H.J. Reynolds

About me

Writer of 17th century action adventure novels about Royalist spies in Oliver Cromwell’s England. Debut novel is set in The Hague, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, London and Paris during 1653. Currently submitting to agents and working on the second in the series, set in Copenhagen and York.

More details available at http://www.hjreynolds.co.uk

From my website

Laundress, Lady, nursemaid, spy? ‘Invisible Agents’ review

Review: Invisible Agents: Women and Espionage in Seventeenth-Century Britain by Dr Nadine Akkerman Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ A book on the real-life equivalents of my novel’s Royalist she-spy is Christmas come early. When I saw that even the dedication was written in code, I knew I was in for a treat. In…

Natural invisible ink – my top three

Invisible ink is essential for my seventeenth century fictional spies. Some of my lazier agents even write in it uncoded. I thought I’d expand on a Twitter exchange with Civil War Tours who asked for my advice on secret messages. Heating it up All the inks below reveal themselves when…

Learning from the master – Bernard Cornwell

Bernard Cornwell has written over 55 novels and sold more than 20 million books worldwide. 20 million. Just let that sink in. He’s one of my favourite novelists. I devoured the Sharpe series and am now into his Uhtred Saxon/Dane epic. UK appearances are rare as he now lives in…

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