Recent Reads

Hell's Princess:  The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men by Harold Schechter (2018).  Captivating read on a Norwegian immigrant who murdered several people, many of them men she lured to her farm with the promise of marriage, between 1902 and 1908, when she allegedly died in a house fire, along with three of her children.  As with many interesting murder mysteries, questions remain.  Where did she get most of the children she raised?  Did Belle actually die in 1908?  If not, what happened to her, and are there more victims?

The Last Hours on Everest by Graham Hoyland (2013).  Really the story of Hoyland's experiences with climbing Everest, along with his theory on what may have happened during George Mallory and Sandy Irvine's 1924 attempt on Mt. Everest.  Unless a camera is recovered with resulting photographs showing how high Mallory and/or Irvine reached before disappearing, no one can ever say whether they made the summit or not.  I'm evenly split on wanting the recovery of the camera and wanting the mystery to remain unanswered.

The Lost Explorer:  Finding Mallory on Everest by Conrad Anker and David Roberts (2013).  First-hand account by Anker about finding George Mallory's body on Everest in 1999 alternating with historical information by Roberts. 


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