Works


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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:



Palace of Justice
Revolutionary Paris, 1793.

Game of Patience
Revolutionary/Directoire Paris, 1796

A Treasury of Regrets
Revolutionary/Directoire Paris, 1797



Historical fiction
(non-mystery)

The Executioner's Heir: A Novel of Eighteenth-Century France
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 Far Better Rest
A reimagining of Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities.



Nonfiction

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

(The title pretty much says it all.) NEW Third Edition now available!


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


Selected Works

The Aristide Ravel Mysteries:
Stand-alone Historical Novels:
Biographical fiction about Charles-Henri Sanson, Paris's public executioner
Nonfiction:
A Writer’s (and Editor’s) Guide to Keeping Historical Fiction Free of Common Anachronisms, Errors, and Myths

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