HNR Issue 71 (February 2015)

The Monogram Murders

By Sophie Hannah - Published 2014



Hercule Poirot’s quiet meal at a London coffeehouse in 1929 is interrupted by a frantic woman. She declares she will soon be murdered – ...Read Review

Black Star

By Steve Marshall - Published 2013



The year is 1941 (apart from a short prologue in 1937) and evil is of course afoot. Willi Schaaf is not only a member of ...Read Review

A Fine Summer’s Day

By Charles Todd - Published 2015



This 17th novel in the Ian Rutledge mystery series follows the successful pattern used in many of the previous books. An inspector at ...Read Review

Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon

By David Barnett - Published 2014



In Barnett’s second alternate 19th-century tale, Queen Victoria rules over most of the known world, after the failed Revolutionary War of 1775. Coal-fired ...Read Review

Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony

By Michele Wood (illus.) - By Nikki Grimes - Published 2015


Biographical FictionChildren/Young Adult

In 1904, before a meeting of the New York State Suffrage Association, Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman meet for tea. In one long ...Read Review

Civil War: The History of England, Volume III

By Peter Ackroyd - Published 2014



In Civil War, the third instalment of his ambitious attempt to write a history of England akin to Macaulay, Peter Ackroyd covers the ...Read Review

Napoleon: A Life

By Andrew Roberts - Published 2014



This is a remarkable biography of Napoleon Bonaparte, a man considered one of the greatest military strategists and rulers in the in the ...Read Review

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

By Dylan Thomas - Published 2014


Children/Young Adult

This is the story of a boy’s Christmas in Wales in the 1920s, beautifully and evocatively illustrated by Peter Bailey. It is ...Read Review