BOOK REVIEW: The Old Success

The Old Success by Martha Grimes (Mystery Novel, November 2019). Mystery writer Martha Grimes has more than 30 published books to her credit. The Old Success, her latest, is the 25th book about an ace British crime-solver named Richard Jury. With such an extensive series, one would expect a considerable back-story involving Inspector Jury being in […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Poison Thread

The Poison Thread by Laura Purcell (Victorian Gothic Novel, 2018). First published in the UK, Laura Purcell’s 2nd novel is a compelling and subtle, ultimately satisfying Gothic tale of early Victorian England. Purcell opens the book with a telling excerpt from “The Song of the Shirt,” a poem from that era that recounts the poverty and […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Chaucer’s People

Chaucer’s People by Liza Picard (Historical/Literary Nonfiction, American Edition 2019). Liza Picard has written a series of books on various aspects of English history. For her latest, published in England in 2017, with its American edition now out, she uses Geoffrey Chaucer’s best known work as a springboard into an entertaining and informative account of what […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Five

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold (History/Investigative Journalism, 2019). There have been countless books, TV and radio shows, movies and stage plays related to the mass-murderer known as Jack the Ripper. Well-known social historian Hallie Rubenhold takes an intelligent, well-researched and breathtakingly original look at these […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Murder in Bloomsbury

Murder in Bloomsbury by D.M. Quincy (Historical Mystery Novel, February 2018). An award-winning journalist, D.M. Quincy turned to fictional crime successfully with Murder in Mayfair, a historical mystery set in early 19th century England. That introduced readers to Atlas Catesby, an aristocratic world traveler turned amateur detective. Here, Catesby and those around him return to get involved […]

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BOOK REVIEW: War of the Wolf

War of the Wolf by Bernard Cornwell (Historical Novel, 2018). By my count this is the eleventh novel in Cornwell’s sprawling Saxon Tales series. As usual, the main character, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, narrates the book with a keen eye and ever-growing self-awareness. And yet, as ever, he remains dedicated to the cultural imperative central to his […]

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REVIEWED: Twenty-One Days

Twenty-One Days by Anne Perry (Historical Mystery Novel, April 2018). Already a best-selling author for her series of Victorian-era books featuring master-spy agency guy Thomas Pitt and his mystery-solving wife Charlotte, Anne Perry jumps forward to 1910 to begin a new series built around their son, Daniel. He’s a 25-year-old London barrister who, to start the […]

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