Strangers in Budapest by Jessica Keener

Jessica Keener’s Strangers in Budapest may not *technically* be historical fiction, which is defined as taking place in a period before the author’s birth. Nonetheless, it is of considerable historical interest. It is set in the mid-1990s Hungary at the time of the transition from communism to capitalism, a process that is largely complete in... Continue Reading →

Women’s History Month: Remembering Bess Houdini

Conversation about Bess Houdini between Victoria Kelly, author of Mrs. Houdini, and Rebecca Rosenberg, author of The Secret Life of Mrs. London Rebecca: In your research about Bess Houdini, what did you did you discover about her personality traits? Victoria: It's ironic that Bess Houdini kind of melted into the background of Houdini's legacy, because... Continue Reading →

Apricots and Wolfsbane by K.M. Pohlkamp

Lavinia Maud lies and murders, but she is also hopelessly in love, goes to church regularly, and gives shelter to a pair of orphaned siblings. In other words, the heroine of K.M. Pohlkamp’s Apricots and Wolfsbane may be a monster, but she is also adorable. Herself orphaned at a young age, Lavinia turns her passion... Continue Reading →

Tolquhon Castle near Aberdeen

As promised here’s a new post documenting my travels to historic places in Scotland. I have so far visited several castles (and one abbey) and will write about them in the next few months. On an unusually frosty January day I took a trip to Toquhon Castle, just outside Aberdeen. The castle itself was closed... Continue Reading →

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