REVIEW: DEAD WAKE by Erik Larson

In Larson’s latest, he manages to bring tension worthy of The Hunt for Red October or Das Boot to a pivotal day in May 1915. Two vessels, unaware of their fates, barrel toward an outcome the reader knows all too well. Despite the fact most are aware of at least the basics of the sinking of the…

REVIEW: MR MAC AND ME by Esther Freud

Freud has imagined the summer of 1914 for Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife through the eyes of Thomas Maggs, a thirteen-year old boy who lives on the Suffolk Coast. The artist couple takes a cottage in the small town, far from their busy, stressful lives in Glasgow. The novel is told a first person…

REVIEW: AN UNMARKED GRAVE by Charles Todd

Those who are suffering from a bit of Downton Abbey withdrawal and enjoy a cozy mystery should read this book.  Battlefield nurse Bess Crawford is alerted to an unaccounted for corpse in the shed turned makeshift morgue.  Interest piqued and always dutiful, she intends to report the findings to the Matron.  Before she can, she is struck…