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August 07, 2011


Kelly Saderholm

This sounds like something I want to read! I LOVE books about old manuscripts or long lost documents. Add in the back and forth between current time and a past era makes, and you've got me. I'll look for this book.

A semi-historical book I read recently and LOVED is "A Discovery of Witches" Starts off with a discovery of a lost manuscript in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Does have magical/paranormal elements (that would be your witches, with some Vampires thrown in) but the magic bits are in the background.

Anne Perry does a great job with the Victorian age. And I love Elizabeth Peters Amelia Peabody series-Victorian/Edwardian. Theres also Victoria Thompson for that era.

For medievalists theres Micheal Jenks and Susanna Gregory, and Peter Tremayne does Ancient Ireland.

There are so many great ones!

Mary S.

Thanks for the reminder about Discovery of Witches, Kelly. Oxford? Bodleian? I am SO there (in my mind.) :) Also partial to London. Today I started one set in Cambridge, Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott.

If you like books about old documents and books, you might give Ex-Libris by Ross King a try if you haven't read it. The main character is a bookseller on London Bridge in the 1600s. Hmmm, I think I need to re-read it. :)

Kelly Saderholm

Haven't read Ex-Libras- sounds great!

Caleb Carr is another good historical writer. I loved the Alienist, and The Italian Secretary.

M.E. Anders

Some of my favorite historical fiction was the Brock and Brodie Thoene series, the A.D. Chronicles. It's been several years since I have read historical fiction, but I'm now intrigued by Bayard's book. Thanks for sharing.

Mary S.

Oh boy, thank you M.E. - didn't know about this series.

Today I finished listening to another book that shifts between present-day scenes and the past - The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. A woman inherits a cottage in Cornwall from her grandmother who never knew who her real parents were. She'd been abandoned on a ship bound for Australia when she was four years old. The granddaughter picks up the search for her family history. I loved it.

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