Review of A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger

London, 1385. Surrounded by ruthless courtiers—including his powerful uncle, John of Gaunt, and Gaunt’s flamboyant mistress, Katherine Swynford—England’s young, still untested king, Richard II, is in mortal peril, and the danger is only beginning. Songs are heard across London—catchy verses said to originate from an ancient book that prophesies the end of England’s kings—and among […]

Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

Amelia Peabody, indomitable Victorian, embarks for Egypt armed with confidence, journal, and umbrella. Enroute to Cairo, she rescues dainty Evelyn, abandoned by her lover. They sail up the Nile to the archeological dig of the Emerson brothers – irascible but dashing Radcliffe and amiable Walter. A lively mummy, visitations, accidents, kidnap attempt – evil is […]

The Ronin’s Mistress by Laura Joh Rowland

Japan, 1703. On a snowy night, 47 warriors murder the man at the center of the scandal that turned them from samurai into masterless ronin two years before. Clearly this was an act of revenge–but why did they wait so long? And is there any reason they should not immediately be ordered to commit ritual […]

Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson

As a midwife in turn-of-the-century New York, Sarah Brandt has seen pain and joy. Now she will work for something more — a search for justice — in a case of murder involving one of New York’s richest families. (From Amazon.ca) The endless detail gives this book a good sense of historical accuracy. The sights […]