Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

Love and Ruin

By Paula McLain - Published 2018


Biographical Fiction

In Love and Ruin, Paula McLain returns to ground she has already covered very successfully in The Paris Wife: the life and loves ...Read Review

Holmes Entangled

By Gordon McAlpine - Published 2018



This slim, inventive novel begins in the early 1940s in Buenos Aires, though it is only a frame to the body of the ...Read Review

Theory of Shadows

By Anne Milano Appel (trans.) - By Paolo Maurensig - Published 2018


Biographical FictionLiteraryMystery/Crime

On March 24, 1946, current world chess champion, Alexandre Alekhine, is supposed to be getting ready to defend his title against a Russian challenger. But, ...Read Review

Under Fire

By Linda Shenton Matchett - Published 2017



In 1942 Ruth Brown watches her sister’s empty coffin being lowered into the ground. Ruth refuses to believe Jane is dead; after all, ...Read Review

All Things Bright and Strange

By James Markert - Published 2018



WWI has recently ended, and local veterans—at least the ones who survived—have moved back to their small, rural South Carolina hometown, ...Read Review


By Christine Mangan - Published 2018



Christine Mangan’s debut novel, Tangerine, takes us into the twisting and menacing streets and alleyways of 1950s Tangier, Morocco. Beginning as a ...Read Review

Silence Under a Stone

By Norma MacMaster - Published 2018


Harriet Campbell is a young wife in the years after the Great War, living on the Ulster side of the border in a ...Read Review

Ike and Kay

By James MacManus - Published 2018


Biographical Fiction

During World War II, British senior military officials and American media sources alike were scandalised by the close relationship between Ike Eisenhower, the ...Read Review

Walking Wounded

By Sheila Llewellyn - Published 2018


This is a shocking book, and I hope you will read it and be suitably shocked. It is set in a military psychiatric ...Read Review

Peace in My Heart

By Freda Lightfoot - Published 2017


Manchester, 1945. The war has ended, but there are more troubles ahead for Evie Talbert. Like so many women of the time, she has ...Read Review