An Exclusive Interview with Andrea Penrose, Author of Murder at the Serpentine Bridge

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress:

Hello Dear Readers,

Are you a fan of Bridgerton and historical mysteries and wish there was a series that combined the two sub-genres? Look no further.

Let me introduce you to the Wrexford & Sloane mystery series. It mixes Regency-era detectives, period accurate culture and events, and a slow burn romance that will curl your toes.

Are you intrigued? If so, the good news is that the latest novel in the series, Murder at the Serpentine Bridge, just released, and author Andrea Penrose is here to graciously tell us all about it. Continue reading “An Exclusive Interview with Andrea Penrose, Author of Murder at the Serpentine Bridge”

Unnatural Creatures: A Novel of the Frankenstein Women, by Kris Waldherr — A Review   

From the desk of Sophia Rose:

When one considers classic horror, there are few tales that leap so quickly to the mind as Frankenstein. Published in 1818, the tale was originally spun by Mary Shelley as a campfire ghost tale during a summer gathering of literary giants vacationing along the shores of Lake Geneva. Much homage has been paid to the original story, in print and film, yet here is a sparkling, standout gem of a companion novel written by Kris Waldherr not only paying proper tribute to both the radical author and her disturbing tale, but with an added twist. Unnatural Creatures spotlights the women of the Frankenstein story. Continue reading “Unnatural Creatures: A Novel of the Frankenstein Women, by Kris Waldherr — A Review   “

Marple: Twelve New Mysteries, by Naomi Alderman et al — A Review

From the desk of Amy Louise:

It has been 45 years since Agatha Christie’s last Miss Marple novel, Sleeping Murder, was published posthumously in 1976. First introduced to readers in a story Christie wrote for The Royal Magazine in 1927, Jane Marple made her first full-length appearance in the 1930’s novel, The Murder at the Vicarage. Marple, a collection of new stories by twelve Christie devotees will be a timely reminder why Jane remains the most famous fictional female detective of all time. Continue reading “Marple: Twelve New Mysteries, by Naomi Alderman et al — A Review”

An Exclusive Interview with Karen Odden, Author of Under a Veiled Moon

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress:

Detective mysteries set in England during the nineteenth-century are like catnip to me. I have been enjoying C. S. Harris’ Sebastian St. Cyr Mysteries, and Deanna Raybourn’s Veronica Speedwell Mysteries for years. It took a beautiful cover and a big hook to get me to try Down a Dark River, by Karen Odden. I was not disappointed. Her characters are layered and conflicted and the mystery is twisty and surprising. Under a Veiled Moon, her second book in the Inspector Corravan Mystery series, recently released on Continue reading “An Exclusive Interview with Karen Odden, Author of Under a Veiled Moon”

The Matchmaker’s Gift: A Novel, by Lynda Cohen Loigman — A Review

From the desk of Rachel McMillan:

“A drop of love sometimes brings an ocean of tears.” (137)

After learning that Lynda Loigman’s forthcoming book was about a matchmaker in 1910s New York City, I begged her for any early PDF file. She was kind enough to oblige. After all, I had quite enjoyed the emotional depth of her previous historical novels. Having read The Matchmaker’s Gift twice, I am able to appreciate it not only for its central story but also its evocative blend of history and wisdom: as intricately and beautifully design as the Ketubahs elaborately serving as the frame for wedding contracts (and Continue reading “The Matchmaker’s Gift: A Novel, by Lynda Cohen Loigman — A Review”

An Exclusive Interview with Ariel Lawhon, Kristina McMorris, & Susan Meissner, Co-Authors of When We Had Wings

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress:

Since watching the 1943 movie, So Proudly We Hail, I have always been interested in the story of military nurses in the Pacific during WWII. There are so many movies and books based on the Battle of the Philippines (1941-1942) from the male perspective that I was thrilled to discover, When We Had Wings, a new collaborative novel co-authored by three bestselling authors: Ariel Lawhon, Kristina McMorris, & Susan Meissner. I was curious about the inspiration for the novel, the research involved, and writing Continue reading “An Exclusive Interview with Ariel Lawhon, Kristina McMorris, & Susan Meissner, Co-Authors of When We Had Wings”

