Hand of Silver, Hand of Gold by Christopher Peter Grey

Hand of Silver, Hand of Gold by Christopher Peter Grey

Publication Date: April 21, 2018 (Kindle Edition)

Summary: Set in Bologna, Italy at the end of the 15th century, this book is an historical-fantasy coming of age story. The protagonist, seventeen-year-old Orlando Novi, suspects his recently deceased father didn’t commit suicide, but rather, was murdered. He vows to find out who murdered him and avenge his death.Hand of Silver, Hand of Gold

While mourning at his father’s grave, Orlando encounters a mysterious alchemist. The alchemist digs something out of a very old grave, leaving behind a sinister looking cross. Orlando picks this up and very quickly his life becomes entangled in intrigue, danger and political uprisings. Young and inexperienced in the evils of the world, Orlando struggles to find his path and the truth.

Comments: I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. It is only available on Kindle.

I enjoyed reading it. The book moves along and has excitement at every turn. Primarily, it is an historical mystery, but the alchemy adds a bit of a magical touch.

There are some historical inaccuracies—the book would have benefited from a bit more research (such as a tomato in a sandwich in 1492; tomatoes didn’t appear in Europe until the 16th century (http://www.tomato-cages.com/tomato-history.html). But these didn’t detract from the sheer swashbuckling fun of the book.

Recommended for those who like to read historical fantasy and/or discover new authors.

Defend and Betray

Original Publication Date, 1992; Audible publication date September 28, 2009 by Recorded Books. Defend and Betray

Defend and Betray by Anne Perry is the 3rd in the William Monk Series. See Goodreads and other sources for the synopsis.

Because of it’s older publication date, this book just gets a brief mention on the Brown Booknook, rather than a full review on the Brown Bookloft. I listened to the audio version through Audible.com. It’s sometimes difficult to review books when I listen to them because I use audio books to combat bouts of insomnia. Sometimes I’m up listening for hours while other times I fall asleep within minutes. This means that despite “rewinding” frequently, I’ll miss patches.

I figured out the motive for the murder fairly early into the story, but I was completely enthralled by the proof and details during the courtroom proceedings.