Books and Book Reviews

The First, and Possibly Last, Post in Which I Mention a Hedgehog

Like my new blog colors? I thought the old ones were a bit hard on the eyes. Over the weekend, my daughter watched the movie Mean Girls, about high school cliques, and we adults were allowed to join in. It’s a funny movie. Anyway, one of the clique leaders had a habit of saying “Shut …

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The Writer’s Promo and The Queen’s Confession

Promotional bit first: My first book signing will be at Brightleaf Books in Smithfield, North Carolina, on Friday, June 23! (Time to be arranged.) This gives me two months to perfect a signature that actually looks like “Susan Higginbotham” instead of the mark of a highly dysfunctional two-year-old, so please come to admire my handiwork. …

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Another Paperback Historical Fiction Treasure

This beauty will soon be in my hands, God and Amazon willing, but I thought I’d leave it with you for the Easter holiday to feast your eyes upon (better than an Easter ham). It’s called Ride East! Ride West! by Anne Powers and is set during the Hundred Years’ War, evidently a time when …

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Philip Lindsay’s "Royal Scandal"

I finished Royal Scandal today, the priceless cover of which I posted on my previous blog (“The most reckless love in the wickedest court in history!” we are promised). Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending upon your perspective), the novel doesn’t live up to its sensational cover. Originally published in 1933 with the clunky title of Here …

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Jean Plaidy, Mary Queen of Scots, and a Message to Promote Marital Harmony

I finished Jean Plaidy’s Royal Road to Fotheringay today. This is the second novel about Mary Queen of Scots I’ve read, the first being Margaret George’s. I didn’t finish George’s book. I’m not sure why. It’s not that I disliked what I did read of it; in fact, I rather liked the scene where the …

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Back Bloggin’, and Been Reading Jean Plaidy

Well, I’m back, having spent the last few days at the hospital where my daughter was having surgery. I’m sure she’ll be blogging about the subject soon. I took the precaution of bringing several books with me, including Jean Plaidy’s In the Shadow of the Crown and Murder Most Royal. The first, about “Bloody” Mary, …

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