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Subject: July- What are reading for HIstorical Fiction?
Date Posted: 7/1/2017 7:34 AM ET
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What is everyone reading for Historical Fiction?

I am reading The Service of the Dead: A Novel :: Candace Robb

I have enjoyed her Owen Archer series. This book is set in York, England 1399, during the reign of Richard II  Very good so far.



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Just began The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly.  I quite enjoyed The Tea Rose.  

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Finished an Alex Grecian, Murder Squad book, "The Devil's Workshop" --- both historical and mysterious!!!  Somehow I have ended up at #1 on the list for the next two installments!!!  I find these enjoyable.

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I finsihed

Wasn't my cup of tea. The writing itself was lovely but I thought the overall story was quite boring and did not keep my interest. Oh well can't love them all.
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Becky--I love the Alex Grecian books!  He gets better as the series goes on, in my opinion.

I finished "Death of a Colonial" which is #6 in the Sir John Fielding series.  I'm loving these, and intend to start book #7 as soon as Max the puppy settles down for his afternoon nap!  I can't always read a series straight through, but I'm not having any trouble with this one...

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I finished Messenger of Truth:  Maisie Dobbs #4 by Jacqueline Winspear.  I don't know how it's possible, but this series gets better with each book.  This one is my best h/f read of the year thus far so I don't know how another Maisie will top it.  5 out of 5 stars!

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Cheryl --- Somewhere along the line the the "Maisie" world I found one that, in my opinion, was not up to snuff.  Of course, I cannot begin to tell you which one!!!

Vicky --- I am thru the first 2 of the "Sir John Fielding" books!!  Have enjoyed both very much.

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Geri you will be missed

I am reading Season of Darkness by  Maureen Jennings

On goodreads I am a member of the historical mystery group and Maureen Jennings is the author of the month. I have never read her books. Her most famous series in the Murdock Mysterys. I hope to read book 1 in that series too.

Alice

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I just finished Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.  It turned out to be a much different book than I thought I was getting.  Based on true stories, it links the lives of 3 women (2 historical and 1 composite), a NY socialite activist with the French embassy, a Polish teen in the Resistance, and a young German doctor in the Ravensbruck concentration camp during WW2 and up into the late 1950's.  The Nazi portion was difficult reading, but important, I think.  How and why do people survive under such circumstances?  I was glad I finished it.

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Susan sounds like a tough book to get through

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Susan:

I have that book on my TBR pile.



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Date Posted: 7/12/2017 3:44 PM ET
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So we are trying to recruit new players or players who have not play in games for a while. Lots of fun hope you can join. 

LaVonne has a new swap for you Hodge Podge

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Still working on "The Color of Death" featuring Sir John Fielding (book 7).  It's been so hot lately that sitting around is now my favorite activity!  I think I've used these mysteries for all the possible categories in the challenges.  I guess I should look for something that fits after this one, just to "keep up."  laugh

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I finished Conspirata by Robert Harris, the second book in his series about Marcus Cicero and his rise as consul of Rome.  I didn't like it as much as the first book, Imperium, but it was still a good read.  3 out of 5 stars. I think What Remains of Heaven by C.S. Harris is going to be up next.  It's another Sebastian St. Cyr mystery.



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I did finish the book, "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy" by Karen Abbott.  It was enjoyable to me but I have had an interest in the War Between the States since I first saw "Gone With The Wind" at age 12!!!  It was a reasonably long book but not as long as I thought it was!!!  It was shown as having almost 600 pages.  Well, the story ended at about 400+ and then there were pages and pages of references.  There was a list of every quote the author used in the book with the reference as to from where it came.  Then another list of any other reference materials used.  Anyway, it did not end up being as long as I expected, but I was impressed with the level of research.

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Cheryl I read Imperium years ago and liked it.  Your book sounds good Becky

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Reading City of Ghosts by Kelli Stanley for the mystery challenge.  It's set in June 1940 as Miranda Corbie, PI, takes on a job for the US State Department and searches for her mother.

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It seems to me someone here had read "Lilac Girls" by Martha Hall Kelly.  It sounded interesting to me so I purchased it used.  Thus far, and that is not very far, it is keeping my attention.

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So somehow I ended up in my local library (ha..) and I checked out "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah.  I set aside Sir John Fielding for the time being...I'm liking this one so far!

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The Nightingale is an excellent book. I hope you enjoy it too Vicky. 

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I finished Virgin Territory by Marilyn Todd.  It is set in 13 BC, this one was in Sicily. Enjoy our main characater Claudia she is quite spunky. Love the cat Drusilla. One down fall I though you used phrases that were too modern.

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Time for another Maisie Dobbs book.  I've started An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear.  I love the quote in the beginning of the book by Josh Billings: "There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness".

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A friend recommended The Reluctant Midwife, but I found that I had to read The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman first.  Published in 2012, you've probably read it already.  Set in Prohibition, 1929-1930, a youngish midwife is living in rural coal country with a young, black assistant. This is a time when midwives, vets and even the few doctors are often paid in chickens, hams, firewood, and sometimes not at all.  Her back story is told in flashbacks and inncludes early union activism and events I had only slightly heard of, like the Battle of Blair Mountain, or Matewan (there's a movie of this one). Lots of births, also deaths, love, and loss.  And though it's Prohibition, everyone seems to have an old bottle of something, or a new bottle of moonshine.  It was a good story, and one that led me to put down the book and look up stuff online often.  Now, I have to find the next one.



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I am starting Revenger by Rory Clements. I really enjoyed the first book Martyr. We read it for our book group several years ago. just now getting around to reading book 2

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Am reading The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea, a little more than half way through.  It's soo good.  Has anyone else read this  one?

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