Guide to historical novels for 2018

The Historical Novel Society lists mainstream and small press titles set in the 1960s and earlier.  Details are compiled by Sarah Johnson (US) and Sarah Cuthbertson (UK), and are 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 2018

Katherine Arden, The Girl in the Tower, Ebury (for a young woman in medieval Russia, the choice is either marriage or convent but Vasya will choose a third way: magic)

Jennifer Ashley, Death Below Stairs, Berkley (a young cook in a Victorian household turns detective after her assistant is murdered)

Alessandro Barbero, The Athenian Women, Europa (family drama set in Athens of 411 BC, about two elderly war veterans and their daughters)

Marie Benedict, Carnegie’s Maid, Sourcebooks (in the 1860s, an Irish immigrant maid inspires Andrew Carnegie toward philanthropy)

Melanie Benjamin, The Girls in the Picture, Delacorte (the friendship and artistic partnership between actress Mary Pickford and screenwriter Frances Marion)

Mary Lynn Bracht, White Chrysanthemum, Putnam US & Chatto & Windus UK (a novel of 20th-century Korea, told through the stories of two sisters)

Alan Bradley, The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place, Delacorte/Doubleday Canada (young sleuth Flavia de Luce investigates another crime)

Chico Buarque, My German Brother, FSG (in 1960s Sao Paulo, a man searches for his possibly imaginary German half-brother; humorous literary fiction)

Deborah Burrows, Ambulance Girls Under Fire, Ebury (WWII saga)

Karen Charlton, Plague Pits and River Bones, Thomas & Mercer (the latest Detective Lavender mystery set in Regency England)

Rory Clements, Nucleus, Zaffre (second in WWII spy series)

Bernard Cornwell, Fools and Mortals, Harper (novel about Richard Shakespeare, William’s estranged younger brother, an actor in Elizabethan England)

Margaret Dickinson, The Poppy Girls, Macmillan (saga of nurses and doctors in WWI)

Robert Fabbri, Rome’s Sacred Flame, Corvus (latest in series about the life of Vespasian, 1stC Rome)

Jessica Fellowes, The Mitford Murders, Minotaur (1920s-era historical mystery set amid the Mitford household, and based on a real-life unsolved murder)

Janet Fitch, The Revolution of Marina M, Little Brown (privileged young woman experiences the upheavals and brutality of the Russian Revolution)

David Foenkinos, Charlotte, Canongate (story of a budding artist in WWII Berlin)

Marcello Fois, The Time Inbetween, Maclehose Press (second in epic family saga set in mid-20thC Sardinia)

Emma Fraser, Greyfriars House, Sphere (woman returns to the Scottish island of her WWII childhood to make sense of what happened there)

Heinrich Gerlach, Breakout at Stalingrad, Apollo (story of the Battle of Stalingrad in WWII told by a German intelligence officer)

Mary Gibson, Hattie’s Home, Head of Zeus (saga set in Bermondsey, London in WWII)

Imogen Hermes Gowar, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, Harvill Secker (story of curiosity, love and obsession in the 18thC)

Robert Harris, Munich, Knopf (spy thriller taking place during the Munich Conference of September 1938)

Clarissa Harwood, Impossible Saints, Pegasus (in 1907 London, a woman advocating for the suffrage movement and an Anglican priest develop a mutual attraction)

Ashley Hay, The Railwayman’s Wife, Two Roads (post WWII widow finds solace in a poem that appears in her house and and is moved to seek the author)

Eleanor Henderson, Twelve-Mile Straight, Fourth Estate (1930s Georgia, USA: woman gives birth to twins, one white and one black, and a man is lynched for rape)

David Hingley, Traitor, Allison & Busby (latest in crime series set in Restoration England and America)

Anna Jacobs, One Kind Man, Hodder & Stoughton (saga set in 1931 Lancashire)

Jennifer Laam, The Lost Season of Love and Snow, St. Martin’s Griffin (biographical novel about Alexander Pushkin’s wife, Natalia)

Soraya M. Lane, Hearts of Resistance, Lake Union

Lawrence H. Levy, Last Stop in Brooklyn, Broadway (PI Mary Handley solves crimes on Coney Island in 1894; 3rd in series)

Sujata Massey, The Widows of Malabar Hill, Soho (mystery set in 1920s Bombay featuring a female attorney protecting women’s rights as sleuth)

Paolo Maurensig, Theory of Shadows, FSG (the mysterious death of world chess champion Alexander Alekhine in 1946)

Jill McGivering, Daughters of India, Allison & Busby (intersecting stories of an English girl and a Indian Hindu girl in the British Raj)

Simon Sebag Montefiore, Red Sky at Noon, Pegasus (suspense set during an epic cavalry ride outside Stalingrad during WWII)

Heather Morris, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Zaffre (based on true story of a Jew who helped his fellow-inmates using the small freedom allowed by his task of tattooing numbers on their arms)

Ian Mortimer, The Outcasts of Time, Pegasus (time-travel adventure in which two men move progressively forward in time, each instance 99 years after the last, in search of salvation following the Black Death)

Christy Nicholas, Misfortune of Vision, Tirgearr (In 12th century Ireland, Orlagh is Seer to her Chief, but she is determined to fulfill her own quest: to find a worthy heir for her magical brooch; #4 in The Druid’s Brooch Series)

Tim Pears, The Wanderers, Bloomsbury (2nd in trilogy set in pre-WWI West Country)

Deanna Raybourn, A Treacherous Curse, Berkley (historical mystery; in 1888 London, Veronica Speedwell investigates a missing explorer and a cursed relic from an ancient tomb)

Rachel Rhys, Dangerous Crossing, Atria (historical suspense as a woman boards an ocean liner bound for Australia in 1939)

Nathaniel Rich, King Zeno, FSG (historical crime novel set in 1918 New Orleans)

Lucinda Riley, The Pearl Sister, Atria (multi-period novel following the quests of two women, moving from modern Thailand to colonial Australia)

