20th Century

Ice Cold: Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War

By Jeffery Deaver - By Raymond Benson - Published 2014


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The events of the Cold War colored my childhood, and when my mother wasn’t reading historical novels, she was reading mysteries. She ...Read Review

Wings over Cairo

By Simon W. Herbert - Published 2013



RAF pilot Jack McClelland has suffered a heartbreaking loss as the war heats up in London of 1941. As he prepares for his next ...Read Review

Don’t Pass Me By

By Julie McGowan - Published 2013


London, 1940. Desperate to escape from Billy, her violent soldier husband, Lydia seizes the chance when a blast destroys their flat. She flees with ...Read Review

City of Jasmine

By Deanna Raybourn - Published 2014



Deanna Raybourn’s latest novel, City of Jasmine, is set in the Middle East shortly after the end of the First World War. ...Read Review

The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band

By Frances Washburn - Published 2014


The summer of 1969 on the Pine Ridge Reservation is the setting for this rollicking chronicle of young waitress, band singer and lost soul ...Read Review

The Broken Road

By Patrick Leigh Fermor - Published 2014



Devotees of Patrick Leigh Fermor’s books about his 1933-34 walk from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople waited for decades for a ...Read Review

The Double Shadow

By Sally Gardner - Published 2013



The cover of this book did not immediately stand out for me; it was not one I would immediately take off the bookshelf. ...Read Review

Blue Damask

By Annmarie Banks - Published 2013



In Banks’s unusual story of the Middle East, Elsa Schluss, daughter of an Austrian brewer and former war nurse, is now a ...Read Review

Plague and Cholera

By J.A. Underwood (trans.) - By Patrick Deville - Published 2014



Translated from the original French, this is a fictional biography of the scientist Alexandre Yersin. Born in Switzerland in the mid-19th century, ...Read Review

A Little Murder

By Suzette A. Hill - Published 2014



Marcia Beasley is found shot through the head at her home in St Johns Wood, London, wearing nothing but a coal-scuttle. While Detective ...Read Review