A MONSTROUS REGIMENT OF WOMEN by LAURIE R. KING

The second in the delightful Mary Russell novels, “A Monstrous Regiment of Women,” sees our intrepid, eminently likeable young blue-stocking of a heroine turn 2, and take over her considerable inheritance from her hated aunt. Mary’s life is as busy as ever. She is finishing her Oxford thesis, and preparing …

The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life by William Nicholson

To describe this touching, well-written novel as an Aga saga is to demean it somewhat. True it does chronicle the quintessential Aga-esque life of middle-class English people in a pretty village, where only one villager is actually a working farmer and everyone else is living the countryside dream. But there …

O JERUSALEM by LAURIE R.KING

Reviewing such an exciting, action-packed novel as “O Jerusalem”, the second (chronologically speaking) in the Mary Russell series, the period detail is such that one wants to use words like derring-do and possibly even swashbuckling, to describe the utterly delightful young heroine. In this story, Mary Russell is only 19, …