Book Buzz: Pilgrim Brides, Medieval Amateur Detectives, and Mysterious Relics

Every month, we’re profiling new-ish releases that are getting critical and commercial buzz. For August, we’re looking at a family saga of romance and American history, medieval murder, and a new look at a very old historical debate, the Shroud of Turin.

Daughters of the Mayflower series (2018-present)

Okay, so, my title about Pilgrim Brides is not the most accurate reflection of this series. I just couldn’t resist using the phrase Pilgrim Brides over “Brides from across American history”–it doesn’t have quite the same ring.

I regret nothing.

On a more serious note, if you love Christian historical romances and family sagas, you’ll love this series! The premise is following various women in a sprawling family, starting with an arrival on the Mayflower through various pivotal moments in US history. The goal is to eventually end with WWII. At the time of this writing, there are 12 books in the series, dating up to the late 1800s, and we have the first 7 at the library. Each book in the series is written by a different author.

Recommended for those who enjoy Melody Carlson’s Homeward on the Oregon Trail series and Lyn Cote’s Texas: Star of Destiny series.

S.D. Sykes’s Somershill Manor Mystery series (2014-2019)

If you prefer your historical series with more murder and less romance, S.D. Sykes’s series about medieval amateur detective Oswald de Lacy might be more your speed. Oswald is from a noble family, but he was not raised to be the lord of Somershill Manor. That was supposed to be his older brother. Oswald, meanwhile, was shuffled off to a monastery to be a monk, but when his father and older brothers die from the Black Plague, he must become lord of the manor. And in the process, he finds himself getting drawn into medieval murder investigations. . . .

The author has said that she intends the books to work as both a series and as individual standalones, so read one or read them all!

Recommended for those who enjoy the works of Jeri Westerson.

Gary Vikan’s The Holy Shroud (2020)

The Holy Shroud

When it comes to historical mysteries, the Shroud of Turin is one of the most debated. Is the shroud actually Jesus’s burial cloth or is it a clever medieval hoax? A specialist in medieval art, Gary Vikan writes an engaging exploration of the history and the mystery behind the Shroud and argues that the shroud was originally intended as neither a holy relic nor a forgery.

Recommended for those who enjoy medieval true crime, historical nonfiction, or art history.

What’s your favorite new-ish books? What books are you buzzing about these days? Have you read any of these books? Tell us in the comments! As always, please follow this link to our online library catalog for more information on any of these items or to place them on hold.

Author: berryvillelibrary

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