Guide to historical novels for 2017

The Historical Novel Society lists 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.  Other than short excerpts, please link to this page rather than copying the entries – thank you!

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

January 2017

Rennie Airth, The Death of Kings, Mantle (latest in Insp Madden crime series set in post-WWII Britain)

V.S. Alexander, The Magdalen Girls, Kensington (three young women struggle to escape a life of servitude in the Magdalen Laundries in 1962 Dublin)

Merryn Allingham, The Buttonmaker’s Daughter, HQ (WWI-era saga set in Sussex, on a large country estate, but what should be a place of calm and tranquillity is riven with conflict)

Sarah Barthel, House of Silence, Kensington (to escape an unwanted marriage, a young woman feigns a mental breakdown and meets Mary Todd Lincoln in Bellevue)

Emily Bitto, The Strays, Twelve (a family of bohemian artists in 1930s Melbourne)

Janie Chang, Dragon Springs Road, Harper (an Eurasian orphan searches for her mother in early 20th-c Shanghai)

Janet Ellis, The Butcher’s Hook, Pegasus (a dark tale set in Georgian London, about a woman determined to chart her own fate regardless of the cost)

Robert Fabbri, Arminius, Corvus (story of Roman legions’ defeat in 1stC AD Germany)

Maria Fiorato, Crimson and Bone, Hodder & Stoughton (prostitute in Victorian London takes up with an artist who rescued her from death, whilst other murders are committed by someone who knows who she is)

Emma Flint, Little Deaths, Picador (retelling of the police investigation into a true-life crime in New York in 1965, involving a mother and her two young children)

Laura Frantz, A Moonbow Night, Revell (historical romance set in early Kentucky, along the Shawnee River)

Mary Gibson, Bourbon Creams and Broken Dreams, Head of Zeus (saga about a Cockney who works in a biscuit factory and has her dreams broken by the Wall Street Crash)

Susanna Gregory, The Executioner of St Paul’s, Sphere (the latest Thomas Chaloner mystery is set in 17thC London)

Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing, Viking (story taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations)

Emily Hauser, For the Most Beautiful, Pegasus (retelling of the Trojan War from the women’s viewpoint)

Nathan Hill, Nix, Picador (story of a son’s search for the mother who abandoned him as a child takes him through fifty years of 20thC American radical protest)

Anna Jacobs, Gifts For Our Time, Hodder & Stoughton (4th in 1940s Rivenshaw saga set in Lancashire)

Anna Jacobs, One Quiet Woman, Hodder & Stoughton (1st in Ellindale saga set in Lancashire just after WWI)

Pam Jenoff, The Orphan’s Tale, MIRA (tale of women’s friendship set amid a traveling circus during WWII)

Ismail Kadare, The Traitor’s Niche, Harvill Secker (rebellion and tyranny in the Ottoman Empire)

Emma Kennedy, Shoes for Anthony, Thomas Dunne (a Polish prisoner of war befriends a boy living in a Welsh mining town during WWII)

Josi L. Kilpack, The Lady of the Lakes, Shadow Mountain (a love story featuring Sir Walter Scott)

Judith Kinghorn, The Echo of Twilight, Berkley (unlikely relationship between a woman and her maid on the eve of WWI in England)

Sana Krasikov, The Patriots, Spiegel & Grau (effects of the Cold War on one Jewish-American family)

Mary Lawrence, Death at St. Vedast’s, Kensington (alchemist Bianca Goddard solves the murder of a pregnant woman in Tudor England)

Alyssa Maxwell, A Pinch of Poison, Kensington (a lady and her maid solve crimes in Edwardian England; 2nd in series)

Jennifer McVeigh, Leopard at the Door, Putnam (political turmoil and betrayal in colonial Kenya)

Teresa Messineo, The Fire by Night, Morrow (saga of two American nurses in WWII: one in France, the other serving in the Pacific)

Debra Ann Pawlak and Cheryl DuBois, Soldier, Spy, Heroine, Yucca (US Civil War soldier Sarah Emma Edmonds, who fought for the Union as a man)

Nancy Peacock, The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson, Atria (a slave-turned-Comanche warrior who travels from the brutality of a New Orleans sugar cane plantation to frontier Texas)

Tim Pears, The Horseman, Bloomsbury (friendship between a carter’s son and the daughter of the owner of a stud farm in 1911 Devon)

Lydia Peelle, The Midnight Cool, Harper (adventures of two con artists operating in Tennessee during the WWI years)

Brandy Purdy, Two Empresses, Kensington (Rose de Beauharnais and her cousin Aimee, both from Martinique, and their futures in Paris and Turkey)

Robert Radcliffe, Airborne, Head of Zeus (WWII story of a paratrooper, captured by the Nazis on the Dutch-German border in 1944, and his pre-war secret)

Deanna Raybourn, A Perilous Undertaking, Berkley (Veronica Speedwell’s new adventure in London of 1887)

Susan Rivers, The Second Mrs. Hockaday, Algonquin (in the South during the Civil War, a young bride is accused of murdering her child when her husband is away at war)

Ian Ross, The Mask of Command, Head of Zeus (latest in late Roman military adventure series Twilight of Empire)

Susan Sherman, If You Are There, Counterpoint (in 1900, a young woman escapes from the Warsaw ghetto and finds work with the Curies in Paris)

April Smith, Home Sweet Home, Knopf (a family from NY moves to South Dakota and gets caught up in the panic of McCarthyism)

Eva Stachniak, The Chosen Maiden, Doubleday Canada (story of Vaslav Nijinsky’s sister Bronia, a legendary Russian ballerina trying to escape her brother’s shadow)

Simon Tolkien, No Man’s Land, Doubleday (moving from northern England to the Somme, a young man comes of age during WWI)

Beatriz Williams, The Wicked City, Morrow (romantic adventure about a Jazz Age love triangle)

February 2017

Stephan Abarbanell,  Displaced, John Murray (1946: Lilya, a Jewish resistance fighter in Palestine searches for a scientist supposedly dead in a Nazi concentration camp)

Laurie Lico Albanese, Stolen Beauty, Atria (novel of Adele Bloch-Bauer in 1900 Vienna, her niece Maria, and the creation and disappearance of Gustav Klimt’s paintings)

Paul Auster, 4 3 2 1, Faber (a baby boy born in 1947 becomes 4 boys made of the same genetic material, and go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives in 20thC USA)

Vanora Bennett, The White Russian, Thomas Dunne (novel of love, art, music, and family secrets set among the Russian émigré community of Paris in 1937)

John Boyne, The Heart’s Invisible Furies, Transworld (the story of Ireland from the 1940s to the present day through the life of a man born out of wedlock to a country girl and adopted by a well-to-do Dublin family)

Nancy Brandon, Show Me a Kindness, Lake Union (a woman in Depression-era rural Georgia navigates mental illness and an uncertain future with the help of a friend)

Frances Brody, A Death in the Dales, Minotaur (Kate Shackleton investigates a mystery in a peaceful village in 1920s Yorkshire)

Rosie Clarke, Lily’s War, Head of Zeus (saga beginning in London, 1938, featuring a young East End milliner with a secret)

Beatrice Colin, To Capture What We Cannot Keep, Allen & Unwin (story set against the backdrop of the building of the Eiffel Tower)

Sarah Day, Mussolini’s Island, Tinder Press (one of a group of young men imprisoned on an island by Mussolini falls for a local girl who realises that he has a secret)

Margaret Dickinson, Daughters of Courage, Macmillan (saga set in 1930s Sheffield)

Phillip DePoy, The English Agent, Minotaur (young Christopher Marlowe is sent by Queen Elizabeth’s spymaster to uncover and foil an assassination plot)

Lissa Evans, Their Finest, Harper Perennial (1940 England; a young copywriter is recruited into the Ministry of Information to write women into propaganda films)

David Gilman, Viper’s Blood, Head of Zeus (latest in Masters of War series, during the Hundred Years’ War)

Katie Hickman, The Bishopsgate House, Bloomsbury (marital secrets and obsession in Jacobean London)

Charlotte Hobson, The Vanishing Futurist, Faber (English governess in revolutionary Russia investigates the disappearance of the futurist leader of a communist she has joined)

Emma Hornby, A Shilling for a Wife, Transworld (saga set in 1860s Manchester: young wife tries to escape the clutches of a cruel husband who bought her from the workhouse)

David Foenkinos, Charlotte, Canongate (Jewish woman in Berlin loses her family and her musician lover when the Nazis come to power)

