The Book: The Religion, Tim Willocks.
The Setting: Malta, 1565
Check this out if you like: Rogues, ruffians, and adventurers; extensive descriptions of bloody battles, religious or political intrigue, occasional touches of earthy eroticism, or subplots fueled by secrets and scandal.
The Book: The Sister, Paola Kauffman.
The Setting: 19th-century America.
Check this out if you like: Domestic fiction, sisterly love, Emily Dickinson’s poetry, tales of quiet sacrifice, family secrets, courtroom drama, a restrained tone, or a heavy reliance on historical documents for background information.
The Book: Saturnalia, Lindsey Davis.
The Setting: Rome, 76 A.D.
Check this out if you like: Hard-boiled mysteries, women on the lam, dry wit, races against time, competition between arch-rivals, or descriptions of ancient festivals and customs.
The Book: China Star, Bartle Bull.
The Setting: Europe, Asia and the Middle East, the 1920s.
Check this out if you like: Transcontinental chases, scandalous love affairs, spies seeking revenge, reckless aristocrats with crisp manners, exotic locales, culture clashes, or detailed descriptions of lavish clothing and parties.
And with that, this entry is history! As ever, happy reading.