Janet Kastner Olshewsky, “The Snake Fence” (Quaker Bridge Media, 2013)
Sixteen is a difficult age, lodged somewhere between childhood and adulthood. In 1755, young Noble Butler has just finished his apprenticeship as a carpenter, and he wants nothing more than to undertake more advanced training as a cabinetmaker (qualified to… Read More
Marie Macpherson, “The First Blast of the Trumpet” (Knox Robinson Publishing, 2012)
There’s nothing quite like sitting down to write a novel about a man who, to quote Marie Macpherson, is blamed for “banning Christmas, football on Sundays,” and the like. What is one to do with such a subject, never… Read More
B. A. Shapiro, “The Art Forger” (Algonquin Books, 2012)
Claire Roth can’t believe her luck when the owner of Boston’s most prestigious art gallery offers her a one-woman show. Of course, there’s a catch: he asks her to copy a painting. A small price to pay to revive her… Read More
Laurie R. King, “Garment of Shadows” (Bantam Books, 2012)
Morocco in 1924 has political factions to spare. A rebellion in the Rif Mountains threatens to oust Spain from its protectorate in the north–a response to Spanish mistreatment of the local population, itself driven by the desire to avenge seven… Read More
William B. McCormick, “Lenin’s Harem” (Knox Robinson, 2012)
One night in the Russian imperial province of Courland, an eleven-year-old boy more than a little drunk on his parents’ champagne slips away from his aristocratic manor and heads for the village that houses his family’s Latvian farmhands. It is… Read More
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