HNR Issue 92 (May 2020)

Historical Novels Review | Issue 92, May 2020

A Royal Affair: A Sparks & Bainbridge Mystery

By Allison Montclair - Published 2020



Brava! Brava! Bravissima! That’s one big cheer for each of two delightful main characters, Iris Sparks and Gwendolyn Bainbridge, and an even ...Read Review

Ambulance Girls Under Fire

By Deborah Burrows - Published 2018



January 1942, freezing blacked-out mid-Blitz London where under leaden skies and German bombs, amongst the debris and the ruins, conflict reigns between Britain and “...Read Review

The Second Midnight

By Andrew Taylor - Published 2020



When a British intelligence officer is murdered by the Gestapo in 1939, an eccentric English businessman, Alfred Kendall, is recruited for a minor assignment ...Read Review

The Brightest of Dreams (Canadian Crossings)

By Susan Anne Mason - Published 2020



In 1919 Derbyshire, England, Quinten Aspinall, a returnee from WWI, stands valet-like before the Earl of Brentwood. Quinten is requesting a leave of absence, ...Read Review

Death of an American Beauty

By Mariah Fredericks - Published 2020



Jane Prescott enjoys her duties as lady’s maid to Louise Tyler, a newly married New York society lady in 1913. The entertainments available ...Read Review

The First Emma

By Camille Di Maio - Published 2020


By all accounts, Emma Koehler was an extraordinary woman. A prominent figure in the history of San Antonio, Texas, she was a German ...Read Review

The Paris Hours

By Alex George - Published 2020


On a hot summer day in 1927, four unconnected Parisians live their lives. By the end of this day, their stories will have altered, ...Read Review

While the Music Played

By Nathaniel Lande - Published 2020


Max Mueller has been serenaded by the finest music since birth, for his Berlin-born father is the lionized conductor of Prague’s symphony ...Read Review

Beginning with Cannonballs

By Jill McCroskey Coupe - Published 2020



In Knoxville, Tennessee, in the mid-South in 1951, Hanna and Gail grow up as near twins in a middle class household. That is, they ...Read Review

Lord of All the Dead

By Javier Cercas - Published 2020


Biographical FictionLiterary

Lord of All the Dead is a curious book. Labeled as a “nonfiction novel,” it opens with the enigmatic sentence, “His name was ...Read Review