Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

The Syndicate

By Guy Bolton - Published 2018Published 2019



This is a sequel to the author’s 2017 novel The Pictures, reviewed in HNR issue 80. It is the United States in the summer ...Read Review

The Lost Daughter

By Sylvia Broady - Published 2018Published 2019


Set in Hull, East Yorkshire, in 1930, Broady tells the story of Alice Goddard, a woman fleeing domestic violence at the hands of her ...Read Review

The Unbeliever

By Oggy Boytchev (author) - Published 2018


Biographical Fiction

The Unbeliever is fictionalised history rather than historical fiction. It is based closely on the real-life story of a Bulgarian diplomat who was ...Read Review

Dreams of Silver (The Silver Music Box)

By Mina Baites - Published 2018


Germany, 1938. Paul Blumenthal tries desperately to get his Jewish family out of Germany, but he is betrayed. Just before his two little girls ...Read Review

In Search of Brigid Coltrane

By Seamus Beirne - Published 2018



It is 1941 in Ireland; Peter Coltrane and his young daughter, Brigid, are fishing in Loch Gorm when they witness the executions of two ...Read Review

Heads You Win

By Jeffrey Archer - Published 2018



Having completed his Clifton Chronicles, Jeffrey Archer returns this year with a stand-alone novel, Heads You Win. Archer’s latest book explores the ...Read Review

More Than Meets the Eye

By Karen Witemeyer - Published 2018



Evie Hamilton avoids Pecan Gap, Texas in 1894 because her one blue and one brown eye lead some folks to call her a witch, ...Read Review

A Sea of Gold: Thomas Kydd 21

By Julian Stockwin - Published 2019



Set in 1809, this is the latest in the Thomas Kydd series, with Thomas as the captain of the frigate, HMS Tyger. Wellesley, the ...Read Review

Let the Dead Keep Their Secrets (Gilded Age Mystery)

By Rosemary Simpson - Published 2018



New York, 1889. Heiress Prudence McKenzie and ex-Pinkerton Geoffrey Hunter are hired by Claire Buchanan, who suspects her sister’s death wasn’t caused ...Read Review

Rough Passage to London: A Sea Captain’s Tale

By Robin Lloyd - Published 2018



Robin Lloyd is famous as an Emmy award-winning television and print journalist who covered the White House during the Reagan and Bush administrations. ...Read Review