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Review: Lovecraft Country, by Matt Ruff

The “real monster is racism” trope gets an energetic re-imagining in this pulpy occult historical

The title of Lovecraft Country is a bit misleading. H.P. Lovecraft’s troubling racism and its impact on horror and science-fiction fans, particularly African-Americans, does play a part in the narrative. However, it’s not the core of this novel. Rather, it’s the difficulties and dangers of being Black in America. These very real horrors permeate everyday life for the novel’s characters. With its 1950s setting, such a theme might sound obvious, but as we’re seeing with other historic evils, it’s still relevant. The story’s execution is brilliant with the end result a lively, fun and impactful read.


Review: The Traitor in the Tunnel (The Agency #3), by Y.S. Lee

The third book in the adventures of Victorian spy Mary Quinn amps up the camp

The stakes are high as the Agency series moves to the very top. The Traitor in the Tunnel sees Mary go undercover as a maid in Buckingham Palace.

Pilfering from the palace. A high-society murder in an opium den. Unwanted attentions from the Prince of Wales. A long-lost father, previously thought dead. A prisoner in the Tower of London. Oh my!


A Review of Sparrow Squadron on Discovering Diamonds

My debut novel Sparrow Squadron has just been featured on Discovering Diamonds, the historical fiction reviews website.  Here’s a highlight:

Insightful, layered and suspenseful, this is very enjoyable and a good set-up for the sequel.

Yay!

You can read the full review here.

Thanks to Christoph and Helen at Discovering Diamonds for taking the time to feature my book.

Guess I better get working on that sequel!


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