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Friday Finds


Friday Finds for this week include:

--Dust and Shadows, by Lyndsey Fay. An ARC; it’s a mystery featuring Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes, plus the Ripper Killings. Not the most inventive idea, but we’ll see.

--The Devlin Diary, by Christi Phillips. Another ARC, of a book that’s coming out in May. Set in Restoration London.

--The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. This title has been floating around the internet recently, and I received an ARC today in the mail. History/ mystery featuring the Salem witch trials.

--The novels of Barbara Michaels. It’s the pseudonym of Barbara Mertz, also known as Elizabeth Peters. These particular books are Gothic in tone, and since I seem to enjoy the genre, I think I might enjoy her Barbara Michaels books (Wait For What Will Come was recommended to me by Amazon). Plus, anything set in Cornwall with a scary, old house in it is something that catches my attention.

Comments

Marg said…
I am currently working my way through two of Barbara Peters series. Once I have managed that then I definitely plan to start reading some of the books that she has written under other names.
Danielle said…
I have Christi Phillips first book (not yet read), but I read about this one recently and had to get on the library list right away. I've read some Barbara Michaels novels, but it's been quite a while ago, now. From what I remember I did enjoy them!

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