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Sunday, June 14th, 2009
6:09 pm
Matthew Bartholemew/Brother Michael, by Susanna Gregory
I have read the first 8 books, and am on the 9th. With that said, here are my impressions to date;
All in all, highly recommended, good deep reads worth the time.

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Friday, March 13th, 2009
12:32 pm
New Member Joining


I found this community through searching for 'Marcus Didius Falco'. The last community I was with, Falco_fans, seems to have been deleted and purged. I heard today that Lindsey Davis has a new novel out called Alexandria. I wish I had known earlier! Hopefully I can keep up with new publications on this community, and discuss historical murders :)

Name /Username?  My name is Glittermouse, I dont use my real name online.
Age? "nearly 30"
Country from? England
Favorite authors/era? Ellis Peters was my first historical author and I will always love the Cadfael books. I am extremely keen on Susana Gregory's Matthew Bartholomew mysteries although I havent managed to get into her Chaloner series. And of course I love Lindsey Davis' Falco series. Other books I am fond of include Agatha Christie's Egyptian myster "Death Comes as the End" which makes me think I might enjoy the Rameses series. And I also enjoy the Mrs Bradley books by Gladys Mitchell, I guess the Roaring Twenties counts as historical ;)
Authors you'd like to read? I'm not sure yet, I keep thinking CJ Sansom might be good, and obviously the Rameses series mentioned above. I also read Relics byPip Vaughan Hughes which was interesting but not as enjoyable as some of the aforementioned books. I would really like to read a series of murder mysteries set in the flower and willow world of the geisha in Gion, but I havent heard of anything like that.
What do you like about the era(s) your favorite authors write in? I do medieval-style LRP so the Gregory books and Cadfael series interest me. I also like the area in which Gregory's books are set. I have been fascinated by Ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt for a long time and I love the imagery that Davis puts into her books.   
Comments on characters? My favourite characters are Brother Michael and Kenyngham (Susanna Gregory), Brother Oswin (Cadfael), and of course Falco and Helena. Father William is a great antagonist to Bartholomew and Michael, and I love the way that Ellis Peters' Brother Jerome is written, even though I dislike him intensely.
Comments on authors' writing styles? I like that Lindsey Davis makes Ancient Rome seem accessible even to 21st century me. I also really enjoy the medical side of the Gregory books, it's like medieval CSI :) 
Sunday, January 25th, 2009
12:06 pm
Leonard Tourney's "Stock" mysteries
After collecting all of the books, I read them in pub order.

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 All in all, Frobishers was written first, you might wish to read it first. Don't expect a nice series closer, it looks like there won't be one.
They are a pleasant pastime, best if you are a faithful Elizabethan, but pretty shallow.

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
8:08 pm
new list of books you may appreciate
 neat and useful site, lists mysteries through the ages focusing on women.
Friday, June 22nd, 2007
9:10 pm
Hi all! Hope you're enjoying your summer season so far! :) I know it's been pretty quiet around here... Anyone reading anything interesting (Ancient/Medieval or not) right now? I've been re-re-reading my Knight Templar Mysteries series by Michael Jecks, and again I can't push this author's books enough!! Marvelous stuff!! :)
Tuesday, February 20th, 2007
4:13 pm
Ian Morson "Falconer's"
The characters are interesting, but the way he posits his history made me sad.

  I do enjoy finding history in my fiction, but sadly, I found some of the old saws and misapprehensions. It was enough that I can't trust any of the color or tone at all.

 Enjoy the story, but just for the story. The story isnt bad.
Thursday, January 25th, 2007
7:48 pm
I went to the library booksale, and though I didnt get the PC Grace I am looking for ( grr ) I got the last 4 Falconers by Ian Morson. Sadly, they are in hardback, I have the first one in paper. Poor me, no matchy-match /grin

 As bummed as I am that they pulled them from the library, Im pretty glad to get them.
Wednesday, January 24th, 2007
9:46 pm
Intro post
Hi. I just joined this community. This is my intro:

Name /Username? Simon (username itzar)

Age? 21

Country from? USA/Canada

Favorite authors/era? - Ancient Rome/Steven Saylor

Authors you'd like to read? Dunno. Anyone who knows their history and isn't cliche would be nice.

