Month: February 2017

The Stockholm Octavo, by Karen Engelmann

DETAILS Title: THE STOCKHOLM OCTAVO Author: Karen Engelmann Publisher: Ecco, 2012 ISBN: 9780061995347 Genre: Historical Fiction BACKCOVER BLURB Life is close to perfect for Emil Larsson, a self-satisfied bureaucrat in the Office of Customs and Excise in 1791 Stockholm. He is a true man of the Town—a drinker, card player, and contented bachelor—until one evening when Mrs. Sofia Sparrow, a fortune-teller and proprietor of an exclusive gaming parlour, shares with him a vision she has had: a golden path that will lead him to love and connection. She lays an Octavo for him, a spread of eight cards that augur the eight individuals who can help him realize this vision—if he can find them. WHAT I THOUGHT THE STOCKHOLM OCTAVO is a wonderfully written historical thriller full of intrigue, fans—and yes, I mean those kind of fans women use to use to fan themselves with, and more, with a deft hand, secretly signal to friends and lovers—mystery, murder, and a dash of romance. A story that is as much about cartomancy decked out with a …

The 14th Colony, by Steve Berry

DETAILS Title: THE 14TH COLONY Author: Steve Berry Publisher: Minotaur Books, 2016 ISBN: 978-1250113857 Genre: Thriller BACKCOVER BLURB Shot down over Siberia, ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is forced into a fight for survival against Aleksandr Zorin, a man whose loyalty to the former Soviet Union has festered for decades into an intense hatred of the United States. Before escaping, Malone learns that Zorin and another ex-KGB officer, this one a sleeper still embedded in the West, are headed overseas to Washington D.C. Noon on January 20th—Inauguration Day—is only hours away. A flaw in the Constitution, and an even more flawed presidential succession act, have opened the door to disaster and Zorin intends to exploit both weaknesses to their fullest. Armed with a weapon leftover from the Cold War, one long thought to be just a myth, Zorin plans to attack. He’s aided by a shocking secret hidden in the archives of America’s oldest fraternal organization—the Society of Cincinnati—a group that once lent out its military savvy to presidents, including helping to formulate three invasion plans of what was …

The Ashes of London, by Andrew Taylor

DETAILS Title: THE ASHES OF LONDON Author: Andrew Taylor Publisher: HarperCollins, 2016 ISBN: 978-0008119089 Genre: Historical | Murder-Mystery BACKCOVER BLURB London, September 1666. The Great Fire rages through the city, consuming everything in its path. Even the impregnable cathedral of St Paul’s is reduced to ruins. Among the crowds watching its destruction is James Marwood, son of a traitor, and reluctant government informer. In the aftermath, the body of a man is discovered in the ashes of St. Paul’s. But he had not died in the blaze – there is a stab wound to his neck and his thumbs have been tied behind his back. Acting on orders, Marwood hunts the killer through London’s devastated streets … where before too long a second murder is uncovered. At a time of dangerous internal dissent, Marwood’s investigation will lead him into treacherous waters – and across the path of a determined and vengeful young woman. WHAT I THOUGHT THE ASHES OF LONDON is well plotted murder-mystery set amid the aftermath of the Great Fire of London, in 1666, and the political …