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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Subject: October Books we are reading in HF
Date Posted: 10/1/2017 7:30 PM ET
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What is everyone reading.

I tried reading Radio Girls just couldn't get into it. I know a lot of people liked it.

Alice

Date Posted: 10/3/2017 8:34 AM ET
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I just finished The Coroner's Daughter by Andrew Huges. This is a historical mystery set in Dublin in the 1800's. I liked the main character who had an unconventional education and upbringing who begins to question the death of a young girl who killed her newborn child. She worked for a prominent family who was involved with a strange religious group. Well written and moved along fairly well. The MC did put herself in some dangerous situations which seems to be the norm in these books.

Also recently read On Copper Street by Chris Nickson, the newest Tom Harper book and Whispers of Warning by Jessica Estevao. I liked both of them.

Date Posted: 10/3/2017 12:30 PM ET
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I'm going to start reading Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks.  I'm usually a little late getting areound to reading her books but I generally do enjoy them.

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Date Posted: 10/5/2017 6:52 AM ET
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Last night I really felt like reading a historical mystery set long ago. Fortuanately I have way too many. I came upon

The Cup of Ghosts by Paul Doherty

It is set in early 1300 England during the Reign of Edward II. Paul Doherty wrote his doctorate thesis on Edward II and Queen Isabella. Detail and writing is wonderful. Lots of mysteries too. I highly recommed. The main character is Mathilde of Westminster. A female physician. Unusual for that time. Excellent so far. Highly recommend.

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Date Posted: 10/5/2017 6:55 AM ET
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Coroner's Daughter sounds really good Mary. I just put it on my WL.

I like Geraldine Brooks books too. 

Date Posted: 10/5/2017 1:59 PM ET
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I started The Death of Robin Hood by Angus Donald. 

Date Posted: 10/5/2017 2:21 PM ET
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Our book club is reading "The Weight of Ink" by Rachel Kadish.  I'm about 1/4 done (576 pgs) and it's very interesting.  Set in both 1650's London and 2000 London, it's the story of an archive of papers found under a staircase dealing with the newly emerging Jewish community in Restoration London and its established counterpart in Amsterdam.  The 17th century story is of a blind rabbi and his young scribe, who turns out to be a woman (scandalous!)  The 20th century version reminds me of Possession (A. S. Byatt), except instead of 2 romantic types, we have a 64 yr old woman historian about to be forced into retirement and a post-graduate American guy (who I find annoying, but maybe that's the point).  Lots of good stuff about a community I know nothing about. Good, so far.

Date Posted: 10/6/2017 12:39 PM ET
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Carolyn:  I finished that one recently.  Maybe I was just bumming because I know it's the last book in the series, and of course according to the title, Robin Hood dies!! He was one of my childhood heroes.   I can't say that it was one of my favorites of Mr. Donald's books; but it's certainly worth a read.  I think I gave it 3 1/2 stars.

Alice:  That book by Paul Doherty sounds really good; had to add that one to the wishlist!

I've been reading The Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks; it's excellent and highly recommended if you haven't already visited it.



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Date Posted: 10/8/2017 2:29 PM ET
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Beginning Eye of the Raven by Eliot Pattison, one of my favorite HF authors. 

Mel Starr PBs gone!



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Date Posted: 10/10/2017 3:50 AM ET
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I've just begun reading the tenth and last (so far) of Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Series. I got into the series by watching The Last Kingdom on Netflix. The books follow the exploits of Uhtred of Bebbanburg starting when he was about 10 years old in 866. He's born to a Saxon Lord in northern Britain and raised by a Danish earl after his father is killed in battle trying to retake what's now the city of York. Uhtred is torn between his loyalties to the Danes who raised him and King Alfred of Wessex, who will become Alfred the Great trying to unite the countries of Wessex, Mercia, Anglia and Northunbria into the nation of England. Lots of graphic battle scenes. In order, the books are:

The Last Kingdom
The Pale Horseman
Lords of the North
Sword Song
The Burning Land
Death of Kings
The Pagan Lord
The Empty Throne
Warriors of the Storm
The Flame Bearer

I also read Bernard Cornwell's Gallows Thief, set in 1817 England. Back from the Napoleonic Wars a young officer, Rider Sandman, is hired to do a cursory investigation into the conviction of a young artist accused of the brutal murder of a woman whose portrait he was painting. However, Sandman gets caught up in a real investigation and a race against the clock to free the condemned man. Lots of historical detail regarding Newgate Prison conditions, how and for what crimes people were hanged, and criminal slang. Romantic subplots.

