20th Century

Shanghai Scarlet

By Margaret Blair - Published 2012


The world of 1930s Shanghai is vividly brought to life in Margaret Blair’s Shanghai Scarlet, which centers on a young man named ...Read Review


By D. C. Reep - By E. A. Allen - Published 2016



Sixteen-year-old Jenny Tyler, living in the modern era of cell phones and the Internet, has recently suffered a concussion that is making her ...Read Review

Enchanted Islands

By Allison Amend - Published 2016


Nominally a story about a female spy for US Naval Intelligence who monitored German activity on the Galapagos island of Floreana during World ...Read Review

While You Were Mine

By Ann Howard Creel - Published 2016


It’s the end of World War II and nurse Gwen Mullen is enjoying the V-J Day celebrations on the streets of New ...Read Review

Green Dawn at St Edna’s: The Celtic Colours Trilogy, Book 1

By Tracey Iceton - Published 2016


This novel tells the story of William ‘Finn’ Devoy, who is sent from New York to a Dublin boarding school in 1911, aged twelve, ...Read Review

Mata Hari’s Last Dance

By Michelle Moran - Published 2016


Biographical Fiction

In this latest novel by one of my favorite authors, Michelle Moran shakes off her familiar plot design (humble main character, ruthless antagonist, ...Read Review

They Were Like Family to Me

By Helen Maryles Shankman - Published 2016Published 2016-02-02


LiteraryShort Stories

A compelling blend of folktales, magical realism, Nazi barbarity, and family history, They Were Like Family to Me offers a series of interconnected ...Read Review

Jacob’s Courage: A Holocaust Love Story

By Charles S. Weinblatt - Published 2016


In Austria in 1939, young Jacob Silverman and Rachael Goldberg are in love. Jacob plans to go on to college. Then tragedy strikes as ...Read Review

The Sorceress and the Skull

By Donald Michael Platt - Published 2016



The 16th-century French seer and predictor of frightening futures, Nostradamus, died many years ago. His family line lives on in The Sorceress and ...Read Review

The House of Smoke

By Sam Christer - Published 2016



It’s 1900 and Simeon Lynch is sitting in a stinking cell in Newgate prison, awaiting his execution for murder. Rightly so, as Lynch ...Read Review