“The detective with a notebook is a commonplace in murder mysteries, and Death Among the Marshes pays homage to this trope, not once but twice – the investigating police detective brings one out, as does Billy Watkins, the manservant of the main protagonist Frederick Babington. Set in the early twenties, this clever novella also gives specific mentions both to the Sherlock Holmes stories and to the first of the Poirot mysteries by Agatha Christie, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920). Set in the fictional Norfolk pile of Marsh Hall, seat of Viscount Marshbourne, by the village of Marshbanks, Death Among the Marshes is Kathryn Ramage’s way of having fun with the country house mystery genre while also acknowledging that living in the aftermath of the Great War was no less difficult for many returning soldiers than surviving the actual conflict.”
A tortured but decent sleuth, by Calmgrove, March 3, 2014
And check out his other reviews of Kathryn L. Ramage’s fantasy novels:
“There is no doubting that Ramage has achieved a believeable universe where magic is real even if of secondary consideration, and there is absolutely no question that she has successfully peopled this universe with credible if flawed human beings. There is a strong sense, though, that there are unresolved threads which will be picked up and followed in the sequels (or even prequels). I look forward to immersing myself again in Redmantyl’s world of the Northlands with Maiden in Light.”
To the Dark Tower, March 9, 2013
“Jane Austen and H P Lovecraft may once have been strange bedfellows, but the recent trend of re-imagining 19th-century romances as vampire and zombie tales renders this marriage made in hell less surprising. Kathryn Ramage dedicates Maiden in Light to these two authors, though the resulting novel is not the undead romcom that you might otherwise expect. Instead we have here an engaging novel mixing social observation, convincing character development and palpable suspense, all set in an alternate world consistent within its constructed parameters.”
A Fish out of Water, March 10, 2013
“In her novel Electricland Ms. Mayerson has a character ask, ‘Can any of you remember any of the middle-aged women you have met recently well enough to describe her and identify her?’ The answer is of course no. This provides the stealth technology for the world’s most effective violence for hire group.”
Electricland review, by D. McFarland.
Thanks, D! Electricland actually takes place in 2008, but I might have been too cagey about that.
“While the main text is fairly well written, and consistently interesting, some of the transitions between Mrs. Taylor’s text and excerpts of Mrs. Mowatt-Ritchie’s text are not as smooth as could be desired, yet those transitions were not jarring enough to dissuade an interested reader from continuing. This is one book I had a very hard time putting down. It has made me want to locate copies of Mrs. Mowatt-Ritchie’s works to read for myself.”
The Lady Actress, review by Lady Dragoness, Amazon, May 15, 2011 (and at Dragon Views)
“2010 witnesses the publication of Ginger Mayerson’s Electricland, a unique and clever narrative with remarkably intricate content for its brevity.
“Electricland is a satirical novel about organized terrorism; it is an illustration of a group of middle-aged women turning a man’s world upside down. Electricland is a story about a young man exploring his sexuality. It is about a young hacker too smart for his own good; but more than anything, Electricland is an account of damage control.”
Electricland Reviewed, by John Alleman, Bookpleasures.com, October 14, 2010
“Terror is not something limited to only one sex. A woman’s family is often more important than their life, and vengeance is not something to be underestimated. Electricland is a fun and riveting novel with plenty of suspense.”
Midwest Book Review, Amazon.com, September 11, 2010 (oddly enough)
However, I’m not sure where this came from:
“Electricland follows Agent Titania as she is faced with a series of female terrorists, and is tasked with figuring out their motivations and understanding how to fight back against them.”
Titania is the leader of the Seven Sirens, not their nemesis or something.
Part 1 of 7; Part 2 of 7; Part 3 of 7; Part 4 of 7; Part 5 of 7; Part 6 of 7; Part 7 of 7
For those of who’d rather read this as a pdf, it’s here: Electricland_by_Mayerson_Serialization_Pages. Ain’t I nice?
“Women wielding pens was much a much more uncommon thing. ‘The Lady Actress: Recovering the Lost Legacy of a Victorian American Superstar’ is a biography of Anna Cora Mowatt, telling the story of one of the first American playwrights, who got her start in the middle of the nineteenth century. Independent yet traditional, her life was an intriguing duality of the emerging role of the women during her era. An intriguing look at society and the arts through one woman, “The Lady Actress” is a choice pick, highly recommended.”
The Lady Actress review at Amazon, October 8, 2010
“This isn’t your kid sister’s wizard story. At one point, I checked the front and back for author bio because my neck tickled with the thought “is this woman a wizard herself?” A brilliant and understandable “coming of age” tale, with an adult sensibility and keen insight into the human condition of parental expectation, a young person’s intense desire for free will and adventure, and the difficult, often painful transition to adulthood. The alternate dimension setting with no Industrial Revolution is excellent to remove the cluttered background of technological whatnot. We focus on the young man, his struggle, his growth.”
GoodReads.com, by Linda, July 20, 2010
“The Wizard’s Son is the story of Orlan, the son of a barmaid, who comes to find that he’s also the son of the most powerful wizard. After the death of his mother, Orlan is taken from the only life he’s ever known, to live with his father and begin his training to become a wizard.”
GoodReads.com by Catrina, June 13, 2010
“A very in-depth book, “The Lady Actress” took me back to a moment in time when actresses were frowned upon and called derogatory names. I could almost feel myself morphing into Anna Cora Mowatt, the person for whom the book is written. She was indeed very much a lady, even though society held a stigma regarding the proper place for women (which was not in the theaters that Mowatt frequented). Society has evolved so much since then, but it is interesting to see exactly how prejudiced the masculine mind was back then.”
GoodReads.com, by Stephanie, July 12, 2010
The Wizard’s Son is reviewed at Amazon by Loucypher Justin and by Johnathan Gladen.
The Wizard’s Son reviewed at Young Adult Books Central.