Guide to historical novels for 2014

Below is our guide to historical novels for adults published in 2014.

For newer titles, check out of lists of forthcoming adult historical novels for 2021 and for children and YA for 2021.

January 2014

Kader Abdolah, The King, Canongate (coming to terms with modernity in 19thC Persia)

Randy Boyagoda, Beggar’s Feast, Viking (born poor in 1899 Ceylon, Sam makes a fortune in Colombo, Sydney and Singapore, then returns home to trouble)

Raymond Buckland, Cursed in the Act, Berkley Prime Crime (1st in new detective series starring Bram Stoker, business manager for London’s Lyceum Theatre)

M J Carter, The Strangler Vine, Fig Tree (first in a series about a sleuthing duo in the 1830s and 40s)

Ella March Chase, The Queen’s Dwarf, Thomas Dunne (novel set in the Stuart court, about a dwarf charged with spying on the beautiful but vulnerable Queen Henrietta Maria)

Jennifer Chiaverini, Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival, Dutton (novel of Kate Chase Sprague, Washington society hostess, and her rivalry with Mary Todd Lincoln)

Alexander Cole, Colossus, Corvus (novel about Alexander the Great)

Bernard Cornwell, The Pagan Lord, Harper (newest in his Saxon Tales adventure saga set in Anglo-Saxon England)

Otto de Kat, News from Berlin, MacLehose Press (1941. A Dutch diplomat learns of Hitler’s plans for Russia. His family is at risk, so should he raise the alarm or put them first?)

Elisabeth de Waal, The Exiles Return, Picador USA (in post-WWII Vienna, five exiles return home after 15 years)

Maurice Druon, The Royal Succession, HarperCollins UK (4th in The Accursed Kings series set in medieval France)

Helen Dunmore, The Lie, Hutchinson (1920: young man damaged by war returns home to Cornwall and must face the consequences of a lie)

Sam Eastland, The Beast in the Red Forest, Faber & Faber (latest in Insp. Pikkala detective series set in Stalinist Russia)

Robert Fabbri, Rome’s Fallen Eagle, Corvus (4th in 1stC AD Roman adventure series about Vespasian)

Marina Fiorato, Beatrice and Benedick, Hodder & Stoughton (back story to Much Ado about Nothing set in 16thC Italy)

Marcello Fois, Bloodlines, MacLehose Press (a family saga imbued with mythic qualities, set in the early 20thC in Sardinia)

Mary Gibson, Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts, Head of Zeus (saga set in a Bermondsey custard factory in WWI)

Katharine Grant, Sedition, Virago (London 1794: the coffee houses brew gossip and the city seethes with, upstarts, émigrés, upstarts and opportunists, including two young women looking for more than husbands…)

Susanna Gregory, Murder on High Holborn, Sphere (latest Thomas Chaloner mystery set in London in 1665)

Ashley Hay, The Railwayman’s Wife, Allen & Unwin (three people search for peace on the south coast of New South Wales, in 1948)

Anna Hope, Wake, Random House US & Transworld UK (three women of London adjust to their losses and postwar life)

Nancy Horan, Under the Wide and Starry Sky, Ballantine US & Two Roads UK (relationship between Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and his American wife, Fanny)

M.K. Hume, The Last Dragon: Twilight of the Celts I, Headline (1st in series set after the death of King Arthur)

Deborah Johnson, The Secret of Magic, Amy Einhorn/Putnam (a young female attorney with the NAACP looks into the murder of a black war hero in the Deep South in 1946)

Sue Monk Kidd, The Invention of Wings, Viking (hope, daring, and the quest for freedom, inspired by the story of abolitionist Sarah Grimke in early 19th-c Charleston)

Judith Kinghorn, The Memory of Lost Senses, NAL (a mysterious countess moves into a deserted country house in an English village in 1911)

Robert Knott, Robert B. Parker’s Bull River, Putnam (latest in the Cole-Hitch western saga, in which a murderer is returned to Citadel to stand trial)

Linda Lafferty, House of Bathory, Amazon (based on the legend of the 16th-c “blood countess”; her story juxtaposed against that of a modern psychoanalyst haunted by the past)

Ariel Lawhon, The Maid, The Wife, and the Mistress, Doubleday (reimagining of a scandalous mystery that rocked the nation in 1930-Justice Joseph Crater’s infamous disappearance-as seen through the eyes of the three women who knew him best)

Judith Lennox, One Last Dance, Headline (multi-generational story set in 20thC involving a secret concealed in the family house)

Robert Lyndon, Imperial Fire, Sphere (second in series reaches 1066 with the Norman invasion of England, the Byzantines and a secret mission to China)

Rebecca Mascull, The Visitors, Hodder & Stoughton (the friendship between a deaf/blind girl and her teacher leads her from the hop gardens of Kent to the Boer War in South Africa)

Phillip Margulies, Belle Cora, Doubleday (based on the story of the 19th-c prostitute of the same name, moving from New York to the California gold rush)

Valerie Martin, The Ghost of the Mary Celeste, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday (about the puzzle of the Mary Celeste, an American merchant vessel discovered off the Spanish coast in 1872, its crew missing)

Erin Lindsay McCabe, I Shall Be Near To You, Crown (a woman who disguises herself as a man to fight in the Civil War)

Valerie Mendes, Larkswood, Orion (story of a family and the consequences of a tragedy that strikes in 1896 and has repercussion up to WWII)

Alex Myers, Revolutionary, Simon & Schuster (America’s first female soldier, Deborah Sampson Gannett, during the War of Independence)

Reggie Nadelson, Manhattan 62, Corvus (story of spies, lies, murder and betrayal set amongst the fear and paranoia of the Cuban Missile Crisis)

Christopher Nicholson, Winter, 4th Estate (story about the elderly Thomas Hardy, his ailing wife and his last muse, a young Dorset woman who played Tess of the D’Urbervilles in a local amateur production)

William Nicholson, Reckless, Quercus (set in London during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, a novel of life in the shadow of impending nuclear war featuring a girl eager for experience and a young man who’s a confidant of Mountbatten)

Brian Payton, The Wind Is Not a River, Ecco (tale of survival and epic love story set during Japan’s occupation of the Aleutian Islands during WWII)

Kate Quinn, The Lion and the Rose, Berkley (a novel of the Borgias, sequel to The Serpent and the Pearl)

Matthew Reilly, The Tournament, Orion (thriller set in 1546 Constantinople, featuring Princess Elizabeth of England and her tutor Roger Ascham)

Jennifer Robson, Somewhere in France, Morrow (epic novel of British society in love and war, set during WWI)

Jane Sanderson, Netherwood, Morrow Paperbacks (Downton Abbey-like saga set in Edwardian England)

James Scott, The Kept, Harper (a mother and her young son embark on a quest to avenge a terrible and violent tragedy; set in NY State at the turn of the 20th century)

Richard Skinner, The Mirror, Faber & Faber (composer Erik Satie reflects on his life, while a nun in Venice in 1511 is confronted with a mirror while having her portrait painted)

April Smith, A Star for Mrs. Blake, Knopf (the story of four “Gold Star” mothers, women who lost their sons in WWI, who travel to Europe in 1930 to find closure)

Sam Thomas, The Harlot’s Tale, Minotaur (2nd in mystery series after The Midwife’s Tale, about a midwife and her assistant investigating a crime in 1645 York, England)

Sophia Tobin, The Silversmith’s Wife, Simon & Schuster (historical thriller set in London in 1792)

Rachel Urquhart, The Visionist, Little Brown (drama in a small Shaker community in 1842 Massachusetts)

Dan Vyleta, The Crooked Maid, Bloomsbury (a woman and a boy return on the same train to Vienna in 1948, she in search of her husband, he to find the secrets of his family’s past)

Martin Waites, Angel of Death, Hammer (sequel to The Woman in Black, set in 1940 when evacuees from blitzed cities are sent to Eel Marsh House)

Heather Webb, Becoming Josephine, Plume (the story of Rose Tascher of Martinique, the future Empress Josephine)

February 2014

Kate Alcott, The Daring Ladies of Lowell, Doubleday (a bold young woman in 19th-c Massachusetts caught between her life at the factory and a budding romance with a mill owner’s son)

Mignon B. Ballard, Miss Dimple Picks a Peck of Trouble, Minotaur (cozy mystery set on the American home front in the small town of Elderberry, Georgia, in 1944)

