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Subject: March's Historical Fiction Reads
Date Posted: 3/1/2017 8:04 AM ET
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What is everyone reading this month?

I am enjoying The Queen's Accomplice (Maggie Hope, Bk 6) :: Susan Elia MacNeal

Very good historical mystery series set in 1942 London.  Good portrayal of WWII

Date Posted: 3/1/2017 8:33 AM ET
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I'm currently reading New York Nocturne: The Return of Miss Lizzie by Walter Satterthwait.  I really enjoyed this one. This is the second book in the series. When her parents go on a long awaited journey, sixteen-year-old Amanda goes to New York to stay with an uncle she never met. She quickly becomes enarmored with him and the city. She awakens one morning to find him murdered and the corrupt cops try to pin the murder on her. Much to her dismay, Uncle John isn't the paragon she thought.  Enter Miss Lizzie Borden, a previous neighbor and friend of Amanda's who helps solve the murder. Nicely written and little tidbits are dropped by Lizzie that relate to her past.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 3/1/2017 8:36 AM ET
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Hmm sounds interesting Mary

Date Posted: 3/1/2017 8:37 AM ET
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I started "My Lady Judge" - actually re-started, since I had gotten it a while ago from the library but had to return it before I got very far into it. I now have the first five books in the series to look forward to. Reading has been difficult as my mom has been in the hospital for the past two weeks. She's 95 and prognosis is not so good but we are taking it day by day. She's a great reader and lover of history and historical fiction.

Date Posted: 3/1/2017 7:35 PM ET
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Just finished binge watching all 3 seasons of The Borgias and am now reading In the Name of the Family by Sarah Dunant. 

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Date Posted: 3/2/2017 7:03 AM ET
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Donna,

I love My Lady Judge, great series.

Holly the Borgias was an excellent series. Jeremy Irons did  wonderful job playing the Pope.  The scene where he buries his son Juan was heart wrenching, extremely well done.

Date Posted: 3/2/2017 7:16 PM ET
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I loved the Borgia series too; a guilty pleasure!  I've started Hell Bay by Will Thomas, the most recent Barker and Llewelyn installment.

Date Posted: 3/3/2017 12:22 PM ET
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Finished The Lacemaker which I have had for a long time.  This is an excellent read about a young woman who is the heroine in the lacemaking capital of France.  The story is well done with wonderful period information about lacemaking and the religious situation of the times.  It's well done and I would be happy to share it with anyone who wants it.  It's a well worn copy that I received FREE and more well worn but still intact.  The copy is up for grabs if anyone wants it.  Just send me an email.

Also trying to clear the HBs from my shelf.  I have an HB copy of The Dragon's Lair by Sharon Kay Penman in excellent shape if anyone is interested.



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Date Posted: 3/4/2017 3:36 PM ET
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Just started The One Man by Andrew Gross and it promises to be pretty good. Basically a WWll novel based on a Jewish family swept up in the Nazi camps but the father, Alfred Mendl, has knowledge that is wanted by the United States. Looks like we'll be wondering if they get him and his family out of there - or in time.

I've actually been avoiding anything to do with the holocaust lately since I've read so much on it but .... it maybe time to go back!

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Date Posted: 3/4/2017 8:38 PM ET
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Not our usual book for historical fiction but very good

I just finished a very good YA Fantasy set in 1825 Russia. The Crown's Game (Crown's Game, Bk 1) by Evelyn Skye 

I just read it for the WL VB, and am sending it out. Very good highly recommend.

Date Posted: 3/5/2017 9:02 AM ET
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Well, I finished The One Man and it was definitely a page turner, although I questioned a couple of things that I doubt the US would have done (e.g. using "truffles" in a coded message when there were no truffles growing in Poland at the time?) but these were relatively minor in comparison to the whole story, I also admit to skimming over a lot of the information on formulas for diffusing or effusing of gases even though it's obvious that the author did a  lot of research in this regard. All in all I found this story to be both tragic as well as inspiring. I'm giving it 4 stars.This was my first book by Andrew Gross and I will probably read more in the future (if I can ever get my TBR pile down to a reasonable amount).

Date Posted: 3/6/2017 12:04 PM ET
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I'm currently reading a n/f book, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard.  It's about the assassination of James Garfield.

