Author speaking in Phoenix 1/27 at Temple Emanuel. Coming of age story of a prominent rabbi’s daughter in 3rd century CE Babylon and Israel; full of incantations, sorcery and women’s customs.
Priscilla Royal has brought her fine historical and story-telling skills to a heartbreaking and complex period in medieval England: the treatment of Jews under Edward I. Murders, a love story, and mob violence make for a good mystery.
For Halloween: Bekka Black has retold Frankenstein in the 21st century by text, email, tweet, and web browsers, primarily for a teen audience.
Set in Tempe, AZ in 1916 this gracious mystery takes on tough themes such as anti-immigration phobias and racism while keeping you turning pages to find the murderer among movie stars, lawyers, Pancho Villa’s men, and a couple caddish ladies’ men.
This is a scary book—not in the Halloween sense but because it portrays our collective “worse nightmare” in post 9/11 America: a bomber right here “next door” as Siegel’s title says. A mysterious person, identified as “the young man” until the end, brings Chicago to its knees with fairly low-tech bombs, high-tech tools and carefully planned villainy.
Interview with Susan Elia MacNeal author of Princess Elizabeth’s Spy
Set in 191-192 AD in Roman Britannia, A Whispering of Spies features Libertus, Rowe’s “sleuth” in this series, accused of theft and murder. Seeking information about a newly arrived ex-lictor with a sinister background, Libertus’s innocent actions on behalf of his patron Marcus Aurelius become fodder for charges.
With the recent celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee, it’s especially engaging to read a novel about her as a young Princess—set in some of England’s darkest days during the brutal bombing attacks by Germany during WWII. While the adventures of Maggie Hope, spy and mathematician, with the fourteen-year-old Princess are fictional, MacNeal’s portrayal of Elizabeth rings delightfully true.
Women who have lost their freedom to act according to their own choices—that’s the theme of Delany’s More Than Sorrow. Delany has interwoven the stories of Hannah, Hila and Maggie, moving from contemporary Canada, to Afghanistan to the Revolutionary period in North America to show three quite different ways in which women lose their autonomy.
Set in 17th century England, the intricacies of food preparation in a great English castle are on detailed display while we follow John’s life story from village childhood with a mother accused of witchcraft through Cromwell’s civil war and an unlikely love affair.