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: Cemetery at Amarna reveals child labor and abuse, DNA from mummies reveals changes over time in Egyptian connectedness to other peoples, cat fur for coats in Medieval period–yuck, Roman bath comes to light in Chichester and ASOR blog on Sumerian art’s influence on modern art
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.
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.