Michiel Heyns, The Typewriter’s Tale, St. Martin’s (novel told from the perpspective of Henry James’s fictional typist, Frieda Wroth)

Andrew Hughes, The Coroner’s Daughter, Transworld (1816: Dublin coroner’s daughter sets out to investigate the death of a nursemaid and becomes embroiled in the clashes and secrets of a religious sect and a rationalist movement, whilst being shadowed by the likely murderer)

Laird Hunt, The Evening Road, Little Brown (two remarkable women’s journeys in Jim Crow-era Indiana)

Georgia Hunter, We Were the Lucky Ones, Viking (the experiences of five Polish Jewish siblings who all survived the Holocaust, based on a true story)

Dinah Jefferies, Before The Rains, Viking (widowed photojournalist is ent to Rajputana, India in 1930 and falls unsuitably in love with a member of the royal family)

Hannah Kent, Good People, Picador (Ireland, 1825: a widow bringing up her grandson who can’t walk or talk amid rumours that he is a changeling who will bring misfortune to the community)

Peter Kimani, Dance of the Jakaranda, Akashic (rise and fall of African colonialism)

Christina Baker Kline, A Piece of the World, Morrow (Christina Olson, model for Andrew Wyeth)

Affinity Konar, Mischling, Atlantic (1944: twin girls in Auschwitz encounter Josef Mengele)

Min Jin Lee, Pachinko, Grand Central & Head of Zeus (follows one Korean family in Japan, beginning in 1900)

Charlie Lovett, The Lost Book of the Grail, Viking  (multi-period story about a modern bibliophile determined to uncover a secret about a cathedral’s past)

Anna Mazzola, The Unseeing, Sourcebooks (historical mystery of 1837 London, about a young mother sentenced to hang for murder)

Heather O’Neill, The Lonely Hearts Hotel, Riverhead (two gifted orphans and their adventures in circus shows in Depression-era America)

David Osborne, The Coming, Bloomsbury (novel of the American West, centering on Daytime Smoke, Nez Perce son of William Clark)

Renee Rosen, Windy City Blues, Berkley (explores one woman’s journey of self-discovery in the world of the Chicago blues, set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement)

Jennifer Ryan, The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir, Crown (during WWII, the woman of Chilbury in Kent create an all-female choir)

Burt Solomon, The Murder of Willie Lincoln, Forge (about the death of President Lincoln’s son; was it illness or murder?)

A.D. Swanston, Incendium, Transworld (Elizabethan thriller featuring the Earl of Leicester’s chief intelligencer charged with investigating rumours of rebellion at home and invasion from abroad)

Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow, Hutchinson (sentenced by a Bolshevik tribunal in 1922 to indefinite house arrest in a Moscow hotel, a Russian aristocrat ponders pleasure and purpose with the help of various visitors)

Sue Wilsher, When My Ship Comes In, Sphere (saga set in 1950s Tilbury, Essex: ship’s cleaner seeks to escape poverty and an abusive husband and has to choose between her family and her dreams)

Ursula Werner, The Good at Heart, Touchstone (an ordinary German family’s lives during WWII, based on family history)

Elizabeth Wilhide, If I Could Tell You, Penguin (novel of unexpected love, set in London during the Blitz)

March 2017

Kate Alcott, The Hollywood Daughter, Doubleday (Ingrid Bergman’s affair with Roberto Rossellini and its effect on her biggest fan in McCarthy-era Hollywood)

Tessa Arlen, A Death by any Other Name, Minotaur (Lady Montfort and her pragmatic housekeeper Mrs. Jackson investigate a murder among a group of amateur rose-breeders in pre-WWI England)

Louise Brown, The Himalayan Summer, Headline Review (in the British Raj [no date] a wife in a disintegrating marriage turns to a maverick explorer with a bad reputation to help find one of her children missing after an earthquake)

Taylor Brown, The River of Kings, St. Martin’s (a pair of Georgia brothers pursuing answers about their father’s death, intertwined with a story of explorer Jacques Le Moyne in the 16th century)

Theodore Brun, A Mighty Dawn, Corvus (adventure set in 8thC Denmark)

Harriet Scott Chessman, The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas, Outpost19 (about the many people who influenced Edgar Degas)

Catherine Chidgey, The Wish Child, Chatto & Windus (story of two young people in Nazi Germany and how WWII and its aftermath affected their lives)

Sally Christie, The Enemies of Versailles, Atria (novel of Jeanne Becu, a woman of humble birth who becomes Louis XV’s mistress the Comtesse du Barry)

Clive Cussler and Justin Scott, Cutthroat, Michael Joseph (detective agency investigates serial murders in 1911 USA)

Wray Delaney, An Almond for a Parrot, MIRA (a daring woman’s adventurous life story in 18th-c London)

Brian Doyle, The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World, St. Martin’s (Robert Louis Stevenson’s planned-but-unwritten picaresque novel, intertwined with the great Scottish author’s early life in 1880s San Francisco)

Sarah Dunant, In the Name of the Family, Random House & Virago (part 2 of her saga about Lucrezia Borgia and the rise of Niccolo Machiavelli)

Helen Dunmore, Birdcage Walk, Hutchinson (a radical wife and her property developer husband follow the unfolding of the French Revolution with excitement on her part and alarm on his, which lead to a darkening of their relationship)

R.J. Ellory, Kings of America, Orion (Lucia, an aspiring actress in 1940s Hollywood is torn between her brother who is involved in organised crime and her boyfriend who is fleeing a terrible crime)

Rafel Nadal Farreras, The Last Son’s Secret, Transworld (story of a village in Puglia during two world wars: Vitantonio and Giovanna are born as WWI ends and their fathers are killed and reach adulthood as WWII begins)

Liz Fenwick, The Returning Tide, Orion (Cornish sisters meet American GIs during WWII and a betrayal occurs that echoes down the generations)

Michèle Forbes, Edith and Oliver, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (early 20thC story of a couple who are music hall performers at a time when the cinema is the coming thing)

Christopher Fowler, Wild Chamber, Transworld (latest period crime investigation of detectives Bryant and May and their Peculiar Crimes Unit)

Sean Kevin Gabhann, Harper’s Rescue, Sundown Press (book 2 of the Shiloh Trilogy; Civil War-era espionage and love story about disgraced Federal officer James Harper, recruited by General Grant’s spymaster, who seeks to redeem his honor)

Margaret George, The Confessions of Young Nero, Berkley & Macmillan (the unusual coming of age of Nero, artist and emperor, in ancient Rome)

Marc Graham, Of Ashes and Dust, Five Star (a man, wounded in a railway explosion, relives his life in the antebellum South, during the Civil War, and in the Old West during its expansion)

Jenny Holmes, The Telephone Girls, Transworld (1930s Bradford: three young telephonists’ lives are embroiled in murder, scandal and corruption when one of them listens in to a conversation)

Geraint Jones, Blood Forest, Michael Joseph (story of the disastrous defeat of a Roman army by Germanic tribes in AD 9)

Ben Kane, Eagles in the Storm, Preface (last in trilogy set in 1stC AD Roman Empire in which a Roman army is sent to recover the last of its three eagle standards from the Germans who captured it some years before)

Greer MacAllister, Girl in Disguise, Sourcebooks (the story of 19th-c investigator Kate Warne, who was hired by Allan Pinkerton as a detective)

Susan Meissner, A Bridge Across the Ocean, Berkley (the lives of three women intersect in a novel of postwar intrigue; multi-period)

Jane Menczer, An Unlikely Agent, Polygon (1905: woman applies for a job and finds she is to become a secret agent investigating a Scottish anarchist group)

David Osborne, The Coming, Bloomsbury (tragedy involving the son of the explorer William Clark and a Nez Perce Indian woman when gold is discovered on the land of the Nez Perces in 1860)

Cathy Pegau, Murder on Location, Kensington (mystery set on the Alaskan frontier in the 1920s)

Anne Perry, Murder on the Serpentine, Ballantine (Thomas & Charlotte Pitt Victorian mystery)

Roberta Rich, A Trial in Venice, Doubleday Canada (3rd in trilogy about Hannah, a midwife of Venice in the 16th century, who is forced to return there from Constantinople after her beloved adopted son is kidnapped)

Anthony Riches, Betrayal, Hodder & Stoughton (1st in Roman Empire Centurion series set during the Batavian Revolt at the time of the Year of Three Emperors, AD 68-9)

Umberto Saba, Ernesto, Head of Zeus (coming of age story set in fin de siècle Trieste)

