The Foundling – Stacey Halls

The Foundling - Stacey Halls
The Foundling – Stacey Halls

London shrimp girl Bess Bright leaves her new born daughter at The Foundling Hospital in London’s Coram’s Fields. Returning six years later to retrieve her child, Bess uncovers a mystery – apparently she herself has returned the next day to claim her daughter …

Stacey Halls shows us Georgian London society from top to bottom, which I enjoyed – as you can see from the speed read. My main grumble is that the denouement was rather rapid. Not a surprise, but all a bit to simple and straightforward compared to the plotting that got us there.

Author page: The Foundling – Stacey Halls

Circe – Madeline Miller

Circe - Madeline Miller
Circe – Madeline Miller

Titan goddess, Daughter of Helios, Unloved child, Witch, Lover of Odysseus, all I knew of Circe was that she turned Odysseus’ sailors into pigs….

In her marvellous retelling of this Greek Myth, Madeline Miller places the focus firmly on Circe – a goddess with more than the touch of the mortal about her than usual.

Author page: Circe – Madeline Miller

A Capitol Death – Lindsey Davis

A Capitol Death - Lindsey Davis
A Capitol Death – Lindsey Davis

Flavia Albia is called upon to investigate the mysterious death of Gabinus, a transport manager who turns out to be a decidedly unpopular man all round …. although possibly not quite as unpopular as paranoid Emperor Domitian, for whom all of Rome  – and plenty of Romans from outside the Imperial City – are preparing a Double Triumph.

Author page: A Capitol Death – Lindsey Davis

Kingmaker – Toby Clements

Kingmaker - Toby Clements
Kingmaker – Toby Clements

Last in Toby Clements’ Kingdom Come Wars of the Roses quartet.

A bit of a let down. Perhaps too long had lapsed since I’d read the previous instalments.

Everything gets wrapped up, but in ways which felt disconnected the the rest of the story, even though the author’s note flags a key connection in a preceding book.

Publisher page: Kingmaker – Toby Clements