Welcome to Judith Starkston’s website. Her debut novel Hand of Fire, set during the Trojan War, will soon be followed by a mystery series featuring a Hittite Queen as “sleuth.” Hand of Fire is currently out of print except for a few remaining copies of the paperback on Amazon and at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore. Hand of Fire will appear in a new edition, but in the meantime, the paperback is also available directly from Judith Starkston. Just click here to buy it on Square.
On my website, enjoy reviews of Hand of Fire, book club questions, the event calendar and an excerpt. You’ll also find historical background about this fascinating place and time, book reviews of reads you don’t want to miss and other on-going information from the historical fiction community.
My weekly roundup of archaeology, history and historical fiction: the year’s calendar for AZ Historical Novel Society’s meetings, Iron Age multi-lingual stela in Spain proves mysterious, a post suggesting YHWH and Dionysius the same god, and writing advice about staying invisible with deep POV
My review of Betrayal at Iga. Immerse yourself in medieval Japan with Susan Spann’s latest Hiro Hattori mystery. It has a glued-to-the-page plot with the most intimate of betrayals.
Queen Puduhepa takes on Ramses II and secures a lasting peace. Read all about it. My herstory contribution to Unusual Historicals.
September 23, 2-4 pm
British Tea party and conversation with authors Juliana Gray (Edwardian) and Charles Todd (WWI), followed by an informal meeting in the new room at the Poisoned Pen. We have some catching up to do after our long summer break.
Bring sweet or savory snacks and beverages to share–or just bring yourself.
We meet at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N Goldwater Blvd #101
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Click through to see upcoming and past meeting topics. Everyone welcome–writers and readers. We’re an informal group with no dues just lots of great community and information sharing.