Blogger Book Nook #9: Time Machine

This month I haven’t posted that much, I’ve actually taken a little time off my blog to focus on myself and just do the things that I haven’t felt pressured to do and when I feel pressured I DO NOT produce the best work so I took some time to just recharge, which is healthy I think.

But once a month something happens the Blogger Book Nook creators Abbey and Tabitha create a reading prompt an awesome occurrence that I just can’t miss and this months prompt was to travel back in time, into historical fiction. Now historical fiction usually isn’t my first choice for genres so I grabbed the first book I saw set in the past and boy did I choose a good one, but first I’m going to answer a few questions set by Blogger Book Nook creators.


Q1. If you could time travel either to the past or the future, which would you pick & why?

I would travel back into the past, the future is extremely uncertain I may not like what I discover. Whereas the past has so many events and eras that are fascinating and have such a defining impact on our present I would like to experience that, take a camera with me and snap a few shots on how the Egyptians really built the pyramids.

Q2. Historical novels aren’t always accurate in their details – is this something that bothers you? Why/Why not?would

For me as long as the setting is as accurate as can be, for example if someone has wrote a historical fiction set in the summer of 1887, Paris and in describing Paris I would expect a description of the Eiffel Tower in construction not that it was already built. Little things like that bug me a little bit.

Q3. Is there one specific historical era that especially interests you? What novels set in that time would you recommend?

The Regency Era which birthed Jane Austen, but also an era where many of my favourite romance novels are set. My favourite being The Bridgerton Series 8 book, 8 sibling that are named alphabetically and their stories. These books are brilliant down to the setting of London’s high society 1813 to 1825. The balls, masquerade and normal, the clothes the responsibility and duties of men and women back then. I love these books and would 100% recommend.

Q4. Which historical figure (fictional or real) would you most likely to have dinner with?

I have a fascination with artists so it would have to be a dinner party and I would have to have Leonardo Da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, oh and Michelangelo would have to be there. To get an insight into their minds and to talk about their art work would just be amazing.

Q5. Do you find historical fiction an appealing genre? Why/why not? 

I do but only in books unless it’s Poldark and I get to see Aiden Turner shirtless in a Cornish field haha! But no I prefer reading historical fiction, I like imagining the dresses the setting and events characters go to, that’s half the fun in reading them because we all know how they dressed, we all have seen pictures of past places but imagining it through the eyes of a character set back then is pretty awesome.


Dead Man’s Blues – Ray Celestin

This book was explosive, thrilling, an electric page turner that took me back to a sweltering summer in 1928, Chicago. A Chicago high on it’s reign of Al Capone, a jazz scene from the eyes of Louis Armstrong and three crime investigations that flow through a city full of jazz, booze, drugs and the occasional bombing, three investigations that merge as one as secrets are revealed and lives changed.

Written on the back –

‘Pinkerton detectives Michael Talbot and Ida Davis are hired to locate a missing heiress. But it proves harder then expected to find a woman known across the city.

After being called to a gruesome murder in Chicago’s violent Black Belt, crime-scene photographer Jacob Russo can’t get the dead man’s image out of his head, and decides to track down the culprit himself.

And with a group of city leaders poisoned at the Ritz, Dante Sanfelippos – rum-runner and fixer – is called in by Al Capone to discover whether someone is trying to bring down his empire.

As the three parties edge closer to the truth, their paths will cross and their lives will be threatened. But will any of them find the answers they need in the city of blues, booze and brutality!’

This book was amazing, I loved reading every page of it. I couldn’t actually put it down I think I actually cooked one handed one night because I was so close to the end and didn’t want to put it down feeling like I’d miss something, or forget. My only warning I would give is this – there is a chapter where Jacob is investigating someone and it takes him to a slaughter house which is graphically written, it even turned my stomach.

Has anyone else read Dead Man’s Blues? What historical fiction novels are your favourite? Let me know in the comments.

Peace & Love

Zoe x


4 Comments Add yours

  1. I always love reading these posts! I completely agree about travelling into the past, I said the same on Abbeys post too, you have no idea what you’ll find in the future and there’s no way of changing it. Dead Man’s Blues sounds like a great book, I love that you couldn’t put it down! It’s such a good feeling when you’re so into a book that you just have to keep reading xx

    Tiffany x


  2. I agree with you, it’s so important to have accurate representation of historical events, especially in historical fiction!! I only recently got into the genre, but it’s little things like that that can make or break an experience with a novel. I’ve never heard of it before, but really like the cover of Dead Man’s Blues too! 🙂


  3. Great review, this sounds like a good book! Although I’ve never been a big fan of historical fiction. I’ve only read a handful which have really gripped me. I’d also definitely go back into the past, I definitely don’t want to see what the future looks like! xxx


  4. It’s always really interesting to hear about which genres of book people love and hate! For me, historical fiction is something that I reach for regularly, I absolutely love being immersed in a different time! I’m really glad that, despite your reservations about the genre, you really enjoyed the title that you chose for this month! I looooove the 1920s, anything which has a bit of a Gatsby vibe is right up my street! This book sounds really thrilling and difficult to put down, I’m definitely going to have to order a copy from my library! And gosh, wouldn’t a dinner with Van Gough and Leonardo da Vinci be something! Fantastic answer to that question!

    Abbey xxx


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