Category Archives: Books

History and Mystery – Judge Dee

Judge Dee is a semi-fictional character based on the historical figure Di Renjie, a county magistrate and statesman of the Tang court. The character appeared in the 18th-century Chinese detective and gong’an crime novel Di Gong An. After Van Gulik found … Continue reading

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History and Mystery – Giordanus the Finder

I love the combination of history and mysteryand Steven Saylor’s Roma Sub Rosa series gives plenty of both. As in the Brother Cadfael series many of the characters were living people. The detective, Giordanus the Finder, is p urely fictional … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Household Hazards

The last time the cleaner came I had a problem. I went to check the bathroom after she finished and was almost asphyxiated. Cough! Hack! Wheeze!!  Watering eyes and tight chest. It’s true my cheapskate landlord never installed an exhaust … Continue reading

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History and Mystery – Sherlock Holmes

One of the most popular and enduring characters in any literature is Sherlock Holmes. The creation of British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle there were many flaws in the writing of his saga but they appeal to the most literate … Continue reading

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The Night Watch – Vigils

So my experiment, inspired by the daily routine of the medieval monks and fueled with research on the history of sleep, is supposed to take me to a routine that leaves me awake in the small hours. Rather than try … Continue reading

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History and Mystery: Brother Cadfael

It is no secret I consume mysteries like potato chips (or crisps if you’d rather). This found me working in and frequenting used book stores to keep the cost of the habit within reasonable limits.The habit also taught me to always … Continue reading

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Personal Alchemy for a New Year

I was fascinated by alchemy long before Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. While I never believed you could turn lead into gold or really wanted to, I did find the history of the subject fascinating. So many colorful characters, … Continue reading

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