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.
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!
Normally I don't share links to blog posts about writing/publishing here, but all of you who can't finish books because they go into print without proper editing, typesetting, and proofing may appreciate this one from last Friday: “Catching Fleas.” And yes, I haven’t actually vanished from the planet, but I'm off work and in heavy-duty writing mode at present, plus I am in various stages of that editing, typesetting, and proofing for no fewer than four Five Directions Press titles due out in the next six months—including The Falcon Strikes, book 2 in Gabrielle Mathieu’s historical fantasy series, shown here.
Interview with the author at New Books in Historical Fiction. He's a journalist by training and inclination, as well as a former radio host, so lots of fun to listen to even if the book is not your usual cup of tea.
Q&A with the author, Lissa Evans, on my blog this week. The book has been renamed Their Finest for its US release, which took place last month, and as the new cover shows, it’s on its way to becoming a film—which seems appropriate for a book about screenwriting in World War II.
And for those still looking for books to go under that Christmas tree (or whatever other winter holiday symbol you care to adopt), here are my suggestions of “Books for the Fireside,” including this one, published just today.
It's the winter holidays. The first snow has just appeared outside my window. What's better than a blazing fire, hot cocoa, a snuggly cat or two, and a good book? For some suggestions for titles along those roads less traveled, including Ann Swinfen's new Oxford Medieval Mystery series, see the December 2016 "Books We Loved" post from Five Directions Press.
This week's post, "Future Past, and Past Future," looks at the Tearling series as a whole.