Guide to historical novels for 2016

We list mainstream and small press titles set in the 1960s and earlier.  Details were compiled by Sarah Johnson (US) and Sarah Cuthbertson (UK), and were based on publisher descriptions.

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

January 2016

Leila Aboulela, The Kindness of Enemies, Grove (in 2010, a half-Russian, half-Sudanese history professor researches the life of Imam Shamil, the 19th-c Muslin leader; told from both viewpoints)

Mark Alder, Son of the Morning, Pegasus (novel of the Hundred Years War, historical fantasy where angels and demons choose sides on the battlefield)

Martine Bailey, A Taste for Nightshade, St. Martin’s (novel of suspense, cooking, and revenge in early 19th-century England)

Julian Barnes, The Noise of Time, Jonathan Cape (In this story about art and power, compromise, cowardice and courage set in 1937, a man waits all night in a Leningrad apartment block, expecting to be taken to the Big House from which few return)

Melanie Benjamin, The Swans of Fifth Avenue, Delacorte (novel about Truman Capote’s scandalous, headline-making, and heart-wrenching friendship with Babe Paley and New York’s society “swans” of the 1950s)

Vanora Bennett, Midnight in St. Petersburg, St. Martin’s (one woman’s fight for survival and love in revolutionary Russia)

P. J. Brackston, The Case of the Fickle Mermaid, Pegasus (Gretel of fairy tale lore solves a mysterious case involving mermaids in 18th-c Bavaria; historical fantasy/mystery)

Carrie Brown, The Stargazer’s Sister, Pantheon (Georgian-era astronomer Caroline Herschel and her brother William)

Taylor Brown, Fallen Land, St. Martin’s (debut novel about a couple fleeing pursuers during Sherman’s march through Georgia)

Andrea Camilleri, The Brewer of Preston, Mantle (Comic novel set in a town in 1870s Sicily recently unified with Italy whose populace rebels by wreaking havoc on an opera being put on by their pompous Italian governor)

Melody Carlson, Your Heart’s Desire, Center Street (inspirational romance set in California just after WWII)

John A. Connell, Spoils of Victory, Berkley (a US Army investigator in postwar Germany delves into a dangerous black market world)

J.S. Cook, Because You Despise Me, DSP Publications (thriller set in Morocco during WWII; gay themes)

Paul M.M. Cooper, River of Ink, Bloomsbury (Language, love and revolution in 13thC Sri Lanka)

Bernard Cornwell, Warriors of the Storm, Harper (latest in Uhtred saga set in Anglo-Saxon England)

Phillip DePoy, A Prisoner in Malta, Minotaur (historical mystery involving Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe)

Helen Dunmore, Exposure, Hutchinson (Cold War London, 1960: Lily suspects that her husband’s arrest for passing information to the Soviets is part of a cover-up, unaware that he may be guilty of a worse crime)

Suzannah Dunn, The Lady of Misrule, Pegasus (Lady Jane Grey in the Tower of London)

Robert Fabbri, The Furies of Rome, Corvus (Latest in Roman adventure series set during the life of Vespasian)

Sebastian Faulks, Where My Heart Used to Beat, Henry Holt (story of war, memory, and desire that sweeps through the 20th century)

Mary Gibson, Gunner Girls and Fighter Boys, Head of Zeus (East End girls become ATS ack-ack gunners and find love and freedom during the London Blitz in WWII)

Anne Girard, Platinum Doll, Mira (novel of Jean Harlow, star of Golden Age Hollywood)

Guinevere Glasfurd, The Words in my Hand, Two Roads (Reimagined true story of Helena Jans, a Dutch maid in 17thC Amsterdam, and the mysterious lodger – René Descartes – who changes the course of her life)

Susanna Gregory, The Chelsea Strangler, Sphere (Latest In Thomas Challoner mystery series, set in 1660s London)

Emily Hauser, For the Most Beautiful, Transworld (The untold story behind the Trojan War: the princess and the slave who undid Achilles and fought to save Troy)

Catherine Hokin, Blood and Roses, Yolk Publishing (tells the story of Margaret of Anjou (1430-82), wife of Henry VI and a key protagonist in the Wars of the Roses)

Daniel Kalla, Nightfall over Shanghai, Forge (story of one Eurasian family in Shanghai during WWII, 3rd in series)

Alanna Knight, Akin to Murder, Allison & Busby (Latest in Inspector Faro Victorian mystery series)

Morgan Llywelyn, Only the Stones Survive, Forge (story of the Túatha Dé Danann, the ancient gods and goddesses of Ireland)

James MacManus, Midnight in Berlin, Duckworth (1938: Newly-arrived British military attaché in Berlin finds Germans there willing to resist Hitler)

Mohamed al-Mansi Qandil, A Cloudy Day on the Western Shore, Bloomsbury (1920s: Tutankhamen archaeologist meets Egyptian woman resembling Nefertiti during tumultuous events involving tyrannical British rule, national identity and excavation of precious arefacts)

Alyssa Maxwell, Murder Most Malicious, Kensington (a lady’s maid and her 18-year-old mistress cross class lines to solve murders in 1918 England)

Susan Meissner, Stars over Sunset Boulevard, NAL (an elegant hat once worn by movie heroine Scarlett O’Hara unlocks a hidden tale of love and loss; multi-period novel)

Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini, The Plague of Thieves Affair, Forge (a Carpenter and Quinncannon mystery in which the private investigators investigate a Sherlock Holmes impostor)

Brandy Purdy, The Secrets of Lizzie Borden, Kensington (the real woman behind an unthinkable crime)

Jennifer Robson, Moonlight Over Paris, Morrow (story of an aristocratic lady in decadent 1920s Paris who’s drawn into the world of the Lost Generation)

Ian Ross, Battle for Rome, Head of Zeus (Third in Twilight of Rome military series set in 4thC AD)

Saskia Sarginson, The Other Me, Flatiron Books (from 1930s Germany to 1990s England, the revelation of a family secret and its repercussions)

Kathleen Spivack, Unspeakable Things, Knopf (debut about survival, love, sexual awakenings, and dark secrets, focusing on European refugee intellectuals in early 1940s NYC)

L.C. Tyler, A Masterpiece of Corruption, Constable (Historical mystery set in London in 1657)

Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig, The Forgotten Room, NAL (a multi-period mystery about three generations of women)

Andria Williams, The Longest Night, Random House (the lead-up to America’s only fatal nuclear accident in 1961)

A.J. Wright, Striking Murder, Allison & Busby (Murder mystery set in Wigan in 1893)

February 2016

Abdulaziz Al-Mahmoud, The Holy Sail, Bloomsbury (retelling of a little-known aspect of 15th-century Middle Eastern history)

Mickie B. Ashling, Mayon, DSP Publications (romance and danger amid the coconut plantations of the Philippines in 1946; gay themes)

Shirley Barrett, Rush-Oh, Virago (When Mary Davidson, the eldest daughter of a whaling family in New South Wales, sets out to chronicle the particularly difficult season of 1908, the story she tells is poignant and hilarious, filled with drama and misadventure)

Margaret Dickinson, Red Sky in the Morning, Pan (WWII saga set in Lincolnshire)

Margaret Dickinson, The Buffer Girls, Pan (saga set in Derbyshire in 1919)

Stephanie Barron, Jane and the Waterloo Map, Soho (Jane Austen mystery set in 1815)

Michelle Birkby, The House at Baker Street, Pan (Mrs Hudson and Mary Watson take on a case rejected by Sherlock Holmes)

Frances Brody, Murder on a Summer’s Day, Minotaur (in 1920s England, amateur detective Kate Shackleton investigates a missing Maharajah on behalf of the India Office)

Alison Case, Nelly Dean, Pegasus (Wuthering Heights retold from the servant’s viewpoint)

Marita Conlon-McKenna, Rebel Sisters, Transworld (The unconventional Gifford sisters become caught up in the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland)

Paul M.M. Cooper, River of Ink, Bloomsbury USA (dramatic story of love, poetry, and political upheaval in 13th-c Sri Lanka)

Janet Ellis, The Butcher’s Hook, Two Roads (A girl in Georgian London wants to wed a butcher’s apprentice but her parents have other ideas – and so does she, with bloody consequences)

