The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden (Historical Fantasy Novel, 2018). This is the second in a series of novels that capably blends Russian folklore/fairy tales and medieval history into spirited adventure fiction in an exotic wilderness. Arden’s first novel introduced readers to Vasya, a young noble woman with the gift of seeing supernatural creatures […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Girl in the Tower"
Queen Anne’s Lace by Susan Wittig Albert. (Cozy Mystery Novel, April 2018). In this, the latest in a long-running series of cozy mysteries centered around former lawyer turned professional herbialist and amateur mystery-solver China Bayles, the author deftly blends generations-spanning family secrets, an unthreatening yet persistent and ultimately helpful ghost, the lore concerning the title plant […]Read more "REVIEWED: Queen Anne’s Lace"
The Macedonian by Nicholas Guild (Historical Novel, December 2017). Whether dealing with historical fiction or straight historical fact, Alexander the Great is definitely the most prominent name that comes up regarding Macedonia. But Nicholas Guild, who has written a number of best-selling novels set in ancient times, tells a fictionalized version of Alexander’s father, the embattled […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Macedonian"
To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear (Histotical Mystery Novel, 2018). There seems an almost endless number of crime-solving novel series. This, I’m informed, is the 14th book about psychologist/investigator Maisie Dobbs—yet it’s also my first exposure to her, the people around her and the various cases she takes on. Some basics: The series is set […]Read more "REVIEWED: To Die But Once"
White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht (Historical/Contemporary Novel, 2018). Korean-American Mary Lynn Bracht’s first novel is the compelling, tragic yet love-infused story of two sisters caught up in and separated by the cruelty of modern war. In 1943, Hana is 16 and Emi is several years younger, living in a coastal village on the Korean island […]Read more "REVIEWED: White Chrysanthemum"
The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott (Historical Novel, 2017). McDermott won the National Book Award in 1998 and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize multiple times. This title is my first exposure to her and I found it quite a fascinating and rewarding read. Since it’s set in the first half of the 20th Century, […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Ninth Hour"
The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter (Historical Young Adult Novel, 1953). This brief (159 pages) YA book is considered a classic. A tale of a young man caught between two cultures, one he was born into and one he’s grown up in, who finds that he is tragically unable to fully embrace either. It’s […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Light in the Forest"