 

 

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Date Posted: 3/7/2017 10:40 AM ET
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I am reading an oldie

 
I have been watching the series Victoria and wanted some more background.  Amazing you can have 15 kids and Victoria is the only one left to rule.
Jean Plaidy is very easy to read. here writing isn't as elegant as some like Elizabeth chadwick, but she has all the facts there.
Date Posted: 3/9/2017 10:27 PM ET
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Well, I've finally finished Martha Grimes' series featuring Richard Jury.  I read all 23 books in a row!  It took me forever, or so it seems...and now, I'm back to HF.  I just finished "The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette" by Carolly Erickson.  I'm using this book for my "New to Me" author category.  I liked it; I've read a lot about Marie Antoinette, probably too much, so there weren't many surprises, other than the characters that the author made up.  I'd give this one 4 stars.

Next up is "The Secret Life of Josephine" by the same author.  I don't know a lot about Napoleon and that time period, so this should be a bit more interesting.  I don't think it's another diary...

It's nice to read about everyone else's choices!  I intend to reduce my TBR pile this month, so I'm not taking any notes (ha, ha!)

Date Posted: 3/11/2017 6:09 PM ET
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Vicky, I admire that determination and drive to read an entire series, back to back! 

I've just finished The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley on audiobook. Between the time travelling, storyline, and the narrator's accent, I enjoyed it very much! :) I started up another audiobook, this time some fiction (actually labeled as mystery/thriller) - Naked in Death by J.D. Robb. I have most of the In Death series in paperback and have wanted to start this series for a few years. Disc 1 done and I think I'm going to like it. :) I'm still working on The Wonder by Emma Donoghue on my Nook. I've been binge-watching Netflix lately, so my actual reading time has been neglected.

Date Posted: 3/11/2017 6:28 PM ET
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I know about neglecting the reading time since that has happened to me too Kelly!

Vicky I don't know how you read that entire series straight through. Hope you, Steve and the puppy are all doing Okay! heart

Date Posted: 3/11/2017 8:43 PM ET
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Vicky --- Very good to see you!!!  I actually think I might have been able to read Richard Jury straight through --- some of my favorites.  I too hope you are all doing well.  Hugs

Date Posted: 3/12/2017 5:27 PM ET
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I loved the series, even if it is a bit uneven.  The characters became old friends that I found comforting to visit in book after book.  We are all (Steve, Max the puppy and I) eager for spring and taking things a day at a time.  They abruptly discontinued Steve's chemo treatments due to increasing neuropathy in his hands and feet.  March was looking to be a rough month, treatment-wise, and suddenly that was not the case. So we are taking life as it comes and trying to remain positive and realistic.  Comfort reading certainly helps!  And it's good to be back here. 

 

Date Posted: 3/12/2017 5:34 PM ET
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That sounds like good news Vicky! I'll keep you all in my thoughts and prayers!!

Date Posted: 3/13/2017 7:55 PM ET
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Moved on from the Borgias but still in Rome with The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George.  :)

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Date Posted: 3/14/2017 7:39 AM ET
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That book looks good Holly I have it on my WL

Date Posted: 3/14/2017 10:29 AM ET
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Neuropathy is certainly no fun to deal with.  I hope things continue to improve!

Date Posted: 3/14/2017 12:23 PM ET
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Cheryl, I'm sure you know the score when it comes to side effects of chemo.  I hope you are doing well...Steve sees his oncologist again at the end of the month.  Another blood test should give us some info.  I hope they do another bone scan too; it would be nice to know if the chemo he did have had any affect on his bone mets.

I bailed on The Secret Life of Josephine; I just didn't like the writing in this one.  Too...simplistic?  I don't know.  I'm going to find something else--and thank goodness I hoard books, because we are snowed in today! 

Date Posted: 3/14/2017 1:54 PM ET
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AACK Vicky - what else can possibly befall you? Please stay warm and dry. Enjoy another book and be assured that we are all thinking of you and wishing you and yours the best!

Date Posted: 3/14/2017 4:21 PM ET
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Life is always something....Thanks Jeanne!

I picked up "The Alienist" which has been around for quite a while, and on my TBR pile forever.  I'm about 50 pages in and I'm loving it so far!  Has anyone else here read it?  Perfect day to jump into a long, meaty book!

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