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Review: A Quiet Death in Italy by Tom Benjamin

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Today, I’m taking you to the beautiful Italian city of Bologna – and its dark underbelly – in Tom Benjamin’s gripping political thriller, A Quiet Death in Italy.



When a body is discovered, everyone points their fingers at the police. It seems to fit, the best solution. But after a tip-off, private investigator Daniel Leicester follows a new trail that takes him into the highest political circles of the city – and into danger. 

The author describes Bologna well as he shares his knowledge of the city across the pages. You get a real sense of following in Daniel’s footsteps, of seeing the streets he walks and the building he enters. The characters, especially those in local government circles, are just as you would imagine corrupt officials would be. At times, I found too much description of secondary characters distracting me from the plot, but it’s not a major issue.

The novel maintains a good pace throughout, and there is a great sense of tension in places. The tone has a strong Italian …

Review: The Rebel Heiress and the Knight by Melissa Oliver

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Today, I have the pleasure to review The Rebel Heiress and the Knight, the debut novel from author, Melissa Oliver

My thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for a copy of the novel.


Review:

An heiress with a secret. A knight loyal to his king. A secret that could tear them apart.

When Hugh de Villiers is sent north, to visit the lady of Tallany Castle about some outlaws that steal money from the king's tax collectors, little does he know the real reason King John sent him there – to marry the widow. Shocked, but also intrigued by the beautiful, headstrong widow, Hugh does as he is bid. 

Eleanor of Tallany does not want to wed, but finds she has no choice. Her first husband mistreated her, and she'd managed very well on her own. But she acquiesces and marries Hugh, even though she carries a secret with her that he must never know.

I thoroughly enjoyed this fast ride through medieval northern England. The author has clearly done her research, and you get a real sense of place and time.…

Research: Tony Riches – the life of Katherine, Duchess of Suffolk

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Today, I have a treat in store for fans of the Tudors and the Tudor era. 

Historical fiction author, Tony Riches, shares his research into the life of a remarkable lady I hadn’t heard of before: Katherine, Duchess of Suffolk. A brave lady who, without doubt, had to fear for her life repeatedly over the years.

Find out why...


Understanding the life of Katherine Willoughby, Duchess of Suffolk
I began exploring the life of Katherine Willoughby when writing about her first husband, Charles Brandon. With typical panache, Brandon borrowed the money to buy the wardship of nine-year-old Katherine, who’d become Baroness Willoughby de Eresby on the death of her father – and one of the wealthiest heiresses in England.
He claimed his plan was to secure her as a bride for his son and heir, Henry, (named after the king) yet I suspect the truth was a little different. Charles Brandon’s wife, Mary Tudor, Dowager Queen of France (and the king’s little sister) suffered with a debilitating ‘pain in her side’…

Promo: Counterpoint: Henry, the King's Cavalier by Elizabeth St.John

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Today, I’m delighted to share a promotion for Counterpoint: Henry, the King’s Cavalier, by historical fiction author, Elizabeth St.John, as part of her blog tour with The Coffee Pot Book Club

If you’re into the history of 17th-century England, the Stuarts, and the English Civil War, Elizabeth’s fascinating and well-researched The Lydiard Chronicles series is for you. Counterpoint: Henry, the King’s Cavalier is a linked short story. 




COUNTERPOINT:  Henry, the King’s Cavalier 
(The Lydiard Chronicles: 1603-1664)
By Elizabeth St.John
Blurb:
A man may think his life is only measured by battles fought for the king. Until he meets a woman worth fighting for.
Henry Wilmot. Cavalier. Seasoned soldier. Grieving widower. On the eve of battle he is sent by the king to requisition arms. What he did not expect was that the supplies were a gift from a feisty and attractive widow who was hiding her own Royalist beliefs in plain sight. Even more alarming was that his quest took him into the heart of an ene…

Promo: Ephemera by Jennifer C. Wilson

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Today, I’m thrilled to point the spotlight on a good author friend – Jennifer C. Wilson
My thanks to Mary Anne Yarde of The Coffee Pot Book Club for the details. 

Jennifer’s latest release is called Ephemera, a collection of short stories all linked to her bestselling Kindred Spirits series, published through Darkstroke Books.

If you fancy a read involving dead people – kings, queens and other persons of interest – you would love the Kindred Spirits books. Full of intrigues, humour and old rivalries, it’s a real treat for history nuts. 

So check out Ephemera



Kindred Spirits: Ephemera
by Jennifer C. Wilson

The afterlife is alive with possibility…
In this collection of stories, we follow kings and queens as they make important (and history-defying) visits, watch a football game featuring the foulest of fouls, and meet a host of new spirits-in-residence across the British Isles and beyond. 

Be transported to ancient ruins, a world-famous cemetery, and a new cathedral, and catch up with old fr…