Reviews

Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

Random Passage

By Bernice Morgan - Published 2000

Genres:

Saga

(reviewed alongside Waiting for Time) These two novels, relating one family’s struggles and triumphs in Newfoundland from the early 19th century until ...Read Review

The Gospel of Judas

By Simon Mawer - Published 2001

Genres:

Alternate HistoryLiterary

Set primarily in the present, The Gospel of Judas revolves about Leo, middle-aged priest and expert in ancient texts. Leaving Rome for Jerusalem, ...Read Review

Family Orchard: A Novel

By Nomi Eve - Published 2000

Genres:

LiteraryRomanceSaga

Nomi Eve’s first novel is a lyrical and poetic Jewish family history, from 1837 to present day. The story is told in two ...Read Review

So Far Back

By Pam Durban - Published 2000

Genres:

FantasySaga

For generations, the women of one black Charleston family have served the Hilliards — first as slaves, later as hired servants. When a flood ...Read Review

Gabriel’s Well

By Blaine M. Yorgason - Published 2000

Genres:

FantasyThriller

Yorgason has created a curiously compelling book that blends mild elements of fantasy with the story of a town caught up in a ...Read Review

Crooked River Burning

By Mark Winegardner - Published 2001

Genres:

Literary

Winegardner’s insightful and witty novel of Cleveland from 1948 to 1969 documents the decay of a great city and reveals much of what was ...Read Review

Mortal Sins

By Penn Williamson - Published 2000

Genres:

Mystery/CrimeThriller

New Orleans’ reputation for political corruption and urban violence serves as an intriguing backdrop for the outlandish behavior and Mardi Gras mayhem also ...Read Review

City of Angels (Shannon Saga, 1)

By James Scott Bell - By Tracie Peterson - Published 2001

Genres:

Saga

This novel, set on the cusp of the women’s rights movement in the first years of the 20th century, is about a ...Read Review

The Floating Lady Murder: A Harry Houdini Mystery (Harry Houdini Mysteries)

By Daniel Stashower - Published 2000

Genres:

Biographical FictionMystery/Crime

This sequel to The Dime Museum Murders is second in a mystery series featuring struggling young stage illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini (1874...Read Review

Promise of Light: A Novel

By Paul Watkins - Published 2000

Genres:

InspirationalMystery/Crime

It’s the unusual death of Ben Sheridan’s father that stalks him throughout this novel.  Sheridan’s search takes him from his ...Read Review