Tim Flannery, The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish, Minotaur (in 1932 Australia, an anthropologist discovers odd goings-on involving a ceremonial mask in a Sydney museum)

David Gilman, Gate of the Dead, Head of Zeus (Latest in series featuring 14thC English mercenary in Italy, who must now return to England)

Paul Goldberg, The Yid, Picador (tragicomic novel set in 1950s Moscow)

Amy Gottlieb, The Beautiful Possible, HarperPerennial (literary fiction; follows a postwar love triangle between an American rabbi, his wife, and a German-Jewish refugee)

Winston Graham, The Grove of Eagles, Pan (Cornish family defending the coast in the aftermath of the Spanish Armada)

Nicholas Guild, The Ironsmith, Forge (the behind-the-scenes political plots to kill Jesus of Nazareth, and one man’s attempt to save his life)

Stephen Harrigan, A Friend of Mr. Lincoln, Knopf (Abraham Lincoln during his years in Springfield, IL)

Anna Hope, The Ballroom, Transworld (Set over the heatwave summer of 1911, the end of the Edwardian era, this is a tale of unlikely love and dangerous obsession, of madness and sanity, and of who gets to decide which is which)

Suzanne Joinson, The Photographer’s Wife, Bloomsbury (architecture, photography, politics, and forbidden love in early 20th-c Jerusalem)

Ben Kane, Fields of Blood,  Griffin (story of Hannibal’s campaign to defeat Rome)

Dewey Lambdin, A Hard, Cruel Shore, St. Martin’s (22nd Alan Lewrie naval adventure, set in 1809)

Ariel Lawhon, Flight of Dreams, Doubleday (female crewmember aboard the Hindenburg)

Mary Lawrence, Death of an Alchemist, Kensington (murder mystery in 16th-century London)

Edward Marston, Steps to the Gallows, Allison & Busby (Latest in Bow Street Runners mystery series, set in 1816)

Yann Martel, The High Mountains of Portugal, Canongate (Adventure story that goes from Africa in the 1600s, through Portugal at the turn of the 20thC to the USA of the 1980s)

Andrea Molesini, Not All Bastards Are From Vienna, Grove (an Italian family’s villa is requisitioned by enemy troops in WWII)

Michelle Moran, Mata Hari, Quercus (Story of the exotic courtesan and WWI spy)

Holly Müller, My Own Dear Brother, Bloomsbury (Coming-of age story set in Nazi-controlled Austria)

Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer, Corsair (spy novel set at the end of the Vietnam War when a general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one of them is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong)

Mary Nichols, The Farmer’s Daughter, Allison & Busby (WWII Suffolk girl managing sick father’s farm enlists help of German POW and they fall in love, to local disapproval)

Hallie Rubenhold, The French Lesson, Transworld (Paris, 1792: deadly rivalry between three women in the French Revolution)

Matt Ruff, Lovecraft Country, Harper (Lovecraftian horror and fantasy that makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America)

Shawna Yang Ryan, Green Island, Knopf (love, betrayal, and family, set in Taiwan during the 20th century)

Kim Vogel Sawyer, Room for Hope, WaterBrook (Christian romance & family saga set in 1930s Kansas)

Steve Sem-Sandberg, The Chosen Ones, Faber (Story set in a reform school in Nazi Vienna for wayward boys and girls, and a clinic for chronically ill or malformed children, seen though the eyes of an inmate)

Charlie Smith, Ginny Gall, Harper (race and violence in the Jim Crow South)

Katy Simpson Smith, Free Men, Harper (in the 18th-c American South, a singular group of companions—an escaped slave, a white orphan, and a Creek Indian—who are being tracked down for murder)

F.R. Tallis, The Passenger, Pegasus (supernatural thriller set in the stormy North Atlantic in 1942)

John Owen Theobald, These Dark Wings, Head of Zeus (Young orphan is sent to live with her uncle who is Ravenmaster in the Tower of London and as Hitler prepares to invade Britain, the ravens start to vanish in fulfilment of an ancient prophecy)

Charles Todd, No Shred of Evidence, Morrow (in the 1920s, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge investigates murder in Cornwall)

Tamera Valentine, What the Waves Know, Morrow (a young woman’s quest to find herself on an island off the Rhode Island coast, set in the ’60s and ’70s)

Marco Vichi, Death in the Tuscan Hills, Hodder & Stoughton (Crime novel set in 1960s Florence)

Elizabeth Wilhide, If I Could Tell You, Fig Tree (As WWII starts, bored wife and mother leaves her dull husband to go to London with a dashing photographer and finds a new sense of purpose and a rare skill)

March 2016

Mesu Andrews, Miriam, WaterBrook (Christian fiction about the sister of Moses)

Tessa Arlen, Death Sits Down to Dinner, Minotaur (Lady Montfort and her housekeeper become involved in a clandestine murder investigation in Edwardian London)

Rhys Bowen, Time of Fog and Fire, Minotaur (in early 20th-century San Francisco, Molly Murphy Sullivan suspects her policeman husband may have faked his own death)

Paula Brackston, Return of the Witch, St. Martin’s Press (sequel to The Witch’s Daughter, historical fantasy)

Conor Brady, The Eloquence of the Dead, Minotaur (murder and intrigue in Victorian Dublin)

Sam Christer, The House of Moriarty, Sphere (Sherlock Holmes’ greatest nemesis unleashes Victorian London’s deadliest assassin in this Victorian adventure thriller)

Diney Costeloe, The Lost Soldier, Head of Zeus (In attempting to save a 1921 Dorset war memorial from developers, a local reporter uncovers the tragedy of two young people thrown together by the outbreak of war)

Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie, America’s First Daughter, Morrow (the untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph)

Ellen Feldman, Terrible Virtue, Harper (novel of Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood)

Dan Fesperman, The Letter Writer, Knopf (thriller set in New York months after the attack on Pearl Harbor)

Christopher Fowler, Strange Tide, Transworld (Latest in Bryant & May series featuring eccentric octogenarian detectives from the Peculiar Crimes Unit in Victorian London)

Robert Goddard, Sea Change, Black Cat (literary thriller set during the collapse of the South Sea Bubble, which plunged Britain into a recession in 1721)

Rosie Goodwin, Dilly’s Lass, Corsair (Mother fights to re-unite her family in the aftermath of WWII)

C.W. Gortner, The Vatican Princess, Hodder & Stoughton (Story of Lucrezia Borgia: was she the heartless seductress of legend or a pawn in the Borgia web?)

Georgina Harding, The Gun Room, Bloomsbury (Photographer of the Vietnam war goes to Tokyo to escape the horror, but a particular photograph catches up with him)

C.S. Harris, When Falcons Fall, Obsidian (latest Sebastian St. Cyr Regency mystery)

Tessa Harris, Secrets in the Stones, Kensington (a woman newly released from Bedlam becomes a murder suspect; Dr. Thomas Silkstone mystery set in 18th-c England)

Susan Higginbotham, Hanging Mary, Sourcebooks (the story of Mary Surratt and a scheme to save the dying Confederacy)

Michelle Hoover, Bottomland, Black Cat (two German American sisters disappear from a small Iowa town at the end of WWI)

Max Hunter, Murder at the Ashmolean, Allison & Busby (1950s Classics professor uses his classical and wartime skills to track down an Oxford murderer)

Ben Kane, Hunting the Eagles, Preface (2nd in series: Roman army attempts to avenge its defeat by Germanic tribes in 1stC AD)

M. R. Kasasian, Death Descends on Saturn Villa, Pegasus (#3 in the Gower Street Crime series set in Victorian London)

Victoria Kelly, Mrs. Houdini, Atria (the passionate marriage of Harry and Bess Houdini)

John Lawton, The Unfortunate Englishman, Atlantic Monthly (thriller set in 1960s Berlin and Khrushchev’s Moscow)

Margaret Leroy, A Brief Affair, Sphere (Widow finds love and the strength in herself to save those she loves in London during the Blitz of WWII)

Linda Cohen Loigman, The Two-Family House, St. Martin’s (a multigenerational story and a family secret, set in 1950s Brooklyn)

Tim Mackintosh-Smith, Alhambra, Bloomsbury (Thriller set in 14thC Granada under the Moors)

Beryl Matthews, A Flight of Golden Wings, Allison & Busby (Ruth joins the WWII Air Transport Auxiliary and falls for Spitfire pilot who goes missing over France)

