This I saw on an April day / Warm rain spilt from a sun-lined cloud / A sky-flung wave of gold at evening ~James Hearst
from the publisher: In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
I’m about halfway through this amazing telling of this goddess’ story from her point of view. It’s fairly long but I’m greatly enjoying it.
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (April 10, 2018)
from the publisher: Sherlock Holmes, now in his seventies, retired from investigations and peaceably disguised as a professor at Cambridge, is shaken when a modestly successful author in his late-sixties named Arthur Conan Doyle calls upon him at the university. This Conan Doyle, notable for historical adventure stories, science fiction, and a three-volume history of the Boer War (but no detective tales), somehow knows of the false professor’s true identity and pleads for investigative assistance.
Pastiches can be fun, but they are hard to do well. I enjoy the concept of this one and am hopeful it is as delightful as it sounds.
By Gordon McAlpine
Paperback: 191 pages
Publisher: Seventh Street Books (March 6, 2018)
from the publisher: Fleeing heartbreak, an unnamed author goes to an unnamed city to give a series of lectures at an unnamed university about forgotten books… only to find himself involved in a mystery when it turns out the professor who invited him is nowhere to be found, and no one seems quite sure why he’s there.
I’m always in for a good, humorous literary novel. And I love this publishing house. I hope to start this one this week.
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Melville House (April 10, 2018)
from the publisher: London, 1814. As a cruel winter holds the city in its icy grip, the bloody body of a beautiful young musician is found half-buried in a snowdrift. Jane Ambrose’s ties to Princess Charlotte, the only child of the Prince Regent and heir presumptive to the throne, panic the palace, which moves quickly to shut down any investigation into the death of the talented pianist. But Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, and his wife Hero refuse to allow Jane’s murderer to escape justice.
I’m mostly through this one and it’s a fun, quick read. If you like a cozy mystery with a historical grounding, this series is enjoyable.
Series: Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery (Book 13)
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Berkley (April 3, 2018)
What are you reading this month?