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By M.R.C. Kasasian -
This is the third in Kasasian’s Betty Church murder mystery series. The not-so-sleepy Suffolk village of Sackwater during World War II is ...Read Review
By M.R.C. Kasasian -
A woman police inspector in rural England in 1940 might seem the ultimate in radical feminism, but here all familiarity ends. Inspector Betty Church ...Read Review
By Marc Mulholland -
This is the true story of a 19th-century revolutionary, but if you didn’t know that at first glance, you would believe it ...Read Review
By Michael Jones -
Prince Edward, heir to the throne of England, eldest of Edward III’s five sons, renowned throughout Europe as the epitome of chivalry, ...Read Review
By Victor Sebestyen -
When I first saw this door-stopper of a biography I reached for my diary to search out a good stretch of time in ...Read Review
By Alison Rattle -
South London, 1961, and 16-year-old Violet has left school but is stuck in her dad’s fish and chip shop, missing out on the ...Read Review
By Kate Moore -
The glamour job for young American women between 1917 and 1926 was to paint radium on watches, clock faces, and military dials. It was both ...Read Review
By Simon Nicholson -
This little novel is based on the intriguing premise of Harry Houdini’s boyhood. What sort of childhood did the great escapologist have? ...Read Review
By Lucy Inglis -
This is two stories, one set in the pioneering days of the Wild West in the 1880s concerning Emily, a cosseted 15-year-old sent ...Read Review
By Juliet Barker -
This is a thrillingly readable and a meticulously researched account of what the Victorians misnamed the Peasants’ Revolt, that great rising of public ...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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