Tag Archives: Historical Fiction

Grand Master, by Gladys Mitchell (writing as Stephen Hockaby): A Review

Some Background Detective writer Gladys Mitchell (who I may have mentioned elsewhere) also wrote under two pseudonyms during her long career. In the 1960s and early ’70s, she was also Malcolm Torrie, and in this guise authored six interesting novels … Continue reading

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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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