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June 2012 Feature of the Month: Historical Thrillers

A monthly discussion on varying themes guided by our members. (Book of the Month discussions through December 2011 can be found in this section too.)
J.D. Oswald
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Post by J.D. Oswald » Fri June 22nd, 2012, 6:54 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]Here are some stand alone thrillers which I have read or have on my TBR pile:

Bleeding Heart Square by Andrew Taylor[/quote]

I enjoyed Bleeding Heart Square, mainly because of the moody 1930s setting and the fascist 'Blackshirts' sub-plot. Strong heroine as well.

Ash
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Post by Ash » Fri June 22nd, 2012, 7:45 pm

Saw Brave; its not as good as Tangeled, but few movies are. Plus its story could have been ruined by the wrong ending; this one really was perfect. Recommended for everyone, really.

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Post by SGM » Sat June 23rd, 2012, 2:47 pm

[quote=""Mythica""]
One of my favorite mystery series is PB Ryan's Gilded Age series but it's more of a cozy than thriller. I just love the characters - normally, I'm not big on romance but I have a mini-crush on William Hewitt.[/quote]

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
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Post by Vanessa » Sun June 24th, 2012, 11:02 am

I've got Death Comes to Pemberley by P D James on my Kindle. It hasn't got very good reviews on Amazon. I'm sure a few on here have read it.

Has anyone read any of Kenneth Cameron's Denton series? I've read the first one, The Frightened Man. I quite like the sound of Winter at Death's Hotel. Anyone read it?

Also, anyone read A Dark Anatomy by Robin Blake?
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rockygirl
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Post by rockygirl » Wed June 27th, 2012, 4:27 am

[quote=""Vanessa""]

Have you not heard of the C J Sansom's Shardlake series, Rockygirl? It's been mentioned on here quite a lot and is very popular.[/quote]

I just looked up information on this series. It looks like something I would enjoy. I put them on my list.

Thanks!
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rockygirl
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Post by rockygirl » Wed June 27th, 2012, 4:34 am

No one has mentioned the Caleb Carr books The Alienist and its sequel Angel of Darkness. Two of my faves.
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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Wed June 27th, 2012, 10:04 am

I've just had a look at those on Amazon, Rockygirl. They sound good and I've made a note of them.
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Post by EC2 » Wed June 27th, 2012, 10:40 am

I loved Ellis Peters' Cadfael novels in the long ago. I read The Chatter of the Maidens in the Hawkeneye series and wall-banged it for inaccuracy/silliness and haven't revisted the series since. C.J. Sansom - I love those. Lyndsey Davis' Falco series is excellent.
Dare I say it, but Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond and Niccolo series are multi-layered slow-burn epic historical thrillers.
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Souvent entre piez de chevals
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Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Post by fljustice » Wed June 27th, 2012, 2:52 pm

[quote=""rockygirl""]No one has mentioned the Caleb Carr books The Alienist and its sequel Angel of Darkness. Two of my faves.[/quote]

I agree, both are very good. Read several years ago and they still stick with me. Didn't hurt that they take place in NYC and I loved the historical accuracy of the locations.
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Ludmilla
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Post by Ludmilla » Wed June 27th, 2012, 4:24 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]Here are some others I have on my TBR pile -

Lady Jane Grey series by Deanna Raybourn

Anyone read any of these? What did you think?[/quote]

I read all of the Julia Grey novels this year and really enjoyed them. Looking forward to more of them.

I also enjoy CS Harris' Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries set in Regency England. Those need to be read in order for the character development and revelations related to family secrets.

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