D.M. Pirrone is the nom de plume of Diane Piron-Gelman, a freelance writer and editor, Chicago native, history buff and avid mystery reader. She is also an adoptee, with personal experience of the desire to find one’s roots. This impulse informs her new historical mystery, “No Less in Blood,” which she will be reading and discussing at the Evanston Public Library at 2 p.m. on April 9.
The novel features 17-year-old Mary Anne Schlegel, who in 1893 left her uncle’s Chicago home and vanished. The revelation of her fate a century later upends the life of Rachel Connolly, an adoptee seeking her roots, in this gripping novel of past and present. Readers and program attendees will get a taste of a historical mystery described as a “fast-paced, compelling story (Booklist) and “a page-turner for fans of both history and mystery.” (Kirkus Reviews)