Orphans of the Carnival

By Carol Birch - Published 2016


Biographical Fiction

Julia Pastrana, born in 1834, is painfully aware that she is unique. As a little girl in a Sinaloa orphanage, she imagines that Mexico’...Read Review

The Vanishing

By Sophia Tobin - Published 2017



Sophia Tobin’s third novel is a gothic thriller with shades of Jane Eyre, Jamaica Inn and Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith. Annaleigh has accepted ...Read Review

New Albion

By Dwayne Brenna - Published 2016


The New Albion theater is, to put it kindly, one of London’s lesser theaters in one of London’s seedier neighborhoods, attracting ...Read Review

To Name Those Lost

By Rohan Wilson - Published 2017



In the city of Launceston on the island of Tasmania in 1874, 12-year-old William Toosey has lived his young life in extreme poverty. His ...Read Review

His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae

By Graeme Macrae Burnet - Published 2016



When one thinks “literary,” this isn’t the type of work that comes to mind—it’s a compulsively readable, immersive, darn good ...Read Review

The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds

By Selina Siak Chin Yoke - Published 2016


Biographical Fiction

In 1878 in a small Malay village, little Chye Hoon, a Nyonya (Malaysian of Chinese descent), is visiting a temple. Chye tries to shake ...Read Review

The Devil’s Feast

By M. J. Carter - Published 2016Published 2017



It is 1842, and in this third outing for William Avery, late of the East India Company Army, and Jeremiah Blake, special inquiry agent, ...Read Review

To the Bright Edge of the World

By Eowyn Ivey - Published 2016


This novel is an epistolary novel with four principal characters: one pair, husband and wife, live in 1885, and the other pair are contemporary. ...Read Review

The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas

By Harriet Scott Chessman - Published 2017


Biographical Fiction

Artist Edgar Degas spent the winter of 1872-73 with his brother’s family in New Orleans. No sketchbook of his time there has ...Read Review

The Apothecary’s Curse

By Barbara Barnett - Published 2016



In Victorian England, apothecary Gaelan Erceldoune, whose knowledge comes from a mysterious manuscript passed down through his family for generations, is viewed with ...Read Review