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After starting out in science fiction and fantasy, Lillian Stewart Carl is now writing contemporary novels blending mystery, romance, and fantasy, along with short mystery and fantasy stories. Her work often includes paranormal themes. It always features plots based on history and archaeology. While she doesn’t write comedy, she believes in characters with a sense of humor.
Her fantasies are set in a mythological, alternate-history Mediterranean and India. Her
contemporary novels are set in Texas, in Ohio, in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, and in England
Of her Shadows in Scarlet, Publishers Weekly says: "Presenting a delicious mix of romance and
supernatural suspense, Carl (Ashes to Ashes) delivers yet another immensely readable tale. She
has created an engaging cast and a very entertaining plot, spicing the mix with some interesting twists on the ghostly romantic suspense novel."
Of her Lucifer's Crown, Library Journal says: "Blending historical mystery with a touch of the supernatural, the author creates an intriguing exploration of faith and redemption in a world that is at once both modern and timeless.
Among many other novels, Lillian is the author of the Jean Fairbairn/Alasdair Cameron cross-genre
mystery series: America’s exile and Scotland’s finest on the trail of all-too-living legends. Of The Secret Portrait, Kirkus says: Mystery, history and sexual tension blend with a taste of the wild beauty of the Highlands. Of The Burning Glass, Publishers Weekly says: "Authentic dialect, detailed descriptions of the castle and environs, and vivid characters recreate an area rich in history and legend. The tightly woven plot is certain to delight history fans with its dramatic collision of past and present."
With John Helfers, Lillian co-edited The Vorkosigan Companion, a retrospective on Lois McMaster Bujold’s science fiction work, which was nominated for a Hugo award.
Her first story collection, Along the Rim of Time, was published in 2000, and her second, The
Muse and Other Stories of History, Mystery, and Myth, in 2008, including three stories that were
reprinted in Year's Best mystery anthologies.
Her books are available in both print and electronic editions, and her web site is
on June 30, 2012 :
I like both Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust. It's a lot of fun because the books take place in the 1980s, making it almost a period piece. No cell phones, no internet - so if you want info, you have to go to a place and look at a piece of paper - it all adds to the suspense and the plot. I am married to a Brit, and I'm pretty neurotic while he's quite well-adjusted, so all the culture-clash (both in country and family experience) is very rich and enjoyable. These are a great mix of mystery, romance and ghostie things.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
on April 09, 2011 :
Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust are both great reads. However, the relationship between Rebecca and Michael is a little too troubling. They're speaking, then they're not speaking. And when they do speak, they're really not working up to a relationship. A little hard to read and a little confusing. But, I did like the books.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)