1920s

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The Other Side of Midnight

This was my first book by Simone St. James, but will definitely not be my last. The Other Side of Midnight was a refreshing tale of intrigue and suspense set in the unusual era of post WWI England. I love romantic suspense as well as historical fiction, and while I have read a few authors who do bot ...

A-
Night of a Thousand Stars

You know how sometimes you read the opening line or two of a book, and not only does it hook you immediately, but you can just tell it’s going to be a great read? Well, Night of a Thousand Stars is one of those books. It opens with Penelope Hammond, step-daughter of a rich American industrialis ...

C+
Grim Shadows

Lowe Magnusson returns to San Francisco with a mythical amulet that he recently unearthed in Egypt. Hadley Bacall is sent to secure it from him for her father, a museum curator. Hadley’s father had four crossbar pieces that went with the amulet, and he wants to assemble the whole shebang. Unfortun ...

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The Ashford Affair

As a longtime fan of Ms. Willig’s Pink Carnation series, I had mixed feelings when I heard about this stand-alone novel. The historical portion set in post-WWI Nairobi sounded fascinating, but how would this stack up? And when I learned that there was a different narrator, I was even more nervous. ...

C+
The Haunting of Maddy Clare

Narrated by Pamela Garelick The print version of this has been in my TBR pile for ages but I decided to wait for the audio version to come out. Big mistake. If not listening for review, I would have stopped in the first hour and turned to the print version. I remain fascinated by this post WWI gh ...

B+
A Spear of Summer Grass

Historical romances set in Africa are quite rare, and if they are written by such a skilled writer as Deanna Raybourn, who has won great acclaim with her Lady Julia mysteries, expectations are high. So I was very excited about reading A Spear of Summer Grass. When I closed it, I was still very pleas ...

B
The Castlemaine Murders

Narrated by Stephanie Daniel This is the 13th entry in the Phryne Fisher mystery series set in 1920s Australia. As always, Stephanie Daniel does a wonderful job with the narration, giving each character a unique, appropriate voice. The Castlemaine Murders features multiple mysteries including ...

B-
Cocaine Blues

This is the first in the Phryne Fisher mystery series set in 1920s Australia. I read the 12th book first, and enjoyed it so much that I read a few more – out of order – before finally reading this one. I think that’s a good thing. If I’d started with this book I might never have continued th ...

B
The Crimson Rooms

There’s been a lot of buzz about this book among mystery readers, so I was eager to pick it for review. Set in post-World War I London, I found the sense of place excellent and much of the plot gripping. But while I found the heroine’s story interesting, she always felt a bit distant. ...

C-
Stay a Little Longer

In 2007 Nina Berman won the World Press Photo competition with the wedding portrait of Ty Ziegal and his bride Renee Kline. You can see the winning portrait here. There is another, more romantic portrait here. Be Warned, these pics have some aspects that make them a bit different from your average ...