Category: Chatter

For those of you who like history mysteries and who have yet to have Sir Robert gallop up to your door, you’re in for a real treat.

A wrong-side-of-the-blanket cousin of Queen Elizabeth I, perspicaciously able, perennially broke, persistently in love with the married Lady Elizabeth Widdrington, Sir Robert is fresh off saving James the VI/I’s life from a double assassination attempt. With the whole-hearted if covert backing of Sir Robert Cecil he is now tasked by James to catch and kill…

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Pub day of Death of an Eye!

Pub day is December 6, 2018! Why, that would be today, wouldn’t it? Amazon.US Apple Nook Kobo And on December 13th in the UK/Commonwealth. Amazon.UK I’ll be signing the hardcover at the Poisoned Pen on Saturday, December 8th, at 2pm. Click here to pre-order your copy. See you there!* *And if you can’t make it…

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In Death of an Eye news…

…yesterday Barbara and I baked Egyptian Christmas cookies for my signing at the Poisoned Pen on Saturday. With limited success. These are the best of the ankh, the Eye of Horus, and the scarab. (I told Barbara some of the ankhs looked like Casper the Friendly Ghost.) I was at the store yesterday and Julie…

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Why Cleopatra? [continuing…]

[To catch up on the discussion, click here, and then here.] Cleopatra was Macedonian Greek, a direct descendant of Ptolemy I, who plucked the plum of Alexandria and Egypt when the generals divvied up the empire after Alexander the Great’s death. Alexandria was founded by Alexander, a city on the edge of the Middle Sea…

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Why Cleopatra? [continued]

[Continuing the conversation from last week… hey, it’s my soapbox] A friend who knows I am writing a series set in Cleopatra’s Alexandria was greatly exercised over some of Cleopatra’s decisions. “Why did she make Antony leave Octavia? It gave Octavian all the ammunition he needed to move against her. How could she have done…

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Why Cleopatra?

All right, all you people who think I should only and ever write Kate Shugak novels*, here’s why I wrote this instead. The commonly accepted story arc for Cleopatra is: Caesar. Antony. Dead. Shakespeare even cut her arc by a third in his Antony and Cleopatra. At least the film managed to get all three…

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This just in…

Hot off the presses and sent winging my way by Nic Cheetham at Head of Zeus…behold! Click here to preorder in hardcover. See you at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore on Saturday, December 8, at 2pm!      

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An eye-witness account from a front-row seat to recent history, and very much worth reading.

My view of the intelligence services was formed during the Church hearings in 1975, and all the bad opinions I acquired then were only affirmed when the news about the CIA’s extreme rendition (kidnapping) and extreme interrogation (torture) protocols broke following 9/11. But then I heard James Clapper talking about his work in the IC (Intelligence…

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