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The Bones of Avalon by Phil Rickman

The Bones of Avalon by Phil RickmanI recently received a copy of Phil Rickman’s The Heresy of Dr Dee for review, which came as a timely reminder to me that I’d not managed to get around to reading the first novel in this series — The Bones of Avalon. Having now put that right, I am happy to present a review for you here and will hopefully soon be able to provide a review of the aforementioned follow up. If this new novel is anything like as good as the first one, then I know I have a treat in store in my TBR pile.

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The Observations by Jane Harris

The Observations by Jane HarrisThere is no getting away from the fact that there is a whole stack of recent fiction set in the Victorian era and, because of this, Jane Harris’ 2006 novel The Observations, like others in this arena, has its work cut out to be a little different and capture the reader’s imagination.

I got hold of a Kindle copy after receiving a number of recommendations, so my expectations were already set high for the book. Also, since there are a number of the aforementioned stack of books that I have not yet got around to reading, I was looking forward to getting stuck into its nicely weighty 548 pages without having to worry too much about that “oh god, not another” feeling. So, did it live up to all those recommendations?

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Silk Road by Colin Falconer

Silk Road is the first of Colin Falconer’s historical fiction novels that I’ve read so far, and from the quality of this piece of work, I’m certainly looking forward to reading more. After doing a little research, I discovered that he has a fairly extensive back catalogue of previously published novels, and that he favours a “hands-on” approach to his research — travelling extensively to gather background information and give an authentic feel to his storylines. A tough job, but I suppose someone has to do it!

So if you are a fan of historical fiction, click the link below to see what I made of this epic Eastern adventure.

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Mozart’s Last Aria by Matt Rees

Mozart's Last Aria by Matt ReesMatt Rees is undoubtedly best known for the series of crime novels set in the Middle East featuring his fictional creation Omar Yussef. Rees gathered the ideas and inspiration for the Omar Yussef series whilst working as a foreign correspondent in the region, but it was during a sabbatical away from the danger and violence, in the more tranquil surroundings of Austria, that the idea for Mozart’s Last Aria started to take shape.

Good historical fiction, whether crime based or otherwise, takes a serious amount of research and it appears that Mozart’s Last Aria is no exception in this respect. So after all that hard work, has the author provided us with a symphony or a jangling dischord?

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