Marcus Sedgwick, Mister Memory, Pegasus (psychological thriller about a man who murders his wife in late 19th-century Paris)

Tim Severin, Freebooter, Macmillan (latest in pirate adventure series)

Sara Sheridan, London Calling, Kensington (mystery following former Secret Service agent Mirabelle Bevan in post-WWII England)

Matteo Strukul, The Medici: A Family in Power, Head of Zeus (story of the Medicis in 15thC Italy)

Daisy Styles, The Bomb Girls’ Secrets (Irish girl goes to work in a munitions factory in WWII but she has a secret)

E.S. Thomson, Dark Asylum, Constable (gruesome murder in a Victorian asylum reveals retribution, dark secrets and hidden identities)

Beth Underdown, The Witchfinder’s Sister, Viking (sister of Matthew Hopkins, notorious Witchfinder General in the 1640s, finds herself at the heart of his abominable plans)

David Vann, Bright Air Black, Heinemann (story of Medea and Jason from Greek mythology)

Catriona Ward, The Girl from Rawblood, Sourcebooks (multi-period horror novel, about a haunted family whose members tend to die mysteriously)

Fay Weldon, Before the War, St. Martin’s (story of a young London woman between the wars)

Kaite Welsh, The Wages of Sin, Pegasus (crime in Victorian Edinburgh, in which a female medical student recognizes a body in the dissection room as a former patient of hers)

Jacqueline Winspear, In This Grave Hour, Harper (in the pre-WWII years, Maisie Dobbs investigates the deaths of refugees in Britain)

John Wray, The Lost Time Accidents, Canongate (epic saga set against the greatest upheavals of the 20thC)

April 2017

David Black, Turn Left for Gibraltar, Thomas & Mercer (military thriller set in Spain and Malta in the 1940s)

James William Brown, My Last Lament, Berkley (a Greek woman, one of the last lamenters for the dead, and her life after WWII)

Michael Callahan, The Night She Won Miss America, HMH (a reluctant Miss Delaware gets swept up in the glamour of the 1950 Miss America pageant)

William Christie, A Single Spy, Minotaur (During WWII, young Russian spy with divided loyalties, under deep cover in Nazi Germany, uncovers an assassination plot)

Alyssa Cole, An Extraordinary Union, Kensington (during the Civil War, a freed slave and an undercover Pinkerton detective risk all for love and country)

Kitty Danton, Evie’s Victory, Orion (latest in WWII saga about a schoolteacher in Devon)

Lindsey Davis, The Third Nero, Hodder & Stoughton (latest in 1stC AD Roman crime series featuring Flavia Albia, daughter of Falco)

Oscar de Muriel, A Mask of Shadows, Michael Joseph (third in late-19thC crime series featuring detectives Frey and McGrey, this one is set during a staging of Macbeth in Edinburgh by Ellen Terry and Henry Irving)

Claire Evans, The Fourteenth Letter, Sphere (London 1881: a bride is murdered on her wedding day, setting in chain a twisting mystery involving a mysterious keepsake and a legacy of secrets)

Patricia Falvey, The Girls of Ennismore, Corvus & Kensington (saga about two girls in early 20thC Ireland separated by class who move to Dublin at the time of the Easter Rising)

Fiona Ford, The Spark Girls, Orion (saga about a young woman who puts tragedy behind her and joins the Auxiliary Territorial Service in WWII)

Caro Fraser, The Summer House Party, Head of Zeus (a shocking death puts an end to the enjoyment of a country house party in 1936 and will change lives forever)

L.R. Fredericks, The Book of Luce, Hodder & Stoughton (mystery set in 1960s Camden: search for Luce, artist, magician, hallucination, messiah)

Antonio Garrido, The Last Paradise, AmazonCrossing (in 1931, an American man running from the aftermath of a crime begins a new life in the Soviet Union)

Elizabeth Gill, The Guardian Angel, Quercus (1st in saga series set in 1820s Weardale, N.E. England)

Richard Grant, Cave Dwellers, Knopf (the attempt to unseat Hitler in 1930s Germany)

Gregory Harris, The Endicott Evil, Kensington (mystery of Victorian London)

Jane Healey, The Saturday Evening Girls Club, Lake Union (story of immigrant women in Boston’s North End in the early 20th century)

Emily Holleman, The Drowning King, Little Brown (novel of Cleopatra and her sister Arsinoe as Rome plots to overtake Egypt)

Laird Hunt, The Evening Road, Chatto & Windus (1920: two American women, one white, one black, keen to escape difficult lives set out through an America riven with fear and hatred to a place where the Ku Klux Klan is planning a celebration)

Crystal King, Feast of Sorrow, Touchstone (set in ancient Rome and featuring an early “foodie,” the man who inspired the world’s oldest cookbook)

Laura Madeleine, Where The Wild Cherries Grow, Transworld (young Englishwoman settles in France in 1919 and has a passionate affair until secrets from home arrive)

Sarah Maine, Beyond The Wild River, Hodder & Stoughton & Atria (19thC Scottish heiress on a dangerous expedition in the wilds of Canada)

Rachel Malik, Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves, Fig Tree (Miss Hargreaves leaves her family to work on a farm as a Land Girl and becomes a close friend of the farmer Miss Boston,  a relationship that lasts beyond the war, until their shared life is threatened by a visitor and they must fight a war of their own)

Rebecca Mascull, The Wild Air, Hodder & Stoughton (a woman’s attempt to become a pilot in 1909)

Ken McCoy, Tell Me It’s Not True, Piatkus (WWI saga in which an injured British soldier captured by the Germans falls in love with a German nurse whilst back home his wife is told he is missing presumed dead – will they ever be reunited?)

Julie McElwain, A Twist in Time, Pegasus (former FBI agent Kendra Donovan is stranded in 1815 after her plan to return to the present day fails)

John McGhie, White Highlands, Little Brown (story set in Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising in the 1950s and the present day)

Donna Russo Morin, The Competition, Diversion (book2 of Da Vinci’s Disciples, about a group of women painters in Renaissance Florence)

Alyssa Palombo, The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence, St. Martin’s Griffin  (a novel of Simonetta Vespucci, model for Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus)

Rachel Rhys, A Dangerous Crossing, Transworld (1939: to escape a life of drudgery, Lily embarks on a voyage to Australia during which she mingles with a glamorous crowd who are all running away from scandal: tragedy and the outbreak of war ensue)

Michèle Roberts, The Walworth Beauty, Bloomsbury (researcher for Henry Mayhew’s investigation into the poor of Victorian London gets involved with prostitutes)

Antonia Senior, The Tyrant’s Shadow, Corvus (tale of passion and loyalty set against Cromwell’s rule in 17thC England)

Jessica Shattuck, The Women in the Castle, Morrow (in a crumbling Bavarian castle after WWII, three women’s lives are intertwined)

Sara Sheridan, Russian Roulette, Constable (when 1950s Brighton sleuth Mirabelle takes on a gruesome murder case  she unravels a tangle of poisoned gin, call girls and high stakes gambling)

Caroline Stickland, Grail, Headline (Victorian story of man who finds his altruism leads to neglect of those closest to him)

Wilbur Smith, War Cry, Harper (a Courtney family novel spanning from the end of WWI through WWII)

Beth Underdown, The Witchfinder’s Sister, Ballantine (historical thriller featuring Alice Hopkins, sister of Matthew Hopkins, England’s Witchfinder General)

Frank White, There Was A Time, Hodder & Stoughton (life in an English village in 1940 as the Battle of Britain takes place)

Steve Yates, The Legend of the Albino Farm, Unbridled (a suspenseful novel, set from 1946 to 1989 in the Missouri Ozarks, about an heiress whose family estate has become the source of an untruthful local spook tale)

May 2017

Sara Alexander, Under a Sardinian Sky, Kensington (star-crossed romance between an American lieutenant and a local farm girl in post-WWII Sardinia)

Hala Alyan, Salt Houses, Hutchinson (story of Palestinian Arab family forced to move to Kuwait by the 1967 Six-Day War)

Consuelo Saah Baehr, Fortune’s Daughters, Lake Union (saga about two strong-willed women of different backgrounds in the early 20th century)

Janet Benton, Lilli de Jong, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday (a young Quaker woman in 1883 Philadelphia decides to keep her illegitimate daughter)

Claire Cameron, The Last Neanderthal, Little Brown (two women separated by 40,000 years: the oldest daughter in a Neanderthal family, and a modern archaeologist)

Elizabeth Cobbs, The Hamilton Affair, Hodder & Stoughton (love story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler)

