17th Century

Black Lily

By Philippa Stockley - Published 2018


Black Lily is the tale of Zenobia, born into poverty but who married into wealth, and Lily, who was brought to London from ...Read Review

Southern Rain

By Harry Miller - Published 2019



“Then we take both of them/And break them into pieces/And mix the pieces with water/And mold again a figure of ...Read Review


By James Jackson - Published 2018


It is 1607, and King James I of England is courting favour with the Spanish king, Philip III, to avoid another war. However, King ...Read Review

Mrs Cox: Crime Grant Finalist

By Jan Moore - Published 2019


Tensions over the failed gunpowder plot of 1605 are still fresh in the minds of the people of London. So when an elderly woman ...Read Review

The Jacobite’s Wife

By Morag Edwards - Published 2018


Biographical Fiction

This absorbing debut creates a fictional biography for the legendary Countess of Nithsdale (c.1680-1749), best known for helping her husband, accused Jacobite ...Read Review

Pleasing Mr Pepys

By Deborah Swift - Published 2017


Biographical Fiction

Deb Willett is employed in the household of the diarist Samuel Pepys as a companion for his wife. She is there to help ...Read Review

Intrigue in Covent Garden (Adventures of Thomas Chaloner)

By Susanna Gregory - Published 2018



We are in the year 1665. Plague is still haunting London, and King Charles I, with all his court, plus anyone else rich enough ...Read Review

I Was Cleopatra

By Dennis Abrams - Published 2018


Biographical FictionChildren/Young Adult

Abrams, author of numerous biographies and nonfiction books for young readers, has created a detailed guide to Shakespeare’s world and theater in ...Read Review

Marooned: Jamestown, Shipwreck, and a New History of America’s Origin

By Joseph Kelly - Published 2019



In 1607, three English ships, and about a hundred settlers and crew landed in Chesapeake Bay in what will later become Virginia. They are ...Read Review

Destroying Angel: The Seeker 3

By S.G. MacLean - Published 2018



In this, the third Seeker mystery, Damien Seeker is sent to Yorkshire, his native county, to prepare for the rule of the newly ...Read Review