Bookworm, writer, radio host—I blog about history, fiction, and publishing in the Internet Age. You can find the full blog on my website. This space is for books.
Hadn't realized how long it's been since I posted here (very busy year, with multiple book launches for me and others, interviews, etc.). This week's blog post looks at Jennifer Robson's new novel, so new it's not yet in the BL database, The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding. Picture says it all, but do check out the post to see why I loved this book.
I just interviewed Claudia H. Long about on her latest novel, Chains of Silver, on New Books in Historical Fiction, a channel in the New Books Network. Listen for free at http://newbooksnetwork.com/claudia-h-long-chains-of-silver-five-directions-press-2018/. (My cat approved of the interview and, as you can hear, attempted to take it over.)
Why I liked (or expect to like) this and other books is the subject of this week's blog post. Also an explanation for why I haven't spent much time recently on social media.
In this week's post Mimi Matthews gives lovely, comprehensive answers to my questions about this book and its successors, one of which, The Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter, came out this past Tuesday.
Mostly about her new book, The Painter's Apprentice, which seems not yet to have made it into the database yet. Too bad, because it's a gorgeous cover (expand the post to see it). Interview is on my blog.
I see I've been falling behind on cross-posting my blog links. No fear, I still get one up every Friday, and you can always find the links on my Twitter and Facebook feeds on my author page. This week I'm preparing for the launch of the latest novel in my Legends series, The Vermilion Bird, now in proofs and due out in early December. But what is a Vermilion Bird? You can find the answer here. And here's a peek at the cover.
Steve Wiegenstein answers questions about his new book, The Language of Trees—due for release on Tuesday, 9/26—in this week's post. Lots of good words about writing, as well as a whole new series to love!
The September book recommendations are up at Five Directions Press. This month's list includes The Miniaturist, Separation, The Essex Serpent, and The Painted Queen.
In this last adventure, set in 1912, Peabody and Emerson have barely set foot in Cairo before the first death occurs: an unknown man wearing a monocle who collapses just inside the door of the bathroom where Peabody is soaking off the grime of her train ride from Alexandria. There is no question that the death is murder, and discovering the identity of the corpse, the reason for his carrying a card bearing the single word Judas, and the hand behind the knife that has dispatched the unwanted visitor consumes Peabody and Emerson even as they devote some of their attention to the excavation that has brought them to Egypt. The murderer could be the Master Criminal, defending Peabody from harm. Or s/he could be the representative of a secret society of monocle wearers.
As Peabody and Emerson, with help from the junior members of their extended family, strive to figure out what’s going on, they must also deal with less deadly intrusions from a missionary named Dullard and the ineffable Ermintrude de Vere Smith, writer of racy romance novels, as well as a disappearing archeologist and an apparently nonstop succession of forgeries purporting to be statues of Nefertiti–the Painted Queen. It all makes for a deliciously entertaining sendoff to a much beloved series, one that Peabody and Emerson fans should not miss.
Interview with Joan Hess at New Books in Historical Fiction.
Since BookLikes doesn't yet have the gorgeous covers, let me supply them here. Released today, historical fantasy (more historical than fantasy), set in Ireland in 1958. The Falcon Strikes is Book 2 of a trilogy (book 1 released in 2016). You can find out more at the publisher's website or from my blog post, published today.
Ever wonder what life looked like from the Viking side of the raiding and pillaging?This is the question that Linnea Hartsuyker explores in her new novel. And my blog post this week discusses my interview with Linnea, including a link to the (free) interview itself: http://blog.cplesley.com/2017/08/the-power-of-sea.html.
This week's post looks at the odd behavior of the Amazon.com reviews system and explains why I (really, honestly, truly) loved this book.
Interview with the author at New Books in Historical Fiction. One for the time-travel romance fans, but with several interesting twists. I really enjoyed the book, but the interview was even more fun!