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 […]

The Tudor Conspiracy: A Novel (The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles) by C W Gortner

| July 25, 2013

I’d been looking forward to book two of The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles coming out since being completely gripped by the first book, “The Tudor Secret” – click here to read my review of that one. Just like the first book, this book has all the right ingredients for historical fiction lovers: intrigue, danger, spies, […]

Anarchy by Stewart Binns

| July 25, 2013

Thank you to Penelope Wright for reviewing “Anarchy” by Stewart Binns, the third book in Binns’ “Making of England” series… I am starting to learn a great deal about the Middle Ages. The historical “fact” in Binns’ novel gives a broad view of this period of history when England was in turmoil after the Norman […]

The Templar Magician and The Mysterium By Paul Doherty

| June 26, 2013

Thank you so much to Penelope Wright for reviewing these two books by Paul Doherty… I intended to review these two books by the same author together but as they are so different I will give an overview of the author and his writing but give a separate review for each book. Overview Doherty’s descriptions […]

The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen

| June 5, 2013

We all love to “what if” when it comes to Anne Boleyn, don’t we?  – What if she hadn’t miscarried? What if that baby had been a living son? What if she hadn’t been executed? – but I’ve never been keen on the idea of alternative history novels, particularly after reading an awful one. However, […]

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 […]

Into the Valley of Death by A.L. Berridge

| April 30, 2013

Today’s review is by Penelope Wright. Thanks Penny! Before I started this book my knowledge of the Crimean War was limited to Florence Nightingale, Tennyson’s poem and the film of the Charge of the Light Brigade. This exciting spy story woven into the fabric of the history of the Crimean Campaign was fascinating, kept me […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]