If Anyone Asks, Say I Died from the Heartbreaking Blues

By Philip Cioffari - Published 2020


Genre is a problematic concept. Is Philip Cioffari’s delightful tragicomedy a novel with a soundtrack, or a musical on paper? It certainly ...Read Review

Above the Bay of Angels

By Rhys Bowen - Published 2020


When Isabella Waverly enters service at fifteen to support her younger sister, she knows she will never regain the affluent status her family ...Read Review

Hocus Girl (A Simon Westow mystery)

By Chris Nickson - Published 2020



In Leeds in 1822, Simon Westow is a “thief-taker,” someone who restores stolen goods to their original owners. Now his dear friend, Davey Ashton, ...Read Review

The Founding Fortunes: How the Wealthy Paid for and Profited from America’s Revolution

By Tom Shachtman - Published 2020



Author Shachtman (How the French Saved America) dispels more myths of the Revolutionary and early Federal period in this study of finances and ...Read Review

The Good Cop

By Peter Steiner - Published 2020



Set largely in Germany in the years between 1918 and 1945, The Good Cop is a tale about three individuals: Willi Geismeier, a detective who ...Read Review

Summer of Love

By Caro Fraser - Published 2020



I appreciate that it is often the publisher rather than the author who chooses the title for a book and for commercial rather ...Read Review

A Death in Chelsea (Mayfair 100 series)

By Lynn Brittney - Published 2019Published 2020



This is the second in the Mayfair 100 series. (The first, Murder in Belgravia, I reviewed for HNR 86 as an online review.) July 1915: Chief ...Read Review

The Joyce Girl

By Annabel Abbs - Published 2016Published 2020


Biographical Fiction

In Zurich in 1934, Lucia, the emotionally frail daughter of iconic Irish author James Joyce, is undergoing the “talking cure” with Carl Jung, trying ...Read Review

The Brewer’s Tale (Aus.) / The Lady Brewer of London (US)

By Karen Brooks - Published 2014Published 2020


This is a tale of beer and the subjugation of women in 15th-century England. Anneke Sheldrake is a wealthy merchant’s daughter until ...Read Review