Category Archives: historical fiction

New Viennese Mystery by Jaya Gulhaugen: Review

Jaya Gulhaugen was born in Berlin three months before the 1949 Airlift. She moved to Vienna in 1956 just before the Hungarian Revolution broke out. She was a teenager in the Congo during the Simba Rebellion. Growing up, she just … Continue reading

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Review of William Ryan’s “The Bloody Meadow”

“What will William Ryan do with Korolev’s dilemma, as the 30s in the Soviet Union grind on into more and more terrible times?” This was the question I asked at the end of my recent review of William Ryan’s first … Continue reading

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Interview with Frank Tallis

Frank Tallis is a clinical psychologist and an expert in obsessional states. He is the author of “A Death in Vienna,” “Vienna Blood,” “Fatal Lies” and “Vienna Secrets,” as well as seven non-fiction books on psychology and two previous novels, … Continue reading

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Review of Frank Tallis’s “Vienna Twilight”

Viennese mysteries are close to my heart, and Tallis is surely the master of Viennese mystery. He writes historical, psychological thrillers—nothing cozy about him, despite the number of cakes that are consumed in the course of his novels.  They are … Continue reading

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Interview with William Ryan

William Ryan, author of The Holy Thief, was born in London in 1965 and attended Trinity College, Dublin. He practiced briefly as a barrister before completing his master’s in creative writing at St. Andrews University. His work has appeared in … Continue reading

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Quotations: And other people say. . .

 . . .on other historical mystery/thrillers . . . these came to mind after reviewing William Ryan’s “The Holy Thief” . . . Hans Fallada wrote in his 1946 Foreword to his great postwar novel of the Nazi years in Germany, … Continue reading

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Review of William Ryan’s “The Holy Thief”

There is a great book club in my native Wales, called CardiffRead.  They meet once a month and communicate electronically in between. This month they are reading  William Ryan’s  The Holy Thief  (Minotaur, New York, 2010).  I bought this book … Continue reading

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