Tag Archives: Historical Fiction

The Devil in Velvet, by John Dickson Carr: A Review

If you were to choose any book from John Dickson Carr’s lengthy career, 1951’s The Devil in Velvet would prove a most mis-leading starting point. For while it is classic Carr, with none of the faults of some of his earliest … Continue reading

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Fire, Burn! by John Dickson Carr: A Review

As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, John Dickson Carr is well-remembered for his locked-room puzzles, his sometimes-whimsical, sometimes-haunting mysteries, and his entertaining detectives, Dr. Gideon Fell and (written under the nom de plume of Carter Dickson) Sir Henry Merrivale. Together, … Continue reading

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Lincoln: A Novel, by Gore Vidal: A Review

Every now and then, I decide that it’s time to settle into a long, involved, and dense novel, just to counteract any time that I have spent on the Internet and being distracted by shiny things. Last summer, it was … Continue reading

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Lest Darkness Fall, by L. Sprague de Camp: A Review

It has happened to all of us, I’m sure. You’re wandering around Rome, trying to get a better look at the Pantheon when, unexpectedly, you find that you have inexplicably travelled back in time by 1,400 years, and have arrived … Continue reading

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Captain Blood, by Rafael Sabatini: A Review

In many ways, as a reader in my middle years, I am still trying to redress an injustice from my youth; namely, that there are books which I did not read then, book that I now feel that I should … Continue reading

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