Cornwell, Mortimer, and Wilson

Bernard Cornwell’s incredibly excellent King Alfred series continues this month with the release of Lords of the North. This segment is particularly good in that the noble and Christian but dour and unpleasant Alfred is seldom seen and the rowdy Uhtred of Bebbanburg on whom Cornwell has hung this great tale is allowed to romp and make much war in the northern counties, well away from the tiresome Saxon court. Cornwell introduces a new character, the dashing Danish Guthred, would-be king of the area around York. Cornwell doesn’t do the lapidary stuff that sends O’Brien fans into ecstatic states, but he’s every bit as smart as the lamented author of the Aubrey/Maturin sea stories and he’s still alive and writing. A lot.

There’s other good news for those of us who would rather read than, well, work. Robert Wilson has a new one out, The Hidden Assassins, another Javier Falcon mystery in the steamy heat of Seville. Anyone who can’t get enough of Alan Furst needs to know about Wilson who is every bit as good.

Oh, and there’s a new John Mortimer, Rumpole and the Reign of Terror.

Good gifts all.

-Nemo Wolfe

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