The Mysterious Scent of Selene in Robert Olen Butler’s “The Star of Istanbul”

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Just what was that perfume—described as a combination of fresh mown hay, musk and lavender—Selene Bourgani wore that so captured Christopher Marlowe Cobb when he met her on the Lusitania? We asked Denise Hamilton, award-winning mystery writer and perfumista   This is how Robert Olen Butler describes the scent that so intrigued Kit Cobb, “Nothing… Read more »

Author Reading 1: Robert Olen Butler

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What better way to celebrate the publication day of The Empire of Night than listening to the author read chapter one!                         Signed first edition copies of The Empire of Night are available from MYSTERIOUS BOOKSHOP

Episode 24: Robert Olen Butler

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In The Empire of Night, we pick up the story of Christopher Marlowe Cobb, who survived the sinking of the Lusitania, as he hunts down German sympathizers in the British aristocracy during the early months of World War One.     The idea of Christoper “Kit” Cobb, grew out of “The One in White,” a… Read more »

A Spy and His Mother in the War to End All Wars: Speaking to Robert Olen Butler

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Having survived the sinking of the Lusitania, American Secret Agent Christopher Marlowe Cobb returns in The Empire of Night. For this mission, Kit must find a German mole in the British aristocracy and for this he has help—from his mother, Isabel Cobb, one of the world’s most famous stage actresses. Look for our interview with… Read more »