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British Historical Thrillers

M. G. Scarsbrook "Novelist and Screenwriter"
The list author says: "During the research for my historical thriller THE MARLOWE CONSPIRACY, I read a selection of classic and contemporary British historical fiction to gain inspiration. Readers looking for clever and compelling novels set in the British Isles or by British authors might find this list useful in discovering a new work in this very interesting sub-genre."
The Marlowe Conspiracy: A Novel
The Marlowe Conspiracy: A Novel
"My own novel set in 1593, Renaissance England. With his life on the line and the clock ticking, playwright/spy Christopher Marlowe teams up with William Shakespeare to uncover a high-level government conspiracy."
The Woman in White
The Woman in White
"Collins was a genius of the epistolary form, telling his stories through the point of view of a variety of colorful and sympathetic characters. Each character takes center stage as they become integral to the story, giving us their unique angle on events through diary entries, letters, and journals, etc. Collins is a master at keeping the level of suspense high at all times."
Kidnapped: (RED edition) (Penguin Classics: Red)
Kidnapped: (RED edition) (Penguin Classics: Red)
"Stevenson blends humor, unforgettable characters, and sly political observations into a dynamic chase-story set across the dramatic Scottish Highlands. Although often overlooked in favor of his more famous TREASURE ISLAND, this novel is arguably more complex and every bit as adventurous."
Heart of Darkness
Heart of Darkness
"A beautiful, hypnotic story set during British Colonial rule of Africa. Although slightly on the more literary side than many thrillers, its journey into madness, evil, and the unknown never ceases to be compelling."
The Man Who Was Thursday: Centennial Edition
The Man Who Was Thursday: Centennial Edition
"Highly political, highly imaginative, and highly addictive. Chesterton tells a weird and wonderful story about anarchists plotting to undermine the British government that contains some of the best surprises and twists of any thriller I've ever read. Not to be missed."
The Scapegoat
The Scapegoat
"An intriguing thriller based around the concept of the doppelganger. Reminiscent of her seminal work REBBECCA, but undeservedly ignored by most readers. DuMaurier writes swiftly and intelligently here, without the romanticism that mars some of her other stories. In particular, this novel never ceases to amaze me how simple, ordinary situations can be injected with so much suspense and foreboding."
Jackdaws
Jackdaws
"Follett is always a solid entertainer, and this novel is no exception. Based around the daring exploits of British women spies during WW2, this novel is full of tension and action, and deserves to be noted for unusual subject matter."