Tag Archives: London

The Thief Taker becomes The Fire Catcher in London’s Great Fire

24 Oct

I quite liked this book – this is a relatively unexplored time in history and the character of Charlie Tuesday is very engaging. Interesting plot, great descriptions, quickly paced plot = fun read! This is the second book in a series and now I’m going to hunt down the first book and catch up. Would be a nice fit for YA readers looking for historical action. Well done!!


Pulitzer Prize winning “Foreign Affairs”

16 Jun

I was captivated by the delicacy and nuance of Alison Lurie’s prize winning novel – filled with wit and humor and beautifully realized details in this story of two American professors in London. The charm of this is in every word – quietly but vividly told, calm and unhurried. The plot itself is simply the characters’ experience, but the joy here is in the writing. I tend to be a gluttonous reader, moving quickly through books, but this one had me lingering over every description and thought, like savoring a cup of hot tea and the perfect butter cookie nibble by nibble. Discovering Alison Lurie as a writer is a treat – I will have to find and slowly savor her many other novels.

W.A.R.P. The Reluctant Assassin – new book by author of Artemis Fowl

15 May

Eoin Colfer is the author of the acclaimed YA series Artemis Fowl. This new book (which I assume is the first in a series) combines Victorian England, time travel and mystery. Fans of Artemis Fowl will enjoy the smart sassy characters, Riley the Victorian era orphan, and Chevron, the modern 19 year old FBI agent, as they struggle to out-wit and escape the clutches of Garrick. High energy, engaging story line. Recommend!

Shana Galen’s Next Book

26 Apr

If You Give A Rake A Ruby is the latest in a series of fast paced Regency Romances, which combine both the glittering ballrooms of society with the darker side of espionage and covert business.  The characters are fresh and different, and the story moves quickly. I felt like the ending was abrupt and a bit of a cheat. Loved the secondary characters and found myself wanting to know more about their stories. Overall, a good read – maybe an 8 out of 10.

Cecilia Grant is a Fresh Voice!

11 Apr

Cecilla Grant is my new favorite Regency writer! In a genre that can lead to formulaic characters, Cecilla makes it shine. Love these people – loved her ability to bring this world to life.  Normally – I can blast thru a book…but with this one, I slowed way down, and just enjoyed her skill. I’m a fan for life.  Buying everything she’s written. Yay!

Ripped! A back-in-time, Jack the RIpper, YA Novel

10 Apr

This diverting novel hurls a modern teenage girl back to Jack the Ripper’s London, desperate to save his victims from their gruesome deaths, while falling in love with Cockney Toby and noticing how JK Rowling’s Diagon Alley was inspired by London’s Diagonal Alley…yes – all of those things at once. So while the tone is a bit uneven, the characters are fun, and the many, many references to the differences in the lives of a 21st C teen girl, and that of her Victorian counterpart, are informative. A good book for a historically minded, mystery loving 14 year old…