… and Tony Cliff is here to prove it in the first Delilah Dirk instalment. Not only does he manage to create a heroine so compelling you never doubt someone so out of place in the historical era could and would have stood on her own, his tale of a sheltered Ottoman officer discovering a taste for adventure achieves something rare: a tone of tenderness and subdued glee that never turns into something trite or foreseeable. This one really is a rare gem. [review note]
Published April 9, 2013 by Roaring Brook Press.