Tales from Arabia

RIVER OF INK by Paul M. M. Cooper An historical fable, full of rich exoticism, this book uses the tradition of epic saga and brilliant storyteller — like Scherazade. Asanka is the royal poet of a kingdom in Sri Lanka. As the book opens his king is awaiting the arrival of an invading army. He…

REVIEW: MEET ME IN ATLANTIS by Mark Adams

A mention of the lost city of Atlantis immediately conjure up images like this one, as if the ancient noble metropolis had somehow settled on the ocean floor intact. Our imaginations allow us to become nine-year olds again, hopeful that we might find buried treasure or grow up to be a real Indiana Jones. In…

REVIEW: DID SHE KILL HIM?

Stuck in the airport? Stuck with the in-laws? Feeling a bit murderous? Escape with this engrossing true (mainly unsolved) crime from Victorian England, with its roots in the American South. Florence Chandler, every inch the southern belle, took a steamer from New York to Liverpool in 1880. Her gold-digging mother planned to shop her on the…

BOOKS for November

  Daylight savings has abandoned us to the wet and chilly days that creep into early evenings… MIDNIGHT PLAN OF THE REPO MAN by W. Bruce Cameron In the vein of Elmore Leonard and John Kennedy Toole, Cameron brings us the voice of Ruddy McCann. He is the quintessential has-been — former football sensation turned…

REVIEW: THE ART OF THE ENGLISH MURDER by Lucy Worsley

  Lucy has the best job in England. She is curator for the Historic Royal Palaces, which means she has access to some of the coolest artifacts in the UK. She began her career by studying history, then becoming an inspector of historic homes for English Heritage. In addition to her impressive academic resume, she…

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