Rebecca Rosenberg, The Secret Life of Mrs. London, Lake Union (the complicated marriage of Charmian and Jack London in 1915 San Francisco)

Ian Ross, Imperial Vengeance, Head of Zeus (fifth in Twilight of Empire series sees Aurelius Castus caught between loyalty to the Emperor Constantine and the plotting of his son)

Aimie K. Runyan, Daughters of the Night Sky, Lake Union (in Russia in 1941, a young woman joins a female-only Soviet air unit, a team of military aviators called the “night witches”)

Jody Shields, The Winter Station, Little, Brown (a Russian doctor in 1910 Manchuria tries to save his city from plague)

Gregory Blake Smith, The Maze at Windermere, Viking (love, ambition, and deception over three centuries in Newport, Rhode Island)

Harry Turner, A Subaltern’s Lament, Pen & Sword (young National Serviceman is sent with his regiment to Cold War Vienna in 1954)

Lauren Willig, The English Wife, St. Martin’s (intrigue, family secrets, and murder, set in Gilded Age NYC)

February 2018

Sara Ackerman, Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers, MIRA (debut novel, historical women’s fiction set on Hawaii during WWII)

Julian Barnes, The Only Way, Jonathan Cape (story of a young man who falls in love with a much older woman in the 1960s)

Janet Beard, The Atomic City Girls, William Morrow (about the women who worked on the Manhattan Project during WWII)

Ned Beauman, Madness Is Better than Defeat, Knopf (literary thriller set in Hollywood and New York in the 1930s, about a  newly discovered temple in Honduras)

Frances Brody, A Death in the Stars, Minotaur (a theatre star is murdered in 1927 Yorkshire; latest Kate Shackleton historical mystery)

Peter Carey, A Long Way from Home, Knopf (about three people who take part in the Redex Trial car race that circumnavigates Australia in 1954)

Laura Carlin, The Wicked Cometh, Hodder & Stoughton (slum girl in 19thC London tries to better herself but whispers from the past start to poison her life)

David Churchill, Conqueror, Headline (latest in Leopards of Normandy series about William the Conqueror)

Chanel Cleeton, Next Year in Havana, Berkley (multi-period story set in Miami and Cuba, about a Cuban American woman who discovers family secrets dating back from the Cuban Revolution)

Elizabeth Crook, The Which Way Tree, Little, Brown (a story of revenge set in Texas Hill Country in the 1860s; a young girl determines to kill the panther that killed her mother)

Jasmin Darznik, Song of a Captive Bird, Ballantine (novel based on the life of Forugh Farrokzhad, rebel poet in 1940s Iran)

Saul David, The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders, Hodder & Stoughton (soldier Zulu Hart becomes minder to Prince Albert at the time of Jack the Ripper in 1880s London)

Robert Dinsdale, The Toy Makers, Ebury (1917 London: homeless girl taken in by toyshop owners discovers that while all toy shops are places of wonder, only one is truly magical)

Charles Finch, The Woman in the Water, Minotaur (historical mystery set in 1850 London and featuring Charles Lenox’s first case)

Elisabeth Gifford, The Good Doctor of Warsaw, Corvus (based on the true story of a doctor who protected orphanage children in WWII)

David Gilman, Scourge of Wolves, Head of Zeus (latest in adventure series set during the Hundred Years’ War)

Vesna Goldsworthy Monsieur Ka, Chatto & Windus (Russian in exile in London in 1947 tells the story of his Russian past)

Minrose Gwin, Promise, William Morrow (two different women, one black and one white, try to survive a tornado’s aftermath in Depression-era Mississippi)

Joanna Hickson, The Tudor Crown, HarperCollins (the rise of Henry VII, the first Tudor king)

Emma Hornby, The Orphans of Ardwick, Transworld (saga set in 1860s Manchester)

Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Peculiar Ground, Harper (English country house novel spanning three centuries, from the 17th c to the 20th c, exploring themes of immigration and exclusion)

Lindsey Hutchinson, The Wives’ Revenge, Head of Zeus (gritty saga set in early the 20thC Black Country)

Gary Inbinder, The Man Upon the Stair, Pegasus (in 1890 Paris, detective Achille Lefebvre takes on a baffling missing-persons case)

Michael Jecks, Pilgrim’s War, Simon & Schuster (first in adventure series set in the Crusades)

Dinah Jefferies, The Sapphire Trader’s Secret, Viking (story of love and betrayal set in 1930s Ceylon)

Philip Kazan, The Black Earth, Allison & Busby (Englishman in WWII Greece searches for woman he met in 1922 in Smyrna)

Jan Kelly, The Great Darkness, Allison & Busby (crime novel set in WWII Cambridge)

Kate Kerrigan, That Girl, Head of Zeus (three young Irishwomen travel to Swinging London only to find they can’t escape past troubles)

Meghan Kenny, The Driest Season, Norton (literary family saga set in Wisconsin farm country during WWII)

Rebecca Kightlinger, Megge of Bury Down, Zumaya (in 13th-century Cornwall, the healer of Bury Down swears to make her daughter protect an ancient grimoire whose power sustains the spirits of all the seers and healers of Bury Down; to what lengths will she go when Megge refuses?)

