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Reviewer's Choice
Our Reviewer's Choice selections
(previously Book of the Month):  highlighted in green
Book of the Year : highlighted in yellow
Cover of the Month: highlighted in pink 
Cover of the year: highlighted in blue
Richard Abbott  Half Sick of Shadows
Richard Abramson The Virtues of Scandal
Piers Alexander Scatterwood
Dick Allan  The Cry of the Heron  
D. L. Andersen Across Unstill Waters
Elizabeth R. Andersen The Scribe
Jane Austen Persuasion

Elizabeth Bailey In Honour Bound  
The Viscount Besieged
Steven Baker Colour Sergeant Chesney VC
Dorinda Balchin  Heronfield    Cavalier Historian 
Pauline Barclay Satchfield Hall
Autumn Bardot Dragon Lady
Sally Barlow-Perez  Unintended Runaways
Sue Barnard The Ghostly Father 
Sue Barr   Caroline
Jasper Barry That Deplorable Boy
Steve Bartholomew Tunnel 6
The Survivor & Other Tales of Old San Francisco  
P.S. Bartlett  Jaded Tides 
P. S Bartlett & Ronovan Hester AmberWake
Elizabeth Bell Necessary Sins
John Bell Circumstantial Enemy 
Jacquelyn Benson The Fire in the Glass  The Shadow of Water
Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard Temptation Rag
The Beauty Doctor
Paul Bernardi  To the Devil His Due  
Charlotte Betts  The Light Within Us
Nancy Bilyeau  The Blue
Neil Blackmore The Intoxicating Mr Lavelle   The Dangerous Kingdom of Love 
Isobel Blackthorn The Unlikely Occultist
C.M. Blackwood  My White Dahlia  
Mark Bois The Lockwoods of Clonakilty
Alaric Bond  Sealed Orders Hellfire Corner 
Katherine Bone  The Pirate's Debt   Pirate’s Duchess 
Patricia J. Boomsma The Way of Glory
Paul Boorstin  David And The Philistine Woman                        
Inge H Borg  Khamsin 
Patricia Bracewell The Steel Beneath The Silk
Graham Brack Death In Delft   Untrue Till Death   
Griffin Brady The Heart of a Hussar
Jenny Brown Undisciplined Ardor 
Cheryl Burman Keepers
Rachel Burge The Twisted Tree Rebecca Burns Beyond the Bay
Kimberly Burns The Mrs Tabor 
Jim Burnside The Longest Night 
K.M. Butler The Raven and the Dove 
Octavia Butler Kindred
Paula Butterfield La Luministe
Richard Buxton  Whirligig   The Copper Road

James Calbraith The Saxon Spears: The Song Of Ash Blood of the Iutes  
Michael Calpino An Inception of Piracy 
Anna Campbell Lord Garson’s Bride
Deborah Carr Broken Faces 
Don Eric Carroll Pancho  
 Sharon E. Cathcart Bayou Fire 
A Marriage of Lions
S.A. Chakraborty   The City of Brass
Eileen Charbonneau Seven Aprils Mercies of the Fallen
Janet Skeslien Charles The Paris Library
Tracy Chevalier The Last Runaway 
Erskine Childers The Riddle of the Sands
Sherry Christie Roma Amor 
Meg Clothier The Empress
Richard Coady the Maya Papyrus 
Elizabeth Cobbs The Tubman Command 
Linda Collison Rhode Island Rendezvous                
David Cook Fire and Steel   
John Copenhaver  Dodging and Burning 
Victoria Cornwall The Thief'sDaughter 
Bernard Cornwell  Flame Bearer   Sharpe's Assassin
Haydn Corper the Scent of Lilacs 
Emily Cotton Eva's Secret 
Linda Covella Yakimali's Gift
Karen M Cox Son of a Preacher Man  1932,
 Pride and Prejudice Revisited (see also Various)
Patricia Grady Cox Chasm Creek 

