Historical Fiction: Titles A-E
This is list of all the Historical Fiction book and audiobook
reviews, with titles starting with the letters
A - E, located on LPR. These titles are listed alphabetically by title.
Historical Fiction: Titles A-E
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- 11/22/63, by Stephen King.
If you could go back in time and prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, would you? Should you? And if you succeeded, what would be the consequence of your actions? These questions and more are asked in this time-travel novel in which a school teacher travels back in time to try to prevent Oswald from shooting JFK.
- All Fall Down, by Susan Geason.
When eight-year-old Paddy Rafferty is kidnaped and taken to be trained as a pick-pocket, Christabel McManus, the fourteen-year-old and very spoiled daughter of a Sydney doctor, decides that she is going to find the boy and bring him home. To this end she dresses as a boy and sets out to hunt for the boy through the crime and disease ridden streets of The Rocks, where she discovers that not only is her own life in danger, but also that of every resident of Sydney!
- The Anatomy of Deception, by Lawrence Goldstone.
An atmospheric medical thriller set in 1889 Philadelphia, in which a young doctor attempts to track down a vicious killer, and in the process uncovers medical malfeasance.
- Antony and Cleopatra, by Colleen McCullough.
The tragic story of Antony and Cleopatra comes to life in this well-researched novel about one of the most compelling periods of Roman history.
- Attack on the Redan, by Garry Douglas Kilworth.
The sequel to The Winter Soldiers, this novel concludes Kilworth's riveting Crimean War series and the adventures of Fancy Jack Crossman and his team of saboteurs operating around Sebastopol. It is not, however, the last you will hear of Fancy Jack...
- Auschwitz Lullaby, By James C. Wall.
This is a gripping tale about a Jewish doctor forced to work for Mengele, and the doctor's efforts to try to save the life of a young girl who miraculously survived a 'trip' to the a gas chambers.
- The Baghdad Railway Club, by Andrew Martin.
The eighth book in the Jim Stringer, Steam Detective mystery series finds Stringer as a Captain in the army during the dark days of World War One. Wounded on the Western Front he soon finds himself posted to Baghdad, tasked with hunting down a potential traitor, and helping get the Baghdad railway up and running.
- A Beggar at the Gate, by Thalassa Ali.
The sequel to A Singular Hostage, this story follows Givens northward toward the Punjab and her husband, from whom she must seek a divorce if she is to have any chance of reentering British society. It is a bittersweet love story that highlights the inequalities inherent in British India during the Victorian era.
- Betty Zane, by Zane Grey.
During the 1782 siege of Fort Henry by British and Indian forces, Elizabeth "Betty" Zane saved the fort by running to a nearby cabin to get a much needed supply of gunpowder. She then ran back to the fort, under a hail of gunfire, carrying the gunpowder in her apron. This is the fictionalized story of a real-life heroine, and one of the last battles of the American Revolution.
- Billy Boyle, by James R. Benn.
Billy Boyle has left the Boston Police Force behind to join the army. However, he quickly finds that he enjoys police work better than fighting Nazis. He gets to put his detective skills to use when he is assigned to a General's staff and given the task of tracking down a spy in this World War II mystery.
- Black Hills, by Dan Simmons.
Paha Sapa, a young Sioux warrior, encounters General George Armstrong Custer as Custer lies dying at the Little Big Horn. Touching him, Custer's ghost enters Paha Sapa's body. Simmons weaves together the stories of Paha Sapa, Custer, and the building of Mount Rushmore, in this epic novel drawn from past events.
- Blood Alone, by James R. Benn.
The third installment of the Billy Boyle World War II mystery series finds Billy suffering from amnesia. Despite not really knowing what is going on, Billy is determined to carry out his mission to broker a truce between various Mafia factions and the Allied forces that are invading Sicily.
- The Blood of Flowers, by Anita Amirrezvani.
A lavish, and gripping coming-of-age tale set in 17th Century Persia.
- Blue Man Falling, by Frank Barnard.
Set against the backdrop of the Battle of France and the Phoney War (1939-40), this book follows the exploits of two RAF pilots as they battle the enemy over the skies of France.
- The Bondwoman's Narrative, by Hannah Crafts.
This fictionalized account, written in 1850, chronicles Hannah Crafts' life in slavery, and her escape to freedom.
- Born 1925: A Novel of Youth, by Vera Brittain.
