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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

Comments (29)

  1. Bits of Gothic, oh yes! I don’t mind gruesome. I love a good mystery. The Book of Skull sounds fun!

    1. Thanks, Priscilla. Yes, it has a bit of everything: historical detail, interesting characters, adventure, weird stuff going on, and plenty of secrets and mysteries to solve. What’s not to like? Have a great day.

  2. Thank you Olga, I had a good idea to try to access your posts from my iPad and that has worked.

    1. Good idea! Thanks, Rosie. I still don’t know what the issue might be, but it’s great to know you’ve found a workaround. A great read. Thanks for keeping us all reading, Rosie!

  3. It sounds like my sort of thing, but I was rather put off by the YA genre designation. And the cover is, to be frank, awful.
    Do you think an old crock like me would enjoy it, Olga? Or is it only aimed at the ‘Yoof’ market?
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. As I mention, the author is also the painter and designer of the cover (I guess you either are into naïf style or not, so it’s a matter of taste). The subject is interesting and the setting and the historical detail as well, although, as I said, it does require stretching one’s suspension of disbelief, and I did think many young adults would enjoy it (at least those who don’t mind gore), as it also provides good role models and characters to root for. Stay well.

  4. I don’t think this one is for me, Olga, but thanks for this excellent review.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. There is always plenty of choice for all tastes on Rosie’s list. Stay safe.

  5. While I’m not so keen on gore, I am interested in the pioneering women who studied medicine despite much opposition so I’m adding it to my want-to-read list.

    1. No, your comment is there, Mary. It seems that for some people the comments are very slow showing up. Don’t worry. They eventually appear (I have tried changing all settings, but perhaps the next update will help, who knows?). I think you’ll appreciate this book. It isn’t terribly gore compared to standard modern thrillers, but I wanted to warn people because this is not a cozy book either (my mention of Burke and Hare will probably sound alarm bells already).
      I hope you’re feeling better, Mary. Slowly does it. (Although I’m not very patient, so I can imagine it is easier said than done). Big hugs!

  6. Oof, I htink my comment went straight to spam, Olga.

  7. I don’t know why, but any time I see the word “skull” in a title, I have to check it out. Thanks for this mindful review, Olga. Congrats to David.
    Have a beautiful week. Hugs on the wing!

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Yes, I know what you mean, and I was very intrigued by the title. And there is a Book of Skulls in the story as well. Stay safe and good luck with everything. ♥

  8. dgkaye says:

    Thanks for another comprehensive and tantalizing review Olga. Hugs xo

    1. Thanks, Debby. Take care, my friend. ♥

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  9. Another fantastic review, Olga – this looks very intriguing. Toni x

    1. Thanks, Toni. It’s a fascinating topic for lovers of historical fiction, particularly those interested in women’s history. Stay safe and enjoy the rest of the week!

  10. Thanks for the review Olga and will put on my next Amazon run.. it sounds like an intriguing book and I enjoy that era before too much technology has crept in…x

    1. Thanks, Sally. I was intrigued by the era and by the setting, and, having a female protagonist trying to become a doctor when it was so difficult at the time made it all the more interesting. I hope you enjoy it. ♥

  11. Thank you for the very interesting review, Olga! Will try to get closer to this book. It has an intriguing cover too. Have a beautiful weekend! Michael

    1. Thanks, Michael. The cover has a lot to do with the book, and there are other illustrations throughout it. Have a lovely weekend!

      1. Thank you for the explaination, Olga. My thoughts, and i am sure a good read. have beautiful weekend as well. xx Michael

  12. Your reviews are always a good indication for me, Olga..I have an interest in woman in medicine although like a few others the cover doesn’t inspire me but your review does 🙂

    1. Thanks, Carol. The book offers an interesting insight into what it must have been like to be a woman trying to study Medicine at the time, and both female protagonists have other things against them as well. I guess the cover is a bit of a Marmite situation, but it doesn’t seem to leave anybody indifferent, and I guess that’s a point in its favour. Have a great weekend!

  13. Despite the caveats, “a rollicking good read” is a great recommendation. I would never have picked this up based on the cover, but I may give it a try. I do like historical settings and it sounds like a good read. Thanks for the review, Olga. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Diana. Yes, it seems the cover is putting some people off, although I guess it doesn’t leave anybody indifferent. It is a great setting and a good mix of historical fiction and adventures, with some strong females characters and a very diverse cast. Keep safe, Diana, and have a good week.

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