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Melting the Snow on Hester Street

Melting the Snow on Hester Street

Author(s): Daisy Waugh

Location(s): Hollywood, New York City (NYC)

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): First three decades of 20th Century

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Sumptuously evoking the Golden Age of Hollywood, a time when money is built on greed and love can be a trick of the light, Daisy Waugh’s stunning new novel is a compelling portrait of love, fame, and survival. It...

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Shanghai Girls

Shanghai Girls

Author(s): Lisa See

Location(s): China, Los Angeles, Shanghai

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1930s onwards

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Shanghai, 1937. Pearl and May are two sisters from a bourgeois family. Though their personalities are very different – Pearl is a Dragon sign, strong and stubborn, while May is a true Sheep, adorable and placid – they are...

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Sunset Express

Sunset Express

Author(s): Robert Crais

Location(s): Los Angeles

Genre(s): Crime

Era(s): Modern

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On his own turf in L.A., PI Elvis Cole is embroiled in a controversial, high-profile murder case. A wealthy restaurateur is accused of murdering his wife, and his hot-shot defence lawyer hires Cole to find proof that the detective...

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The Burning Room

The Burning Room

Author(s): Michael Connelly

Location(s): Los Angeles

Genre(s): Crime

Era(s): Modern (looking back to 1990s)

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In the LAPD’s Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet ten years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which...

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The California Club

The California Club

Author(s): Belinda Jones

Location(s): Hollywood, San Diego, Yosemite

Genre(s): Fiction, Romance

Era(s): Modern

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When Lara Richards jets off to glamorous California, the last thing she’s expecting is to find her old friend Helen transformed from a clipboard-clasping frump into a shimmering surf goddess. The secret of her blissful new life? The mysterious...

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The Death of Baseball

The Death of Baseball

Author(s): Orlando Ortega-Medina

Location(s): Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Tijuana

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1973; 1982

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Former Little League champion Kimitake “Clyde” Koba finds strength in the belief that he is the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe as he struggles to escape the ghost of his brother and his alcoholic father. Born on Yom Kippur, teen...

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The Drop

The Drop

Author(s): Michael Connelly

Location(s): Los Angeles

Genre(s): Crime

Era(s): Late 20th Century

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When evidence links a brutal murder in 1989 to a convicted rapist named Clayton Pell, the case should be water-tight. Pell’s DNA was found on the victim – but he was only eight years old at the time. This...

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The Samaritan

The Samaritan

Author(s): Mason Cross

Location(s): Los Angeles

Genre(s): Crime, Thriller

Era(s): Modern

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When the mutilated body of a young woman is discovered in the Santa Monica Mountains, LAPD Detective Jessica Allen knows this isn’t the work of a first-time killer. She’s seen this MO before – two and a half years...

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Trinity

Trinity

Author(s): Nigel May

Location(s): London, Los Angeles, Venice

Genre(s): Fiction, Romance

Era(s): Modern

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‘Move over Jackie Collins, there’s a new blockbuster star in town.’ New! Magazine ‘An addictive plot that is packed with twists and turns. Prepare for larger than life characters, fabulous locations and plenty of humour.’ The Sun When friends...

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The Pink Hotel

The Pink Hotel

Author(s): Anna Stothard

Location(s): Los Angeles, Venice Beach (LA)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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A seventeen-year-old London girl flies to Los Angeles for the funeral of her mother Lily, from whom she had been separated in her childhood. After stealing a suitcase of letters, clothes and photographs from her mum’s bedroom at the...

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