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Crime, and those who try to prevent it, is something written throughout the fabric of human civilisation. Here you’ll find thrilling fiction that spans all the ages of humankind.

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Extract from THE UNQUIET HEART – Kaite Welsh

Posted on: 21/05/2019 with tags: extract, kaite welsh, medical mystery, unquiet heart

THE UNQUIET HEART is a richly atmospheric and gripping medical mystery, the second installment in the thrilling Sarah Gilchrist series which began with THE WAGES OF SIN.   The grey stone archway loomed overhead as I dashed through the puddles from my carriage, cursing under my breath. Julia Latymer was huddled by the wall, sheltering from the rain and smoking. She glanced up at me and nodded. ‘Gilchrist.’ ‘Have they gone up yet?’ She rolled her eyes, shivering. ‘Would I be standing out here…

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Lindsey Davis: Why write about Rome?

Posted on: 01/04/2019 with tags: ancient rome, author blog, Flavia Albia, Romans

SO WHY THE ROMANS, LINDSEY??? Sometimes people ask me, why Rome? To me, there’s at least one simple answer. Consider the picture on the left hand-side – taken by Chris Astles when I was in Nantwich, one snowy January, marketing my English Civil War Book at the Holy Holly Day festival. Note the full complement of winter garments! Perhaps the only grimmer photo in my portfolio was this (if they let me show you), taken by my trusty agent as Team Lindsey were setting off for our traditional Christma…

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H.B. Lyle: Fiction to fact to fiction – finding nuggets in the archive

Posted on: 21/08/2018 with tags: author blog, crime fiction, espionage, historical crime, historical fiction, Sherlock Holmes, 20th Century, British History, English History, European

It’s perhaps the most dreaded question in the author Q&A: where do you get your ideas from? Setting aside Arthur Miller’s famous response (‘I wish I knew, I’d go there more often’) this is perhaps an easier question for the historical novelist to answer than those working in other genres. For inspiration, we only have to look into the history books. And this is so often the way of things – authors find out versions of what happened then transmute and change and reimagine then in the form of…

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The Venice that inspired CITY OF MASKS

Posted on: 07/08/2017 with tags: author blog, historical fiction, medieval history, s d sykes, Venice, European, Renaissance

Author SD Sykes introduces the Venice that has inspired her latest novel, City of Masks. The approach from the sea.  My first visit to Venice was in 1982, and we had crossed the modern road bridge by car and then parked near the railway station. I’m not criticizing this way of approaching Venice, except that it slightly misses the point of this place. In my opinion, Venice is best approached from the water, so that you can really appreciate her as a city of the Sea. The first time I had the oppo…

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