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Post by annis » Fri April 6th, 2012, 10:56 pm

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I got a copy of "Remarkable Creatures" by Tracy Chevalier the other day, and I wanted to know if it's considered historical fiction or just a novel, any one?
Remarkable Creatures is definitely historical fiction, though both Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot were actual people. As with most of Chevalier's novels it has an underlying feminist message.

Chevalier has some interesting background info on her website
http://www.tchevalier.com/remarkablecre ... index.html

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Post by SonjaMarie » Sat April 7th, 2012, 2:37 am

I read "The Dragon Seekers" by Christopher McGowan, and she is covered in it, so I knew she was a real person, but I wasn't sure if "RC" was considered HF or not.

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Post by Berengaria » Sun April 8th, 2012, 3:59 am

I've just downloaded The Man from Primrose Lane about a crime writer who investigates an old murder. I love downloading the previews to see what the writing is like. :)
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Post by Madeleine » Tue April 10th, 2012, 1:10 pm

Personal Demon and Living with the Dead, both by Kelley Armstrong, UF.
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Post by emr » Thu April 12th, 2012, 11:23 am

The Duke's Agent by Rebecca Jenkins
The Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley
Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
The Haunting by Alan Titchmarsh
Booked to Die by John Dunning
The Bookman's Wake by John Dunning
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Post by Madeleine » Thu April 12th, 2012, 12:56 pm

The Crucible by S E MacLean - HF
The Sick Rose by Erin Kelly

Just ordered "Death in the Olive Grove" by Marco Vicchi, 1960s set Italian crime.
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Post by annis » Sat April 21st, 2012, 8:05 am

Two books by Elizabeth Byrd - Immortal Queen, a novel about Mary QOS (recommended by Madame Guillotine and claimed by others as doing for Mary QOS what Susan Kay's Legacy did for Elizabeth I) and Flowers of the Forest, a novel about the court of James IV of Scotland, culminating in the disastrous (for the Scots) Battle of Flodden Field.

Does anyone know anything about Elizabeth Byrd? Her novels seem well-regarded, but I'd never heard of her and there's very little information about her around. Her novels date from 1956-1982.
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Post by emr » Sat April 21st, 2012, 9:51 am

[quote=""annis""]Does anyone know anything about Elizabeth Byrd? Her novels seem well-regarded, but I'd never heard of her and there's very little information about her around. Her novels date from 1956-1982.[/quote]

*emi googles... scratches head... googles...
You are right. Almost nothing about this author. She was from the UK, (prolly Scottish), lived from 1912 to 1989, and sometime in her life she visited a mattresses factory. And hmmm besides her novels she wrote a couple short stories for Argosy in 1969- 1970: Gay Street Ghost and Try a Little Tenderness.
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Post by Madeleine » Sat April 21st, 2012, 4:48 pm

Have received several books by the French author Fred Vargas - she writes crime novels but with a supernatural element to them. So far I've got:

Seeking Whom He May Devour
The 3 Evangelists
An Uncertain Place

and I'm still waiting for Wash this Blood Clean from my Hands.
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Post by annis » Sat April 21st, 2012, 6:52 pm

@ Madeline: Love Fred Vargas! It helps that she has a translator who is in tune with her work.

@emr: Yes, Elizabeth Byrd is proving elusive! All I've found is that she's likely Scottish, she married twice, was a sensitive, and lived in Montrose at one stage - one of her novels was inspired by that stay and is called Lady of Montrose (a story about one of Mary QOS' ladies-in-waiting)
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