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Welcome to my attempt at blogging. I am a true to heart bibliophile. Here I will discuss and review books as I read them. You are welcome to do the same. The only rules are no profanity, no politics, no religion, and have fun!
Donna

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Templars and the Holy Lance (Spear of Destiny) in one book--an explosive combination!!

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Publication Date: March 24, 2015 Knox Robinson Publishing Formats: eBook, Hardcover Pages: 360 Series: The English Templars (Book One) Genre: Historical Fiction/Middle Ages
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 The year is 1191. A daring counterattack against the Saracens' last-ditch effort to relieve the besieged city of Acre has not only saved the Christian host from a fatal defeat; it has also brought the leader of that counterattack, English Templar Michael Fitz Alan, to the attention of King Richard the Lionheart. In the days that follow, the king charges Fitz Alan with a life-or-death mission ñ to recover the Holy Lance, a long-lost religious relic widely believed to be responsible for the near-miraculous success of the First Crusade. The ensuing quest leads Fitz Alan and a hand-picked band of Templars on a journey deep into enemy territory, where they battle Saracens, Assassins, hostile Christians and even a traitor within their own ranks as they seek to return the Holy Lance to Christian hands and thereby ensure the success of the crusade.

Early Praise for The Holy Lance

"A timely and compelling novel. The Crusades inform and often infect our understanding of the contemporary Middle East, and while this book is fiction it reveals much of the truth about that misunderstood era. Outstanding reading." - Michael Coren, award-winning television host, radio personality, syndicated columnist, and best-selling author of fourteen books, including most recently The Future of Catholicism

 "A fascinating and thrilling story played out under the boiling heat of Palestine at a time when two cultures clashed violently over the ultimate prize of Jerusalem. Andrew Latham has created a believable and sympathetic lead character in the Templar Fitz Alan as well as providing us with a thrilling insight into the mysteries of the Templar order. A most enjoyable tale, like that of an experienced jongleur, set against the personal conflict between Richard of England and Saladin. It vividly resurrects the life and death struggle between Saracen and Crusader."- Dr. Paul Doherty, OBE, historian and critically acclaimed author of dozens of works of historical fiction, including The Templar, The Templar Magician and most recently The Last of Days

 "Grizzled warriors, an epic conflict, a fabled quest: Latham's engrossing tale of violence and faith careens savagely through the Third Crusade and its legendary clash of wills with 'Coeur de Lion' versus 'Saladin', 'Frank' versus 'Saracen'. The splendid English Templar, Michael Fitz Alan is flawed, fearless, lethal - here joins the front rank of historical fiction's greatest warriors."- Dr. Dean F. Oliver, award-winning author, director of research at the Canadian Museum of History, and Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau

"Violent and visceral . meticulously researched, superbly plotted,. The Holy Lance is historical fiction at its best!"- Steven A. McKay, bestselling author of Wolf's Head and The Wolf and the Raven

"If you're looking for an historical adventure soaked in blood, The Holy Lance delivers,. Latham shows a welcome attention to the complexities of the Crusader world and to the details of Templar life. A satisfying amount of blood is shed as Michael Fitz Alan and his Templar troops battle their way towards their goal. And the book offers a rousing conclusion, with the promise of more to come. Bring it on!" - Jack Hight, author of The Saladin Trilogy

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Knox Robinson author Andrew A. Latham is an award-winning professor of International Relations who regularly teaches courses in medieval political thought, international relations, and war. Trained as a Political Scientist, Latham has spent the last decade-and-a-half researching political violence in the Middle Ages. He has written scholarly articles on medieval war, the crusades, jihad, and the political thought of Saint Augustine and Saint Thomas Aquinas. His most recent book is a work of non-fiction entitled Theorizing Medieval Geopolitics: War and World Order in the Age of the Crusades. Latham was born in England, raised in Canada and currently lives in the United States. He graduated from York University in Toronto with a BA (Honours) in Political Science, later earned an MA from Queen's University in Kingston and, later yet, a PhD from his alma mater, York. Latham is a member of the Historical Novel Society, the Historical Writers' Association and De Re Militari: The Society For Medieval Military History. Since 1997 Latham has been a member of the Political Science Department at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he where he lives with his wife Wendy, daughter Bernadette and son Michael. For more information and updates, please visit Andrew Latham's website. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

