HNR Issue 92 (May 2020)

Historical Novels Review | Issue 92, May 2020

First Comes Scandal: A Bridgerton Prequel

By Julia - By Quinn - Published 2020



1791. Summoned home urgently from medical school in Edinburgh, Nicholas Rokesby is grateful it is not for a death in the family. He is ...Read Review

Murder in Venice

By Lucinda Byatt (trans.) - By Maria Luisa Minarelli - Published 2019



Venice, 1752. When the body of an impoverished nobleman is discovered, Avogadore Marco Pisani is asked to investigate. He’s helped by his friend ...Read Review

The Foundling (UK) / The Lost Orphan (US)

By Stacey Halls - Published 2020


In 1748, Bessie Bright gives birth to an illegitimate daughter, Clara. Due to her poverty-stricken circumstances, she is forced to leave the newborn at ...Read Review

A Bottle of Rum (A Spider John Mystery)

By Steve Goble - Published 2019



In 1723, former pirates Spider John Rush and his comrade Odin are enjoying good tankards of ale at the Crosskeys Tavern in the port ...Read Review

Death and the Chevalier (A Cragg and Fidelis Mystery)

By Robin Blake - Published 2020



Prestonians in Lancashire, England, have bitter memories of the Scottish risings of 1715 and 1719 that left much of the town in ashes. In November 1745, ...Read Review


By Ellen Alpsten - Published 2020


Biographical Fiction

This is the story of Catherine I of Russia, not to be confused with Catherine the Great. This Catherine was born in 1684 to ...Read Review

A Woman of the Road (The Honest Thieves Trilogy)

By Amy Wolf - Published 2019



Imagine if Roaring Girl Moll Cutpurse joined Dumas’ Three Musketeers and you have the story of Margaret Tanner, who escapes her cruel father ...Read Review

Written in Their Stars: The Lydiard Chronicles 1649-1664

By Elizabeth St. John - Published 2019



1649: The beheading of King Charles I tears the Apsley family apart. Luce Apsley Hutchinson, who encouraged her husband John to sign the order ...Read Review

A Roll of the Bones

By Trudy J. Morgan-Cole - Published 2019


Orphaned as a child, Nancy spent most of her life as a servant in the Gale household. Close in age to the family’...Read Review

Fierce Dreamer

By Linda Lafferty - Published 2020


Biographical Fiction

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1656) was raised in the almost exclusively male art world of 17th-century Italy. She had a natural eye for colour, texture, ...Read Review