I enjoy some of the trappings of the steampunk world --
Victorian style with a fair amount of science and adventure
-- so I had great hopes for A CURIOUS BEGINNING. Indeed,
Deanna Raybourn starts the story of Veronica Speedwell,
butterfly collector, with a bang. On the day of her aunt's Read more...
LORD OF THE PRIVATEERS is the thrilling conclusion to a
four-part mystery series. Stephanie Laurens' Adventurers Quartet
follows the four Frobisher brothers, and their true
loves, through the intrigue and danger of an international
Captain Royd Frobisher is Read more...
Charlie Harris and his cat Diesel are about fed up with the
new head of the library. Oscar Reilly acts like he's on a
mission to make enemies. That creates a long list of
suspects when Oscar turns up dead. When Charlie moves into
the office, to fill in Read more...
What's a librarian to do when she finds a murdered woman's
body in the stacks? Minnie Hamilton doesn't set out to get
involved in the investigation, but she does have to protect
her library's reputation. She's also dealing with the
board's search for a Read more...
WOLF'S EMPIRE: GLADIATOR imagines a distant future where the
Roman Empire never fell. Women are still second-class
citizens, military skills are prized, and slavery is
thriving. In that world, 19-year-old Accala Viridius Camilla
is driven by a desire to avenge the loss of her mother and Read more...
Ella Quinn's new novel, WHEN A MARQUIS CHOOSES A BRIDE, is
an enchanting story about two very different people whose
hearts are drawn together. Dominic's domineering uncle
taught him that tradition and duty are everything. It's not
until he and Dotty get caught in another woman's Read more...
I'm adding a new author to my must-read list: Rachael
Miles. CHASING THE HEIRESS is a perfect historical romance. The
era isn't just a setting; it's integral to the story. The
hero and heroine are flawed but also strong and intelligent.
The plotting is intricate and Read more...
THE LURE OF THE MOONFLOWER is one of those novels that wraps
its historical-thriller plot with a framework set in the
present. The modern day scenes are scattered throughout, and
though they contain a bit of mystery of their own, they are
almost an annoying distraction to the fascinating Read more...
World War II is over and Duncan Forrester is a history
professor -- no longer a spy. When death follows him to
Oxford and a close friend is accused of murder, he must use
his knowledge of the past and his skills as an operative to
uncover the motive and the Read more...
I'd seen the trailers for the film of WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT
before I read the book. The movie stars Tina Fey and is
marketed like a comedy. The book -- a memoir by American
newspaper reporter Kim Barker -- has plenty of humorous
moments, but it's definitely not a comedy Read more...
Miss Mari Powel can't stand Peter, Lord Whitly. He called
her "wayward" six years ago at a ball, and she's been fuming
over it -- and trying to live it down -- ever since. Peter
hasn't gotten her out of his mind since, either. Of course,
their first encounter Read more...
If you like military science fiction with detailed
ship-to-ship battles, Mike Shepherd has written the book for
you. VICKY PETERWALD: REBEL is filled with strategy and
Vicky is Lieutenant Commander Grand Duchess Victoria,
daughter of the emperor, and a seasoned naval officer.
She's a reluctant Read more...
Major Nathaniel Grey is a hardened war veteran and an
inveterate rake. Worse, he's a self-made man and only
friendships forged in battle allow him to skirt the edges of
the ton. He may be a womanizer, but he is loyal to a fault
to his friends, which Read more...
In ONLY BELOVED, author Mary Balogh gives us a middle-aged
couple who both believe any grand passion is behind them.
Little do they know.
Dora Debbins is a spinster music teacher and quite satisfied
with her life (apart from one tone-deaf student whose
parents see her as a Read more...
If you think it's past time for the United States to have a
comprehensive energy plan that reduces dependence on fossil
fuels, you will be alternately delighted and frustrated by
the events in POWER SURGE. Award-winning author Ben Bova
sends an idealistic scientist to Washington, D.C. with Read more...
Author Amber Benson has a knack for a cliffhanger. THE LAST
DREAM KEEPER, second novel in the Echo Park Coven
filled with them, right up to the end.
For most of her life, Lyse MacAllister had no idea she was
born with witchly powers or that Read more...
Nathaniel Gresham, heir to a duke, chose Lady Violet Devere
as his bride precisely because she is unexceptional. She
dresses modestly and never stands out. She'll make a quiet,
well-behaved, ever-so-proper duchess. Little does he know,
Violet is yearning for freedom after suffering under the
thumb Read more...
BEATRICE AND BENEDICK is not a retelling of William
Shakespeare's play Much Ado About Nothing. What author
Marina Fiorato has done is imagine a sixteenth century world
where a man and woman with those names could have inspired
the Bard to write his famous comedy. This, you Read more...
I must admit, I don't watch Shonda Rhimes' TV shows. She is
the creator and showrunner for "Grey's Anatomy" and
"Scandal" and "How to Get Away with Murder." They're all
very popular, but the subjects just never interested me.
I do like television, in general, and I Read more...
Lady Edwina is a duke's daughter—beautiful,
and accustomed to getting what she wants. Her new husband,
Declan Frobisher, is a ship's captain and sometime-spy for
the English government. Edwina wants to see the world with
Declan. He wants to leave her safe at home Read more...
Auriette is a 20-year marriage veteran
and mother of cats. In her real life,
she is a TV news producer and an active
volunteer with several non-profit
theatre groups. In her fantasy world,
she is thin, beautiful, and deadly.