Thursday, March 4, 2021

The Lions of Fifth Avenue

 The Lions of Fifth Avenue 

Author: Fiona Davis 

Publisher: Dutton

Year: 2020

The theft of rare books from the NY Public Library in 1913 links two women across the decades when more thefts begin 80 years later. 

Laura Lyons and her family live in an apartment inside the NY Public Library. Laura’s husband Jack is the building’s superintendent and knows all the nooks and crannies of the building. Laura wants more beyond her role as traditional wife and mother. She applies to the Columbia Journalism School and her world turns upside down. While working on her assignments, she’s introduced the burgeoning women’s right movement and meets women pushing society’s norms. While Laura’s horizons and dreams are expanding, the thefts at the library continue- leading to deadly consequences. 

Eighty years later, Sadie Donovan, Laura’s granddaughter, works in the same library where her grandmother once lived. As Sadie readies a major exhibition, she discovers rare works are disappearing- again. As she races to find the thief, she uncovers long buried family secrets that connect back to the library thefts 80 years before. 

This was enjoyable historical mystery that moved between the two different time periods. Laura and Sadie are both strong main characters and I enjoyed the way their stories and family history were woven together. And how could I resist a mystery set in a library, right? 


What’s on your March must read list? 

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