Review: You Will Be Safe Here

Review: You Will Be Safe Here

I’ll be honest, this is not something I would normally read. My normal book pile has either sword fights or gruff and rugged protagonists who shoot first and ask questions later. Preferably both. (I’m looking at you Richard Sharpe!)…

Review: The King’s Justice

Review: The King’s Justice

I was recently fortunate enough to enjoy two weeks of holiday… so essentially two weeks in which to read whatever I wanted, regardless of genre. My initial plan was to read A Song of Ice and Fire – which I did, for a while anyway – but of course I eventually succumbed to my natural craving for historical fiction…

Review: Heresy

Review: Heresy

I’ve just finished Heresy by S. J. Parris, the first in her Giordano Bruno historical thriller series, and I enjoyed it so much that I decided a review is in order…

Review: The Last Roundhead

Review: The Last Roundhead

In a market where formulaic fiction is churned out an ever-increasing pace, The Last Roundhead has a rare distinction indeed – it is something truly different, a genre-bending gem that mixes laughter with melancholy, substance with frivolity, and vulgarity with tragedy…

Review: The King’s Spy

Review: The King’s Spy

The English Civil War presents its fair share of challenges for novelists. One of the toughest hurdles is to get the reader invested in a conflict in which neither side can, in retrospect, claim the mantle of ‘the good guys’. It takes a talented author to break through the moral murkiness and create a story we can really care about…