Judith Lennox, Hidden Lives, Headline Review (drama and intrigue at a Sussex country house in the 1930s)

Laura Madeleine, Where the Wild Cherries Grow, St. Martin’s (in 1919, a young woman seeks to start anew in the south of France)

Sally Magnusson, The Sealwoman’s Gift, Two Roads (story of Icelandic community captured and enslaved by 17thC Barbary pirates)

David Mamet, Chicago: A Novel of Prohibition, Custom House (kaleidoscopic thriller set in 1920s Chicago)

Susan Meissner, As Bright as Heaven, Berkley (family saga set in Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918)

Tom Miller, The Philosopher’s Flight, Simon & Schuster (historical fantasy set in WWI-era America)

Cheryl Reid, As Good as True, Lake Union (in segregated Alabama in 1956, a recent widow, the daughter of Syrian immigrants, finds her life turned upside down)

Steven Saylor, The Throne of Caesar, Minotaur (Gordianus the Finder mystery set around the Ides of March in 44 BC Rome)

Mitch Silver, The Bookworm, Pegasus (multi-period thriller surrounding art, an old bible, and a secret WWII operation)

Alessandro Spina, The Colonial Conquest, Arcade (story of Italian occupation of Libya, 1912-27)

Katherine Stansfield, The Magpie Tree, Allison & Busby (detective mystery set in Cornwall in 1844)

Jón Kalman Stefánsson, About the Size of the Universe, Maclehose Press (Icelandic family saga spanning the 20thC)

F.R. Tallis, Mephisto Waltz, Pegasus (newest Max Liebermann mystery set in 1907 Vienna)

Charles Todd, The Gatekeeper, William Morrow (latest Ian Rutledge mystery set in 1920s England)

Carrie Turansky, Across the Blue, Multnomah (Edwardian inspirational romance about an aviation pioneer and the woman he loves, a would-be journalist)

Jin Yong, A Hero Born, Maclehose Press (first in series set in 13thC China)


March 2018

Lyn Andrews, The Liverpool Matchgirl, Headline (saga set in the years before WWI)

Michael Arditti, Of Men and Angels, Arcadia (multi-period story explores the enduring power of the Sodom story in five momentous epochs: ancient Babylon, medieval York, Renaissance Florence,  19thC Palestine and 1980s Hollywood)

Tessa Arlen, Death of an Unsung Hero, Minotaur (historical mystery set in the English countryside in 1916 as a WWI officer with amnesia is murdered; latest in the Countess of Montfort and Mrs. Jackson series)

Amy Bloom, White Houses, Random House (novel inspired by the life of journalist Lorena Hickok and her love affair and friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt)

Taylor Brown, Gods of Howl Mountain, St. Martin’s (family secrets, whiskey-running, and vengeance in the mountains of 1950s North Carolina)

James Carroll, The Cloister, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday (multi-period novel focusing on the relationship of Abelard and Heloise, and its impact on a modern scholar and a priest)

Elizabeth Chadwick, Templar Silks, Sphere (on his deathbed medieval knight William Marshal recalls his youthful pilgrimage to Jerusalem where he vowed to die as a member of the Knights Templar)

Kirstin Chen, Bury What We Cannot Take, Little A (a family saga of danger and loyalty set in Maoist China)

Elizabeth J. Church, All the Beautiful Girls, Ballantine (the story of a young aspiring dancer in 1960s Las Vegas)

Tamara Colchester, The Heart Is A Burial Ground, Scribner (three generations of women including one half of a scandalous couple in 1920s Paris)

Diney Costeloe, The Runaway Family, Head of Zeus (a woman’s struggle to defend her family and escape Nazi persecution in WWII Germany)

Marisa de los Santos, I’ll Be Your Blue Sky, William Morrow (a mysterious bequest leads to a decades-old mystery; set in coastal Delaware in the ‘50s and today)

Emmanuelle de Villepin, The Devil’s Reward, Other (three generations of women untangle a complex family story that encompasses the First and Second World Wars)

Eoin Dempsey, White Rose, Black Forest, Lake Union

Ruth Downie, Memento Mori, Bloomsbury (latest in 2ndC AD Roman Britain crime series takes Ruso and Tilla to Bath to investigate the murder of a friend’s wife)

Lucy Foley, Last Letter From Istanbul, HarperCollins (love story of a Turkish woman and a British doctor divided by their opposing cultures in 1921)

Christopher Fowler, Hall of Mirrors, Transworld (latest in Bryant & May crime series is set in 1969)

R.J. Gadney, Albert Einstein Speaking, Canongate (novel about the famous scientist)

Kristin Harmel, The Room on Rue Amelie, Gallery (three lives intersect in occupied Paris)

Samantha Harvey, The Western Wind, Jonathan Cape (medieval tale of a village priest trying to solve the mystery of a local man swept away in a river)

Philip Hensher, The Friendly Ones, Fourth Estate (story of Sheffield neighbours, one an Asian family, over decades as they come together and grow to understand their different backgrounds and difficulties)

Alan Hollinghurst, The Sparsholt Affair, Knopf (seven generations in a remarkable family, spanning the 1940s to the present)

Arnaldur Indridason, Dark Deeds, Harvill Secker (crime thriller set in WWII Reykjavik)

Jane Johnson, Court of Lions, Pegasus (multi-period novel about a secret message dating from the fall of Granada in 1492)

Tadzio Koelb, Trenton Makes, Doubleday (following WWII, a woman kills her army veteran husband and assumes his identity)

Snorri Kristjansson, Helga Finnsdottir, Jo Fletcher Books (Viking saga set in 10thC)

Ariel Lawhon, I Was Anastasia, Doubleday (historical suspense, centering on Anna Anderson’s quest to be recognized as Grand Duchess Anastasia)

A.G. Lombardo, Graffiti Palace, FSG (a retelling of The Odyssey, but set during the 1965 Watts Riots in LA)

Michael David Lukas, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, Spiegel & Grau (a Berkeley college student unwinds the strands of his family history over the span of a thousand years)

Christina Lynch, The Italian Party, St. Martin’s (two Americans’ lives in 1950s Siena, Italy)

Christine Mangan, Tangerine, Ecco US & Little Brown UK (1950s thriller set in Morocco, about the intersecting lives of two women)

Beryl Matthews, Moving On, Allison & Busby (story of woman who finds work she loves in the New Forest in 1856)

Mary Morris, Gateway to the Moon, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday (a New Mexican town comes to terms with its Sephardic Jewish history; multi-period)

Andrea Penrose, Murder at Half-Moon Gate, Kensington (Wrexford & Sloane murder mystery set in Regency London)

