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By Ellen Bryson -
In 1865, the complacent Bartholomew Fortuno, billed as the World’s Thinnest Man by P.T. Barnum, enjoys his life as one of Barnum’...Read Review
By Cecelia Holland -
Kings of the North opens with England being ruled ineffectively by Ethelred, his sons ripe for rebellion, and the Danes poised for usurpation. ...Read Review
By P. F. Chisholm -
I am delighted to see the return of Sir Robert Carey and Sergeant Dodd after so many years! This is the fifth in ...Read Review
By Katie Hickman -
This is a beautiful book set in a beautiful city, Venice at the beginning of the 17th century. It is the sequel to ...Read Review
By Roz Southey -
Charles Patterson, musician by trade and detective by inclination, returns for another 18th-century murder mystery. This time he is called to the murder ...Read Review
By Gaelen Foley -
Kate Madsen was orphaned as a girl and raised by a family friend in an isolated cottage near the sea. She’s surprisingly ...Read Review
By Carol McCleary -
This is the second book in the adventures of Nellie Bly, ‘America’s first female investigative reporter’. The first book, The Alchemy of ...Read Review
By Eileen Clymer Schwab -
Promise Bridge is the debut novel from Schwab, a talented new voice in historical fiction. The novel is set in pre-Civil War Virginia, ...Read Review
By Alan Bradley -
Flavia de Luce is eleven years old, bold, precocious and great fun. In 1950 in the village of Bishop’s Lacey, Flavia lives in ...Read Review
By Kate Furnivall -
In 1910, Valentina Ivanova is arguably the most beautiful girl in aristocratic circles of St. Petersburg. In addition, she is an accomplished pianist who ...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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