Katherine Mezzacappa

Galileo’s Revenge: Or, A Cure for the Itch

By Christopher J T Lewis - Published 2018



Poison is quickly suspected in the sudden fatal illnesses of Francesco de’ Medici, Grand-Duke of Florence, and his duchess at Poggio a Caiano ...Read Review

The Dressmaker of Draper’s Lane

By Liz Trenow - Published 2019


Spitalfields, 1768: costumière Miss Charlotte buys a sample of chinoiserie silk at an auction job lot, and disturbs a long-buried memory. Taking a ...Read Review

Gone to Earth

By Maurice Leitch - Published 2019



The latest novel from the prolific Maurice Leitch is set on the Torremolinos coast of Spain in the 1950s and is told through ...Read Review

The First Rose of Tralee

By Patricia O’Reilly - Published 2019


This is the story behind the ballad “The Rose of Tralee”, ascribed to William Pembroke Mulchinock, about Mary O’Connor, a cobbler’s ...Read Review

At the Blue Hour

By Eugenia Zilke (trans.) - By Isabeau Kelm - Published 2019


This is the fictionalized story of Irina, a Roma slave girl in late 16th-century Moldavia who became the mistress of the Voivode Petru ...Read Review

The Red Gene

By Barbara Lamplugh - Published 2019


In 1936, Rose leaves her vicarage home to nurse on the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War. Her story is told in parallel ...Read Review

Hear the Echo

By Rob Gittins - Published 2018



Set in a mining town in the Welsh Valleys, this dual-narrative novel centres around an Italian café, “Carini’s”. One strand is the ...Read Review

Daughter of the Dales (Windfell Manor Trilogy)

By Diane Allen - Published 2018



The novel opens with the death in 1913 of Charlotte, formidable founder of the successful Atkinsons department stores. The stores are familiar to Allen’...Read Review

Innocents to the Slaughter (Hudson & Lawes Trilogy)

By Helen Maskew - Published 2018



1839: following a tipoff, undercover journalist Ambrose Hudson, his aristocratic friend Edgar Lawes, and a teenage boy rescued from a workhouse head north from ...Read Review

The Rocking Stone

By Jill Rutherford - Published 2018



The novel opens with a newspaper article from 1973: in Pontypridd in Welsh mining country, a skeleton is found in an abandoned well, with ...Read Review