All posts tagged: Historical

The Scent of Death, by Andrew Taylor

DETAILS Title: THE SCENT OF DEATH Author: Andrew Taylor Publisher: HarperCollins ISBN: 9780007213535 Genre: Historical | Murder-Mystery BACKCOVER BLURB New York is a city of secrets, profiteers, loyalists and double agent, where loyalty is a commodity like any other. Manhattan in 1778, during in the American War of Independence, is surrounded by the French fleet and the rebel armies, and packed with refugees seeking justice from the British crown. Edward Savill is sent from London to investigate the claims of dispossessed loyalists. No sooner does he land than he becomes embroiled in the case of a gentleman murdered in the city’s notorious Canvas Town. Lodging with the respected Wintour family, Savill senses the mystery deepening. Judge Wintour’s beautiful daughter-in-law, Arabella, hides a tragedy in her past, while his son plans a dangerous mission into enemy territory. And what of Mr Noak, the enigmatic clerk seemingly bent on a dubious course of his own? WHAT I THOUGHT While Andrew Taylor beautifully evokes the stifled atmosphere of New York City under siege during the War of Independence (also referred to as …

Sawbones, by Melissa Lenhardt

DETAILS Title: SAWBONES Author: Melissa Lenhardt Publisher: Redhook ISBN: 9780316505390 Genre: Western | Historical Fiction BACKCOVER BLURB When Dr. Catherine Bennett is wrongfully accused of murder, she knows her fate likely lies with a noose unless she can disappear. Fleeing with a bounty on her head, she escapes with her maid to the uncharted territories of Colorado to build a new life with a new name. Although the story of the murderess in New York is common gossip, Catherine’s false identity serves her well as she fills in as a temporary army doctor. But in a land unknown, so large and yet so small, a female doctor can only hide for so long. WHAT I THOUGHT SAWBONES is raw, gritty and at times, violently graphic. The characters themselves could have been ripped out of a Dime novel of the day back in the late 1800s—with a woman on the run after being accused of murder she didn’t commit, Indians on the warpath, and a saddle-weary Army Captain with a dire secret of his own. Each adds their …