Toby Barlow, Babayaga, Corvus (a novel of 1950s Paris, with star-crossed love, Cold War espionage, bloodthirsty witches and a police inspector turned into a flea)

Brunonia Barry, Banshee, William Collins (story of the legendary fairy women)

Sally Beauman, The Visitors, Little Brown (woman revisits her 1920s childhood in Egypt when she and her friend spied on the secretive excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb)

Elizabeth Blackwell, While Beauty Slept, Amy Einhorn/Putnam (the legend of Sleeping Beauty, retold in a historical setting)

Jessica Blair, Tapestry of Dreams, Piatkus (saga set in 1850s Lincolnshire)

Rhys Bowen, A Royal Threesome, Berkley Prime Crime (collection of first three novels in her 1930s-era Royal Spyness series)

Rhys Bowen, City of Darkness and Light, Minotaur (during the era of the Dreyfus Affair, Molly Murphy and her infant son are in Paris, unexpectedly entangled in the murder of an Impressionist artist)

Frances Brody, Murder in the Afternoon, Minotaur (Kate Shackleton mystery set in 1920s England)

Rachel Caine, Prince of Shadows, NAL (the houses of Montague and Capulet, and a curse that will claim the lives of many in Verona)

Carol K. Carr, India Black and the Gentleman Thief, Berkley Prime Crime (latest in series featuring a Victorian madam.  When a ghastly murder and impromptu investigation leads India to London’s docks, she makes a startling discovery)

Rory Clements, The Queen’s Man, Hodder & Stoughton (spy thriller set in Elizabethan England)

Clive Cussler and Justin Scott, The Bootlegger, Putnam (latest in Isaac Bell adventure series set during Prohibition)

Lindsey Davis, A Cruel Fate, Hodder & Stoughton (Quick Reads story set in English Civil War)

Patrick DeVille, Plague and Cholera, Little Brown (story of Alexander Yersin, protégé of Louis Pasteur, who discovered and vaccinated against bubonic plague, and his flight from Paris in 1940)

Pamela Evans, On Her Own Two Feet, Headline (saga set in WWII London about a woman who runs a keep fit class)

Adam Foulds, In the Wolf’s Mouth, Jonathan Cape (story of the Allies’ botched ‘liberation’ attempts as they chase the Germans north from N Africa towards the Italian mainland at the end of WWII)

Jean Fullerton, All Change for Nurse Millie, Orion (further adventures of a nurse in post-WWII East London)

Sally Gardner, Double Shadow, Phoenix (a teenager’s enchantment with a beautiful woman and the events of a summer day in the 1930s)

Elizabeth Gill, The Fall and Rise of Lucy Charlton, Quercus (saga set in Durham about a girl fallen on hard times and a soldier returning from WWI whose past come to haunt them)

Eliza Granville, Gretel and the Dark, Hamish Hamilton (story set in Vienna in 1899 and in Nazi Germany in 1939 about a psychoanalyst and a little girl fascinated by fairy tales)

Amanda Hodgkinson, Spilt Milk, Fig Tree (1939: girl can’t escape her mother’s past when she gives up her illegitimate child for adoption)

Marci Jefferson, Girl on the Golden Coin, St. Martin’s (novel of Frances Stuart, beautiful Royalist exile in 17th-century France and England)

Ben Kane, Hannibal: Clouds of War, Preface (231 BC: siege of Syracuse. Latest in series about Hannibal and the Romans)

Michael Kurland, Who Thinks Evil, Minotaur (Professor Moriarty mystery set in 1892 London)

Victoria Lamb, Her Last Assassin, Transworld (historical mystery set in Tudor England during the reign of Elizabeth I)

Dewey Lambdin, The King’s Marauder, St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne (20th installment in nautical adventure series)

Jonathan Lethem, Dissident Gardens, Jonathan Cape (the story of three generations of a radical New York family from 1955)

Louise Levene, The Following Girls, Bloomsbury (social satire about a girl’s struggle for freedom in 1970s suburbia)

Cari Lynn and Kellie Martin, Madam: A Novel of New Orleans, Plume (the story of Josie Arlington, a madam in the Storyville district of late 19th-c New Orleans)

James Long, The Balloonist, Quercus (a WWI balloon observer comes down over Belgium, is rescued by locals, escapes the enemy but is forced to make a difficult decision affecting the woman he loves)

James MacManus, Black Venus, Duckworth (story set in the 19thC Parisian literary world of Baudelaire and Balzac)

Audrey Magee, The Undertaking, Atlantic (story of a German couple in a marriage of convenience caught up in WWII in Berlin and on the Eastern Front)

Philip Margolin, Worthy Brown’s Daughter, Harper (twisting historical drama set in nineteenth-century Oregon, a heartbreaking story of slavery and murder)

Juan Marsé, The Calligraphy of Dreams, MacLehose Press (In a working-class district of Barcelona in the shadow of civil war, with his stepfather imprisoned for opposing Franco, teenager Ringo is thrown into the adult world of work, finding his own form of resistance through the power of the imagination)

Valerie Martin, The Ghost of the Mary Celeste, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (the fascinations of the ghost ship on the Victorian public from seagoing families to psychics to Conan Doyle)

Colleen McCullough, Bittersweet, Head of Zeus (story of four sisters who became nurses in 1920s Australia during the Depression)

Dermot McEvoy, The 13th Apostle, Skyhorse (novel of Michael Collins and the Irish uprising)

Susan Meissner, A Fall of Marigolds, NAL (two women, in NYC in 1911 and 2011, linked by a beautiful scarf passed down through the generations)

Robin Oliveira, I Always Loved You, Viking (novel of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas)

David Park, The Poets’ Wives, Bloomsbury (the wives of William Blake, Osip Mandelstam and a fictional Irish poet contemplate the sacrifices they made for their husbands’ work)

Tony Park, African Sky, Quercus (thriller and crime story set in WWII Rhodesia)

Adèle Parks, Spare Brides, Headline (story of four women picking up the pieces of their lives after WWI)

Allison Pataki, The Traitor’s Wife, Howard (novel of Peggy Shippen Arnold, wife of Benedict Arnold)

Brian Payton, The Wind is not a River, Mantle (wife seeks her soldier husband in Japanese-occupied Aleutian Islands during WWII)

Lesley Pearce [untitled], Michael Joseph (3rd in series about Belle and her daughter, set in WWII)

Tim Pears, In the Light of Morning, William Heinemann (British soldiers parachuted into WWII Slovenia and their relationships with the local partisans as the Axis forces close in)

Sharon Kay Penman, A King’s Ransom, Putnam (sequel to Lionheart, the heart-wrenching story of the last event-filled years in the life of Richard, Coeur de Lion)

Brandy Purdy, The Boleyn Bride, Kensington (a novel of Elizabeth Boleyn, mother of Anne and Mary)

Anthony Riches, The Emperor’s Knives, Hodder & Stoughton (latest in Roman military adventure series)

James Scott, The Kept, Hutchinson (woman seeks the killers of her family in New York State in 1897)

Jane Sanderson, Ravenscliffe, Morrow Paperbacks (followup to Netherwood, high drama, forbidden love, and family strife in early 20th-c England)

Steven Saylor, Raiders of the Nile, Minotaur (in Egypt during the Roman Republic, the young Gordianus the Finder finds himself involved in a raid to steal Alexander the Great’s sarcophagus)

Timothy Schaffert, The Swan Gondola, Riverhead (fable about two lovers, set against the backdrop of the 1898 Omaha World’s Fair)

Vivien Shotwell, Vienna Nocturne, Ballantine (the love story between a thirty-year-old Wolfgang Mozart and a young English soprano named Anna Storace)

Charles Todd, Hunting Shadows, Morrow (historical mystery; in 1920s England, Ian Rutledge investigates a dangerous case with ties leading back to the battlefields of World War I)

Nancy E. Turner, My Name Is Resolute, St. Martin’s (about a woman struggling to find herself in the years preceding the American Revolution)

John Wilcox, Bayonets along the Border, Allison & Busby (latest in Simon Fonthill Victorian military series is set in India)

March 2014

Edoardo Albert, Edwin, High King of Britain, Lion (after being deposed, Edwin of Northumbria seeks refuge with Raedwald of East Anglia and meets a Christian missionary who predicts that he will become King of Britain; 1st in series)

Paul Bailey, The Prince’s Boy, Bloomsbury (story of a Romanian immigrant in Paris in 1927)

Anne Clinard Barnhill, Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter, Griffin (novel of Mary Shelton, Queen Elizabeth I’s young cousin and ward)