Beryl Matthews, The Uncertain Years, Allison & Busby (Wartime experiences of girl who joins the ATS in 1939 and her neighbours who join the Navy and Army)

Annie Murray, Where Earth Meets Sky, Pan (Romantic saga set in Edwardian England and the British Raj)

James Naughtie, Paris Spring, Head of Zeus (British spy is called to Paris in 1968 where his complicated relationship with his brother, also in the secret service, is threatened by enemies)

Anthony Quinn, Freya, Jonathan Cape (From war-haunted Oxford to the bright new shallows of the 1960s, this novel plots the unpredictable course of a woman’s life and loves against a backdrop of Soho pornographers, theatrical peacocks, willowy models, priapic painters, homophobic blackmailers and political careerists)

Weina Dai Randel, The Moon in the Palace, Sourcebooks (based on the life of the famed 7th-century Chinese Empress Wu)

Piers Paul Read, Scarpia, Bloomsbury (love and political intrigue in Rome after the French Revolution)

Lucy Ribchester, The Hourglass Factory, Pegasus (in 1912 London, a Fleet Street reporter looks into the disappearance of a trapeze artist)

Anthony Riches, Altar of Blood, Hodder & Stoughton (Latest in Roman military series: Marcus Aquila’s Tungrians venture into barbarian Germany to locate a dangerous tribal priestess)

Lucinda Riley, The Storm Sister, Atria (in this 2nd in an epic series following The Seven Sisters, this volume intertwines the story of a modern Olympic hopeful with a century-old story of a female singer from Norway)

Andrew Rosenheim, The Accidental Agent, Hutchinson (1942: ex-spy is persuaded to help track down an enemy agent suspected of infiltrating the covert nuclear programme at the University of Chicago)

Steven Saylor, Wrath of the Furies, Constable (Latest in Gordianus the Finder Roman sleuth series set in 88 BC when Goridanus goes behind enemy lines to rescue an old friend)

Helen Simonson, The Summer Before the War, Bloomsbury UK & Random House US (small-town British life and social change in the village of Rye in the year 1914)

Ilka Tampke, Daughter of Albion, St. Martin’s (the collision of two worlds, set in Britain on the cusp of Roman invasion)

Sam Thomas, The Midwife and the Assassin, Minotaur (in 17th-century England, midwife Bridget Hodgson travels to London and is forced into service as a spy)

Kate Thompson, Secrets of the Sewing Bee, Pan (WWII saga about women working in a London garment factory)

E.S. Thomson, Beloved Poison, Constable (Set in a crumbling hospital in the 1850s, this mystery features cross-dressing apothecary Jem Flockhart)

Donna Thorland, The Dutch Girl, NAL (romantic historical novel set in Manhattan and the Hudson River Valley in 1778, featuring a young woman of Dutch heritage who’s a committed Rebel)

Heather Webb, editor, with Hazel Gaynor, Beatriz Williams, Jennifer Robson, Jessica Brockmole, Kate Kerrigan, Evangeline Holland, Lauren Willig, and Marci Jefferson, Fall of Poppies, Morrow (short stories of love, longing, and hope, set during the Great War)

Katherine Webb, The English Girl, Orion (Fledgling archaeologist gets mixed up in dangerous intrigue in 1950s Oman)

Jack Whyte, The Guardian, Forge (two men who shaped the destiny of Scotland: William Wallace and Robert Bruce, Earl of Carrick)

Jacqueline Winspear, Journey to Munich, Harper (working with the British Secret Service on an undercover mission, Maisie Dobbs is sent to Hitler’s Germany)

April 2016

Nicola Barker, Cauliflower, William Heinemann (Mainly set in 19thC Calcutta, this novel tells the story of a spiritual leader, mixing Hindu parables and myth with descriptions of the often brutal and archaic traditions of the region to create a portrait of the birth of modern India)

Jennifer S. Brown, Modern Girls, NAL (debut set in NY’s Jewish community in 1935, as a mother and daughter wrestle with unthinkable choices)

Mary Burns, The Reason for Time, Allium Press of Chicago (Maeve Curragh, a young Irish immigrant, lives through a turbulent period in Chicago’s history; set over 10 days in 1919)

Susanna Calkins, A Death along the River Fleet, Minotaur (in 17th-century London, Lucy Campion looks into the mysterious backstory of a girl in a blood-spattered nightdress)

Jennifer Chiaverini, A Memoir of the Assassin John Wilkes Booth, as Told by Four Ladies, Dutton (the four women who kept the perilous confidence of Booth after Lincoln’s assassination)

Paul Fraser Collard, The Forgotten Son, Headline (Latest in Victorian military adventure series)

Joanna Courtney, The Constant Queen, Pan (Adventures of Elizaveta Princess of Kiev and Harald Hardrada as the Vikings move to invade England in 1066)

Sally Christie, The Rivals of Versailles, Atria (the story of Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, the first bourgeois royal mistress in Versailles)

Weina Dai Randel, Empress of the Bright Moon, Sourcebooks (follows the continuing story, after The Moon in the Palace, of the famed 7th-century Chinese Empress Wu)

Lindsey Davis, Graveyard of the Hesperides, Hodder & Stoughton (Latest in 1stC Roman mystery series, featuring Flavia Albia, Falco’s adopted daughter)

Maurice Druon, The King Without a Kingdom, Harper (final volume in Accursed Kings series set in medieval France)

David Dyer, The Midnight Watch: A Novel of the Titanic and the Californian, Atlantic & St. Martin’s (why didn’t the crew of the nearby SS Californian come to the rescue of the Titanic‘s passengers?)

Alvaro Enrigue, Sudden Death, Harvill Secker (Mind-bending novel about the clash of empires and ideas in the 16thC, told over the course of a tennis match with the bawdy Italian artist Caravaggio and the loutish Spanish poet Quevedo battling it out in Rome before a crowd that includes Galileo, Mary Magdalene and a generation of popes who would throw Europe into flames)

Lyndsay Faye, Jane Steele, Putnam (reimagines Jane Eyre as a gutsy, heroic serial killer)

Peter Gardos, Fever at Dawn, Transworld (Based on real letters from the author’s father to his mother, this is a post-WWII love story of how a young man given six months to live decides to find a wife)

Gregory Harris, The Dalwich Desecration, Kensington (Colin Pendragon solves a murder in an abbey in Victorian England)

Ashley Hay, The Railwayman’s Wife, Atria (after World War II in a small Australian coastal town, a widow, a poet, and a doctor search for lasting peace and fresh beginnings)

Lian Hearn, Emperor of the Eight Islands, FSG (first of a four-volume adventure in a mythical, medieval Japan)

Martha Hall Kelly, Lilac Girls, Ballantine (love, redemption, and terrible secrets as seen through the lives of three women of WWII)

Laurie R. King, The Murder of Mary Russell, Allison & Busby (Latest in mystery series featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes)

Giles Kristian, Winter’s Fire, Transworld (Latest in medieval Viking adventure series featuring Sigurd Haraldarson and his fellowship)

Andrey Kurkov, The Bickford Fuse, Maclehose (Taking its name from William Bickford, the English inventor of the safety fuse that paved the way for dynamite, this novel explores the origins and dead-ends of the Soviet mentality from the end of WWII to the union’s collapse, blending metaphor and fable with real events from Russian history to evoke the absurdity and tragedy of those turbulent years)

Lynne Kutsukake, The Translation of Love, Transworld (A young girl searches for her sister amongst the Ginza bars of American-occupied post-WWII Tokyo)

Jennifer Laam, The Tsarina’s Legacy, Griffin (dual-period novel involving Catherine the Great, and a lost heiress to the Romanov throne in the present day)

Laura Lebow, Sent to the Devil, Minotaur (in 1788 Vienna, librettist Lorenzo da Ponte looks into the murder of an old friend)

J.M.G. Le Clézio, The Prospector, Atlantic (After the privations of WWI, a young man attempts to revive his idyllic lost childhood on Mauritius by seeking the Corsair Teasure there)

Alison Love, The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom, Broadway (forbidden love and family loyalties set at the beginning of WWII)

Sarah Maine, The House Between Tides, Atria (the heiress of a house in Scotland’s remote Outer Hebrides uncovers a dangerous century-old mystery)

