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In the Shadow of the Fire by Herve le Corre

A complex and moving tale of the Communard revolt in 1871 Paris against the troops of a corrupt government is replete with violence and destruction and an enthralling chase to find a young woman in peril. Serious and substantial.

The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex

The mysterious disappearance of three lighthouse keepers from a sea-bound tower drives this suspenseful tale rich with details of life in such places and the effects on the people who maintain them, the companies that operate them, and the women who remain on shore while their men are sequestered away from land.

A Man At Arms by Steven Pressfield

Paul’s letter to Corinthians is at the heart of this action-packed and engaging historical fiction with a dark hero and intriguing characters. Plenty of action and historical detail.


The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson

A new and intimate look at Churchill’s daily life, in detail, through the first year of his tenure as Prime Minister. Personal accounts and observations made by those who were with him illuminate this extraordinary biographical work.