Reviews

Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

Maisie Dobbs

By Jacqueline Winspear - Published 2003

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

Circumstances force Maisie Dobbs, the daughter of a widowed costermonger, into service at the age of thirteen. She is fortunate that her employer, ...Read Review

A Palestine Affair

By Jonathan Wilson - Published 2003

Genres:

LiteraryMystery/CrimeThriller

The time is 1924, and British Mandate Palestine is filling up with a dangerous mix of European Zionists hoping to found a Jewish state ...Read Review

Evidence of Things Unseen

By Marianne Wiggins - Published 2003

Genres:

LiteraryRomance

For an example of how to take unremarkable people and turn their story into something worth writing about, read Evidence of Things Unseen. ...Read Review

Orchard

By Larry Watson - Published 2003

Genres:

LiterarySaga

Set in 1953, Larry Watson’s Orchard depicts the newly altered lives of Henry and Sonja House. The sudden death of their young son ...Read Review

The Heaven of Mercury

By Brad Watson - Published 2002 (US)Published 2004 (UK)

Genres:

Saga

The twentieth century, viewed in a non-linear fashion through the lives of citizens of Mercury, Mississippi, is dark, atmospheric and gothic. The thread ...Read Review

The Pilots

By James Spencer - Published 2003

Genres:

MilitaryShort Stories

Originally written as a sequence of short stories, this novel follows the WWII Pacific theatre service of Steve Larkin, a P-38 Lightning pilot, ...Read Review

Chasing Shakespeares

By Sarah Smith - Published 2003

Genres:

Alternate HistoryMystery/Crime

“God is a librarian.” This enchanting thought appears in Chasing Shakespeares when something fortuitous or serendipitous occurs related to books and manuscripts. Joe ...Read Review

Love and Other Games of Chance

By Lee Siegel - Published 2003

Genres:

Literary

Using the game of snakes and ladders as an organizing principle, Siegel has constructed a work of 100 almost perfectly equal chapters to be ...Read Review

Jubal

By Gary Penley - Published 2003

Genres:

Saga

Depression-era Mississippi is the setting for this family story, as seen through the eyes of a now grown-up Lucas Dunaway. Lucas and his ...Read Review

The Mingrelian Conspiracy

By Michael Pearce - Published 2003

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

The duties of Captain Cadwallader Owen, the Mamur Zapt, are never done. In 1908 Cairo, he has two tough situations to resolve. Lately the ...Read Review