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Castles!

Castles are beautiful and fascinating. The architecture, the feelings of walking through halls immersed in history, apprehension of spirits and excitement of romance all intertwined!

Here are some suggestions:

The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart – Balthazar Jones is a Beefeater living in the Tower of London, who manages the Queen’s menagerie of exotic animals and lives among eccentric yet charming neighbors. A lot of the story takes place within the maze of ancient buildings and spiral staircases. The characters are very much at home in this unusual setting which is fun to imagine.”>The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart – Balthazar Jones is a Beefeater living in the Tower of London, who manages the Queen’s menagerie of exotic animals and lives among eccentric yet charming neighbors. A lot of the story takes place within the maze of ancient buildings and spiral staircases. The characters are very much at home in this unusual setting which is fun to imagine.
 
 
 

Murder at Hammond Castle

Murder at Hammond Castle – Rockport native Gunilla Caulfield’s second mystery takes place at Gloucester’s Hammond Castle. It mentions the “Moonie” cult and lots of Gloucester landmarks. Plus the protagonist is a librarian who solves the mystery – what more can you ask for?!
 
 
 

Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – In this novel, biographer Margaret Lea becomes immersed in the strange past of British novelist Vida Winter, who spent her childhood in a gothic castle-like estate. There are many twists, turns, and subplots, and maybe ghosts….
 
 
 

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory – This is the second in The Tudor Series by Philippa Gregory, but it is my favorite! I enjoy historical fiction and learned so much about the Tudors, King Henry VIII and the politics of royal court life, especially from a different perspective, the “other” Boleyn sister.
 
 
 

Hammond Castle Cookbook

The Hammond Castle Cookbook by Corinne B. Witham: Besides tons of recipes, this book tells the history of the castle and lots of interesting facts about the Hammond family and their famous guests. Plus, how cool is it that Gloucester has a castle?!
 
 
 

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            Valerie Marino is a library assistant at Sawyer Free Library.