Edith Maxwell, Delivering the Truth, Midnight Ink (1st in mystery series featuring Quaker midwife Rose Carroll solving murders with John Greenleaf Whittier’s help in an 1888 Massachusetts mill town)

Julie McElwain, A Murder in Time, Pegasus (an FBI agent pursued by a serial killer stumbles into the past – the year 1812 – to solve a case before it takes her life, 200 years before she was even born)

Diane McKinney-Whetstone, Lazaretto, Harper (a cast of 19th-century characters whose lives intersect at the legendary Lazaretto—America’s first quarantine hospital)

James McManus, Midnight in Berlin, Thomas Dunne (a British military attache falls in love with a German Jewish woman as he plots to assassinate Hitler)

Ian McGuire, The North Water, Henry Holt (a 19th-c whaling ship sets sail for the Arctic with a killer aboard)

Jan Moran, The Winemakers, Griffin (in 1956, an heir to an American vineyard travels to her family’s ancestral home in Italy)

Kate Mosse, The Taxidermist’s Daughter, Morrow (Gothic historical thriller set in early 20th-c England)

Patrice Nganang, Mount Pleasant, FSG (transformation in colonial Africa, in the ’30s and today, about a woman taken from her family and brought as a gift to an exiled sultan)

Stephen O’Connor, Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings, Viking (literary novel about the conflict between slavery and racism and the American ideal of equality as seen through the decades-long sexual relationship between the title characters)

Stewart O’Nan, City of Secrets, Viking (the Jewish underground resistance in Jerusalem after WWII)

Simon Pasternak, Death Zones, Harvill Secker (Story of shifting loyalties, violence and greed in the Death Zones of 1943 Russia – told from the heart of a floundering SS corps)

Chuck Pfarrer, Philip Nolan: The Man Without a Country, U.S Naval Institute Press (story of Philip Nolan, an American officer exiled for his part in Aaron Burr’s attempt to capture the lands of the Louisiana Purchase; an adaptation of the classic short story “The Man Without a Country”)

.Renee Patrick, Design for Dying, Forge (mystery set behind the scenes in Hollywood during its Golden Age)

John Preston, The Dig, Other Press (the famed Sutton Hoo discovery in East Anglia on the eve of WWII)

Amanda Quick, Til Death Do Us Part, Berkley (romance and mystery in Victorian London)

David Sanger, All Their Minds in Tandem, Quercus (1879: A mysterious figure by the name of ‘The Maker’ has entered a small West Virginia town and started entering the minds of the townsfolk – why?)

Mary Sharratt, The Dark Lady’s Mask, HMH (novel of Aemilia Bassano Lanier, the first professional woman poet in Renaissance England, and her collaboration and affair with William Shakespeare)

Sara Sheridan, Brighton Belle, Kensington (1st in Mirabelle Bevan series, featuring a former Secret Service agent solving murders in post-WWI England)

Sara Sheridan, Operation Goodwood, Constable (Latest in 1950s mystery series featuring Brighton sleuth Mirabelle Bevan)

Dominic Smith, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, Sarah Crichton/FSG (the sole surviving work of a female Dutch painter, over time)

Simone St. James, Lost Among the Living, NAL (atmospheric ghost story set in 1921 England)

Elisabeth Storrs, Call to Juno, Lake Union (a tale of ancient Rome and its rivalry with the Etrurian city of Veii, 3rd in a series after The Wedding Shroud and The Golden Dice)

Lisa Stromme, The Strawberry Girl, Chatto & Windus (Novel set in the 1890s, in the small Norwegian coastal town of Åsgårdstrand, narrated by a young woman who is witness to the tumultuous love affair that led Edvard Munch to paint ‘The Scream’)

S.D. Sykes, The Butcher Bird, Pegasus (crime novel set in the medieval English countryside)

Andrew Taylor, Ashes of London, HarperCollins (Thriller set during the Great Fire of London)

David C. Taylor, Night Work, Forge (historical crime fiction set in NYC as Fidel Castro arrives in town)

Kathleen Tessaro, Rare Objects, Harper (in Depression-era Boston, a city divided by privilege and poverty, two unlikely friends are bound by a dangerous secret)

Nicola Upson, London Rain, Bourbon Street (mystery featuring Josephine Tey)

Harmony Verna, Daughter of Australia, Kensington (epic of love and courage, set in Australia and the US in the early 20th century)

Fay Weldon, Before The War, Head of Zeus (First of two novels charting the social impact of WWII,   when London is a city soaked in drizzle, peopled with flat-chested flappers, shell-shocked servicemen and aristocrats clinging to the past.)
Sarit Yishai- Levi, The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem, St. Martin’s (a family and a young nation, seen through the eyes of four generations of women in Jerusalem)

May 2016

Alison Amend, Enchanted Islands, Talese/Doubleday (an American woman and her husband on the Galapagos Islands as WWII approaches)

Alison Anderson, The Summer Guest, Harper (interweaves past and present in a novel centering on a diary written by a young woman doctor who befriended Chekhov at the end of her life)

Jo Baker, A Country Road, A Tree, Transworld / Knopf (Novel of Samuel Beckett’s life amongst the literary establishment in Paris, his fight against the Nazi onslaught, and his awakening as one of the greatest artists of the 20thC)

Julian Barnes, The Noise of Time, Knopf (novel of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich)

Kitty Danton, Eliza’s Make Do and Mend, Orion (WWII saga set in Devon featuring the new teacher at a village primary school)

Adrien Bosc, Constellation, Other Press (based on the true story of the 1949 disappearance of Air France’s Lockheed Constellation)

Amber Brock, A Fine Imitation, Crown (a privileged Manhattan socialite’s restless life and her affair with a painter in the glamorous 1920s)

Ray Celestin, Dead Man’s Blues, Mantle (Chicago, 1928: Al Capone runs the city but cracks in his rule are showing and Pinkerton detectives and a Capone employee try to get to the bottom of various murders and disappearances)

Elizabeth J. Church, The Atomic Weight of Love, Algonquin (in the 1940s, an ambitious female physics student falls in love with her professor at the dawn of the atomic age)

Chris Cleave, Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, Simon & Schuster (three individuals thrown together by war, love, and their search for belonging in the ever-changing landscape of WWII London)

Barbara Cleverly, Diana’s Altar, Soho (Commissioner Joe Sandilands mystery set in 1933 Cambridge)

Max Allan Collins, Better Dead, Forge (Nathan Heller thriller set in early 1950s America)

Gary Corby, The Singer from Memphis, Soho (on a research trip with Herodotus in the 5th century BC, Nico and Diotima, a private eye and his priestess wife, run into trouble)

Diney Costeloe, The Girl with No Name, Head of Zeus (story of one child who escaped from Nazi Germany to England in 1939 on the Kindertransport)

Anton DiSclafani, The After Party, Riverhead (a vibrant, troubled young woman in 1950s east Texas)

David Anthony Durham, The Risen, Knopf (a novel of Spartacus)

R.J. Ellory, Kings of America, Orion (Crime story spanning the Golden Age of Hollywood, 1930-1960, with appearances from F. Scott Fitzgerald, Raymond Chandler & William Faulkner)

Elaine Everest, The Woolworths Girls, Pan (Saga set in Kent about the friendships of shopgirls as WWII breaks out)

Jean Fullerton, Wedding Bells for Nurse Connie, Orion (Saga set in London’s East End just after WWII)

Iain Gale, Keane’s Conspiracy, Heron (Latest in military adventure series set during the Napoleonic Wars)

Charlotte Hobson, The Vanishing Futurist, Faber (In the febrile, post-revolutionary atmosphere of Moscow in 1918, a group of friends come together with the aim of transforming themselves into true Communists)

C.C. Humphreys, Fire, Century (Hunt for a serial killer threatening London’s rich and poor during the Great Fire of London)

Suzanne Joinson, The Photographer’s Wife, Bloomsbury (Story of betrayal set in 1920s Jerusalem and 1930s Sussex)

Guy Gavriel Kay, Children of Earth and Sky, NAL (historical fantasy set in a world inspired by the conflicts and dramas of Renaissance Europe)

Thomas Keneally, Napoleon’s Last Island, Sceptre (Napoleon and the British family who befriend him in his last exile)