What do you like about the era(s) your favorite authors write in? The Romans are both like us and unlike us in exactly the right proportion; they are the source of our civilization so you can see yourself in them and get to know them, but they are still strange enough to be exciting. I Claudius by Robert Graves isn't exactly a mystery, but it's in the same vein and I liked it very much.

Comments on characters? Gordianus the Finder is really cool. I like the way Saylor deals with minor figures like Clodius who don't often get a voice. Same goes for Graves and Livia (not that she's a minor figure of course - but he does let her justify herself).

Comments on authors' writing styles? I like page turners, but I'd much rather read an author who does his homework and is historically accurate but not so exciting than one who is exciting but makes a lot of mistakes.
Thursday, January 18th, 2007
9:23 am
Name: Takhys
Age: 24
Country from: Canada

Reading: Honestly, I'm all over the map with this. Half of what I read is heavy, heavy stuff for school and the other tends towards lighter mysteries. Right now, I'm working my way through the Brother Cadfael mysteries and some P.D. James. If you want to know more about what I'm reading, I've an account at AllConsuming.Net.

I'm in my last semester of my undergrad for a double major (Political Science and Classical Studies) and in the middle of an application for Graduate School (M.A. in Late Antiquity). I'd love something fun to help distract me from the AGH-TERROR of all those forms.

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, December 27th, 2006
9:48 am
Happy Holidays!
Happy holidays, and hoping you all have a happy, safe, and warm 2007 spent with those you love! :)
Tuesday, December 19th, 2006
3:01 pm
Welcome new people!
I see we have some new members, welcome all! :) Since we all love to find out about new authors, and I'd like to have us get to know one another, please (The Mod is begging. Pity the poor Mod. ;) fill this out and let us all find out who you are and what you read!

Name /Username?
Country from?
Favorite authors/era?
Authors you'd like to read?
What do you like about the era(s) your favorite authors write in?
Comments on characters?
Comments on authors' writing styles?

Thanks again, and welcome again! :)
Saturday, December 2nd, 2006
11:37 pm
A Murder on the Appian Way...
So right now I'm reading the only Steven Saylor mystery I *haven't* read - A Murder on the Appian Way. Not only is Saylor showing his usual impeccable writing style and knowledge of the subject of Ancient Rome/Republic Rome, but he's doing what he does so well: tying in an actual historical event with/as the mystery plot. Saylor's best in the Roma Sub Rosa series, IMHO, is Catilina's Riddle - which uses the historical trial of Lucius Sergius Catilina (accused of defiling a Vestal Virgin) as part of the mystery Gordianus the Finder is to solve. In A Murder on the Appian Way, Saylor now uses the historical murder of tribune Publius Clodius/Claudius as the mystery. Good stuff!

But it's got me thinking... there are historical mysteries - mysteries that take place in an era other than current - and then there are HISTORICAL mysteries, which use actual murders/trials/what have you as the basis of the mystery. Anyone have any good ones of the HISTORICAL variety that they've read? :)

Current Mood: contemplative
Friday, November 24th, 2006
8:25 pm
Stop, You're Killing Me


 It's a reference site =) Kinda neat and rather thorough!
Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
9:00 pm
I'm known as blue_herons on LJ. I am very old and live in the US. I started reading detective fiction set in Medieval times as a teenager with the Cadfael series by Ellis Peters.
I have read so many novels from this genre, but I have to say that I am busily writing down some of the author's names that are being discussed here in this community. Thank you. This is fun.
I've just finished "Dissolution" by C J Sansome myself. It was hard for me to get involved with the book until the third chapter or so. Then I finished it in three days. The second novel in the series is called "Dark Fire" and I am anticipating a good read.
My favorite author right now has to be P C Doherty. He writes under six other pseudonyms. His Hugh Corbett mysteries are good, but I can't get enough of his novels set in ancient Egypt. The Mahu mysteries set in the time of Akenhaten are a delight. And the Amerotke mysteries are fascinating. Why do I love these books? The descriptive narrative sets you right into the period and makes the characters so interesting that I wanted to keep reading more and more. These books are hard to find in the US, so I stock up when I'm in Canada.
2:52 pm
intro :)
hey everyone, just grabbing a few minutes to introduce myself :). I'm not sure I have much new to bring to the list of authors already mentioned here, although I've discovered a few new ones myself already :). However, if anyone has kids I thoroughly recommend Caroline Lawrence's The Roman Mysteries series - my oldest started reading them aged eight and is currently hanging out for book 12 to appear. Link to her website if anyone wants to take a look:


and this is me:

