Shirley McKay, (Edinburgh: Fate & Fortune Birlinn Ltd, 2010)
This second Hew Cullan mystery begins two years after the events of the first. It is 1581: Hew has returned to St Andrews on the death of his father, a man rendered a stranger to him through time and distance.
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Too many books? I think you mean ‘ not enough shelves‘ …
It’s become a habit, when visiting a second-hand and/or independent bookshop, never to leave empty-handed.
I think that’s all the more worth thinking about this week, when
the Guardian reports that two ‘iconic’ British bookshops are closing. Like our libraries, it’s so obviously ‘ use them or lose them‘ …
So, my travels taking me a little further afield than normal, I wanted to give a bit of free publicity to the excellent two bookshops I came across:
Broadleaf Books, in Abergavenny; and
Second Chapter Books, in Shrewsbury (who have a highly respectable – and rare – Science Fiction section)
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Although this novel (published 2011) begins the Hew Cullan mysteries, I arrived having read the latest, ‘ 1588: A Calendar of Crime‘ (2016) – whose review you can read here – first.
In many ways, therefore, this felt like a prequel, assembling the cast and creating several relationships I’d already become familiar with.
Think a far superior version of
Star Wars episodes I-III …
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I came to this novel via Finney’s nom-de-plume, , and her entertaining Sir John Carey novel, PF Chisholm . A Famine of Horses
is an entirely different beast … Firedrake’s Eye
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As we hit mid-March, and I hit 25 books (about half of which have, unusually, been historical fiction set in the Tudor period), this is my favourite read of 2019 so far.
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If last year was one in which I read hardly any fiction, then 2019 is one in which I’ve gone the opposite way, making a point to explore some of the popular Tudor historical fiction byways …
At some stage I might even produce a comparative guide, but for the moment here’s a review of ‘
‘, sixth instalment of Lamentation ‘s ‘Shardlake’ series. CJ Sansom
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