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Try While You're Waiting: The Clockmaker's Daughter

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The Clockmaker's Daughter

A love affair and a mysterious murder cast their shadows across multiple generations in Kate Morton’s The Clockmaker’s Daughter. Set in England, this story begins in the 1860s and brings readers to the present day. Aislinn Hunter creates a similar setting in The World Before Us: archivist Jane investigates the century-old case of a child’s disappearance in order to learn more about her foster child’s disappearance 20 years ago. Along the way, she discovers clues about an enigmatic community based in London. If you enjoy reading about English family scandals, Lauren Willig’s The English Wife has got you covered. This Gilded Age tale full of family secrets, affairs, and murder focuses on a woman’s investigation into the truth about her brother and sister-in-law’s life together.

Readers can continue along with tales spanning decades in Simone St. James’s The Broken Girls. In 1950 a girl mysteriously disappears from Idlewild Hall, a Vermont home for orphaned and troubled girls. In 2014 news of the facility’s restoration project prompts journalist Fiona Sheridan to return and write a story. A shocking discovery links the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay in the past. Brad Meltzer’s The Inner Circle focuses on the story of a young archivist working in the National Archives. Beecher White and his childhood crush accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact hidden inside a desk chair. The two find themselves in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder that will reveal the most well-kept secret of the U.S. Presidency.

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