The Baklava Club – Jason Goodwin

The Baklava Club - Jason Goodwin
The Baklava Club – Jason Goodwin

Back to nineteenth century Istanbul, in the company of Yashim the eunuch who is also a bit of a sleuth – although not much of a eunuch it appears as you head towards the end of the book.

In The Baklava Club our Ottoman Detective grapples with Italian revolutionaries, a Polish Prince and a Catholic priest, as well as the valide and a visiting daughter of a Decembrist exile.

Publisher page: The Baklava Club – Jason Goodwin

The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton
The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

Very popular in the charity shops of Frinton, I ended up buying two copies of  The Miniaturist before settling down to read it at the beach hut this weekend.

New bride Petronella arrives in 17th century Amsterdam, at the height of the VOC’s fame and fortune. Her husband Johannes is a successful merchant, with a grand house on the best street in the city. His sister, unmarried, still at home. Tricky territory for the younger, country wife.

And then things start to get more complicated, when Johannes presents Nella with a cabinet house, a miniature of their own home, to furnish and populate….

Inspired by the Poppenhuis of Petronella Oortman  at the Rijksmuseum.

Author’s webpage: The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

His Bloody Project – Graeme Macrae Burnet

His Bloody Project - Graeme Macrae Burnet
His Bloody Project – Graeme Macrae Burnet

This hit my reading radar a while back, but proved elusive at Barbican Library until this month when I bagged a brand new copy that had surfaced on the shelves.

Told in three parts, from three perspectives, His Bloody Project is a crime novel set in a 19th Century crofting community on the West Coast of Scotland.

A beautiful place, but a hard, harsh life.

Author’s webpage: His Bloody Project – Graeme Macrae Burnet

The Flame Bearer – Bernard Cornwell

The Flame Bearer - Bernard Cornwell
The Flame Bearer – Bernard Cornwell

Uthred returns to the North, and Bebbanberg.

A warrior’s lifetime of experience of fighting, working out the politics and strategies of his friends, enemies and those who flex between, and the advantages of confident bluff and subterfuge all combine to get Uthred and his men inside the walls of the ancestral home he had been forced to leave as a child.

Inside, but not in control of.

Author’s webpage: The Flame Bearer – Bernard Cornwell

The Game of Kings – Dorothy Dunnett

The Game of Kings - Dorothy Dunnett
The Game of Kings – Dorothy Dunnett

A revisit to the Scottish Borders and the complex  political manoeuvrings at play in 16th century Europe.

“Lymond is back”

I originally read A Game of Kings, the first of Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles,  in my third year at St Andrews – half a lifetime ago.

I still love Lymond – who wouldn’t? Misunderstood underdog, stunningly skilled at sword- and word-play, master of a myriad other talents, and of Culter.

Dorothy Dunnett Society webpage: The Game of Kings – Dorothy Dunnett