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 posts I enjoyed: Mary Beard’s review of 2 novels based in Greek myth, the finds from building metro in Thessaloniki Greece from Alex the Great to Roman, Alex Tizon’s essay “My Family’s Slave” and etiquette ancient Egyptian style
My review of Emily Hauser’s For the Winner, an enchanting, dramatic novel that brings to life iconic mythic characters, including a woman whose voice had long been silenced.
Queen Puduhepa takes on Ramses II and secures a lasting peace. Read all about it. My herstory contribution to Unusual Historicals.
Click through to find the 2016-2017 Calendar of meetings of the Arizona Historical Novel Society. Everyone welcome–writers and readers. We’re an informal group with no dues just lots of great community and information sharing.
Starting May 20, 3:30-5:30 pm
Our New Home for Meetings: The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
We are inaugurating our new location for meetings with a conversation with three authors, our own Rosemary Simpson with her new novel What the Dead Leave Behind, Radha Vatsal with the novel Murder Between the Lines and Gian Sardar, You Were There
Topic: Setting as character in historical fiction. Also how these authors helped motivate their female “sleuths” to get active in unraveling the mystery and overcome obstacles, whether the challenges were historical/societal or inner psychological ones.
Date: May 20, 2017
Note the time for this meeting: 3:30-5:30
Bring a finger food, sweet or beverage to share. Wine is fine!
Location: Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N Goldwater Blvd #101
Scottsdale, AZ 85251