Dissolution by C J Sansom #FridayReads #BookReview

It is 1537, a time of revolution that sees the greatest changes in England since 1066. Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church. The country is waking up to savage new laws, rigged trials and the greatest network of informers ever seen. And under the orders of Thomas Cromwell, a team ofContinue reading “Dissolution by C J Sansom #FridayReads #BookReview”

The American Boy by Andrew Taylor

      As Andrew Taylor’s latest book, The Ashes of London, is featured everywhere at present, I have put it on my TBR list. In the meantime, I am looking back at his earlier historical mystery, The American Boy. Interweaving real and fictional elements, The American Boy is a literary historical crime novel in the tradition ofContinue reading “The American Boy by Andrew Taylor”

Teaser Tuesday #TuesdayBookBlog The Goddess and the Thief by Essie Fox

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of Books And A Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: • Grab your current read • Open to a random page • Share two or three “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sureContinue reading “Teaser Tuesday #TuesdayBookBlog The Goddess and the Thief by Essie Fox”

Rusty Gold by Christine Campbell

Rusty Gold is Book 3 of the stories of Mirabelle, the Reluctant Detective.  In Book 1 we had seen, Mirabelle’s daughter, Summer, choose to leave home without warning.  We followed the search for her all over Edinburgh and Mirabelle’s determination to find her daughter despite her sorrow and fears.  In the second book, Mirabelle hasContinue reading “Rusty Gold by Christine Campbell”

The Sans Pareil Mystery by Karen Charlton

I read this 19th century detective story without realising that it was the second investigation in Regency London for Detective Lavender and Constable Woods, but this was no handicap.  Although Stephen Lavender is reserved, we slowly learn of his sad past, his new budding romance and his renowned detective abilities.  Assisted by dependable Ned Woods,Continue reading “The Sans Pareil Mystery by Karen Charlton”

#AtoZChallenge Letter E

  is for Ekphrasis Ekphrasis is the theme of my A to Z Challenge.  It means responding to, or interpreting one form of Art in another form.  So a poem may describe a painting or express the poet’s emotional response to it or a poem may inspire an artist to paint a picture.  This isContinue reading “#AtoZChallenge Letter E”

The Lake House by Kate Morton

The Lake house contains all the ingredients I have come to expect in a novel by Kate Morton: mystery, action in different eras, a beautiful house in Cornwall and more than one complex female protagonist. The core story is of the Edevane family who lived in Leoanneth, a large house by a lake in Cornwall,Continue reading “The Lake House by Kate Morton”

Taster Tuesday #TuesdayBookBlog

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: • Grab your current read • Open to a random page • Share two or three “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure thatContinue reading “Taster Tuesday #TuesdayBookBlog”

Smoke and Gold by Pauline Suett Barbieri

Did Count St Germain, a European courtier and brilliant alchemist die in 1784 or had he discovered the secret to eternal life? In 1967 a Parisian, named Richard Chanfray appeared on TV apparently changing lead to gold and claiming to be Count St Germain. This mysterious figure weaves in and out of the life ofContinue reading “Smoke and Gold by Pauline Suett Barbieri”

#FridayFiveChallenge

This fun feature is a mini workshop invented by Rosie Amber. We look at book covers just from their thumbnail pictures at online selling book sites and make quick fire buying decisions. We look from a READERS Point of View and this exercise is very EYE OPENING. To join in with the #FridayFiveChallenge please readContinue reading “#FridayFiveChallenge”