Jasmin Darznik The Bohemians 
Joslin Day The Sewing Place 
Cassandra Dean Finding Lord Farlisle 
Barb Warner Deane  On the Homefront    The Whistle Stop Canteen 
Sherilyn Decter Gathering Storm
Ricke Deregon Fire In The Year Of Four Emperors  
Finn Dervan Serenity Song 
Rebecca D’Harlingue The Lines Between Us
Margaret Dickinson Secrets at Bletchley Par
Adrienne Dillard  Raven's Widow 
Jim Ditchfield Nursing Fox
NB Dixon Earl of Huntingdon
Robert Dodds  The Garden of Earthly Delights  
Rodica Doehnert Hotel Sacher
Angus Donald Blood’s Game   Blood’s Campaign
Emma Donoghue The Wonder
Elena Douglas Shadow of Athena
John Drake The traitor of Treasure Island 
A. D'Orazio  (see Various)
Drēma Drudge Victorine
Joan Druett   The Money Ship  Eleanor's Odyssey
 Cathie Dunn Love Lost in Time The Shadows of Versailles
Wendy J Dunn Falling Pomegranate Seeds  The Light in the Labyrinth  
Les Edgerton Hard Times
Morag Edwards The Jacobite’s Wife
Mim Eichmann A Sparrow Alone  Muskrat Ramble 
Christine Evans The Song of the Shuttle 
Elizabeth Caulfield Felt Syncopation 
Yves Fey Floats the Dark Shadow 
David Field Interviewing the Dead
Naomi Finley  A Slave of the Shadows 
Graham Fitzgerald Astraia: Spirit of Defiance 
Fannie Flagg the Whole Town's Talking 
Devorah Fox The Lost King 
Peter Fox The Shadow of Fenrir 
Kristina Freer  Imperilled
Ruth Francisco Catfish Pearl 

Marius Gabriel  The Parisians 
Sarah Gailey River of Teeth
Charlie Garratt A Shadowed Livery    A Pretty Folly
Elizabeth Gates The Wolf Of Dalriada 
Victoria Glendinning The Butcher's Daughter 
C.P. Giuliani The Road to Murder 
James R. Glover  The Picolata Road
Anne Glyn-Jones Morse Code Wrens 
Loretta Goldberg The Reversible Mask 
Adrian Goldsworthy The Fort
Cynthia A. Graham Behind Every Door 
J.M. Graham Arizona Moon 
Winston Graham Ross Poldark
Juliet Greenwood the White Camellia 
Jeanette Gretchen  This Day is Ours 

Peter Haden Jan 
Cynthia Sally Haggard Farewell My Life
Dodie Hamilton Fragile Blossoms    A Second Chance
Christine Hancock Bright Sword   Bright Axe  Bright Blade  Bright Helm
Beverley Hansford Path of Injustice  
Elodie Harper The Wolf Den
Clarissa Harwood The Curse of Morton Abbey
Nadia Hashimi The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
Alis Hawkins The Black and the White
Tinney S Heath Lady of the Seven Suns  
Lars Hedbor The Path 
Karen Heenan  Songbird  A Wider World Lady, In Waiting :
Suzy Henderson The Beauty Shop 
Joanna Hickson First of the Tudors
Susan Higginbotham John Brown's Women
Eileen Enwright Hodgetts The Girl on the Carpathia
Alice Hoffman  the Rules of Magic 
Mary Hoffman The Ravenmaster's Boy 
Catherine  Hokin Blood and Roses
Lucy Holland Sistersong
Gill Hornby  Miss Austen
Howard of Warwick Domesday Book (No Not That One)  
 2) The Tapestry of Death 
Susan Hughes A Kiss From France 
Roy T. Humphreys Patrick's Journey 
 Graham Hurley Last Flight to Stalingrad
James Hutson-Wiley The Travels of Ibn Thomas

Michelle Isenhoff  Ella Wood
Shaun Ivory     Duty and Dishonor     Friends of My Father      
  Killing Kiowas                   

Eddie Jaku The Happiest Man on Earth (non-fiction)
Gretchen Jeannette This Day Is Ours
Michael Jensen Man and Beast 
Val Jensen II Arise, Crusader  
Harald Johnson New York 1609
Jane Johnson Court of Lions
Bill Jones Black Camp 21
Jane Jordan The Beekeeper's Daughter 
Andrew Joyce Mahoney 
D. L. Jung  Sparrow Squadron 

Michele Kallio Betrayal 
Alexa Kang  Shanghai Story  
S. C. Karakaltsas A Perfect Stone
Terri Evert Karsten A Mistake of Consequence 
Guy Gavriel Kay A Brightness Long Ago 
 Jeff Kaye All The People
Elizabeth Keysian Workhouse Waif
Phillipa Jane Keyworth The Unexpected Earl 
Rosemary J. Kind  New York Orphan  Violet’s War
Bill Kirton The Figurehead   The Likeness 
Gwen Kirkwood Moorend Farm 
M.A. Kuzniar Midnight in Everwood

