Helen Johnson

The Long Journey Home

By Cecily Blench - Published 2021


Rangoon, Burma, in 1941, and Kate Girton works as a school inspector for the British colonial government. Kate has fled grief in England, and ...Read Review

Whispers of the Runes

By Christina Courtenay - Published 2021



In 2021, Sara Mattsson, a York silversmith, pulls a seax – a short sword – from an archaeological dig. She reads its runic inscription and is ...Read Review

The Night Before Morning

By Alistair Moffat - Published 2021



Having enjoyed several of Alistair Moffat’s “straight” history books, I was interested to read his first piece of fiction. He begins in ...Read Review

Giuseppe: A Survival Story

By Piero San Giorgio - Published 2020


Biographical Fiction

Imagine you could go to your grandfather – or great grandfather – and say, “Tell me about the war”. And he organised his thoughts, and ...Read Review

A Marriage Made In Secret

By Jenni Fletcher - Published 2021



In 1325, as a favour to her loyal but impoverished father, dowry-less Matilde becomes lady-in-waiting to Edward II’s queen, Isabella. The Queen is ...Read Review

The Queen’s Rival

By Anne O’Brien - Published 2020


Biographical Fiction

This book charts a clear-sighted path through the complexities of the Wars of the Roses, shown through the lens of family loyalty. The ...Read Review

Hell Gate (An Ingo Finch Mystery Book 3)

By Dawson - By Jeff - Published 2020



This novel opens in New York in 1904, with the sinking of PS General Slocum. Over a thousand members of a Lutheran church drowned, ...Read Review

The Last Crusade (The Knights Templar Book 6)

By S.J.A. Turney - Published 2021



Northern Spain, 1212. Following victory at the Battle of Navas, three Templar Knights return to their home preceptory of Rourell. But all is not ...Read Review

Conquest: The Anarchy (The Conquest)

By Tracey Warr - Published 2020


As the priest pronounces Nest married to a man she doesn’t want, her dead lover appears. But this is the 12th century, ...Read Review

Red Hands

By Colin W. Sargent - Published 2020



Red Hands opens like a thriller, and keeps up the tension, even as the narrative voice of Iordana Borila describes a golden, happy ...Read Review