Philip Kerr, The Other Side of Silence, Quercus (Latest Bernie Gunther story finds him working for the owner of a shady hotel on the Côte d’Azur in the 1950s)

Hannah Kohler, The Outside Lands, Picador (Story of family, disillusionment and betrayal from from 1960s California to Vietnam)

David Lagercrantz, Fall of Man in Wilmslow, Knopf (the death of Alan Turing opens a thriller about a young detective’s awakening to painful secrets about himself and his country)

Kate Lord Brown, The House of Dreams, Thomas Dunne (based on the story of Varian Fry, who rescued many creative minds from certain death in WWII)

Jack Ludlow, Hawkwood, Allison & Busby (The Hundred Years’ War is over and newly-knighted Sir John Hawkswood is headed for France to make his fortune as a freebooter)

Beatrice Masini, The Watercolourist, Mantle (A mystery and coming-of-age novel set in a grand house in 19thC Italy)

Sharyn McCrumb, Prayers the Devil Answers, Atria (Depression-era novel, set in rural Tennessee, about one of the most public executions in US history)

Bernice McFadden, The Book of Harlan, Akashic (during World War II, two African American musicians are captured by the Nazis in Paris and imprisoned at the Buchenwald concentration camp)

Michael McGarrity, The Last Ranch, Dutton (following Hard Country and Backlands, the Kerney family saga continues in the post-WWII West)

Patrick Modiano, Villa Triste, Other Press (a man’s memories of fleeting responsibility and finding love, set in a French lakeside town in the early 1960s)

Donna Russo Morin, Portrait of a Conspiracy, Diversion (five women and one legendary artist, the great Leonardo da Vinci, untangle a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder in 15th-c Florence)

Abir Mukherjee, A Rising Man, Harvill Secker (Calcutta, 1919: a former Scotland Yard detective new to India is confronted with a highly charged case: a senior British official has been found murdered, in his mouth a note warning the British to quit India or else)

Gina L. Mulligan, Remember the Ladies, Five Star (explores the conflict between the sexes during the Gilded Age)

Allison Pataki, Sisi: A Novel, Dial (novel about Empress Elisabeth of Austria, 2nd in series)

Arturo Perez-Reverte, [Untitled], Atria (the dangerous and passionate love affair between an accomplished tango dancer turned elegant thief and a beautiful, intelligent society woman in Europe and South America between the ’20s and the ’60s)

Michael Russell, The City in Darkness, Constable (Thriller set in Dublin and Spain just before the outbreak of WWII)

Dominic Smith, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, Allen & Unwin (Art, forgery and deception set in 17thC Holland, 1950s Manhattan and modern Sydney)

Dinitia Smith, The Honeymoon, Other Press (a novel about George Eliot)

Victoria Thompson, Murder in Morningside Heights, Berkley Prime Crime (a Gaslight mystery set in old New York)

Rose Tremain, The Gustav Sonata, Chatto & Windus (In this story of the healing power of lasting friendship set in the 1930s, two Swiss boys play a game of life and death in an abandoned TB sanatorium in Davos)

Mary Volmer, Reliance, Illinois, Soho (stagecraft, women’s suffrage, politics, and family intrigue in small-town Illinois in the post-Civil War era)

Kjell Westö, The Wednesday Club, Maclehose (thriller of redemption and revenge, set in Helsinki in 1938, with Europe on the brink of war)

Victoria Whitworth, Daughter of the Wolf, Head of Zeus (When the 9thC king of Northumbria sends her father abroad, his daughter must hold his fort against the Vikings)

Mary Wood, Unbreakable Bond, Pan (Saga beginning in 1913 about two orphanage girls making their way in the world)

Richard S. Wheeler, Easy Pickings, Forge (in Gilded Age Montana, a widow defends herself against greed after her husband’s death)

Stephanie Grace Whitson, Messenger By Moonlight, FaithWords (an adventurous young heroine joins the Pony Express)

June 2016

Katie Agnew, The Inheritance, Orion (A priceless family heirloom holds the key to secret stories across three generations)

Anne Barwell, Shadowboxing, DSP Publications (gay romance-thriller set in 1943 Berlin)

Catherine Benner, The House on the Edge of Night, Random House (multi-generational saga set on an island off the Sicilian coast)

Susan Beale, The Good Guy, John Murray (Love, marriage and self-deception in 1960s New England)

Magan Bradbury, Everyone is Watching, Picador (novel of New York told through the lives of some of those who have defined the city: Robert Moses (1920s) , Edmund White (2013), Walt Whitman (1891) and Robert Mapplethorpe (1967))

Barbara Taylor Bradford, The Cavendon Luck, St. Martin’s (3rd volume in family saga set in early 20th-century Britain)

Nick Brown, The Earthly Gods, Hodder & Stoughton (Latest in Agent of Rome thriller series)

Rory Clements, Corpus, Hodder & Stoughton (Thriller set in Europe before the outbreak of WWII, involving murder, conspiracy and a Cambridge expert in Elizabethan spy networks)

Toby Clements, Kingmaker 3, Century (Latest in series set during the Wars of the Roses)

Debra Daley, The Revelations of Carey Ravine, Heron (A young woman with a mysterious background discovers the remarkable world of 18thC London’s secret societies)

Nadine Dorries, The Angels of Lonely Lane, Head of Zeus (Saga of a group of student nurses in 1955 Liverpool)

Louise Doughty, Black Water, Faber (Moving between Cold War Europe, Civil Rights-era California, and Indonesia during the massacres of 1965 and the subsequent military dictatorship, this novel explores some of the darkest events of recent history through the story of one troubled man)

Sam Eastland, Berlin Red, Faber (April 1945: the Red Army stands poised to unleash its final assault on Berlin whilst German scientists perfect a guidance system for the mighty V2 rocket)

Cecilia Ekbäck, In the Month of the Midnight Sun, Hodder & Stoughton (Mystery set in Sweden in 1855 involving a massacre in Lapland whose investigation reveals as much about the investigators as about the crime)

Julian Fellowes, Belgravia, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (A secret unravels behind the mid-19thC doors of London’s most exclusive address at a time when the aristocracy began to rub shoulders with nouveau-riche industrialists, by the creator of Downton Abbey)

Liz Fenwick, The Returning Tide, Orion (Loss, love and betrayal in WWII Cornwall)

Susan Fletcher, Let Me Tell You About A Man I Knew, Virago (Novel narrated by the wife of the doctor who tended Van Gogh in his last madly frenetic painting years)

Shelley Freydont, A Gilded Cage, Berkley (in Gilded Age Newport, headstrong heiress Deanna Randolph solves another murder)

Alan Furst, A Hero of France, Weidenfeld & Nicolson / Random House US (Espionage thriller set in occupied France in WWII when the Resistance operated an escape line to Spain for British airmen)

Susanna Gregory, A Grave Concern, Sphere (Latest in Matthew Bartholomew medieval murder mystery series)

Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing, Knopf (epic novel of history, race, love, and time following two sisters from Ghana and their descendants over 300 years)

Ruth Hamilton, Midnight on Lime Street, Pan (Saga featuring nuns, police, prostitutes, drug dealers, serial killers set in post WWII Liverpool)

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, The Land of my Dreams, Sphere (1916: 3rd in the War at Home family drama series, set against the backdrop of WWI)

Lian Hearn, Autumn Princess, Dragon Child, FSG (2nd of four-volume adventure in a mythical, medieval Japan)

Emily Holleman, Cleopatra’s Shadows, Sphere (Cleopatra’s rise to power seen through the eyes of her forgotten younger sister, Arsinoe)

Anna Lee Huber, As Death Draws Near, Berkley Prime Crime (in Scotland in 1831, Lady Kiera Darby finds herself caught in a web of political and religious intrigue)

Conn Iggulden, Wars of the Roses: Bloodline, Putnam (continuation of this gritty medieval saga about the Wars of the Roses)

M.R.C. Kasasian, The Secrets of Gaslight Lane, Head of Zeus (Latest in the Gower Street Detectives mystery series set in Victorian London)

Eleanor Kuhns, The Devil’s Cold Dish, Minotaur (1790s historical mystery set in Maine)

Laura Madeleine, [Untitled], Transworld (Norfolk girl runs away to France to escape the loss of her family in WWI, and finds forbidden love which is threatened by whispers from home)