Bill Pronzini, The Bag of Tricks Affair, Forge (historical mystery set in 1890s San Francisco; detective Sabina Carpenter is the only witness to a murder)

Robert Radcliffe, Freefall, Head of Zeus (second in series about the Parachute Regiment in WWII)

Graham Rawle, Overland, Chatto & Windus (A surreal and fantastical world hovers above California in 1942)

Kate Riordan, The Stranger, Michael Joseph (secrets and murder unearthed by Land Girl in WWII Cornwall)

Carlos Rojas, The Valley of the Fallen, Yale University Press (a story set in Goya’s early 19thC Spain and the final Franco years of the 1970s)

Steven Saylor, The Throne of Caesar, Constable (the latest in the Gordianus the Finder Roman murder mysteries is set in 44BC leading up to the Ides of March)

Sara Sheridan, England Expects, Kensington (former SS operative Mirabelle Bevan investigates a sportswriter’s murder in 1953 Brighton, England)

Linda Spalding, A Reckoning, Pantheon (as the Civil War approaches, a Virginia family comes to terms with their Civil War past)

Kelli Stanley, City of Sharks, Minotaur (PI Miranda Corbie mystery set in 1940s San Francisco)

William Stewart, Ill Will, HQ (the untold story of Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights)

Rupert Thomson, Never Anyone But You, Corsair (love affair between two revolutionary female artists, beginning before WWI)

Ines Thorn, The Beachcomber, AmazonCrossing (on a German island in the 18th century, a woman defends her family from charges of witchcraft)

Dejan Tiago-Stankovic, Hotel Estoril, Apollo (exile, divided loyalties,fear and survival, set in a grand hotel near Lisbon at the height of WWII)

Simon Turney, Caligula, Orion (story of the 1stC AD Roman emperor as told by his sister, Livilla)

Fiona Valpy, Sea of Memories, Lake Union (a young Scotswoman’s life changes after WWII erupts; moves from an island off the French coast to Scotland in wartime)

Kim Van Alkemade, Bachelor Girl, Touchstone (based on a true story from NY’s Jazz Age, in which millionaire Jacob Ruppert leaves the bulk of his fortune, including Yankee Stadium, to a young actress)

Andrew Wilson, A Different Kind of Evil, Atria (Agatha Christie investigates a British agent’s murder in the Canary Islands)

Jacqueline Winspear, To Die But Once, Allison & Busby UK & Harper (14th Maisie Dobbs mystery, set on the WWII home front)

Robyn Young, Court of Wolves, Hodder & Stoughton (second in series set in Renaissance Europe)

Barbara Wood, The Far River, Turner (historical novel taking place in a winery in southern California)


April 2018

Marcos Aguinis, Against the Inquisition, AmazonCrossing

Laura Andersen, The Darkling Bride, Ballantine (multi-generational gothic  novel set in the Irish countryside in the 1880s and contemporary times)

Elizabeth Blackwell, On a Cold Dark Sea, Lake Union (three women Titanic survivors come to terms with the fateful choices they made)

Helen Carey, Victory Girls, Headline (latest in Lavender Road saga series set in WWII London)

Elizabeth J. Church, All The Beautiful Girls, Fourth Estate (story of a gutsy showgirl who tries to conquer her past amongst the glamour of 1960s Las Vegas)

Mia Couto, Woman of the Ashes, FSG (first in a trilogy about the last emperor of southern Mozambique; set in 1894)

Carys Davies, West, Scribner (a father and daughter trace separate paths on the American frontier in the early 19th century)

Lindsey Davis, Pandora’s Boy, Hodder & Stoughton (latest in Flavia Alba Roman detective series)

Vanessa de Haan, The Restless Sea, HarperCollins (chronicle of the lives of three people during WWII)

David Downing, The Dark Clouds Shining, Soho (WWI spy novel set in Soviet Russia)

Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie, My Dear Hamilton, William Morrow (novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, founding mother and revolutionary woman)

Julia Drosten, The Elephant Keeper’s Daughter, AmazonCrossing (saga set in 19th-century Morocco)

Eldonna Edwards, This I Know, Kensington (coming of age novel about a young woman with psychic talents in the 1960s Midwest)

Charles Frazier, Varina, Ecco (novel of Varina Howell Davis, First Lady of the Confederacy)

Mariah Fredericks, A Death of No Importance, Minotaur (a ladies’ maid in an upper-crust NYC household in 1910 turns detective)

William Gear, This Scorched Earth, Forge (an Arkansas family’s traumatic journey during the US Civil War)

Elizabeth Gill, The Quarryman’s Wife, Quercus (saga series set in 19/20thC Weardale)

Peter Golden, The Candy Store, Atria (in the 1950s, a young man from New Jersey searches for his heritage in Russia and southern France)

Paula Gooder, Phoebe, Hodder & Stoughton (life of the woman to whom Paul entrusted his Letter to the Romans in AD56)

Alma Katsu, The Hunger, Bantam UK / Putnam US (story of the 19thC emigrant Donner Party who must resort to dangerous measures when stranded in the mountains of USA)

Ellen Keith, The Dutch Wife, Patrick Crean Editions (WWII-era novel about a Dutch woman, a German SS officer and, three decades later, a military captive during Argentina’s Dirty War)

Philip Kerr, Greeks Bearing Gifts, Quercus (latest in Bernie Gunther thriller series: Athens 1957)

John Lawton, Friends and Traitors, Grove (Cold War thriller involving Guy Burgess)

Simon Mayo, Mad Blood Stirring, Doubleday (political and racial tension among American and other POWs captured in wars of 1815)

Jenn J. McLeod, A Place To Remember, Head of Zeus (multi-generational saga set on a cattle ranch in Australia)

Kelly O’Connor McNees, Undiscovered Country, Pegasus (novel about the intimate relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok)

Madeline Miller, Circe, Bloomsbury (story of the witch in Homer’s Odyssey)

