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Review: The May Bride by Suzannah Dunn

The royal families of England have always been intriguing to readers, and many authors have capitalized on creating stories based on those families and their scandalous lives. None have provided as much fodder as Henry VIII and...

Review: The World Before Us, Aislinn Hunter

Aislinn Hunter’s The World Before Us is like a cross between A.S. Byatt’s Possession and Adam Foulds’s The Quickening Maze. I was drawn to the Victorian setting and the dual story line, contrasting the mysteries of an 1870s men...

Review: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

With her first novel, The Miniaturist, author Jessie Burton proves that some debuts create more buzz than they warrant. While The Miniaturist does garner a reader’s attention, the book is fraught with issues that prevent ...

Review: Saint Brigid’s Bones, Philip Freeman

Early sixth century A.D. A monastery clinging to life. First a fire destroys the monastery’s outpost, then someone steals the bones of the monastery’s beloved saint. And on the trail of a deepening mystery is bard-turned-nun Si...

Review: The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd

There was a time in Africa the people could fly. Mauma told me this one night when I was ten years old. She said, ‘Handful, your granny-mauma saw it for herself. She say they flew over trees and clouds. She say they flew like b...

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

“At dusk they pour from the sky. They blow across the ramparts, turn cartwheels over rooftops, flutter into the ravines between houses. Entire streets swirl with them, flashing white against the cobbles. Urgent message to the i...

Review: The Devil’s Workshop by Alex Grecian

Alex Grecian’s latest novel, The Devil’s Workshop, is the third in his Scotland Yard Murder Squad series. Like the previous two books, The Devil’s Workshop features Inspector Walter Day and Constable Nevil Hammersmith as protag...

Review: Worthy Brown’s Daughter by Phillip Margolin

Philip Margolin’s latest novel, Worthy Brown’s Daughter, is an example of what makes reading historical fiction both entertaining and educational. Margolin competently explores the complexities of 1860s Portland, Oregon in an e...

Review: Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

When Emma Donoghue published her novel Room in 2010, no one could have guessed that it would spend weeks on bestsellers lists across the world, or that it would win some of the most coveted awards for fiction writing. In March ...

The Collector of Lost Things by Jeremy Page

As The Collector of Lost Things opens, it is 1845 and English naturalist Eliot Saxby has set out on Captain Sykes’s Arctic-bound vessel to search for the last remaining traces of the great auk, a bird presumed extinct. His patr...

The Medea Complex by Rachel Florence Roberts

In the ancient Greek play Medea by Euripides, the title character slaughters her children in retribution for her husband abandoning her. At the end of the play, a dragon-pulled chariot spirits Medea away, and she goes unpunishe...

Review: The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson

When World War II ended, American soldiers who returned home found that their country had changed. Women were now working outside the home, and many were not content to be housewives any longer. Yet, some things had not changed...

Review: The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter

Miranda “M.J.” Carter worked in publishing and journalism before publishing her first book, a biography of Anthony Blunt (the British art historian and Soviet spy), in 2001. It won the Royal Society of Literature Award and the ...

Review: A Star for Mrs. Blake

Overshadowed by the losses sustained in the Civil War and World War II, the United States’ involvement in World War I is often overlooked. Yet, according to a PBS source, 116,516 soldiers lost their lives in The Great War. Over...

Review: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites, was just a teenager when she traveled to Iceland as part of a Rotary Exchange program. While there, she heard the legendary tale of Agnes Magnúsdόttir, the last woman publicly executed in Ic...