Louis Bayard, The Beast in the Jungle (UK) / Roosevelt’s Beast (US), John Murray UK & Henry Holt US (psychological thriller about Theodore Roosevelt and his son on a dangerous expedition down an uncharted river in the Amazon in 1914)

James Benmore, Dodger of the Dials, Heron (crime novel featuring Oliver Twist and The Artful Dodger)

Alan Bradley, The Dead in their Vaulted Arches, Orion (latest in crime series set in the 1950s)

Benjamin Black, The Black-Eyed Blonde, Holt (Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler’s private eye, is back in a new adventure, set on the mean streets of 1950s California)

Paula Brackston, The Midnight Witch, St. Martin’s (in Edwardian London, the story of a young witch and the two men vying for her heart)

Barbara Taylor Bradford, Cavendon Hall, St. Martin’s (family saga set in Edwardian England)

Kate Breslin, For Such a Time, Bethany House (retelling of the story of Esther, moved ahead to the WWII period)

Christian Cameron, Tyrant: Force of Kings, Orion (climax of series set around the time of Alexander the Great)

Maud Casey, The Man Who Walked Away, Bloomsbury (an itinerant wanderer bonds with the patients at a mental asylum in 19th-c Bordeaux)

Janie Chang, Three Souls, Morrow (A young woman must make amends to earn entry into the afterlife for herself and her three souls; set in 1920s China)

Catherine Czerkawska, The Physic Garden, Saraband (unlikely friendship between a botanist and his apprentice in early 19thC Glasgow)

Deborah Daley, The Penalty, Heron (an orphaned girl fights for survival in Georgian England after being implicated in a horrific crime and discovers the truth about her origins)

Emma Donoghue, Frog Music, Little Brown (based on an unsolved murder in San Francisco in 1876)

Suzannah Dunn, The May Bride, Little Brown (Jane Seymour befriends her brother’s wife Katherine only to see her accused and put aside and after going to serve Catherine of Aragon she sees the same thing happening to her …)

Vaughn Entwistle, The Revenant of Thraxton Hall, Minotaur (Arthur Conan Doyle is enlisted by a mysterious aristocrat to investigate a future death, one that her prophetic dream has foretold —her own)

Hermione Eyre, Viper Wine, Jonathan Cape (story of beauty, vanity and addiction, featuring Lady Venetia Stanley and her husband Sir Kenelm Digby, set in 1632 at the Court of Charles I)

Katie Flynn, Time to Say Goodbye, Century (three girls, evacuated from Liverpool during WWII, support each other through hardship and heartbreak)

Anne Fortier, The Lost Sisterhood, Ballantine (intertwines the story of a modern scholar with that of her subjects, the warrior women called the Amazons)

Damon Galgut, Arctic Summer, Atlantic (story of E M Forster’s time in India where he found the inspiration for A Passage to India)

Teresa Grant, The Berkeley Square Affair, Kensington (espionage, intrigue and romance in Napoleonic Europe, part of Rannoch series)

Chris Greenhalgh, Seducing Ingrid Bergman, St. Martin’s (captures the love affair between Ingrid Bergman and the photographer Robert Capa, set in postwar Paris and Hollywood)

C.S. Harris, Why Kings Confess, NAL (the gruesome murder of a young French physician draws English aristocrat Sebastian St.  Cyr and his wife Hero into a dangerous, decades-old mystery)

Tobias Hill, What Was Promised, Bloomsbury (a novel of roots and belonging in post-WWII London)

Antonia Hodgson, The Devil in the Marshalsea, Hodder & Stoughton (murder mystery set in 1727 in the Marshalsea debtors’ prison in London)

Bruce Holsinger, A Burnable Book, Morrow (historical thriller set in Chaucer’s London)

Rebecca Hunt, Everland, Fig Tree (modern-day field trip to Antarctica brings to mind a similar one in 1913)

Wendy Jones, The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals, Europa (story of love, social mores, and secrets, set in small-town Wales in 1924)

Mary Lawson, Road Ends, Chatto & Windus (novel set in the frozen north of Canada, and London in the 60s, about a family which is falling apart)

Stephen Leigh, Immortal Muse, DAW (magic, science, and an age-old battle moving from 1300s Paris to WWII France)

Robert Lyndon, Imperial Fire, RedHook (historical adventure & sequel to Hawk Quest, set after 1066 along the Silk Road)

Claire R. McDougall, Veil of Time, Gallery (a divorcee comes to the Scottish Highlands and has dreams of the year 735 AD, the time of a devastating earthquake)

Eoin McNamee, Blue Is the Night, Faber & Faber (3rd in Blue series set in 1949 Belfast: ghosts, murder, madness and corruption)

Nicole Mones, Night in Shanghai, HMH (love story between a black musician and a gangster’s translator set against Shanghai’s dazzling jazz age)

Kate Mosse, Citadel, William Morrow (last of her Languedoc trilogy, set during WW2)

Helen Oyeyemi, Boy, Snow, Bird, Riverhead (race, family secrets, beauty, and vanity in small-town 1950s Massachusetts)

Lucinda Riley, The Midnight Rose, Atria (epic saga spanning the life of a girl from India, from 1911 to the present)

Erika Robuck, Fallen Beauty, NAL (the complex and uneasy friendship between an unwed seamstress and bohemian poet Edna St. Vincent Millay)

Anita Shreve, The Lives of Stella Bain, Little Brown (American girl who leaves college to drive an ambulance in WWI, suffers amnesia and struggles to regain her memories)

Marcus Sedgwick, A Love Like Blood, Mulholland (thriller about the pursuit of a man seen drinking a murdered woman’s blood in Paris in 1944)

Paullina Simons, Bellagrand, William Morrow (prequel to her Tatiana and Alexander series; follows the characters from Children of Liberty in turn-of-the-century America and Russia)

Eva Stachniak, Empress of the Night, Bantam (novel of Catherine the Great)

Donna Thorland, The Rebel Pirate, NAL (latest volume in swashbucking Revolutionary War-era spy series)

C. J. Underwood, An Army of Judiths, Knox Robinson (story set in 17thC Spanish Netherlands)

Ann Weisgarber, The Promise, Skyhorse (novel of two women during the Galveston hurricane of 1900)

Jean Zimmerman, Savage Girl, Viking (a wild girl from Nevada who lands in New York’s Gilded Age society)

April 2014

Edoardo Albert, Edwin: High King of Britain, Lion/Kregel (Edwin, High King of Britain in the 7th century)

Sebastian Barry, The Temporary Gentleman, Faber & Faber (in 1957 an Irishman looks back on his life from the 1920s through WWII and after)

Vanora Bennett, The White Russian, Century (illicit passion and family secrets set amongst the Russian émigré community of Paris in 1937)

Cynthia Bond, Ruby, Hogarth/Crown (a black prostitute’s difficult life in 1960s-70s east Texas; literary fiction about racism and intolerance)

Barbara Taylor Bradford, Cavendon Hall, St. Martin’s (saga of two aristocratic families in Edwardian England)

Susanna Calkins, From the Charred Remains, Minotaur (historical mystery, 2nd in series. Lucy Campion stumbles across a dead body that was supposed to have been destroyed in the Great Fire of London)

Toby Clements, Kingmaker: Winter Pilgrims, Century (1st in series set during the Wars of the Roses, beginning in 1460)

Berwick Coates, The Last Viking, Simon & Schuster (second in series about the Norman Conquest begins with death of Edward the Confessor and the threat of Harald Hardrada)

Lindsey Davis, Enemies at Home, Hodder & Stoughton (second in Roman mystery series featuring Falco’s adopted daughter as sleuth)

Emma Donoghue, Frog Music, Little, Brown (based on an unsolved murder in San Francisco in 1876, the story of a burlesque dancer trying to avenge her enigmatic friend’s death)

Nadine Dorries, The Four Streets, Head of Zeus (saga of Irish immigrants in 1950s Liverpool)

Gordon Ferris, Gallowglass, Corvus (latest in crime series set in post-WWII Glasgow)

Alan Furst, [untitled], Weidenfeld & Nicolson (latest in WWII spy thriller series)

Marina Fiorato, The Venetian Bargain, Griffin (love story set in 16th-c Venice)

Lauren Francis-Sharma, ‘Til the Well Runs Dry, Holt (multigenerational saga, from 1940s Trinidad to 1960s US)

