Reviews

Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

Death of a Nationalist

By Rebecca C. Pawel - Published 2003

Genres:

Thriller

In making us feel the omnipresence of fear, hunger, violence, suspicion, love, destruction, courage, cowardice, survival and death as a way of life, ...Read Review

Four Spirits

By Sena Jeter Naslund - Published 2003

Genres:

Literary

Set in Birmingham, Alabama, during the turbulent civil rights movement of the 1960s, this novel is a powerful reminder that terrorism is by ...Read Review

The True Story of Hansel and Gretel

By Louise Murphy - Published 2003

Genres:

Literary

On the side of the road and a dark and forbidding wood, a father abandons his two children with the words “Go into ...Read Review

The Defender

By Bill Mesce Jr. - Published 2003

Genres:

MilitaryMystery/Crime

Major Harry Voss watched Dominick Sisto grow up – and now he may watch him shot by a firing squad if he can’t ...Read Review

Murderers Prefer Blondes

By Amanda Matetsky - Published 2003

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

The intrepid heroine of this mystery is one Paige Turner (and don’t think she hasn’t been teased about that!), a secretary-cum-dogsbody ...Read Review

The Hero’s Daughter

By Andrei Makine - By Geoffrey Strachan (trans.) - Published 2003

Genres:

Literary

This understated novel remained in my mind days after I had read its last page. I know many people (myself included) will hesitate ...Read Review

The False Inspector Dew

By Peter Lovesey - Published 2001

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

Mystery fans who enjoy a good plot and 1920s ambiance should dip into this seafaring tale of murder for which Lovesey won the ...Read Review

Sixty-Six

By Barry Levinson - Published 2003

Genres:

I knew this was a good book when I was laughing out loud during the prologue. A few pages later I laughed myself ...Read Review

Dissonance

By Lisa Lenard-Cook - Published 2003

Genres:

Literary

In the tradition of the found inheritance novel, this is the haunting story of two women: one Hana Weissova, Czechoslovakian concentration camp survivor, ...Read Review

Shutter Island

By Dennis Lehane - Published 2003

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

This fast-paced and smartly plotted psychological thriller is set in 1954 on the grounds of the Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane. The book ...Read Review