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By Peter King -
This debut of an historical mystery series features full-time Cockney hansom cab driver and part-time sleuth Ned Parker, plying his trade and finding ...Read Review
By Daphne Rooke -
Ratoons, (n), shoots growing from the root of a plant (esp. sugar cane) that has been cut down…. or burnt. This novel, originally ...Read Review
By Rhys Bowen -
Second in Bowen’s latest series featuring Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty-fourth in line to the English throne in 1932, this outing finds Georgiana juggling ...Read Review
By Ernst Glaeser - By Horst Kruse (trans.) -
The effects of war on ordinary citizens are illustrated with brutal and beautiful clarity in Class 1902, a biographical novel that found instant popularity ...Read Review
By Bret Lott -
“Hurrah!” Earl Holmes jubilantly whispers this word to his dying brother in 1925, symbolizing their shared belief in victory in all circumstances, even death. ...Read Review
By Jorge Molist - By Mara Faye Lethem (trans.) -
For her twenty-seventh birthday, New York lawyer Cristina Wilson receives a surprise gift from her late godfather, a ruby ring that sparks disturbing ...Read Review
By Theresa Breslin -
Italy 1502. A young gypsy boy, fleeing from a brigand, is rescued by Leonardo da Vinci, and becomes part of his household. He calls ...Read Review
By Caroline Lawrence -
Children/Young AdultMystery/CrimeShort Stories
Caroline Lawrence uses some of her readers’ questions, together with intriguing bits of her own research, as a basis for six stories about ...Read Review
By Padma Venkatraman -
Fifteen-year-old Vidya lives in Bombay in British-occupied India. It is 1941, and while many other Brahmin girls are living cloistered, marriage-focused lives, Vidya has ...Read Review
By Adam Nicolson -
This book explores the vision of Arcadia told through the life of a place and its inhabitants. The place is Wilton, in Wiltshire, ...Read Review
Over the last 20 years The Historical Novels Review (the society's print magazine for our members) has published reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books.
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