Works



The Executioner's Heir: A Novel of Eighteenth-Century France
Fiction. In 1760s Paris, young Charles-Henri Sanson—forced by birth into an odious job as the public executioner—must reconcile his duty with his conscience.

A Tale of Two Cities: A Reader's Companion
An annotated edition of Charles Dickens's classic for fans and students of the novel, with 780 footnotes and mini-essays on Georgian & Victorian England and the French Revolution.


Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders:
A Writer’s (and Editor’s) Guide to Keeping Historical Fiction Free of Common Anachronisms, Errors, and Myths


A Far Better Rest
Fiction. A reimagining of Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities

The Aristide Ravel /​
French Revolution mystery series


Each novel can stand alone, but if you're new to the
series, ideally you'll ignore the publishing dates and
read them in the following order:


The Cavalier of the Apocalypse
Pre-revolutionary Paris, 1786

Palace of Justice
Revolutionary Paris, 1793

Game of Patience
Revolutionary/Directoire Paris, 1796

A Treasury of Regrets
Revolutionary/Directoire Paris, 1797



"Masquerade"
An non-Ravel e-short story set somewhere in the eighteenth century. Borrow it without charge for your Kindle via Kindle Unlimited subscription.





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Selected Works

Standalone Historical Novels:
Biographical fiction about Charles-Henri Sanson, Paris's public executioner
A reimagining of Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities
Nonfiction:
An annotated edition of Charles Dickens's classic novel.
A Writer’s (and Editor’s) Guide to Keeping Historical Fiction Free of Common Anachronisms, Errors, and Myths
The Aristide Ravel French Revolution Mysteries:
Book 1 of the Ravel Mysteries

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