Kimberley Freeman, Ember Island, Touchstone (secrets and scandal in the Channel Islands in 1891 and the present)

Iain Gale, Keane’s Challenge, Heron (latest in Napoleonic Wars series about an intelligence officer in Wellington’s army)

Hazel Gaynor, The Girl Who Came Home, Morrow (a novel of the Titanic‘s Irish passengers)

Elisabeth Gifford, The Sea House, St. Martin’s (love, loss, and motherhood, set in 1860 and over a century later, in Scotland’s remote Outer Hebrides)

Katharine Grant, Sedition, Henry Holt (in 1794 London, a seductive historical tale of piano playing, passions and female power)

Sandra Gulland, The Shadow Queen, Doubleday (novel about a woman who rises from poverty to become confidante to the Sun King’s mistress; set in the court of France’s Louis XIV in the 17th century)

Maureen Lee, The Seven Streets of Liverpool, Orion (family saga set in WWII)

Elizabeth Loupas, The Red Lily Crown, NAL (intrigue and passion at the Medici court of 16th-c Florence)

L.Y. Marlow, A Life Apart, Broadway (decades-long interracial love affair between a white sailor and the sister of the black sailor who saved his life at Pearl Harbor)

Kelly O’Connor McNees, The Island of Doves, Berkley (two women seeking freedom, set on Mackinac Island in the early 19th century)

Jude Morgan, The Secret Life of William Shakespeare, St. Martin’s (the private world of England’s most famous playwright)

TaraShea Nesbit, The Wives of Los Alamos, Bloomsbury (lives of the women whose husbands secretly created the atom bomb in WWII)

Lauren Owen, The Quick, Jonathan Cape (a brother and sister bound by tragedy in Victorian Yorkshire, the mysterious Aegolius Club, a society of the richest, most ambitious men in England – at some point the contours of reality will change)

Sharon Penman, The Prince of Darkness, Head of Zeus (4th in mystery series set at the court of Eleanor of Aquitaine, 1193)

Anne Perry, Blood on the Water, Headline (latest in Inspector Monk detective series set in Victorian London)

Anne Perry, Death on Blackheath, Ballantine (Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery; the couple investigates the death of a young woman near the home of a naval weaponry expert)

Jayne Anne Phillips, Quiet Dell, Jonathan Cape (story, based on fact, of a 1931 multiple murder by a conman who preyed on widows)

Francine Rivers, Bridge to Haven, Tyndale (the price of fame in 1950s Hollywood)

Hallie Rubenhold, The French Lesson, Doubleday (continuing the story of Henrietta Lightfoot, adventuress, spy and courtesan, who finds herself in Paris just as the French Revolution turns bloody)

Eva Augustin Rumpf, In Liberty’s Name, Knox Robinson (the story of the lead-up to the Haitian Revolution, spanning four countries and two decades)

Simone St. James, Silence for the Dead, NAL (chilling ghost story set in post-WWI England)

Kamila Shamsie, A God in Every Stone, Bloomsbury (a novel of heartbreak and frayed loyalties set in 1914 on an unnamed island and in 1915 and beyond in India)

Lauren-Francis Sharma, ‘Til the Well Runs Dry, Holt (multi-generational, multicultural saga that begins in the 1940s and sweeps through the 1960’s in Trinidad and the US)

Sara Sheridan, England Expects, Birlinn (murder mystery set in 1953, featuring two female sleuths)

Paullina Simons, Bellagrand, Morrow (sequel to Children of Liberty and prequel to The Bronze Horseman, set in early 20th-c America and Russia)

Andrew Swanston, Quicksilver, Transworld (murder, deceit and lies under a new monarch in 17th century London)

Rupert Thomson, Secrecy, Other Press (art and highly-charged drama in late 17th-century Florence)

Nicola Upson, The Death of Lucy Kyte, Harper/Bourbon Street (Josephine Tey mystery in which the author inherits a house in Suffolk)

Bob van Laerhoven, Baudelaire’s Revenge, Pegasus (a poetically-minded killer stalks Paris in 1870)

Ayelet Waldman, Love and Treasure, Two Roads (peacock pendant links a soldier, an art dealer, a psychiatrist and three women from 1914 Budapest to post WWII Salzburg and present-day New York)

Naomi Wood, Mrs. Hemingway, Penguin (told through the voices of the four women who married Ernest Hemingway)

May 2014

Martine Bailey, An Appetite for Violets, Hodder & Stoughton (under-cook in 18thC stately home gets swept up in a world of scheming, secrets and lies)

Robert Barclay, The Widow’s Walk, Morrow (romantic novel of passion, destiny, loss, and eternal love set in New Bedford, Mass, now and in 1840)

Raffaella Barker, From a Distance, Bloomsbury (WWII soldier returning home boards a train to Cornwall on an impulse, changing his destiny and that of two people in 2012)

Stephen Burke, The Good Italian, Hodder & Stoughton (Italy invades Ethiopia in 1935 as harbourmaster in Eritrea  falls in love with his new housekeeper)

Laura Beatty, Darkling, Chatto & Windus (two women, in two different centuries, both under siege: the modern one in researching the life of the other, Lady Brilliana Harley who defended her castle during a Royalist siege in the Civil War)

Maggie Bennett, A Family’s Duty, Allison & Busby (WWII saga set in a Hampshire village)

Elizabeth Crook, Monday, Monday, Sarah Crichton/FSG (in 1966 in Texas, a tragedy changes the course of three lives)

Mitch Cullin, A Slight Trick of the Mind, Canongate (retired Sherlock Holmes, aged 93 in 1947 revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own – about life, about love, and about the limits of the rational mind)

Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See, Scribner (a blind French girl meets a German boy in occupied France)

David Downing, Jack of Spies, Soho (a Scottish car salesman spies for His Majesty’s Navy in 1913)

Loren Estleman, Ragtime Cowboys, Forge (two former Pinkertons take down corruption in Prohibition-era California)

Elizabeth Fremantle, Sisters of Treason, Michael Joseph (story of Lady Jane Grey’s sisters and their precarious lives under Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I, second in Tudor trilogy)

Steven Galloway, The Confabulist, Riverhead (based on the life and sudden death of Harry Houdini)

Anna Godbersen, The Blonde, Weinstein (in 1959, Marilyn Monroe spies for the USSR)

Alex Grecian, The Devil’s Workshop, Putnam (thriller about Scotland Yard’s murder squad, set in London 1890)

Jeff Guinn, Glorious, Putnam (sweeping novel of the Old West, set in Arizona Territory in 1872)

Natalie S. Harnett, The Hollow Ground, St. Martin’s (literary family drama set amid the deadly coal mine fires of 1960s Pennsylvania)

Solmaz Kamuran, Kiraze, Garnet (legendary life of a 16thC woman in Turkey who made a life between the Cross and the Crescent)

Ben Kane, Hannibal: Enemy of Rome, St. Martin’s (Hannibal’s quest for revenge leads to the greatest conflict of the ancient world)

David Kirk, [untitled], Simon & Schuster (second in Samurai adventure series)

Gary Kriss, The Zodiac Deception, Forge (WWII thriller about an antihero working undercover in the Nazi High Command)

Giles Kristian, God of Vengeance, Transworld (Viking adventure set in 8thC Norway)

V.C. Letemendia, The Licence of War, Jonathan Cape (sequel to The Best of Men, set in 1643 in the embattled court of King Charles I, stately country estates and a colourful underworld of thieves and whores)

Kalyan May, No Country, Bloomsbury (multigenerational saga of diaspora from Ireland, India, Italy & Poland from 19thC onward)

Michael McGarrity, Backlands, Dutton (epic of the American West, sequel to Hard Country)

Larry McMurtry, The Last Kind Words Saloon, Norton/Liveright (friendship of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday)

Shirley McKay, Friend and Foe, Birlinn (latest in Hew Cullan mystery series: murder and corruption at the court of James VI of Scotland, 1583)

Sally O’Reilly, Dark Aemilia, Picador (novel of Aemilia Bassano, “dark lady” of Shakespeare; sorcery and passion in 17th-c London)

Dominic Prince, Thrown, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (story of a stable boy, the suffragette Emily Davison and the fateful events of Derby Day 1913)

James Runcie, Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil, Bloomsbury (3rd in detective series spanning 30 years of British history, this one set in 1963)

Steven Saylor, Raiders of the Nile, Constable (latest in Gordianus the Finder Roman mystery series)

