17th Century

Act of Oblivion

By Robert Harris - Published 2022


This novel tells the story of the hunt for the regicides of Charles I, principally Edward Whalley and his son-in-law, William Goffe. Whalley ...Read Review

The Poison Machine (A Hunt and Hooke Novel, 2)

By Robert J. Lloyd - Published 2022



London, 1679. Harry Hunt, assistant to Robert Hooke, the renowned scientist and architect, feels humiliated after the failure of one of his experiments demonstrated ...Read Review

Béjart’s Caravan

By Bonnie Stanard - Published 2022


Set in 17th-century France, the title’s caravan shuttles actors from the Augusto Troupe through villages, towns, and the countryside. The actors form ...Read Review

The Gallery of Beauties: A Venice Beauties Mystery

By Nina Wachsman - Published 2022



This debut mystery set in Renaissance Venice is a delight to read, especially for those who have visited the city. The Rialto, the ...Read Review

A Diamond in the Dust: The Stuarts: Love, Art, War: 1

By Michael Dean - Published 2022


Biographical Fiction

London, 1649: This novel opens with Charles Stuart’s walk towards the scaffold, through the Palace of Whitehall, remembering the paintings that used to ...Read Review

The Leviathan

By Rosie Andrews - Published 2022


This book starts with some beautiful writing and has a great sense of place and time. We are at the end of 1643, and ...Read Review

The Pudding Lane Plot (Adventures of Thomas Chaloner, 15)

By Susanna Gregory - Published 2022



London 1666.  The city is completely unsettled.  The population is recovering from the plague, and rumours are spreading everywhere about a Second Coming when ...Read Review

An Art, a Craft, a Mystery

By Laura Secord - Published 2022



This book is a rare thing indeed: a historical novel in poems. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I began reading ...Read Review

The Winter Garden

By Nicola Cornick - Published 2022



Nicola Cornick’s latest timeslip novel looks at the Gunpowder Plot and its leader, Robert Catesby, a Catholic who planned to blow up ...Read Review

Anatomy of a Heretic

By David Mark - Published 2022



The wreck of the Dutch East Indiaman Batavia off the coast of western Australia in 1629 sets in train a story of human depravity ...Read Review

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