Mystery Discussion Group

Title: No Less Blood

Author: D. M. Pirrone

Leader: Diana DiStefano

About the Book


In 1893, seventeen-year-old Mary Anne Schlegel 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.


"Partly set in a mysterious old house in the bleak far north as winter closes in and told from multiple points of view, both past and present, this fast-paced, compelling story resolves both mysteries and ends on a hopeful note."
--Booklist, Feb. 1, 2011


"An 1893 missing-person case has unexpected repercussions more than a century later in Pirrone's intriguing debut... Readers will hope to see more historical crime fiction from Pirrone, the nom de plume of Diane Piron-Gelman."
--Publishers Weekly Review, Dec. 6, 2010

"Pirrone cleverly shifts between Mary Anne's tale and Rachel's search, creating a page-turner for fans of both history and mystery."
--Kirkus Reviews, 9/​30/​10

"This may be a debut mystery, but Pirrone writes like a veteran. Her ability to create characters, whether a present-day adoptee seeking her roots, or the author of a beautifully written 1893 diary who just might be her ancestor, and then place them both in jeopardy, is the mark of a talented, accomplished, nuanced author. Don't miss NO LESS IN BLOOD."
--Libby Fischer Hellman, author of SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE


About the Author

D.M. Pirrone is the nom de plume of Diane Piron-Gelman, a freelance writer and editor with more than twenty years' experience in publishing. An Evanston native, history buff and avid mystery reader, Ms. Piron-Gelman is also an adoptee, with personal knowledge of the desire to find one's roots. She lives on Chicago's Northwest Side with her husband Stephen and two sons, David and Isaac. Check out her website at



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