The Holy Lance Blog Tour Schedule

 Monday, May 4 Guest Post & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
  Thursday, May 7 Guest Post & Giveaway at Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus More
  Friday, May 8 Guest Post at The Writing Desk
  Sunday, May 10 Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book
  Monday, May 11 Review at A Book Geek Spotlight at A Literary Vacation
  Tuesday, May 12 Spotlight at Just One More Chapter
  Wednesday, May 13 Review at Book Lovers Paradise Spotlight at CelticLady's  Reviews
 Thursday, May 14 Guest Post at Book Lovers Paradise
 Friday, May 15 Review at Bookramblings Review at Flashlight Commentary Review & Giveaway at Words and Peace



my thoughts:

This book starts with a bang and the action just keeps coming. As a lover of Templar lore, I couldn't wait to read this book. I was not disappointed. This book portrays the Templars as they probably really existed, not as some Hollywood, made up group of people, but devout Catholic soldiers doing battle for God. The characters are amazing, especially Fitz Alan, a true Templar knight, and Richard the Lionhearted, not the nice guy we were always led to believe..

Imagine, the Templars and the Holy Lance, aka The Spear of Destiny, in the same book!!! 

Professor Latham has created a well researched, well written novel that is fantastically gripping, He is not only an expert on theTemplars, but on creating fabulous stories. I can't wait for book two. I'm anxious to see what happens with Fitz Alan and Richard the Lionhearted.




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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Guest post by Jeanne Lyet Gassman. Author of Blood of Stone

For now, we turn over BookLovers Paradise to Jeanne Lyet Gassman, author of BLOOD OF STONE.   Take it away Jeanne....

It Began With a Dream

By Jeanne Lyet Gassman
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When people ask me about my debut historical novel, Blood of a Stone, one of the first questions they pose is: "Where did you get the idea for this book?"

The answer: "From a dream." Well, to be fair, the idea originated from a dream my husband had. In our family, my husband is renowned for his vivid, interesting dreams, and he likes to share them with me over breakfast. The story of Blood of a Stone was born in just this way.

My husband told me he had dreamed he was working on the set of a movie directed by Kirk Douglas. I was fixing toast and searching for the margarine, so my attention was not entirely focused on his story, but then he said, "The movie was about a man plotting to assassinate Jesus Christ."

"What?" I said, as I closed the refrigerator and turned to listen more closely. "What did you say?" But before he could answer, I took off with the idea. "That would make a great book. What if the main character wasn't Jewish or Roman but an outsider to the culture? Where would he come from? Why would he want to kill Jesus? What kind of trouble would he be in? What if..." The ideas came spinning forth. Abandoning breakfast, I ducked into my home office.

"Wait," my husband called. "I never told you what happened in my dream."

"It doesn't matter. I already know."

For the past year, I had been flailing with my first novel, a family drama about a prodigal son returning home to help out with the family business. It doesn't sound so original now, but I thought I had a good story at the time, and I had even come close to finding a publisher when an editor asked to see the opening chapters before the book was finished. But I was unable to complete the book on the editor's deadline and so, the book languished, leaving me to wonder if I could write a novel at all--until my husband had a dream.

I locked myself in my office. The words poured out of me. When I finally came up for air, I had written 65 pages in four days, and I still had much more to say. I knew this character. I knew what he looked like, what he wanted, what he feared, and I could imagine him in this place called first century Palestine. There was only one problem. I had done no research. My knowledge of this time and place was limited to Sunday school lessons.

For the next year, I buried myself in the research while the story waited for me. I visited museums and libraries, bought books and resource materials, called total strangers at universities, zoos, and botanical gardens to ask questions about the lifestyle, the flora, and the fauna. Most people were so flattered to be asked about their specialties that they gave unexpected and wonderful details. One botanist even tasted the leaves of a particular plant so I could describe its taste in my book. As I continued my research, I became my own kind of expert about the odd and exotic. I can tell you exactly what to look for when buying a camel, and I know the proper rituals for a haruspication, which is the reading of an animal liver to predict the future. Eventually, I returned to writing the book.

But life gets in the way. With two small children under the age of three, my writing time was scarce. I added a chapter here and there to the book when I could and wrote a lot of short stories to keep me going.

My children were almost grown when I returned to school to complete an MFA in Writing. And that book? I planned to write another chapter or two or three during the program, but my advisor had other ideas. No more dabbling, no excuses. I had to finish the book. I wrote the entire novel during one semester, typing the magic words, THE END, on Thanksgiving Day while my loving family prepared the holiday dinner. I revised the book the following semester and then began the arduous process of finding a publisher. Almost five years later, Blood of a Stone was released by Tuscany Press, and I can honestly say it is a dream come true!

