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Historical Fiction Mystery

The Last House on the Street – Diane Chamberlain

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13 December 2021

The Last House on the Street is an engaging, thoughtful and horrific mystery that the past cries out to be solved.

As two architects, Kayla Carter and her husband, Jackson, designed and built their dream home in the exclusive Shadow Ridge Estates in Round Hill, North Carolina. Backing onto woods, as…


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Fantasy Historical Fiction Thriller

The Shadow in the Glass – JJA Harwood

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9 September 2021

Before sharing how I feel about the story, I’d like to point out how beautifully and cleverly written The Shadow in the Glass is. Somehow, Harwood successfully makes the black-eyed woman appear on every page, despite only appearing when Eleanor summons her or when she whispers into Eleanor’s mind,…


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The Shadow in the Glass – JJA Harwood

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29 August 2021

The Shadow in the Glass is a fascinating novel that animates a dark story of murder, mystery, power, ambition, family secrets, supernatural twists, consequences, and beautifully depicted in Victorian London. The historical aspect of nineteenth-century London is brought alive with vivid intensity, as the two worlds of the rich and…


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Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Mystery

The Dark Frontier – A.B. Decker

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12 July 2021

Inflection

The Dark Frontier is an absorbing and mysterious drama that meticulously crafts a menacing tale that explores a personality transformation of the main protagonist along with two sequences of events. As a London-based journalist, Frank Goss takes an assignment in Switzerland to cover the 1971 Swiss referendum of women’s right…


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The Heiress of Linn Hagh by Karen Charlton

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8 June 2021

One of the book series I enjoyed when I was younger was Sherlock Holmes. There was something about the dynamic with Holmes and Watson and how the stories were laid out that registered with me from the classic series. I’m mentioning this because I found this audiobook for this…


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Circus of Wonders – Elizabeth Macneal

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15 May 2021

Diversity

Elizabeth Macneal has written a superb historical fiction novel that is full of drama and adventure. Set against the Victorian obsession with oddities, freaks, and wonders, many captivating story threads bring us mystery, intrigue, and the enthralling draw of circus life and performance. Nell is a young woman living…


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A Corruption of Blood – Ambrose Parry

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29 April 2021

Inheritance

The wonderfully historic city of Edinburgh is home to this atmospheric murder mystery. Set in the mid-nineteenth century the medical advances, social behaviours, class system and exclusion of women from the professions, set the tone for this dark tale of deception and murder.

Dr Will Raven and Sarah Fisher are…


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Historical Fiction Literary Fiction

Fields of Grace – Wendy Waters

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26 April 2021

Feu sacré

Fields of Grace is an absorbing novel, epic in its ability to build a compelling story around a leading character, and transport her life through years of adventure, drama and relationships, and arrive at a point on the final day of her life with profound secrets to reveal. Wendy…


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A Net for Small Fishes – Lucy Jago

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30 March 2021

Ambition

The court of James I of Scotland & England (Great Britain) is brought to life in this vivid historical drama, with a story that had far-reaching consequences as it was mired in scandal. A Net for Small Fishes is a compelling weave of imaginative fiction with meaningful disclosures of history. The…


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The Lost Apothecary – Sarah Penner

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22 March 2021

The Lost Apothecary is a beautiful tapestry of mystery, murder, suspense, guilt, discovery, and historical adventure, as it unfolds in the dark alleyways of late eighteenth-century London. With the second period in modern times, Caroline Parcewell is an American, visiting London on what was planned as her tenth wedding anniversary…

Peter Donnelly
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