The Saracen’s Mark – S. W. Perry

The Saracen's Mark - S. W. Perry
The Saracen’s Mark – S. W. Perry

A long standing recommendation from JS, this is book No 3 in the Jackdaw series – the first two weren’t on the shelves of Belmont Library when I picked up this one. And it has proved to be a good recommendation.

Enjoyable 16th century crime novel with a diverse cast of characters and primarily set in Elizabethan London, although this one takes Nicholas Shelby – one of the main characters – off to Morocco, home to the Barbary Corsairs and slave markets.

Author page: The Saracen’s Mark – S. W. Perry

All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

All The Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

A poignant page turner primarily set during World War II and following the lives of Marie-Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a German orphan boy.

One of the things that struck me was that characters who lived through World War II (and before it) were “normal” working people in 1974…. Not the “normal”ness, but the fact they were only in their 50s when I was small. I’d never really thought about the long tail of WW2 in that way before.

Author page: All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

Mrs England – Stacey Halls

Mrs England - Stacey Halls
Mrs England – Stacey Halls

Easy listening (audiobook) set in Edwardian England.

Historical fiction combined with a low stakes thriller/mystery as Ruby May, our a scholarship-funded Norland Nanny fleeing “something in her past” (connected with her family, and her dad in particular), finds herself in the middle of another strange family set up at her new post in a “big house” in Yorkshire surrounded by woods, crags and cotton (alpaca, actually) mills.

Enjoyable, but I did wince every time our heronine’s mention of her Brummie roots” triggered an “Oh, The Black Country” response.

Author’s page: Mrs England – Stacey Halls

Narrator: Imogen Wilde