Diana Souhami, Gwendolen, Quercus (story of Gwendolen Harleth, flawed heroine of Daniel Deronda, written as a memoir of her life)

Will Thomas, Fatal Enquiry, Minotaur (Cyrus Barker-Thomas Llewellyn mystery in Victorian London)

Victoria Thompson, Murder in Murray Hill, Berkley Prime Crime (Gaslight historical mystery set in turn-of-the-20th-c NYC)

Stephanie Thornton, Daughter of the Gods, NAL (the story of Hatshepsut, a woman who dared to declare herself pharaoh)

Colm Tóibín, Nora Webster, Viking (story of a mother in 1960s Ireland coping with the death of her husband)

Liz Trenow, The Forgotten Seamstress, Sourcebooks (in 1910 and a century later, the story of two women and a quilt with secrets stitched into its lining)

Paul Willetts, Rendezvous at the Russian Tea Rooms, Viking (spy thriller set in the calm that preceded the London Blitz)

Louisa Young, The Heroes’ War, HarperCollins (sequel to My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You; soldier returns from WWI but finds his married life marred by the damage the war has done)

June 2014

Annamaria Alfieri, Strange Gods, Minotaur (Out of Africa meets Agatha Christie in this historical mystery set in the burgeoning town of Nairobi, British East Africa)

Jeffery Renard Allen, Song of the Shank, Graywolf (Thomas Greene Wiggins, a 19th-century slave and improbable musical genius who performed under the name Blind Tom)

Nick Brown, Agent of Rome: The Black Stone of Emesa, Hodder & Stoughton (latest in adventures of a Roman Imperial agent in 3rd century)

Courtney Collins, The Untold, Amy Einhorn/Putnam (a female horse thief in 1921 Australia and the two men trying to capture her)

Andrew Lewis Conn, O, Africa!, Crown/Hogarth (twin Jewish brothers leave 1920s NY to make the first movie in Africa)

Paul Doherty, Roseblood, Headline (nfi)

Kimberly Elkins, What Is Visible, Twelve (novel of Laura Bridgman, the first deaf-blind person to be educated and learn the English language)

Adam Foulds, In the Wolf’s Mouth, FSG (at the end of WWII, follows the Allies’ botched “liberation” attempts as they chase the Nazis north toward the Italian mainland)

Diana Gabaldon, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, Delacorte US & Orion UK (8th novel in the Outlander series, beginning in 1778, amidst the American Revolution)

Rosie Garland, [untitled], HarperCollins (mysterious woman appears in a 14thC village on the eve of the Black Death)

Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Spartacus, Hesperus (story of the slave uprising in ancient Rome, 1stC BC)

Susan Jane Gilman, The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street, Grand Central (story of immigrant ingenuity in early 20th-century Manhattan)

Jason Goodwin, The Baklava Club, Sarah Crichton/FSG (final mystery featuring Yashim the eunuch in 19th-c Istanbul)

Susanna Gregory, Death of a Scholar, Sphere (latest Matthew Bartholomew medieval mystery)

Kristen Harnisch, The Vintner’s Daughter, HarperCollins Canada (ambition, betrayal and love take a spirited young woman from the Loire Valley to turn-of-the-century Manhattan to California’s wine country)

M.K. Hume, Storm Lord: Twilight of the Celts II, Headline (second in series sequels to author’s Arthurian novels)

Michael Jecks, Fields of Blood, Simon & Schuster (story set during the Battle of Crécy, 1346)

M.R.C. Kasasian, The Curse of the House of Foskett, Head of Zeus (latest in Victorian mystery series set in London)

Nicole Mary Kelby, The Pink Suit, Virago (the story behind the outfit Jacqueline Kennedy wore on 22 November 1963, beginning with the seamstress who made it)

Eleanor Kuhns, Cradle to Grave, Minotaur (a Shaker is accused of kidnapping and murder in 1700s Maine)

Rosanna Ley, The Riches of Mandalay, Quercus (Eve goes on a mission for her grandfather who served in Burma in WWII and finds scandal and the truth about his involvement with a woman there)

Michelle Lovric, The True and Splendid History of the Harristown Sisters, Bloomsbury (seven Irish sisters fêted for their luxuriant long hair in the mid-19thC pay a price for their celebrity)

Jeanne Mackin, The Beautiful American, NAL (novel based on the life of Lee Miller, model, artist, war correspondent, and mistress of Man Ray in Paris)

Marco Malvaldi, The Art of Killing Well, MacLehose Press (19thC: Italy’s first celebrity chef turns detective to save the life of a Tuscan aristocrat)

Carol McCleary, No Job for a Lady, Forge (Nellie Bly, on the case again in 1886 Mexico)

Katharine McMahon, The Woman in the Picture, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (this sequel to The Crimson Rooms, set in 1926, follows Evelyn now she’s one of the first qualified women solicitors)

Larry McMurtry, The Last Kind Words Saloon, Norton/Liveright (the friendship of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday)

Susan Scarf Merrell, Shirley, Blue Rider (psychological thriller set in 1964 Vermont, featuring Shirley Jackson, her husband, and a young couple living at their home)

Livi Michael, Succession, Fig Tree (story of Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII, and her role in the Wars of the Roses)

John David Morley, Ella Morris, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (story of a continent and a woman torn between two men spanning WWII to the Yugoslav conflict)

Lauren Owen, The Quick, Random House (atmospheric debut about a young poet’s disappearance in 1890s London)

James Runcie, Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil, Bloomsbury (baby is stolen from an English hospital during Christmas 1963; mystery)

Sean Thomas Russell, [untitled], Michael Joseph (4th in maritime adventure series set in Age of Sail)

Simon Scarrow, [untitled], Headline (boyhood friends meet as adults in Greece, one now a WWII German intelligence officer, the other a Greek resistance fighter)

Lisa See, China Dolls, Random House (in San Francisco in 1938, three good friends want to be showgirls in the city’s All-Asian revues)

William Shaw, House of Flies, Quercus (a novel of celebrity corruption and murder in 1960s Swinging London)

Graeme Shimmin, A Kill in the Morning, Transworld (thriller set in the 1950s where WWII didn’t happen and Britain holds out against a nuclear-armed Nazi Germany)

Noble Smith, Spartans at the Gates, St. Martin’s (action-adventure set during the war between the great powers of ancient Greece)

Susan Spann, Blade of the Samurai, Minotaur (Samurai mystery of 16th-c Japan, 2nd in series featuring a ninja detective and his Jesuit sidekick)

Jessica Stirling, Shadwell 3 [untitled], Hodder & Stoughton (latest in WWII London saga series)

Rosie Thomas, The Illusionists, Overlook (passion and intrigue in London’s theatre world in 1870)

Enrique Vila-Matas, Never Any End to Paris, Harvill Secker (novel about Hemingway’s Paris)

Kent Wascom, The Blood of Heaven, Grove (Angel Woolsack is a Confederate about to breathe his last, as the Union approach. Rejected by his wife, his wealth no longer useful to him, he sets about recording his final testament)

Alison Weir, The Marriage Game, Hutchinson (the relationship between the young Elizabeth I and the dashing but married Lord Robert Dudley)

Beatriz Williams, The Secret Life of Violet Grant, Putnam (story of lost love and ambitions that crosses generations; set in prewar Germany and 1964 Manhattan)

Lauren Willig, That Summer, St. Martin’s (a woman inherits an English house with a mysterious past; dual-period saga, set in 2009 and 1849)

D.K. Wilson, The First Horseman, Sphere (first in Tudor mystery series, each featuring a true unsolved crime)

Robert Wilton, The Spider of Sarajevo, Corvus (a novel of shadows, intrigue and manipulation in a Europe teetering on the brink of the Great War, latest in Comptroller-General series)

Robyn Young, Kingdom: Insurrection III, Hodder & Stoughton (last in series about Robert the Bruce)

July 2014

David Almond, The Tightrope Walkers, Viking (coming of age on the Tyne in the 1960s: a novel of young love and tragedy)

E. C. Ambrose, Elisha Magus, DAW (2nd in dark fantasy series set in medieval times)

Michael Arnold, Warlord’s Gold, Hodder & Stoughton (latest in adventure series set in the English Civil War)

Stewart Binns, The Shadow of War, Michael Joseph (first in WWI series about five British communities, their circumstances very different, who will all share in the coming tragedy)

Joanna Briscoe, Touched, Hammer (1963: family moves into a creepy house that resists all attempts at renovation)

