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Kucinta Report 17 Jun 2019 19:18

Anna of Kleve is the latest Alison Weir novel in the series on the 6 wives of HenryVlII. It can be quite interesting seeing what she does with the wives in her novels, as opposed to the non fiction book she wrote about all 6. With the fiction, they get a book each.


SuffolkVera Report 16 Jun 2019 19:51

They sound interesting Kucinta. More to add to my “to be read” list :-)


Kucinta Report 16 Jun 2019 18:50

Started reading novels that retell Greek myths from the point of view of the female characters rather than the male. Am halfway through Madelaine Miller's Circe, and have also downloaded The Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes. If l enjoy the latter, then l might try her latest, A Thousand Ships. Might also try The Silence of the Girls, by Pat Barker. Have been inspired by a friend, l have to admit.


SuffolkVera Report 13 May 2019 15:32

I eventually finished Alison Weir’s book “Queens of the Conquest”. I enjoyed it very much but I will have to re-read it several times to take it all in. It is so full of facts and dates and people that it is quite dense.

I have also just read another of her books called “Innocent Traitor”. This is fiction but based on fact and is much easier going - it’s a bit like Philippa Gregory in style. It’s the story of Lady Jane Grey from her birth to her death. Although I knew her story I don’t think it registered with me before how very young she was. She was only 16 when she was executed.

A good read and I will look out for other historical novels by this author


'Emma' Report 6 May 2019 12:08

Started reading Blood Feud: Mary Queen of Scots
and the Earl of Moray by Steven Veerapen.

The Earl believed he should have been King of Scotland
but he was illegitimate.
It is said that the Earl was the first person assassinated
by a gun.


'Emma' Report 17 Apr 2019 15:49

Now reading Dirty Darlings by Catherine Chagra.

Catherine and her two sisters Cindy and Christa were the
darling daughters of Jimmy Chagra the biggest Pot Dealer
in the history of USA.

One of the Kingpins of Las Vegas Casinos of the 1970s.
But after he was arrested and his 100 Million Dollars had
disappeared they were left penniless at the mercy of Texas
Society that vilified them.

True story of how they survived although family and friends did not help them.


SuffolkVera Report 13 Apr 2019 16:10

Welcome to the thread Ruby. We would love to hear about the authors and books you enjoy.

My tastes are much like DetEcTive’s but a well-researched historical romance makes a change now and then. In fact, I think the book I am reading at the moment comes into that category. It’s “A Time of Singing” by Elizabeth Chadwick. It is fiction but based on a true story of Ida de Tosney, mistress of Henry 11, and Roger Bigod who later becomes her husband. I am about half way through so far and enjoying it very much.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 13 Apr 2019 14:54

Ruby, why not mention a few of your favourite authors? We’re all interested in something ‘new’ to look out for.

Although my preferences tend to lie with detective/murder-mystery style novels, the occasional well crafted historical romance can appeal.


Rubygem Report 12 Apr 2019 23:39

My kindle and e-reader is loaded up with Highlander romance books besides Regency romance <3...oh don't you just <3 abit of romance :-D


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 9 Apr 2019 10:09

Mercy by Jussi Adler-Olsen (2007)

This is a novel originally written on Danish.
It concerns homicide detective Carl Morck who is suffering from Survivors Syndrome. He escaped unscathed from an unprovoked shooting while one friend & colleague was killed & another paralysed from the neck down.

Although a brilliant detective, no one else will work with him. He is consigned to the basement to head a new cold case department helped only by Assad, a civilian Syrian with refugee status. There’s more to Assad than meets the eye. Hopefully later books will tell more of his history.

Carl’s first case is the disappearance of (f) Merete Lynggaard, an up & coming young politician, who vanished five years ago. Everyone says she's dead. Everyone says it's a waste of time. He thinks they're right.

The narrative switches between 2002 & 2007 with insights into her childhood.

This book was serialised on BBC4 with Danish subtitles. I got a bit lost while watching - May be the dramatisation had to be edited or I’d gone to put the kettle on. The book filled in the gaps.

No 2 in the series is waiting to be read!


AnninGlos Report 6 Apr 2019 15:51

I finished reading the Ghost Tree, I Liked it a lot although at times, because many of the characters were from real life, I had to stop and remind myself that it was not a non fiction book, it was a story woven around those characters. As usual for her books, very well researched and well written.

I am now reading The Moon Sister the next book in the series of the Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley. I have loved all the others, this one is over 700 pages long so a large book to hold.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 6 Apr 2019 15:15

Homes, a refugee story by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah & Winnie Yeung

In 2010, the al Rabeeah family left their home in Iraq in hope of a safer life. They moved to Homs, in Syria — just before the Syrian civil war broke out.
Abu Bakr, one of eight children, was ten years old when the violence began on the streets around him: car bombings, attacks on his mosque and school, firebombs late at night. Homes tells of the strange juxtapositions of growing up in a war zone: horrific, unimaginable events punctuated by normalcy — soccer, cousins, video games, friends.

