LIBRARY TALK and BOOK SIGNING
@ SKELTON LIBRARY
I will talking about my historical novels and my newly released genealogy book, 'Seeking Our Eagle',
at Skelton Library on:
Wednesday 10th October 2012
10 - 12 am
Phone: 01287 650487 to book (FREE)
A small charge will be made for refreshments.
WILDEWOOD REVENGE - B. A. MORTON
My very good friend and fellow author, Babs Morton (author of the crime thriller Mrs. Jones) has just published her second novel as an eBook on kindle. It is set in thirteenth century Northumberland and is a fabulous story, I thoroughly recommend it. The paperback should follow shortly.
Here is my review:
B. A. Morton’s historical fantasy, ‘Wildewood Revenge’ is a beautifully written, humorous and very, very clever novel. When I first read that how Grace, her thoroughly modern heroine, was accidently transported through a time portal to the thirteenth century and into clutches of a devilishly attractive (but impoverished) medieval knight with one eye on her ransom, I was hooked.
How the heck is the author going to pull this off? I wondered.
But pull it off she does. On the way to a believable and satisfying ending, we are treated to a brilliant evocation of medieval England which heaves with corruption and intrigue. The remote and beautiful wilderness of ancient Northumberland rings out with the sound of clashing swords, the hiss of arrows, thundering hooves and the chink of coin bags changing hands in shady deals. It is all there: a spirited and sensual romance, an action-packed adventure story, hidden treasure, revengeful and devious barons and corpulent and corrupt clergy.
Beset on all sides by danger and deception, with only a small band of loyal followers and their wits to help them, Grace and Miles of Wildewood are powerful team and a realistic pair of lovers.
I can't wait for the sequel.
'WILDEWOOD' on amazon.co.uk
IN THE BLOOD - Steve Robinson
‘A genealogical crime mystery’
That’s three of my favourite words in the same phrase; two of my preferred genres of literature with a genealogical angle thrown in for good measure. No wonder I was curious about this debut novel by Steve Robinson - and it didn’t disappoint.
‘In the Blood’ is a strong thriller with an unlikely hero (American genealogist Jefferson Tayte.) Revelation after revelation is dripped onto the pages before the novel reaches a dramatic climax I did not anticipate.
It is also a fascinating historical mystery which starts with a missing family. We all know the maxim that killers need to keep on killing to hide their crime; well, two hundred years later the descendants of the killers are still killing. It’s in the blood. I applaud Robinson’s ability to hold onto the many plot threads of this complicated novel which spans two centuries. He grasps them with the same tenacity his Cornish character Laity clings onto a life-saving fishing line.
Tayte himself is a likeable hero. Ostensibly, a chubby desk-bound workaholic, he manages to switch into action hero guise when the going gets tough. He dodges more assassination attempts than the Pope as he gradually uncovers the truth about the tragic Fairbornes. Tayte’s like a chef peeling back the layers of an onion beneath a volley of kitchen knives. 'Family History was never supposed to be like this' says Tayte. And it usually isn’t. Robinson has admirably succeeded in sexing-up a sedentary occupation enjoyed by millions and in the process has created a whole new genre: genealogical crime mysteries.
Good luck to him with the rest of the series.
'In the Blood' on amazon
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