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Get Out or Die by Jane Finnis
Get Out or Die by Jane Finnis
I have to admit I am not much one for Romans. I spent half my childhood holidays being dragged around Roman sites and I hope I have a proper appreciation for their building and drainage skills, not to mention their sculpture and pots. I have read Lindsey Davis with enjoyment, but for the most part my historical preference lies in the mid 18th Century and beyond. That said I am very glad to discover Jane Finnis. Her heroine, Aurelia, the innkeeper, is a woman I should like to have met. She has a family and a context and a world that the reader is brought into. I love the Yorkshire setting and the way the author weaves the familiar into a wild-west past where the Brigantes lurk in the… Read more
Angel of Brooklyn by Janette Jenkins
Angel of Brooklyn by Janette Jenkins
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The years before, and during the Great War continue to exercise a powerful pull upon the English imagination. Although the last survivors have now gone, and as we approach the centenary of the outbreak of that tumultuous watershed, it is literature and recorded history that sustains that pull. It becomes history indeed, but remains vivid in the imagination, and a continuing source for fiction.

That Great War plays a critical role in Janette Jenkins' fascinating and unusual new novel. But this is no novel of the trenches, or one that romanticises the golden summers of Edwardian England just before the world went mad. Instead, it is an intensely personal novel, of unusual lives and… Read more
The Myth of Justice by Graham Pears
The Myth of Justice by Graham Pears
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
There is a great following for crime stories where the place itself becomes a key character, and adds a special taste and atmosphere to the plot. Rebus has made the streets of Edinburgh his own. Comissario Brunetti stalks the Venice of Donna Leon's novels. Such novels are strongest when the author really knows the place, as well as crime and the making of strong plots, and has got under its skin, to know the sights scenes the tourist might not know - until, that is, the novels bring the tourists in his wake.

Graham Pears certainly knows Newcastle-upon Tyne, where he served for many years as a police officer before turning author. It is surprising, to those who know it, that… Read more