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The Fire Court by Andrew Taylor

THE FIRE COURT sees the return of James Marwood and Cat Lovett who were introduced to us in THE ASHES OF LONDON. James Marwood has been doing reasonably well financially with two clerkships under two different masters. He has moved … Continue reading

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One Virgin Too Many by Lindsey Davis

ONE VIRGIN TOO MANY is the 11th novel in the Falco series by Lindsey Davis which features Marcus Didius Falco, an informer in ancient Rome. After Falco and Helena’s adventures in Africa in the previous novel, Falco has been promoted … Continue reading

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Two For The Lions by Lindsey Davis

TWO FOR THE LIONS is the 10th novel in the Marcus Didius Falco series by Lindsey Davis. After the dreadful failure of the work partnership of Falco and his friend Petronius, Falco has now been forced into talking a new … Continue reading

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Greeks Bearing Gifts by Philip Kerr

GREEKS BEARING GIFTS is the 13th novel in Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther series and sadly with Kerr’s untimely death there will be only one more novel in the series after this one. Bernie is now living under the assumed name … Continue reading

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Pilgrim’s War by Michael Jecks

PILGRIM’S WAR is the first novel in a new series by Michael Jecks about the crusades. This novel is about the first crusade – the pilgrim’s crusade. In 1096 the Pope Urban II decided that Christians should take the birth … Continue reading

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Sovereign by C.J. Sansom

SOVEREIGN is the 3rd novel in C.J. Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake series which features the hunchback lawyer in the time of King Henry VIII. With the death of Thomas Cromwell, Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak had hoped that their days … Continue reading

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The Power Game by Meg and Tom Keneally

‘The Power Game’ is the 3rd novel in the Monserrat series by father and daughter team Meg and Tom Keneally. The series is set in colonial Australia and Monserrat is an ex-convict who along with his housekeeper Mrs Mulrooney has … Continue reading

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The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash

‘The Last Ballad’ tells the story of Ella May Wiggins, a young woman who became a symbol for workers’ rights in America in the late 1920s. This novel was inspired by the 1929 strike at the Loray Textile mill in … Continue reading

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A Darker State by David Young

‘A Darker State’ is the 3rd novel by David Young in the Karin Muller series featuring Karin Muller, a detective in the East German People’s police and set in the 1970s, a time when much of life in East Germany … Continue reading

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The Gates of Rome by Conn Iggulden

‘The Gates of Rome’ is the first novel in Conn Iggulden’s Emperor series and introduces us to the young Gaius Julius Caesar. This was also Conn Iggulden’s debut novel. The childhood of Julius Caesar is not actually documented, so Iggulden … Continue reading

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