Homes is the remarkable true story of how a young boy emerged from a war zone — and found safety in Canada — with a passion for sharing his story and telling the world what is truly happening in Syria.

It’s not ‘do gooder’s’ attempt to tug at the heart strings, nor a narrative of the political causes behind the conflict. It’s an honest account of everyday life as it effected a young boy & his family. The co-author was his Canadian ESL teacher.
They’d left Iraq because of the discrimination against Sunni Muslims.

What struck me most was the description of Abu’s father. He’d been the organiser & provider in Iraq & Syria. In Canada he found it difficult to find a job while he struggled to learn English. From the way he’s presented, given time, he’ll bounce back.


AnninGlos Report 3 Apr 2019 17:02

Thanks Det, having it on kindle means searching for author's notes. I am 70% through now and still enjoying it.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 3 Apr 2019 00:04

According to the Authors Notes, Barbara Erskine is Thomas Erskines grt x 5 granddaughter through his daughter, Frances.

Couldn’t put it down!


'Emma' Report 2 Apr 2019 15:23

Finished reading Spectacles by Sue Perkins good easy read.
If you want a light read I would recommend.

Now reading " The Good Mothers" The true story of the women who
took on the worlds most powerful Mafia...by Alex Perry.


AnninGlos Report 2 Apr 2019 09:22

I have also wondered that Det I did google it but couldn't find anything.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 1 Apr 2019 12:44

Did wonder if the author, Barbara Erskine, was a relative or if its a coincidence. The library has said that its now available to read.

Will have to finish The Sixth Day by Catherine Coulter & J T Ellison before stating that.
When several major political figures die mysteriously, officials declare the deaths are from natural causes. Then the German Vice-Chancellor dies on the steps of 10 Downing Street, and a drone is spotted hovering over the scene. The truth becomes clear—these high-profile deaths are well-constructed assassinations, and the Covert Eyes team is tasked to investigate.


AnninGlos Report 1 Apr 2019 11:39

I have just checked out the main character in Barbara Erskine's The Ghost Tree as I suspected he was 'real'.
Erskine went to sea as a midshipman in the Tartar, under captain Sir David Lindsay, who was a nephew of Lord Mansfield and a friend of the Erskine family. The Tartar set sail for the Caribbean, where Erskine was to spend the next four years, rising to the rank of acting lieutenant.[4] When Erskine was eighteen he resigned from the Navy. His ship had been paid off, there were no commissions available, and he didn't want to return to sea as a midshipman after having been an acting lieutenant.[5] The 10th Earl of Buchan had recently died, and Erskine now had just enough money to buy a commission in the army, becoming an ensign in the 1st (Royal) Regiment of Foot.[6] He was stationed first at Berwick and then on Jersey. On 29 March 1770 Erskine married Frances Moore at Gretna Green, against the wishes of her father, Daniel Moore who was member of parliament for Great Marlowe.[7] Frances was the granddaughter of John Moore, who had been attorney general of Pennsylvania. Erskine's regiment was then posted to Minorca, and Frances went with him. Before meeting Frances, Erskine had written about the qualities he was looking for in a bride: "Let then my ornament be far from the tinsel glare, let it be fair yet modest, let it rather delight than dazzle, rather shine like the mild beams of the morning than the blaze of the noon. I seek in my fair one a winning female softness both in person and mind".[8] Erskine appears to have found these qualities in Frances: she is described on her memorial in Hampstead Church as "the most faithful and affectionate of women".[9] The couple had four sons and four daughters.

The novel has so far stuck to the historical side of his story, I am enjoying it a lot.


SuffolkVera Report 31 Mar 2019 17:50

That sounds a good one Ann. Another one to add to my ever growing reading list.

I think I mentioned that I had got Alison Weir’s book “Queens of the Conquest” about five medieval queens. It’s written in five separate sections so I’ve decided to read one section at a time with something a bit easier in between. I like Alison Weir and don’t find her especially difficult to read but she packs in so much that after a while I go brain dead.

Anyway I have read the first section about the wife of William the Conqueror. She was Matilda of Flanders. She was a very powerful woman, often ruling as regent during William’s absences. She was also very wealthy and seems to have done quite a lot of good with her wealth. By the standards of the 11th century she was a good woman and her marriage to William appeared to be a real love match. Very interesting read.

I am now reading “Our Street” by Gilda O’Neill which is the story of the East End of London during WW2. It really brings home how people in that area suffered. A lot of it is what people who were there at the time told her in interviews etc. Some of it is heartbreaking.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 31 Mar 2019 17:40

The synopsis looks good. Luckily it’ll be available soon from the county’s digital library. Have placed a Hold.