Sister Novelists: The Trailblazing Porter Sisters, Who Paved the Way for Austen and the Brontës, by Devoney Looser — A Review

From the desk of Katie Jackson:

If you’ve ever wished that Jane Austen’s family had preserved more of her personal letters, have I got a surrogate wish-fulfillment for you. It is my pleasure to introduce the gifted nineteenth-century novelists Jane and Anna Maria Porter. Although their copious correspondence remains unpublished—and may always, as the writers themselves expressed was their wish—it has been carefully curated into a stunning biography of these innovative writers. Continue reading “Sister Novelists: The Trailblazing Porter Sisters, Who Paved the Way for Austen and the Brontës, by Devoney Looser — A Review”

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (2022) Movie — A Review

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress: 

With so much uncertainty and strife in the news, I am always ready for a feel-good, fairy tale getaway movie to escape to for a few hours. I have several favorites to call upon in my library: The Princess Bride (1987), Ever After (1998), and Pretty Woman (1990). I can now add Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris to the list. This new feature film adaptation of Paul Gallico’s delightful 1958 novel, Mrs. ‘Aaris Goes to Paris, is a Cinderella-esque story of the adventures of a down on her luck charwoman in 1957 London determined to fulfill a dream. Continue reading “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (2022) Movie — A Review”

The Marriage Portrait: A Novel, by Maggie O’Farrell — A Review

From the desk of Theresa Smith: 

“You,” Elisabetta breathes, maliciously, almost delightedly. “You will be blamed. So be careful, Lucrezia. Be very, very careful.”

In The Marriage Portrait, O’Farrell gives us a fictional retelling of the short life and marriage of Lucrezia de’ Medici (1545-1561), third daughter of Cosimo l de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, fateful first wife of Alfonso d ’Este, Duke of Ferrara. Continue reading “The Marriage Portrait: A Novel, by Maggie O’Farrell — A Review”

An Exclusive Interview with Hannah Linder, Author of Beneath His Silence

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress:

Happy Monday Dear Readers,

The month of October is a favorite of mine with the arrival of fall leaves and pumpkin spice lates. It is also the month to celebrate All-Hallows-Eve with Gothic stories.

I am happy to introduce you to a new author to the historical suspense genre, Hannah Linder. Her debut novel Beneath His Silence has all the Gothic feels — a young heroine who goes undercover as a governess to discover her sister’s killer, a hero who is hiding secrets, an ancient English manor house, and a mystery to uncover. Continue reading “An Exclusive Interview with Hannah Linder, Author of Beneath His Silence”

Marvelous: A Novel, by Molly Greeley — A Review

From the desk of Rachel McMillan:

I first discovered Molly Greeley’s forthcoming novel Marvelous in a Publisher’s Lunch deal memo. Knowing Greeley was a fan-favourite after her two deliciously engaging re-imaginings of Jane Austen’s world (The Clergyman’s Wife, and The Heiress) I would read anything she wrote. The true story behind the couple from the “tale as old as time” that may have inspired the Beauty and The Beast fairy tale was my favourite trope-y catnip. Continue reading “Marvelous: A Novel, by Molly Greeley — A Review”

Miss Morton and the English House Party Murder: A Miss Morton Mystery (Book 1), by Catherine Lloyd — A Review

From the desk of Barbara Rogers: 

As a huge fan of Catherine Lloyd’s Kurland St. Mary series, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her latest Victorian mystery series, Miss Morton and the English House Murder.

 A Family Tragedy Changes the Heroine’s Life

Lady Caroline Morton, daughter of the deceased Earl of Morton, is penniless with a tarnished reputation, through no fault of her own. No, not her fault at all, but society tars her and her sister with the Continue reading “Miss Morton and the English House Party Murder: A Miss Morton Mystery (Book 1), by Catherine Lloyd — A Review”

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