Diney Costeloe, The Married Girls, Head of Zeus (sequel to The Girl With No Name: WWII is over but some people’s troubles are just beginning)

Connilyn Cossette, Wings of the Wind, Bethany House (inspirational fiction about a woman of the Canaanites)

Joanna Courtney, The Conqueror’s Queen, Macmillan (story of Mathilda of Flanders, wife of  William the Conqueror)

Jodi Daynard, A More Perfect Union, Lake Union (a young man from Barbados passes for white and risks discovery in 1794 America)

Camille di Maio, Before the Rain Falls, Lake Union (a Texas woman just released from prison for her sister’s murder tells a journalist her story)

Sarah Dunnakey, The Companion, Orion (modern archivist investigates the apparent suicide of the guardian of a boy in Yorkshire in the 1930s)

Loretta Ellsworth, Stars Over Clear Lake, St. Martin’s (a woman remembers a star-crossed romance from her youth during the ‘40s)

Linda Finlay, Orphans and Angels, Michael Joseph (second in saga series about a school for orphans in Devon in 1900)

Emma Fraser, The Shipbuilder’s Daughter, Sphere (Glasgow 1928: shipbuilder’s daughter determined to become a doctor against the wishes of her father who lost his two sons in WWI and expects her to provide him with an heir)

Michelle Gable, The Book of Summer, St. Martin’s (women, a summer in Nantucket, and a guest book that reveals family secrets; set during WWII and today)

Amelia Gray, Isadora, FSG (novel of Isadora Duncan in prewar Europe)

Ruth Hamilton, Daughters of Penny Lane, Macmillan (saga set in post-WWII Liverpool)

Matthew Harffy, The Serpent Sword, Head of Zeus (The Bernicia Chronicles, set in Anglo-Saxon Britain in AD 633)

Natalie Haynes, The Children of Jocasta, Mantle (story of Oedipus and Antigone from the perspective of Jocasta and Ismene, overlooked in the Greek myth)

J. Tullos Hennig, Summerwode, DSP (newest in the historical fantasy series re-imagining the Robin Hood legend, in which both queer and pagan viewpoints are given realistic and respectful voice)

Smadar Herzfeld, Trail of Miracles, AmazonCrossing (a Jewish wife and mother in 18th-century Ukraine leaves her life behind to settle in Jerusalem)

Katie Hickman, The House at Bishopsgate, Bloomsbury USA (a cursed gem and those cursed by it, set in 17th-c London)

Stephen Holgate, Tangier, Blank Slate (multi-period story of espionage and betrayal as a man uncovers his father’s past in wartime Tangier, Morocco)

Emma Hornby, Scuttler’s Girl, Transworld (saga set in 1860s Bolton and Manchester)

Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Peculiar Ground, 4th Estate (story involving walls, frontiers and fortresses from 17thC England to the fall of the Berlin Wall)

Kim Izzo, Seven Days in May, Harper 360 (a novel of love and resilience during the Great War, inspired by real events and the author’s family history)

Jane Johnson, Court of Lions, Doubleday Canada (multi-period saga of romance and redemption set in modern and 15th-century Granada)

Marianne Kavanagh, Should You Ask Me, Hodder & Stoughton (just before D-Day an elderly woman notifies police she has found human remains and a story of love, history, war, murder, revenge and unlikely friendships ensues)

Jaan Kross, People Without A Past, MacLehose Press (2nd in trilogy set in Estonia with Thomas Cromwell-like main character)

Dewey Lambdin, A Fine Retribution, Thomas Dunne (Alan Lewrie naval adventure set in 1809; 23rd in series)

Jeffrey Lent, Before We Sleep, Bloomsbury (multigenerational story of a Vermont family, from WWII through the early ‘60s)

Amanda Quick, The Girl Who Knew Too Much, Berkley (murder at a retreat for Hollywood stars in the ’30s)

Stacia Pelletier, The Half Wives, HMH (two women involved with the same man find their worlds colliding in 1897 San Francisco)

Penny Richards, Though This Be Madness, Kensington (Shakespearean actress turned Pinkerton detective Lilly Long travels to New Orleans with her partner to rescue a young widow)

Candace Robb, A Twisted Vengeance, Pegasus (historical mystery set in 1399 York and featuring young widow Kate Clifford, whose mother holds a dangerous secret; 2nd in series)

Jennifer Robson, Every Time We Say Goodbye, Morrow (in 1940, an American journalist jumps at the chance to move to London and cover the war)

Cecily Ross, The Lost Diaries of Susanna Moodie, HarperAvenue (novel about Englishwoman Susanna Moodie, an early pioneer in the Canadian wilderness)

Ralf Rothmann, To Die In Spring, Picador (two young German friends forced to serve in the SS in 1945 are reunited when one of them has been sentenced to death for desertion)

James Runcie, Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love, Bloomsbury (latest in Grantchester crime series is set in 1971)

Michael Russell. The City of Lies, Constable (crime thriller set in 1940s Dublin and Berlin involving  the investigation by an Irish detective of IRA murders, the Gestapo and an Irishwoman arrested for the murder of her German lover)

Sarah Schmidt, See What I Have Done, Tinder Press (USA 1892: Lizzie Borden was found not guilty of the murders of her father and stepmother and the mystery was never solved, although others in the house had a motive or a story to tell)

Sarah Shoemaker, Mr. Rochester, Grand Central (retelling of Jane Eyre through Mr Rochester’s eyes)

Anita Shreve, The Stars Are Fire, Knopf & Little Brown UK (in 1947, a woman is tested by a catastrophic event – the greatest fire in Maine’s history – and its aftermath)

Rosemary Simpson, What the Dead Leave Behind, Kensington (mystery featuring an heiress in Gilded Age New York)

Dominic Smith, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, Allen & Unwin (story set between 1630s Holland, 1950s New York and 2000s Sydney)

Caro Soles, A Friend of Mr. Nijinsky, Crossroad (a young American man befriends the great ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky in 1916 and is drawn into his paranoid world)

Dana Stabenow, Silk and Song, Head of Zeus (14thC adventure of a young woman who flees China, crossing the known world in search of her grandfather, Marco Polo)

Mark Sullivan, Beneath a Scarlet Sky, Lake Union (a young Italian man’s journey of resistance and courage during WWII)

Colm Tóibín, House of Names, Viking UK & Scribner US (retelling of ancient Greek myth: Clytemnestra waits for her husband, Agamemnon, to return victorious from battle so she can take revenge on him for sacrificing their daughter)

Adriana Trigiani, Kiss Carlo, Harper (the golden years of postwar America, and an Italian-American Philadelphia family with a secret)’

Jenni L. Walsh, Becoming Bonnie, Forge (Bonnelyn Parker’s life in the Roaring ‘20s, before she met Clyde Barrow)

Alison Weir,  A King’s Obsession (UK title) / Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession (US), Headline Review & Ballantine (2nd in series about Henry VIII’s wives)

Melodie Winawer, The Scribe of Siena, Touchstone (a modern neurosurgeon goes back in time to 14th-century Siena, just before the plague hits)

Ling Zhang, Gold Mountain Blues, Corvus (story of five generations of a Chinese family beginning in 1879 with the Opium Wars)

June 2017

Benjamin Black, Prague Nights (UK title) / Wolf on a String (US title), Viking UK & Holt ((Prague, 1599: a young doctor just arrived in the city finds the the emperor’s mistress’s body half-buried in the snow and the emperor charges him with investigating the death)

Dave Boling, The Lost History of Stars, Algonquin (a family of Dutch Afrikaner settlers in turn-of-the-20th-century South Africa)

Gyles Brandreth, Jack the Ripper: Case Closed, Corsair (1894: Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde investigate the notorious killer)

Juliet Butler, The Less You Know, The Sounder You Sleep, 4th Estate (travails of Siamese twins from the Stalinist era when they are studied by scientists to the age of Putin)

Toby Clements, Kingdom Come, Century (second in Wars of the Roses series)

Martha Conway, The Underground River, Touchstone (in 1839, a young seamstress working on a riverboat theater is blackmailed into abolitionist work)

Jill Dawson, The Crime Writer, Harper (based on the author Patricia Highsmith’s life in 1964)

Michael Crichton, Dragon Teeth, HarperCollins (adventures set in the Wild West during the golden age of fossil hunting)

Jennifer Delamere, The Captain’s Daughter, Bethany House (Victorian romance set in the world of the London theatre; inspirational)

Nadine Dorries, The Mothers of Lovely Lane, Head of Zeus (saga set in Liverpool after WWII)

