Category Archives: Historical Fiction

Tombland by C.J. Sansom

Matthew Shardlake is one of my favorite characters of all time. A hunchback lawyer during the Tudor era of England, Shardlake must overcome his own disability, negotiate some very nasty political traps, elude power hungry sycophants, maintain his integrity and … Continue reading

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The Wolf and the Watchman by Niklas Natt och Dag

In 1793, in Stockholm, one early autumn morning, two children find Mickel Cardell, a man of the Watch, in a drunken stupor, and shake him awake.  At first he can’t figure out what they are saying, but slowly their words … Continue reading

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Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Anna Kerrigan is twelve years old when she first meets Dexter Styles. At the time she was awed by his home by the sea, and felt the undercurrents of something unnamed but menacing between Dexter and her father. Years later … Continue reading

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The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

This is a story of love and sex, betrayal and friendship, misogyny and the power of women to overcome their lot in life. The story spans almost forty years of turmoil and unrest in China from the collapse of the … Continue reading

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The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

An abandoned house with a history, a picture of a woman without a name, a famous mother whose daughter never knew her and a famous artist who never recovered after his muse disappeared. Seemingly unrelated and spanning more that 150 … Continue reading

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His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae by Graeme MaCrae Burnet

In 1869, in a remote village in Scotland, three people are brutally murdered. Seventeen year old Roderick Macrae is arrested for the brutal murders. This would be an interesting start to any historical novel, but Brunet makes the unique choice … Continue reading

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The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Sometimes sequels lack the energy and magic of the original story, but not this time! In this sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale, Arden exceeds our expectations, making the magical world of medieval Russia come even more alive, while … Continue reading

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