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The Pirates! In an Adventure with the Romantics by Gideon Defoe

The Pirates! In an Adventure with the Romantics

Author Gideon Defoe has established a successful micro-franchise with his comedic novels about the misadventures of the dim-witted yet lovable Pirate Captain, beginning with The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists and continuing throughout the 2000s and 2010s to the latest installment, The Pirates! In an Adventure with the Romantics. Defoe’s ridiculous tales are dominated by the presence of the Pirate Captain, a man who never found a boast too ridiculous to make, a ham too large to eat, or an amount of money too large to spend. It is this last attribute that forces him and his bizarre crew into their latest adventure. Deeply in debt, they decide to take some wealthy intellectuals on an “authentic” pirate adventure in hopes of making some quick money. Unfortunately for them, those intellectuals turn out to be Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, and Mary Godwin, and a variety of bizarre, hilarious events ensue.

Dr. Frankenstein’s Daughters by Suzanne Weyn

Dr. Frankenstein’s Daughters by Suzanne Weyn

Johann had been terrible to her, absolutely terrible! Beautiful, 17-year-old Giselle told him that she loved him, and he had waved her away. He thought her family was not rich enough, not important enough for him to consider a relationship with her. But Johann was wrong. Shortly after he humiliated her, she and her sister discovered that they did come from an important family—and they were rich. For Giselle and her identical twin Ingrid are Dr. Frankenstein’s Daughters.

March by Geraldine Brooks

March by Geraldine Brooks

“If war can ever be said to be just, then this war is so; it is action for a moral cause, with the most rigorous of intellectual underpinnings. And yet everywhere I turn, I see injustice done in the waging of it. “ - March

In Louisa Alcott’s Little Women, Mr. March’s largest role in the narrative is that his daughters are perpetually waiting for his letters home. In March, Geraldine Brooks traces his story as he enlists to become a Union chaplain, experiences many horrors of war, and eventually finds himself tutoring freed slaves (“contraband”) on a destitute cotton plantation. His cheerful letters home to Marmee contrast with the terrible details he confides to the reader but does not write home about: the pervasive racism; cruelty; and suffering that he encounters in a number of different encounters.

Mistress Masham's Repose by T. H. White

Mistress Masham's Repose

When one thinks of heirs and heiresses, one thinks of bags and bags of money.  But in T. H. White’s Mistress Masham’s Repose, ten-year-old Maria has no money. She is only the heiress to a falling down 17th-century English estate called Malplaquet. Even so, she might have enjoyed a lovely if quiet life in the countryside. But she doesn’t.

Maggie Needs an Alibi

By Kasey Michaels

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In this comic mystery Maggie, a mystery writer, finds herself up to her neck in trouble. She discovers that the "fictional" character that made her a bestselling author is hanging out at her apartment, and meantime a couple of her colleagues meet very untimely deaths.
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Brigade: Further Adventures of Inspector Lestrade

By M.J. Trow

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There is a new broom at Scotland yard: Nimrod Frost. His first little job for Lestrade is to investigate the reported appearance of a lion in Cornwall, a supposed savager of sheep and frightener of men. Hardly a task for an Inspector of the Criminal Investigation Department...

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Lord of the Dead: The Secret History of Byron

By Tom Holland

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Rebecca Carville is on the trail of a manuscript written by Lord Byron and said to be buried in a crypt. When she gains access to the crypt she finds Byron alive and ends up involved in much more than she expected.
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The List of Seven

By Mark Frost

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Young Arthur Conan Doyle battles the wicked forces of the Dark Brotherhood to defend the Crown. He is aided by Queen Victoria's best agent, Jack Sparks, a man of keen wit who bears a great resemblance to Doyle's later creation, Sherlock Holmes. Demons, zombies, and the Dweller on the Threshold make this a more pungently purple mystery than many in Victoriana.
From the co-creator of the television series, Twin Peaks. The story is continued in The Six Messiahs.

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The Lady and the Poet

By Maeve Haran

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Set against the sumptuousness and intrigues of Queen Elizabeth I's court, reveals the untold love affair between the famous poet John Donne and Ann More, the passionate woman who, against all odds, became his wife.
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