The Alchemist and the Angel

By Joanne Owen - Published 2010


AdventureChildren/Young Adult

Jan is apprentice to his uncle, an alchemist, living in Venice in 1583. After losing his parents to the plague, Aunt Greta and Uncle ...Read Review

Kabbalah of Stone

By Irene Reti - Published 2010


Kabbalah of Stone primarily takes place in 1491 in Girona, Spain, and follows the story of Domingo Fontclara, a scribe with a secret Jewish ...Read Review

Poison: A Novel of the Renaissance

By Sara Poole - Published 2010



Sara Poole, in her new novel, Poison, captures the color and pace of the best contemporary thrillers. With a style similar to James ...Read Review

Honour and the Sword

By A.L. Berridge - Published 2010



1636 – the height of the Thirty Years War. As the story opens, Spanish armies invade King Louis XIII’s France. The sleepy border village ...Read Review

The Astronomer

By Lawrence Goldstone - Published 2010



Do not – I repeat – do not start the last one hundred pages of Lawrence Goldstone’s The Astronomer if anything or anyone will ...Read Review

His Last Duchess

By Gabrielle Kimm - Published 2010


Biographical Fiction

This debut novel is a fictionalised account of the real life Lucrezia de’Medici, probably best known for being the eponymous heroine in ‘...Read Review

Fate & Fortune

By Shirley McKay - Published 2010



Giles Locke, physician, is reluctantly diagnosing yet another case of ‘morbus gallicus’ [the pox]. Hastening to join his wife Meg for the funeral ...Read Review

Till the Day Go Down

By Jen Black - Published 2009



The border country between England and Scotland is a lawless and dangerous place in the mid-16th century, so when Harry Wharton, travelling ...Read Review

The Creation of Eve

By Lynn Cullen - Published 2010


Biographical Fiction

The Creation of Eve is Cullen’s first foray into adult fiction, and it is quite a promising beginning. The story starts in ...Read Review

The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

By C.W. Gortner - Published 2010


Biographical Fiction

Catherine de Medici came to the French court as a reluctant princess: young and naive, and yet somehow she knew her destiny was ...Read Review