A Medal for Murder (A Kate Shackleton Mystery) by Frances Brody

| February 28, 2014

Thank you so much to Penelope Wright ot reading and reviewing this novel. Over to Penny… The background to this novel is set in the 1920s with flash backs to the Boer War. The plot centres around an amateur production of a play in Harrogate with murder and robberies incorporated to keep the reader interested […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Twelfth Department by William Ryan

| August 29, 2013

Thank you to Penelope Wright for reviewing this one for us… Another era I know very little about! Probably just as well under the circumstances, Stalin seems to have created a nation of frightened people. Always looking over their shoulders to see who was the next in line to be plucked from “comfort”, I use […]

Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Blood Stains: A Mystery by Catriona McPherson

| October 19, 2012

I’m a huge fan of Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh and Dorothy L. Sayers, and also enjoy “Downton Abbey” and “Upstairs Downstairs”, so this 1920s who-dunnit was perfect for me. When Publishers Weekly describe it as “Agatha Christie meets Upstairs Downstairs” they are spot on. The book is set in 1926 Edinburgh and the heroine, aristocrat […]

Miss Dimple Rallies to the Cause by Mignon F. Ballard

| February 9, 2012

If you have read my review on Miss Dimple Disappears, you will know that I loved Mignon F. Ballard’s first book. Well, I loved this one too! It’s so nice, at the end of a hectic, brain-stretching day, to curl up with a book that you can relax with and unwind to. I described the […]

Giveaway Results

| December 20, 2011

Congratulations to MelanieP, J A Shuler and Anne Elizabeth who won Miss Dimple book sets from our recent giveaway! I’ve emailed you three for your addresses and St Martin’s Press will send your books out as soon as possible. Thanks to all who entered! If you didn’t win but want to get your hands on […]

Miss Dimple Giveaway

| December 12, 2011

To celebrate last week’s release of “Miss Dimple Rallies to the Cause”, the latest book by Mignon F Ballard, Minotaur Books/St Martin’s Press have offered our visitors the chance to win a set of Miss Dimple books – 2 books: Miss Dimple Disappears and Miss Dimple Rallies to the Cause. There are 3 sets up […]

Miss Dimple Disappears by Mignon F. Ballard

| November 12, 2011

I’ve been going through a phase of reading historical mysteries and it’s been great fun because I’ve been exposed to new authors and a whole new genre. “Miss Dimple Disappears” by Mignon F. Ballard is set in Georgia in 1942, the Second World War so four hundred years away from my usual reading matter! In […]

The Golden Prince by Rebecca Dean

| March 8, 2011

Although I usually limit my historical fiction reading to Tudor or Medieval themed novels, my interest was piqued when I was sent an email regarding Rebecca Dean’s new novel, “The Golden Prince”, which was followed by the book arriving on my doorstep. Why was my interest piqued? I think it was because I have never […]