Historical Fiction

Historical Fiction

You love history.  You love history ebooks.  But, you also love fiction--and you're not afraid to admit it.  Why not have the best of both worlds? Authors who promote their Historical Fiction ebooks on our website always do so for free or at a discounted price.  Bestsellers, new releases, and authors you'll be glad to have discovered.  See the past through the eyes of these creative heroes!

 

Definition of "Historical Fiction Genre": The most important part of ebooks in this genre are their settings.  Yes, characters and plot matter.  But, beyond all else, the details associated with the setting must be accurate. This takes a tremendous amount of research and familiarity from the authors who delve into this genre of ebooks.  These ebooks can focus on actual historical figures, or they can insert more fictionalized elements into the plot.  It is always a balancing act between the history and fiction, and is something the best authors in this genre navigate with aplomb.  

 

Some examples of bestselling ebooks in the Historical Fiction genre are Erik Larson (Devil in the White City), Margaret Mitchell (Gone With the Wind), Patrick O'Brian (Aubrey/Maturin Novels), and Mary Renault (The Persian Boy).

COSMIC TATTOO: A TWISTED, MIND-BENDING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER (Dr. Kate Winter Profiler Series)

by Taylor Marsh


Amid the unseen world...

Psychic Profiler Dr. Kate Winter is caught between new age mysteries, astrological signposts, and a man from her past who knows secrets. Long ago… A confrontation disintegrated into a murderous end, leaving two people to deal with the carnage. He’s back to finish what was left undone.

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I’m not the person you remember. Revelations during meditation opened a portal to the mysterious and the veil became a doorway. Dug and discovered a way to plumb energetic cycles to tap the law of attraction and reel in future events. Took experience a step further. Forced to embrace more than can be proven.

The mind is my specialty. How I catch killers.

What good is a premonition if I can’t peg the timing to the calendar? Kate thought.

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Secrets buried deep, where Kate's most vulnerable. Clay’s on the outside, to protect their relationship and all they’ve built.

But what happens at their new California home throws them. Who is the blonde and what’s her role? Or is she part of the plot?

Across the veil, messages are cryptic.

The test comes in the moment. Preparation fails without action.

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I’ve been up close with serial murderers, which is the work. Ego reveals mania.

Last year, a clear message dropped in. Let go. Prepare.

Time to face him.

End this.

A thriller based around a psychic profiler and behavioral psychologist that will stay with me for a while. This was intense, creepy, nail-biting stuff that had me gripped. I read it in one sitting. I could not put this book down. Highly recommended. - NetGalley Review

 

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The Last Sketch: A World War II Novel Set in Warsaw and Montauk

by Gosia Nealon


They both hold tight to a terrible secret. When they cross paths in war-torn Europe, will their destinies lead to ruin… or victory over evil?

Poland, 1944. Wanda Odwaga will never stop resisting. As the Nazis occupy her beloved homeland, the twenty-three-year-old artist vows to do whatever it takes to help the underground movement mobilize against Hitler’s forces. But she’s devastated when the Gestapo storms her house in search of rebel leaders, killing her heroic father and leaving the face of his murderer forever etched in her mind.

New York. Finn Keller longs to balance the scales. Having escaped Germany with his mother as a teen, he’s disgusted his estranged twin brother has become a ruthless Nazi henchman with a vicious reputation. So when a covert government agency approaches him with a dangerous undercover mission, Finn willingly risks his life to play his part in turning the tide of war.

Still grieving her unforgivable loss, Wanda’s thirst for revenge takes an unexpected leap forward when she once again encounters her father’s killer. And as Finn dives deeply into the role of impersonating his cold-hearted sibling, he’s captivated by the beautiful Polish woman frozen in front of him… her eyes blazing with the promise of murder.

Can these two players in a deadly game survive the ravages of a sadistic conflict?

The Last Sketch is a breathtaking World War II historical fiction novel. If you like engaging characters, exhilarating espionage, and a dash of enemy-to-lovers romance, then you’ll enjoy Gosia Nealon’s powerful drama.

 

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Dust and Shadow: A Victorian Post-Apocalyptic Adventure (Forgotten Lands Book 1)

by Lindsey Pogue


#1 in Western Science Fiction, #1 in Historical Fantasy Fiction, #1 in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction, and #1 in Alternative History

No place on earth is untouched by the Shift.

