HNR Issue 69 (August 2014)


By Kelly Gardiner - Published 2014Published 2015-04-09


Biographical Fiction

Motherless Julie d’Aubigny is brought up in the palatial stables of Versailles by her fencing-instructor father. He treats her much as any ...Read Review

Song of the Shank

By Jeffery Renard Allen - Published 2014Published 2014-06-17


Biographical FictionLiterary

Tom Wiggins was born a slave in Georgia in 1849. He was blind, and also appears to have been autistic—what was once unkindly ...Read Review

The Convictions of John Delahunt

By Andrew Hughes - Published 2014Published 2014-03-13


Biographical FictionMystery/Crime

On a December morning in 1841, a Dublin boy has his throat cut in an apparently motiveless killing. The trial and conviction of John ...Read Review

The Illusionists

By Rosie Thomas - Published 2014Published 2014-02-27


In Victorian London, illusionist Devil Wix’s chance encounter with dwarf performer Carlo Boldoni results in the dynamic duo of Boldoni & Wix, ...Read Review

Painted Horses

By Malcolm Brooks - Published 2014Published 2014-08-21



In the mid-1950s, Catherine Lemay goes to London to study music. Instead, she falls in love with archeology. Battered by German bombs ...Read Review

Madame Picasso

By Anne Girard - Published 2014


Biographical Fiction

Pablo Picasso is arguably one of the greatest artists ever. Art historians and theorists have pored over his works for years, and many ...Read Review

Really the Blues

By Joseph Koenig - Published 2014



Paris in 1941 is a very dangerous place for jazz trumpeter and New Orleans native Eddie Piron. While other Nazi “undesirables” lay low, Eddie ...Read Review

Killing Ground

By Douglas Reeman - Published 2014



Destroyer HMS Gladiator patrols the Western Sea in 1942–43, protecting convoys from packs of German U-boats. She is not entirely successful. The torpedoes always ...Read Review

Emeralds Included

By Betsy Woodman - Published 2014


The third and latest novel in the delightful series by Betsy Woodman, Emeralds Included, follows the further adventures of Jana Bibi, also known ...Read Review

Written in My Own Heart’s Blood

By Diana Gabaldon - Published 2014



Entry number eight in the popular Outlander series picks up almost squarely where its predecessor left off: Jamie is back from the supposed ...Read Review