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Historical Fiction Thriller

The Wolf and the Watchman – Niklas Natt och Dag

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March 8, 2019

Corrosiveness

A dark and gruesome Gothic thriller, which reveals a formidable and disturbing portrait of Stockholm during the tumultuous period of the late 18 century. The Wolf and the Watchman is at times horrifying, often captivating and always brilliantly written. I love the title and from that alone, there is a sense…


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Historical Fiction Mystery Thriller

Nucleus – Rory Clements

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February 22, 2019

Espionage

Nucleus is Rory Clements’ second book in the Tom Wilde series and it is an enthralling, high tension spy thriller that merges many of the political events at play in Europe at the dawn of the Second World War. Tom Wilde, Cambridge University professor, finds himself in the middle of…


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Historical Fiction

New York 1609 – Harald Johnson

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December 6, 2018

Discovery

New York 1609: A Historical Novel (Omnibus Edition) is a collection of 4 novellas, each covering the following 4 time periods i) 1609 ii) 1612-13 iii) 1625-26 iv) 1640-44, and each chronicling the stages of European colonisation of Mannahatta Island and its surrounding area. As a complete set of novels,…

Historical Fiction

Infants of the Brush: A Chimney Sweep’s Story – A.M. Watson (Margaret)

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November 26, 2018

The Infants of the Brush story takes place during the industrial revolution in England.  It is set in a period of history where children of lower classes were expected to contribute to working society covering all industries.  This book focuses on the plight of chimney sweeps.  Most chimney sweeps…

Historical Fiction

Infants of the Brush: A Chimney Sweep’s Story – A.M. Watson (Peter)

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November 20, 2018

Servitude

Infants of the Brush: A Chimney Sweep’s Story is a polished, skilfully written book, which is illuminating, riveting and profoundly heart-breaking. A.M. Watson recreates the atmospheric world of 1720s London in a similar style as Charles Dickens. The similarity is reinforced regarding children that eked out a living under harsh…


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The Monastery Murders – E.M. Powell

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September 26, 2018

Exigency

The Monastery Murders is the second masterful book in the Barling and Stanton series, from E.M. Powell. It is a novel full of rich characters, a scintillating murderous plot and a backdrop truly immersed in medieval, 12th century England.

Fairmore Abbey is a monastery of the Cistercian Order located in a…


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Historical Fiction Mystery

The King’s Justice – E.M. Powell

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September 23, 2018

Incorrigible

The King’s Justice is an intriguing and perplexing historical murder mystery based in England during King Henry II’s reign in 1176. Henry II is responsible for much of the current legal system in the UK, and introduced travelling Royal Justices to cover 6 geographical circuits in England, each circuit with…


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Historical Fiction

Falcons of Fire and Ice – Karen Maitland

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September 10, 2018

Peril

Karen Maitland’s fourth book is a divergence from historical England to give us a perspective of Lisbon and Iceland in the 16th century. May 23, 1536, marks the day that the Inquisition was formally introduced into Portugal and was intended to root out heresy within the Church. It was…


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Historical Fiction

A Gathering of Ghosts – Karen Maitland

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August 3, 2018

Retribution

Every time I read a new Karen Maitland book I have this fear that the spell is going to be broken – well not this time. For me, Karen is the master of the medieval thriller with a twist of supernatural menace. England in the 12th century sits on…


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City of Thieves – David Benioff

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July 30, 2018

Endeavour

The City of Thieves is an intriguing book that not only takes into account a period in the Second World War, that has its own defining history, but it is the relationship that develops between 2 men under these unique circumstances. It is an exhilarating but fearful story where…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

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