It’s been two centuries since the boom of the Industrial Revolution sent the Victorian world into a devastating climatic shift. Now, chivalry is dead and the frills and frivolities of the romantic era are no more than a fading memory. And in Sagebrush Canyon, thirst rules, ignorance is power, and nothing is as it seems.

Jo has kept to the safety of her family’s farm, desperate to forget the horrific day that took her mother and left Jo battered and broken. But the marshal of Sagebrush is everywhere--he controls everything--and for years Jo has had to stomach the false pleasantries and knowing glint in the eyes of the man who killed her mother. When Jo discovers how deep the marshal’s seedy dealings run, she decides that fear will no longer keep her silent. But just when Jo plans to expose him for what he really is, the marshal plays a card of his own—his notoriously scandalous son, Clayton.

As Jo and Clayton are thrust together, lines become blurred, truths are revealed, and Jo must decide what she is willing to sacrifice in exchange for retribution.

Dust and Shadow is a post-apocalyptic love story and Victorian adventure set in the weather-ravaged, forgotten world of the American wild west. This richly imagined story, steeped with courageous, beautifully broken characters is the perfect read for Amy Harmon and Adrienne Young fans.

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Just John: A Historical Christian Western

by Reg Quist


FROM SLAVE TO RANCHMAN – A HISTORICAL WESTERN BASED ON TRUE EVENTS.

In return for his freedom, a slave is tasked with the job of delivering a valuable stallion to a horse farm in Tennessee. The Civil War is dying down and the roads are dangerous but with some help the horse is delivered and the slave sees freedom.

Wishing to be freed from any remembrance of the slave farm, John has a last name that he refuses to use. John’s skill with horses opens doors for him which eventually take him to Fort Worth, Texas. More open doors, over a period of years, find him on a cattle drive to Montana, followed by a second drive into Alberta, Canada. From there, he chooses the name Ware. John Ware stays in Alberta, where he becomes a much loved and respected Alberta rancher.

The John Ware story is well known, however since he never learned to read or write he left no historic record of his background.

 

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Rubies from Burma: A WWII Coming of Age Novel

by Anne Lovett


Georgia, 1941

A world at war. A family drama. A girl determined to win over a man she cannot have.

As the dark shadow of war looms over the world, eight-year-old Mae Lee nurses forbidden feelings for her older sister's suitor - a dashing paratrooper. When she discovers a dreadful betrayal, her thoughtless actions lead to fatal consequences.

Years later, the young man she loves returns from the battlefield, scarred in body and soul. As the terrible violence on the front rages on, Mae Lee faces impossible choices that could make her lose everything.

Rubies from Burma is a captivating standalone coming-of-age story. If you like wartime novels, tumultuous relationships, and relatable small-town characters, then you’ll adore Anne Lovett’s enthralling page-turner!


Readers are loving Rubies from Burma!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "I was mesmerized by this story and I couldn't put it down!... thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more books by Anne Lovett." –NetGalley Reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "A world at war. Romantic tension. A forlorn girl determined to win over a man she cannot have... Mae Lee goes through a real rite of passage,from adolescence to adulthood, forced to confront what truly matters to her in the end." –NetGalley Reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "This is not a romance story but a family saga set just before, during and long after WWII. Rubies from Burma tells the WWII coming of age story of Mae Lee Willis in South Georgia... This is a moving story spanning at least a decade about unconditional love surpassing one's own interest." –NetGalley Reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Anne Lovett's novel is what needs to be called Seraphic... Thanks a lot NetGalley for this copy, and pulling me in into a tale that shall never leave my heart for generations to come! Period Romance lovers! This Book is worth everything. Do give it a shot!"–NetGalley Reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "I loved this bittersweet story; both the engaging plot and the wonderful prose, so that it was difficult to put down. I found it an endearing, easy read, although thought-provoking as well." –NetGalley Reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "All I wanted was more, more, and more, for nothing actually seemed enough to me in this wondrous tale…Period Romance lovers! This Book is worth everything. Do give it a shot!!" - Bala, Goodreads Reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "I was mesmerized by this story and I couldn't put it down!" - Nancy, Goodreads Reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "I absolutely loved this book! The characters are multi-dimensional and the story is gripping." - Margot, Goodreads Reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Well written! Loved it!" - Christine, Goodreads Reviewer

 

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A Small Hotel

by Suanne Laqueur


An American Family. A World War. A First Love. A Small Hotel.

