Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield #BookReview

On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames, the regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open and in steps an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a child. Hours later, the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. IsContinue reading “Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield #BookReview”

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”

A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty By Mimi Matthews #TuesdayBookBlog

Book Description  What did a Victorian lady wear for a walk in the park? How did she style her hair for an evening at the theatre? And what products might she have used to soothe a sunburn or treat an unsightly blemish? Mimi Matthews answers these questions and more as she takes readers on aContinue reading “A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty By Mimi Matthews #TuesdayBookBlog”

A Holiday By Gaslight: A Victorian Christmas Novella by Mimi Matthews #NewRelease #RBRT

A Courtship of Convenience Sophie Appersett is quite willing to marry outside of her class to ensure the survival of her family. But the darkly handsome Mr. Edward Sharpe is no run-of-the-mill London merchant. He’s grim and silent. A man of little emotion—or perhaps no emotion at all. After two months of courtship, she’s readyContinue reading “A Holiday By Gaslight: A Victorian Christmas Novella by Mimi Matthews #NewRelease #RBRT”

The Lost Letter by Mimi Matthews #amreading #BookReview

  Here is a classic tale of love lost and ensuing misfortune. Paralleling the situation in the tale of Beauty and the Beast, the heroine, Sylvia Stafford finds herself in a stately manor house where the Earl of Radcliffe, badly injured in the Indian rebellion, hides himself away from society so no-one can see hisContinue reading “The Lost Letter by Mimi Matthews #amreading #BookReview”

Who Killed Constable Cock?: A Victorian True Crime Murder Case by Angela Buckley #BookRelease

 The mystery of who killed Constable Cock is Angela Buckley’s second Victorian Supersleuth Investigation. It describes a murder which occurred on the night of August 1st 1876 in the Manchester suburb of Chorlton-cum-Hardy. While patrolling his beat, Constable Cock was suddenly shot in the chest and although there were witnesses close by no-one could tellContinue reading “Who Killed Constable Cock?: A Victorian True Crime Murder Case by Angela Buckley #BookRelease”

Murder once more on the streets of Victorian London

I’m reviewing another Victorian murder mystery today. It’s written in an entirely different style but is another 5 star book. The Pre-Raphaelite Seamstress by Amita Murray The prologue of this Victorian mystery describes the bloody scene within a gentleman’s carriage on the streets of London through the eyes of his murderer but we must waitContinue reading “Murder once more on the streets of Victorian London”

Diamonds and Dust by Carol Hedges

“Diamonds and Dust” plunges straight in to the murky night of Victorian London and a dastardly murder. The early descriptive paragraphs of the misty dark river and alleyways, written in the present tense, take you straight to the London of, “Bleak House,” and you are quickly caught up in the mystery and fear. Eighteen yearContinue reading “Diamonds and Dust by Carol Hedges”

An Independent Woman by Frances Evesham

From the first few lines of, “An Independent Woman,” I knew that I would enjoy this book. The scene of a poor area of London is set, the clothing is of the Victorian era and Philomena, the heroine has our sympathy as she is already threatened by an evil foe. The fast moving plot involvesContinue reading “An Independent Woman by Frances Evesham”