Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem (Lost and Found on the River Thames) #BookReview

Mudlark:- noun.  A person who scavenges for usable debris in the mud of a river or harbour Lara Maiklem has scoured the banks of the Thames for nearly twenty years, in pursuit of the objects the river unearths: from Neolithic flints to Roman hairpins, medieval buckles to Tudor buttons, Georgian clay pipes to Victorian toys.Continue reading “Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem (Lost and Found on the River Thames) #BookReview”

The Sterling Affair (The Forensic Genealogist Book 8) by Nathan Dylan Goodwin

When an unannounced stranger comes calling at Morton Farrier’s front door, he finds himself faced with the most intriguing and confounding case of his career to-date as a forensic genealogist. He agrees to accept the contract to identify a man who had been secretly living under the name of his new client’s long-deceased brother. MortonContinue reading “The Sterling Affair (The Forensic Genealogist Book 8) by Nathan Dylan Goodwin”

The Lost Ancestor (The Forensic Genealogist series Book 2) by Nathan Dylan Goodwin #TuesdayBookBlog

As usual I seem to be reading this series of mysteries in the wrong order but in The Lost Ancestor we quickly come to know the character of Morton Farrier, a clever forensic genealogist and his circumstances, living happily with his fiancé, Juliette in an old cottage in the centre of Rye.  Written in theContinue reading “The Lost Ancestor (The Forensic Genealogist series Book 2) by Nathan Dylan Goodwin #TuesdayBookBlog”

The History of the Port of London by Peter Stone #FridayReads #SocialHistory

A Vast Emporium of All Nations The River Thames has been integral to the prosperity of London since Roman times. Explorers sailed away on voyages of discovery to distant lands. Colonies were established and a great empire grew. Funding their ships and cargoes helped make the City of London into the world’s leading financial center.Continue reading “The History of the Port of London by Peter Stone #FridayReads #SocialHistory”

Passionate Travellers by Trish Nicholson #TuesdayBookBlog #BookReview

Accompanying these 21 passionate travellers on their personal quests, we discover what drove them, and share their incredible journeys through deserts, mountains, jungles and seas to every continent, spanning 2,000 years of history from 480 BCE to the 1930s. These are true stories of daring adventure, courage, cunning, even murder and, above everything, sheer determinationContinue reading “Passionate Travellers by Trish Nicholson #TuesdayBookBlog #BookReview”

#AtoZChallenge : L is for Laura in Little House on the Prairie

   I have to admit that Laura of Little House on the Prairie is for me the girl I came to know in the long-running TV series from 1974 to 1983 but eventually I read Little House in the Big Woods, the first of the partly fictional autobiographies of Laura Ingalls Wilder. In the BigContinue reading “#AtoZChallenge : L is for Laura in Little House on the Prairie”

In Her Defence (A Bunch Courtney Investigation) by Jan Edwards #NewRelease #RBRT

 “Bunch Courtney’s hopes for a quiet market-day lunch with her sister are shattered when a Dutch refugee dies a horribly painful death before their eyes. A few days later Bunch receives a letter from her old friend Cecile saying that her father, Professor Benoir, has been murdered in an eerily similar fashion. Two deaths byContinue reading “In Her Defence (A Bunch Courtney Investigation) by Jan Edwards #NewRelease #RBRT”

Theodore and Eliza by Susan Harvard #FridayReads #RBRT

Book Description Theodore & Eliza is the first and only account of the eight-year marriage 1812-20 of the mixed-race couple, from whom Princess Diana was directly descended. The story is threaded through an extensively researched background of places and people in Yemen, Bombay and Scotland during the Napoleonic era. It is an unusually intimate accountContinue reading “Theodore and Eliza by Susan Harvard #FridayReads #RBRT”

Letters from the Dead (Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery Book 7)

Several years ago, I read the first three books in Steve Robinson’s mystery series about American genealogist Jefferson Tayte.  Now I have taken up the seventh story in which Jefferson travels to Scotland to help client, Damian Sinclair, break through the brick wall concealing the identity of his four times great grandfather.  But this isContinue reading “Letters from the Dead (Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery Book 7)”

Gaslight by Eloise Williams #MiddleGrade #VictorianHistory

Last year I was blown away by the beautifully written contemporary story of a 13 year old girl in Seaglass by Eloise Williams, so this year I have read her earlier historical novel, Gaslight. Gaslight is a short book which is difficult to put down. Set in late Victorian Cardiff, the heroine, Nansi, survives byContinue reading “Gaslight by Eloise Williams #MiddleGrade #VictorianHistory”