Abir Mukherjee, A Necessary Evil, Pegasus Crime (in 1920 India, a Maharajah’s son is assassinated; 2nd in series featuring Sergeant Banerjee)

Christy Nicholas, Misfortune of Song, Tirgearr (In 12th century Ireland, Maelan must decide between his own honor and his headstrong granddaughter’s happiness; #5 in The Druid’s Brooch Series)

Elizabeth Noble, Letters to Iris, Michael Joseph (young woman in a dilemma thinks she might find answers in a secret cache of letters from the past to her grandmother)

Elaine Neil Orr, Swimming Between Worlds, Berkley (three young people’s lives intersect during America’s civil rights movement)

Ann Parker, A Dying Note, Poisoned Pen Press (Inez Stannert mystery set in 1880s San Francisco; 6th in series; Inez solves the mystery of a young musician’s death)

A.J. Pearce, Dear Mrs Bird, Picador (during the London Blitz, a woman who wants to be a war correspondent finds herself an agony aunt for a women’s magazine)

Anne Perry, Dark Tide Rising, Headline (latest in William Monk Victorian crime series)

Anne Perry, Twenty-One Days: A Daniel Pitt Novel, Ballantine (Daniel Pitt, a reluctant lawyer, turns detective in this first volume of a series set in 1910 England)

Penny Richards, Murder Will Speak, Kensington (part of the Lilly Long series; Lilly, an actress in 1880s Chicago, goes undercover to solve a friend’s murder)

Anthony Riches, Retribution, Hodder & Stoughton (last in Centurions trilogy about the Batavian revolt against the Romans in AD69)

Anbara Salam, Things Bright And Beautiful, Fig Tree (1950s missionary and his wife hope to bring God to a remote South Pacific island, but instead fear losing their souls)

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, A Kind of Freedom, John Murray (three generations of a family in New Orleans, beginning in WWII)

Adrienne Sharp, The Magnificent Esme Wells, Harper (coming-of-age novel about a young woman growing up in Golden Age Hollywood and Vegas)

Mary Sharratt, Ecstasy, HMH (novel of Alma Mahler, composer and muse in late 19th- and early 20th-century Vienna)

Nikesh Shukla, The One Who Wrote Destiny, Atlantic (story of 3 generations of Asian family in Keighley from the 1960s onward)

Amanda Skenandore, Between Earth and Sky, Kensington (story of love, loss, and heritage set at the intersection of white and Native American culture in 19th- and 20th-century Pennsylvania)

Alisa Smith, Speakeasy, St. Martin’s (historical thriller about a WWII code-breaker with a secret)

Vanessa Tait, The Pharmacist’s Tale, Corvus (story of addiction and female disempowerment in Victorian Edinburgh)

Andrew Taylor, The Fire Court, HarperCollins ( thriller set in the aftermath of The Great Fire of London, sequel to Ashes of London)

E.S. Thomson, The Blood, Constable (Victorian thriller set on Thames riverside)

Stella Tillyard, The Great Level, Chatto & Windus (story of Dutch engineer who levelled the Fens in the 1640s and later emigrated to America)

Daniela Tully, Hotel on Shadow Lake, St. Martin’s (a woman investigates her grandmother’s disappearance, uncovering secrets; multi-period novel, moving from the present day to 1930s Germany and early 20th-c NYC)

Jon Michael Varese, The Spirit Photographer, Overlook (1870 Boston: did a charlatan claiming to be a “spirit photographer” capture a real ghost on film?)

Salley Vickers, The Librarian, Viking (1950s English market town gets a new librarian who finds the community isn’t all it seems)


May 2018

Kay Brellend, A Sister’s Bond, Piatkus (saga set in Wood Green in 1913)

P.F. Chisholm, Swords in the East, Head of Zeus (omnibus of mystery novels set on the Elizabethan Anglo-Scottish Borders, featuring Sir Robert Carey)

Diney Costeloe, Miss Mary’s Daughter, Head of Zeus (saga set in 19thC Cornwall)

Anna-Marie Crowhurst, The Illumination of Ursula Flight, Allen & Unwin (picaresque tale of a woman’s coming of age in Restoration England)

Barbara Cleverly, Fall of Angels, Soho (Detective Inspector John Redfyre mystery set in 1923 Cambridge; first in series)

Damian Dibben, Tomorrow, Michael Joseph (wise old dog travels through the courts and battlefields of Europe and through the centuries in search of the master who granted him immortality)

Emma Fraser, Greyfriars House, Sphere (story set between 1939 and the 1980s in a house haunted by unspoken words and family mysteries)

Liz Freeland, Murder in Greenwich Village, Kensington (a young woman turns sleuth in pre-WWI Manhattan)

Duo Ji Zhuo Ga, Love In No Man’s Land, Apollo (story set in Tibet during China’s Cultural Revolution in the 1960s)

Michelle Gable, The Summer I Met Jack, St. Martin’s (based on the life of Alicia Corning Clark and her affair with JFK)

Adrian Goldsworthy, The Encircling Sea, Head of Zeus (second in Roman military adventure series set in Britain 1stC AD)

Kat Gordon, The Hunters, Borough Press (coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of colonial Kenya in the 1920s)

Jack Grimwood, Nightfall Berlin, Michael Joseph (latest in Cold War thriller series)

Malcolm Hansen, They Come in All Colors, Atria (story of a biracial boy in NYC and the Deep South in the 1960s and ‘70s)

Matthew Harffy, Blood and Blade, Head of Zeus (third in Bernicia Chronicles series, set in AD635)

Gregory Harris, The Framingham Fiend, Kensington (Colin Pendragon mystery set in Victorian London, in which Colin must solve a Ripper-esque murder)

Tessa Harris, The Angel Makers, Kensington (flower seller Constance Piper solves another mystery in Victorian-era London)

Conn Iggulden, The Way Home, Michael Joseph (story of courage, faith, and war set in the world of the Ancient Greeks, Persians and Spartans)

