The Mobster’s Lament (The City Blues Quartet #3) by Ray Celestin #Historical #CrimeFiction set in 1940s New York #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Ray Celestin

Performed by Christopher Ragland

Published: March 2019 by Whole Story Audiobooks

Category: Historical Fiction, Crime, Suspense, Thriller, Private Detective, Audiobook, Book Review

Fall, 1947. New York City.

Private Investigator Ida Davis has been called to New York by her old partner, Michael Talbot, to investigate a brutal killing spree in a Harlem flophouse that has left four people dead. But as they delve deeper into the case, Ida and Michael realize the murders are part of a larger conspiracy that stretches further than they ever could have imagined.

I really enjoyed the first two books in the series—The Axeman’s Jazz & Dead Man’s Blues—and The Mobster’s Lament was no exception. Set in post war New York where private investigator Ida Davies arrives to help her old friend and mentor, ex Pinkerton Michael Talbot.

Continue reading

#GuestPost & Giveaway with Clare Rhoden ~ The Stars in the Night @ClareER #HistoricalFiction @rararesources

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for The Stars In the Night organised by Rachel’s Random Resources. Thanks to Clare Rhoden for writing a guest post about her latest novel. First of all though, lets see what the book is about.

Continue reading

Passage From Nuala (The Inspector de Silva Mysteries #6) by @harrietsteel1 #Historical #CosyMystery #RBRT #FridayReads

Author: Harriet Steel

Kindle Edition

Category: Historical, Crime, Fiction, Cosy Mystery, Book Review

Inspector de Silva and Jane embark on a cruise to Egypt to visit the pyramids, excited at the prospect of two weeks of sun, sea and relaxation. With Nuala, and de Silva’s duties as a police officer, far behind them, what can possibly spoil their plans?

Passage From Nuala takes Inspector Shanti de Silva and his wife Jane on a long awaited holiday. Jane wants to see the pyramids very much and they were both looking forward to a relaxing cruise to Egypt, taking in the Suez canal on their journey.

Continue reading

#GuestPost & #Giveaway ~ The Disgraceful Lord Gray by Virginia Heath #HistFic #Romance @rararesources @VirginiaHeath_

I’m delighted to welcome Virginia Heath with her guest post all about the Subtle Art of the Meet Cute. Over to you Virginia…

Thea plunged into the trees following the sound, then skidded to a halt at the top of the bank at the unexpected sight of an exceedingly pert pair of male buttocks.

Very nice and very naked male buttocks.

Continue reading

The Spring of Kasper Meier by Ben Fergusson #ThrowbackThursday @BenFergusson #HistoricalFiction

My Throwback Thursday choice for this week is a historical novel set in Berlin in 1946. It was published in January 2015 and my copy was kindly supplied by Emily Burns at LittleBrown and Co

My Thoughts

Continue reading

In Her Defence ~ A Bunch Courtney Investigation by Jan Edwards ~ Cosy Mystery #HistFic @Jancoledwards #RBRT

Author: Jan Edwards

Expected Publication in Paperback ~ 4th April by Penkhull Press 

Category: Historical Fiction, Cosy Mystery, Book Review

Bunch Courtney’s hopes for a quiet market-day lunch with her sister are shattered when a Dutch refugee dies a horribly painful death before their eyes. A few days later Bunch receives a letter from her old friend Cecile saying that her father, Professor Benoir, has been murdered in an eerily similar fashion. Two deaths by poisoning in a single week. Co-incidence? Bunch does not believe that any more than Chief Inspector William Wright.

In Her Defence is set in Sussex in 1940 as the German army advances through Europe. Bunch (Rose) Courtney’s home, Perringham House, has been requisitioned by the MoD and Bunch is living with her grandmother in the Dower House while running the family estate.

Continue reading

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield ~ Historical Fiction #TuesdayBookBlog @DianeSetterfie1 #NetGalley #OnceUponARiver

Author: Diane Setterfield

Published: December 2018 by Transworld Digital

Category: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Folklore, Suspense, Romance, Book Review

On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames, the regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open and in steps an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a child.

Hours later, the dead girl stirs, takes and breath and returns to life.

Is it a miracle?

Is it magic?

And who does the little girl belong to?

The River Thames is at the heart of this story, along with those who live and work on or around it. The Swan, an ancient inn, sitting on the banks of the river is the focal point of the local community, where the tradition of storytelling thrives.

Continue reading

Brandon ~ Tudor Knight by Tony Riches #HistoricalFiction reviewed for #RBRT @tonyriches #FridayReads

Author: Tony Riches

Published: December 2018 by Preseli Press

Category: Historical Fiction, Tudor, Book Review

Handsome, charismatic and a champion jouster, Sir Charles Brandon is the epitome of a Tudor Knight. A favourite of King Henry VIII, Brandon has a secret. He has fallen in love with Henry’s sister, Mary Tudor, the beautiful widowed Queen of France, and risks everything to marry her without the king’s consent.

We first meet Charles Brandon as a twenty-one year old, newly appointed to the King’s Spears. His father, who was Henry Tudor’s standard bearer, died during the Battle of Bosworth, and Brandon had been brought up at the court of Henry Vll.

Continue reading

#GuestPost ~ Ian Roberts #Author of A Land Apart #NativeAmerican #Historical Fiction

I’m delighted to welcome Ian Roberts with a guest post about his debut novel. Over to you, Ian…

Some stories seem to find us. They seek us out. My fascination with Etienne Brulé is one of those stories — since Grade 8 Canadian History. But crafting the story out of the raw material of my fascination took years.

Continue reading

#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Visitant (A Venetian Ghost Story) by Megan Chance #HistoricalFiction

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

This week I’m revisiting an audiobook narrated by the brilliant Julia Whelan. It was released in September 2015 by Brilliance Audio.

Continue reading