2008

The Queen’s Knight: The Extraordinary Life of Queen Victoria’s Most Trusted Confidant

By Martyn Downer - Published 2008

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Nonfiction

The eponymous knight is Major-General Sir Howard Elphinstone, who served Queen Victoria for 30 years. A decorated war hero from the Crimean campaign, Elphinstone ...Read Review

The Blood of Caesar: A Second Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger

By Albert A. Bell jr. - Published 2008

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Mystery/Crime

I’m a fan of historical mysteries but hadn’t read Albert A. Bell’s work before, and was thrilled to discover this ...Read Review

Emerald Silk

By Janet Lane - Published 2008

Genres:

Romance

The second book in Lane’s Coin Forest medieval romance series set in 15th- century England features Kadriya, a half-English, half-Gypsy orphan who ...Read Review

A Death in Gascony

By Sarah D’Almeida - Published 2008

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AdventureMystery/Crime

Sarah D’Almeida’s fourth installment in her mystery series with Alexander Dumas’ famous 17th century Musketeers as sleuths gets off with a ...Read Review

The Hawk

By Peter Smalley - Published 2008

Genres:

AdventureNautical

Smalley has been hailed as the heir to those great writers of naval historical fiction, Patrick O’Brian and C.S. Forester. I ...Read Review

The Disorder of Longing

By Natasha Bauman - Published 2008

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Ada has everything—a fine Boston family, a handsome, wealthy husband, a beautiful home, and servants. Nevertheless, she’s a rarity in the 1890...Read Review

The Seance

By John Harwood - Published 2008

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

This is an excellent Gothic tale set in the second half of 19th-century England. Narrated by a number of different characters, in language ...Read Review

The Guns of El Kebir

By John Wilcox - Published 2007 (UK)Published 2008

Genres:

AdventureMilitary

The Victorian Empire lends itself quite easily to historical novelists willing to perform the necessary spadework in research tools to provide the setting ...Read Review

Abbeville

By Jack Fuller - Published 2008

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When the dot-com bubble bursts at the end of the 20th century, George Bailey reassesses his life. He worries that his family is ...Read Review

Children of Freedom

By Marc Levy - Published 2008

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This novel, based on true stories of the French Resistance, is an excellent read and will appeal to those like myself who have ...Read Review