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By Sara Judge -
Dreadful title, very enjoyable book. The novel follows the fortunes of Honey Brown (previously, abandoned orphan Annie) after she has left her career ...Read Review
By Pauline Conolly -
This is true crime and also a Victorian melodrama which outdoes any fictional Victorian melodrama I have ever read. It centres on the ...Read Review
By Joyce Cato -
This is the fourth novel in the series featuring the gifted cook and amateur detective, Jenny Starling. She is the beautiful and curvy ...Read Review
By John Kerr -
Hurricane Hole is a WW2 thriller set in the Bahamas. Since this was not a very active theatre of war, much of the ...Read Review
By Frances Burke -
During the 1890s Depression in Australia, Nicola Redmond’s father commits suicide, unable to face financial ruin, leaving her and her mother to ...Read Review
By Paul D. Gilbert -
This is Paul Gilbert’s third book of Sherlock Holmes pastiche, consisting of three long short stories (or novellas as he terms them) ...Read Review
By Carole Llewellyn -
Crossing on the Titanic to see her sister on the New York stage, a young mother, Mair (the heroine of the story); her ...Read Review
By Millie Vigor -
In 1946, Catherine Jameson leaves Southampton for the Shetland Isles, home of her new husband, Robbie, anticipating an idyllic island life. Despite discovering his ...Read Review
By Theresa Le Flem -
Set in the Kent coalfields during the miners’ strike of 1984, this debut novel explores the dilemmas of a miner, Bradley, who finds himself ...Read Review
By Amanda Grange -
Henry Tilney’s Diary is a delightful retelling of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey from the hero’s point of view. Grange’s ...Read Review
Over the last 20 years The Historical Novels Review (the society's print magazine for our members) has published reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books.
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