Hookline Books

All our historical fiction is chosen for publication by book clubs.

A Pair of Sharp Eyes

Kat Armstrong

Coronation hears of the murders before she even reaches the slave port of Bristol – six boys found with their throats slit. The locals blame the killings on Red John, a travelling-man few have actually seen. Coronation yearns to know more about the mystery. But first she has to outsmart the bawds, thieves and rakes who prey on young girls like her. fresh from the countryside and desperate for work. When the murderer strikes shockingly close to Coronation, she schemes, eavesdrops and spies on all around her until the shameful truth is out.

The Jacobite's Wife

Morag Edwards

Lady Winifred had a troubled childhood. Her mother, father and brother were all imprisoned for treason due to their support for the Catholic king. When she falls in love with a handsome young Scottish nobleman, the marriage brings happiness. However, she is forced to rebel when her husband takes up the Jacobite cause and vows to restore the Catholic king to the throne. While Winifred wants to be loyal to her husband, she also wants to protect him from imprisonment – and worse, the scaffold!

Just how far will she go to save him?

“The extraordinary tale of an amazing woman.” Mari Griffith, Root of the Tudor Rose


Listen to the Child

Elizabeth Howard

It's 1875 and London's East End heaves with children who work as prostitutes, hawkers, beggars and thieves. Constance rescues as many as she can, but feels overwhelmed. When a solution is offered, it sounds perfect - Canada, with its wide open plains, has farmers who need help.

Shipping children to this land of plenty offers them a future far from London's streets. Widow, Mary Trupper is wary but the promise of good food and an education for her children is strong. Are the fields green, is the food plentiful? For some, yes. For others, the harsh winters reflect the welcome.

Based on research ofthe British Home Children.



The Half-Slave

Trevor Bloom

Ascha is the son of a Saxon warlord and a Roman slave mother, a half-slave, locked in the limbo between slave and free. This is a tale of competing tribes in 5th century northern Europe. A tale of warriors, overlords and the Roman Empire.

"The deftly woven plot strands made this a gripping story." Historical Novel Review