Books by M.J. Trow

SCORPIONS' NEST by M.J. Trow
Released: May 1, 2013

"Kit has charm, and the English College full of exiled priests makes for an interesting setting, but there are almost as many conspiracies as hourly Masses."
Christopher Marlowe spies on the papists favoring Mary, the Scottish queen. Read full book review >
A BRIEF HISTORY OF CLEOPATRA by M.J. Trow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2013

"The author writes in a conversational, rarely pedantic style, freely quoting authors such as Joann Fletcher and Stacy Schiff, and the book is a painless primer leading up to the Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt Cleopatra film."
Not so much a biography of the queen as a basic history of the rise of Rome. Read full book review >
WITCH HAMMER by M.J. Trow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Marlowe (Silent Court, 2012, etc.) makes an agreeable guide to Elizabethan life, and it's fun reading quips between him and Shaxsper that will later appear in plays."
Christopher Marlowe, scholar, spy and aspiring playwright, adds sleuthing to his resume. Read full book review >
SILENT COURT by M.J. Trow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2012

Christopher Marlowe's role in history is rewritten. Read full book review >
DARK ENTRY by M.J. Trow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"The less historically well-informed may struggle to keep up with the details that make all the difference."
Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe's college years turn out to have included a bit of amateur detection. Read full book review >
LESTRADE AND THE MIRROR OF MURDER by M.J. Trow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Cameos by Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Walter Dew, amateur spiritualist Arthur Conan Doyle (though Holmes himself is absent), and John Buchan, who at the fadeout is preparing to turn the whole mess into a much better novel than this one."
Nearly 40 years after the suicide of Emperor Theodore III, Abyssinia is back in the news—or at least on the blotter for Supt. Read full book review >
LESTRADE AND THE DEAD MAN’S HAND by M.J. Trow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

A hundred years ago, the London Underground was no safer than it is today, especially for the women found dead in the dangerous new cars. Read full book review >
LESTRADE AND THE MAGPIE by M.J. Trow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"Other murders follow more smartly, however, forcing Lestrade into every role from an applicant for public hangman to an extra on a lubricious historical film before Emma caps the madness by going as missing as her fiancé."
The tenth of Lestrade's 16 cases (Lestrade and the Gift of the Prince, 1999, etc.) begins with a belated murder, as Captain Paul Dacres, the fiancé of Lestrade's daughter Emma reported missing in action three years ago, summons Emma to a meeting, only to turn up very recently dead. Read full book review >
LESTRADE AND THE GIFT OF THE PRINCE by M.J. Trow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Sholto Lestrade, presides over the politically delicate investigation—and a dozen indelicate jokes about what a Scotsman wears under his kilt."
Lestrade And The Gift Of The Prince ($19.95; Jan.; 208 pp.; 0-89526-523-3) No sooner is Prince Albert in his grave (courtesy of a slyly amusing prologue that casts his royal widow's friendship with John Brown in an interesting new light) than murder strikes Victoria's household when servant girl Amy Macpherson is killed at Balmoral Castle. Read full book review >
LESTRADE AND THE BROTHER OF DEATH by M.J. Trow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

There's no rest for Sherlock Holmes's old foil Sholto Lestrade. Read full book review >
LESTRADE AND THE RIPPER by M.J. Trow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

Lestrade And The Ripper ($19.95; Sept.; 288 pp.; 0-89526-311-4): As if his hands weren't full enough with the depradations of Whitechapel's gift to history, Inspector Sholto Lestrade (Lestrade and the Deadly Game, p. 1091) has to contend with the unsolved murder in a Brighton hotel of psychic researcher Edmund Gurney—and the investigations of that meddlesome incompetent, Sherlock Holmes. Read full book review >
LESTRADE AND THE DEADLY GAME by M.J. Trow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"Hard-core Holmesians need not apply."
The Games are afoot—the 1908 London Olympics, that is. Read full book review >
MAXWELL'S HOUSE by M.J. Trow
Released: July 13, 1995

"Good strong background on unspeakable Leighford, though the parade of familiar devices (blustery parents, secret diary, unseemly liaison with the married man) makes you understand why you don't often hear about the teachers who've made it big as detectives."
 Trow takes a break from his series of pastiches about Inspector Sholto Lestrade (The Supreme Adventure of Inspector Lestrade, 1985, etc.) for this low-key whodunitthe first in a new seriesthat begins with the discovery of schoolgirl Jennifer Hyde, strangled in an abandoned house close by Leighford High. Read full book review >