissyreadit It sounds like this Passover will be special in other ways. I worry I sound glib when I say this-it is not my intent- in my mind it feels like a reconnection to the heart of Passover, waiting for the virus to pass over our homes so we can celebrate life together again. I hope you have a beautiful blessed Passover this year. 3y
Suet624 @Chrissyreadit Wow. Yes. You‘re so right. 3y
Suet624 Best wishes and stay safe, Cindy. 3y
Kalalalatja Stay safe ❤️ 3y
Cinfhen Thanks for all your good wishes and kind words @Suet624 @Kalalalatja @KarenUK @Susanita @Freespirit @BarbaraBB @Megabooks and I love that correlation @Chrissyreadit 💕💕💕 3y
Cinfhen Thanks @Hooked_on_books i agree, measures seem arbitrary and extreme but hopefully it will save lives ♥️ 3y
Centique Much love to you for Passover Cindy 💕💕 3y
mrp27 Holidays are different for sure this year, enjoy your Passover! 💐 3y
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Cinfhen
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An odd choice given the current world situation but I‘m completely captivated by this nonfiction narrative. A strangling fog coupled with a serial killer makes for the perfect storm. This true account of an environmental disaster happened just 68 years ago. Evocative & atmospheric. Do any Londoner‘s recall learning about this incident in December 1952???

KarenUK I actually read this NF! 😂.... and my dad remembers this very well, and the second time it happened too... he told me loads of stories about it. (Also....😍 this cover!) (edited) 3y
KarenUK Also... there is a great episode of The Crown in season 1, that covers these events... 3y
Cathythoughts 👍🏻sounds excellent 3y
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Lizpixie I read this one last year. I first heard about it watching The Crown on Netflix. 3y
dgingo This was our college‘s book-in-common last year, so I got to have dinner with the author. She‘s a great presenter, too! 3y
Cinfhen I‘m DEFINITELY going to start The Crown when I finish Alias Grace @KarenUK I can‘t believe your dad remembers the fog!! That‘s crazy. It‘s really good @Cathythoughts @Lizpixie I‘m loving it and the writing is SO GOOD @dgingo I‘m sure she‘s amazing to speak with. I‘d love to read more from her. 3y
dgingo @Cinfhen She is bright and a good conversationalist. She is working on a new project, but I don‘t remember the details. 3y
Cinfhen I‘m excited to hear that she has a new project @dgingo 🥰 3y
Crazeedi Cant wait to read! 3y
dgingo @Cinfhen Ah! Yes! Thanks for tagging me to tell me! 3y
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MallenNC
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I wanted to learn about the poisonous smog that I first heard about in an episode of The Crown. The author weaves that with the story of a serial killer operating at the same time. In the UK his story is well known but the death toll from the fog, which was much, much, greater, has been nearly forgotten. It was unsettling to read this account of another environmental killer when we‘re all at home because of a pandemic. This was my #BookSpin pick.

akaGingerK Yeah, this definitely feels like an strange time to read that book! (edited) 3y
MallenNC @akaGingerK I didn‘t really consider that when I started! 3y
akaGingerK I was talking to my cousin earlier about what we‘re reading, and things are definitely landing different right now than they would have when we first brought them home 3y
MallenNC @akaGingerK That is so true. 3y
TheAromaofBooks Sounds scary!!! Great review! 3y
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MallenNC
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I finished my #BookSpin choice for March. I‘ll post a review later today but just want to celebrate getting one book off my TBR. I have also been reading my #DoubleSpin choice so I hope to finish both.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! It always feels so rewarding to get a book off the list! 3y
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MallenNC
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I‘m not going to make it the full #24in48 bc I had trouble getting in much reading yesterday, but I made good progress today on my #BookSpin choice for March (tagged). It‘s kind of disturbing to read this right now but still really interesting.

melissajayne I‘m not either and I also made good progress on my #bookspin selection as well; went from 1% to 30% read 3y
MallenNC @melissajayne It feels good to make progress! Especially on a book I‘ve been meaning to read for a while. 3y
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MallenNC
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Here we go! I finished a book last night so my lunch reading is my #BookSpin pick!

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MallenNC
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I‘m excited to read this book for #BookSpin After I posted my list I suddenly became really interested in all the books on my TBR! I am going to try to do #DoubleSpin too, which is Black Man in a White Coat.

TheAromaofBooks LOL that is what inspired the #doublespin's existence last month - a lot of people suddenly wanted to read all the books on their lists 😂 3y
MallenNC @TheAromaofBooks I‘m glad I‘m not alone. It‘s so funny! 3y
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Mitch
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A great storytelling style narration from this 'new to me' author. The woven story of the west London serial killer, Christie, shouldn't of worked - but for the most part it did! That part of the story is so well known that it was more interesting to read about it against the backdrop of everything else that was happening in the capital at the time. So often true crime books strip all that away and focus on the crime in isolation.

night_shift Sounds interesting!! 3y
MallenNC I have had this on my TBR for a while. I‘m glad to hear it‘s good. 3y
Mitch @MallenNC I really enjoyed it. It‘s super compelling and beautifully written. A real human interest story. 3y
JenniferTapler Interesting- added to my TBR stack! 3y
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LiteraryLona
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Burning through the pages on this one!

