REVIEW: THE DEAD ASSASSIN by Vaughn Entwistle

The second entry in the series focuses on inner London, with a steampunk, resurrectionist twist. It’s 1895 and the industrialist Victorian era has reached fever pitch. Factories are making their owners rich — and keeping their workers poor and desperate. Anarchist plots are a dime a dozen. Queen Victoria is a commonly named target of…

Books for November

“O wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn’s being. Thou, from whose unseen presence the leaves dead Are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing.” –  Percy Bysshe Shelley It’s time for NaNoWriMo, so my book reviews are likely to be a bit sparse during November. But I send you into the darkening, chill days with…

READS for your winter break

A few days off mean more time to read. Right? Even between all the travel, parties and meals, we bibliophiles can usually find a few secret hours to read. Here are my suggestions on what to read (and what to skip) on your winter break. the big black lizard big book of locked-room mysteries Edited…

REVIEW: INVENTION OF MURDER by Judith Flanders

Despite the title, this delightful tome is nearly 500 pages of salacious details of crime and murder in Victorian England — plus almost 100 pages of notes, bibliography and index.  For someone like me, it’s a treasure trove of the ignoble and infamous.  I admit, I got a little giddy when the book arrived. It…

REVIEW: THE IMPERSONATOR by Mary Miley

Simply put, this book is just plain fun. Leah Randall, an accomplished vaudeville performer (and older than she looks) is mistaken for Jessie Carr.  Carr is the heiress to a fortune built by the lumber empire but has been missing for the past seven years.  The uncle who makes the innocent mistake then hatches a…

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