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 First Horseman by D.K. Wilson

| January 30, 2015

Move over C.J. Sansom, there’s a new guy in town! Yes, if you’re a fan of Sansom’s Shardlake series, as I am, you will want to get hold of a copy of D.K. Wilson’s The First Horseman and the sequel The Traitor’s Mark. You may not have heard of D.K. Wilson, but if you’re a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]