‘The Chocolate Maker’s Wife’ Takes A Stand in Restoration London [REVIEW]

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Chocolate has never been so tempting. (Photo courtesy Canva)

An impoverished girl. An arranged marriage. Loads of decadent chocolate. In the midst of 17th-century London, a young woman’s dreams may come true or be shattered forever when she becomes The Chocolate Maker’s Wife in Karen Brooks’ new historical novel of sweet temptation.  Read more of this post

Christine Trent’s ‘A Murderous Malady’ [EXCERPT]

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When a murderer arrives in London, Florence Nightingale is on the case in Christine Trent’s A Murderous Malady.
(Photo courtesy Boston Public Library, Flickr)

 

I love a good old-fashioned mystery. There’s nothing more exciting than using my little grey cells to solve a crime, as Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective Hercule Poirot would say. I particularly enjoy when an author turns a historical figure into a sleuth, blending fiction and fact to create a story that simply jumps off the page. That’s exactly what Christine Trent has done with the legendary Florence Nightingale. In A Murderous Malady, she proves she’s just as effective at catching a villain as she is at healing the sick. We hope you enjoy this exclusive excerpt! —J&H
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Notting Hill Turns Deadly In Deborah Crombie’s ‘Garden of Lamentations’ [REVIEW]

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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

Get Caught Up in the Romance of World War II on ‘The Way to London’ [REVIEW]

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In the midst of World War II, Lucy Stanhope must leave everything she knows behind in Alix Rickloff’s The Way to London. (Photo by Tony Armstrong, Flickr)

A beautiful young socialite has everything a girl could want: wealth, privilege, and a one-of-a-kind wardrobe that speaks volumes about her personal style. She even has a special man in her life who seems to know her all too well. But with World War II raging around them, everything she holds dear is threatened and the future is anything but certain in Alix Rickloff’s gorgeous new novel, The Way to London.  Read more of this post

If Walls Could Talk, Imagine the Stories ‘The Address’ Could Tell [REVIEW]

The Dakota

In The Address, Fiona Davis captures two very disparate stories of love and madness within one of New York City’s most historic addresses, The Dakota. (Photo by Wally Gobetz, Flickr)

Visitors to New York City’s Upper West Side have undoubtedly seen the Dakota, an apartment building which opened back in 1884, back when the landscape was desolate and unpopulated. With its unusual looming rooftop, wrought iron monsters and tall forbidding windows, this historic structure lacks warmth and prods imaginations to run wild. Now, in The Address, Fiona Davis throws open the doors and invites us inside to tell us a haunting tale of love and murder and of two very different women living one hundred years apart.  Read more of this post