Arnaldur Indridason, The Shadow Killer, Minotaur (historical mystery set in 1941 and modern Reykjavik)

Ben Kane, Clash of Empires, Orion (3rdC BC: after defeating Hannibal,  Rome turns its eyes on Greece)

Giles Kristian, The Betrayal, Bantam (story of Lancelot)

Jan Kross, A Book of Falsehoods, Maclehose Press (last in series about a peasant who became Estonia’s leading medieval chronicler)

Dewey Lambdin, An Offshore Storm, St. Martin’s (Alan Lewrie historical adventure sees him following a path beyond the Navy)

Louise Levene, Happy Little Bluebirds, Bloomsbury (unhappy Englishwoman lands a job in 1940s Hollywood)

Kate Mosse, The Burning Chambers, Mantle (Catholic girl and a Huguenot find themselves in possession of a priceless treasure, 16thC France during Wars of Religion)

Michael Ondaatje, Warlight, Jonathan Cape UK & Knopf US (literary novel set in WWII London)

S J Parris, [untitled], HarperCollins (latest in Giordano Bruno 16thC spy series)

Caryl Phillips, A View of the Empire at Sunset, FSG (literary novel about Jean Rhys, best known for her novel The Wide Sargasso Sea)

Matthew Plampin, Mrs Whistler, Borough Press (story of the artist Whistler’s muse)

Edward Rutherfurd, China, Hodder & Stoughton UK & Doubleday US (intertwining personal stories depicting the history of China from the 1800s)

Adrienne Sharp, The Magnificent Esme Wells, Harper (novel set in the golden age of Hollywood)

Natasha Solomons, House of Gold, Hutchinson (story of European Jewish banking family spanning the 20th century)

Larry D. Sweazy, See Also Proof, Seventh Street (in 1965 North Dakota, indexer Marjorie Trumaine searches for a missing 14-year-old girl)

Lydia Syson, Mr Peacock’s Possessions, Zaffre (1873: intrepid family of British settlers are determined to make a deserted Pacific island their own with terrible consequences)

Rupert Thomson, Never Anyone But You, Other (the clandestine love affair between two women in 1930s Paris and Jersey)

Eugene Vodolazkin, The Aviator, Oneworld (story of a young man in Russia in the early 20thC, through the turbulence of the Russian Revolution and its aftermath)

Alison Weir, Jane Seymour, Headline Review  & Ballantine (latest novel in Six Tudor Queens series)

Sue Wilsher, The Empire Girls, Sphere (saga set in a Tilbury boarding house in the 1950s)

Andrew Wilson, A Different Kind of Evil, Simon & Schuster (latest in Agatha Christie as detective series set in the 1920s)


June 2018

Rosie Archer, The Narrowboat Girls, Quercus (WWII saga set on the canals)

Jenna Blum, The Lost Family, Harper (in ’60s Manhattan, a NY man who lost his family in the Holocaust finds love again)

Tracy Borman, The King’s Witch, Hodder & Stoughton (danger threatens herbalist Frances when she comes to James I’s court where her skills are regarded as witchcraft)

Elizabeth Brooks, The Call of the Curlew, Doubleday (1939: orphan girl goes to live with adoptive parents but finds all is not well)

Theodore Brun, The Sacred Storm, Corvus (second in adventure series set in 8thC Denmark)

P.F. Chisholm, Drums on the Border, Head of Zeus (further omnibus of mystery novels set on the Elizabethan Anglo-Scottish Borders, featuring Sir Robert Carey)

Adélaïde de Clermont-Tonnerre, The Last Of Our Kind, Hodder & Stoughton (man must investigate his past in 1945 Dresden to avoid losing the woman he loves)

Cressida Connolly, After the Party, Viking (class, politics and sisterhood set against the rise of Fascism in 1930s Britain)

Sandra Dallas, The Patchwork Bride, St. Martin’s (a young woman in the American West searches for love in the late 19th century)

Nadine Dorries, The Blue Velvet Ribbon, Head of Zeus (saga set in 1920s in rural Ireland and 1950s Liverpool)

E.C. Fremantle, The Poison Bed, Michael Joseph (thriller set in the Jacobean court in 1615)

Natalia Ginzburg, All Our Yesterdays, Apollo (a portrait of two Italian families against the background of invasion and the collapse of fascism in WWII)

Leonard Goldberg, A Study in Treason, Minotaur (a Daughter of Sherlock Holmes mystery)

Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott, Swan Song, Hutchinson (biographical fiction about Truman Capote through the eyes of the society ‘swans’ whose secrets he betrayed)

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, When The Boys Come Home, Sphere (1918: latest in WWI series)

Emily Hauser, For the Immortal, Doubleday (story of the legendary Amazons)

Paddy Hirsch, The Devil’s Half Mile, Corvus UK & Forge US (19thC crime thriller set in New York)

Graham Hurley, Estocada, Head of Zeus (1937: London spy is sent to Nazi Germany to find out if Hitler means war)

Carol Jones, The Concubine’s Child, Head of Zeus (multi-generational tale of a family haunted by the death of a young concubine in 1930s Malaysia)

Laurie R. King, Island of the Mad, Bantam (her latest Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes mystery, about a missing woman from Bedlam)

Ann Mah, The Lost Vintage, Morrow (the cellar of a family vineyard in Burgundy reveals secrets dating from the WWII resistance)

Karen Maitland, The Blood Well, Headline Review (pagans tackle the Knights of St John with terrible consequences in this thriller set on Dartmoor)

Paula McLain, Love and Ruin, Ballantine US / Fleet UK (reimagining of story of stormy marriage of Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn)

Bradford Morrow, The Prague Sonata, Grove (literary quest taking the reader from Nazi-occupied Prague to New York in 2000)

Abir Mukherjee, Smoke and Ashes, Harvill Secker (crime novel set in 1920s Calcutta)

