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by Judith Starkston
Fri September 23rd, 2011, 3:16 pm
Forum: Historical Mystery
Topic: Death Comes to Pemberley
Replies: 15
Views: 10144

favorite author

Thanks for the information. P.D. James is one of my favorites and Austen another--it will be fascinating to see how P.D. James interprets and reworks Austen.
by Judith Starkston
Sat August 13th, 2011, 12:54 am
Forum: Historical Mystery
Topic: Elizabeth Speller
Replies: 0
Views: 1248

Elizabeth Speller

I recently discovered a new historical fiction writer--her books are set in the aftermath of World War I--who strikes me as an especially talented writer. She's also a poet and ancient historian. Only one of her books has an American edition, The Return of Captain John Emmett. Her other title is The...
by Judith Starkston
Thu July 14th, 2011, 10:12 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: What are you reading? July 2011
Replies: 177
Views: 13697

I'm reading The Small Book by Zina Rohan. It starts in WWI and goes to present day. In some ways it's more a book of ideas than plot. Her characterization is accomplished largely through vivid voices given to each of the various narrators. Definitely an interesting read, though unconventional.
by Judith Starkston
Thu July 14th, 2011, 10:04 pm
Forum: Author Announcements
Topic: Orestes: The Young Lion
Replies: 5
Views: 702

This looks like a great book. I'll definitely add it to my TBR list. I like your understanding of Clytemnestra. Orestes's life is a smart entrance into the Mycenaean world with great potential for character development. I've been working on a book about Briseis, so I've been thinking about this same...
by Judith Starkston
Thu July 14th, 2011, 9:48 pm
Forum: Ancient
Topic: The Trojan War
Replies: 22
Views: 10303

[quote=""Margaret""]There are a ton of novels revolving around the Trojan War. A recent one of literary value is David Malouf's Ransom . I wrote a review of this for my own website , as well as a longer review for the U.K. archaeology website Heritage-Key . I had to chuckle when I discovered they ha...
by Judith Starkston
Wed July 13th, 2011, 11:23 pm
Forum: Historical Mystery
Topic: What Makes a Good Historical Mystery?
Replies: 13
Views: 4323

[quote=""Anna Elliott""]Agreed on both counts, Margaret! I love both the Mary Russel and the William Monk series. I also love Elizabeth Peters' mysteries set in Victorian Egypt. She's wonderful with working in the period detail and bringing the historical setting vividly to life.[/quote] I agree wit...

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