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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 (22)

  1. I think I might try it. Historical fiction is a favorite genre.

    1. Thanks, Bernadette. It is beautifully written and the historical period is fascinating, although sometimes the subject matter is tough, but then, life isn’t always soft, sweet and fluffy. An author to watch.

  2. Writing something with history in the background has my respect. Those who can do this have my respect!

    1. Thanks, Erika. I’ve become quite keen on historical fiction, of recent, as it can offer a great background into periods we might not know that much about or we are interested in but not sufficiently to read a history book. I often end up reading around the era. But yes, it does require a particular set of mind, lots of research and interesting choices. Have a lovely day.

      1. Yes, right! It needs so much more than writing a good story… so much more effort for researching all the facts! Great! Have a lovely day too Olga!

        1. Yes. I doubt that I’ll ever feel competent enough to try, but who knows!

          1. Oh, same over here, Olga!!!

  3. Despite the gritty themes, it does sound like a fascinating look at a period somewhat overlooked in historical fiction.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. It is! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, Pete! (Well, enjoy it and suffer with it a bit too) Thanks, Pete!

  4. I just bought a used hardback copy from Amazon UK.

    1. I hope we get some other books by the author available too. Thanks, Pete!

  5. It sounds intriguing. Thank you, Olga.

    1. Thanks, Sarah. That it is. Very visual too (sometimes scarily so). Take care.

  6. I enjoy historical fiction because it’s tied to a time period and you get a flavor of time and place. This sounds like a huge read but most intriguing. Thanks for your fab review, Olga. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Tess. The book isn’t long, but it’s not an easy read, that’s for sure. I hope you might get the time to read it at some point (but I know about your gigantic reading list!)

  7. Hi Olga! I too admire a writer that can combine history with strong characters and an intriguing plot. It reads like Bob Van Laerhoven has done just that. Thank you for the spotlight and book review. 🙂 xx

    1. Thanks, Vashti. Yes, he has. Thanks for commenting and sharing!

      1. It’s always a pleasure, Olga!

  8. I realize that I’m “wandering the dark forest of life without a flashlight” (as a long ago coworker was fond of saying), but I still have no idea how I missed this post. Olga, I’m sorry to be late, because this is a particularly well crafted review!
    Yes, I’m usually only looking for a light and fun read… but this book really does sound fascinating. And I am fond of a little bit of “gray” because for me, that makes stories believable. Hmmm… I’m very intrigued.
    I hope you are enjoying a fun weekend. Huge hugs!

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Strange goings on are all the rage. I replied to a quiz yesterday and it seems that although the rest of my comments on the blog survived, the actual replies were eaten and disappeared. Oh, well.
      I hope your weekend is doing well. You’ve surely brightened our Saturday with the Valentine story. Love the piggies!

  9. Love for literature is an acquired taste, so to speak. As a reader, I’m not interested in thrillers or anything of the kind, but I used to read thrillers years ago, in order to see what the genre looked like, and today, I can speak out as a reader who can appreciate any masterpiece. It so happened that I translated the English version by Brian Doyle to Russian, and BAUDELAIRE’S REVENGE by Bob Van Laerhoven gave impression of a masterpiece. Reading the novel, I became positively crazy about the author’s style and manner, and his careful attitude towards the theme provided me with a new paradigm for a historical. Thrillers are not what I read; besides, this novel lacks a happy ending in my view, but I was always fond of historical mystery, and the novel by Bob Van Laerhoven looks like a brilliant contribution to the genre.

    1. I couldn’t agree more. Thanks for your comment and nice to meet you.

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