Sabine Murray, Valiant Gentlemen, Grove (story of Irish independence hero Roger Casement and English sculptor Herbert Ward)

Hannah Pittard, Visible Empire, HMH (the effects of the 1962 crash of Air France 007 on Atlanta’s residents)

E.M. Powell, The King’s Justice, Thomas & Mercer (first in new crime series set in 12th-c England; in 1176, royal clerk Aelred Barling and his assistant investigate a brutal murder in a Yorkshire village)

Anuradha Roy, All The Lives We Never Lived, Maclehose Press (son pieces together the life of his mother across India and Dutch- held Bali during WWII)

Tatjana Soli, The Removes, FSG (the stories of Libbie Custer, wife of George, and a woman captured by the Cheyenne on the 19th-c frontier)

Julian Stockwin, The Iberian Flame, Hodder & Stoughton (latest in Kydd naval adventure series set in early 19thC)

Ilka Tampke, Songwoman, Hodder & Stoughton (novel set in early Roman Britain, sequel to Skin)

Sam Thompson, Jott, John Murray (story set in a London mental hospital in 1935)

Novoyu Tshuma, The House of Stone, Atlantic (family story set during the death of colonial Rhodesia and the birth of Zimbabwe)

Lynne Truss, A Shot in the Dark, Bloomsbury (murder mystery set in 1950s Brighton)

Elise Valmorbida, The Madonna of the Mountains, Spiegel & Grau (saga about a woman from the Italian countryside, spanning the 1920s through the 1950s)

Juan Gabriel Vásquez, The Shape of the Ruins, Maclehose Press (story of violence set in Colombia arising from a 1914 murder to another during the 1945 elections)

Jenni L. Walsh, Side By Side, Forge (a novel of Bonnie and Clyde, sequel to Becoming Bonnie)

Minette Walters, The Last Hours, Allen & Unwin (story set in Dorset during the Black Death)

James Wilde, [Untitled], Bantam (second in series set in the Dark Ages)

Elizabeth H. Winthrop, The Mercy Seat, Sceptre (Louisiana, 1943: young black man faces execution for a crime some believe he did not commit)

James W. Ziskin, A Stone’s Throw, Seventh Street (Ellie Stone, a young newspaper reporter in 1960s’ upstate New York, investigates a double murder at an abandoned stud farm)


July 2018

Marcos Aguinis, Against the Inquisition, AmazonCrossing (a Jewish family’s survival in 16th-century Argentina at the time of the Inquisition)

Deborah Burrows, Ambulance Girls Under Fire, Ebury (WWII saga set in the London Blitz)

Christian Cameron, Sword of Justice, Orion (4th in series about 14thC knights in Europe)

Andrea Camilleri, The Sacco Gang, Europa (a “wild west tale” set in 1920s Italy)

Ella Carey, The Things We Don’t Say, Lake Union (multi-period novel focusing on the painting of a bohemian woman, and her granddaughter)

Kate Christensen, The Last Cruise, Doubleday (interactions among the passengers on a 1950s ocean liner’s final voyage)

Nicola Cornick, The Phantom Tree, Graydon House (time-slip between present-day Wiltshire and the 16th century)

Lindsey Davis, Pandora’s Boy, Minotaur (Flavia Alba seeks to expose corruption in 1st-c Rome; historical mystery)

Louis de Bernières, So Much Life Left Over, Harvill Secker (husband and wife deal with their troubled marriage in 1920s Ceylon and the wife’s sisters in England have their own problems between the wars)

Nadine Dorries, Shadows in Heaven, Head of Zeus (saga set in post WWII Ireland)

Carola Dunn, The Corpse at the Crystal Palace, Minotaur (Daisy Dalrymple mystery set in 1928 London)

Caro Fraser, Summer of Love, Head of Zeus (scandal and secrets at a country house in 1949)

Rick Gekoski, A Long Island Story, Canongate (1953: with the McCarthy era of paranoia, persecution and propaganda at its height, a government lawyer moves his family from Washington D.C. to Long Island but his past comes back to haunt him)

Paddy Hirsch, The Devil’s Half Mile, Corvus (crime story set in 18thC New York)

Alrene Hughes, The Girl in the Pink Raincoat, Head of Zeus (WWII saga set in a Jewish-owned Manchester raincoat factory)

Christian Kracht, The Dead, FSG (a Gothic tale of international conspiracy and film-making set in Weimar Germany)

Ayse Kulin, Without a Country, AmazonCrossing (to escape Hitler’s Third Reich, a German professor’s family takes refuge in Turkey)

M.R.C. Kasasian, Betty Church and the Suffolk Vampire, Head of Zeus (1939 murder mystery featuring one-handed female detective in an East Anglian backwater)

Matthew Kneale, Sweet Thames, Atlantic (young Victorian engineer investigates cholera epidemic following a discharge of sewage into the Thames)

Tim Leach, Smile of the Wolf, Head of Zeus (11thC Iceland: story of exile and revenge, of duels and betrayals, and two friends struggling to survive in a desolate landscape, where honour is the only code that men abide by)

Sheila Llewellyn, Walking Wounded, Sceptre (novel about the mental damage of war, set in a military psychiatric hospital before the NHS was set up)

S.G. MacLean, Destroying Angel, Quercus (3rd in series featuring Captain Damian Seeker, set in 17thC York)

Sarah Maine, Women of the Dunes, Hodder & Stoughton (novel set in Scotland intertwining the lives of  a Viking woman in 800AD, a Victorian servant and a modern achaeologist)

Allan Mallinson, The Passage to India, Transworld (latest in military adventure series set in the 1830s)

Andrew Martin, The Martian Girl: a London Mystery, Corsair (in the underworld of present-day London, a journalist tracks down the mystery of a Victorian mind-reader who will not leave her thoughts)

William Martin, Bound for Gold, Forge (multi-period novel focusing on the California Gold Rush; part of Peter Fallon series)

