Books by Gillian Linscott

BLOOD ON THE WOOD by Gillian Linscott
Released: May 12, 2004

"A tightly written tangle of women loved and lusted after by men both greedy and well-intentioned. In the end, the simply erotic view of women represented by the painting emerges as pleasant alternative."
A sinister folk song comes to life in a civilized middle-class household as Nell Bray (Dead Man Riding, 2003, etc.) attempts to claim a valuable painting. Read full book review >
DEAD MAN RIDING by Gillian Linscott
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Well done."
Nell Bray's tenth case finds the suffragette heroine studying at Oxford at the turn of the century after years of wandering the continent with her mother. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT DAUGHTER by Gillian Linscott
Released: May 1, 2001

"Some delicious description (a Siamese cat is 'draped over her shoulder like a long spillage of Devonshire cream') and expert manipulation of Nell's viewpoint: both make for a satisfying ninth outing (Absent Friends, 1999, etc.)."
ABSENT FRIENDS by Gillian Linscott
Released: May 7, 1999

"But all is blighted by the hydra-headed, patience-testing overflow of plot."
DANCE ON BLOOD by Gillian Linscott
Released: April 10, 1998

"Nell's seventh (Dead Man's Sweetheart, 1996, etc.) takes a charmingly retro premise—the fatal letters—and fills them out with colorful characters, false situations, and surprises galore in her sharpest, most ambitious case yet."
Nell Bray wasn't one of the militant suffragettes who planted a bomb in David Lloyd George's house—in fact, she was identified on the scene because she tried to stop the bombing—but now she's threatened with prison unless she accepts an unusual mission from the charismatic Chancellor of the Exchequer: to worm her way into the confidence of barefoot society dancer Oriana Paphos and discover the whereabouts of a cache of politically indiscreet letters Lloyd George is convinced Paphos and her oily manager, Leon Sylvan, have stolen. Read full book review >
DEAD MAN'S SWEETHEART by Gillian Linscott
Released: Dec. 16, 1996

"Fans of the series won't be disappointed."
What better vacation from Nell Bray's travails of fighting for women's votes than a retreat to her surgeon brother's home in the Lancashire moors—especially when Whinmoor comes complete with a year-old murder? Read full book review >
CROWN WITNESS by Gillian Linscott
Released: Dec. 12, 1995

"Much fussy detail and an overabundance of minor characters, but, still, it's fun—and, as always, the author provides a sharp take on the tenor of that time and place."
It's only days before the coronation of King George V, and, in the celebratory atmosphere, London's sturdy suffragette Nell Bray (An Easy Day for a Lady, p. 30, etc.) is helping oversee a miles- long march of women for the cause. Read full book review >
AN EASY DAY FOR A LADY by Gillian Linscott
Released: Feb. 16, 1995

"Cutting herself off from the historical intrigues that have been her specialty, Linscott proves that she can spin an old- fashioned puzzle with the best of the class of 1910."
In 1910, frustrated suffragette Nell Bray (Stage Fright, 1993, etc.) takes a break from fighting for the English woman's vote—almost from history itself—by traveling to Chamonix in the hope of climbing Mont Blanc, only to end up working as translator for a British family for whom the mountain offers no escape from their problems. Read full book review >
STAGE FRIGHT by Gillian Linscott
Released: Dec. 8, 1993

"Despite its shortcomings: the lively, well-done historical background and an energetic Nell make this outing adroitly entertaining."
Edwardian London's Nell Bray (Hanging on the Wire, etc.) is friendly with writer George Bernard Shaw, who is to open a new play (with feminist leanings) at the tiny Crispin theater. Read full book review >
HANGING ON THE WIRE by Gillian Linscott
Released: Jan. 22, 1993

"Still, worth reading for its evocative creation of time, place, and ideas whose era was about to arrive."
The time is June 1917; the death toll in Britain's war with Germany has reached shocking numbers; and here, in a second outing, suffragette/amateur-sleuth Nell Bray (Sister Beneath the Sheet, 1991) answers a call for help from her friend Jenny Chesney, who's assisting Dr. Julius Stroud at a small, experimental military hospital in Wales. Dr. Stroud, a passionate convert, is trying to cure his physically unwounded casualties with the new psychoanalytic theories of Sigmund Freud. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"In the end, Nell's mission is completed—and justice served- -in a lively story that sometimes sags under its weight of red herrings but gracefully evokes the fervor of the suffragettes and the old-style grandeur of the rich and famous."
The author's second turn-of-the-century novel (Murder, I Presume, 1990), set this time in Biarritz, where famed courtesan Topaz Brown has died, leaving her fortune to the Women's Social and Political Union, an embattled organization fighting for the vote for women. Read full book review >
MURDER, I PRESUME by Gillian Linscott
Released: Dec. 11, 1990

It's 1874, and famed African explorer Dr. Livingstone has just been buried in Westminister Abbey. Read full book review >