Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today's theme is Ten Hidden Gem Books in X Genre. I've decided go for classics, so I'm listing ten older books that have been mostly forgotten or that I think should be better known: A Cathedral Courtshipby Kate Douglas Wiggin
A sweet romantic tale combined with a tour of English cathedrals The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte Mary Yonge
A tragic Victorian bestseller White Boots by Noel Streatfeild
A story about family, friendship, and ice skating The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit
Six children determine to restore their family's fortunes - but things don't really go according to plan Seven Sisters at Queen Anne's by Evelyn Smith
Seven sisters go off to school for the first time, Half Magic by Edward Eager
A magic coin that only grants half of what you wish for - what could possibly go wrong? Jane of Lantern Hillby L.M. Montgomery
I've reviewed this recently here. Young Bess by Margar…
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today's theme is Ten Book Recommendations for ______. Since I've been reading a lot of mystery/detective books lately, I thought it would be a good idea to make a list of mystery recommendations. Then I realised I already made a similar list last September ... however, I've read quite a few new ones since then and I think this list is different enough for it to be worthwhile. So, here are ten books I recommend to people who like mysteries (especially of the classic or historical variety.
A Man of Some Repute by Elizabeth Edmondson (mini review)
This is one I've read recently. Set in a small town in 1950s England, featuring a mysterious death which occurred seven years earlier. One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters
This is the second in Ellis Peters' Cadfael series, and one of the best that I've read so far, although I'd recommend the series as a whole. Arsenic for Tea by Robin Stevens
SummaryThe Bookseller's Tale is the first in a series of mysteries set in 14th-century Oxford. The book takes place a few years after the population has been decimated by the Black Death, the effects of which are still widely felt. Nicholas Elyot, the main character, is a bookseller who lost his wife to the plague. One day he finds the body of a student in the River Cherwell, and discovers that his death was not due to natural causes. The town authorities don't seem to have any interest in investigating the murder, but Nicholas and his friend Jordain Brinkylsworth, a member of the university, feel they owe it to the victim to find out.
One of the big things I liked about this book was the historical detail - we find out quite a bit about medieval Oxford, the university, and particularly about Nicholas' work as a bookseller, which I found really interesting. Some readers might not enjoy these details as they mean there is a little less focus on the mystery, but I…