It’s the summer of 1941. Europe is at war, but New York's Thousand Islands are at the height of the tourist season. Kennet Fiskare, son of a hotel proprietor, is having the summer of a lifetime, having fallen deeply in love with a Swedish-Brazilian guest named Astrid Virtanen. But the affair is cut short and the young lovers permanently parted, first by Astrid’s family obligations, then by America’s entry into the war.

The rigors of military life help dull his heartache, but when Kennet’s battalion reaches France, he is thrown into the crucible of front line combat. As his unit crosses Europe, from the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium to Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria, Kennet falls into a different kind of love: the intense camaraderie between soldiers. It's a bond fierce yet fragile, vital yet expendable, here today and gone tomorrow. Sustained by his friendships, Kennet both witnesses and commits the unthinkable atrocities of warfare, altering his view of the world and himself. To the point where a second chance with Astrid in peacetime might be the most terrifying and consequential battle he’s ever fought.

With her signature blend of soul-stirring prose and emotional complexity, Laqueur takes readers on a journey through events that shape an American family’s weakest moments and finest hours. A Small Hotel illuminates the experience of ordinary people thrown into extraordinary circumstances, and their once-in-a-generation camaraderie, courage and resiliency. It’s a novel for the world, a heartbreaking, uplifting story of family, love and human endurance.

 

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Target Churchill: A Gripping Historical Crime Thriller

by James C. Humes


"...Adler & Humes have managed to make a crucial moment in modern history come alive..." –Thriller Books Journal


As Great Britain and the United States celebrate a victorious end to WWII, Joseph Stalin’s relentless Soviet Union is creeping across Eastern Europe leaving a trail of devastation and murder in its wake.

Winston Churchill, the cigar-puffing icon of the British fighting spirit, embarks on a crusade to lift the veil of secrecy that hangs over Stalin’s mission.

Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri sets the diplomatic stage upon which the world’s political players grapple for supremacy as Churchill delivers his fated Iron Curtain speech on March 5th, 1946.

Soviet operatives have infiltrated British and American governments at the highest level. As Churchill prepares to launch the Cold War, Stalin unleashes his trained mole, an American Nazi who served in Hitler’s SS.

His mission: assassinate Winston Churchill.

Churchill travels with a lone bodyguard, W.H. Thompson, a former British police officer who protected Churchill faithfully through the turbulent years of war. Thompson alone senses danger, but will his trained instincts and vigilance be enough to protect the former Prime Minister from a ruthless killer?

In this gripping historical thriller, battles are fought not on the beaches, on the landing grounds, in the fields, on the streets, or in the hills, but behind closed doors in the shadows of espionage.
 

  • "Target Churchill, set in the 1940s, has all the breathless pacing of a strong thriller..."–Historical Novel Society

    "James C Humes and Warren Adler, with their different skills, combine well to create a meticulously researched thriller and it's hard to tell what is fact and what is fiction."–Crime Fiction Lover



       
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Pursuit: The Guns of Connor Veley

by Theresa Shaver


They attacked his homestead, killed his parents, burned his home to the ground and left him for dead. They should have finished the job.


Con Veley is only 17 years old when the Canton outlaw gang destroys his world. He makes a vow over his parent’s grave to give them vengeance and justice. So begins a pursuit that will take him from his home state of New York across the country and into the wild, lawless territories of western America.His journey will bring him into contact with many good folks that help him grow into a man as he follows the wreckage left by the outlaws he is hunting.

Book 1 – Pursuit, The Guns of Connor Veley, begins a new western series that will take a young man and teach him what he needs to know to survive in the wild west of America.

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Western Fiction 10 Pack: 10 Full Length Classic Westerns

by Robert Vaughan et al


Ten classic westerns from arguably the top western writers of our time.

Glory Dust by Robert Vaughan - Blood Trail by John Legg - Crossed Arrows by Terry Grosz - Deadman's Lament by Linell Jeppsen - Shadow of the Grizzly by L.J. Martin - The Fugitive by Chet Cunningham - The Derby Man by Gary McCarthy - The Outcast Brigade by Douglas Hirt - Bowen & Baile by Frank Roderus - Gun Men by Michael Newton

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The Women of Chateau Lafayette

by Stephanie Dray


The International Bestseller!

