“The craft and care with which author Truss weaves her facts into a richly narrated but utterly hilarious tapestry is amazing.
Well-researched historical fiction takes readers to new (old) places and brings the time and people alive. That is, if the story works as a story.
“Heart-wrenching does not begin to describe the reaction to The Girl in the Letter.”
“Fashioning modern methods of investigation as well as other 21st century conventions into acceptable practices in the daily life of ancient Rome may sound like an insurmountable task, but
“as easy to read as one of Mr. Dickens’ actual novels and as entertaining. As the subtitle reveals, it’s a Dickens of a tale . . .”
“The Burning Chambers is a masterful novel . . .”
“Mason introduces myriad characters, almost too many to follow, but with a careful reading the story unfolds the underpinnings of a good plot.”
“As the rhetoric coach to the Royal Shakespeare Company, Brandreth has no need to ‘brush up on his Shakespeare,’ and his allusions and turns of phrase prove it.”
"Overall, Knott's worthy attempt fails in style and form."
“the story holds water and reads well from beginning to end.”
“Lindsay Faye has written a crackling historical mystery in language that sings in its dialogue, description, and narrative.”
“The Blood is a tale giving a view of what Victorian London was really like, not the prim and proper showcase of a public television set, but a callous and heartless venue where so
“A clever and hauntingly grim fantasy . . . that will most certainly entertain fans of swordsmen, medieval sieges, and battles.”
Paddy Hirsch, in his mesmerizing novel of New York City in 1799, creates so strong an aura of time and place and late-18th century language, readers may find themselves calling an opponent a “black
This is the second of Graeme Macrae Burnet’s crime novels featuring Chief Inspector Georges Gorski, the shy chief of police of the sleepy rural village of Saint-Louis in Alsace in France.
“Lestat may say he doesn’t want to cause the deaths of his fellow undead but that’s what happens in this continuation of The Vampire Chronicles.”
“Andrew Gross is in top form with this beautifully haunting novel that mixes history seamlessly with fiction. . . . an epic journey of struggle, hope, death and life.
“a mother’s search for a child she’s long mourned and given up for dead, as well as a woman’s resurrection of the emotions and love for a man well-known but scorned in his own time”
“an adventuresome romp, intriguing, entertaining, and a story of which the Bard himself might approve.”
“Came two gentleman to Venice . . .”
“The Moment Before Drowning is a highly lyrical novel.”
Get ready to curl up with a cup of tea, a plate of scones, and A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder.
“The Mitford Murders is the first in what promises to be an absorbing mystery series.”
Alyssa Maxwell’s A Devious Death is the third in her A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mysteries.
“the story of a man whose military prowess enabled him to become the king he had no wish to be . . . ”