Archive for November 14th, 2011

Houston Event– Tonight!

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Come join me and the always amazing Tasha Alexander for an evening of happy babble about historical fiction:

6:30, Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet Street.

If you can’t make it to the signing, but would like to order a personalized copy of The Mischief of the Mistletoe or any of the other Pink books, just call Murder by the Book before 6:00 (Central Time) tonight and I can inscribe it for you.

Mistletoe makes an excellent holiday present!



If You Like….

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Last week’s post on historical mysteries got me thinking about another subset of the historical fiction world: the “big” historical novel.

I’m referring not just to doorstop quality, but epic sweep. Some of these are entirely stand alone, others are the first in a series, but all have that “big” historical feel. So, if you like “big” historical novels, you’ll probably like….

— Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, the absolute archetype of the genre;

— Kathleen Winsor’s Forever Amber;

— Karleen Koen’s Through a Glass Darkly;

— M.M. Kaye’s The Far Pavilions;

— Anya Seton’s Katherine;

— Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander;

— Sara Donati’s Into the Wilderness;

— Judith Merkle Riley’s A Vision of Light;

— John Jakes’ North and South;

— Carole Nelson Douglas’ Fair Wind, Fiery Star;

— Pamela Kaufman’s Shield of Three Lions.

This is one of those off-the-top-of-the-head lists, so I’m sure I’ve left out a ridiculous number of major historical novels. (Upon reflection, I deliberately left out Dumas and Sabatini, since they’re of the historical adventure subgenre.)

Which are your favorite “big” historical novels?