Tom Williams

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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
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I read the opening time and again (and that first sentence is a complete disaster) and I just couldn't get into it and then one day I got past that wretched stage slipping on that hill and suddenly I was in a really rather good book.
Keane's Challenge by Iain Gale
Keane's Challenge by Iain Gale
3.0 out of 5 stars Stretches credulity, 12 Aug 2014
I was given a copy of this book to review for the Historical Novel Society. This review first appeared in their magazine.

This is the sequel to Keane's Company and is probably best read after that book.

Keane is an exploring officer in the Corps of Guides under Wellington during the Peninsular War. In the story, Keane describes himself (and is described as) a "spy" and he often reports directly to Wellington. He moves from being a combat soldier to being a scout, to hunting down enemy agents as what we would nowadays call a counterintelligence officer, and back to being a combat soldier. He kidnaps enemy generals and seduces their mistresses, advises commanders… Read more
England Expects: A Mirabelle Bevan Mystery: Book 3 by Sara Sheridan
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but not history, 12 Aug 2014
It's 1953 and Mirabelle Bevan, ex-SOE agent, is adjusting to the peace by running a debt collection agency in Brighton. It doesn't take much to get her playing detective, though, and when a woman asks her to recover the lost betting slips of her murdered brother, Mirabelle and her assistant, Vesta, are soon investigating. Mirabelle, with her helpful police friend, Superintendent McGregor, finds herself up to her neck in bodies. Is it all the work of the Masons? Will Vesta ever allow her boyfriend to make an honest woman of her? And can Mirabelle and McGregor ever be more than just good friends?

It's a solid piece of detective fiction, but the 1950s setting lets it down. Although… Read more

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