Book Review: The Count of the Sahara

History and archaeology – two subjects that fascinate me – blend together inĀ The Count of the Sahara by Wayne Turmel. A novel based on the life of Count Bryon de Prorok, the tale follows his journey into the Sahara and the aftermath of his team’s discovery. Continue reading

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Colonial Beverages: a fully ‘American’ experience

Hard cider is making a comeback. But why do we need to be literally hit over the head with an apple (okay, maybe figuratively, but the commercials are convincing) to be told its good when cider was historically one of the beverages of choice during the founding of the United States? Continue reading

Medicine, Now and Then

I enjoy history, which is one reason I wrote a historical mystery novel. But when writing fiction, the author has to dig into the life of her characters. One aspect of that is health.

In the late 1800s, when The Vanishing Kidnapper takes place, what was it like to get sick? Was it a death sentence? In my research and reading, I have come across the term ‘poor constitution.’ What would that mean today?

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