Reviews

Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

An Unrestored Woman and Other Stories

By Shobha Rao - Published 2016

Genres:

LiteraryShort Stories

This was the first time I have encountered stories relating to the period of the Partition between India and Pakistan in 1947, and what ...Read Review

Blind Arrows

By Anthony J. Quinn - Published 2015

Genres:

Mystery/CrimeThriller

Quinn mixes love, violence, and treachery in the simmering cauldron that is Dublin in 1919. Hopes for an independent republican state did not end ...Read Review

The Heavenly Table

By Donald Ray Pollock - Published 2016

Genres:

LiteraryMystery/Crime

The Jewett family is grasping at existence as Southern sharecroppers in 1917 when their patriarch drops dead. With their mother long gone, Cane, Cob, ...Read Review

Borrowing Death: A Charlotte Brody Mystery

By Cathy Pegau - Published 2016

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

The Alaska Territory seems like an unlikely place for a tea-cozy mystery—think whiskey and frigid temperatures instead of tea and scones—but ...Read Review

The Women of the Souk: A Mamur Zapt Mystery Set in Pre-World War I Egypt

By Michael Pearce - Published 2016

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

In 1913, on a hot, sand-stormy day in Cairo, Captain Gareth Owen, the Mamur Zapt (Head of the Secret Police) spies through his office ...Read Review

Design for Dying

By Renee Patrick - Published 2016

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

I’m a sucker for a Hollywood mystery, and Design for Dying fit the bill perfectly. Set in Los Angeles in 1937, it’s ...Read Review

The Strivers’ Row Spy

By Jason Overstreet - Published 2016

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

The Roaring Twenties in New York City is a heady, exciting time for people of color, who are transforming art, music, poetry, theater, ...Read Review

Maid of Oaklands Manor

By Terri Nixon - Published 2016

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

In the summer of 1912, Lizzie Parker, the new scullery maid at Oaklands Manor, proves to be disastrously accident-prone. Constantly dreading dismissal, instead she ...Read Review

Darktown

By Thomas Mullen - Published 2016

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

In 1948, the city of Atlanta hires its first African-American police officers. Although uniformed and armed, the eight new officers find they are still ...Read Review

A Rising Man

By Abir Mukherjee - Published 2016

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

Calcutta in 1919: Captain Sam Wyndham, a former Scotland Yard detective, has arrived in Calcutta to head up a new post in the police ...Read Review