From the Charred Remains by Susanna Calkins

| March 7, 2016

From the Charred Remains is a historical mystery set in 1666 just after the Great Fire has swept through the city. The protagonist, Lucy Campion, a maid in the household of the local magistrate, is helping to clear away the rubble of buildings burnt down by the fire, when two boys discover a body. A […]

The Dragon of Handale by Cassandra Clark

| May 4, 2015

Thank you to Penelope Wright for reviewing this historical novel for us. Over to Penny… This is the 5th novel by Cassandra Clark but the first I have read. I thought, this is another medieval mystery, similar to others I have read, some by Priscilla Royal who has written many books about religious women investigating […]

The Crown: A Novel by Nancy Bilyeau

| March 13, 2015

Nancy Bilyeau’s The Crown is the first in a trilogy which has become known as the Joanna Stafford series. The books are set in Henry VIII’s reign and the protagonist is Joanna Stafford, a Dominican nun who is also a member of the once favoured Stafford family. The trilogy consists of The Crown, The Chalice […]

The Traitor’s Mark by D.K. Wilson

| February 13, 2015

If you read my review of D.K. Wilson’s first book in this series of Tudor who-dunnits, The First Horseman, you’ll know that I ignored everything else in my “to read” pile and moved straight on to The Traitor’s Mark. I was that gripped by Wilson’s story. Thankfully, the second instalment was just as gripping as […]

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 […]

Behold a Pale Horse and The Seventh Trumpet – Two Sister Fidelma Mysteries by Peter Tremayne

| July 9, 2014

I discovered the delights of Peter Tremayne’s Sister Fidelma mysteries back in 2011 when I was sent The Dove of Death and The Chalice of Blood to review, and they are now books I choose to buy for myself and family and friends. Behold a Pale Horse and The Seventh Trumpet are the 22nd and […]

The Tournament by Matthew Reilly

| March 14, 2014

The Tournament is the latest thriller from internationally bestselling author Matthew Reilly. I’ve never read any of his books before, but this historical appears to be a departure from his usual work. I read all 400+ pages of The Tournament in one weekend. I was hooked from the outset and I enjoyed every minute of […]

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 […]

The Midwife’s Tale: A Mystery by Sam Thomas

| February 11, 2014

Thank you to Penelope Wright for reviewing this historical novel for us. Over to Penny… When I started to read this mystery I was disappointed that some of the social aspects of the day were not explained, maybe in a glossary at the beginning, and I would have liked to see an old map of […]

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 […]