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Cynthia Sally Haggard was born and reared in Surrey, England. About 30 years ago she surfaced in the United States, settling in the Mid-Atlantic region as she wound her way through four careers: violinist, cognitive scientist, medical writer, and novelist.
In June, 2015, Cynthia graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University, Cambridge MA.
Her first novel, "Thwarted Queen," a frustrating tale (hence the title) of a woman who was nearly crowned Queen of England, was shortlisted for many awards, including the 2012 Eric Hoffer New Horizon Award for debut authors. To date, sales have surpassed 38,000 copies.
Her second novel, "Farewell My Life," a Cinderella-ish tale with not-so-charming princes who inhabit the edgy setting of 1920s and 1930s Berlin during the rise of the Nazis, won a Pinnacle Award for Historical Fiction (2019) and was a Distinguished Favorite for the 2019 New York City Big Book Awards.
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This is one of Elly Griffith’s most atmospheric books. The rain pounds down, turning the outside into a fierce waterfall. It patters gently against the window panes as Kate listens to a […]
Frank is back! At least that is how a cliffhanger of an ending brings THE DARK ANGEL to its close. If anything, this volume is even more dramatic than Elly Griffith’s usual […]
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All hell breaks loose… Does this sound familiar? A Strong King goes on a fishing trip with his best friend, but something goes wrong and he dies. Suddenly. He leaves behind an […]
Why does his brother have a different last name? “If you do not stop seeing my daughter, I will write to your brother.” Angelina had penned a letter already to the abbot, […]
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The Wicked Uncle Does this tale sound familiar? A Wicked Uncle snatches the throne from his Two Hapless Nephews. He becomes King. They are murdered. No, this is not Shakespeare’s play, but […]
Has she seen him before? He examined the address, then scrutinized her. Angelina’s cheeks warmed. “You will come?” She picked up her purse and gloves. He made her his little bow and […]
I had never heard of this author before and was rather put off by the title (which is so plain, unprovocative, and common), but you cannot judge a book by its title! […]
Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is placed under house arrest in 1922, because the Bolsheviks cannot decide if his pre-war poem is seditious enough to warrant the firing squad or exile to Siberia. […]
This tale of murder and mysterious disappearances begins when Ruth Galloway’s excavates some bones in a tunnel below the Guildhall in Norwich, Norfolk, UK. Ruth originally thinks the bones are medieval, but […]
Yet another enjoyable volume from Elly Griffiths, this time following the trio we have come to love & know, i.e. Cathbad, Ruth & DCI Nelson. We are in Walsingham Norfolk, at the […]
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A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN delineates the life of a young girl between the ages of 11 and 17, who grew up in an impoverished family in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn […]