Category Archives: Historical Fiction

February 19

Friends and Traitors by John Lawton

  Friends and Traitors by John Lawton While holidaying in Vienna in 1958, Scotland Yard’s Chief Superintendent Frederick Troy is approached by an old friend, Guy Burgess. Burgess is infamous as the notorious British spy turned traitor who fled to Moscow in 1951, when he was outed as a Soviet double agent. Now, seven years after […]

February 18

The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths

Posted by Neen The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths This atmospheric murder mystery is set in the slightly tawdry theatrical world of post-war Brighton, and will appeal to fans of historically accurate British mysteries.  DI Edgar Stephens enlists the help of his friend, Max Mephisto to investigate the death of a beautiful woman, who was previously Max’s stage assistant. Her […]

January 17

The Last Six Million Seconds  by John Burdett

The Last Six Million Seconds  by John Burdett Hong Kong, 1997. Six million seconds is the time remaining before the transfer of sovereignty from British rule to the Chinese government, and it’s also the time remaining for Chief of Police ‘Charlie’ Chan Siu-kai to solve a horrific triple murder. Three disembodied heads have been found in […]

January 15

Before we were yours – Lisa Wingate

Before we were yours – Lisa Wingate This beautifully written novel by Lisa Wingate is based on a notorious true life scandal of a black market adoption operation operating out of the Tennessee Children’s Home in the 1930’s. It is a thought provoking and complex tale of two families two generations apart. The story begins […]

January 15

A casualty of war by Charles Todd

It’s 1918 and rumours are rife that the war in France is coming to an end.  Yet there is no stop to the incessant bombing and endless dead and wounded. Nurse Bess Crawford is on secondment to a forward triage unit when she meets a vivacious and charming captain from the Caribbean. The next time […]

January 10

The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

This is a novel in which the core aspects relate to the life of an émigré father and his three sons who arrive in Manhattan with considerable wealth after leaving a country under dubious circumstances. They each live a life portraying the culture and life of Ancient Rome. The novel is narrated by a film […]

Heaven Tempers the Wind by Hazel Barker reviewed by Jill Smith

Book Review by Jill Smith©Oct16 Title: Heaven Tempers the Wind – Story of a War Child Author: Hazel Barker Publisher: Armour Books This is a memoir of a lovely lady I know through the Writers club. Hazel is a gentle soul with eyes that view the world in a positive light. This story is a […]

December 20

The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess

Posted by Neen The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess  When a strange man bursts into her elegant Cairo hotel suite and dies on the floor from injuries sustained while attempting to assassinate her, intrepid archaeologist Amelia Peabody and her irascible husband Emerson become reluctantly involved in the discovery of the tomb of Nefertiti […]

December 08

The White Princess

The White Princess is a mini-series derived from the Philippa Gregory books and follows on from The White Queen (my review of The White Queen can be read here). You don’t necessarily have to watch the predecessor but I appreciated the follow through in the story arc. The White Princess begins two days after Richard III’s […]

November 17

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo is a book that provokes strong and varying opinions from the reader. Awarded the Booker Prize winner for 2017 it is at once an annoying, frustrating, silly read, and at the same time totally provocative and intelligent, and a literary experience like no other. Set in 1862  it tells the story […]