Michelle Moran, Mata Hari’s Last Dance, Touchstone (courtesan and reported spy Mata Hari)

Thomas O’Malley and Douglas Graham Purdy, We Were Kings, Mulholland (Investigation of an IRA terrorist plot in 1950s Boston)

Robert H. Patton, Cajun Waltz, St. Martin’s (darkly comic, multi-generational novel beginning in 1920s Louisiana)

Arturo Perez-Reverte, What We Become, Atria (an extended love story, moving from Lisbon in 1928 through Italy in the 1960s)

Annie Proulx, Barkskins, Scribner (settlers in New France in the 17th century, and their descendants)

Ralph Peters, The Damned of Petersburg, Forge (fourth installment in his series on the Civil War)

Eric Shaw Quinn, The Prince’s Psalm, DSP Publications (Biblical fiction about Jonathan and David, gay themes)

Tracy Rees, Florence Grace, Quercus (Cornish orphan discovers she is related to a wealthy and notorious Victorian family with secrets)

James Runcie, Sidney Chambers and The Dangers of Temptation, Bloomsbury (Latest in mystery series featuring Anglican clergyman sleuth, this novel is set in the late 1960s)

Lydie Salvayre, Cry Mother Spain, Maclehose (Two intertwining voices – of a novelist and a mother telling her daughter – recount the early days of the Spanish Civil War)

Mikhail Shishkin, Taking Izmail, Quercus (Izmail, a border fortress town, taken and lost by Russian forces numerous times in history, is a metaphor for the task of mastering life itself, and the scope of the task is conveyed through interwoven scenes from different times and settings in Russia)

Francis Spufford, Golden Hill, Faber (Young man arrives at a counting-house in 1746 New York with £1000 but won’t say what it is for – can he be trusted?)

Sarah-Jane Stratford, Radio Girls, Berkley (a woman who finds her voice while working for the BBC in London during the early days of British radio)

Karin Tanabe, The Gilded Years, Washington Square (based on the true story of Anita Hemmings, a young woman passing for white at Vassar in the 1890s)

Peter Tremayne, The Second Death, Minotaur (in 7th-century Ireland, Fidelma and Eadulf must solve two mysterious murders)

Sarah Vaughan, That Summer at Skylark Farm, Hodder & Stoughton (Something happens to WWII child evacuees on a Cornish farm that will have tragic consequences which one of them tries to make amends for 70 years later, with her granddaughter’s help)

Larry Watson, As Good as Gone, Algonquin (in the 1960s West, an old cowboy gets involved in his grandchildren’s care)

Beatriz Williams, A Certain Age, Morrow (sophisticated Jazz Age story, an interpretation of Der Rosenkavalier)

John Wray, The Lost Time Accidents, Canongate (Time travel, family secrets, and the madness of the 20thC, from turn-of-the-century Viennese salons buzzing with rumours about Einstein’s radical new theory to the death camps of WWII, from the golden age of post-war pulp science fiction to a startling discovery in a Manhattan apartment)

James W. Zizkin, Heart of Stone, Seventh Street (in the early ’60s, an independent, young, female newspaper reporter in upstate New York turns amateur sleuth)

July 2016

Katie Agnew, The Inheritance, Orion (A priceless family heirloom holds the key to family secrets across three generations, from the early 20thC onward)

James Aitcheson, The Harrowing, Heron (Five travellers fleeing the Norman destruction of Northern England seek sanctuary in the last Saxon stronghold – but are they fleeing the Normans or their own troubles?)

Mignon F. Ballard, Miss Dimple and the Slightly Bewildered Angel, Minotaur (in 1944 Georgia, first-grade teacher Dimple Kilpatrick must solve a crime alongside a guardian angel)

Serena Burdick, Girl in the Afternoon, St. Martin’s (suspenseful family saga set in Belle Epoque Paris)

Jessie Burton, The Muse, Ecco (a story of art and mystery set in 1930s and ’60s Spain and London)

Dulce Maria Cardoso, The Return, MacLehose (As Portugal faces defeat in the Angolan War of Independence, its settlers including 15-year-old Rui, flee to Portugal, where Rui and his mother and sister try to rebuild their lives until one day, Rui’s father, kidnapped by rebels, turns up)

Lindsey Davis, Graveyard of the Hesperides, Minotaur (Flavia Albia, daughter of Falco, is caught between wedding planning and solving an old crime; set in ancient Rome)

Ruth Downie, Vita Brevis, Bloomsbury (part of Medicus series, in which new parent Ruso and Tilla leave Roman Britain for Rome)

Chad Dundas, Champion of the World, Putnam (the dangerous world of boxing in the 1920s)

Robert Edric, War Service, Transworld (Novel exploring the emotional hinterland behind the work done by the War Graves Commission after WWI)

Suzanne Feldman, Absalom’s Daughters, Holt (two half-sisters, one black and one white, embark on a trip across the Jim Crow South in the 1950s)

Julian Fellowes, Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia, Grand Central (juicy novel of the British class system, set mostly in the 1840s)

Ruth Gilligan, Nine Folds Make A Paper Swan, Atlantic (Literary saga of generations of Jews, starting with refugees arriving in Cork in 1901, mistaking it for New York)

Antonia Hodgson, A Death at Fountains Abbey, Hodder & Stoughton (Tale of murder, love and blackmail set in 18thC Yorkshire)

Lindsay Hatton, Monterey Bay, Penguin Press (development of the well-known Monterey Bay Aquarium, as seen through the eyes of an entrepreneur’s daughter)

Kate Howard, The Ornatrix, Duckworth (In 16thC Italy, Flavia, hidden away because of a birthmark on her face, runs away and becomes hairdresser and maid to a cruel courtesan)

Anna Jacobs, Legacy of Greyladies, Allison & Busby (Latest in saga series is set in a country house in WWI)

Danny Johnson, The Last Road Home, Kensington (race relations, first love, and coming-of-age in North Carolina in the 1950s and ’60s)

Paul Kingsnorth, Beast, Faber (Sequel to The Wake, continuing the story of Buckmaster in Early England)

Jaan Kross, Between Three Plagues, Vol I, MacLehose (The life of Balthasar Russow, an Estonian Thomas Cromwell, achieving greatness through wit and learning, rises from humble origins to high office when Estonia was vulnerable to the depredations of Russia, Sweden, Poland and Lithuania)

Catriona McPherson, Dandy Gilver and the Most Misleading Habit, Hodder & Stoughton (Latest in crime series set in 1930s Scotland)

Michelle Moran, Mata Hari, Quercus (Novel about the infamous Mata Hari, exotic dancer, adored courtesan, and, possibly, WWI spy)

Cathy Pegau, Borrowing Death, Kensington (mystery featuring journalist and suffragette Charlotte Brody in frontier Alaska)

Lesley Pearse, Dead To Me, Michael Joseph (Two girls from very different post-WWI worlds remain friends until in 1938 their fortunes are reversed)

Donald Ray Pollock, The Heavenly Table, Doubleday (gothic family saga set in the South in 1917)

Oliver Pötzsch, The Castle of Kings, HMH (epic standalone novel of historical fiction tinged with mystery, set against the backdrop of Medieval Germany’s Peasant War)

Nicola Pryce, Pengelly’s Daughter, Corvus (Saga set in 18thC Cornwall)

Irina Reyn, The Imperial Wife, St. Martin’s (lives of two women, one in contemporary NYC and the other in Catherine the Great’s Russia, collide when a priceless artifact comes to light)

Penny Richards, An Untimely Frost, Kensington (theater actress turns Pinkerton detective in 1880s Chicago)

Ian Ross, Commander of the Frontier, Head of Zeus (Latest in Roman adventure series set in the reign of Constantine)

Kate Saunders, The Secrets of Wishtide, Bloomsbury (First of the Laetitia Rodd mysteries, set in Victorian times)

Manda Scott, Accidental Gods, Transworld (Second in dual-timeline series featuring French woman detective in Orléans whose discovery of a body leads back to SOE agents in WWII)

Marcus Sedgwick, Mister Memory, Mulholland (Paris 1899: a man with a phenomenal memory who can’t forget anything is arrested for the murder of his wife)

