The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
First Novels / Historical Fiction / New to Me Author / Recent Release / Steampunk

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

This is a strange, complicated story, involving time and mind-reading and intricate clockwork. Pulley’s debut novel is artfully written and most importantly, the characters are well-drawn – except where they’re meant to be mysterious. I will say I struggled a bit with the last third of the book, so I can’t call it a five-star … Continue reading

The Spider and the Stone by Glen Craney
Historical Fiction / New to Me Author / Review Requests and ARCs

The Spider and the Stone by Glen Craney

If you’re interested in detailed historical fiction about Scotland, this is a great book. The Spider and the Stone tells the story of the years between 1296 and 1330, known as the Scottish Wars for Independence. You’ve heard of William Wallace if you’ve seen the movie Braveheart, although there were a number of historical inaccuracies … Continue reading

Mini Review: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
Fluffy Summer Travel Reads / Historical Mystery / New to Me Author / Part of a Series

Mini Review: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

This was the last book I finished in 2013, and it was a great way to close the year!  I was struggling halfway through A.M. Homes, May We Be Forgiven, and needed something light, and Sweetness was on my shelf. To be honest, I’d put off reading this book in the fear it would be … Continue reading

Fluffy Summer Travel Reads / Highly Recommended / Historical Mystery / New to Me Author / Part of a Series

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice is Laurie R. King’s take on Sherlock Holmes towards the end of his career.  In this first book of a series, Holmes meet fifteen-year-old Mary Russell, an independent girl who is as clever and observant as he is.  As the title suggests, he begins tutoring her in the ways of detective work, … Continue reading

Challenges / Fluffy Summer Travel Reads / Historical Fiction / Historical Mystery / New to Me Author / Part of a Series

Review of A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd

I was excited about this book, because I’ve been looking for a good historical mystery to sink my teeth into for a while.  I love the Monk series by Anne Perry, and I used to like C.S. Harris’ Sebastian series, but it’s gotten a little repetitive and less historical.  The other books that get recommended … Continue reading

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Review: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

I’ve had kind of a mental block about writing this review, which is strange.  I often wake up with a review in my head and putting it on paper is easy.  I think it’s because I liked this book, but I suspect it’s a great book and I’m not sure I gave it that level … Continue reading

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Review of Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Life After Life is one of those books that’s hard to review.  It’s a challenging read and it’s got glowing critical reviews.  I’m a big fan of Kate Atkinson, so I expected to like it, and I did.  Be warned though, it’s quite a departure from her other books.  This is a book that combines … Continue reading

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Review of At Drake’s Command by David Wesley Hill

Author David Wesley Hill sent me his novel, At Drake’s Command, with a request for review.  I love historical fiction, but I’ve never read the works of C.S. Forester (the Horatio Hornblower series) and Patrick O’Brian (Jack Aubrey) because I’ve been told the books are too nautically-detailed for me to enjoy them.  Still, I enjoyed … Continue reading