Same good and bad points as the other books in the Simon Serrailler (sp?) series: Simon is not particularly likable and the author has a streak of cruelty similar to Joanna Trollope's, yet the plot is compelling and the reader continues to be curious about what will happen within Simon's family. This is basically junk food for the mind, temporarily satisfying but not at all nourishing. I intend to continue reading the series but not to keep these books permanently.
The author knows London at least as well as anyone now living. Add to this knowledge a brilliant imagination and you have another superb novel in CHATTERTON. The story concerns the mysterious "suicide" of real-life 1700s teenage poet Chatterton.
As is true of every other book in this Compass series, the Pennsylvania guide is the best possible introduction to the geography and history of the state. It's written for the traveler, but not just a list of hotels and restaurants. Highly recommended.
Second installment in the adventures of Matthew Shardlake, a hunchbacked attorney in the time of Henry VIII. A very sympathetic hero, an intriguing mystery, and of course the background of Thomas Cromwell's shenanigans in the service of the king.
The New York Times Book Review gave this book a rave review, but I was disappointed. There is nothing wrong with it, exactly, but I was not impressed. It's sort of Kafkaesque and allegorical. I like Kafka, but I did not see anything so remarkable about this book. Maybe its main value is historical, since it is a reaction to Nazi-ism and the German occupation of The Netherlands 1940-5.
First installment in the adventures of Matthew Shardlake, a hunchbacked attorney in the days of Henry VIII. His character, as well as the mystery he tries to solve and the political background, are fascinating. Whole series highly recommended.
Sticks very close to the historical truth but ends on a twist with a "might-have-been" ending. Concerns the last Tsaritsa, Alexandra; her sister Elizabeth, Grand Duchess Sergei; and the politically powerful brothers they left Germany for.
The best explanation of Emily Bronte I have ever read. Difficult to follow at times, but fascinating. Emily was not simply a dreamy-eyed romantic, but a hard and practical recluse of advanced intellect and education. Highly recommended.
Conclusion of the trilogy, in which 21st-century researchers uncover the (fictional) story of Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen, her African lover, and their unsuspecting descendants. The ending is somewhat unsatisfying, as Stevenson doesn't seem to know what to do after the genealogical research is concluded. But that's only a quibble. I highly recommend all of her books.