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 and history: Mysterious night ceremonies at Neolithic Hendraburnick Quoit, evidence for sliding backdrops at ancient Greek theaters, ancient Near Eastern leaders wrote justifications for their deeds and misdeeds–sometimes with modern political echoes.
Review of Lipstick on the Strawberry by Margaret Spence: A sophisticated romance with depth and emotional power.
Queen Puduhepa takes on Ramses II and secures a lasting peace. Read all about it. My herstory contribution to Unusual Historicals.
The Arizona Chapter of the Historical Novel Society is on summer hiatus. Next meeting in September.
We meet at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N Goldwater Blvd #101
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Click through to see past meeting topics. Everyone welcome–writers and readers. We’re an informal group with no dues just lots of great community and information sharing.