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I cannot begin to say how much I loved this brilliant and creative re-imagining of Anna Marie Groshotz’s (known to all as Madame Tussaud) life. Carey’s soaring use of language, peppered with exquisite illustrations, draws the reader into the sometimes humorous, sometimes macabre, always interesting 18th century France on the cusp of revolution. At times heartbreaking, at times uplifting, the reader will not be able to put this book down, nor ever forget the extraordinary “Little” Marie or any of the other characters populating this novel. My favorite book of 2018. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap
I hope that I am as feisty, but perhaps not as murderous, as Maud when I am in my 80s! This marvelous collection of dark yet hysterically funny short stories by the famed Swedish crime author, are about a curmudgeonly senior and how she deals with the problems in her life. It is just what one needs to curl up with (along with a strong cup of tea) at bedtime. You will love it! ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap
Dunnett’s historical Lymond series is set amid the diplomatic intrigues of 16th-century Europe and the Levant. This second volume finds Lymond called to France and into the service of the young Mary, Queen of Scots to protect her and to hopefully ensure her succession to the throne of Scotland. You will find this a dazzling and complicated volume, showing our romantic hero at his best. The NY Times Book Review once said “[Her] hero is as polished and perceptive as Lord Peter Wimsey and as resourceful as James Bond.” Nothing is more fun than a 16th century James Bond! FABULOUS!
This is the first volume in Dunnett’s second series, The House of Niccolo, which is an 8-volume sweeping historical series following the life of Nicolas van der Poele, a 15th century Flemish merchant and banker. This series deftly and complexly evinces the excitement and romance of the emerging merchant class and takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride of incredible schemes to achieve wealth and power, from Flanders to Cyprus, to the Tyrol, Iceland, Italy and even to the gold trade in Africa. Dunnett bestows her remarkable powers of description and meticulous attention to detail to this series, giving us the 15th-century Mediterranean in all its glorious splendor. For lovers of Dumas and Renault. Superb. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap
I firmly believe the author was one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, writers of historical fiction. This first of 7 volumes in Dunnett’s masterpiece of a series (The Lymond Chronicles) takes us back to 16th century Scotland where the fate of the young Mary Queen of Scots and her throne are the target of both English and French machinations, and whose only salvation may lie in the hands of an accused traitor. A rollicking tale that will have the reader engrossed to the very end and clamoring for the next installment Queen’s Play ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap