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C. P. Lesley

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.

Books We Loved, Feb. 2019

Find out why we loved this and other books on our monthly list at Five Directions Press.


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.


Interview with Claudia H. Long

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.)


The True Memoirs of Little K - Adrienne Sharp

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.

Interview with Mimi Matthews

The Lost Letter: A Victorian Romance - Mimi Matthews

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.

Interview with Laura Morelli

The Gondola Maker - Laura Morelli

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.


Why a Vermilion Bird?

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 Painted Queen: An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense (Amelia Peabody Series) - Joan Hess, Elizabeth Peters

And this week's blog post also expands on—surprise!—my interview with Joan Hess. This book is also on the Books We Loved list for September from Five Directions Press.

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.


The Painted Queen: An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense (Amelia Peabody Series) - Joan Hess, Elizabeth Peters

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.


The Half-Drowned King: A Novel - Linnea Hartsuyker

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 blog post looks at my interview with Beatriz Chantrill Williams and the fun of writing entire families: http://blog.cplesley.com/2017/07/it-runs-in-families.html.
Rewind … because part of us will always be seventeen years old.
Karen Alexander lives in California and has it all: teenage children who allow her to be seen in public with them now and then, a successful architect husband who still kind of fits into his I Hate Maggie Thatcher T-shirt, and a teaching career she loves, especially in the school holidays. And she has Carol—her official Best Pal since their days of platform shoes, flicked-out hair, lip gloss shoplifted from Woolworths, Ally’s Tartan Army, and dancing to ABBA and "The Hustle" at the local disco.
Thirty-five years later, they worry more about a good foundation to cover the wrinkles, a reliable hairdresser to cover the grey, stylish but comfortable shoes, shapewear that gives them the semblance of a shape, and husbands who fall asleep on the couch.
Back in Scotland for a funeral and a cringe-worthy sixtieth birthday party, Karen runs into her teenage crush, Bobby Henderson, the former local punk rocker and all-round bad boy who broke Karen’s sixteen-year-old heart by not noticing her. When he walks into the party in his leather jacket and winks at her, Karen’s heart skips a beat like it was 1978. Is the first cut really the deepest? Has Karen spent the last thirty years with the wrong guy?
Can you rewind the tape of love, and if you can, should you?

Tangled Webs and Shining Stars

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.


Source: http://blog.cplesley.com/2017/05/tangled-webs-and-shining-stars.html