Category Archives: Historical fiction

When Granada fell quiet

The shutter clicks open. Beatriz blinks into the white sun, the spicy smell of the jacarandas teasing her awake. The empy cobblestones breathe out into the silence, deep shadows straining up the hill towards the mottled walls of the Alhambra. … Continue reading

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Playing with knives at the king’s table

The knife slices through the puff pastry, piling up almond paste along the blade. A tense hush, knuckles white on jugs sloshing with cider ale, nostrils flaring with frankincense and clove, pupils hard and wide as if witnessing heads rolling … Continue reading

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In the land of the thousands autumns

Like a glob of honey in a teacup, the sun is dissolving slowly into the sea, bathing the horizon in glowing amber and sending ripples of gold across the gurgling waves. A gaggle of wild geese ruffle their feathers and … Continue reading

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Disturbing bouquet

When we picked up our rental car from the railway station, we knew we had to drive to the Kyriad Hotel in Provencal Avignon. So, as soon as we merged off the highway into the lane that winds itself around … Continue reading

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All jazzed up

Summer night in Berlin 1939. Long shadows are creeping up the walls and the linden trees are in full bloom, scenting the air with sugar and spice. From behind a boarded up window comes the plaintive wail of a saxophone, … Continue reading

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When peace and quiet are not quite enough

A thick fog blankets the red bricks and tiled roofs of Ferrara, muffling out all scents and sounds of Mardi Gras: the joyous cymbals and tambourines, the lustful aromas of garlic bread with parmesan cheese, the clinking of tankards and … Continue reading

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Memories of the Provence

The quill flows across the parchment in delicate strokes resonating with the gruff accents of the lang d’oc, curlicues embued with the scents of Provence: gurgling spring streams running down Mont Ventoux to the Sorgue; purple lavender fields clicking with … Continue reading

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