Review: The Bleak Midwinter by L C Tyler

The fifth John Grey historical mystery 1668. John Grey is now a Justice of the Peace and lives in the manor house he has inherited on his mother’s death with his new wife, Aminta. As the village is cut off from the rest of the world by a heavy snowfall, George...

Cabinet of Curio-stories – Miniature Scottish Coffins

In 1836, five young Scottish boys were out hunting for rabbits on the slopes of Arthur’s Seat, a hill in the centre of Edinburgh. After chasing a rabbit into a small cave, they saw something jammed into a crevice in the crag. It was the first of no less than seventeen...

The Apothecary’s Widow – Diane Scott Lewis

  A Lady’s Murder in Eighteenth Century Cornwall When I attended the Historical Novel Society Conference in San Diego, one of the panels spoke of the future of historical fiction. They agreed that historical mysteries would remain one of the most popular aspects...

The Art of the Elizabethan Murder Mystery

What does it take to write an Elizabethan Murder Mystery? I asked the actor Jonathan Digby, whose novel, ‘A Murderous Affair’, is currently flying high in the UK Amazon charts, for some clues. What appeals to you about Elizabethan History? The Elizabethan...

Floats the Dark Shadow by Yves Fey

  Floats the Dark Shadow had a long gestation.  I tried writing a different Belle Époque novel for about a year. I had a heroine I liked and kept telling her she was an artist.  As an artist myself, I knew I could bring Paris of that era to life through my...