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By Mark Ellis -
Published 2018Published c2017
Detective Chief Inspector Frank Merlin is on the job again in wartime London in the third novel in the series. This time he ...Read Review
By Mirjana Novakovic - By Terence McEneny (trans.) -
In 18th-century Serbia, Count Otto von Hausburg visits Belgrade with his servant, Novak. Von Hausburg is not what he seems—or perhaps exactly ...Read Review
By Victoria Whitworth -
This powerful novel is set in the Humber estuary of northeastern England in the mid-9th century. Radmer, lord of Donmouth, is sent ...Read Review
By Christopher Bland -
François de Beaufort is a knight in the Languedoc region of southern France at the end of the 13th century. When readers ...Read Review
By Neil MacKay -
Neil MacKay’s version of 16th-century Germany resembles hell on earth. Pamphlets from the period describe the trial of one Peter Stumpf in ...Read Review
By Beatrice Masini - By Clarissa Ghelli (trans.) - By Oonagh Stransky (trans.) -
“It was easy to think I knew everything. I felt like I was on top of the world. And then the bubble burst…” ...Read Review
By Allyson Stack -
It’s 1884, and Vera Palmer, widowed at twenty-three, has left middle-class Connecticut for a bookkeeping job at a frontier Arizona boardinghouse. But the ...Read Review
By Nadine Dorries -
Set in County Mayo, Ireland, the action begins with the rescue of twelve-year-old Ruby, who has become orphaned during the worst winter on ...Read Review
By Graham Hurley -
In June 1943, wireless operator Billy Angell beats the odds to survive his thirtieth bombing mission for the Royal Air Force, which entitles him ...Read Review
By Kate Kerrigan -
Three women, Rose, Ava, and Sheila, center around Patrick Murphy’s life in late 1950s New York. He is a handsome, charismatic singer ...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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