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A Christmas Hope

By Anne Perry - Published 2013



Set in December 1868, Perry’s A Christmas Hope is the eleventh Christmas novella she has written. The heroine is Claudine Burroughs, a woman ...Read Review

The Jacobite Murders

By G. M. Best - Published 2013



According to the back cover blurb G M Best has received good reviews for his previous books, and it is true that the ...Read Review

A Crown of Despair

By Jenny Mandeville - Published 2012


I was rather surprised to find myself enjoying this novel, as it is written in the first-person present tense, with multiple viewpoints – three ...Read Review

Murder in Montague Place

By Martyn Beardsley - Published 2012



This is the first adult novel by Martyn Beardsley, a prolific children’s author. Set in the Victorian world of the recently formed ...Read Review

Running Against the Tide

By Joanna Barnden - Published 2013



It is 1800, and Ginny Marcombe is the son her father, Josiah, never had. She works with him in his shipping firm in the ...Read Review

The Heresy of Dr Dee

By Phil Rickman - Published 2012


Biographical Fiction

The second book in Rickman’s John Dee series takes Dee to his father’s home in Wales. Set against the aftermath of ...Read Review

Criminal River: The History of the Thames River Police

By Stephen Wade - Published 2012



This book covers the history of the Thames River Police from 1798 to the present with background information on prison conditions in the 18th ...Read Review

The Italian Potion

By Edward Bewley - Published 2010



Set in Restoration London, in 1663, this is Bewley’s first novel. As a journalist he is well able to string words together, and ...Read Review

The Royal Stuarts: A History of the Family that Shaped Britain

By Allan Massie - Published 2010



Everyone knows the Stuarts – Mary, Queen of Scots, James IV and I, and his descendants. And the early Stuarts who reigned in Scotland, ...Read Review

Lady Farquhar’s Butterfly

By Beverley Eikli - Published 2010



I do wish Hale would edit their books more critically. Many, like this one, are full of errors – for instance, how does someone ...Read Review