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By Mel Starr -
This is the latest instalment in a series of mediaeval mysteries starring Hugh Singleton, a surgeon with a second job as the bailiff ...Read Review
By Jean-Luc Fromental - By Miles Hyman -
Former debutante, aspiring actress, and intelligence officer Elizabeth Montagu, now working for Alexander Korda films, is in snowy and gloomy postwar Vienna in 1948. ...Read Review
By Ovidia Yu -
In 1936 in Singapore, teenage orphan Su Lin knows that her uncle wants to give her away in marriage to a suitable husband—that ...Read Review
By Gaye Kynoch (trans.) - By Vibeke Vasbo -
Originally published in Denmark in 1991, this is the life of the Deiran princess Hild and her many changes of fortune until she becomes ...Read Review
By Julie Mayhew -
At some time in the 18th century (annoyingly, the book gives no more specific clue), Mim is a mixed-race teenage girl in a ...Read Review
By David Young -
A sequel to Stasi Child and Stasi Wolf, but one that can stand alone, this novel, set in East Berlin in 1976, once again ...Read Review
By Nicholas Orme -
This is not an architectural history, but instead presents itself as a history of English cathedrals’ “life and activities”, going back to Roman ...Read Review
By L.J. Trafford -
This is the third in a tetralogy set in the Year of the Four Emperors, 69 AD, and follows on from Palatine (HNR 72) and ...Read Review
By Christopher Rush -
This is a new retelling of the Trojan War, centred on the character of Odysseus, and narrated in three different voices: Odysseus himself; ...Read Review
By Mary Chiappe - By Sam Benady -
This is the latest and last of the Gibraltar-set Giovanni Bresciano mysteries. An arrogant and obnoxious French painter comes to Gibraltar in 1817 and ...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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