Recommended by Oprah Magazine ∙ Cosmo ∙ PopSugar ∙ SheReads ∙ Parade 
 and more!

An epic saga from New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Dray based on the true story of an extraordinary castle in the heart of France and the remarkable women bound by its legacy.
 
Most castles are protected by men. This one by women.

A founding mother...
1774. Gently-bred noblewoman Adrienne Lafayette becomes her husband, the Marquis de Lafayette’s political partner in the fight for American independence. But when their idealism sparks revolution in France and the guillotine threatens everything she holds dear, Adrienne must renounce the complicated man she loves, or risk her life for a legacy that will inspire generations to come.

A daring visionary...
1914. Glittering New York socialite Beatrice Chanler is a force of nature, daunted by nothing—not her humble beginnings, her crumbling marriage, or the outbreak of war. But after witnessing the devastation in France firsthand, Beatrice takes on the challenge of a lifetime: convincing America to fight for what's right.

A reluctant resistor...
1940. French school-teacher and aspiring artist Marthe Simone has an orphan's self-reliance and wants nothing to do with war. But as the realities of Nazi occupation transform her life in the isolated castle where she came of age, she makes a discovery that calls into question who she is, and more importantly, who she is willing to become.

Intricately woven and powerfully told, The Women of Chateau Lafayette is a sweeping novel about duty and hope, love and courage, and the strength we take from those who came before us.

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Hamilton's Choice: A Gripping Novel of America's Foremost Founding Father

by Jack Casey


Hamilton is crushed by a secret so shameful that it is beyond bearing.
His heir is dead; his daughter has gone insane with grief.
His dear wife, Eliza, now shudders at his touch.

He never intended to send his son to his death. That wasn't in his plans.
And his wife may never forgive him.

As Hamilton struggles to save his marriage and his family, his political opponent, Aaron Burr, threatens to topple the nation. The nation which Hamilton had risked everything to forge.

Burr, impoverished and embittered by a humiliating loss, blames Hamilton. Burr will stop at nothing to regain his lost power and restore his fortunes. If he can destroy and defame Hamilton in the process, he will have his ultimate triumph.

It is a time of honor, duels, political intrigues, and political violence.
It is an age of men.

Torn between his duty to his wife and family, and his allegiance to the country, Hamilton must make his choice.

You know his name, but this is the story that you haven't heard before! If you loved the score of Hamilton, the biographies of Chernow, and the novels of Stephanie Dray - you would love Hamilton's Choice!

Read it Today!

 
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Enemy At The Gate (Prequels Intertwined Souls Series Book 1)

by Mary D. Brooks


They took everything. With courage and a crossbow, can one girl survive standing against genocidal maniacs?

Greece, 1941. Zoe Lambros has the heart of a lion. Born into an idyllic existence on a family farm, the 13-year-old stays brave even as her town is shaken by an earthquake. But when bombs fall and her father is lost, the only thing on her mind is how she can join the Resistance.

Enemy at the Gate is the gripping prequel to the Intertwined Souls YA historical fiction series. If you like stirring characters, thrilling surprises, and heartrending journeys, then you'll love Mary D. Brooks' battle for peace.

Buy Enemy at the Gate to take aim at evil today!

 
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Wild Colonial Girl: A Victorian romance

by p.d.r. lindsay


What? Leave India? Move to the colonies and make a new life there? Melisande, appalled, gazed at her brother and fiancée. She loved her life in India. She’d been cossetted, loved and happy there. Of course the plague meant a radical change, but they could still live on the family’s small estate couldn’t they? But, no. Brother Jeri didn’t want to live in India, neither did fiancée Richard. Both young men, filled with excitement at the thought adventure in the colonies, were determined to go, and Melisande must go with them. Her life turned upside down, rushed into her wedding, onto a ship and off to Australia, and finally New Zealand, Melisande has to learn how to run a home and cope with colonial New Zealand, a life so different from her Indian one. Can she make a home and a life as happy as her Indian one?

