A Grand Exposition by Kim Idynne (Book Review #845)


A grand exposition is a historical mystery set at the 1889 World’s Fair. It begins with Elizabeth, who has recently lost her husband and son. She moves to Delhi with her daughter, Charlotte, and is told to stay away from the Indian neighborhoods. Things take a turn when Elizabeth falls ill, and Charlotte returns to the hotel only to notice that everything is changed. Her mother is gone, the room looks different, and no one believes anything she says.

The only person who is willing to help her is a London Daily Telegraph reporter, Albert Dawes. The two characters mesh very well as the adventure carries forward in a world and era where she finds unfamiliar.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The story then takes another plot introducing a character named Katherine, who has spent years dealing with her father’s death. He was murdered by someone who was never convicted. The author then places all the characters in one place and intertwines the two storylines creating a fabulous ending.

The tale is written well and makes you interested and intrigued, wanting to know what will happen. It had a nice flow to it. The author manages to make the reader bond with its characters, and due to the nature of the information being in the 1800s, I found it very appealing to read.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in historical reading fiction.

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