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Book Review: THE ARROW CHEST by Robert Parry

Robert Parry’s THE ARROW CHEST is set in Victorian London, and concerns a struggling artist called Amos Roselli (based on Dante Gabriel Rossetti?), his muse Daphne, Daphne’s boorish husband and the young maid Beth who “does” for Amos.


When Amos is called to the Tower of London to sketch some bones found in an arrow chest that are believed to belong to Queen Anne Boleyn, mysterious things start to happen that he can’t explain. Before long, Lord Bowlend (Daphne’s husband) asks Amos to come to his estate to do a portrait of him. For those of you familiar with the tragic story of Anne Boleyn, it soon becomes apparent that a similar tragedy is unravelling in the lives of Lord and Lady Bowlend, who are 19th-century stand-ins for Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.


I loved this novel and thought it was beautifully written, especially the descriptions of the Isle of Wight. Although some overwriting was apparent, it was clear that this was a better novel from a technical point of view, than the VIRGIN AND THE CRAB. But what a pity to turn Lord Bowlend/Henry VIII and his friend Tommy Newman/Thomas Cromwell into caricatured monsters. Granted, the historical figures have a great deal to answer for. But the novel would have been much more satisfying had the bad guys not been so obviously obnoxious. Four stars.

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I cannot say enough good things about this site. When I logged on, it was easy to find Katy’s most popular post, because she had it featured in a sidebar. Pretty soon, I was immersed in a Guest post by historical fiction author Robert Parry, whom I’d never heard of. I quickly put his 2 books on my Amazon wishlist.

But there was more.  Katy has set up 2 challenges for her readers, the 1st in a series challenge, where you commit to read a number of these types of books this year, and the 2nds challenge, where you decide to read another book by the same author.  And then there’s the first line challenge she put up on April 1st, with a clock timer to show how much time you have to enter.

In short, this blog is informative, interesting and so well organized it is easy to use. I am so impressed, I plan to come back to visit often! To visit, click here.

–Cynthia Haggard writes historical novels.  She has two completed manuscripts that will be published in the coming year. THWARTED QUEEN  is a portrait of a woman trapped by power, a marriage undone by betrayal, and a King brought down by fear. FAMILY SPLINTERS is  a novel about identity, forbidden love and family secrets. For more on her creative writing, go to spunstories. (c) 2011. All rights reserved.


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