Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

Ella Maud: The Novel of an Unsolved True Crime Story

By Nicholas Nicastro - Published 2018



A beautiful young woman vanishes; her body is later found. The press runs wild, evidence is irrelevant in the glare of rampant media ...Read Review

Temptation Rag

By Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard - Published 2018


Bernard weaves a tale of real and fictional characters set during the rise and fall of ragtime music in the U.S., between 1895 ...Read Review

Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile

By Alice Jolly - Published 2018


In 1938, during a house restoration, hundreds of pages of a “dusty and battered” manuscript were discovered and miraculously preserved. The story is told ...Read Review

The Saturday Girls

By Elizabeth Woodcraft - Published 2018


On a housing estate in Chelmsford, England in 1964, two teenage girls make decisions for their future: Sandra is desperate to marry bad-boy Danny ...Read Review

A Meal in Winter: A Novel of World War II

By Hubert Mingarelli - By Sam Taylor (trans.) - Published 2014Published 2018



One brutal Polish winter in an unspecified year during World War II, three German soldiers go hunting one of “them,” meaning a Jew. ...Read Review

Once Upon a River

By Diane Setterfield - Published 2018Published 2019



In the dead of winter in 1887, the regulars at the Swan, a pub on the Thames, sit around telling their stories, when the ...Read Review

The Slum Reaper: Murder and Corruption in Victorian London (Esther & Jack Enright Mystery)

By David Field - Published 2018



The fourth in the series of seven Esther and Jack Enright mysteries finds familiar characters in the midst of nefarious plots in Victorian ...Read Review

The Drowned Village

By Kathleen McGurl - Published 2018



Kathleen McGurl is fast establishing herself as a master of the multi-period novel in which a mystery from the past has implications for ...Read Review

In Dreams Forgotten (Golden Gate Secrets)

By Tracie Peterson - Published 2018



February 1906, San Francisco. Judith is residing in the house of a friend, Camrianne; she’d met her on the train from Denver. Judith’...Read Review

The Night Tiger

By Yangsze Choo - Published 2019



In the 1930s, Malaya is a British colony. British culture and technology are everywhere, but local customs, legends, and superstitions often prevail. This ...Read Review