2013 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

This summer I decided to hop into Historical Tapestry’s 2013 Historical Fiction challenge. I pledged to read 15 books for the Medieval Level, and surpassed by goal by 7 books. Unfortunately, I fell short of making the next level, Renaissance Level, by just 3 books. However, since I didn’t start this challenge until July, I […]

Book Review: The Alienist by Caleb Carr

The first book I read this month was The Alienist by Caleb Carr. I’d been wanting to read this book for some time, and the 2013 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge gave me the impetus to check this author out. This novel is the first in the Dr. Laszlo Kreizler series, and takes place in 1896 […]

Book Review: The White Princess (The Cousin’s War #5)

During Thanksgiving I read the fifth book in Philippa Gregory’s Cousin’s War series, The White Princess. Elizabeth of York is the narrator of this book, and the novel picks up where book 4 ends. Richard III is dead at Henry Tudor’s hands, and his lover and niece finds herself forced to marry her enemy. Forced […]

Book Review: An Echo in the Bone (Outlander #7)

*****************Note: This Review Contains Spoilers!**************** I read the 7th book in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, An Echo in the Bone, back in October. Having a desire to prologue reading the series for as long as I could, I took a break from reading the main series and began reading Gabaldon’s Lord John Grey mystery novels. […]

Book Review – A Plauge of Zombies (Lord John Grey #3.5)

I read this novella back in October, and I’ll admit it wasn’t my favorite of Diana Gabaldon’s work. A Plague of Zombies is book 3.5 in Gabaldon’s Lord John Grey Mystery series – an offshoot of her best-selling Outlander book series. In this novel, Lord John is sent to Jamaica after the events in the previous […]

Book Review: The Custom of the Army (Lord John Grey #2.75)

As I continued my quest in all things Outlander, I decided to pick up the next book in the Lord John Grey mysteries, The Custom of the Army. This book takes place right before the events in The Scottish Prisoner, and follows John as he journeys to the New World to aid a friend in […]

Book Review: The Scottish Prisoner (Lord John Grey #3)

I’m currently suffering from Carpal Tunnel, so I’ve fallen behind on my book reviews. Since I’m having a few pain-free moments, I figured I’d do a quickie review of the third Lord John Grey novel, The Scottish Prisoner. This book takes place in the midst of Voyager, and features Outlander hero Jamie Fraser. In this […]

Book Review: Lord John And The Hand Of Devils (Lord John Grey 0.5, 1.5, 2.5)

Making my way through Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series has taken me to her Lord John Grey mystery series. Lord John is an important secondary character from the main series, who Gabaldon has developed further in her novellas. Lord John and the Hand of Devils is a collection of three short stories featuring Lord John that […]

Book Review: Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade

The fifteenth book I’ve read for the 2013 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge is Diana Gabaldon’s second Lord John Grey mystery, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade. This book takes place in 1758 during the Seven Years’ War. Jamie Fraser is still in Helwater with the Dunsany’s working as a stable hand and still […]

Book Review: Lord John & the Private Matter

After finishing Diana Gabaldon’s A Breath of Snow and Ashes from her Outlander series, I decided to take a break before beginning the 7th book to read her Lord John mysteries. These books were meant to be read in conjunction with the main series, and this one in part particular was meant to be read […]