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Historical Fiction Mystery Thriller

Death and the Harlot – Georgina Clarke

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April 28, 2019

Perspicacity

A truly gripping story that is full of historical atmosphere and a devilish plot. Death and the Harlot is a wonderful debut novel from the very talented, new thriller writer, Georgina Clarke. The main character, Lizzie Hardwicke, is unconventional, audacious and clever. Lizzie’s background is mysterious and considering this is London…


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Historical Fiction War

The Lives Before Us – Juliet Conlin (Beata)

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April 12, 2019

The Lives Before Us is an interesting novel describing the fate of the Jewish immigrants who were lucky to leave Germany and Austria before WW2 began. The immigration, as it turned out, saved their lives. The destination place was Shanghai, one of the few places then that accepted Jews…


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Historical Fiction Humour

Bitching Bits of Bone – Norman Mounter

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April 8, 2019

Encounters

Bitching Bits of Bone is a novel that doesn’t mind offending any comfortable perception you may have of medieval times. The context of the story is the inspiration behind Geoffrey Chaucer’s writing of The Canterbury Tales. The entertaining vignettes encountered that influenced his tales and writing. What was life really…


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The Devil Aspect – Craig Russell

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April 8, 2019

Malignant

The Devil Aspect is absorbing, mystifying and deliciously sinister. Craig Russell is a talented writer that has superbly blended a compelling nefarious plot, with inexplicably damaged characters, myths and legends, and a setting that is dark and chilling. I just love it. 🙂

Dr Viktor Kosárek is a young enthusiastic psychiatrist…


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The Owl Killers – Karen Maitland

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April 4, 2019

Karen Maitland’s ability to create the 14th century English village scene is fantastic. The tug-of-war between religion and superstition is ever present, and the atmosphere is full of distrust. Into this fine balance comes a group of Beguine women who establish a community on their own land. Their female…


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Historical Fiction War

The Cellist of Sarajevo – Steven Galloway

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March 23, 2019

Defiance

The futility and horror of war are felt most acutely and despairingly when the young, the helpless and the innocent, bear the ultimate price. At 4 pm on 26th May 1992, in a war-torn Sarajevo marketplace, a mortar bomb killed 22 people, mostly women, as they queued for bread….


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The Lives Before Us – Juliet Conlin (Peter)

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March 16, 2019

Survival

The Lives Before Us is an accomplished, poignant and fiercely compelling story.

A story steeped in history but personalised through the characterisation and life of 3 main characters, Esther, Kitty and Yì. Juliet Conlin has written a story conveying a sense of constant upheaval and a struggle to survive, during one…


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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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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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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,…

Peter Donnelly
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