Reviews and Blog Posts: Historical Fiction

Where monsters dwell

by Jørgen Brekke

DPL Rating:
5

This is the ultimate in crossover mystery and thriller. There’s history, international travel, murder in locked rooms, romance, you name it, it’s here.  That said, I got caught up in this book.  This mystery thriller alternates between the life of Brother Johannes in the 1500s and a pair of modern...

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Coming through slaughter

by Michael Ondaatje

DPL Rating:
5

Coming through Slaughter has been called the best jazz novel ever written, with a lyrical writing style compared to jazz music. It’s a fictional biography about one of the original trumpet giants of New Orleans, Buddy Bolden. Though it takes place around 1907 and was written in the late 1970’s,...

Sekret

by Lindsay Smith

DPL Rating:
2

The first third of the book, including the premise and setting, were fascinating.  The last two thirds of the book, including the actual missions and the love story, unfortunately fell flat.  Which is a shame, because this historical fiction, paranormal thriller was obviously well-researched, and rooted in some little known...

Hattie Big Sky

by Kirby Larson

DPL Rating:
3

I picked up Hattie Big Sky because I am not a huge fan of westerns and I thought I would try easing into the genre with a Young Adult novel. Hattie Big Sky could be called a more grown up version of Little House on the Prairie. Orphaned at a...

Seven for a secret

by Lyndsay Faye

DPL Rating:
3

I suspect this book might gain in popularity since the release of the film 12 Years a Slave. This thriller/mystery is set in New York City during the infancy of the NYPD. A young copper finds himself enmeshed in the investigation of the disappearance of a free black woman and...

The sweetness at the bottom of the pie

by C. Alan Bradley

DPL Rating:
4

I picked up this book because it was highly recommended by a coworker when she found out I have an aversion to mysteries and because my brother had recommended the book to me nearly four years ago. I figured two people who knew my tastes couldn’t be wrong, and they...

Longbourn

by Jo Baker

DPL Rating:
4

If you check out this ebook expecting any kind of retelling, variation, or continuation of Pride and Prejudice, you will be disappointed.   This story takes place in the same world as Jane Austen’s beloved novel and does include all of the original characters you may be hoping to read about,...

The all-girl filling station's last reunion : a novel

by Fannie Flagg

DPL Rating:
5

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is Fannie Flagg’s newest novel. I love this novel. I think everyone should read it.

Fannie Flagg’s memorable characters and her great storytelling blending of history and the present day makes you almost unaware of learning about the strength of the women of World War...

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches: A Flavia de Luce Novel

by Alan Bradley

DPL Rating:
5

This latest installment of the Flavia de Luce mystery series does not disappoint.   For those who don’t know the series, Flavia is a precocious almost-twelve-year-old girl with a penchant for chemistry (especially the making of poisons) and solving murders.  She lives at Buckshaw, a manor house that is the relic...

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