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A Life in the Age of Pompeii by Charline Ratcliff

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September 17, 2019

Imagine a moment in your life when you feel that someone did something wonderful for you, and your life changed for the better. Can you do it? It’s not an easy thing to ask someone to search back into their mind to do. If you did figure out such…


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Enemy of God – Bernard Cornwell

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September 13, 2019

Doctrine

The second book of the Warlord Chronicles, Enemy of God takes this epic Arthurian story up another notch. The political manoeuvrings, personal quests, mix of diverse personalities, and the unpredictable relationships between male and female characters, makes for captivating reading.

The compelling feature of this novel is the extent and depth of…


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The Winter King – Bernard Cornwell

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September 11, 2019

Nascency

The tale of King Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot, the Knights of the Round Table, Sir Galahad and his quest for the Holy Grail, Excalibur, Merlin and his sorcery, and the age of chivalry are the ingredients of medieval fantasy and folklore. Bernard Cornwell writes his account which feels the…


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The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett

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August 4, 2019

Epic

If you ever wanted to use the words Epic and Classic in a book review, The Pillars of the Earth is a book that upholds that accolade. It is a truly fabulous masterpiece of historical fiction based in England in the 12th Century. The sense of time and place are vividly…


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Crime Historical Fiction Mystery

The Corpse Played Dead – Georgina Clarke

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July 31, 2019

Undercover

Lizzie Hardwicke is back in Georgina Clarke’s second historical fiction novel The Corpse Played Dead. Lizzie is a prostitute, from a privileged past, now fortunate to earn a living from the wealthy customers that frequent the exclusive brothel she’s employed in. Since the first book, Lizzie has earned notoriety…


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Infants of the Brush – A.M. Watson (by Beata)

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July 29, 2019

Chimney Sweeps Remembered

The story of a group of underprivileged boys living in the 18th century London and exploited as chimney sweepers moved me deeply …

The novel portrays a group of boys – chimney sweepers – who, by poverty and misfortunes, become actually slaves to a heartless Master Armory for…


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Historical Fiction Literary Fiction

His Bloody Project – Graeme Macrae Burnet

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July 17, 2019

Circumstance

In September 1869, Roderick (Roddy) Macrae is held for the brutal murders of 3 members of the Mackenzie family – Lachlan Mackenzie, his daughter Flora and his infant son Donnie. The flow of the storyline is original, absorbing and really well crafted considering it’s presented as statements from neighbours,…


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Historical Fiction Mystery Thriller

Death and the Harlot – Georgina Clarke (by Mrs Y)

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July 8, 2019

Thanks to a recommendation by a good friend on Goodreads, I picked up “Death and the Harlot” by Georgina Clarke, and I am so grateful for the suggestion. It’s one of the most fun kind of books to read, and it is very much not a children’s book. Don’t…


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Historical Fiction Thriller

Nucleus – Rory Clements

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June 12, 2019

Nucleus is the second book in this series and with this book, Rory Clements did an incredibly good job of creating a unique and thrilling fictional piece of work, whilst amalgamating many historical events and conflicts that were occurring during the Second World War period. 

I think it clever to incorporate…


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Death and the Harlot – Georgina Clarke (by Peter)

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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…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

Founder of The Reading Desk, supporting readers, authors, publishers and book industry. Top Reviewer on Amazon, Goodreads, and NetGalley peter@thereadingdesk.com

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