20th Century

From All the False Doctrine: A Love Story

By Alice Degan - Published 2014



Harriet Spencer and Elsa Nordqvist, college roommates in 1925 Toronto, are at the beach when they meet Peverell ‘Peachy’ Peacham and Christopher ‘Kit’ Underhill. ...Read Review

Academy Street

By Mary Costello - Published 2015



The small size of Costello’s debut novel belies its strong emotional impact and the complete life contained therein. This is the story ...Read Review

Leaving Berlin

By Joseph Kanon - Published 2014



Kanon’s latest thriller (after Istanbul Passage, 2012) takes place in the interstices of World War II and the Cold War. Like all of ...Read Review

The Whispering City

By Mara Faye Lethem (trans.) - By Sara Moliner - Published 2015



Barcelona in 1952. When glamorous widow, Mariona Sobrerroca, is found murdered in her mansion, Inspector Isidro Castro is assigned to the investigation. Young newspaper ...Read Review

A Study in Murder

By Robert Ryan - Published 2015



Reimagining the Holmes-Watson partnership in the early decades of the 20th century is made easy, and comes alive in this latest “Dr Watson” ...Read Review

Adeline: A Novel of Virginia Woolf

By Norah Vincent - Published 2015


Biographical Fiction

Taking us from 1925 to 1941, this novel of Virginia Woolf (whose given name was Adeline) is quietly fascinating. Written in a style reminiscent of ...Read Review

Friend or Foe: 1916: Which Side Are You On?

By Brian Gallagher - Published 2015


Children/Young Adult

This is a fast moving, exciting, and informative historical novel for twelve- to fourteen-year-olds. The Irish Question is difficult for the rest of ...Read Review

Mightier Than the Sword

By Jeffrey Archer - Published 2015



On the maiden voyage of a transatlantic liner, Emma, the chairman of the board of Barrington’s, the owner, and her husband Harry ...Read Review

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

By Erik Larson - Published 2015



Everyone has been taught that the sinking of the merchant liner R.M.S. Lusitania drove the United States of America to enter ...Read Review

The Medic: Miracle on Hacksaw Ridge

By Adam Palmer - Published 2014


Biographical FictionMilitary

This debut novel by Adam Palmer was a fictionalized account of Desmond Doss, conscientious objector, World War II medic, and war hero. Throughout ...Read Review