Gods of Jade and Shadow by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia

Published by Quercus Books Synopsis: The Mayan god of death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this one-of-a-kind fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore.The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, … Continue reading Gods of Jade and Shadow by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia

A Hero Born by Jin Yong, translated by Anna Holmwood (Legend of the Condor Heroes #1)

Synopsis: China: 1200 A.D. The Song Empire has been invaded by its warlike Jurchen neighbours from the north. Half its territory and its historic capital lie in enemy hands; the peasants toil under the burden of the annual tribute demanded by the victors. Meanwhile, on the Mongolian steppe, a disparate nation of great warriors is … Continue reading A Hero Born by Jin Yong, translated by Anna Holmwood (Legend of the Condor Heroes #1)

The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry

Published by Canongate Books Synopsis: A vivid and gripping historical crime novel set in 19th century Edinburgh, from husband-and-wife writing team Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman.Edinburgh, 1847. City of Medicine, Money, Murder. Young women are being discovered dead across the Old Town, all having suffered similarly gruesome ends. In the New Town, medical student Will … Continue reading The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry

A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts by Therese Anne Fowler

Published by St Martin's Press Synopsis: The riveting novel of iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her illustrious family in as they rule Gilded-Age New York, from the New York Times bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. In 1883, the New York Times prints a lengthy rave of Alva Vanderbilt's Fifth Ave. costume ball--a … Continue reading A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts by Therese Anne Fowler

The Turn of Midnight by Minette Walters (Black Death #2)

Synopsis: As the year 1349 approaches, the Black Death continues its devastating course across England. In Dorseteshire, the quarantined people of Develish question whether they are the only survivors. Guided by their beloved young mistress, Lady Anne, they wait, knowing that when their dwindling stores are finally gone they will have no choice but to … Continue reading The Turn of Midnight by Minette Walters (Black Death #2)

So Much Life Left Over by Louis de Bernieres – Book Review

Synopsis: A sweeping, heartbreaking novel following Daniel in his troubled marriage with Rosie as they navigate the unsettled time between the World Wars. Rosie and Daniel have moved to Ceylon with their little daughter to start a new life at the dawn of the 1920s, attempting to put the trauma of the First World War … Continue reading So Much Life Left Over by Louis de Bernieres – Book Review

The Spirit Photographer by Jon Michael Varese

  Synopsis:  Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. He lures grieving widows and mourning mothers into his studio with promises of catching the ghosts of their deceased loved ones with his camera. Despite the whispers around town that Moody is … Continue reading The Spirit Photographer by Jon Michael Varese