Category Archives: Historical

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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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An Unhallowed Grave by Kate Ellis

‘An Unhallowed Grave’ is the 3rd novel in the Wesley Peterson series by Kate Ellis. The body of Pauline Brent is found hanging from a Yew tree in a churchyard. The killer has tried to disguise the death as suicide, … Continue reading

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Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors by Conn Iggulden

‘Ravenspur’ is the 4th and final novel in Conn Iggulden’s War of the Roses series. After the throne changing hands several times between the Yorks and the Lancasters, the wars finally come to an end with Henry VII on the … Continue reading

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The Colditz Legacy by Guy Walters

‘The Colditz Legacy’ is a two part story set in 1941 and 1973 in the Colditz castle in East Germany. Hugh Hartley and Malcolm Royce were two British officers who met in Greece in 1941. When the British evacuation failed, … Continue reading

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The Other Side of Silence by Philip Kerr

‘The Other Side of Silence’ is the 11th novel in Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther series featuring the Berlin homicide detective before, during and after WWII. It is 1956 and Bernie is working as a hotel concierge on the French Riviera … Continue reading

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City of Shadows by Ariana Franklin

‘City of Shadows’ is the first novel that Diana Norman published under the penname Ariana Franklin. The novel is set in the 1920s and 1930s in Berlin. Esther Solomonova is a young Russian Jewish woman who escaped to Germany (as … Continue reading

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