Julia Drosten, The Lioness of Morocco, AmazonCrossing (an independent woman in 19th-century London finds adventure, love, and danger in Morocco)

Petra Durst-Benning, The Queen of Beauty, AmazonCrossing (a female chemist in early 20th-c Berlin reinvents herself after divorce and starts a cosmetics company)

Diana Gabaldon, Seven Stones to Stand or Fall, Delacorte (a collection of Outlander fiction)

Rosie Garland, The Night Brother, Borough Press (adventure and mystery in 19thC Manchester)

Hazel Gaynor, The Cottingley Secret, Morrow (in 1917, two Yorkshire girls claim to have photographed fairies in their garden)

Leonard Goldberg, The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes, Minotaur (Holmes’ daughter and Watson’s son investigate a high society murder)

Adrian Goldsworthy, Vindolanda, Head of Zeus (1stC AD garrison at fort on northern frontier of Roman Britain faces revolting barbarians)

Sofia Grant, The Dress in the Window, Morrow (two sisters in the post-WWII fashion world)

Tessa Harris, The Sixth Victim, Kensington (1st in new historical thriller series featuring flower girl Constance Piper in Victorian London)

Jamie Harrison, The Widow Nash, Counterpoint (in the early 20th-century West, a young woman fakes her death and begins a new life as a wealthy widow, but her past catches up with her)

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, The Long, Long Trail, Sphere (1917: latest in the War at Home series finds the Hunter family and their servants stuggling to come to term with their losses)

Emily Hauser, For The Winner, Transworld (story of Atalanta, the princess who became a warrior and fought alongside the warrior heroes of ancient Greece on the greatest adventure of their age)

Jody Hedlund, With You Always, Bethany House (story about sisters and the orphan trains of the 19th-century West; inspirational)

James Heneage, By Blood Divided, Quercus (two men, one a Varangian guard defending the Roman empire, the other a janissary general of the Ottoman sultan, go to war on opposing sides at Constantinople)

Graham Hurley, Aurore, Head of Zeus (latest in trilogy charting the shadowy and often lethal pas de deux between rival Allied and German intelligence services during World War II)

M.R.C. Kasasian, Dark Dawn Over Steep House, Head of Zeus (last in Victorian London crime series, featuring the Gower Street Detectives)

Joseph Kanon, Defectors, Atria (historical suspense set in 1949 Moscow and 12 years later)

Melissa Lenhardt, Badlands, Redhook (post-Civil War unrest, romance, and adventure in this feminist-oriented Western)

Mary-Rose MacColl, Swimming Home, Penguin (novel about a young woman swimmer in 1920s London)

Laura Madeleine, Where The Wild Cherries Grow, Transworld (1919: grief-stricken Emeline runs away and isn’t heard of until 50 years later when a solicitor finds her diary)

Meghan Masterson, The Wardrobe Mistress, St. Martin’s Griffin (a young woman in Marie Antoinette’s household at Versailles is asked to serve as a spy)

Sharyn McCrumb, The Unquiet Grave, Atria (novel based on the case of the Greenbrier Ghost in 19th-c West Virginia)

Ian Mortimer, The Outcasts of Time, Simon & Schuster (1348: plague-ridden brothers are offered a cure if they live for six days and use the time to make amends for their sins – but each day begins 99 years after the previous one)

Lesley Pearce, The Woman in the Wood, Michael Joseph (1960: the mother of 15-year-old twins is committed to an asylum and when one of them goes missing, the mysterious woman of the title may have answers)

Sarah Perry, The Essex Serpent, Custom House (rumors of a mythical serpent reappearing in the marshes of Essex in the late 19th century, changing the life of a female naturalist)

Kate Quinn, The Alice Network, Morrow (set in 1915 and 1947 and focusing on a network of secret agents in WWI France)

Rachel Seiffert, A Boy in Winter, Virago (story set in the first three days after the Nazi invasion of Ukraine in 1941, through the eyes of a Jew, a woman trying to rescue her lover from the invaders, a German engineer who regards the war as criminal and a boy entrusting himself and his brother to strangers)

Francis Spufford, Golden Hill, Scribner (literary fiction set in 1740s NYC)

Christina Stead, Letty Fox, Her Luck, Head of Zeus (surrounded by a family notable for its marital irregularities, Letty herself has many casual affairs, but is on the hunt for a husband in 1930s and 40s New York and London)

Danielle Steel, The Duchess, Delacorte (a young heroine rises from poverty to become the toast of Paris in the 19th century)

Julian Stockwin, Persephone, Hodder & Stoughton (latest in Kydd naval series set in Napoleonic Wars)

S.D. Sykes, City of Masks, Hodder & Stoughton (latest in Somershill medieval crime series)

Harmony Verna, Beneath the Apple Leaves, Kensington (saga about German immigrants in rural  Pennsylvania in the early 20th century)

Michael Wallace, The Year of Counting Souls, Lake Union (an American army nurse’s plight in the Philippines during WWII)

Katherine Webb, [Untitled], Orion (Wiltshire, 1922: when a local landowner is found dead, a girl groom in his employ teams up with his widow to find the killer and unlocks secrets neither could have imagined)

Kaite Welsh, The Wages of Sin, Headline Review (first in crime series set in the underworld of Victorian Edinburgh)

Juliet West, The Faithful, Mantle (story of two families in the late 1930s, involving Mosley’s Fascist Blackshirts and those opposed to them)

Lisa Wingate, Before We Were Yours, Ballantine (multi-period novel; a woman discovers her family’s hidden past, involving the Tennessee Children’s Home Society, a corrupt adoption agency, in the 1930s)

Ovidia Yu, The Frangipani Tree Mystery, Constable (Singapore 1936: acting-governor’s nanny SuLin helps a British-born police detective solve the murder of her predecessor and then there’s another murder at the governor’s residence)

July 2017

Nickolas Butler, The Hearts of Men, Picador (story of fathers and sons over 5 decades in USA from 1962)

Joy Callaway, Secret Sisters, Harper (set in Illinois, 1881, and based on the founding of America’s first sororities)

Christian Cameron, The Green Count, Orion (latest in medieval Chivalry series)

Eve Chase, The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde, Michael Joseph (sisters investigate the disappearance of a girl in 1959, with consequences)

Catherine Chidgey, The Wish Child, Chatto & Windus (a terrifying portrayal of the way ordinary Germans were drawn in by the Nazi propaganda about a perfect Germany)

P.F. Chisholm, Guns in the North, Head of Zeus (intrigue and adventure featuring Sir Robert Carey, swashbuckling cousin of Elizabeth I: omnibus edition containing A Famine of Horses, A Season of Knives and A Surfeit of Guns)

Rosie Clarke, Lizzie’s War, Head of Zeus (saga set in the London Blitz in WWII)

Julie Cohen, Together, Orion (love story with a secret at its heart told backward over 5 decades to 1962)

Paul Fraser Collard, The True Soldier, Headline (military adventure set in the American Civil War)

Gary Corby, Death on Delos, Soho (historical mystery set in Greece of 545 BC)

Lindsey Davis, The Third Nero, Minotaur (latest Flavia Alba mystery set in 1st century Rome)

David Donachie, On A Particular Service, Allison & Busby (latest in John Pearce naval adventure series set in Napoleonic Wars)

Terri Fleming, Perception, Orion (story of Mary Bennet from Pride and Prejudice)

Matt Haig, How To Stop Time, Canongate (Tom is a history teacher, born in 1581 who has lived various lives through the centuries in an attempt to stop time catching up with him)

Ruth Hamilton, The Daughters of Penny Lane, Macmillan (saga set in 1946 Liverpool)

Cora Harrison, The Cardinal’s Court, The History Press (first in new series about an Irish Brehon lawyer in Tudor England)

Ashley Hay, The Body in the Clouds, Washington Square (three men in different centuries, transformed by the same magical event – a man falling from the sky and surviving)

Christina Henry, Lost Boy, Berkley (about the origins of Captain James Hook)

Jason Hewitt, Devastation Road, Grand Central (a man struggles to return to England at the end of WWII and forms an alliance with a refugee)

Lorena Hughes, The Sisters of Alameda Street, Skyhorse  (a young woman assumes another identity to find her mother among four unconventional sisters in a small South American town during the early ’60s)

Anna Jacobs, A Stranger in Honeyfield, Allison & Busby (second in series about a VAD nurse in WWI)

Jane Johnson, The Court of Lions, Head of Zeus (a saga of romance and redemption brings one of the great turning points in history to life, through the stories of a modern woman and the last Moorish sultan of Granada)