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Chrissyreadit
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I want to read every book on this list!!! https://bookriot.com/2019/08/15/historical-true-crime-books/ @EadieB @Cinfhen have you read any of these? Any other true crime fans out there? Have you read any of these?

vivastory I was thrilled by today's theme posts. Added several to my TBR 3y
SummerMom Added to my TBR pile awesome recommendations 3y
EadieB @Chrissyreadit I've got these books from NetGalley:

Ted Bundy's Murderous Mysteries
Kevin Sullivan

On the Trail of the Yorkshire Ripper
Richard Charles Cobb
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Chrissyreadit @EadieB I added the Yorkshire Ripper to my TBR 3y
Chrissyreadit @vivastory book Riot has had some great posts lately. 3y
Chrissyreadit @SummerMom thanks! Glad you liked the link. 3y
EadieB @Chrissyreadit Great! The other book about Bundy is about things that were not brought out yet that are in some transcripts. I want to read it in order to see what new things the author found out. 3y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Death in the Air is one I'm interested in reading. Our library has this one. 3y
Chrissyreadit @Penny_LiteraryHoarders me too! I‘m very interested in that one! 3y
Lizpixie I just read Death In The Air & found it fascinating. Definitely recommended. 3y
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! I think I need to add all of these book!!! The tagged book has been on my TBR for awhile but the others our new to me. Thanks for tagging me!!!!! I‘ve taken a screenshot 👍🏽 3y
jenniferw88 Tagging @kaysworld1 as I know she 💖 true crime & might be able to give you some more on British crimes! 3y
kaysworld1 @jenniferw88 They all look fantastic reads but Tinseltown and Disembodied torso are actually on my paper to be read list. 👍 3y
Chrissyreadit @jenniferw88 @kaysworld1 thanks! I did not realize how much I like true crime until Litsy- although In Cold Blood is one of my favorite books ever- but the buddy read of Stranger Beside Me made me realize I love the genre! 3y
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Lauranahe
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I loved this book! I‘ve read about the London smog in 1952, but it‘s still fascinating. Add in an active serial killer during that time, and you‘ve got a great (tho horrific) read. I had a hard time putting it down. Even the politics was interesting!

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Lizpixie
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It‘s 6.30am Friday here in Sydney & I‘m off to my comfy bed to listen to an audiobook for awhile before sleep. Managed 5hrs so far in #HSreadathon and finished one book. This was fascinating about an almost forgotten phenomenon that claimed so many of London‘s residents, not to mention the women that John Christie buried under his floorboards & in his garden. Highly recommend to any history buff. #NonFiction2019 #SomethingWithHistory #readathon

tpixie Wow! 3y
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Lizpixie
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I almost forgot that I signed up for this month long #readathon It‘s an easy one to join, you can still sign up I think. For the whole month of August, you just have to try and read as much of your #TBR as you can, using the hashtag #HSreadathon across all social media. I‘m kicking off mine with this non-fiction about the killer smog that hit London in 1952, along with the serial killer John Christie Of 10 Rillington Place. Link to sign up 👇👇👇

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ontheBL
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Death in the Air by Kate Winkler Dawson brings people‘s lives and struggles to life on each page creating a compelling book difficult to put down about the deadly smog and serial killer of 1952 London. I don't normally like books about serial killers, but I do love books about London and history. If you're looking for a book filled with dark and creepy details, this is definitely a good one.

https://onthebl.org/2019/07/13/death-in-the-air

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EmilieGR
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Interesting

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StellarDoc
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The infamous staircase at 10 Rillington Place.

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StellarDoc
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Kate Winkler Dawson discussing Death in the Air at Collin College, Frisco Campus

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Samplergal
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Something with science. #nonfiction2019

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Go you! You‘ll have coverall before summer! 👏 4y
mhillis Good job!!! 4y
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Samplergal
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Environmental message: Death in the Air. #bookishbingo

wordzie Lol😁❤ 4y
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Samplergal
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What an interesting book. Set in 1952 London, it chronicles the terrible smog deaths of 12,000 deaths and the government (non) reaction to it. As in the style of Eric Larson, another event is investigated from the same period. A serial killer is killing women in the Notting Hill area. Very well researched and written, if you like Eric Larson, you‘ll likely enjoy this book. #nonfiction2019

rmaclean4 I have had this book for some time now. Thanks for to the review. 4y
KarenUK My Dad remembers it well, being 11 at the time and living in London.... and he loved this book too... 4y
Samplergal @KarenUK wow! That‘s cool. It‘s something I‘ve never heard about. I loved that the parliament reacted just about like the US. All the things we know, and yet, it‘s all about the money. 4y
KarenUK @samplergal They also cover it in the first season of ‘The Crown‘ on Netflix... from the Royals POV.... 4y
Bookzombie Great review! This was a pick for me too. 🙂 4y
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