Monthly Archives: September 2012

Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow by David Gemmell

Wow, this is one of the best books that I’ve ever read. It’s been on my reading list for months and I’m glad I finally got to it. It’s part 1 of a trilogy, so now I can’t wait to … Continue reading

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The Wicked Day by Mary Stewart

After Mary Stewart’s brilliant Merlin Trilogy (‘The Crystal Cave’, ‘The Hollow Hills’, ‘The Last Enchantment’), she produced a sequel to complete the Arthurian Saga. The Wicked Day is Mordred’s story. Near the end of ‘The Hollow Hills’, the young Arthur … Continue reading

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Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs

‘Bones are Forever’ is the 15th novel by Kathy Reichs’ series featuring the forensic anthropologist Temperence (Tempe) Brennan. Tempe is working in Quebec when she is called in on a crime scene. A newborn baby has been found stuffed under … Continue reading

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A Rare Benedictine by Ellis Peters

A Rare Benedictine contains three short stories about Cadfael. It was actually written as the 16th Cadfael Book, but is contained in the 7th Cadfael Omnibus together with ‘The Holy Thief’ and ‘Brother Cadfael’s Penance’. The three stories in this … Continue reading

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The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell

The Burning Land is the 5th book in Bernard Cornwell’s exceptionally good Saxon Stories. The series presents the life of the Warlord Uhtred of Bebbanburg and the fight by the Saxons late in the 9th century to keep the Danes … Continue reading

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P.D. James Profile and Books

PD James is the penname for Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park, OBE, FRSA, FRSL. She was born on 3rd August 1920 in Oxford. Her father Sidney James worked for Inland Revenue. He didn’t believe in Higher Education … Continue reading

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Icelight by Aly Monroe

The atmosphere portrayed in this book is incredible. England is seriously in debt from WWII and in 1947 everything is rationed – to the extent that most people can barely get enough food to survive. Coal is also rationed and … Continue reading

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Sword Song by Bernard Cornwell

Sword Song is the 4th book in Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Stories, and is set in 885. Wessex, ruled by King Alfred the Great remains relatively peaceful but Mercia to its north is split between the Saxons and the Danes. King … Continue reading

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The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva

Once again the retired Israeli spy Gabriel Allon is pulled out of retirement for the 12th book in Daniel Silva’s series. Gabriel Allon is working at the Vatican restoring a Caravaggio painting – The Deposition of Christ, when he is … Continue reading

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