The Russian Key

By Jeri Laber - Published 2021



After a stultifying year of translating documents from Russian to English in the early 1960s, Kate Landau is frustrated that her CIA career ...Read Review

An Unofficial Marriage

By Joie Davidow - Published 2021


Biographical Fiction

The love story between the Russian writer Ivan Turgenev and the opera singer and composer Pauline Viardot is reimagined in this novel by ...Read Review

The Candlelit Menagerie

By Caraline Brown - Published 2020


London, late 18th century. The roar of a lion calls to her, so Lillian follows the sound to a menagerie full of exquisite ...Read Review

Raphael, Painter in Rome

By Stephanie Storey - Published 2020


Biographical Fiction

Stephanie Storey follows up her stunning debut, Oil and Marble, a novel about the rivalry between Leonardo and Michelangelo, with another brilliant novel ...Read Review

Love Without End: A Story of Heloise and Abelard

By Melvyn Bragg - Published 2019


Biographical Fiction

In 12th-century Paris, a learned young woman named Heloise is tutored by the famed philosopher Abelard. The teacher and student soon become lovers, ...Read Review

A Man in Love

By David Dollenmayer (trans.) - By Martin Walser - Published 2019


Biographical FictionLiterary

In the summer of 1823, while on a promenade in Marienbad, Johannes Wolfgang von Goethe, then 73, literary, scientific, and cultural lion, confidant of kings, ...Read Review

The Tubman Command

By Elizabeth Cobbs - Published 2019


In the spring of 1863, the Union army is reeling from defeats. One of their spies, working along South Carolina’s Combahee River under ...Read Review


By Meg Keneally - Published 2019


Fled is based on an extraordinary true story. Desperate to escape a life of gruelling poverty in Cornwall, Jenny Trelawney turns to highway ...Read Review

The General’s Cook

By Ramin Ganeshram - Published 2018


Biographical Fiction

It’s no mystery why so many historical novels have featured cooks as protagonists – food is one of the most vivid windows into ...Read Review

Sugar Money

By Jane Harris - Published 2017Published 2018


Just before Christmas 1765, two mixed-race slaves, Lucien and his older brother Emile, are charged by their master Father Cléophas to travel from ...Read Review

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