Soraya Lane, Wives of War, Lake Union (in 1944, two British nurses join the war effort and are sent overseas)

Rob Lofthouse, Trouble Ahead, Quercus (WWII military story set in Crete against the Nazis)

Ami McKay, The Witches of New York, HarperPerennial (high society and witchcraft in 1880s New York)

Claire McMillan, The Necklace, Touchstone (multi-period story set in the 1920s and present day about a wealthy society family and a mysterious necklace from India)

Catriona McPherson, Dandy Gilver and a Spot of Toil and Trouble, Hodder & Stoughton (latest in 1930s cosy crime series set in Scotland)

Jennifer McVeigh, Leopard at the Door, Viking (love story set during Kenya’s Mau Mau uprising, 1950s)

John R. Miller, The Man Who Would Be King, Little A (one momentous week in the life of George Washington)

Di Morrissey, The Last Rose of Summer, Macmillan (story of two women connected across decades from Edwardian India and Sydney)

Antonio Muñoz Molina, Like a Fading Shadow, FSG (intertwining the author’s past with James Earl Ray’s attempt to escape after shooting Martin Luther King Jr)

Sabina Murray, Valiant Gentlemen, Grove Press (story of Easter Rising Irish rebel Roger Casement and English sculptor Herbert Ward)

Estep Nagy, We Shall Not All Sleep, Bloomsbury (entangled pasts of two ruling class New England families come to light over three summer days in 1964)

Allison Pataki and Owen Pataki, Where the Light Falls, Dial (epic novel of Revolutionary Paris)

Andrea Penrose, Murder on Black Swan Lane, Kensington (a scientist and a female artist team up to solve a murder in Regency London)

Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess, The Painted Queen, William Morrow (20th novel in the Amelia Peabody mystery series, set in Egypt in 1912; completed by Joan Hess after Peters’ death)

Nicola Price, The Captain’s Girl, Corves (saga set in 1793 Cornwall)

D.M. Quincy, Murder in Mayfair, Crooked Lane (first in new historical mystery series set in England in 1810, about an aristocratic sleuth)

Anthony Quinn, Eureka, Jonathan Cape (sex, drugs, cinema and stardom in a Technicolor romp through London’s swinging sixties)

Ralf Rothmann, To Die In Spring, Picador (friends forced to join the SS shortly before WWII ends must find a way to survive the aftermath of war)

M.J. Rose, The Library of Light and Shadow, Atria (in 1925, an artist flees from NY to Paris after one of her drawings reveals a terrible secret)

Alexandra Silber, After Anatevka, Pegasus (novel inspired by Fiddler on the Roof, picking up where the play left off)

Susan Spann, Betrayal at Iga, Seventh Street (part of the Shinobi Mysteries featuring a master ninja and a Portuguese Jesuit in Iga, Japan, in 1565)

Danielle Steel, The Duchess, Macmillan (high-born woman forced out into the world of 19thC London and Paris)

S.D. Sykes, City of Masks, Pegasus (mystery featuring Oswald de Lacy, Lord Somershill, in 14th-c Venice)

Karin Tanabe, The Diplomat’s Daughter, Washington Square (three young people of different heritages are caught up in the tumult of WWII)

Peter Tremayne, Penance of the Damned, Minotaur (mystery featuring Sister Fidelma in 7th-century Ireland, 27th in series)

James Wilde, Pendragon, Transworld (adventure set in Britain in AD 367, the founding of the House of Pendragon)

Andrew Wilson, A Talent for Murder, Atria (mystery about the real-life disappearance of Agatha Christie)

A.J. Wright, Elementary Murder, Allison & Busby (latest in Victorian crime series)

August 2017

Merryn Allingham, The Secret of Summerhayes, HQ (follows the fortunes and misfortunes of the Summer family of Summerhayes, a large country estate in Sussex, during the long, hot summer of 1944)

Neal Ascherson,  The Death of The Fronsac, Head of Zeus (a story of divided loyalties, treachery and exile beginning with the effects of a French destroyer blown up in the Firth of Clyde in 1940)

Ned Beauman, Madness is Better than Defeat, Sceptre (in 1958 the CIA tries to exploit the stalemate resulting from the efforts of rival 1938 expeditions to find a lost Mayan temple)

Jessica Brockmole, Woman Enters Left, Ballantine & Allison & Busby (in 1952 film star Louise Wilde finds clues about the life of her deceased screenwriter friend which impinge on her own troubled marriage)

Rory Clements, Kingmaker: Kingdom Come, Century (latest in series set during the Wars of the Roses)

Beatrice Colin, To Capture What We Cannot Keep, Allen & Unwin (love against the odds in 1880s Paris)

Fiona Davis, The Address, Dutton (dual-time novel about secrets surrounding The Dakota, an elegant apartment residence in NYC)

Kristopher Dukes, The Sworn Virgin, Morrow (in 1910 Albania, a determined woman seizes control of her future)

Katie Flynn, A Christmas Candle, Century (saga set in 1939 during the evacuation of children from London in WWII)

Jean Fullerton, A Pocketful of Dreams, Corvus (saga set in 1939 London’s East End)

Elizabeth Gill, The Guardian Angel, Quercus (in this 19thC saga set in Co Durham an unlikely friendship develops between a woman and a criminal)

Susanna Gregory, The Habit of Murder, Sphere (latest in series featuring Matthew Bartholomew, 14thC sleuth)

Andrew Gross, The Saboteur, Minotaur (historical thriller about the Norwegian resistance in WWII)

Lilian Harry, A Child in Burracombe, Orion (prequel to the Burracombe series: an orphan girl is sent to this Devon village in 1943)

Linnea Hartsuyker, The Half-Drowned King, Harper & Little Brown UK (first in trilogy set in Viking-Age Norway)

Katherine Nouri Hughes, The Mapmaker’s Daughter, Delphinium (the story of Cecilia Baffo Veniero, who rose to power in the Ottoman Empire)

Lindsey Hutchinson, The Workhouse Children, Head of Zeus (heiress makes it her aim to shut down a workhouse and rescue its residents)

Douglas Jackson, The Glory of Rome, Transworld (latest in Verrens series of Roman military adventures set in Britain in 1stC AD)

Jordi Llobregat, The Secret of Vesalius, Riverrun (a Gothic thriller set in the diabolical city of fin-de-siècle Barcelona)

Barbara Lynn-Davis, Casanova’s Secret Wife, Kensington (a story of secret love in 18th-c Venice)

Susan Elia MacNeal, The Paris Spy, Bantam (Paris, 1942, and Maggie Hope must stop a traitor from uncovering dangerous WWII secrets)

David Mark, The Zealot’s Bones, Mulholland (19thC murder mystery set in Hull featuring a search for the bones of the apostle Simon the Zealot)

Alyssa Maxwell, Murder at Chateau sur Mer, Kensington (mystery of Gilded Age Newport)

Carol McGrath, The Woman in the Shadows, Accent (novel about Elizabeth Cromwell , wife of Henry VIII’s statesman Thomas Cromwell)

Lars Mytting, The Sixteen Trees of the Somme, MacLehose (Edvard’s tireless quest to unlock his family’s tragic secrets takes him from Norway to the Shetlands, and to the battlefields of France, and the discovery of a very unusual inheritance)

Cuyler Overholt, A Promise of Ruin, Sourcebooks (second Genevieve Summerford Mystery set in the early 20th century)

Ralph Peters, Judgment at Appomattox, Forge (the end of the Civil War; 5th and last in series)

Alison Pick, Strangers with the Same Dream, Knopf Canada (novel of Jewish pioneers in 1921 Palestine)

Lucy Ribchester, The Amber Shadows, Pegasus (secrets at Bletchley Park, England, 1942)

Sarah Schmidt, See What I Have Done, Atlantic Monthly (based on the Lizzie Borden murder case)

Jonathan Skariton, Seance Infernale, Random House (thrilling epic surrounding a memorabilia dealer’s efforts to find the first film ever made)

Rachel Seiffert, A Boy in Winter, Pantheon (literary portrait of the Nazis’ arrival in Ukraine)

Daren Wang, The Hidden Light of Northern Fires, Thomas Dunne (in the only secessionist town north of the Mason-Dixon line, a woman helps an escaped slave gain his freedom)

Lydia Wang, A Beautiful Poison, Lake Union (in post-Gilded Age New York, is the Spanish flu really to blame for a series of murders?)

