The Last Hours by Minette Walters

The Last Hours by Minette Walters

The Last Hours (Black Death #1) is great British mystery writer, Minette Walters’, first historical fiction and it is amazing! Both painstaking historical research and terrific character development make this book really special. The Black Death enters England from a ship docked at a port in Dorsetshire in June 1348. The countryside is emptied by […]


Love is Blind by William Boyd

Love is Blind by William Boyd

For a book about love, passion, hate and jealousy, Boyd’s prose is curiously cool and his main character, one of Europe’s finest piano tuners of the late 1800s, Brodie Moncur, isn’t a completely likable hero. Brodie works for John Kilbarron, a brilliant, egotistical concert pianist whose time in the limelight is ending. Brodie has fallen helplessly […]


The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

Why are so many fantasy and science fiction novels set in Victorian England? Could it be that there were so many changes to the society brought about by new science and technical discoveries?  Nathaniel Steepleton is a telegraphist for the British government. His home is a tiny room where, one day when he awakens, there […]


The Good Karma Hospital — Series 1 and 2

The Good Karma Hospital — Series 1 and 2

Dr. Ruby Walker (Amrita Acharia, Game of Thrones) of London is of Indian descent, but she’s never been to India. After being dumped by her fiance, she impulsively signs on as a resident in an urban Indian hospital and clinic. Underfunded and overcrowded, with an overworked but dedicated staff, the hospital is a colorful stew […]



Notes from a Public Typewriter by Michael Gustafson

Notes from a Public Typewriter by Michael Gustafson

When Ann Arbor bookstore owner Gustafson set up a small desk upon which he placed typing paper and a blue Olivetti Lettera 32 typewriter (vintage 1963) he created a portal into the minds of his customers.  Confronted with a blank page people tend to type something. Sometimes it’s just a random cluster of letters, maybe […]


The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

Naomi Cottle finds lost children. She finds abducted children.  She finds trapped children. Though only in her late 20s, Naomi is exceptionally good at her job. Hired by desperate parents who refuse to give up hope and working with stymied police departments, she seems to have a special instinct for following the trail of an […]


22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson

22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson

This moving novel takes us to post-World War II England where Jaunsz and Silvana Nowak and their 6-year old son Aurek are finally reunited after spending the war years apart. After Poland was conquered by the Germans, their lives became ones of desperate survival. Silvana’s story, especially, is one of unspeakable experiences and hardships for […]


The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

The Victorians weren’t all prudish, repressed, unfeeling, dismissive of new ideas. Like the characters in this entrancing book, they were often overrun by their various passions, be they escape or scientific discovery or good works.  Cora, released by the death of her sadistic husband, uses her new freedom to run from London in search of […]


The Tangled Tree A Radical New History of Life

The Tangled Tree A Radical New History of Life

David Quammen is one of our best science writers! He tackles the recent discoveries in molecular biology that have changed our understanding of evolution and life’s history. He focuses on the discovery of the archea as the 3rd branch of life (with bacteria and eukaryotes of which we are a part) and the discovery of […]