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Eden Gardens

By Louise Brown - Published 2016


This is the story of three women living in Calcutta in the 1940s – Barbara Brooks (Mam), her daughter Maisy and her ayah Pushpa. ...Read Review

Dandy Gilver and a Most Misleading Habit

By Catriona McPherson - Published 2016



I enjoy this historical crime series set in interwar Scotland. In the early books Dandy is bored with her life as the wife ...Read Review

The Northern Queen

By Kelly Evans - Published 2016


Biographical Fiction

Some parts of English history are strangely neglected by novelists and the general public.  King Alfred and his successful struggle against the Danes ...Read Review

The Unseeing

By Anna Mazzola - Published 2016


Biographical FictionMystery/Crime

This is the fictionalised biography of Sarah Gale, accused of being an accomplice to a murder in 1837 London. She is sentenced to hang, ...Read Review

The Stolen Queen

By Lisa Hilton - Published 2015


This novel, about Isabelle of Angoulême, King John’s second wife, is very well written, and Lisa Hilton has obviously done a ...Read Review

Imperfect Pretence

By Ann Barker - Published 2015



Imperfect Pretence is Ann Barker’s eighteenth novel, and she obviously knows the period well, although I was dubious about two women dining ...Read Review

A Fatal Freedom

By Janet Laurence - Published 2015



Set in London in 1903, this is a sequel to Deadly Inheritance, which is referred to occasionally in this novel with such phrases as ...Read Review

Nothing Undone Remained

By Dominic Luke - Published 2014


I’m not the target audience for this as I am not interested in, for instance, cricket, which according to Roderick, the Edwardian ...Read Review

The Dead Queen’s Garden

By Nicola Slade - Published 2014



This is the third in Slade’s Charlotte Richmond Investigates series, set in Hampshire, England, in 1858. Her previous books have been praised by ...Read Review

Autumn Softly Fell

By Dominic Luke - Published 2013


Although very different, this book is obviously inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, with an abandoned heroine of eight becoming ...Read Review