My husband had another good dream a couple of weeks ago. He was a little reluctant to talk about it, but I pried it out of him, and I know exactly what's going to happen. I just have to write it.

Monday, May 11, 2015

BLOOD OF A STONE

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Publication Date: March 17, 2015 Tuscany Press Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle 371 Pages Genre: Historical Fiction

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 Set in the first century on the edges of the Roman Empire and the Jesus movement, Blood of a Stone is a sweeping story of murder, betrayal, love, and the search for redemption. Faced with the brutality of slavery, Demetrios confronts his master and flees by the blood of a stone. Determined to escape his past, he struggles to create a new life and a new identity with his friend and fellow escaped slave, Elazar. However, freedom has its price. Secrets cannot remain secret forever. A chance for love is lost. Elazar betrays Demetrios to a so-called prophet named Jesus of Nazareth. Fearing the Roman authorities and Jesus, Demetrios risks everything to silence those who would enslave him again. His quest leads him to startling discoveries and dire choices. Demetrios must answer the question we all ask: Can we ever be free of our past?

Praise for Blood of a Stone

"Blood of a Stone takes the reader on an adventure in a fascinating period of history where the Roman Empire and the birth of Christianity converge. An extremely well written historical novel. -Amazon Best Selling Author of The Olivia Series, Yael Politis

"Jeanne Gassman has composed a spiritual journey of one man's heart-rending path to redemption on the fringe of the Jesus movement. Wrapped in polished prose and vivid depictions of life in 1st Century Palestine, Gassman's story transcends genres to offer a rich biblical tale of love, loss, forgiveness, and the restorative power of faith." -Barbara Devlin, Bestselling Author of the Brethren of the Coast series

 "BLOOD OF A STONE by Jeanne Gassman is an enthralling, introspective historical tale that studies the human spirit in all its various forms: the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful. The novel is touching, wonderfully written and has a stunning story line that will stay with me for a long time. Highly recommend!" -Eliza Knight, USA Today Bestselling Author, My Lady Viper

 "Details of 1st-Century Palestine come alive as Jeanne Lyet Gassman weaves a compelling story of unspeakable challenge and the search for redemption. Trapped in a life of desperation, Demetrios will do whatever it takes to escape, even kill those who enslave him. But when his life comes in contact with the man, Jesus, everything that seemed so important begins to shift. The story moves from pulse-pounding action to heart-wrenching honesty, as Demetrios pursues the Peace every heart craves."-Amazon Best-seller Author, Christy M. Bellar, The Lady and the Mountain Man

 "Grace, one of the most challenging journeys of life and literature, is explored in this fine debut novel by Jeanne Lyet Gassman. Set in first century Palestine during the time of Jesus, BLOOD OF A STONE is a moving, well-researched, beautifully turned novel that had me engaged and in tears. Highly recommended!" -Best-selling author Allegra Jordan, The End of Innocence

 "Jeanne Gassman is a remarkable writer who brings a Biblical era stunningly to life in this powerful and fast-moving tale of sin and redemption." -American Fiction Prize Winner, Clint McCown, author of Haints

 "In art man finds a conduit to the divine. Blood of a Stone, Jeanne L. Gassman's artful debut, is a tale of murder, love, betrayal, and redemption in 1st century Judea. Crafted with imagination and superlative style, her story tracks slaves Demetrios and Elazar's arduous climb from sin to forgiveness." -Winner of the Independent Publisher Book Award, David Beckett, The Cana Mystery

 "Jeanne Lyet Gassman's stunning evocation of 1st-century Palestine in all its teeming, multifaceted complexity compelled me, page after page, to follow the fateful pilgrimage to Jerusalem while also walking the rocky path from undeserved suffering and terrible guilt to the possibility--open to all of us--of forgiving and being forgiven." -Diane Lefer, co-author of The Blessing Next to the Wound

 "Blood of a Stone is a gripping story of friendship and betrayal, love against all odds, a brutal Roman Empire, and the threat of a revolt that becomes instead the beginnings of freedom. Jeanne Lyet Gassman tells us what it was like to live in the time of emperors and slavery, a world into which Christ was born." -National Book Award Winner, Gloria Whelan, Homeless Bird

