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March 15, 2017


Nancy Roessner

Thanks for this overview of wonderful historical fiction. I haven't read much of what you've mentioned here have hopes of broadening the experience.
BTW, I am now reading the latest Charlie and Diesel adventure and enjoying it so much!

Dean James

Thanks, Nancy, on both counts! You have a lot of great reading ahead with these authors.

Vicki Mejia-Gewe

Thanks for the suggestions! I've read almost all those books already. Sadly, Audible doesn't have The Last Kashmiri Rose, but it has other books in the series, so I got Ragtime in Simla. I heartily endorse The Face of a Stranger! It is so creative in its premise but also has so many layers to it! I have read many of both the Monk and Pitt series, and though Pitt is more popular, I think the Monk is deeper. It's also interesting to see the Victorian nursing, especially the difference in the way Florence Nightingale's nurses were treated vs. all the rest.

I hadn't realized you have a PhD. That helps you make your Cat in the Stacks books so full of scholarly details. Though I love the characters of the Ducote sisters, I like the first series better because of the library and research aspects. So please keep those details up! They are a key thing that make your books exceptional and unique! Non scholars can still coo over Diesel, while we academics can still do that, plus get our research fix!

Dean James

Vicki, thanks for the kind words about my books. I'm glad you're able to read Ragtime in Simla. It's another excellent read, full of wonderful detail.


I must admit I have never read any of these books. Several of them are on the list of "series I'd like to get to some day." I just don't know when that someday will be.

Kristin Lundgren

Thanks fir the trip down memory lane. I've read some, but not all. The Last Kasmiri Rose, and the Ragtime in Simla caught my eye as something to look for, as I've been truly enjoying Indian Summers so much. I also loved Anne Perry's three series. I also enjoyed Lindsey Davis's Roman series - there are several authors using that period.

I also grew up fascinated by British history. I could name all the kings and queens back to Ethelred the Unready. I finally settled in the Regency period, with its strict social structure and Georgette Heyer as my focus of my personal studies. I was going to do an archaeology major in college, and entered as a Classics Honors scholar but I did a dig in Israel, and realized that my body wasn't up to it. A shame, as I really loved all that stuff, and there were other periods that weren't so difficult as the Sinai and Beersheva. But I was young and naive.

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