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Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell

‘Fools and Mortals’ is a novel set around the theatre in 1595. The main character of the story is Richard Shakespeare, younger brother of William. When the young Richard ran away from his Stratford home to join his older brother … Continue reading

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A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee

‘A Rising Man’ is Abir Mukherjee’s debut novel and the first in a series featuring Captain Sam Wyndham who after working as a detective for Scotland Yard, serving in WWI and losing his wife to the flu epidemic, has now … Continue reading

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Munich by Robert Harris

‘Munich’ is a historical fiction novel covering a brief period in 1938 during which the world held its breath while the English, Italians and French tried to stop the Germans from going to war with Czechoslovakia. Hugh Legat and Paul … Continue reading

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The Last Hours by Minette Walters

The Last Days is the first novel from Minete Walters in many years and is her first Historical Fincion novel – her others were psychological thrillers. The story is set in 1348 and Sir Richard of Develish is fairly typical … Continue reading

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A Column of Fire by Ken Follett

‘Column of Fire’ is Ken Follett’s 3rd novel set in the town of Kingsbridge, but it is very different from the 2 earlier novels – ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’. The novel begins in 1558 with Queen … Continue reading

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Kings of America by R.J. Ellory

‘Kings of America’ is set in the late 1930s through to the 1960s in New York and Los Angeles and is the story of 3 young immigrants – Danny McCabe from Ireland and Nicolas and Lucia Mariani from Corsica. Danny … Continue reading

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A Game of Sorrows by Shona (S.G.) MacLean

‘A Game of Sorrows’ is the 2nd novel in S.G. Maclean’s Alexander Seaton series. We were introduced to Seaton in ‘The Redemption of Alexander Seaton’. It is now 1628. Seaton is living and teaching in Aberdeen and has finally gained … Continue reading

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Dunstan by Conn Iggulden

Dunstan lived in the 10th Century and was later canonised – the patron saint of blacksmiths. Conn Iggulden gives us a version of Dunstan’s life that is far from saintly. Dunstan and his brother Wulfric joined the monks at Glastonbury … Continue reading

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Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr

‘Prussian Blue’ is the 12th Bernie Gunther novel by Philip Kerr. Prussian Blue is also a paint pigment and the only known cure for Thallium poisoning. It is 1956 and Bernie is still on the French Riviera when he is … Continue reading

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A Murder Too Soon by Michael Jecks

‘A Murder Too Soon’ is the 2nd novel in the Jack Blackjack/ Blood Mary series by Michael Jecks, set during the reign of Mary Tudor. After the previous novel ‘Rebellion’s Message’, Jack has been given employment as an assassin by … Continue reading

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