 "A meditative journey on the ways that life cripple us all -- and the choices we make that lead to bitterness and blame or joy and forgiveness -- Gassman's BLOOD OF A STONE is a biblical journey of self-discovery that will strike a chord in every reader." -Michelle Zink, Author of Prophecy of the Sisters Trilogy

 "Jeanne Lyet Gassman is an astonishingly good writer. The ancient world of Blood of a Stone feels alive on every page. And if you think there's nothing fresh to say about the fragility of freedom and the difficult road towards redemption, this novelóchock-full of compelling characters and propelled by a polished, downright luminous proseówill provide new and heartfelt insights." -Nance Van Winckel, author of Boneland: Linked Stories

 "In Blood of a Stone, author Jeanne Lyet Gassman leads the reader on a journey of surprise and suspense. Her well-researched work is the story of Demetrios, a slave who sinks to murder to defend his own life. He is a Gentile, in partnership with Elazar, a Jew. They travel Palestine in the midst of the Jesus movement and each in his own way finds his life changed." -Wall Street Journal Top Ten book selection author, Donna Foley Mabrey, Maude

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About the Author03_Jeanne Lyet Gassman

Jeanne Lyet Gassman lives in Arizona where the desert landscape inspires much of her fiction. She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has received fellowships from Ragdale and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. In addition to writing, Jeanne teaches creative writing workshops in the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area. Her work has appeared in Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, Red Savina Review, The Museum of Americana, Assisi: An Online Journal of Arts & Letters, Switchback, Literary Mama, and Barrelhouse, among many others. Blood of a Stone is her debut novel.

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my thoughts:

Two slaves escaping in an evil Roman master.  Set in the later days of the 'Jesus movement", this book centered on two slaves, Demetrios, a gentile, and Elazar, a Jew.   They travel all around and encounter not only Jesus himself, but his disciples and many he's touched.    The main character is Demetrios, the gentile.  He's committed a terrible crime, and spends his days in an almost paranoid manner.  He becomes a caravan leader.  He's leading the Jews to Jerusalem during Passover.  The story focuses on his feelings of betrayal, paranoia and (spoiler) 

eventual forgiveness after meeting Jesus.   Demetrios is an interesting character. He spent a great deal of time feeling angry.  Angry with himself, angry with Elazar, angry with just about everyone, even Jesus.  

This book is well written.  The author brings us into Jerusalem during the time of Christ.  Jesus himself is a minor character, as are Peter, Mary, John and Judas.  I found myself imagining life at this time. Was it as the author described?  Probably, she did such a fantastic job with her descriptions of the characters and the settings.   


I give this book 4/5 stars for it's concept, originality and ability to hold my interest.


Blood of a Stone Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, May 4 Spotlight at Curling Up With A Good Book Tuesday, May 5 Excerpt at What Is That Book About Wednesday, May 6 Spotlight at Cheryl's Book Nook Thursday, May 7 Excerpt & Guest Post at Curling Up With A Good Book Friday, May 8 Review at Book Nerd Tuesday, May 12 Review at Book Lovers Paradise Wednesday, May 13 Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book Guest Post at Book Lovers Paradise Thursday, May 14 Review at A Book Geek Monday, May 18 Spotlight at A Literary Vacation Tuesday, May 19 Guest Post & Giveaway at Latte Da Excerpt & Giveaway at Queen of All She Reads Wednesday, May 20 Review at Genre Queen Thursday, May 21 Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews Guest Post & Giveaway at Raven Haired Girl Friday, May 22 Blog Tour Wrap-Up at Passages to the Past  photo d53958ab-b3a9-48d9-a52a-dfbef1cd6bae.png

Monday, April 20, 2015

HELEN OF SPARTA

Please join author Amalia Carosella as she tours the blogosphere with HF Virtual Book Tours for Helen of Sparta, from April 1-22. 02_Helen of Sparta Cover

Publication Date: April 1, 2015 Lake Union Publishing Formats: eBook, Paperback ISBN-10: 1477821384 Genre: Historical Fiction

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 Long before she ran away with Paris to Troy, Helen of Sparta was haunted by nightmares of a burning city under siege. These dreams foretold impending war—a war that only Helen has the power to avert. To do so, she must defy her family and betray her betrothed by fleeing the palace in the dead of night. In need of protection, she finds shelter and comfort in the arms of Theseus, son of Poseidon. With Theseus at her side, she believes she can escape her destiny. But at every turn, new dangers—violence, betrayal, extortion, threat of war—thwart Helen’s plans and bar her path. Still, she refuses to bend to the will of the gods. A new take on an ancient myth, Helen of Sparta is the story of one woman determined to decide her own fate.

