Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

Mata Hari’s Last Dance

By Michelle Moran - Published 2016


Biographical Fiction

In this latest novel by one of my favorite authors, Michelle Moran shakes off her familiar plot design (humble main character, ruthless antagonist, ...Read Review

The Cigar Factory

By Michele Moore - Published 2016


I’ve never been to Charleston, South Carolina, but this book brought the place alive for me.  It presents a rich atmosphere, allowing ...Read Review

Villa Triste

By John Cullen (trans.) - By Patrick Modiano - Published 2016



Triste. French for “sad.” And that’s the mood of this short novel from Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano. Villa Triste opens with ...Read Review

Dandy Gilver and a Most Misleading Habit

By Catriona McPherson - Published 2016



I enjoy this historical crime series set in interwar Scotland. In the early books Dandy is bored with her life as the wife ...Read Review

A Dandy Little Game

By Bill McCulloch - Published 2016


In 1944, Johnny Sharansky is a middle-aged gambler who’s never had a regular job. He’s known most of the age’s infamous ...Read Review

Prayers the Devil Answers

By Sharyn McCrumb - Published 2016



Rules matter, especially in magic, so the Dumb Supper ritual practiced by a Southern mountain community’s maidens to lure their future husbands ...Read Review

Nearly Always

By Ken McCoy - Published 2016


In 1937 Helen Durkin abandons a baby boy in a Leeds bus station. She is little Billy’s mother, a 14-year-old victim of rape. ...Read Review

Broken Angels

By Gemma Liviero - Published 2016


In the Lodz ghetto in 1942, young Elsi is awakened by her mother, who is moaning and bleeding from a self-inflicted abortion. Elsi helps ...Read Review

A Kiss from Mr. Fitzgerald

By Natasha Lester - Published 2016


Evelyn Lockhart lives a conservative life in Concord, Massachusetts with her parents and sister. She’s expected to marry her childhood friend Charlie ...Read Review

The Secrets of Flight

By Maggie Leffler - Published 2016


Mary Browning has spent a lifetime keeping secrets. Living alone and widowed, her one enjoyment in life is her weekly senior citizens’ writers’ ...Read Review