Theodore Wheeler, Kings of Broken Things, Little A (the stories of three people collide in a novel of racial strife in post-WWI Omaha)

Ellen Marie Wiseman, The Life She Was Given, Kensington (family secrets and a Depression-era traveling circus through the joint stories of two women; set in the ‘30s and ‘50s)

September 2017

Chantel Acevedo, The Living Infinite, Europa (novel based on the true story of the Spanish princess Eulalia and her voyage to America in the late 19th century)

James R. Benn, The Devouring, Soho (Billy Boyle WWII mystery that focuses on a murder in wartime Switzerland)

Frances Brody, Death at the Seaside, Minotaur (1920s Kate Shackleton mystery set in Whitby)

Chico Buarque, My German Brother, Picador (Brazilian man searches for lost brother born of affair between his father and a German woman in Nazi Berlin)

Betsy Carter, We Were Strangers Once, Grand Central (immigrants leave Europe for NYC in the pre-WWII years)

LA Chandlar, The Silver Gun, Kensington (first in new Art Deco mystery series set in 1936 NYC)

Robert Downes, Windigo Moon, Blank Slate (story centering on the Ojibwe Indians of the Upper Great Lakes 500 years ago)

Dorothy Dunnett, King Hereafter, Michael Joseph (new edition of the story of Thorfinn, Earl of Orkney, who Dunnett believed was the real Macbeth)

Jessica Estevao, Whispers of Warning, Berkley (death of a spiritualist at a seaside hotel in late 19th-century Maine; 2nd in mystery series)

Jessica Fellowes, The Mitford Murders, Sphere (first in new crime series set in the 1920s home of the Mitford sisters)

Jim Fergus, The Vengeance of Mothers, St. Martin’s (sequel to One Thousand White Women, set in the American West in 1876)

Ken Follett, A Column of Fire, Macmillan & Viking UK (third novel in Kingsbridge series, an epic drama set in the English cathedral city of Kingsbridge in 1558, a time of religious turmoil)

Jamie Ford, Love and Other Consolation Prizes, Ballantine (a half-Chinese orphan is raffled off at the Seattle World’s Fair of 1909)

Juliana Gray, A Strange Scottish Shore, Berkley (mystery/adventure/romance set in 1906 Scotland)

Andrew Gross, The Saboteur, St. Martin’s & Macmillan UK (WWII thriller about the development of the atomic bomb)

James L. Haley, A Darker Sea, Putnam (nautical adventure set during the War of 1812)

Robert Harris, Munich, Hutchinson (spy thriller set during the Munich Conference of September 1938, following the fortunes of two men who were friends at Oxford together in the 1920s)

Rodrigo Hasbún, Affections, FSG (novel based on the life of Hans Ertl, cinematographer for the Third Reich, restarting his life in Bolivia after WWII)

Gaute Heivoll, Across the China Sea, Graywolf (about an unconventional family in rural Norway, from the 1940s through the 1970s)

Eleanor Henderson, The Twelve-Mile Straight, Ecco (a literary epic about lies, secrets, and racial conflict in 1930s Georgia)

Elise Hooper, The Other Alcott, Morrow (novel of May Alcott, younger sister of Louisa, and an artist in her own right)

Emma Hornby, Manchester Moll, Transworld (historical saga set in 1860s Bolton and Manchester)

Georgia Hunter, We Were The Lucky Ones, Allison & Busby (three generations of a Parisian Jewish family cross Europe to escape the Nazis, based on the history of the author’s own family)

Wayne Johnston, First Snow, Last Light, Knopf Canada (family mystery set in Newfoundland in 1936)

Hannah Kent, The Good People, Little, Brown US (story of belief and dark superstitions centering on three women in 19th-c Ireland and a child they hope to save)

Snorri Kristjansson, Kin, Jo Fletcher (Viking crime novel set in AD 970)

Susan Elia MacNeal, The Paris Spy, Ballantine (Maggie Hope navigates Nazi-occupied France; latest in series)

Brendan Mathews, The World of Tomorrow, Little, Brown (literary fiction about three Irish brothers caught in an assassination plot in 1939 New York City)

Alice McDermott, The Ninth Hour, FSG (portrait of the Irish-American experience in the 1940s-50s, as seen through the eyes of an Irish immigrant in Brooklyn)

Sarah Miller, Caroline: Little House, Revisited, Morrow (the story of Caroline Ingalls, “Ma” from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books)

Thomas Mullen, Lightning Men, Atria (follow-up to Darktown, set in 1950 Atlanta, featuring African American police officers)

Barbara Mutch, The Girl From Simon’s Bay, Allison & Busby (saga of nurse in Royal Navy base in South Africa during WWII)

Devin Murphy, The Boat Runner, Morrow (a young Dutch man comes of age during WWII)

Estep Nagy, We Shall Not All Sleep, Bloomsbury (tangled pasts of two elite New England families come to light in four summer days in 1964)

Anne Perry, An Echo of Murder, Ballantine (latest in her William Monk Victorian mystery series)

Alice Poon, The Green Phoenix, Earnshaw (novelized account of the life of Empress Dowager Xiaozhuang, born a Mongolian princess, who became a consort in the Manchu court and then the Qing dynasty’s first matriarch)

Anthony Riches, Onslaught, Hodder & Stoughton (second in Centurion series set in 1stC AD Roman Empire)

Alix Rickloff, The Way to London, Morrow (during WWII, a young woman leaves Singapore for a new life in England)

Edward Rutherfurd, China, Hodder & Stoughton (epic novel that explores the modern history of China from the 19th century going forward)

Sophfronia Scott, Unforgivable Love, Morrow (a reimagining of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, set in 1940s Harlem and Westchester County)

Susan Holloway Scott, I, Eliza Hamilton, Kensington (novel about Eliza Schuyler, wife of Alexander Hamilton)

Amy Stewart, Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions, HMH (third in the Kopp Sisters series, about a female deputy sheriff in WWI-era America)

Marcel Theroux, The Secret Books, Faber (the extraordinary tale of Nicolas Notovitch, a shopkeeper in 19thC Tsarist Russia, and the secret gospel he finds)

Sherry Thomas, A Conspiracy in Belgravia, Berkley (2nd in the Lady Sherlock series featuring detective Charlotte Holmes)

Ashley Weaver, The Essence of Malice, Minotaur (in 1930s England, Amory and Milo Ames investigate a famous perfumier’s death)

K.J. Whittaker, False Lights, Head of Zeus (alternative historical fiction in which Napoleon has won and Waterloo, Wellington is a prisoner and Empress Josephine rules England)

Steve Wiegenstein, The Language of Trees, Blank Slate (3rd in Daybreak series set in a Utopian community in the Missouri Ozarks in the post-Civil War era)

Robert Wilton, Treason’s Spring, Corvus (latest in Archives of Comptrollerate General for Security and Scrutiny series, set in French Revolution)

Jacqueline Winspear, In This Grave Hour, Allison & Busby (latest in Maisie Dobbs crime series, set in London in 1939)

October 2017

Boris Akunin, All The World’s A Stage, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (latest in 19thC Fandorin mystery series set in Russia)

Tasha Alexander, Death in St. Petersburg, Minotaur (Lady Emily investigates the death of a prima ballerina in late 19th-c Russia)

Natasha Boyd, The Indigo Girl, Blackstone (the story of Eliza Lucas, an ambitious woman and major producer of indigo dye in 18th-century South Carolina)

Emily Brightwell, Mrs. Jeffries and the Three Wise Women, Berkley (latest in Mrs. Jeffries Victorian cozy mystery series, set around the holidays)

Chico Buarque, My German Brother, FSG (in 1960s Brazil, a young man searches for his (possibly fictional) German half-brother, the supposed son of a woman from Berlin that his father met in wartime)

Wiley Cash, The Last Ballad, Morrow (based on the life of a labor activist murdered in 1929 North Carolina)

Diane Chamberlain, The Stolen Marriage, St. Martin’s & Macmillan UK (young American woman makes a loveless marriage in 1944 USA and moves to her husband’s home town where the locals are hostile to her)

Maia Chance, Gin and Panic, Minotaur (newest entry in Prohibition-era caper series)

Nicola Cornick, House of Shadows, Graydon House (time-slip novel about Elizabeth of Bohemia, the man who loved her, and the secrets of Ashdown House in Oxfordshire)

Bernard Cornwell, Fools and Mortals, HarperCollins (rivalry between William Shakespeare and his younger actor brother propels a high-stakes story of conflict and betrayal)

Gregory Dowling, The Four Horsemen, St. Martin’s (historical thriller set in 18th-c Venice)

