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A review of Courting Dragons by Jeri Westerson, coming in January 2023

A great start to a new series… Fans of Jeri Westerson’s Crispin Guest “Medieval Noir” series will also enjoy the first book in her new King’s Fool series, Courting Dragons.   This series features Will Somers, Henry VIII’s court jester, as the protagonist, and to be sure, there’s less noir, but all the key elements are …

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Review of Murder in the Basement by Anthony Berkeley – recently e-published

I really liked the first half, but the second half, not so much… Murder in the Basement is the eighth in Anthony Berkeley’s Roger Sheringham series.   Originally published in the 1930s, it recently has been e-published by Poisoned Pen Press as part of their British Library Crime Classics series, and I received a review copy …

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A review of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie – new edition coming out soon

It deserves all its accolades… I feel a bit brash reviewing Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.  After all, it’s considered one of her masterpieces, and shows up on multiple “best mysteries” and “books to read before you die” lists. The acclaim is totally deserved, in my opinion, and I’m not quite sure what …

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A review of Golden Cargoes by Fiona Buckley – recently published

Ursula Blanchard is still at the top of her game… In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve been a fan of Fiona Buckley’s Ursula Blanchard series for years – and years – and years.   And Golden Cargoes exemplifies what I like most about the series:  Buckley’s ability to craft an engaging tale in a detailed …

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Review of Unnatural Ends by Christopher Huang – coming in January 2023

Christopher Huang has written a thoroughly enjoyable, slightly gothic, Golden-Age style mystery, set in an appropriately spooky Norman-era manor on the edge of the North Yorkshire moors.   Readers are introduced to the three main characters (Sir Lawrence Linwood’s children) while they are young, in a prologue set a decade or so before World War I, …

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Review of Shadow of Spain by Fiona Buckley – coming soon

Another wonderful historical novel from Fiona Buckley… Shadow of Spain is the twentieth in Fiona Buckley’s wonderful Ursula Blanchard series, which is (full disclosure) one of my favorite mystery series.  So I was very happy to receive an advance copy of this soon-to-be-published title to review.  And Shadow is a great addition to the series.   …

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Review of The Man Who Wasn’t There by Henrietta Hamilton – just published

Light and fun… In my last review of a Henrietta Hamilton book, I expressed hope that Agora Books would continue re-issuing her books.   And not only have they done so, they’ve even managed to acquire the rights to some of her previously unpublished books, including this one, The Man Who Wasn’t There, which is part …

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Blotto, Twinks, and the Ex-Kings Daughter by Simon Brett – a review

LOL funny all the way through… I have been quite fond of Simon Brett’s earlier books, especially the Mrs. Pargeter series.  So I was intrigued by his Blotto & Twinks series, which looked to be a little different in style – and it was – a lot.    The first book in the series, Blotto, Twinks, …

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