Miles, Kathryn

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Trailed: One Woman’s Quest To Solve the Shenandoah Murders

Miles strikes a good balance between laying out the details of the crime and investigation, and fully developing the stories of the victims’ lives. Fans of unsolved cases will appreciate this well-researched, compelling story.

Quakeland: On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake

A cautionary look at how changes to the Earth, both natural and human-made, are transforming the scientific field as well as what those changes might hold for cities and individuals. A relevant topic that any reader will find compelling.

Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy

Miles's account—this year's Five Days at Memorial—is an important record for future planners and a gripping read.

All Standing: The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston, the Legendary Irish Famine Ship

The author makes good use of sources, and her details are vivid, but a minor quibble is the distracting tendency to summon thoughts or actions of historical figures even though not recorded (e.g., "[she] couldn't help but stare"). Recommended for readers of Irish and maritime history.

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