“And I’d put money on the woman being Mrs. Baxter.”

“A WOMAN,” KATE SAID. “The powder burns weren’t just on the shirt, they were under the flap of the pocket. Would Sturgus let a man get that close? And it was a .22, small, easy to use. And I’d put money on the woman being Mrs. Baxter.”

Under the Influence

The Collected Short Stories

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Shakespeare and swordfighting. Also whiskey. A lot of whiskey.

Shakespeare's RebelShakespeare’s Rebel by C.C. Humphreys

I’m sort of surprised I finished this book, as I am not a fan of the Earl of Essex, and I almost put it down anyway when the story opens with the hero coming off a month-long drunk. Yawn.

But I persevered, and John Lawley is a fun character to follow around, in spite of all the insane and oftentimes suicidal decisions he makes. The author does a good job with the place and the time, London circa 1599 and all the attendant paranoia that consumed the population at that time. Elizabeth is robust, Robert Cecil weasely, and the ensemble cast whether real or fictional strut and fret their hour upon the stage with vigor.

Recommended for anyone who likes historical novels, Shakespeare, or swordfighting. You’ll even find out what a swashbuckle is.

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“It’s blue! Or maybe green. Red, I remember, it was red!”


True story:

Guy walks into the Poisoned Pen Bookstore. He’d left his book on a plane. He couldn’t remember the title. He couldn’t remember the author. He couldn’t remember what the book was about. He could remember that the cover was red.

And Barbara Peters? Found it for him.

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