New Hampshire: Inside Peyton Place: The Life of Grace Metalious by Emily Toth Grace Metalious scandalized her small New Hampshire town when she took all the local gossip and put it into a shocking, boundary-breaking book that turned into a gigantic success called Peyton Place. In Toth’s biography, we read the real stories behind the book that spurred Metalious on in her life.
In 1872 the American merchant vessel Mary Celeste was discovered adrift off the coast of Spain. Her cargo was intact and there was no sign of struggle, but the crew was gone. They were never found. This maritime mystery lies at the center of an intricate narrative branching through the highest levels of late-nineteenth-century literary society.
I prefer reading historical novels, rarely reading contemporary novels (I'm an avid history aficionado). Ken's main genre is contemporary mystery, but I enjoy his historical novels as well, this being one. Good book.