Tasha Alexander, “Death in the Floating City” (Minotaur Books, 2012)
Well-brought-up Victorian ladies don’t expect their childhood nemeses to write from out of the blue, pleading for help because, as the nemesis so tactfully puts it, “what lady of my rank would associate with persons who investigate crimes?” In this… Read More
Julius Wachtel, “Stalin’s Witnesses” (Knox Robinson Publishing, 2012)
When does history become performance art? In 1936, Joseph Stalin set out to eliminate any communist leader with sufficient prestige to threaten his monopoly on power. In what became known as the Great Terror, he instigated a series of show… Read More
Karen Engelmann, “The Stockholm Octavo” (Ecco Books, 2012)
It’s 1789, and despite the troubles in France, Emil Larsson, a sekretaire in the Customs Office in Stockholm, has life pretty much where he wants it. His job brings him lucrative under-the-table deals with pirates, smugglers, and innkeepers–not to mention… Read More
Julian Berengaut, “The Estate of Wormwood and Honey” (Russian Estate Books, 2012)
Illegitimacy doesn’t mean much in today’s Europe and North America. In an age when we celebrate many different kinds of families, “bastard” has become an epithet thrown, most often inaccurately, at someone who upsets you. But that was not always… Read More
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