Jane Rosenberg La Forge The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War
Ursula la Guin  Lavinia
Erica Lainé  Isabella Of Angoulême: The Tangled Queen 
Part Two  Part Three 
Barbara Lamplugh The Red Gene
Joanne Larner  Distant Echoes 
Bjørn Larssen   Storytellers 
Marie Laval  Angel Heart 
Caroline Lawrence The Time Travel Diarie
Min Jin Lee  Pachinko
Judith Lennox One Last Dance
Lucy May Lennox The Adventures of Tom Finch, Gentleman 
Flowers By Night
Diane Scott Lewis Her Vanquished Land 
J G Lewis Cathedral of Bones
Marc Liebman Raider of The Scottish Coast
Nanette Littlestone  The Sacred Flame
Loretta Livingstone Out of Time    Promise to Keep 
Blossom on the Thorn 
M. L. Locke (see Various)
Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger No Man's Land

Angus MacAllan Gates of Stone 
Bruce MacBain Roman Games    Odin's Child
A J MacKenziThe Body in the Ice  
Nick Macklin  Bloody Dominions
Alex MacLean The Banished 
Paul D. Marks The Blues Don't Care 
Nicki J Markus Brougham Hall
D.K Marley Blood and Ink 
Amy Maroney The Girl From Oto  Mira's Way     A Place in the World  
Cindy Rinaman Marsch Rosette 
Milana Marsenich  Copper Sky
Rhona Martin Gallows Wedding 
Dave Mason EO-N
VEH Masters The Castilians
Gabrielle Mathieu 1) the Falcon Flies Alone    the Falcon Strikes
Tam May The Specter
Steven McKay Forest Lord Series 
Paula McLain Circling the Sun 
Mark M.McMillin The Butcher's Daughter
Christine Davis Merriman At the Far End of Nowhere 
Catherine Meyrick Forsaking All Other 
Ellie Midwood No Woman's Land
Andrew Miller Now We Shall Be Entirely Free 
Cynthia Ripley Miller The Quest for the Crown of Thorns 
Madeline Miller Circe  
Rosalind MinettImpact  Intrusion: A Relative Invasion 
Tonya Mitchell A Feigned Madness 
Jason Monaghan Blackshirt Masquerade
Boyd and Beth Morrison The Lawless Land
Terry Mort What Hamlet Said 
Alison Morton Aurelia    Retalio   Carina Roma Nova Extra    Rubicon 
Nicky Moxey Sheriff and Priest
Jojo Moyes The Giver of Stars
Leah Moyes Berlin Butterfly: Ensnare Second Survivor
Miriam Murcutt and Richard Starks In A Town Called Paradox
Kate Murdoch Stone Circle 
M.C.Muir Oliver Quintrell Series   Seventy-Four 
April Munday Beloved Besieged 
Tiffany Murray Sugar Hall  
Derville Murphy A Perfect Copy

Rebecca Netley The Whistling
Charlene Newcomb For King and Country     Swords of the King 
Caroline Newark  Fair Maid of Kent 
Harry Nicholson Tom Fleck
Nancy Northcott The Steel Rose
J.M. Nunez The Saracen Storm

Anne O'Brien Shadow Queen 
Laurence O’Bryan The Sign of the Blood
Eileen O’Finlan Kelegeen 
Gail Ward Olmsted Landscape of a Marriage
Annette Oppenlander Surviving the Fatherland 
John Orton Blitz P.A.M.S.                          
Anna Franklin Osborne Walking Wounded 
Marina Osipova The) Cruel Romance  How Dare the Birds Sing
Sherry V. Ostroff Caledonia

Sarah Parke the Mourning Ring 
Liza Parrat Blood Rose Angel  
 J.C. Paulson Blood and Dust
Jana Petken Swearing Allegiance  
Garth Pettersen The Cold Hearth
David Phelps The Snow Foresters 
Scarlette Pike In Spite of Lions 
Signe Pike The Lost Queen 
S.Pitt Fen-wolf     
R.L. Prendergast Confessions of Socrates 
Linda Proud Chariot of the Soul
Natasha Pulley The Kingdoms 
Anthony Quinn Freya

