20 of the best historical romance novels

20 of the best historical romance novels

As much as the historical fiction genre is rage-fuelled warfare and political intrigue, there’s also a significant place for romance. It’s often what fuels conflict, bolsters character development and heals our protagonists’ wounded outlook upon the world.

30 of the best historical mystery and thriller books

30 of the best historical mystery and thriller books

Mystery or thriller? Thriller or mystery? The two genres have much in common, and sometimes the distinction is just too fine to draw. Whether it’s a locked-room mystery with an unlikely investigator, or a serial killer evading a hard-boiled police detective, there’s a real page-turning thrill as we follow the clues and move ever closer to the final ‘whodunnit’ revelation…

16 of the best Viking historical fiction books

16 of the best Viking historical fiction books

In many ways, the Vikings invented historical fiction.

The classic definition of the genre is that it takes major events from history and makes them the backdrop for the characters in the tale to interact across. This was exactly what the medieval writers of the Icelandic Sagas did…