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Nancy Parker kappa@aros.net Mon Jun 2 22:29:58 EDT 1997

I came across references to Kate Ross and her Julian Kestrel series on the Amazon Book web page (they had _A Broken Vessel_ as the Mystery Book of the day) and went out and bought the first in the series a few days ago. I haven't even finished it yet (I, too have a day job) and bought the outher two books when I next found them. They are wonderful and I hope to see many more books from this great author. Keep up the great reading! Thanks :)

Syl sylvereyes@geocities.com Wed Jun 25 12:41:22 EDT 1997

Hi, Kate

I'm part of a young author's club and I was wondering if I could do an e-mail interview with you? the society is at


Visit someday. :) Thanks for reading, and e-mail me at sylvereyes@geocities.com if you'd like to be interviewed.



Katherine Sparks Penny@pitnet.net Fri Jun 27 21:38:56 EDT 1997

Kate's books are thoroughly entertaining. The historical setting is very authentic. Its like stepping into a time machine. I have met Kate, and she is a warm, gracious individual. She cares a great deal about the quality of her books. I hope that there will be many more Julian Kestrel adventures for us to read.

Duzer duzer@ncn.com Sun Aug 3 15:30:55 EDT 1997

Love your books

Ken Grabach GrabacKA@muohio.edu Fri Aug 8 16:51:34 EDT 1997

Regarding the falcon called kestrel:

For a series of fictional works the charming 'natural history' you quote from archaic sources is acceptable. Those sources are unfortunately a little fuzzy about the actual behavior of these marvelous birds.

Kestrels are among the smallest of the falcons. There are two, a species in Europe and Britain, and another species closely related in North America, Falco sparverius, also called sparrow hawk. It can only be said to protect birds because it is too small to prey on them. It's smaller than a pigeon or dove. Other falcons, being larger, do prey on birds, which they catch on the wing.

Julian fits that name in another sense that matches the natural history, because they are very attractively feathered. A small bird with a fearless demeanor, rather dandified in appearance fits Julian quite well, I think. I certainly imagine him having looks that match his dress, and a demeanor to carry it off with aplomb.

Ruth Licht RuthieL@interport.net Sun Aug 10 11:38:55 EDT 1997

What a treat to read! It was a lovely way to fill the time until I get my hands on The Devil in Music.

I think it's very generous of Kate to share this much of her life with her readers. Thanks again.

Leslie Hubanks Auctoria @ aol.com Sat Aug 16 15:53:56 EDT 1997

Dear Ms Ross,

I read "A Broken Vessel" last night. I am tremendously impressed with your skills with the idiom of the day! Your characters are superb, your plot nicely twisty (you almost had me fooled with the fake Caleb I was certain Rawdon was a Fiske). The development of secondary characters has been masterful and your descriptions lush. I have been reading Regency fiction and Mysteries all of my life and you are the FIRST author I have read that I would truly compare to Georgette Heyer. Applause to you !!! --Leslie P.S. Today is Georgette Heyer's Birthday, How appropriate.

Katherine Anne Ross (Kate) ejk@mxq.meshnet.or.jp Mon Aug 18 10:34:17 EDT 1997

Just a quick e-mail to mention that we have the same name! I'll look for your books out of curiousity. I, myself, am an Aussie lassie who is currently living and working in Tokyo. I came across your e-mail address by chance. Cheers! Kate.

Lisa Firke dfirke@choate.edu Thu Aug 21 15:26:33 EDT 1997

I just finished The Devil in Music, which I read straight through the day after my family and I returned from a vacation in England, while my husband did all the laundry and looked slightly amazed at all the still-packed baggage cluttering up the place, which ordinarily I wouldn't have tolerated. Needless to say, I loved the book, and have been replaying it in my head all day today. As an aspiring novelist, with perhaps a real shot at getting some work done this year with both my children in school all day, I am keenly jealous of all of Kate's work and am already sorry that I will have to wait another year or so before I can enjoy more Julian Kestrel adventures. I am assuming/counting on the notion that in one of these books his young friend from the first novel will be sufficiently grown up to be an accomplice in sleuthing or perhaps a love interest. And perhaps one of these days, Julian will emerge from a book without his heart broken? I was delighted with the way his character deepened in The Devil in Music, especially in the most important plot twist, which I won't reveal here in case not everyone was obsessed enough to order the book in advance from Amazon.com. Keep writing, Kate, and thanks for all the pleasure the first four books have brought me.

dave niciarz o22222@webtv.net Fri Aug 22 22:53:58 EDT 1997

I love your books!I've read the first 3 and just purchased the devil in music. Keep on writing this series, please.

An appreciative 43 year old male fan