HNR Issue 77 (August 2016)

Heart of Stone: An Ellie Stone Mystery

By James W. Ziskin - Published 2016



Heart of Stone is the fourth in Ziskin’s mystery series featuring reporter Ellie Stone. Ellie’s not on the clock right now. ...Read Review

The Statesman and the Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain, and the Rise of American Imperialism

By Mark Zwonitzer - Published 2016



What do John Hay, American Ambassador to England and later Secretary of State, and Mark Twain, great American novelist, share in common? Both ...Read Review

Ancient Worlds: An Epic History of East and West

By Michael Scott - Published 2016



Scott’s thesis is that, in order to understand the past, we must examine the global interconnectedness of history. He examines three key ...Read Review

Counted with the Stars

By Connilyn Cossette - Published 2016



Kiya has been sold by her father to help pay off his debts. Despite serving a cruel woman, Kiya finds friendship with a ...Read Review

A Maiden Weeping

By Jeri Westerson - Published 2016



In this ninth installment of Westerson’s Crispin Guest medieval noir series, we find Crispin himself playing a supporting role as his apprentice, ...Read Review

The Hamilton Affair

By Elizabeth Cobbs - Published 2016


Biographical Fiction

Thanks to a certain musical and a newfound appreciation for the Founding Fathers (and mothers), Alexander Hamilton and his wife, Elizabeth Schuyler, are ...Read Review

Liberty Bazaar

By David Chadwick - Published 2016



The American Civil War was also fought in England, not with battles and bombardments but with fundraising drives, propaganda offensives, dirty tricks and ...Read Review

Blue Bonnets: Dancing for the Devil Trilogy, Book 2 / Sword Dance: Dancing for the Devil Trilogy, Book 3

By Marie Laval - Published 2016


These sequels to The Dream Catcher, which I reviewed in HNR 76, are set in Scotland in 1847. To tell the truth, I was looking ...Read Review

The Gilded Years

By Karin Tanabe - Published 2016


Karin Tanabe’s The Gilded Years focuses on the true story of Anita Hemmings. In 19th-century New England, Hemmings is a brilliant student, ...Read Review

Bamboo Island

By Ann Bennett - Published 2015


Malaysia has a history largely unknown to many in the West, and the events that took place during the Second World War may ...Read Review