Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

Murphy’s Law

By Rhys Bowen - Published 2001



Rhys Bowen takes us back to the beginning of the 20th century and allows us to follow the road so many have taken, ...Read Review

Before Hiroshima: The Confession Of Murayama Kazuo

By Joshua Barkan - Published 2000


Short Stories

Joshua Barkan’s first collection of stories, Before Hiroshima, includes a novella and five short stories. Though only 148 pages in its entirety, Barkan’...Read Review

The Floating City

By Pamela Ball - Published 2002



The central metaphor of The Floating City is that of a whale that stayed on the surface so long that trees and plants ...Read Review

Paradise Alley

By Kevin Baker - Published 2002


Five days during the draft riots of the Civil War are realistically recreated in this bold historical novel. Excellent writing skills draw readers ...Read Review

Eleazar, Exodus To The West

By Michel Tournier - Published 2002



This novella retells the Biblical story of Moses leading the Exodus out of Egypt, with a setting in 19th Century Ireland followed by ...Read Review

God’s Fool

By Mark Slouka - Published 2002


Biographical FictionLiterary

Chang and Eng were the original Siamese twins. Born conjoined in Siam in 1811, they went on to become a household word. God’s ...Read Review

Disquiet Heart

By Randall Silvis - Published 2002



Joining the ranks of Stephanie Barron (the Jane Austen mysteries) and Sharon Kay Penman (the medieval mysteries), Randall Silvis has embarked on a ...Read Review

All That Lives

By Melissa Sanders-Self - Published 2002


All That Lives begins in 1815 with a short, eerie chapter telling “how it began.” The “it” in question is the curious story of ...Read Review

The Book Of Shadows

By James Reese - Published 2002


Reese has wrought a tale of old century gothic combined with an Anne Rice-ish erotica, which is a catalyst for his small cast ...Read Review

The Bartered Bride

By Mary Jo Putney - Published 2002



This novel, joining The Wild Child and The China Bride as the final installment in the Bride Trilogy, combines passion with suspense as ...Read Review