Date Posted: 10/10/2017 8:25 AM ET
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I just finished The Rookery by Emily Organ, the second book in the Penny Green series. Penny is a Fleet street reporter who becomes involved with trying to find a serial killer in St. Giles slums when her carpetbag is stolen by a young boy who is found with his throat slit. Penny begins to suspect that several other murders in the area are connected. There is more comraderie with her other reporters on the paper and she doesn't appear as much alone as in the previous book. She also finds out about a shocking incident involving her father who disappeared while hunting plants in the Amazon which changes her preceptions of him. Inspector James Blakely of Scotland Yard makes an appearance to help Penny with the mystery and complicates her unsettled feelings towards him. The plot and atmosphere were well done. Nicely written historical.

Date Posted: 10/10/2017 12:36 PM ET
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I've started The House of Dreams by Pauline Gedge; another of her very excellent novels about ancient Egypt.  This will be a long one, 500+ pages.

Date Posted: 10/11/2017 1:13 PM ET
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Mary:  I love that Uhtred!  The Netflix series is excellent I think.



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Date Posted: 10/12/2017 9:45 PM ET
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Cheryl - Angus Donald has started a new series ( I haven't read it yet):

Blood's Game: In the court of Charles II fortune favours the brave . . . But one false step could prove fatal (Holcroft Blood 1) Angus Donald



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Date Posted: 10/13/2017 12:28 PM ET
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Thanks for the heads up Jeanne, I put it on the wishlist!

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Date Posted: 10/19/2017 7:13 AM ET
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I am reading an interesting historical paranormal mystery  The Black Mast Murder by Alex P. Berg. It takes place in 1682 in the Carribean. Quite different I am enjoying it.

Date Posted: 10/19/2017 12:27 PM ET
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Reading two HF books:  The Forever Queen by Helen Hollick and The Little Russian by Susan Sherman.  No comments yet.  Just getting started.

Date Posted: 10/19/2017 1:18 PM ET
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I finished Where Shadows Dance by C.S. Harris and The House of Dreams by Pauline Gedge.  Both were very good reads; not sure what I will try next.

Date Posted: 10/23/2017 9:21 AM ET
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My mom is visiting, so my reading is just about nil right now, but I re-read one of my favorites "The Yard" by Alex Grecian.  I want to revisit the series before I start Book 5, "Lost and Gone Forever."  If you haven't tried The Murder Squad series, you should !  They are wonderful!  Disclaimer: these are not cozy mysteries by any stretch of the imagination; he can be a bit graphic.  If you don't mind grim, you'll love these.  Or if you like Jack the Ripper...surprise

Date Posted: 10/23/2017 9:36 AM ET
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I'm with you Vicky! My reading is at a crawl. We've had a lot of company and more on the way. I love the Yard and that whole series but I'm not caught up on it and have been thinking about re-reading them too.

Date Posted: 10/23/2017 10:32 PM ET
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I liked reading The Daring Ladies of Lowell, by Kate Alcott, and Tiffany Girls by Deanne Gist was excellent Historical Fiction!

https://www.amazon.com/Tiffany-Girl-Novel-Deeanne-Gist/dp/1451692447

 

https://www.amazon.com/Daring-Ladies-Lowell-Kate-Alcott/dp/034580256X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1508812290&sr=1-1&keywords=the+daring+ladies+of+lowell+kate+alcott

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 10/24/2017 6:40 AM ET
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I really liked that book too Nancy

I am reading Wicked City by Beatriz Williams set in present day and 1920s. Good so far

Date Posted: 10/24/2017 4:25 PM ET
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"The Daring Ladies of Lowell" was a favorite of mine somewhere along the way.  Having lived not too far from Lowell in Massachusetts made it even more interesting.

 

Date Posted: 10/24/2017 8:33 PM ET
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Not h/f, but I've started My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman. It's hilarious so far but also very touching and sad,  I have a feeling this one is going to rate highly for me.



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Date Posted: 10/24/2017 11:09 PM ET
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How nice to meet other women who enjoyed those books!  Have you read "Lowell Offerings"?  After reading DaringLOL, I got interested in finding out exactly what they wrote for their newsletter. 

The Tiffany Girls led me to discover a Tiffany museum just a few hours drive away!

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