Amy Belding Brown, Flight of the Sparrow, NAL (life of Mary Rowlandson, woman captured by Indians in Puritan America)

Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist, Picador (love and obsession in 1686 Amsterdam)

Elizabeth Cooke, The Wild Dark Flowers, Berkley (a novel of Rutherford Park; Downton-style saga set in 1915)

Lindsey Davis, Enemies at Home, Minotaur (a burglary that led to murder might now result in many more deaths; Flavia Albia mystery set in 1st-c Rome)

Angus Donald, The Iron Castle, Sphere (latest in adventure series about Robin Hood)

P. T. Deutermann, Sentinels of Fire, St. Martin’s (WWII naval adventure of the war’s Pacific theater)

Kimberly Elkins, What Is Visible, Hachette/Twelve (life of Laura Bridgman, a 19th-century woman who had lost all her senses but touch at the age of two)

Patricia Ferguson, Aren’t We Sisters?, Fig Tree (period drama of  buried secrets and unlikely friendship in the upstairs-downstairs world)

Ben Fergusson, The Spring of Kasper Meier, Little Brown (intrigue, murder and deception in post-WWII Berlin)

Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Chatto & Windus (In a WWII Japanese POW camp on the Burma Railway, a surgeon is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier)

Marcello Fois, Bloodlines, Maclehose Press (domestic epic of the lives and loves of the Chironi family, as they struggle through war and fascism in Sardinia)

David Fuller, Sundance, Riverhead (story of love and vengeance starring Harry Longbaugh, otherwise known as the Sundance Kid)

Rosie Garland, Vixen, Borough Press (superstition and devotion during the Black Death in 14thC Devon)

Robert Goddard, The Corners of the Globe, Transworld (espionage, treachery and murder set in the aftermath of WWI)

Daisy Goodwin, The Fortune Hunter, St. Martin’s (novel of Empress Elisabeth of Austria and handsome English horseman Bay Middleton)

Alex Grecian, The Devil’s Workshop, Michael Joseph (Jack the Ripper is back in the 3rd of the Scotland Yard Murder Squad series, set in 1890s London)

Nicola Griffith, Hild, Blackfriars (story of Hild of Whitby in the court of her uncle Edwin of Northumbria as he plots to become king of all the Angles in 7thC England)

Rosie Harris, Guarded Passions, Severn House (WWII family saga)

James Heneage, The Towers of Samarcand, Heron (caught between Tamerlane’s Mongolian army and the battle for Byzantium, hero Luke Magoris must fight for his birthright in the second of the Mistra Chronicles)

Anna Lee Huber, A Grave Matter, Berkley Prime Crime (Lady Kiera Darby mystery set in 1830 Scotland; a caretaker at her childhood home is murdered, and a grave disturbed)

C C Humphreys, Plague, Century (thriller set in London during the Great Plague of 1665)

Conn Iggulden, Wars of the Roses: Stormbird, Putnam (action-packed novel, 1st in series, about two families who plunged England into a decades-long civil war in the 15th century)

Luke McCallin, The Pale House, Berkley (mystery set in the final, bloody days of WWII)

Katharine McMahon, The Woman in the Picture, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (woman solicitor during the General Strike of 1926)

Catriona McPherson, Dandy Gilver and the Reek of Red Herrings, Hodder & Stoughton (Dandy Gilver mystery set in 1930s Scotland)

William Napier, The Last Crusade: Ivan the Terrible, Orion (Elizabethan adventure series)

Alex Preston, In Love and War, Faber (love, heroism and resistance beginning in 1930s Florence)

Sean Thomas Russell, Until The Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead, Michael Joseph (4th in C18-19 maritime adventure series featuring Charles Hayden)

Barbara J. Taylor, Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night, Akashic/Kaylie Jones (literary family drama set in a Pennsylvania coal-mining town in the early 20th century)

Peter Tremayne, Atonement of Blood, Minotaur (7th-c Ireland, and Sister Fidelma’s brother, the king, is stabbed by an unknown intruder)

Peter Tremayne, The Devil’s Seal, Headline (latest Sister Fidelma murder mystery set in medieval Ireland)

Various, Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion, Berkley (anthology of post-WWII fiction)

James Wilde, Hereward: Wolves of New Rome, Transworld (latest in Hereward the Wake series)

Kate Williams, The Storms of War, Orion (first in trilogy opens in summer of 1914 before a family is hit by the onslaught of war)

Tiphanie Yanique, Land of Love and Drowning, Riverhead (three generations on St. Thomas, as it passes from Danish to American rule between 1916 and the 1970s)

August 2014

Rennie Airth, The Reckoning, Viking (post-WWI murder mystery featuring John Madden)

Amy Bloom, Lucky Us, Random House (two half-sisters on an extended road trip in the ’40s)

Rhys Bowen, Queen of Hearts, Berkley Prime Crime (a Royal Spyness mystery, moving from England to 1930s California)

Christian Cameron, Tyrant: Force of Kings (last in series about Alexanader the Great’s generals)

Emma Campion, A Triple Knot, Crown (story of Joan of Kent, renowned beauty and niece of King Edward III)

Robert Fabbri, Masters of Rome, Corvus (Roman military adventure featuring Vespasian, set in mid-C1 Britannnia and Rome, 4th in series)

Ildefonso Falcones, The Barefoot Queen, Transworld (adventure set in Seville in 1748)

Anna Freeman, The Fair Fight, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (female pugilists in 18thC Bristol)

Steven Galloway, The Confabulist, Atlantic (a down-and-out’s fate is inextricably linked with Houdini until their lives converge in spectacular and devastating fashion)

Adrian Goldsworthy, Run Them Ashore, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (latest in Napoleonic Wars series)

Jean-Michel Guenassia, The Incorrigible Optimists Club, Atlantic (a 12-year-old boy is drawn to the the huddle of Eastern Europeans gathered in the back room of a Paris bistro 1959 against the backdrop of the Algerian war)

Douglas Jackson, Enemy of Rome, Transworld (military adventure set in AD69)

Syrie James, Jane Austen’s First Love, Berkley (fifteen-year-old Jane Austen meets the devilishly handsome Edward Taylor)

Allegra Jordan, The End of Innocence, Sourcebooks Landmark (on the eve of WWI, two Harvard students fall in love and must face a world at war from opposing sides)

Stephanie Lam, The Mysterious Affair at Castaway House, Michael Joseph (scandal uncovered in 1965 reveals a 1920s family caught up in a tragic case of mistaken identity, heartbreak and a suspicious disappearance)

Susan Lanigan, White Feathers, Brandon (Irish immigrant girl in WWI London faces a difficult choice when her boyfriend refuses to fight)

Karen Maitland, The Vanishing Witch, Review (story set during the Peasants’ Revolt)

Vanessa Manko, The Invention of Exile, Penguin Press (literary; a wrongly exiled immigrant from Russia in 1913 struggles to reunite with his family)

Kate Parker, The Counterfeit Lady, Berkley Prime Crime (Victorian bookshop mystery, 2nd in series)

Marie Phillips, The Table of Less Valued Knights, Jonathan Cape (comic novel about King Arthur and Camelot)

D.M. Pirrone, Shall We Not Revenge, Allium Press of Chicago (historical mystery set in 1872 Chicago; an Irish Catholic detective investigates the murder of an Orthodox Jewish rabbi)

Kim Rendfeld, The Ashes of Heaven’s Pillar, Fireship (faith, friendship, and justice as a peasant woman struggles to protect her family in 8th-century Francia)

Eva Rice, Love Notes for Freddie, Heron (three very people very different in age, gender and class concoct a plan in Welwyn Garden City in 1967)

Alyson Richman, The Garden of Letters, Berkley (novel of tragedy and romance in which a young cellist is drawn into the Italian Resistance during WWII)

Tim Severin, Pirate Privateer, Macmillan (fourth in swashbuckling pirate series)

Katy Simpson Smith, The Story of Land and Sea, Harper (three generations of family on the North Carolina coast during the American Revolution)

Kelli Stanley, City of Ghosts, Minotaur (latest Miranda Corbie mystery set in WWII-era California)

Debbie Taylor, Herring Girl, Oneworld (boy with gender problems encounters a 19thC herring girl under hypnosis)

Charles Todd, An Unwilling Accomplice, Morrow (latest WWI mystery featuring battlefield nurse Bess Crawford)

Susan Vreeland, Lisette’s List, Random House (a young woman’s personal transformation and education about art, set in Provence during the WWII years)

Jo Walton, My Real Children, Corsair (old, confused woman remembers two conflicting versions of marriage and children after a solid memory of childhood and WWII Oxford)

Sarah Waters, The Paying Guests, Virago (when a genteel impoverished widow and her spinster daughter in post WWI London are obliged to take in lodgers, the routines of the house are shaken up in devastating ways)

Steve Wiegenstein, This Old World, Blank Slate (the aftermath of the Civil War in a Missouri Utopian community, in which the women who were left behind and the men who fought on opposing sides must put the past behind them)

Lauren Willig, The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, NAL (Pink Carnation series novel set in 1806; are vampires stalking England?)

