1 The Venetian Contract – Marina Fiorato
I loved this book so much! Fabulous historical novel with romance, intrigue and adventure in one heady brew. Marina Fiorato is fast becoming one of my favorite authors (look out for a review & interview with her next week!)
2. Finnikin of the Rock – Melina Marchetta
3. The Three Loves of Persimmon – Cassandra Golds
Cassandra Golds is one of the most bewitching and original writers Australia has ever produced. Her novels are fables about love, hope, and faith, and unlike anything else being written by any other writer I know (except perhaps Kate di Camillo, whose work I also love). Her books are all utter treasures, and 'The Three Loves of Persimmon' is no exception. Look out for an interview with Cassandra, coming soon!
4 An Uncertain Place – Fred Vargas
An intriguing murder mystery with a shambling, slow-thinking and slow-moving Parisian detective. These books are translated from the French, which adds to their charm. I found it a little slow, but I loved the settings and the characters were all quite unique.
5 Nine Days – Toni Jordan
What a beautifully written little masterpiece of a novel! I loved it. Once again, I'll post a longer review and an interview in the next few weeks.
6. When Maidens Mourn – C.S. Harris
This is the latest in a series of murder mysteries set in England during Regency times. Think the dark underbelly of a Georgette Heyer romance novel. The amateur detective is a Viscount with a troubled past - his suffragette wife is a delight and my favourite character in the books.
7. The Somnambulist – Essie Fox
An intriguing and unusual book set during Victorian times, with the feel of a Victorian melodrama. The historical setting is superbly well done, with a rather creepy foggy atmosphere, and more twists and turns than a roller-coaster ride.
8. The Last Templar - Michael Jecks
A very enjoyable medieval murder mystery, with an appealing hero and a puzzling mystery. I'll be trying another of these.
9. On the Way to the Wedding – Julia Quinn