The Claimant: A Novel of the Wars of the Roses by Simon Anderson

| February 18, 2015

Thank you to Penelope Wright for this review of Simon Anderson’s book The Claimant: A Novel of the Wars of the Roses. This novel by Simon Anderson is set between 1459 and ends in 1461 during the Wars of the Roses at the Battle of Towton. Two of the main characters, Henry VI and Richard […]

The Traitor’s Mark by D.K. Wilson

| February 13, 2015

If you read my review of D.K. Wilson’s first book in this series of Tudor who-dunnits, The First Horseman, you’ll know that I ignored everything else in my “to read” pile and moved straight on to The Traitor’s Mark. I was that gripped by Wilson’s story. Thankfully, the second instalment was just as gripping as […]

The First Horseman by D.K. Wilson

| January 30, 2015

Move over C.J. Sansom, there’s a new guy in town! Yes, if you’re a fan of Sansom’s Shardlake series, as I am, you will want to get hold of a copy of D.K. Wilson’s The First Horseman and the sequel The Traitor’s Mark. You may not have heard of D.K. Wilson, but if you’re a […]

The Light in the Labyrinth: The Last Days of Anne Boleyn by Wendy J. Dunn

| November 3, 2014

If you’ve been reading my reviews for a while you’ll know that I’m often hesitant to review novels about Anne Boleyn because I have spent the last few years researching her and her family and, therefore, have quite strong views on how she is portrayed. It is difficult to read and enjoy a novel if […]

Je Anne Boleyn: Struck with the Dart of Love by Sandra Vasoli

| October 17, 2014

Let me lay my cards on the table, I’ve been corresponding with Sandi Vasoli for a number of years regarding her research on Anne Boleyn and Tudor history so I’ve come to know her and regard her as a friend. That being said, I wouldn’t review this book if I didn’t feel that I could […]

Wars of the Roses: Trinity by Conn Iggulden

| October 6, 2014

Trinity is the second instalment in Conn Iggulden’s new Wars of the Roses series. Those of you who read my review of the first instalment Stormbird – click here to read the review – will know that I couldn’t wait to read Trinity, I absolutely loved Stormbird and I had high hopes for Trinity, these […]

Succession by Livi Michael

| October 6, 2014

I had never heard of Livi Michael until Penguin sent me a copy of her new historical novel, Succession, a historical novel telling the story of the Wars of the Roses through Margaret Anjou, wife of Henry VI, and Margaret Beaufort, the future matriarch of the House of Tudor. Michael is not a new author, […]

Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen and the Men Who Loved Her by Robert Stephen Parry

| July 15, 2014

This was the ideal book to take on my recent holiday – it was Tudor history but it was a book you could dip into and it was light-hearted, so not at all heavy or academic. Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen and the Men Who Loved Her is described as “a series of biographical sketches from […]

Death of a Dyer by Eleanor Kuhns

| July 10, 2014

I described Eleanor Kuhns’ debut novel A Simple Murder as “one of the best mysteries I’ve read” and it won the Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award, so it was going to be a tough one to follow. However, I enjoyed Death of A Dyer just as much. Like A Simple Murder, Death […]

Behold a Pale Horse and The Seventh Trumpet – Two Sister Fidelma Mysteries by Peter Tremayne

| July 9, 2014

I discovered the delights of Peter Tremayne’s Sister Fidelma mysteries back in 2011 when I was sent The Dove of Death and The Chalice of Blood to review, and they are now books I choose to buy for myself and family and friends. Behold a Pale Horse and The Seventh Trumpet are the 22nd and […]