Born in 1925, Adrian Carbury grows up in the shadows of one war, and becomes a man in another war.
- The Boleyn Inheritance, by Philippa Gregory.
A historical novel set in the court of Henry VIII, told from the viewpoints of the Lady Rochford, and Henry's fourth and fifth wives - Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard.
- A Burial at Sea, by Charles Finch.
This Victorian murder mystery finds Charles Lenox aboard the HMS Lucy en route to Egypt on a diplomatic mission. When one the ship's officer is found brutally murdered, Lenox is asked to take his detective's skills out of retirement and find the killer...
- Cane River, by Lalita Tademy.
Cane River is a moving, and riveting, fictional account of life in Louisiana, told through the stories of four women who were born into slavery. The story begins in 1834 and continues well into the 20th century. Although a work of fiction, this book is based on the in-depth research that Lalita Tademy conducted into her own family's background.
- Captain Alatriste, by Arturo Pérez-Reverte.
A fast paced swashbuckling adventure, set in 17th century Spain, which features the legendary soldier of fortune - Diego Alatriste y Tenorio.
- Castle Rackrent, by Maria Edgeworth.
This classic novel follows the misadventures of four generations of the Rackrents, a noble Irish family whose greed and mismanagement almost leads to bankruptcy and the family's ruin. They are destined to be saved, not by their own efforts, but by the actions of the son of a family servant.
- The Cater Street Hangman, by Anne Perry.
In this, the first Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel, Charlotte Ellison, an opinionated but respectable Victorian spinster, helps the police track down a serial killer.
- The Chili Queen, by Sandra Dallas.
A unique western mystery in which the lives of four people: a brothel owner, an unclaimed mail-order bride, a bank robber, and a housekeeper / cook, join forces to settle old scores and start their lives anew.
- The Darwin Conspiracy, by John Darnton.
Darnton transports us to Victorian England, elegantly blending the power of fact and the insights of fiction to explore the many mysteries attached to the life and work of Charles Darwin.
- The Daughter of Time, By Josephine Tey.
In this compelling mystery, Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard finds himself trying to unravel the 500-year-old mystery of the Princes in the Tower, and who really killed them, if anyone.
- Death Comes to Pemberley, by P. D. James.
Set six years after the end of Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth and Darcy's marital bliss is disrupted when George Wickham, the dissolute husband of Elizabeth's sister Lydia, is murdered on the Pemberley estate.
- Death in the West Wind, by Deryn Lake.
This is the seventh John Rawlings' mystery set in Georgian England. In this case the detective is on his honeymoon when he is called in to investigate the death of a young woman, whose body is found draped around the figurehead of a ship. When Rawlings discovers that the girl's brother has gone missing, he knows he is onto something more complicated than just a pointless murder.
- Death of a Legend, by Will Henry.
A riveting, fictional account of the 'real' Jesse James, which shows him for what he truly was - a cold-blooded murderer.
- The Desperate Remedy, by Martin Stephen
The 1605 Gunpowder Plot to blow up the English House of Parliament - and the King - is the backdrop for this thrilling mystery. Henry Gresham has his hands full in this novel. He is faced with the task of discovering who murdered the informer Will Shadwell, while also trying to uncovering some 'dirt' on Sir Francis Bacon. Plus he discovers that a nasty plot seems to be brewing....
- The Devil's Mask, by Christopher Wakling.
Working in regency era Bristol, Inigo Bright is sent to investigate the Dock Company's import duty records. What should have been a simple, albeit boring task, soon becomes a life or death struggle when Bright runs into a group of men who are more than willing to kill to protect their secrets.
- Drood, by Dan Simmons
A chilling and original tale that explores Charles Dickens's obsession with the specter of Edwin Drood, and the role that Wilkie Collins played in this factually based and timeless mystery.
- Echoes, by Danilelle Steel
The compelling and tragic love story of Beata Wittgenstein, the daughter of a Jewish banker in Germany and Antoine de Vallerand, a Catholic French aristocrat during the horrors of World War I & II.
- Emma Brown, by Clare Boylan.
An intriguing Victorian mystery that is based upon the first twenty pages of an unfinished manuscript that was written by Charlotte Bronte.
- Evil for Evil, by James R. Benn.
When fifty Browning Automatic Rifles were stolen from a US Army base in Northern Ireland, Billy is sent to recover the weapons, before they can be used in a German-sponsored IRA uprising.
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