Hazel Woods, This Is How I’d Love You, Plume (when her family is transplanted to New Mexico in 1917, a young woman begins a secret correspondence with an American medic in France)

September 2014

Siobhan Adcock, The Barter, Dutton (two women in Texas, a century apart, bound by an unspeakable sacrifice)

Susan Wittig Albert, The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Busy, Berkley Prime Crime (newest Depression-era cozy mystery set in Texas in 1933)

Maggie Anton, Enchantress: A Novel of Rav Hisda’s Daughter, Plume (Jewish-themed novel set in 4th-century Babylonia, involving palace intrigues and magic)

Christopher Bland, Ashes in the Wind, Head of Zeus (two friends from different backgrounds in Ireland from WWI to the Spanish Civil War and the IRA)

Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist, Ecco (in 17th-century Amsterdam, a young wife receives a dollhouse whose tiny furnishings mysteriously mirror and predict events in her own household)

Elizabeth Chadwick, The Winter Crown, Sphere (second in trilogy about Eleanor of Aquitaine)

Maurice Druon, The Lily and the Lion, HarperCollins (sixth in Accursed Kings series, set in medieval France)

Cate Campbell, The Benedict Bastard, Kensington (latest in Benedict Hall family saga set in early 20th-c Seattle)

Alix Christie, Gutenberg’s Apprentice, Headline UK & Morrow US (based on the true story of the creation of the Gutenberg Bible in 15th-c Mainz, Germany)

Martin Davies, Havana Sleeping, Hodder & Stoughton (murder, slavery and intrigue confront a British diplomat posted to Cuba in the 1850s)

S J Deas, The Royalist, Headline (first in series featuring William Falkland, nfi)

James Ellroy, Perfidia, Knopf (dark crime thriller set in 1941, in which a Japanese-American family is found dead in LA; was it suicide or murder?)

Ken Follett, Edge of Eternity, Macmillan UK / Dutton US (final installment of Century Trilogy, following five intertwined families from the 1950s through the end of the 20th century)

Kate Forsyth, Bitter Greens, St. Martin’s (interweaves the Rapunzel fairy tale with the true life story of 17th-century French writer Charlotte-Rose de la Force)

Elisabeth Gifford, Return to Fourwinds, Corvus (wartime secrets revealed at a gathering of families to celebrate a wedding)

Sophie Hannah, The Monogram Murders, Harper (new Hercule Poirot mystery authorized by the Agatha Christie estate)

Gregory Harris, The Bellingham Bloodbath, Kensington (Victorian-era mystery in which Colin Pendragon and his colleague investigate a murder inside the closed ranks of Her Majesty’s Guard)

Brian Hart, The Bully of Order, Harper (novel of fate and redemption set on the coast of Washington State at the turn of the 20th century)

Joanna Hickson, The Agincourt Bride, Harper (story of Katherine of Valois, the French-born queen who founded the Tudor Dynasty)

Ann Hood, An Italian Wife, Norton (literary multigenerational saga focusing on the wife in an Italian immigrant family in the early 20th century)

Conn Iggulden, Wars of the Roses: Trinity, Michael Joseph (second in series set in C15)

Ruby Jackson, Wave Me Goodbye, Harper (tragedy and triumph during WWII)

John James (completed by Caitlin & John Matthews), The Fourth Gwenevere, Jo Fletcher Books (what happened after the death of King Arthur)

Laird Hunt, Neverhome, Little Brown (a woman leaves her husband to fight for the Union during the US Civil War)

D.E. Ireland, Wouldn’t It Be Deadly, Minotaur (1st in new amateur detective series featuring Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins)

Laila Lalami, The Moor’s Account, Pantheon (fiction about the first New World explorer of African origin)

Tim Leach, The King and the Slave, Atlantic (when Babylonian king Cambyses seeks vengeance on Egypt, only his slave Croesus, an ex-king himself, can guide him)

Valerio Massimo Manfredi, The Return, Macmillan (second in series about Odysseus)

Robert Merle, The Brethren, Pushkin Press (first in series set in 16thC France)

Mary Miley, Silent Murders, Minotaur (in the 1920s, a string of Hollywood murders interrupts Jessie Carr’s dream of making it on the silver screen; 2nd in series)

John David Morley, Ella Morris, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (woman’s life torn between 2 men from WWII to the Yugoslav conflict)

Kate Mosse, The Taxidermist’s Daughter, Orion (psychological thriller set in 1912)

Valerio Massimo Manfredi, Odysseus: The Oath, Overlook (first in new epic series set in ancient Greece)

Frances McNamara, Death at Chinatown, Allium Press of Chicago (sleuth Emily Cabot investigates the murder of a Chinese herbalist in 1896 Chicago)

Michael Nethercott, The Haunting Ballad, Minotaur (mystery set in the Greenwich Village music scene of the late ’50s)

Anne Perry, Blood on the Water, Ballantine (20th William Monk mystery, dealing with the explosion of a pleasure boat on the Thames)

Alyson Richman, The Garden of Letters, Berkley (a young cellist is drawn into the Italian Resistance during WWII)

S. Thomas Russell, Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead, Putnam (Charles Hayden nautical adventure)

Anne Rutherford, The Twelfth Night Murder, Berkley Prime Crime (mystery set in the theatre world in Restoration England; 3rd in series)

Albert Sánchez Piñol, Victus: The Fall of Barcelona, A Novel, Harper (historical and military epic of 18th-century Spain)

Tony Schumacher, The Darkest Hour, Morrow (thriller of post-WWII London)

Joanna Scott, De Potter’s Grand Tour, FSG (set in 1905, a seemingly charmed marriage and a mysterious disappearance at sea)

Joanna Skibsrud, Quartet for the End of Time, William Heinemann (lives of four people from Washington in the 1930s to Europe & N Africa on the Cusp of WWII)

Jessica Stirling, The Constant Star, Hodder & Stoughton (WWII hits home to a scattered East End family)

Jonathan Trigell, The Tongues of Men or Angels, Corsair (story of rival factions of St Peter and St Paul after the Resurrection and who was the real Jesus?)

Sarah Waters, The Paying Guests, Riverhead (unexpected things happen when a spinster and her widowed mother take in boarders in ’20s London)

October 2014

Tasha Alexander, The Counterfeit Heiress, Minotaur (Victorian mystery; Lady Emily travels to Paris where she struggles to unmask a murderer)

Raymond Buckland, Dead for a Spell, Berkley Prime Crime (2nd in series with Bram Stoker as amateur sleuth)

Andrea Camilleri, Hunting Season, Mantle (murder mystery set in 1880s Sicily)

Bernard Cornwell, The Empty Throne, HarperCollins (latest in Anglo-Saxon Warrior Chronicles featuring Uhtred of Bebbanburgh)

Sandra Dallas, A Quilt for Christmas, St. Martin’s (Christmas novel set during the Civil War; a young woman makes a quilt for her husband when he’s off fighting with the Kansas volunteers)

Valerie Fitzgerald, Zemindar, Head of Zeus (19thC love story set in the Indian Mutiny)

Ariana Franklin, Winter Siege, Transworld (set in 1141 during the civil war between King Stephen & Empress Matilda)

Kate Furnivall, The Far Side of the Sun, Berkley (passionate story of courage and betrayal, set in the sultry, turbulent landscape of 1940s Bahamas)

Christopher Gortner, The Tudor Vendetta, St. Martin’s Griffin & Hodder & Stoughton (Brendan Prescott is called to aid the young Queen Elizabeth amid a realm plunged into chaos)

Laurie Graham, The Grand Duchess of Nowhere, Quercus (Queen Victoria’s granddaughter Victoria Melita in love with a Romanov duke but forced to marry her German cousin, escapes to Russia as the Revolution begins)

