Death of a Dyer by Eleanor Kuhns

| July 10, 2014

I described Eleanor Kuhns’ debut novel A Simple Murder as “one of the best mysteries I’ve read” and it won the Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award, so it was going to be a tough one to follow. However, I enjoyed Death of A Dyer just as much. Like A Simple Murder, Death […]

British Royal Family Trees: From William the Conqueror to the House of Windsor by Marilyn Roberts

| February 11, 2014

This 28 page book is the perfect reference book for every bookcase. It’s a wonderful resource for schoolchildren, students, researchers, historical novelists and historians, and will settle arguments over dates and who ruled when. It contains the following family trees: The Normans The Plantagenets The Houses of Lancaster and York The Woodvilles The Tudors Henry […]

Dark Waters by Robin Blake

| October 17, 2013

Thank you to Penelope Wright for reviewing this one for us… This is the second novel by Robin Blake set in the 18th century. Located in Preston 1741, the year of the General Election, Cragg & Fidelis are hurled into solving many mysterious deaths. At first I thought it was Midsummer Murders, not Preston but […]

Royal Babies: A History 1066-2013 by Amy Licence

| October 16, 2013

Historian Amy Licence’s Royal Babies: A History 1066-2013 is a fascinating look at key royal births from that of Matilda (daughter of Henry I and Queen Matilda) in 1102 to the birth of Baby Windsor this year. Note that Prince George is referred to as “Baby Windsor” because the book was written before the Duchess […]

Wildish by Robert Parry

| May 15, 2013

Robert Parry’s latest historical novel, Wildish, is set in the 18th century, in Georgian England, a period I have never studied in depth. This made me slightly wary of reading it because I like to have enough knowledge to be able to figure out what is fact and what is fiction. However, my worries were […]

A Dark Anatomy by Robin Blake

| May 14, 2013

Thank you so much to Penelope Wright for writing the following review for us. Over to Penny… I was really looking forward to moving away from the Medieval and Tudor mysteries I have been reading lately into the later period of George II. Although I was fascinated to learn about the role of the Coroner […]

A Simple Murder: A Mystery by Eleanor Kuhns

| October 19, 2012

This wonderful murder mystery is not at all Tudor, it’s actually set in 1795 in the New England Shaker community, so was a bit of a diversion from my usual reading. However, I’m so glad that Minotaur Books sent it to me because it’s one of the best mysteries I’ve read and is deserving of […]