Tag Archives: Detailed Setting

The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael David Lukas

Title: The Oracle of Stamboul

Author: Michael David Lukas

Call #:  LUK

An eight-year old child prodigy travels to Istanbul as a stowaway and finds herself in a world of literature, knowledge and intrigue. She learns many languages, memorizes books at a glance and breaks codes with ease. She comes to the attention of powerful people who can use those talents. Her life, as she knows it, will change immeasurably.   

Recommended by: Betty


A Deadly Paradise by Grace Brophy

Title: A Deadly Paradise

Author: Grace Brophy

Call #:  M – BRO

In  the serene Italian village of Paradiso, the murder of an elderly bisexual swinger with a lesbian African love raises some eyebrows. Inspector Alessandro Cenni is called onto the case which soon leads to Venice. Blackmail and a scandalous murder fifty years earlier thicken the plot which becomes as intricate as Venice itself. This is by far the most entertaining of the Commissario Cenni mysteries.

Recommended by: John

The Good Son by Michael Gruber

Good Son by Michael GruberTitle:  The Good Son

Author:  Michael Gruber

Call #:  GRU

This complex thriller with a flawed protagonist will keep you reading even though you’re very, very tired. If you want a behind-the-scenes look at the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and if you’re at all interested in spying in the present day, this book is spot on.

Recommended by:  Betty

London by Edward Rutherfurd

London by Edward RutherfurdTitle:  London

Author:  Edward Rutherfurd

Call #:  RUT

Great novel. Don’t be frightened by the size  of the book (829 pages).  It is a fascinating historical fiction novel exploring the beginnings of the city of London.  The continuity of the book is created by the six families who interact throughout the book and history.  The book begins in Roman times and concludes in the 20th century.  If you liked Pillars of the Earth or World without End by Ken Follett you will enjoy this novel.

Recommended by:  Borgia

Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders by Gyles Brandreth

Oscar Wilde and the Vampire MurdersTitle:  Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders

Author:  Gyles Brandreth

Call #:  M BRA

This charming murder mystery takes place in an extravagant party in Victorian England. Present at the event are members of the royal family who worry that the crime may scandalize the throne. To keep things low key, Oscar Wilde and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are enlisted to solve a crime of vampiric proportions. Told in diary entries and news clippings, the story’s style pays subtle homage to eighteenth century horror tales.

Recommended by:  John

Not All Tarts Are Apple by Pip Granger

Not All Tarts Are Apple by Pip GrangerTitle:  Not All Tarts Are Apple

Author:  Pip Granger

Call #:  GRA

Seven-year-old Rosie is living happily with “Uncle” Bert and “Aunt” Maggie above their café in the tough Soho district of London when she learns from a classmate that her real mum’s a tart. Granger brings her own experience of the Soho district to life in the wonderful characters she creates.

Recommended by:  Bobbie

The Murder of the Century by Paul Collins

Murder of the Century by Paul CollinsTitle:  The Murder of the Century:  The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars

Author:  Paul Collins

Call #:  364.152 COL

In 1897 New York, body parts are being discovered in various places and with no suspects, motives or even an identifiable victim.  The city becomes engulfed in the effort to solve this crime.  The public becomes more and more fascinated with the story as newspapers compete to come up with the latest clue or the most blaring headline.  The author not only describes the pursuit in great detail, but he also captures an era, a time and place in a way that puts you right in the middle of the story.

Recommended by:  Mike