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Amalia Carosella graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelors degree in Classical Studies and English. An avid reader and former bookseller, she writes about old heroes and older gods. She lives with her husband in upstate New York and dreams of the day she will own goats (and maybe even a horse, too). For more information, visit her blog at www.amaliacarosella.com. She also writes fantasy and paranormal romance as Amalia Dillin. You can also connect with Amalia on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter here and here.


my thoughts:

We've all heard the story of Helen of Troy.  In some versions, Helen is a victim, in others, she's a temptress, but always the story revolves around Paris and 'the war'.  Well, this is a different tale.  This is the years prior to the great war.  The years of Helen's youth and her capture by Theseus, King of Athens.  The story of Helen's abduction by Theseus is a mere footnote in the books, but the author has managed to create a compelling and highly entertaining story revolving around Helen's time with Theseus.  Years before her marriage to Menelaus, years before Paris, years before the great battles.  As we discover, one cannot escape one's fate.  What do I mean by this?  Well, no spoilers, you just have to read the book to find out!  Would the great battle have even occurred if Helen had not been 'abducted' by Theseus?  Intriguing thought.    This Helen is a likable, charming young woman. She is not the meek victim, nor is she a frivolous simpleton.  She is a strong, independent young woman attempting to foil the will of the petty and foolish gods.  She is a daughter of Zeus, ignored by her father and living with a mortal mother, Leda, who feels both contempt and disdain for her.   If you like the ancient stories, if you like stories with strong women, you will enjoy this version of Helen's story.


Helen of Sparta Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, April 1 Review at Unshelfish Review at Let Them Read Books

  Thursday, April 2 Review at Flashlight Commentary

  Friday, April 3 Interview at Flashlight Commentary

  Saturday, April 4 Review at History From a Woman's Perspective

Monday, April 6 Review at Curling Up By the Fire Spotlight at A Literary Vacation

  Tuesday, April 7 Spotlight at leeanna.com

  Wednesday, April 8 Review at Historical Reads and Views

  Thursday, April 9 Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book!

  Friday, April 10 Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book

  Monday, April 13 Interview at Book Babe Spotlight at Historical Fiction Obsession

Tuesday, April 14 Review at Forever Ashley

  Wednesday, April 15 Review at Just One More Chapter Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews

Thursday, April 16 Review at 100 Pages a Day

  Friday, April 17 Review at Impressions in Ink

Saturday, April 18 Spotlight at Passages to the Past

  Monday, April 20 Review at Book Lovers Paradise Interview at The Maiden's Court

  Tuesday, April 21 Review at Broken Teepee

  Wednesday, April 22 Review at Ageless Pages Reviews


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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Inspector of the Dead, review

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Publication Date: March 24, 2015 Mulholland Books Hardcover; 342p ISBN: 9780316323932 Genre: Historical Mystery
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 David Morrell's MURDER AS A FINE ART was a publishing event. Acclaimed by critics, it made readers feel that they were actually on the fogbound streets of Victorian London. Now the harrowing journey continues in INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD. Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his Confessions of an Opium-Eater,confronts London's harrowing streets to thwart the assassination of Queen Victoria. The year is 1855. The Crimean War is raging. The incompetence of British commanders causes the fall of the English government. The Empire teeters. Amid this crisis comes opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant personalities of Victorian England. Along with his irrepressible daughter, Emily, and their Scotland Yard companions, Ryan and Becker, De Quincey finds himself confronted by an adversary who threatens the heart of the nation. This killer targets members of the upper echelons of British society, leaving with each corpse the name of someone who previously attempted to kill Queen Victoria. The evidence indicates that the ultimate victim will be Victoria herself. As De Quincey and Emily race to protect the queen, they uncover long-buried secrets and the heartbreaking past of a man whose lust for revenge has destroyed his soul. Brilliantly merging historical fact with fiction, Inspector of the Dead is based on actual attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria.