Laura Rahme Julien's Terror   Calista 
Juhi Ray The Final Puzzle
Tony Rea Red Sky Over Dartmoor 
Douglas Reeman The Horizon 
Kimberley Jordan Reeman Coronach 
Kerryn Reid Anna’s Refuge 
Michael Reidy Lost Lady
Jacqueline Reiter Earl of Shadows 
James Remmer Out Of Mecklenburg  
Michelle Rene Maud's Circus   Hour Glass 
Elizabeth Revill Against the Tide
Kate Reynolds Ernestine  
Scott R. Rezer  The Leper King  The Pawns of Sion
Claire Rhoden The Stars at Night  
Natalia Richards The Falcon's Flight
 C J Richardson The Rippon Spurrier
Mark A. Rimmer The California Run 
M.L. Rio If We Were Villains 
Jean M Roberts The Heron The Angel of Goliad
Janet Roger Shamus Dust 
Stuart Rudge Rise Of A Champion
Elaine Russell  Across The Mekong River 
Mary Doria Russell Doc 
Norman Russell  An Oxford Scandal 
William H. Russeth  Belerion Odyssey        
 Andrée Rushton The War Baby 
J.T.T. Ryder Hag of the Hills

Michelle Saftich Port of No Return
Mark W Sasse A Diamond for Her
Steven Saylor Wrath of the Furies 
N.C. Schell The Ballade of MaryReede   
Sarah Schmidt  See What I Have Done  
Helena P Schrader  Envoy of Jerusalem   Leonidas of Sparta 
Eric Schumacher  Raven’s Feast    War King Forged By Iron Sigurd’s Swords
Liese O'Halloran Schwarz The Possible World 
Beverly Scott  Sarah’s Secret                                    
Siôn Scott-Wilson Some Rise By Sin
Mark Seaman  A Corner Of My Heart 
Nigel Seed No Road to Khartoum  TheRoad to Ladysmith 
The Bloody Road 
Diane Setterfield Once Upon A River 
Eva Seyler The War in Our Hearts This Great Wilderness
Angela Macrae Shanks   The Blood and the Barley   Under a Gravid Sky  
Liz MacRae Shaw No Safe Anchorage    Had We Never Loved So Blindly 
Laura Shepherd-Robinson Daughters of Night             
Harry Sidebottom Fire and Sword 
Tom Sigafoos The Cursing Stone 
Laury Silvers The Lover  The Jealous 
John Simmons The Good Messenger 
Michael A. SimpsoSons of My Fathers  
Marla Skidmore Renaissance: The Fall and Rise of a King  
Nicola Slade The House at Ladywell  
Barbara Spencer The Year of the Swans 
Peter St.John Gang Territory 
Brian Stoddart A Greater God 
Cynthia Strauff Echoes from the Alum Chine  
Michal Strutin  Judging Noa 
Alison Stuart And then Mine Enemy                                   
 The Poison Keeper    The Silkworm Keeper    (see also Various)
J.K. Swift Altdorf: Book One The Forest Knights  Morgarten: Book Two 
Lorraine Swoboda Mrs Calcott's Army  
Joan Szechtman Strange Times 

Tim Topps The Paper Caper 
Alistair Tosh Edge of Empire
Lorraine Tosiello & Jane Cavolina The Bee and the Fly
Gita Trelease Enchantée  
M.J. Trow Black Death 
Sylvia True Where Madness Lies
Simon Turney and Gordon Doherty  Sons of Rome
MaryLu Tyndall Charity's Cross 

V.E. Ulett Golden Dragon 
Linda Ulleseit Under the Almond Trees 

Antoine Vanner  Britannia's Amazon    Britannia’s Gamble 
Vivienne Vermes The Barefoot Road 

Various Authors: (anthologies and compilations 
- listed by TITLE)

1066 Turned Upside Down  Helen Hollick, Joanna Courtney, Alison Morton, Anna Belfrage, Annie Whitehead, Glyn Holloway, Richard Dee, Carol McGrath, Eliza Redgold

Betrayal by 
Alison Morton, Amy Maroney, Anna Belfrage, Annie Whitehead, Charlene Newcomb, Cryssa Bazos, Derek Birks, Elizabeth St John,  Helen Hollick, Judith Arnopp,  Mercedes Rochelle, Tony Riches

Desperate Daughters: A Bluestocking Belles Collection With Friends
Authors: Caroline Warfield; Rue Allyn; Mary Lancaster; Jude Knight; Elizabeth Ellen Carter; Alina K Field; Meara Platt; Sherry Ewing; Ella Quinn

Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen's Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues   by Joana Starnes, Katie Oliver, Karen M Cox, Jenetta James, Beau North, J. Marie Croft, Christina Morland, Lona Manning, A. D'Orazio, Christina Boyd  (Editor)

Jane Austen's Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues Christine Boyd (editor) 
 J. Marie Croft, Amy D'Orazio, Jenetta James,  Beau North,  
Katie Oliver, Joana Starnes

Medieval to Modern: An Anthology of Historical Mystery Stories Libi AstaireMary Louisa Locke, M. Ruth MyersSarah Woodbury

Rational Creatures  Christine Boyd (editor), Elizabeth Adam, Nicole Clarkston, Karen M Cox, J. Marie Croft, Amy D'Orazio, Jenetta James, Jessica Lewis, Kara Lyn MacRory, Beau North, Sophia Rose,  Angela Schroeder, Joana Starnes

Right Trusty and Well Beloved by Rebecca Batley, Terri Beckett, Susan Grant-Mackie, Kim Harding, Wendy Johnson, Joanne R. Larner, Kit Mareska, Alex Marchant (also editor), Maire Martello, Liz Orwin, Elizabeth Ottoson, Nicola Slade, Richard Tearle, Kathryn Wharton, Brian Wainwright, Jennifer C. Wilson 

Rubicon by Nick Brown, Gordon Doherty, Ruth Downie, Richard Foreman, Alison Morton, Anthony Riches, Antonia Senior, Peter Tonkin, L.J. Trafford, S.J. Turney 

The Darcy Monologues  Christine Boyd (editor) Joana Starnes, Jan Hahn, Lory Lilian, Karen M Cox, Jenetta James, Susan Adriani, KaraLynne Mackrory, Beau North, Caitlin Williams

The Darkest Hour: WWII Tales of Resistance Stories by Roberta Kagan, Jean Grainger, Marion Kummerow, Ellie Midwood, Alexa Kang, Mary D. Brooks, Deborah Swift, Kathryn Gauci, John R McKay, Ryan Armstrong, Terry Lynn Thomas (Foreword)

The Road Not Travelled: Alternative Tales of the Wars of the Roses: edited by Joanne R Larner.  C J Lock, Alex Marchant, J P Reedman, Toni Mount, Sandra Heath Wilson, Terri Beckett, Kit Mareska, Richard Tearle, Brian Wainwright, Jennifer C. Wilson, Michèle Schindler, Bernadette Lyons, Maria Grazia Leotta, Susan Lamb, Clare Anderson, Jennifer Bradley, Roslyn Ramona Brown, Joanna Kingswood Iddison, Lisl Madeleine, Kathy Kingsbury. Foreword by Matthew Lewis, Chairman of the Richard III Society. 

We All Fall Down Authors: Jean Gill, Lisa J Yarde, 
Jessica Knauss, Deborah Swift,  Kristin Gleeson, Laura Morelli, 
Katherine Pym, David Blixt, Melodie Winawr 

Paul Walker State Of Treason
Regan Walker Summer Warrior
Minette Walters The LastHours  
Denitta Ward Somewhere Still 
Michael Ward Rags Of Time 
Heather Wardell Fiery Girls
Sue-Ellen Welfonder Seduction of a Highland Warrior
Heloise West Ardent  
see also: Non-fiction and Various
Samantha Wilcoxson Faithful Traitor  Queen of Martyrs  
Anthony R. Wildman The Diplomat of Florence
Alethea Williams Nȧȧpiikoan Winter 
Caitlin Williams (see Various)
Ceri Williams and Drew Neary The Clockmaker 
Gareth Williams Needing Napoleon
Suzanne M. Wolfe A Murder by Any Name
Jess Wright A Stream to Follow 
K. Lyn Wurth Seven Kinds of Rain  
Susan Wüthrich Another Kind of Sunset

Mary Anne Yarde  The du Lac Chronicles    Du Lac Devil  
The Du Lac Prophecy 
Angela Jean Young Field Of Dust

Gloria Zachgo Never Waste Tears
Rachel Zolotov The Girl with the Silver Star


Roy Adkins  and Lesley Adkins Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History
Susanne Alleyn  Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders: A Writer’s (& Editor’s) Guide to Keeping Historical Fiction Free of Common Anachronisms, Errors, & Myths
Frances Bevan The Ladies of Lydiard 
Matthew Gabriele and David M Perry The Bright Ages: A New History of Medieval Europ