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By Susan Grossey -
Worm in the Blossom, the third Sam Plank Mystery, delivers a well-written tale of crime for 1820s London constable, Sam Plank, to unravel, ...Read Review
By Pam Lecky -
The Bowes Inheritance is a stunning, captivating and all-round brilliant first novel from reader turned writer, Pam Lecky. It opens with her heroine, ...Read Review
By Michael E. Wills -
When Jomsviking raiders return, during the burial ritual of their chieftain, the trading village of Birka is caught unawares and all the adults, ...Read Review
By Susan Grossey -
Bound within an extremely attractive cover, this well-produced sequel to Susan Grossey’s outstanding debut novel Fatal Forgery once again features the very ...Read Review
By Maria Dziedzan -
When Sorrows Come is a beautifully written, magnificent tale that is very difficult to put down. Based upon actual events and experiences, it ...Read Review
By Edwin Page -
Set in the 1290s, Song of the Sea was inspired by the Mermaid of Zennor legend and relates the enchanting and atmospheric story ...Read Review
By Ben Kane - By E. Knight - By Kate Quinn - By Sophie Perinot - By Stephanie Dray - By Vicky Alvear Shecter -
I was suspicious of this book when I first picked it up; with six writers boldly credited on the cover my initial thoughts ...Read Review
By Carol M. Cram -
I began reading The Towers of Tuscany as an indie publication; it has since been picked up by a mainstream publisher, and rightly ...Read Review
By Richard Abbott -
Published 2013Published 2013-12-20
Scenes from a Life follows the scribe, Makty-Rasut, through his working life, decorating the tombs of ancient Egypt’s elite. Disturbed by vivid ...Read Review
By R J Lynch -
As overseer to Lord Ravenshead, James Blakiston is a busy man, but not too busy to take the time to solve the mystery ...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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