Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol

By Gyles Brandreth - Published 2013



This sixth Oscar Wilde mystery is set largely during Wilde’s infamous period of imprisonment between 1895-1897, after he was sentenced to hard ...Read Review

The Italian Woman: A Catherine DeMedici Novel

By Jean Plaidy - Published 2013


Biographical FictionRomance

Set in 16th-century France, The Italian Woman depicts the transformation of Catherine DeMedici from a scorned and humiliated wife to a powerful and ...Read Review

The Kingmaker’s Daughter

By Philippa Gregory - Published 2012


Philippa Gregory is one of historical fiction’s superstars, and The Kingmaker’s Daughter shows why. There’s not a moment – not a ...Read Review

The White Forest

By Adam McOmber - Published 2012



I almost thought this was going to be “just” a Gothic thriller, but it quickly became so much more—a dark, haunted and ...Read Review

Jasmine Nights

By Julia Gregson - Published 2012



In 1942, Saba Tarcan, a determined and talented young singer from Cardiff, joins ENSA, the Entertainments National Service Association, much to her Turkish father’...Read Review

Madame Serpent

By Jean Plaidy - Published 2006Published 2012


Biographical Fiction

The first volume of Jean Plaidy’s Catherine de Medici trilogy, this story begins with her unfortunate childhood as an orphan and pawn ...Read Review

The Crown

By Nancy Bilyeau - Published 2012



Nancy Bilyeau’s debut novel begins in London in 1537, where the narrator, Joanna Stafford, a novice nun, breaks the sacred rule of enclosure ...Read Review

Rain Falls Like Mercy

By Jack Todd - Published 2011



Rain Falls Like Mercy, the third book in Jack Todd’s western trilogy after Sun Going Down and Come Again No More, actually ...Read Review

Sunrise of Avalon

By Anna Elliott - Published 2011



This concludes the trilogy, begun in Twilight of Avalon (2009) and Dark Moon of Avalon (2010), which sets the story of Trystan and Isolde in 6...Read Review

The Lady of the Rivers

By Philippa Gregory - Published 2011


Biographical Fiction

Philippa Gregory’s third entry in her Cousins’ War series features an unusual character: Jacquetta Woodville, mother of Elizabeth, who in turn gave ...Read Review