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Fortune's Whelp
Fortune's Whelp
by Benerson Little
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent historical fiction, 9 May 2016
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A swordsman, a womaniser and a skilled man at sea, Edward McNaughton is a complex, charismatic hero. Benerson Little brings his hero to life largely through fascinating details about the epoch, swordplay and swashbuckling adventures at sea. A great story for historical fiction fans


Portuguese Trade in Asia under the Habsburgs, 1580-1640: Portuguese Trade in Asia under the Habsburgs, 1580–1640
Portuguese Trade in Asia under the Habsburgs, 1580-1640: Portuguese Trade in Asia under the Habsburgs, 1580–1640
by James Boyajian
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and insightful, 6 April 2016
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A thorough and fascinating study of trade and social relations in the late C16 & early C17. Well written and accessible for amatuer historians.


∆gir's Curse (The Woods Hole Mysteries)
∆gir's Curse (The Woods Hole Mysteries)
by Leah Devlin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A sophisticated, compelling thriller, 12 Feb. 2016
When an ancient map of Vinland is validated as genuine and the remains of a Viking ship are discovered beneath the tranquil backwaters of Woods Hole, a sequence of inter-connected troubles begin for the inhabitants of the small town, and a horrific miasma in the form of a time-defying deadly disease literally looms to the surface.
I became fascinated by each character's involvement: anxious that innocent but emotionally damaged Jessie, who finds the Viking wreck, should survive the attempt on her life; disappointed that the Nordic detective was not all he should be; sadly shocked by how quickly the brilliant scientist Dr Lindsey Nolan’s carefully constructed family life could fall apart. I gobbled the story chapter by chapter into the early hours. Leah Devlin has written a compelling thriller in Aegir’s Curse, she has also written about how the past in a small community, both personal and collective, can infect the present with fears and failed attempts to remedy personal relationships. This is a sophisticated and compelling thriller.


In Praise of the Bees
In Praise of the Bees
by Kristin Gleeson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful and beautifully written., 22 Sept. 2015
This review is from: In Praise of the Bees (Paperback)
Gleeson is a wonderful writer: the way she conjures landscapes is visual, almost poetic, but her understanding of man's inhumanity to man - or in this case, woman - is wholly realistic. I was drawn into this story on the first page and read through, anxious to know what becomes of the unknown 'woman of the bees'; anxious to find out about her true identity. A delightful, albeit sometimes sad read. Well recommended for people who enjoy more a literary form of historical fiction.


The Imp of  Eye (Renaissance Sojourner Series Book 1)
The Imp of Eye (Renaissance Sojourner Series Book 1)
Price: £1.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant historical novel, 24 Jun. 2015
Barnabas, the imp of Eye, is a charismatic young rogue in the making - a boy off the streets of London with the unusual and very special gift of 'sight'. He is quick-witted and street-wise but also thoughtful and very bright. A mysterious foreigner soon recognizes the boy's talents and finds a way to develop them. What is not clear is yet is whether Barnabas is going to be exploited by this man as he has been by the Witch of Eye. Running concurrently and inter-twined with the imp's tale is the story of a beautiful woman elevated by marriage beyond her original status into the aristocracy. In many respects she is foolish and vain, but she is doing what she can to provide her noble husband with an heir and one cannot but sympathise with her plight. While we read about these two complex characters we are taken back to an equally complex time, when Lancasters and Plantagenets were vying for supremacy and no one was safe from malicious gossip or accusations of witchcraft - not even the king's uncle. I found this a fascinating read and eagerly await the next instalment.


The Piccadilly Pickpocket: A Detective Lavender Short Story (Kindle Single)
The Piccadilly Pickpocket: A Detective Lavender Short Story (Kindle Single)
Price: £1.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected surprises in a cracking short story., 4 Jun. 2015
Another cracking story from Karen Charlton! There's a surprise at the beginning as a picturesque pickpocket escapes into a crowd leaving the redoubtable Constable Woods in something of a pickle, and then an even greater surprise at the end of the story. Charlton knows her Georgian London scene very well and, as always, her story is full of period charm and skulduggery. A great summer read.


Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (Wordsworth Reference)
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (Wordsworth Reference)
by E.C. Brewer
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating facts, 1 May 2015
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A wonderful fund of valuable information and many, many surprises.


PLAR2: Sharks Book/MRom Pack (Penguin Active Reading (Graded Readers))
PLAR2: Sharks Book/MRom Pack (Penguin Active Reading (Graded Readers))
by Izabella Hearn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.24

5.0 out of 5 stars The amazing secret life of sharks, 1 May 2015
Written with skill for the target readers, this book combines in-depth background knowledge and an engaging story to convey the fascinating life of a creature many fear and under-value. Well recommended.


Poison and Poisoning: A Compendium of Cases, Catastrophes and Crimes
Poison and Poisoning: A Compendium of Cases, Catastrophes and Crimes
by Celia Kellett
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and interesting, but hard to read in places, 29 Dec. 2014
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A very useful book to have, but spoilt by penny-pinching printing. The grey areas are hard to read, yet they contain important information.


Bring up the Bodies
Bring up the Bodies
by Hilary Mantel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.22

5.0 out of 5 stars A very human rendering of a man much misunderstood, 29 Dec. 2014
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I thought I knew about this period in history but Mantel's skill brings the epoch to life and shows all the subtleties of palace and political intrigue. Wonderful writing, utterly compelling - despite knowing the end.


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