Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Book Review - The Ivy League Chronicles: 9 Squares
Sometimes, things are not as they seem, and sometimes, we must believe in things that we cannot see. Yearning to move from behind a desk and back to detective work, Richard Wikki finds himself investigating a lot more than a murder case in 9 Squares – the first book in The Ivy League Chronicles series by E.K. Prescott, Ph.D.
This historically rich mystery – a new title from Five Star Publications, Inc. – takes readers to New Haven, CT in 1923, where Maize Judson has enrolled at Yale University with hopes of becoming an investigative journalist and Richard Wikki, a former detective from Scotland Yard and now a criminology professor at Yale, is trying to start a new life for himself in the US.
When Maize and her best friend Leslie find a skeleton buried on the beach with an amulet wrapped around its fingers, she and Richard set out to solve the mystery, but the more they uncover, the deeper the mystery becomes. Richard soon discovers that underneath the chaotic daily events of a new decade lies an organization that stretches from North America to Europe.
While The Ivy League Chronicles: 9 Squares is a fictional story, it is embedded with historical facts, genealogies and events that were very real in the 1920’s. “The true historical research itself seemed unbelievable to me,” Prescott explained. “I felt that no one could make up anything more intriguing.”
WHAT MAKES THIS BOOK UNIQUE?
Although a fictional mystery, The Ivy League Chronicles: 9 Squares by E.K. Prescott, Ph.D., is filled with historical facts and events that were very real in New Haven, CT in the 1920’s. The book explores the truths about the ruling class of the United States and gives the reader a sense that there is a lot more to the world than what is actually seen. Prescott brilliantly weaves together the threads of New World Order, metaphysics, witchcraft, conspiracy, and good and evil into this first installment of the Ivy League Chronicles series.
E.K. Prescott, Ph.D., has been an educator for almost 30 years, and has taught at the college level for the past 15 years. She spent many years as a high school English teacher, middle school principal, and national educational consultant. Among her many accomplishments, she has been awarded research grants, named director of a research institute, and her work was published by the S-STEP group of the American Educators Research Association. She was also asked to present her research in London, England at a S-Step conference.
Prescott earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri and her master’s degree at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI. She earned her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was awarded a three-year, full-time Fellowship.
She is currently an online Associate Faculty member, mentor and residency instructor for the University of Phoenix-School of Advanced Studies, as well as a part-time professor for other online doctoral programs.
E.K. Prescott lives in a log cabin nestled in the mountains of northern Arizona with her husband, four horses, and two black labs.
My Take on the Book
This was a great story of historical fiction that kept me hanging from beginning to end. As a person that loves history and well laid out plots, this book definitely fit the bill. The other thing that I enjoyed about this book was that the author did a great job at developing her characters, and this in my opinion made the book even stronger. Overall, I was quite impressed with the way in which the author was able to take you as a reader back in time. For me, if I closed my eyes I was able to see and feel the 1920's all around me, which in my eyes is the mark of not only a good book, but of great writing! The author has started something that I hope will continue in the future, as this provides the start to potentially more great stories in the future!
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