Christopher Doyle, Purchase, Blank Slate (novel about race and the origins of country music and radio)

María Dueñas, The Vineyard, Atria (epic about ambition, passion, and the sherry trade, set in 1860s Mexico, Cuba, and Spain)

Jennifer Egan, Manhattan Beach, Scribner (literary epic about a female diver in WWII-era Manhattan learns the reasons her father was murdered)

Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, Last Christmas in Paris, Morrow (coming-of-age story set during WWI)

Matthew Harffy, The Cross and the Curse, Head of Zeus (historical thriller, second in The Bernicia Chronicles: AD 634 Anglo-Saxon Britain)

Karen Harper, The It Girls, Morrow (two early 20th-century sisters, Elinor and Lucy Sutherland, in the fashion industry and in Hollywood)

Jane Harris, Sugar Money, Faber (Martinique, 1765: brothers Emile and Lucien return to Grenada, the island they once called home, and smuggle back the 42 slaves claimed by English invaders at the hospital plantation in Fort Royal)

Johanne Hildebrandt, Estrid, AmazonCrossing (2nd book in the Valhalla series)

Alice Hoffman, The Rules of Magic, Simon & Schuster (prequel to her Practical Magic set in New York at the cusp of the 1960s)

Alan Hollinghurst, The Sparsholt Affair, Picador (story of sexuality, art and family secrets beginning with two young men from different backgrounds who meet at Oxford in 1940)

Anna Lee Huber, This Side of Murder, Kensington (first in the Verity Kent mystery series set in Britain just after the Great War)

Jeanne Kalogridis, The Orphan of Florence, St. Martin’s Griffin (an orphaned young woman becomes a cabalist’s assistant in Florence of the Medicis)

John Lawton, Friends and Traitors, Atlantic Monthly (Cold War spy thriller with Inspector Troy of Scotland Yard)

Erika Mailman, The Murderer’s Maid, Bonhomie Press (intertwines the stories of Lizzie Borden’s maid and a modern woman, an immigrant maid’s daughter who’s in danger)

Graham Masterton, The Coven, Head of Zeus (witchcraft, mystery and murder in 18thC London)

Bradford Morrow, The Prague Sonata, Atlantic Monthly (the secrets of an 18th-century manuscript, a novel moving between WWII Prague to contemporary NYC)

Dawn Patitucci, The Queen’s Prophet, Turner (an imagined account of the dwarfess Maribarbola of Spain, inspired by Velázquez’s 1656 masterpiece painting, Las Meninas)

Randi Samuelson-Brown, The Beaten Territory, Five Star (frontier novel set in 1890s Denver, as a young woman is swept into a world of booze, drugs, and vice)

Susan Holloway Scott, I, Eliza Hamilton, Kensington (the story of Alexander and Eliza Hamilton and the founding of America)

Wilbur Smith, The Tiger’s Prey, Morrow (latest in his Courtney saga, historical adventure set in the 17th century)

Will Thomas, Old Scores, Minotaur (in Victorian London, Thomas Llewelyn investigates the death of a Japanese diplomat to save his partner, who’s accused of the crime)

Roberto Tiraboschi, The Apothecary’s Shop, Europa (thriller surrounding a young girl’s disappearance in 12th-century Venice)

Nicola Upson, Nine Lessons, Faber (latest in crime series featuring 1930s crime writer Josephine Tey)

November 2017

Charlotte Betts, The Dressmaker’s Secret, Piatkus (romance set in Italy in 1819)

Rhys Bowen, The Ghost of Christmas Past, Minotaur (holiday entry in Molly Murphy mystery series, set along the Hudson in 1906)

Barbara Taylor Bradford, Secrets of Cavendon, St. Martin’s (novel that picks up the Cavendon saga in Britain in 1949)

Javier Cercas, The Impostor, MacLehose (an old man from Barcelona claiming to be a Nazi concentration camp survivor rises to be president of Spain’s leading Holocaust survivor movement, but is his story true?)

David Donachie, The Contraband Shore, Allison & Busby (first in new naval adventure series set in late 18thC)

Helen Dunmore, Birdcage Walk, Atlantic Monthly (a freethinking young woman in late 18th-century England)

Jessica Ellicott, Murder in an English Village, Kensington (in 1920, an American adventuress teams up with a proper British villager to solve crimes in the English countryside)

R.J. Gadney, Einstein Speaking, Canongate (friendship between the scientist and a schoolgirl, spanning nearly a century of European history)

W. Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear, Moon Hunt, Forge (novel of Cahokia, America’s greatest pre-Columbian city)

Elly Griffiths, The Vanishing Box, Quercus (latest in the Stephens and Mephisto crime series set in the 1950s)

Jenny Holmes, The Land Girls At Christmas, Transworld (WWII saga set in Yorkshire)

Joy Jordan-Lake, A Tangled Mercy, Lake Union (multi-period story set in Charleston, South Carolina, in the present day and two centuries earlier, focusing on a failed slave revolt)

Jennifer Kincheloe, The Woman in the Camphor Trunk, Seventh Street (Anna Blanc looks into the murder of a white missionary woman in Chinatown in 1908 Los Angeles)

Lena Manta, The House By the River, AmazonCrossing (saga of five young women in Greece, over the 20th century)

Edward Marston, Colebeck’s Christmas, Allison & Busby (latest in Victorian Railway Detective series)

Chloë Mayer, The Boy Made Of Snow, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (mother and young son in rural England befriend a German PoW in 1944 with consequences for all)

Laura Morelli, The Painter’s Apprentice, The Scriptorium (prequel to The Gondola Maker, the story follows a pair of star-crossed lovers during the Venetian plague outbreak of 1510)

Geraldine O’Neill, Music Across The Mersey, Orion (saga set in WWII Ireland and Liverpool)

Anthony Quinn, Freya, Europa (the friendship and rivalry between two British women in the post-WWII years)

Michele Roberts, The Walworth Beauty, Bloomsbury (multi-period novel exploring women’s lives in Victorian London)

Derek Robinson, Holy Smoke, MacLehose (story based on true events of how an Italian pornographer hoodwinked U.S. Intelligence at the height of WWII)

Simon Scarrow, Day of the Caesars, Headline (latest in Roman military adventure series set in 1stC AD)

James D. Shipman, A Bitter Rain, Lake Union (a history professor who becomes an officer in the Gestapo finds his loyalties torn)

Samantha Silva, Mr. Dickens and His Carol, Flatiron (in which Dickens, like his character, discovers the real meaning of Christmas)

Julian Stockwin, The Baltic Prize, Hodder & Stoughton (latest in Kydd series of 19thC naval adventures)

Victoria Thompson, City of Lies, Berkley (first in new mystery series featuring a con woman on the run in turn-of-the-century NYC)

Marco Vichi, Ghosts of the Past, Hodder & Stoughton (latest in crime noir series set in Florence in 1967)

Jin Yong, A Hero Born, MacLehose (martial arts thriller set in 13thC China)

December 2017

Rosie Archer, The Girls at the Local, Quercus (saga set in WWII Gosport)

Jennifer Chiaverini, Enchantress of Numbers, Dutton (a novel of Ada Lovelace)

P.F. Chisholm, Knives in the South, Head of Zeus (intrigue and adventure featuring Sir Robert Carey, swashbuckling cousin of Elizabeth I: second omnibus edition containing A Plague of Angels, A Murder of Crows and An Air of Treason)

Alyssa Cole, A Hope Divided, Kensington (romantic Civil War-era novel about an African-American healer and secret Union supporter, and an escaped prisoner hiding in her laboratory)

Loren D. Estleman, The Ballad of Black Bart, Forge (western novel about the famous outlaw)

C.M. Gleason, Murder at the Lincoln White House, Kensington (murder mystery set in 1861, on the day of Lincoln’s inauguration)

Nicholas Guild, The Macedonian, Forge (novel of Philip of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great)

Catherine Lloyd, Death Comes to the School, Kensington (newest Kurland St. Mary mystery series set in a Regency-era English village)

Mark Noce, Dark Winds Rising, St. Martin’s (2nd in series set in medieval Wales, about a powerful Welsh queen)

Kim Michele Richardson, The Sisters of Glass Ferry, Kensington (Southern novel set in rural Kentucky between the 1930s-1970s)

Dana Stabenow, Silk and Song, Head of Zeus (Beijing, 1322: granddaughter of Marco Polo finds that lineage counts for little amid the disintegrating court of the Khan and her destiny lies with her grandfather in Venice)

For more titles, see the HNS’s forthcoming historical novels guide for 2018.

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