Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
Historical Fiction / Paranormal / Recent Release / Review Requests and ARCs

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal

Ghost Talkers is an ideal summer vacation read if you like historical and paranormal fiction.  Set in Le Havre during World War I, it’s about a team of women who are helping the British troops by serving as mediums.  Their role is to channel the dead, collecting the last messages and more importantly, the last observations of … Continue reading

The End of Innocence by Allegra Jordan
First Novels / Historical Fiction / New to Me Author / Review Requests and ARCs

The End of Innocence by Allegra Jordan

I really enjoyed this historical novel about World War I. It focuses on a very specific group: the lives of Harvard and Radcliffe students at the outbreak of World War I. Helen Brooks is an upper-class student attending Radcliffe in the fall of 1914. She’s embarrassed by her mother, an activist most recently arrested for … 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