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Finnegan Found: Surviving the POW Camps on the Yalu

by John N. Powers


Part Band of Brothers and part Saving Private Ryan, this novel tells the story of men from a war we seem determined to forget. Their story has long been ignored, hidden in the darkness. Finnegan Found tells the story of those men who found themselves fighting an enemy never before encountered by American soldiers. Young Swede Larson decides they might kill him, but they will not defeat him. He convinces some of his fellow prisoners-of-war they must become a secret army within the camps. Vowing to never give in to the demands of the Chinese, they fight to survive and go home with their honor intact. This novel will take you into the POW camps of the Korean War, into the minds of the prisoners and captors alike. In the end you will know the story so long ignored. In the end you will come to recognize and respect the sacrifices of the men from those camps on the Yalu.

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The Flight of the Veil

by Bruce J. Berger


"A well-crafted tale about trauma and miracles." –Kirkus Reviews

Nicky Covo is a Holocaust survivor. In 1990, Nicky – a Brooklyn psychiatrist – receives a letter from Abbess Fevronia, the head of a women’s monastery in Greece. Although Nicky believes the rest of his family died at Auschwitz, he learns that Theodora, a mysteriously silent nun who’s lived at the monastery since 1944, may be his baby sister, Kal. With his old friend and new love, Helen, Nicky returns to Greece – to harrowing memories of his fighting with the partisans and to a reunion with his beloved sister. The Flight of the Veil explores the intersections of guilt and memory, faith and tragedy, fate and miracle.

 

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Barrack Five: A Holocaust Story (Book 1 of the Barracks Series)

by Elyse Hoffman


The ghosts of the past don’t always stay silent...


When Vilém Rehor takes a security job at a former concentration camp, he assumes it will be dreary, but uneventful. But when someone starts carving their name onto the walls of Barrack Five, his supposedly boring job becomes more than he bargained for.

Though he tries to catch the vandal, Vilém can’t figure out how they’re making their marks—he never sees anyone, but that doesn’t mean he’s alone...

As he delves deeper into the mystery of the vandal, he realizes that the Holocaust isn’t over for everyone. The spirit of a girl long gone reveals herself, desperate to be heard.

Can Vilém help this restless soul?

Barrack Five is a heartbreaking historical fiction novelette.

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Miss Seeton Sings (A Miss Seeton Mystery Book 4)

by Heron Carvic

It’s ‘set an artist to catch an artist’ . . .

 

When a flood of perfectly faked banknotes hits the market, retired art teacher Miss Emily Seeton, the Yard’s famed ‘MissEss’, is chosen to investigate a respected Geneva bank. Somehow, the forger is also mixed up in the theft of valuable paintings.

 

But Miss S. is new to air travel – surely the names Geneva and ‘Genova’ must be the same place? Bamboozling both the crooks and the police who vainly try to keep tabs on her, innocently humming the fraudsters’ musical password, she trips gaily along the dangerous trail.

 

Serene amidst every kind of skullduggery, this eccentric English spinster steps in where Scotland Yard stumbles, armed with nothing more than her sketchpad and umbrella!

 

What people are saying about Miss Seeton:

 

“Miss Seeton is a hoot! I was torn between laughter and eye rolling with each page turn. The characters are loveable and thoroughly British. This is a perfect specimen of classic British mystery.“

 

What a joy Miss Seeton is. Why did I wait so long to read them? Splashy characters, lovely setting, and just plain funny.”

 

“I've become a Miss Ess addict. Great characters that get better with each book. A must for anyone who loves a good British cozy with a twist, and surprising revelations of what a good brollie can do in a pinch.”

 

“What a great series. This is one of the best in English light reading mysteries.”

 

“Miss Seeton is a delightful sendup of the amateur sleuth. If your doctor has prescribed laughter as the best medicine, run and buy the entire series as fast as you can.”

 

Editorial reviews:

“A most beguiling protagonist!” New York Times

“Miss Seeton gets into wild drama with fine touches of farce . . . This is a lovely mixture of the funny and the exciting.” San Francisco Chronicle

“This is not so much black comedy as black-currant comedy . . . You can’t stop reading. Or laughing.” The Sun

Depth of description and lively characters bring this English village to life.” Publishers Weekly

“Fun to be had with a full cast of endearingly zany villagers . . . and the ever gently intuitive Miss Seeton.” Kirkus Reviews

“Miss Seeton is the most delightfully satisfactory character since Miss Marple.” Ogden Nash

“I think, on the whole, Miss Seeton is the most loveable and entertaining of any of today’s fiction detectives. May she live forever.” London Mystery Selection

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The Levee District Three: Crimes of the Levee, The Wrath of Moses, and Degrees of Evil

by John Sturgeon


"This series is perfect for fans of historical crime!" –Anne Bonny Book Reviews

***This box set includes the first three crime mysteries in the Levee District Series. Book #4, Taming Evil, releases April 8, 2021.