Praise for Inspector of the Dead

"Riveting! I literally thought I was in 1855 London. With this mesmerizing series, David Morrell doesnít just delve into the world of Victorian England,he delves into the heart of evil, pitting one manís opium-skewed brilliance against a society where appearances are everything, and the most vicious killers lurk closer than anyone thinks." Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Crash & Burn and The Perfect Husband

  What the Victorian Experts Say: "Even better than Murder as a Fine Art. A truly atmospheric and dynamic thriller. I was fascinated by how Morrell seamlessly blended elements from Thomas De Quincey's life and work. The solution is a complete surprise.'" Grevel Lindop, The Opium-Eater: A Life of Thomas De Quincey

"The scope is remarkable. Florence Nightingale, the Crimean War, regicide, the railways, opium, the violence and despair of the London rookeries, medical and scientific innovations, arsenic in the food and clothing,all this makes the Victorian world vivid. The way Morrell depicts Thomas De Quincey places him in front of us, living and breathing. But his daughter Emily is in many ways the real star of the book" Robert Morrison, The English Opium-Eater: A Biography of Thomas De Quincey

"I absolutely raced through it and couldnít bear to put it down. I particularly liked how the very horrible crimes are contrasted with the developing, fascinating relationship between Thomas De Quincey and his daughter, Emily, who come across as extremely real. It was altogether a pleasure." Judith Flanders, The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Reveled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime

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David Morrell is an Edgar, Nero, Anthony, and Macavity nominee as well as a recipient of the prestigious career-achievement Thriller Master away from the International Thriller Writers. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic espionage novel. The Brotherhood of the Rose, the basis for the only television mini-series to be broadcast after a Super Bowl. A former literature professor at the University of Iowa, Morrell has a PhD from Pennsylvania State University. His latest novel is INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD, a sequel to his highly acclaimed Victorian mystery/thriller, Murder as a Fine Art, which Publishers Weekly called îone of the top ten mystery/thrillers of 2013.î For more information visit David Morrell's website. You can also connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

Inspector of the Dead Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, March 24 Review at Unabridged Chick Excerpt at Boom Baby Reviews

  Wednesday, March 25 Review at Back Porchervations Interview & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick

  Thursday, March 26 Review at JulzReads

  Friday, March 27 Review & Excerpt at Jorie Loves a Story Interview at JulzReads

  Monday, March 30 Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book Spotlight at Tales of a Book Addict

Tuesday, March 31 Interview & Excerpt at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

  Wednesday, April 1 Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book Guest Post at Mina's Bookshelf

Thursday, April 2 Review at Build a Bookshelf Review & Giveaway at Mina's Bookshelf

  Friday, April 3 Review at Peppermint, Ph.D. Monday, April 6 Review & Giveaway at To Read, or Not to Read Excerpt & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

  Tuesday, April 7 Review at Book Lovers Paradise Wednesday, April 8 Interview at Back Porchervations Spotlight & Giveaway at Words and Peace

  Thursday, April 9 Review & Giveaway at 100 Pages a Day - Stephanie's Book Reviews

  Friday, April 10 Review at Layered Pages Review, Excerpt & Giveaway at Drey's Library

Monday, April 13 Review at Flashlight Commentary

  Tuesday, April 14 Interview at Flashlight Commentary

  Wednesday, April 15 Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

  Thursday, April 16 Review at Editing Pen Review at Luxury Reading Review at The Maiden's Court

  Friday, April 17 Guest Post & Giveaway at Editing Pen

  Monday, April 20 Review & Giveaway at A Literary Vacation

  Tuesday, April 21 Review at A Book Geek Review at Books and Benches

  Wednesday, April 22 Spotlight at Historical Fiction Connection

  Thursday, April 23 Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

  Friday, April 24 Review & Giveaway at The True Book Addict


my thoughts:

David Morrell has created quite a page turner.  A better than average mystery/thriller.  I admit, I have not yet read MURDER AS A FINE ART, but I've recently purchased it, and plan to read it soon.

This book is full of twists and turns.  Morrell has combined a murder mystery with Victorian era London, complete with fog filled streets, the Queen and Victorian sensibilities.  He has expertly interwoven the characters with an amazing story.  I was on the edge of my seat attempting to figure out 'whodunit'.   This is not light reading, it is a masterfully told, tense, action packed story with some strange and incredible characters.  We vividly experience brutal murders, complete with explicit details of these murders.

Thomas DeQuincey is better than Sherlock Holmes!  His thinking process baffles even Scotland Yard..  It's even more impressive when you realize he's a drug addict, a chronic user of laudanum (opium).    Emily De Quincey is the star of the book.  She is a woman ahead of her time.  A follower of the Florence Nightingale teachings and an independent, highly intelligent woman.   She works with her father to solve the crime.   

You will not be disappointed with this fascinating story!





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