Showing posts from May, 2011

The Magician's Death

Another P. C. Doherty historical mystery, this time set in medieval England, in the early 14th century and towards the end of the reign of Edward I. The focus is on his continual efforts to trump Philip IV of France, and the works of Roger Bacon. Sir Hugh Corbett, Keeper of the Secret Seal and the eyes and ears of King Edward I, serves as the intelligent academic and criminologist.
It begins, as every good mystery should, with a death, here following a theft of a copy of Bacon's Secretus Secretorum (a lovely play on Secretum Secretorum) from the French. The basis of the plot? Decode Bacon's, a priest and scientist, work by finding the key to his book because it's all written in code, and ultimately shift the balances of power in the favor of the one that makes the discovery first! Both Kings send envoys, academics led by a shrewd politician, to try and figure this out through mutual cooperation, but foul play is suspected in achieving these ends as people begin to die in th…

Captain Wentworth's Diary

Jane Austen iswas is a genius. Her writing takes you into a world with characters that every girl wishes were real, especially the male protagonists even though all of the stories are told from the female perspective. Captain Wentworth's Diary is one of many of Amanda Grange's books that attempts to give fans the other side of the story, the thoughts running through the minds of the man that many of us believe could be the man of our dreams!

I liked Mr. Darcy's Diary, but disliked Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, so I was a little skeptical about reading another of Grange's books. To my extreme delight, I was not disappointed. This book gives you Captain Wentworth's side of the happenings of Persuasion in a very modest and sentimental way that may have made Austen proud of her creations. It is insightful enough and stays true to the story and its gaps that fully believe that Captain Wentworth maintained this diary himself. You catch a glimpse into the passion an Austen hero ho…

The Perfect Poison

The Perfect Poison, an Arcane Society novel, is set in a gothic like late Victorian England was a fun read for me. It was quick, simple and well written enough for me to complete in a single day. I thought it would get monotonous,boring and unbelievable when I realized that the characters were psychic - inadvertently I thought of sorry plight of vampires in today's literature, it just saddened me. Surprisingly I wasn't disappointed. Jayne Ann Krentz, under the pseudonym of Amanda Quick, dishes out a decently sane novel, with a nice serving of botanical interests, though again psychically oriented, and a good understanding of Victorian society!
As is well known, I generally stay away from the romance genre on principle (I prefer classic romance and occasionally foray into historical romance but that's it), but I liked this novel because of the storyline and characters. There was a decent amount of depth in the characters of Caleb Jones and Lucinda so as to keep me turning the…