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Friday Finds

A pile of books have been added to my TBR pile, which as of late is turning into TBR Mountain:

Doctor Olaf Van Schuler’s Brain, by Kirsten Menger-Anderson. Historical fiction; short stories set in early New Amsterdam (New York). Although this has been published a while ago, I received a review copy of it on Monday.

A Question of Guilt: A Novel of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Death of Henry Darnley, by Julianne Lee. *Another* Mary, Queen of Scots novel, but as this one focuses on a more interesting period of Mary’s life than The Other Queen did, I’m optimistic that this will be better.

The Firemaster’s Mistress, by Christie Dickason. More historical fiction; set in early 17th century England with the Gunpowder Plot.

Death of a Pilgrim, by David Dickinson. Mystery set in 1905 in France, centering around the deaths of pilgrims heading to Santiago de Compostela. ARC; to be published in February.

The Glassblower of Murano, by Marina Fiorato. To be published next May in the US; about an English woman who goes to Venice and uncovers some secrets about one of her ancestors, a famous glass artist on the island of Murano (there's my obsession with Venice popping up again!).

The Sano Ichiro series, by Laura Joh Rowland. I loved her The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte, so I’m still scratching my head over how I missed this mystery series set in 17th-century Japan.


michellekae said…
Ohh the Sano Ichiro series sounds delightful!
Bookeboy said…
Hello Katherine,

Love your blog. The Erasmus quote at the top is great.

George Gissing describes the choice between books and food very well too - long winded perhaps...

I posted the passage on my blog if you would like to see.

Can't wait to hear what you think of the Mary Stuart book --- I saw this one a while back and made a mental note of it.
Marg said…
I have enjoyed the books that I have read that are set in New Amsterdam! I also enjoyed The Firemaster's Mistress.

I have owned the first 7 or 8 books in the Sano Ichiro series for years (no exaggeration) but still haven't to actually read the first one! One day! LOL!
Lenore said…
My subconscious must be obsessed with murano glass - I seem to pick books where it shows up...(the last one being Company of Liars by Karen Maitland - wouldn't really expect it would you?)
Katherine said…
I too think my subconscious is obsessed with Murano glass; Venetian glass is part of the story in The Firemaster's Mistress.

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