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Adult Winter Reading Program: 1930s Titles

Peril at End House by Agatha Christie (1930s)
This was a good story. M. Poirot is working with Miss Buckley to figure out who is trying to kill her. He states that this is more challenging because the murder has not been committed yet and there are limited clues. One clue was sketchy as to whether or not it was introduced during the story or only at the end. Even though the clue was questionable the ending was a surprise. -- Added by thewritejim on 03/09/2014

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Murder on the Orient Express
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (1930s)
I don't believe I had ever completely read this book before. I had seen a movie version but not finished the book. The book is definately more detailed. -- Added by Roundaboutgirl on 03/08/2014

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The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping in American History
The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping in American History by Judith Edwards (1930s)
this was a pretty brief book about the Lindbergh kidnapping- it seems clear that the wrong man was executed. if you're familiar with the case, as I was, I did not find any new info in this book, but if you're curious about one of the first times "crime of the century" was used, this would be a good start. -- Added by sg0307 on 03/07/2014

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The Album
The Album by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1930s)
This mystery, written by a woman known in her heyday as "the American Agatha Christie," is set in an unnamed city in the early 1930's. In a very insular, wealthy neighborhood, an old woman is murdered in her own bedroom, with her husband and 2 adult daughters in the house but hearing nothing. From there the story gets very complicated, and all the neighborhood characters are involved in some way. It is narrated by Louisa Hall, a young woman living next door to the murdered woman. More deaths ensue, and a very involved plot is slowly revealed. The writing style seems reflective of authors of the time; 1933. Not for readers who want a quick read or lots of action. -- Added by ElizabethR on 03/01/2014

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Amandine by Marlena de Blasi (1930s)
Amandine is the story of a baby abandoned to a convent who, as she comes to an age of questioning, begin searching for her identity in Europe during the Second World War. -- Added by thebooklistener on 02/28/2014

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The Hobbit
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (1930s)
I'd heard audiobook versions, and children's book versions, as well as seeing cartoon movies and the most recent movie, but this was my first time actually reading the book. It is definitely the best way to experience this story! -- Added by agholmes72 on 02/28/2014

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Why Shoot a Butler?
Why Shoot a Butler? by Georgette Heyer (1930s)
Had a very film noir feel to it. Enjoyed it! -- Added by caldtins on 02/28/2014

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And Then There Were None
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (1930s)
Classic Agatha Christie mystery as one by one the guests on an island are killed off. -- Added by fisherslisa on 02/27/2014

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Water for Elephants
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (1930s)
This book switches between jacob as a 93 year old man in a nursing home, and jacob as a 23 year old man who joined the circus in the early 1930s. -- Added by madeline on 02/24/2014

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Murder on the Orient Express
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (1930s)
A classic Agatha Christie mystery. She was a bit wordy sometimes. I'm not sure if it's her writing or Poirot that didn't really grab me in this book. About half way through his "who-dunnit" speech I was screaming for him to finish already I didn't care anymore LOL! -- Added by Mrs. K on 02/21/2014

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Little Man, What Now?
Little Man, What Now? by Hans Fallada (1930s)
Story of a working class German man and his life and family during the economic collapse of the early 1930s. Classic and definitely recommended. First published in 1932. -- Added by 0101101 on 02/21/2014

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Lost Names
Lost Names by Richard E. Kim (1930s)
This book was a Middle School book club choice and I read it with my daughter. An eye opening book that gives insight to the Korean struggles during the end of WWII. I enjoyed the perspective and the surprise ending! -- Added by fiveredhedz on 02/21/2014

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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg (1930s)
I can't believe I took so long to read this book. It's as delightful as the movie and then some. I'm heading south in a couple of months and I will be sure to order okra and fried green tomatoes! I am putting it in the 1930's since my favorite parts of the story took place in that decade. -- Added by Kristine on 02/16/2014

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Papillon by Henri Charriere (1930s)
This was a really interesting book. It has a very modern feel. Henri lives a very hard life, always trying to escape (cavale). I would recommend this book. -- Added by l3bond on 02/15/2014

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A Spider in the Cup
A Spider in the Cup by Barbara Cleverly (1930s)
This was before World War II and occurred in London in 1933. The policeman was Joe Sandilands. The characters were very excellent people and the plot ended with the good guys beating the bad. Yeah. judy -- Added by on 02/15/2014

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