The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon’s Court

By Michelle Moran - Published 2012


After Napoleon jettisons his only true love, the Empress Josephine, who has not given him an heir, he makes a political deal with ...Read Review

Silver: Return to Treasure Island

By Andrew Motion - Published 2012



R.L. Stevenson’s novel has enchanted and fascinated generations of readers since its publication in the late 19th century. The story left ...Read Review

Road to Valor: A True Story of World War II Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation

By Aili McConnon - By Andres McConnon - Published 2012



Siblings Aili, a journalist, and Andres, a historical scholar, meticulously researched this story of a cyclist still revered in Italy as a national ...Read Review

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

By Tom Reiss - Published 2012



The swashbuckling heroes in Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo have stirred the imaginations of millions of ...Read Review

The Truth of All Things

By Kieran Shields - Published 2012



In Portland, Maine in 1892, detective Archie Lean investigates the brutal murder of a prostitute. The woman is laid out like a pentagram and ...Read Review

The Baker’s Daughter

By Sarah McCoy - Published 2012


What does a 17-year-old German baker’s daughter during World War II have in common with the owner of a German bakery in ...Read Review

Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic’s First-Class Passengers and Their World

By Hugh Brewster - Published 2012



The Titanic has captured popular imagination for the last hundred years, and for good reason — it’s a tale of hubris and heroism, ...Read Review

The Bedlam Detective

By Stephen Gallagher - Published 2012



It’s not often I read a book in one sitting; with this novel, I didn’t leave my chair for so much ...Read Review

Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris

By David King - Published 2011



As swastikas decorate their national monuments, French authorities make an even more horrific discovery at a house in the fashionable 16th arrondissement – burned, ...Read Review

Before Versailles

By Karleen Koen - Published 2011


Biographical Fiction

In Koen’s fourth fine novel (after Dark Angels, 2009), Louis XIV’s reign as French monarch is unique in unpredictable ways. He grows ...Read Review