Barbara J. Taylor, All Waiting Is Long, Akashic/Kaylie Jones (sequel to Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night; the difficult relationship between two sisters, set in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1926)

John Wilcox, Dustclouds of War, Allison & Busby (Latest in Simon Fonthill military adventure series takes our hero into WWI)

James Wilde, Hereward: The Bloody Crown, Transworld (Last in series about Hereward, Anglo-Saxon hero resisting Norman rule, now returning from Constantinople)

Heather Young, The Lost Girls, Morrow (multi-period story surrounding the long-ago disappearance of a young woman from a Minnesota lakeside home)

Kerry Young, Show Me a Mountain, Bloomsbury (revolution and oppression, love and betrayal set against a backdrop of Jamaican independence in the 1960s)

Robyn Young, Sons of the Blood, Hodder & Stoughton (First in series set during the Wars of the Roses and religious conflict in Europe)

August 2016

Jonis Agee, The Bones of Paradise, Morrow (literary novel set ten years after Wounded Knee in South Dakota)

Diane Allen, The Mistress of Windfell Manor, Macmillan (Victorian saga set in the Yorkshire Dales)

Charlotte Betts, The House in Quill Court, Piatkus (Regency romance: Venetia receives shocking news, moves to London and finds love)

Rhys Bowen, Crowned and Dangerous, Berkley Prime Crime (a Royal Spyness mystery)

Yochi Brandes, The Secret Book of Kings, St. Martin’s (untold story of Jerobaam, the fourth King of Israel, and Michal, King David’s discarded queen)

Sigmund Brouwer, Saffire, WaterBrook (the story behind the building of the Panama Canal)

Elizabeth Buchan, The New Mrs Clifton, Michael Joseph (Gus’s sisters and his fiancée, who believed him lost in WWII, are distraught when he returns home with a German wife who seems to have a hold over him)

Ray Celestin, Dead Man’s Blues, Mantle (Historical mystery set in Chicago in 1928)

Diney Costeloe, The Sisters of St Croix, Head of Zeus (Story of love, death and danger in Nazi-occupied France)

Fiona Davis, The Dollhouse, Dutton (the lush world of New York City’s glamorous Barbizon Hotel for Women, in the ’50s and present day)

P. T. Deutermann, The Commodore, St. Martin’s (WWII thriller set in the South Pacific)

Angus Donald, The Death of Robin Hood, Sphere (Last in adventure series about Robin Hood)

Katie Flynn, An Orphan’s Christmas, Century (Saga set in Liverpool and the armed forces in WWII)

Elizabeth Gill, Nobody’s Child, Quercus (Victorian saga set in the Durham Fells)

David Gilman, The Last Horseman, Head of Zeus (Historical adventure set during the South African Boer War)

Matthew Griffin, Hide, Bloomsbury (Two men fall in love after WWII and live together when such a relationship is fraught with danger)

Lian Hearn, Lord of the Darkwood, FSG (3rd of four-volume adventure in a mythical, medieval Japan)

Nancy Herriman, No Pity for the Dead, NAL (mystery of old San Francisco)

David Hingley, Birthright, Allison & Busby (Mystery set in the Restoration era in London and New York)

Rachel Hore, A Week in Paris, St. Martin’s (two women in Paris, decades apart, connected by a shocking secret)

Michael Hughes, The Countenance Divine, John Murray (A computer engineer trying to fix the Millennium Bug finds connections with 19thC murders, William Blake and John Milton – and a persistent sense that the world is about to end)

C. C. Humphreys, Fire, Doubleday Canada (thrilling novel of London’s Great Fire, in 1666)

Douglas Jackson, Saviour of Rome, Transworld (AD72: Latest in Roman military adventure series featuring Gaius Valerius Verrens who is summoned by the emperor Vespasian to undertake a mission that is tainted by treachery and seems like a death sentence…)

Anna Jacobs, The Honeyfield Bequest, Allison & Busby (First in new saga series set in the early 20thC)

Hervé Le Corre, After The War, MacLehose (Murder in 1950s Bordeaux set between the lingering shadow of WWII and a new war in Algeria)

Alyssa Maxwell, Murder at Rough Point, Kensington (a Gilded Newport mystery with reporter Emma Cross, cousin to the Vanderbilts, as detective)

Livi Michael, Accession, Fig Tree (Final part of the story of Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII)

Mark Noce, Between Two Fires, St. Martin’s (first in epic historical series set in medieval Wales)

Jason Overstreet, The Strivers’ Row Spy, Dafina/Kensington (mystery set during the 1920s Harlem Renaissance)

Nick Rennison, Carver’s Truth, Corvus (Latest in Victorian murder mystery series)

William Ryan, The Constant Soldier, Mantle (Story of love and survival during the last weeks of the Nazi regime as Soviet tanks advance)

Kim Vogel Sawyer, Guide Me Home, WaterBrook (sweet Kentucky inspirational romance, set in 1910)

Steve Sem-Sandberg, The Chosen Ones, FSG (the Nazi regime’s terrible euthanasia program in WWII-era Vienna)

Sjón, The Moonstone, FSG (the life of a gay man in Reykjavik in 1918)

Susan Spann, The Ninja’s Daughter, Seventh Street (a Shinobi mystery set in 16th-c Japan, in which an actor’s daughter is murdered on the banks of Kyoto’s Kamo River)

Jón Kalman Stefánsson, Fish Have No Feet, MacLehose (Story of a singular family and an epic of 20thC Icelandic history and culture, offering a unique insight into the ways in which Icelandhas been shaped by outside influences)

Julian Stockwin, The Crakys of War, Allison & Busby (13thC Oxford scholar and envoy to China agree that the secret of gunpowder must die with them but Edward III is determined to use it in war)

Whit Stillman, Love & Friendship, Little, Brown (a reworking of Jane Austen’s unfinished novella Lady Susan)

Marco Vichi, Death in the Tuscan Hills, Hodder & Stoughton ( Latest in crime series set in 1960s Italy)

Robin Wells, The French War Bride, Berkley (compassion, betrayal, and forgiveness before, during, and after WWII)

September 2016

Rosie Archer, The Gunpowder and Glory Girls, Quercus (Fourth in saga series set in a WWII munitions factory)

David Ashton, Mistress of the Just Land, Two Roads (Proprietor of the best bawdy house in Victorian Edinburgh uses her cool intelligence to solve a murder)

James Benmore, Dodger of the Revolution, Heron (The Artful Dodger faces his most dangerous adventure yet – manning the Parisian barricades in defence of liberty, fraternity and larceny)

Christopher Bland, Cathar, Head of Zeus (13thC France: Story of heroism and heartbreak, as a young Cathar believer loses his aristocratic inheritance and becomes a fugitive from the Inquisition)

Alan Bradley, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d, Delacorte (latest Flavia de Luce detective investigation, set in the 1950s)

Rita Bradshaw, Snowflakes in the Wind, Macmillan (Saga beginning in 1920 sees a young Borders woman flee heartbeak by becoming a QA nurse in WWII)

Elizabeth Chadwick, The Autumn Throne, Sphere (Last in trilogy about Eleanor of Aquitaine)

Emma Donoghue, The Wonder, Little Brown US / Picador UK (Story of a girl in 19thC Ireland who remains fit and well despite refusing to eat – is she a fraud or a victim of fundamentalist manipulation?)

