Reviews

Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

She Be Damned

By M. J. Tjia - Published 2018

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

Prostitutes in the Waterloo district of London in 1863 are being found dead in unusual numbers and with unusually macabre mutilations. Then a young ...Read Review

The Pharmacist’s Wife

By Vanessa Tait - Published 2018

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The Pharmacist’s Wife is a tale of deception, addiction and revenge. Rebecca is a young wife in Victorian Edinburgh, struggling hard to ...Read Review

Mr Peacock’s Possessions

By Lydia Syson - Published 2018

Genres:

Literary

In the late 19th century, Oceania—a vast expanse of sea, dotted with the occasional landmass, from the huge continent of Australia through ...Read Review

Edgar Allan Poe and the Jewel of Peru

By Karen Lee Street - Published 2018

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

Philadelphia, 1844: The City of Brotherly Love is not so loving in 1844 as nativist Americans foment unrest against Irish Catholic immigrants. Despite this, Edgar ...Read Review

An Unquiet Ghost

By Linda Stratmann - Published 2018

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

An Unquiet Ghost can be described as a light amateur detective story in the cozy crime genre. This is the third book in ...Read Review

A Reckoning

By Linda Spalding - Published 2018

Genres:

Literary

In Spalding’s excellent fifth novel (after The Purchase, 2013), John, a white man, and Bry, a black man, struggle with the onus of ...Read Review

Murder Will Speak

By Penny Richards - Published 2018

Genres:

Mystery/CrimeWestern

Believing that a woman can influence wrongdoers to change their ways, Lilly Long leaves a touring theatre company to become a Pinkerton operative. ...Read Review

In Spite of Lions

By Scarlette Pike - Published 2017

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Anna Kensington is taking charge of her life, fleeing from her privileged but stifling Victorian-era existence. She books passage on the first available ...Read Review

Twenty-One Days

By Anne Perry - Published 2017Published 2018

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

Twenty-One Days is the first of Anne Perry’s new crime series. Fans of her Thomas and Charlotte Pitt stories will recognize the ...Read Review

Murder at Half-Moon Gate

By Andrea Penrose - Published 2018

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

This is a thoroughly enjoyable Regency thriller/mystery novel in the same vein and era as The Alienist. The story centers around the ...Read Review