CRIMES OF THE LEVEE (Book One)

It is 1905, and Chicago is an open town. The most accessible part of town is the Levee District. It is an area of the city that's hard to tell the crooks from the cops. There are brothels, madams, opium dens, gambling joints and plenty of alcohol, but it all comes at a price in the Levee, and the two Ward Aldermen get their share of every vice's dollar. With the hanging of serial killer, Simon Kluge, police Detective Patrick Moses is suddenly without a case. Before Moses can relax, he is approached by an aging retail mogul who asks him to investigate the mysterious shooting of his son.

As Moses gets deeper into both cases, he realizes that in the Levee there are a lot of people who don't want the two cases solved, including the police and the Ward Aldermen.

THE WRATH OF MOSES (Book Two)

After the shocking murder of his father, Patrick Moses is forced back into duty in the crime-plagued Levee District. The mysterious, blonde-haired mute, a man Moses believes to be responsible for four murders, continues to elude the police. Tracking him is an endless task, but Moses and his new partner, Sam Walker, are asked to step up their investigation of the "Prostitute Murders" after the head of a courtesan is found impaled on the tip of a sword in front of the precinct building. When the twin daughters of a successful elevator manufacturer are kidnapped, Moses and Walker are asked to prioritize this new case. As the pressure mounts and the cases get darker, Moses begins to unravel. The trips to the opium den and his drinking take over. Moses knows he is slowly becoming one of the Levee District animals he usually tracks.

DEGREES OF EVIL (Book Three)

After a shocking kidnapping case in New York City, Patrick Moses is summoned back to Chicago to help on an equally disturbing matter. Someone is murdering older women, using their own bed sheets to tie and bind them while suffocating them with their pillow stuffings. Other than similarities in the cases, there are no hard clues. What Patrick does find is that his old nemesis Christian Hanson is back in Chicago, operating around the Levee District. To complicate matters, an overzealous Police Captain is trying to pin two murders on Moses. Patrick also seems to be falling for his beautiful, new neighbor, until he finds that her ex-husband has mysteriously disappeared.

 

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What Did You Do In The War, Sister?: Catholic Sisters in the WWII Nazi Resistance

by Dennis J. Turner


"A powerful story of seldom-sung heroines in humanity's darkest days and a vivid reminder of the power of conscience." -- Edgardo David Holzman, author of Malena

Throughout the occupied territories, Catholic Sisters were active members of The Nazi Resistance.

Based on letters and documents written by Catholic Sisters during the Nazi occupation of Belgium, this book tells the remarkable story of these brave and faithful women, and how they served to resist the German forces.

From running contraband to hiding Jews, from spying for the allies to small acts of sabotage, these courageous women risked their lives to help defeat the Reich.

This is a story that needs to be told.

"...an engaging account of World War Two as told through the voice of a fictional Belgian nun... fascinating and valuable." -- Donald Lystra, Author of Season of Water and Ice

"…a generous recounting of the deeds of marvelous nuns living in the midst of mortal danger. It's also a great read!" -- Father James Heft, Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California

 
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Whirligig – Keeping The Promise (Shire's Union Book 1)

by Richard Buxton


"Whirligig is a magnificent novel, epic in scale!"– Gill Thompson, Author of 'The Child on Platform One.'

Shire leaves his home and his life in Victorian England for the sake of a childhood promise, a promise that pulls him into the bleeding heart of the American Civil War. Lost in the bloody battlefields of the West, he discovers a second home for his loyalty.

Clara believes she has escaped from a predictable future of obligation and privilege, but her new life in the Appalachian Hills of Tennessee is decaying around her. In the mansion of Comrie, long hidden secrets are being slowly exhumed by a war that creeps ever closer.

The first novel from multi-award winning short-story writer Richard Buxton, Whirligig is at once an outsider’s odyssey through the battle for Tennessee, a touching story of impossible love, and a portrait of America at war with itself. Self-interest and conflict, betrayal and passion, all fuse into a fateful climax.

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