Ruth Downie, Vita Brevis, Bloomsbury (Latest in Roman detective series featuring Ruso, an Army medic and his wife who have just arrived in Rome)

Linda Grant, The Dark Circle, Virago (A teenage brother and sister living on the edge of the law post-WWII are sent to a TB sanatorium in Kent where they meet people from various walks of life and while the cure is elusive, the possibilities of rebellion offer freedom)

Andrew Gross, The One Man, Macmillan (Spy thriller set in 1944, when a French scientist finds himself in Auschwitz and an American spy must infiltrate it to get him out)

Elsa Hart, The White Mirror, Minotaur (imperial librarian Li Du investigates another murder in 17th-century Tibet)

Pamela Hart, The War Bride, Piatkus (Bride moves to Australia post-WWI to reunite with her husband but on arrival he isn’t there to greet her, then she gets shocking news about him)

Sarah Hawkswood, Ordeal By Fire, Allison & Busby (Murder mystery set in 12thC Worcester)

Hans Olav Lahlum, Chameleon People, Mantle (International crime story featuring an Oslo detective in 1972)

Richard Mason, Who Killed Piet Barol?, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (Literary thriller set in South Africa in 1913 when tribal beliefs clash with white greed and Mother Nature)

Thomas Mullen, Darktown, Atria US / Little Brown UK (A black woman seen with a white man is murdered in racially divided 1948 Atlanta and an underfunded, undermanned black police force investigates, leading to a run-in with white police)

Amos Oz, Judas, Chatto & Windus (In mid-20thC Jerusalem, idealistic studen becomes paid companion to elderly invalid whose story takes him back to the origins of the Arab/Israeli conflict and the beginnings of Judaism and Christianity)

A.N.Wilson, Resolution, Atlantic (Story of Captain Cook and his three voyages of exploration)

October 2016

Christian Cameron, The Rage of Ares, Orion (Climax of series about the 5thC BC wars of the Greeks and Persians)

M.J. Carter, The Devil’s Feast, Fig Tree (Latest in Avery & Blake mystery series: London, 1842: There has been a mysterious and horrible death at the Reform, London’s newest and grandest gentleman’s club, which the club is desperate to hush up)

Kitty Danton, Evie’s Allies, Orion (Second in Evie’s Dartmoor Chronicles, a saga set in Devon in WWII and featuring a village primary school teacher)

David Essex, Faded Glory, Head of Zeus (1950s East London: a washed-up boxer takes a troubled youngster under his wing, attracting the attention of the criminal underworld)

Annelise Freisenbruch, Blood in the Tiber, Duckworth (Daughter of Republican Rome’s most celebrated orator is drawn into the shadows cast by the elite after a Vestal Virgin is found drowned in the Tiber and other murders follow)

Georgette Heyer, Snowdrift and Other Stories, Heinemann (Collection of Regency short stories including some newly discovered)

Justin Hill, Viking Fire, Little Brown (1066: story of Harald Hardrada, his defeat of King Harold at Stamford Bridge and what happened next)

Anthony Horowitz, Magpie Murders, Orion (Agatha Christie-style 1950s murder mystery featuring a half-German, half-Turkish Anglophile sleuth)

Paulette Jiles, News of the World, Morrow (after the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people)

S.G. Maclean, The Black Friar, Quercus (Second in mystery series featuring Cromwellian Captain Seeker, set in London in 1655)

Michelle Paver, Thin Air, Orion (A ghost story set in the Himalayas in 1935 as five Englishmen set out to conquer Kangchenjunga, the third highest mountain)

Simon Scarrow, Invictus, Headline (Latest in Roman Empire military adventure series finds Cato & Macro on campaign in rebellious Spain in AD54)

Robert Seethaler, The Tobacconist, Picador (In 1937, a young Viennese tobacconist’s assistant makes the acquaintance of Sigmund Freud but their lives will soon be engulfed in war)

Julian Stockwin, Inferno, Hodder & Stoughton (Latest in Thomas Kydd series set in the Great Age of Sail)

Aaron Thier, Mr Eternity, Bloomsbury (Two film-makers meet a sailor who claims to be Daniel Defoe and tells them of his American life from conquistadors and plantation owners to the Federation of Mississippi States in the 26th [sic]C)

L.C. Tyler, The Plague Road, Constable (Latest in John Grey mystery series, set during the Great Plague of 1665)

Stephen Uhly, Kingdom of Twilight, MacLehose (Story of intermingled destinies during and after WWII, as Germans, Poles and Jews struggle to make sense of a world in transition)

Kent Wascom, Secessia, Grove Press (Gothic mystery set in New Orleans in the aftermath of the American Civil War)

Ashley Weaver, Shadow of the Past, Allison & Busby (Murder mystery set in 1933, latest in series)

November 2016

Lesley Downer, The Shogun’s Queen, Transworld (Princess Atsu is the only person who can save 19thC Japan from the arrival of barbarian Westerners)

Stella Duffy, London Lies Beneath, Virago (London, 1912: Inspired by real events, the story of three friends, and a tragedy that will change them for ever, of working class families with hidden histories, of a bright and complex world long neglected)

Kate Ellis, A High Mortality of Doves, Piatkus (1919: a brutal murder shatters the peace of a Deryshire village and a London detective is called in, who was wounded in the war and lost his son – and there’s a ghost, possibly)

Essie Fox, The Last Days of Leda Grey, Orion (The chance finding of a photograph leads to revelations about what happened to a silent-film actress and her director half a century earlier)

Elly Griffiths, The Blood Card, Quercus (Third in Stephens and Mephisto crime series set in the run-up to the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953)

Emma Hornby, A Shilling for a Wife, Transworld (Saga set in 1860s Bolton and Manchester)

Giles Kristian, Wings of the Storm, Transworld (Last in Viking adventure trilogy)

Marie MacPherson, The Second Blast of the Trumpet, Knox Robinson (second in trilogy about fiery Scottish reformer John Knox)

Cesca Major, The Last Night, Corvus (A reclusive furniture restorer finds an antique bureau that might unlock secrets from her past)

David Morrell, Ruler of the Night, Mulholland (Recovering opium addict Thomas de Quincey sets out to solve the first Victorian railway murder)

Stewart O’Nan, City of Secrets, Allen & Unwin (Story set in the Jewish underground resistance in Jerusalem after WWII)

Stef Penney, Under A Pole Star, Quercus (Story of rival expeditions in the golden age of Arctic explorations)

John Pipkin, The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter, Bloomsbury (19thC Ireland: Caroline helps her father scan the skies for a distant planet but finds William Herschel has beaten them to it and after her father’s despairing death she flees to London, only to return at a time of rebellion to find her lover waiting for her)

Lucinda Riley, The Shadow Sister, Macmillan (Latest in Secret Sisters series: Victorian Flora finds herself a pawn in a game which tempts her from the Lake District to London)

Ida Simons, A Foolish Virgin, MacLehose (Gittel, a young, Jewish musical prodigy, gets lessons in trust and betrayal, first from a wealthy family in Antwerp, then from her father’s attempt to make a quick killing in Berlin on the eve of the Wall Street Crash)

F.R. Tallis, The Passenger, Picador (In WWII, an apparently supernatural force disrupts a German U-boat which has just collected two prisoners off Iceland, one of whom is reputed to be working on a secret weapon that could change the course of the war)

Jane Thynne, Solitaire, Simon & Schuster (Englishwoman in Germany is approached by Goebbels to act as a Nazi spy)

David Vann, Bright Air Black, Heinemann (Retelling of the Medea story from Greek mythology)

Salley Vickers, Cousins, Viking (A teenage boy falls for his cousin with repercussions that affect generations of a family from 1939 to the present day)

Brad Watson, Miss Jane, Picador (Story of a woman born around 1900 with a deformity that prevents her fulfilling the female purpose of marriage and sex, but who memsmerises those around her and finds life anything but barren)

John Wilcox, The Black Rocks of Morwentstow, Allison & Busby (Adventure story set in 1832 of a shipwreck on Cornish rocks, involving a man returning from America to find his fiancée)

December 2016

Kitty Danton, Evie’s Victory, Orion (Third in Evie’s Dartmoor Chronicles: saga set in Devon in WWII and featuring a village primary school teacher)

Nadine Dorries, The Children of Lovely Lane, Head of Zeus (Latest in saga series set in 1950s Liverpool)

Graham Hurley, Operation Finisterre, Head of Zeus (Germany, October 1944: cities lie in ruins and enemy armies are at the gates. Desperate to avoid the humiliation of unconditional surrender, German intelligence launch Operation Finisterre — a last-ditch plan to enable Hitler to deny the savage logic of a war on two fronts and bluff his way to the negotiating table)

Lesley Lokko, The Last Debutante, Orion (A family drama that takes place between the 1930s and the present day, featuring sisters and long-held secrets)

A.D. Swanston, Incendium, Transworld (Historical thriller set against the backdrop of treason and terror in Elizabethan England)

John Owen Theobald, What The Raven Brings, Head of Zeus (Sequel to These Dark Wings: After the Blitz  Anna Cooper, now 14, bluffs her way into the air force and becomes entangled in the glamorous – and dangerous – world of female war pilots. But the secret of her past threatens both her and her fellow airwomen)

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