Name /Username? Kaurseeker

Age? 32

Country from? UK

Favorite authors/era? Ellis Peters, Michael Jecks, Bernard Knight. Favourite Era? At the moment medieval especially 11th and 12th century into very early 13th (King John's reign), although I'm looking forward to reading some of the Roman murder/mysteries I now know of thanks to this community :)

Authors you'd like to read? Again thanks to this community I have a huge list of 'em and have just started off with Bernard Knight!

What do you like about the era(s) your favorite authors write in? I have been fascinated by the Middle Ages for a couple of years now and like to write in them myself (mainly for fanfiction purposes if anyone has heard of an old TV show called Robin of Sherwood?) so started reading up about those times for research purposes. Reading fiction set in those times was a natural extension of the interest.

I like Jecks (and also Knight whom I've just discovered) because their books are based in Devon where I happen to live. Nothing more fun than being able to walk about in your fav characters footsteps.

Comments on characters? Cadfael has long been a favourite of mine ever since I saw the TV series and then got into reading Peters' books. I like how his friendship with Hugh Beringar developed, the fact that he is of Welsh origin (having lived in Wales in my youth) and the way his past often enters into his present life (mainly in the form of Olivier de Bretagne).

I'm halfway through knight's The Sanctuary Seeker and Sir John is shaping up to be a definate favourite - with the exception of Gwyn, everyone around him seems to like making his life difficult ;).

Comments on authors' writing styles? I love all the attention to detail and meticulous research that has gone into the books of Knight, Peters and Jecks. Peters weaves wonderful stories and I always enjoy Cadfael's deductions. Jecks I find harder to read as he jumps point of view between characters even within paragraphs which I find a bit disorientating - and I admit, that is a personal gripe. Knight I am enjoying immensely but will comment on more when I've finished this first book :)
Friday, November 17th, 2006
10:44 pm
If you had to have one historical mystery author's books...
...with you on a deserted island (yes, cliched, ha ha), which would you pick and why?
11:05 am
Book source
Here are places I go to get my less common titles:

 Paperbackswap.com ( a book trading service. Send a book, get a credit. Ask for a book, spend a credit.  Can be very slow, but turns up really hard to find titles sometimes )

 AddAll.com  ( used book store search )

 Abebooks ( used book store search )

 chapters.ca  ( Canadian chain, they can get a number of British titles for far less shipping than overseas )
Thursday, November 16th, 2006
11:06 pm
Has anyone ever read this series?
I believe there's two in it, and it looks like it contains storylines from authors I love, and characters from their own mysteries (with the exception of Knight's Crowner John, of whom I haven't read - yet):


I'm dying to get it... and wondering if anyone else has read this?
Wednesday, November 15th, 2006
11:54 pm
Umberto Eco
Name/Username? skjaere
Age? 28
Country from? USA
Favorite authors/era? Umberto Eco, Medieval
Authors you'd like to read? Willing to try anything intelligently-written.
What do you like about the era(s) your favorite authors write in? The medieval period is rich in imagery, tradition and colourful character.
Comments on characters? Umberto Eco's characters are always complex and often humorous. Baudolino is an especially entertaining one.
Comments on authors' writing styles? Eco doesn't talk down to his readers. He expects them to rise to his level, which is damn high. His books are a mental workout, and there's a profound sense of satisfaction in getting through them, but they are always, always worth it.

Definitely add Umberto Eco and his books (The Name of the Rose, Baudolino) to your community interests. They are perfect for what you're looking for.

Current Mood: geeky
11:39 pm
Interesting settings
What are your thoughts on well known settings being used as backdrops? Is it enlightening or annoying? A cop-out?

 I recently read "A Play of Knaves" by Frazer, which had an interesting setting, that of the Uffington Horse. While the horse didnt play a lead character, I enjoyed how the presence of it toned the setting.

 However, in some novels, I have found the harping on certain locations, mainly British but some in Acre, some in France to be unbearable.

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