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Six Classic Historical Thrillers With A Conspiracy Twist

Six Historical Thrillers With A Conspiracy Twist

There are a lot of thrilling historical reading options out there when it comes to historical thrillers but what happens when you add a twist of conspiracy? You get a book that keeps you thinking at every turn. Conspiracy thrillers take historical happenings and hints that something more is going on. When done right the conspiracy is completely believable. 

Medieval Book Featured In The Grotto's Secret

Medieval Book Featured In The Grotto's Secret

Here are some popular means of packing up your book to go in medieval times, including the precursor of our modern tablet sleeve. Medieval readers had additional storing options: slipping the book into a box, bag or wrapper. Unfortunately, few of these exotic – and fascinating – storage devices survive today. I used this particular girdle book in The Grotto's Secret.

Cool Green Inspiration

Cool Green Inspiration in The Grotto's Secret

Cueva del Gato, near Benojan, in Ronda right in the heart of beautiful Andalucia is one of the caves that inspired The Grotto's Secret. The Cueva del Gato - the cat’s cave - is one of those gorgeous river pools that you often find in the depths of the Andalusian countryside. I used this combined with other imaginary caves to conjur up the goings on in my secret grotto.

Killing Fictional Characters With Natural Poisons

Killing Fictional Characters With Natural Poisons in The Grotto's Secret

Queen Cleopatra famously forced servants to commit suicide by means of a strychnine tree’s fruit seeds, which contain lethal levels of strychnine and brucine, in order to determine if it would be the best means for her own suicide. Upon seeing their agony (which included painful vomiting, facial contortions and convulsions) she opted for the apparently less horrific choice of the asp.

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