“Ciche wody” – Prolog

Bari, Królestwo Neapolu Marzec 1560 roku Koszmary zaczęły mnie dręczyć dopiero na starość, kiedy sen dla jednych bywa nieuchwytny, dla innych zaś ugina się pod brzemieniem obrazów z przeszłości, których woleliby nie pamiętać. Kamienna piwnica, wilgotna i cuchnąca, błysk ostrza, zimne oczy zabójcy, błagania ofiary przedzierające się przez brudną szmatę wepchniętą w jej usta… Wyciągam rękę po knebel,... Continue Reading →

Ciche wody – premiera już 18 maja 2021

Pierwszy tom cyklu znakomitych kryminałów historycznych. Jest Boże Narodzenie 1519 roku, dwór królewski w Krakowie świętuje radosny okres. Niecałe dwa lata wcześniej włoska arystokratka Bona Sforza przybyła z Bari do stolicy Polski jako świeżo poślubiona małżonka króla Zygmunta. Towarzyszył jej imponujący orszak, do którego należała hrabina Caterina Sanseverino, teraz sprawująca nadzór nad dwórkami usługującymi królowej.... Continue Reading →

Katharina: Deliverance by Margaret Skea

Katharina: Deliverance, the first installment of the fictionalized story of Katharina von Bora, the wife of Martin Luther, focuses on her childhood and early adult years.  Katharina comes from a moderately well-to-do family from Saxony and is only five years old when her mother dies, leaving her and her brothers in the care of a... Continue Reading →

What Angels Fear by C.S. Harris

For a historical fiction writer and author, I was largely unfamiliar with Regency writing. It's a period that has many devoted fans, so I recently jumped on the wagon to see what all the fuss was about. My first foray into Regency historical fiction was a mystery titled What Angels Fear by author C.S. Harris.  The story's... Continue Reading →

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

In 1974, fourteen-year-old Leni Allbright and her parents Ernst and Cora move from Seattle to the wilderness of Alaska looking for a fresh start. Leni's father had returned from Vietnam a broken man, haunted by horrific memories that rob him of sleep and render his moods volatile and unpredictable. The family hope that the harsh beauty... Continue Reading →

Tombland by C.J. Sansom

In this latest installment of the Matthew Shardlake series, the eponymous character decamps to Norfolk on a personal mission for the Lady Elizabeth and becomes embroiled in a massive uprising that threatens to engulf England.  In the early summer 1549 - during the reign of Edward VI - Lady Elizabeth Tudor becomes concerned about the... Continue Reading →

Beheld by TaraShea Nesbit

The popular perception of those who arrived on the shores of North America on the Mayflower is that they were all godly puritans and that the colony of Plymouth was an idyllic community where everyone worked equally hard and religious harmony prevailed.  This image may be idealized, if we are to believe the version of... Continue Reading →

A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel

Today's review is a bit of a throwback, especially given that Hilary Mantel recently published the last book in her historical Cromwell series, The MIrror and The Light. However, that book had rather mixed reviews, so to get my Mantel fix I reached for something else on my shelf, A Place of Greater Safety, published in 1992.  I have... Continue Reading →

Zoli by Collum McCann

Colum McGann's novel Zoli delves into the little known world of eastern European Roma, who for centuries were known as Gypsies. Although set mainly in Slovakia, it is loosely based on the life of Polish Roma poet Papusza.  Disaffected Irishman Stephen Swann arrives in Slovakia in the early postwar years, attracted by the revolutionary allure of the... Continue Reading →

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