5 Reviews for…Fiction Set During the Medieval Period

I haven’t posted one of these for a few years (gasp!), so it’s high time for another.  About thirty-five to forty percent of the historical fiction I read is set during the Medieval period (1066-1485).  All right, I’ve not done the maths, but it is an educated guess…

It is one of my favourite periods of history purely because so much of the architecture has survived to the present day.  Nearly every English village has a church that dates back this far, and most towns have more than one.  Then there are the castles and big houses, smaller houses and pubs…I just find it fascinating, so its no wonder I like to read stories set in this period.

Below you will find links to a number of books set during the Medieval period that I not only enjoyed, but also recommend:

  • Company of Liars by Karen Maitland – Set in 1348, a diverse group of people are brought together under extremely stressful and deadly circumstances: the plague has arrived in England. Absorbing, compelling reading, this is probably my favourite book by the author.
  • Inquisition by Alfredo Collito – Set in 1311.  A suspenseful read, full of action and drama, Inquisition is a compelling read centred on the early days of modern science, The Templars and of course, the Inquisition.
  • We Speak No Treason by Rosemary Hawley Jarman – This is actually a two books series: The Flowering of The Rose and The White Rose Turned to Blood – It tells the story of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who will become Richard III, told from the viewpoint of his mistress and his fool in the first book, and his sworn man and the mistress in the second book.  Set in the later decades of the fifteenth century, both books are fantastic pieces of historical fiction, and also, I found, quite emotional.
  • The Apothecary Rose by Candace Robb – Set in 1363, The Apothecary Rose is the first Owen Archer mystery.  Owen Archer, on losing an eye while fighting in France, needs a new occupation and quickly finds himself employed as a spy for the Lord Chancellor.  His first missions has him sent to York to investigate a series of mysterious deaths…
  • A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters – This list wouldn’t be complete without a Cadfael mystery, would it?  Not only have I chosen to list A Morbid Taste for Bones (set in 1137) here because it is The First Chronicle of Brother Cadfael, but also because it is my favourite.  Why?  Because it clearly shows how important relics were to religious houses during the period, and the lengths these religious houses would go to obtain them…

Have you read any of these books?  What did you think to them?  I would love to hear your thoughts…

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5 Reviews for…Captivating Cosy Mysteries

I haven’t posted one of these since Halloween, so I thought one was over due.  I love cosy mysteries; they are easy to read so are a perfect reading choice at the end of a long day.  They are also often light-hearted and entertaining…

Below you will find links to a number of cosy mysteries that I have read, enjoyed and can wholeheartedly recommend:

  • If you are after a book that will make you laugh out loud, I would suggest reading the first Hamish Macbeth Murder Mystery Death of a Gossip by M.C. Beaton. A quick, charming read that is, as I write this, sitting at No.5 of my favourite reads of 2015.
  • If it’s an exotic location you are after, I would have to recommend Devil-Devil by G.W.Kent.  Set in the Solomon Islands in 1960, Devil-Devil is the first book in the Sister Conchita and Sergeant Kella Mysteries. 
  • If it’s 1920’s charm you want, take a look at the first book in the Daisy Dalrymple Mystery series by Carola Dunn. Death at Wentwater Court is an enjoyable read packed full of historical detail…
  • The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side by Agatha Christie, featuring the wonderful Miss Marple, is a cosy murder mystery to get lost in.  An entertaining read that will quickly draw you into it…
  • Finally, a list of cosy mystery recommendations wouldn’t be complete without Precious Ramotswe…Currently I have reviews for the first two books in The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series by Alexander MacCall Smith posted on this blog, The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and Tears of the Giraffe

5 Reviews for…Halloween

Looking for a good book to read this 31st October….Take a look below at a few of my recommendations from my book review archives…

Or, if you are feeling particularly generous, you may wish to take a look at The Cellars – A Halloween Short Story that I wrote and posted on my writing blog. 😀

Happy Halloween!

5 Reviews For…

I am beginning a new series entitled, 5 Reviews For… which looks to my review archives to recommend books and short stories for a  particular genre, event or holiday.  In the post, I will explain the reason I have included the title in the list, and the link to my original review.

The first in this series, 5 Reviews For…Halloween, will be posted shortly.