Eliza Granville, Gretel and the Dark, Riverhead (a young girl in Nazi Germany, a psychoanalyst in fin-de-siecle America, and the mystery that links them together)

Graham Hancock, Return of the Plumed Serpent, Coronet (second in trilogy set in Mexico at the time of Cortes and the Aztecs)

Jasper Kent, The Last Oprichnik, Transworld (last in vampire thriller series beginning in 1917 Russia)

Kate Kerrigan, Land of Dreams, Morrow Paperbacks (Set in 1940s Los Angeles, the final installment in Ellie Hogan’s sweeping immigrant trilogy begun in Ellis Island and City of Hope)

Stephanie Laurence, A Comfortable Wife, Severn House (Regency romance)

Charlie Lovett, First Impressions, Viking (literary mystery co-starring Jane Austen, intertwined with the tale of a modern antiquarian bookseller)

David Macfarlane, The Figures of Beauty, Harper (art, beauty, star-crossed lovers, and the choices that define our lives; set in Paris, Italy, and North America beginning in 1968)

S G MacLean, The Seeker, Quercus (a new historical thriller series featuring Damian Seeker, one of Oliver Cromwell’s most trusted and feared adherents)

James MacManus, Sleep in Peace Tonight, St. Martin’s (story of Harry Hopkins, FDR’s most trusted advisor, who becomes involved with a woman soldier in wartime London)

Elizabeth Marsh, Deeds of Darkness, Allison & Busby (murder mystery set in 1916)

Beryl Matthews, Two Strangers, Severn House (saga set in 1920s London)

Alyssa Maxwell, Murder at Marble House, Kensington (Gilded Age mystery set in Newport, Rhode Island)

E.B. Moore, An Unseemly Wife, NAL (a 19th-century Amish woman risks faith and family to survive)

Andrew Motion, The New World, Jonathan Cape (sequel to Silver, the author’s sequel to Treasure Island)

Marta Perry, The Forgiven, Berkley (new series in which a story from the past provides insights and inspiration to the lives of Amish women; set in the present and in the ’40s)

Anthony Riches, Thunder of the Gods, Hodder & Stoughton (8th in Roman military adventure series set in 1C AD)

Wilbur Smith, Desert God, Morrow (Game of Thrones meets ancient Egypt in the latest adventures of Taita, slave and advisor to the pharaoh)

Julian Stockwin, Pasha, Hodder & Stoughton (latest in Kydd naval adventure series set in early C19)

Miles Swarthout, The Last Shootist, Forge (sequel to the classic western The Shootist, penned by the son of the original author)

S.D. Sykes, Plague Land, Hodder & Stoughton (political intrigue, family secrets and violent strife in Kent in the aftermath of the Black Death)

Jane Smiley, Some Luck, Knopf (life of an Iowa farm family in mid-20th-century America)

Andrew Taylor, The Scent of Death, Harper (mystery set in NYC during the American Revolution)

Patrick Taylor, An Irish Doctor in Peace and War, Forge (part of Irish Country series; Dr O’Reilly heeds the call to serve his country during WWII)

Lavie Tidhar, A Man Lies Dreaming, Hodder & Stoughton (pulp fiction author in Auschwitz imagines himself as a PI in London)

Colm Tóibín, Nora Webster, Viking (widow in 1960s Ireland remembers her rift with her own mother as she struggles to make a life for her sons)

Louisa Treger, The Lodger, Thomas Dunne (novel about modernist writer Dorothy Richardson, peer of Virginia Woolf and lover of H.G. Wells)

Ashley Weaver, Murder at the Brightwell, Minotaur (1930s-era mystery featuring British aristocrats on holiday)

November 2014

Michael Asher, Death or Glory IV, Michael Joseph (latest in Tom Caine WWII military adventure series)

Charlotte Betts, [Untitled], Piatkus (half-English, half-French woman finds herself in danger in Revolutionary France)

Christian Cameron, The Long Sword, Orion (adventures set in the Hundred Years’ War)

Angus Donald, Grail Knight, St. Martin’s (action-adventure featuring Alan Dale in 13th-c England)

Maurice Druon, The Royal Succession, Harper (book 4 of Accursed Kings series set in medieval France)

Lissa Evans, Crooked Heart, Transworld (relationship between a WW2 orphan evacuee and his foster mother set against the backdrop of the Blitz)

Barbara Ewing, The Petticoat Men, Head of Zeus (scandal in Victorian England when a young widow’s make lodgers are arrested)

Charles Finch, The Laws of Murder, Minotaur (in Victorian England, Charles Lenox investigates the murder of a friend and colleague)

David Gibbins, Total War Rome: Destroy Carthage, St. Martin’s Griffin (brings the Total War Gaming series together with action-adventure historical fiction)

Nick Hornby, Miss Blackpool, Viking (Meet Sophie Parker, Blackpool’s answer to Sophia Loren. She knows what she wants, and she’s heading to 60s London for her big acting break)

Sherry Jones, The Sharp Hook of Love, Simon and Schuster/Gallery (a tale of the famous 12th-century Parisian lovers Heloise and Abelard)

Catriona McPherson, A Deadly Measure of Brimstone, Minotaur (Dandy Gilver mystery set in a spa town in 1920s Scotland)

Irène Némirovsky, The Fires of Autumn, Chatto & Windus (prequel to Suite Française, set between WWI and WWII)

B.B. Oak, Thoreau on Wolf Hill, Kensington (2nd in mystery series featuring Henry David Thoreau in 1847 Massachusetts)

Diane Pearson, Csardas, Head of Zeus (story of sisters from their glittering beginnings in aristocratic Hungary, through the traumas of two world wars)

Brandy Purdy, The Ripper’s Wife, Kensington (in which a Southern belle learns the full extent of her rich British husband’s madness)

Imogen Robertson, The Paris Winter, St. Martin’s (young woman caught up in mystery and intrigue during Paris’ Belle Epoque)

Renee Rosen, What the Lady Wants, NAL (love story set in the glamorous age of the Robber Barons, late 19th-c Chicago)

Elif Shafak, The Architect’s Apprentice, Viking (plagues, wars, forbidden romance and the simple love between a boy and his elephant in C16 Istanbul)

Jane Smiley, Some Luck, Mantle (first in trilogy about an American family spanning a century from 1920)

Stephanie Thornton, The Tiger Queens, NAL (epic story of the women behind Genghis Khan’s empire)

Christine Trent, A Virtuous Death, Kensington (3rd in Victorian mystery series featuring a female undertaker)

L.C. Tyler, A Cruel Necessity, Constable & Robinson (murder mystery set in Cromwellian England, 1657)

Katherine Webb, [untitled], Orion (secret loves and shattered truthsi in 1921 Puglia)

Russell Whitfield, Imperatrix, Myrmidon (latest in Roman gladiatrix series)

Andrew Williams, The Suicide Club, Hodder & Stoughton (1917: soldier spy seconded to Haig’s headquarters – officially, to train a new espionage group called ‘The Suicide Club’, unofficially to spy on the Field Marshal’s staff)

December 2014

Brian Aldiss, Jocasta, Wife and Mother, Friday Project (sci-fi author tackles ancient Greece)

Anne Baker, Wartime Girls, Headline (Liverpool saga set during the Depression and WWII Blitz)

Robin Blake, A Dark Anatomy, Constable & Robinson (first in crime series set in Lancashire in the 1740s)

Robin Blake, Dark Waters, Constable & Robinson (second in crime series set in Lancashire in the 1740s)

Anne Baker, Wartime Girls, Headline (Liverpool saga set during the Depression and WWII Blitz)

WEB Griffin and W.E. Butterworth IV, Top Secret, Putnam (a Clandestine Operations novel set in the first weeks after WWII)

Catherine Lloyd, Death Comes to London, Kensington (historical mystery set in Regency England, 2nd in series)

Holly Messinger, The Curse of Jacob Tracy, St. Martin’s (historical fantasy set in the American West in 1880, about a Civil War veteran who can see ghosts)

Evelio Rosero, Bolivar’s Carnival Float, Maclehose Press (a man who has devoted his life to studying Simon Bolivar provokes outrage in Colombia when he mocks the Liberator in a carnival float)

Laura Joh Rowland, The Iris Fan, Minotaur (latest Sano Ichirō mystery, set in 1709 Japan; the emperor’s life is threatened)

Mingmei Yip, Secret of a Thousand Beauties, Kensington (in the early 20th century, a young Chinese women flees an unfair marriage and becomes an embroiderer in the city of Soochow)

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