Queens Don’t Play: Fear and Gender Equality in Elizabeth’s Court [GUEST POST]

Elizabeth Receiving Dutch Ambassadors, 1560s

Queen Elizabeth I lived during a precarious time for women. Still, she had a knack for handling the men in her life. (Elizabeth Receiving Dutch Ambassadors, 1560s by Levina Teerlinc, Public Domain)

We love a good mystery… especially when it transports us to a time and place we could never go on our own. In Suzanne M. Wolfe’s new novel, A Murder by Any Name, readers are taken to Elizabethan England, where the queen’s ladies in waiting are being killed off one by one, and only one man can find the killer. This premise made us wonder if while researching this story, whether or not Ms. Wolfe discovered any disparities between how the Queen dealt with men versus women. If so, to what extent did fear play a factor in how she dealt with each gender? The author answers all our questions in today’s fascinating guest post. Enjoy! —J&H Read more of this post

Captivating and Magical, ‘The Phantom Tree’ Delivers An Alternate Look at Tudor History [REVIEW]

The Phantom Tree

Two women bound by a pact, two enemies separated by centuries. Lose yourself in the pages of Nicola Cornick’s The Phantom Tree. (Illustration courtesy Graydon House)

When a long-lost Tudor portrait suddenly surfaces in the midst of a modern-day English festival, one woman’s carefully constructed life is turned on its ear. The face in the painting is as familiar as her own. But can it be? Did the woman in the portrait live? And if so, what secrets does she hold? Find out in Nicola Cornick’s engrossing new novel, The Phantom Tree. 
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A Letter to My Pre-Published Self [GUEST POST]

Tools of the trade

Historical mystery writer E.M. Powell offers words of encouragement to unpublished authors everywhere, including her younger self, in this candid letter. (Photo by Chris Blakeley, Flickr)

If you enjoy reading mysteries just as much as you like historical fiction, we bet you’re really going to take a shine to the work of E.M. Powell. Her new novel, The King’s Justice (published under Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer imprint) starts a thrilling new series of medieval mysteries you won’t be able to put down. But like many writers, Powell’s career wasn’t an overnight success. Find out what she overcame on the road to publication in her guest post, “A Letter to My Pre-Published Self.” Enjoy! —J&H Read more of this post

Notting Hill Turns Deadly In Deborah Crombie’s ‘Garden of Lamentations’ [REVIEW]

hand in grass

When a woman is found dead in a Notting Hill garden, Gemma James is on the case in Deborah Crombie’s Garden of Lamentations. (Photo by Davidoff A, Flickr)

Two of Scotland Yard’s best detectives become embroiled in cases the complicate their personal lives in disturbing ways. Will they be able to solve these deadly mysteries before it is too late? Find out in Deborah Crombie’s latest novel, Garden of Lamentations. Read more of this post

Pay Another Visit to Little Beach Street Bakery [REVIEW]

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Every year, Polly bakes up a decadent feast at the Little Beach Street Bakery. (Photo by California Bakery, Flickr)

In Mount Polbearne, the holiday season couldn’t be any more idyllic if it tried. The tiny seaside Cornish village is dazzling, charming, and festive, and is the perfect getaway for many looking to escape London and Exeter. But what happens when unexpected disaster strikes? Will it kill the mood and spoil everyone’s good cheer? Find out in Jenny Colgan’s latest.  Read more of this post