Monday, March 08, 2021

Six top novels based on historical scandals

Deanna Raybourn is the author of the award-winning, New York Times bestselling Lady Julia Grey series, currently in development for television, as well as the USA Today bestselling and Edgar Award nominated Veronica Speedwell Mysteries and several standalone works.

Her new Veronica Speedwell mystery is An Unexpected Peril.

At CrimeReads Raybourn tagged six "favorite scandals and the novels that bring them to life." One title on the list:
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes

Oh, how they must have gossiped when the original Real Housewife of Sparta ran off with a younger man! I’m talking, of course, about one of the most legendary scandals in history—Helen and Paris. It’s often referred to as an abduction, but most versions show Helen an active participant, throwing off her arranged marriage for an elopement with a sexy Trojan prince. We don’t know if it was historical or merely mythological, but the Greeks definitely besieged the city of Troy, and given the ubiquity of the legends, it’s entirely possible that the loss of the Queen of Sparta was the catalyst. At the very top of my TBR list right now is A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes, the latest novel to tackle this endlessly fascinating story of love, revenge, and the war to end all wars.
Read about another entry on the list.

A Thousand Ships is among Alyssa Vaughn's forty-two books to help you get through the rest of quarantine.

The Page 69 Test: A Thousand Ships.

--Marshal Zeringue