The Canary Keeper – Clare Carson

The Canary Keeper - Clare Carson
The Canary Keeper – Clare Carson

A good read combining historical fiction and crime, with the central investigation taking place against the backdrop of the Hudson Bay Company’s fur trade in the “Nor West” (Canada) and Franklin’s Fated Expedition to find the North West Passage.

Plus a female-focused cast of main characters and settings ranging from the City of London and the Port of London to Stromness in still-semi-Norse Orkney.

Publisher page: The Canary Keeper – Clare Carson

Mycroft and Sherlock: The Empty Birdcage – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Anna Waterhouse

Mycroft and Sherlock: The Empty Birdcage - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Anna Waterhouse
Mycroft and Sherlock: The Empty Birdcage – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Anna Waterhouse

This series invents some early adventures for a young Sherlock Holmes, and also his elder brother Mycroft, each ably assisted by a male companion.

In The Empty Birdcage the brothers explore two different mysteries, Sherlock intrigued by the news reports of the Four Eleven Murders, Mycroft persuaded to help a friend in need….

Publisher page: Mycroft and Sherlock: The Empty Birdcage – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Anna Waterhouse

War Lord – Bernard Cornwell

War Lord - Bernard Cornwell
War Lord – Bernard Cornwell

We finally get to Brunanburh, and say farewell to Lord Uhtred of Bebbanburg.

Very pleased to see my old university mate Thorfinn Skull-splitter, Earl of Orkney, making an appearance too 🙂

And I realise the reason I enjoy Bernard Cornwell’s books much more than Giles Kristian‘s is that they’re more about the people than the battles.

Author’s page: War Lord – Bernard Cornwell

God of Vengeance – Giles Kristian

God of Vengeance - Giles Kristian
God of Vengeance – Giles Kristian

Abandoned before I’d even made it to the end of the first chapter. Men fighting long battles. Yawn. Should have paid more attention to the presence of the blurb from Wilbur Smith on the front cover.

That leaves me three novels down. Oh well. Brexit negotiations should keep me entertained for the rest of the weekend. What a shit end to the year.

Author page:  God of Vengeance – Giles Kristian