New Book Reviews from the Historical Novels Review!

Book reviews from the May issue of the Historical Novel Society‘s Historical Novels Review are now available on their website, and the new reviews include several of our new and forthcoming titles!

These reviews feature books from Allison & Busby, Mereo Books, and Choc Lit. Check them out: 

Dust Clouds of War

“Dust Clouds of War is an enjoyable and, at times, compelling read.”

Read the full review here.
Hardback available now. Paperback coming soon.
View more books in this series here.

1914. Simon Fonthill, a fit 59-year-old, is visiting his farm in Northern Rhodesia when the Great War breaks out. With him, as always, is his wife Alice, but also his old comrade and former batman, 352 Jenkins, holidaying with them after the marriage of his two step-daughters in South Africa. Fonthill immediately cables his old boss Kitchener, the newly appointed Minister for War in the British Cabinet, offering his services in the fight against the Kaiser’s Germany. However, he is instructed to remain in Africa in case of warfare in German East Africa. When war does break out, Fonthill proves his worth in a battle that proves to be equally frightful to the one in Europe and, indeed, to last even longer than that on the Western Front.
Purchase the hardback or pre-order the paperback here.

Steps to the Gallows

“…an exciting hunt through the streets of London as the investigators have to delve into the sordid and secret lives of the most powerful, influential and wealthy members of nobility.”

Read the full review here.
Available now. View the first book in this series here.
A scurrilous newspaper has built up a large following by publishing details of political and sexual scandals. It is remarkably well-informed and has therefore created a whole host of enemies. When the editor is killed and the printing press smashed to bits, the Invisible Detectives are hired by the man who financed the production of the paper. He wants the killer brought to justice and the scandal sheet revived. Peter and Paul Skillen find themselves in great danger as they unearth an enormous amount of scandal and corruption before the villains are brought to book.
Purchase the hardback here.

The Perils of Command

“The plot is fast-paced and brings alive life on board a warship at this period. It can be read as a standalone, although there are references to actions that have taken place in previous books… I’m off to my local bookshop to find the rest of the series.”

Read the full review here.
Coming Soon. View more books in this series here.
John Pearce, having negotiated the highly questionable sale of the two French prizes taken in The Devil to Pay, has left HMS Flirt, as well as the crew and the wounded Henry Digby in Brindisi and is headed for Naples to see his lover. In an uncomfortable journey he seeks to work out a way to best both Admiral Sir William Hotham and Captain Ralph Barclay, men who are his sworn enemies. All his calculations are thrown into turmoil when he discovers that Emily is pregnant which, while it is a cause for joy, is also a reason to worry; she is still married to Ralph Barclay and by the laws of the time he can claim the child as his own.
Pre-order the paperback here.

Akin to Murder

“This is a thoroughly engaging and satisfying read.”

Read the full review here.
Hardback available now. Paperback coming soon.
View more books in this series here.

The year is 1864 and Detective Inspector Faro’s idyllic life has been shattered by the escape of convicted murderer John McLaw. With countless dead end sightings of the killer and further criminal activity Faro realizes that this case is far more complicated than he had first assumed. When the disappearance of a maid comes to light, Faro begins to think there could be a link between her disappearance and the murder of Annie McLaw. His determination to unearth the truth becomes personal and in a race against time to solve the anonymities of the case, he takes matters into his own hands.
Purchase the hardback or pre-order the paperback here.

The Legend of the Gypsy Hawk

“…swashbuckling tales set during the Golden Age of Piracy are generally good for leisurely reading, and this novel is no exception. It promises an entertaining series.”

Read the full review here.
Available now.
“Come then, and I’ll tell you the tale of the Gypsy Hawk and her wily captain – the infamous Zachary Hazard…”
To Amelia Dauphin, freedom is her most prized possession and she will stop at nothing to keep it. Daughter of a Pirate King and the youngest captain in her father’s fleet, she lives on the island of Ile Saint Anne, where pirates roam free and liberty reigns.
Zachary Hazard, captain of the Gypsy Hawk, hasn’t been seen on Ile Saint Anne for six years but his reputation precedes him. To Zach, liberty is the open water and he has little time for the land-bound pirate island.
But when he hears that Amelia’s people could be in danger, he has no choice but to return. And what begins then is a desperate fight for freedom and a legend in the making…
Purchase the paperback here.

The Largest Baby in Ireland After the Famine
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“The author has created something unusual in today’s climate: a celebration of ordinary life in rural Ireland before, during and after the Great War, which readers of Irish-based life in the early twentieth century should enjoy.”

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Coming Soon.
Every Sunday the men met at the bridge. Felix Campbell was there with a couple dozen men. They were all shapes and sizes, ages and wits. What they shared was history, what they knew was their place. Farmers all, some creating the impression that they lived a more urgent and passionate existence in the fighting fields of France, than in the potato fields of reality. Felix was smoking and talking when the bridge-gatherers spotted a figure moving over the brae. The walker was a woman, most certainly, but who? Women’s strict observance of the day of rest left little time for gallivanting. And where could a stranger be heading when there was nowhere she could go that the men wouldn’t have known about? Then the woman appeared. She was all color and sway, and as far away as imaginable from the local women. Pale, pale skin and strong dark auburn hair falling free to large wide hips. She wore a purple shawl. That night Felix, a bachelor, aged 43, living in the house he was born in, dreamt of purple. Purple in the shape of a woman.
Pre-order the paperback here.*
*Take 30% off this title by applying the discount code MEREO16 at checkout.

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