Month: November 2012

Book Review: Margaret Frazer’s The Maiden’s Tale

Book Review: Margaret Frazer’s The Maiden’s Tale

Eighth in the Sister Frevisse medieval mystery series revolving around Dame Frevisse and her talent for ferreting out the truth. This story takes place in London at her cousin Alice’s home, Coldharbour House. This takes place after Joliffe’s adventures in Normandy in A Play of Treachery. My Take It’s all about politics and love. From the mess Domina Alys made of the priory’s finances to the abbot’s various plans to rescue it to the dangerous dance of courtiers who are looking to get ahead. The love between the doomed couple and the promised. The love for worldly things and the love for power. The love Frevisse has for the silence of God. I just adore Frazer’s stories. She makes you feel as though you’re there. The smells, the food, the cold. She creates an authentic atmosphere using the culture, mores, style, and killing politics of the time. You will feel as though you are there. I do love how Jane and William’s romance begins to blossom. It’s also rather fun to ride around London, hearing the old street names and marketplaces. I don’t understand why Jane doesn’t warn the countess. Oh, no…naked peacocks!! Horrors…! The Story Domina Alys has been […]

Posted November 30, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Karen Rose’s Don’t Tell

Book Review: Karen Rose’s Don’t Tell

First in the Romantic Suspense series (can ya get more uncreative?) split between Asheville, North Carolina and Chicago. My Take Scum like Winters are cowards. There should be a death penalty for men (and women) like him. Rose wrote a dramatic and tension-filled story with real-life characters. Homey characters (on the good side!) you wanted in your own family. She can also write ’em bad. Really bad. It’s an interesting mix of funny and passionate, brave and insecure on the romantic side. With a double helping of self-pity. From both Caroline and Max. They both take offense so easily…much like people do in real life. It’s just that it’s so much easier to see it when you’re reading about it. On the abusive husband side…not so much. Just terrifying that someone like him has never been caught. That his fellow cops have ignored their own intuition simply because he’s a cop. So he must be one of the good guys. Oh, brother. Winters is hurting all these people. He doesn’t see that he’s doing anything wrong. And he so casually decides to spend the rest of the day playing tourist… Cracks me up that Thatcher gives in so easily on […]

Posted November 30, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments