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By Mark Wightman -
Singapore, December 1939. The shadow of war in Europe and the expansionist ambitions of Japan hang over the British colony. Inspector Maximo Betancourt’s ...Read Review
By S. Block -
Simon Block was behind the TV drama Home Fires, and his novel Keep the Home Fires Burning (2018) was reviewed in HNR 86. These introduced ...Read Review
By Elizabeth Woodcraft -
Chelmsford, Essex, in the mid-1960s, is not the most “happening” of towns. Teenager Angie Smith is bored with her factory job and ...Read Review
By Lucienne Boyce -
Lucienne Boyce’s late 18th-century Dan Foster mysteries move from strength to strength. In this third adventure, our hero – child street-thief turned pugilist ...Read Review
By David Boyle -
In this twisty World War 2 espionage thriller, we follow the missions of Xanthe Schneider, a young American crossword champion from Cincinnati, who happens ...Read Review
By Howard Rodman -
I have never read anything quite like The Great Eastern – an addictive, steampunk fantasy that blends 19th-century fact with characters from 19th-century fiction. ...Read Review
By Anton Du Beke -
Anton du Beke is a professional ballroom dancer, well known for his appearances on BBC’s “Strictly Come Dancing”, so he is well ...Read Review
By Lynn Brittney -
Published 2019Published 2020
This is the second in the Mayfair 100 series. (The first, Murder in Belgravia, I reviewed for HNR 86 as an online review.) July 1915: Chief ...Read Review
By Eileen Ramsay -
London, 1941. Trainee nurse April Harvey is devastated by the death of her widower father in an air raid, and uncertain about the intentions ...Read Review
By Virginia Moffatt -
Newly married Ruth Flint comes to live at Echo Hall on the Anglo-Welsh border in 1990 with her husband, Adam. His grandfather, Jack, is ...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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