Anthony Quinn, Our Friends in Berlin, Jonathan Cape (Nazi agents and British traitors in WWII London during the Blitz)

Rod Reynolds, Cold Desert Sky, Faber (1940s journalist investigating the disappearance of two Hollywood starlets is caught between the mob and the FBI)

Rachel Rhys, Fatal Inheritance, Transworld (1948: English housewife trapped in a dull marriage escapes to the South of France to claim a mystery inheritance. But rivals begin to emerge, who want her out of the way)

Suzanne Rindell, Eagle and Crane, Allison & Busby (story about aerial stunt team in Depression-era California)

Jordy Rosenberg, Confessions of the Fox, Atlantic (18thC tale of transgender prison-break expert and female revolutionary mastermind investigating a web of confusion involving Newgate prison and the dissection chambers of the Royal College)

Susie Orman Schnall, The Subway Girls, St. Martin’s (dual-period story, set in NYC in 1949 and today, about a postwar beauty contestant and modern career woman fighting for recognition and career success)

Diane Setterfield, Once Upon A River, Transworld (on a Victorian midwinter’s night an injured stranger bursts into a Thameside inn carrying a drowned child, whoho later comes to life – miracle, magic or can it be explained by science?)

Jack Sheffield, Starting Over, Transworld (new teacher arrives in Yorkshire village in 1952, hoping to start a new life but her past gets in the way)

Susan Spann, Trial on Mount Koya, Seventh Street (in 1565 Japan, Master ninja Hiro Hattori and Jesuit Father Mateo investigate a mystery in a Buddhist temple atop the sacred Mount Koya)

Stella Tillyard, The Great Level, Chatto & Windus (story of a 18thC Dutch engineer working on the Fens and the woman who changed his world view)

James Wilde, Dark Age Book 2, Transworld (second in new Arthurian series, AD367)

Kent Wascom, The New Inheritors, Grove (continuation of the author’s literary saga; follows the members of a brutal family along the Gulf Coast in 1914)

Beatriz Williams, The Summer Wives, Morrow (high-society drama, romance, and tragedy on an island in Long Island Sound in 1951)

Kate Williams, The House of Shadows, Orion (last in trilogy about the de Witt family begins in 1929)

August 2018

Pat Barker, The Silence of the Girls, Hamish Hamilton (retelling of The Iliad from the viewpoint of Briseis, queen turned war prize)

Meg Waite Clayton, Beautiful Exiles, Lake Union (novel based on the love affair between Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn)

Fiona Davis, The Masterpiece, Putnam (a lost art school within Grand Central Terminal; set in the 20th century and spanning 50 years)

Louis de Bernières, So Much Life Left Over, Knopf (a group of friends, now living around the world, cope with life and relationships in the post-WWI years)

Frances de Pontes Peebles, The Air You Breathe, Riverhead (an intense female friendship, beginning in 1930s Brazil)

David Donachie, A Close Run Thing and On A Particular Service, Allison & Busby (naval adventures set in 1796)

Nick Dybek, The Verdun Affair, Corsair (story of a love affair and the tragedy of wartime, set during the tumultuous years of post-WWI Europe)

Barbara Erskine, The Ghost Tree, HarperCollins (woman searching through her dead father’s possessions finds a secret diary written by an 18thC ancestor)

Katie Flynn, Christmas At Tuppenny Corner, Century (saga set in Liverpool in 1939)

Maggie Ford, The Fisherman’s Girl, Ebury (saga set in Leigh-on-Sea during the market crash of 1929)

Charles Frazier, Varina, Sceptre (in the aftermath of American Civil War, the wife of the president of the Confederacy flees south with a price on her head)

David Gilman, Night Flight to Paris, Head of Zeus (story of SOE agent on dangerous mission into occupied Paris in 1943)

Susanna Gregory, Intrigue in Covent Garden, Sphere (latest in Thomas Chaloner mystery series set in 17thC London)

T. Greenwood, Rust and Stardust, St. Martin’s (based on the real-life kidnapping behind the novel Lolita, beginning in 1948)

Melissa Harrison, All Among The Barley, Bloomsbury (during the post-WWI Depression, 14-year-old Edie must decide her future: keeping to her rural family’s traditional way of life or embracing the new ideas brought by a woman intent on encouraging the continuation of traditional ways)

Elsa Hart, City of Ink, Minotaur (in 18th-c Beijing, Li Du investigates a factory owner’s wife’s murder; historical mystery)

Linnea Hartsuyker, The Sea Queen, Little Brown (second in Viking trilogy about Ragnvald, right-hand man to King Harald of Norway, and his tempestuous, driven sister, Svanhild)

James Heneage, A World On Fire, Quercus (1821: The Great Powers intervene when Greeks start an uprising against Ottoman rule)

Douglas Jackson, Hammer of Rome, Transworld (9th Verrens novel finds him in Roman Britain leading the 9th Legion against the tribes of Caledonia in AD80)

Jim Kelly, The Great Darkness, Allison & Busby (crime novel set in 1939 during the early WWII blackouts)

Alanna Knight, Murder Lies Waiting, Allison & Busby (latest in Rose McQuinn crime series, set in 1906)

Elizabeth Lowry, Dark Water, Riverrun (Victorian Gothic mystery set during a sea voyage round Cape Horn where horrors occur and later in a lunatic asylum)

H.B. Lyle, The Red Ribbon, Hodder & Stoughton (spy thriller set in London in 1910)

Edward Marston, Under Attack, Allison & Busby (latest in Home Front Detective series, set in 1917)

Simon Mawer, Prague Spring, Little Brown (two British students visit Czechoslovakia in 1968 just before Russia decides to put a stop to the Prague Spring)

Kristina McMorris, Sold on a Monday, Sourcebooks (novel of desperation and secrets set during the Depression years)

Andrew Miller, Now We Shall Be Entirely Free, Sceptre (1809: called back to his regiment after recuperating from a tramatic episode during the British retreat from Napoleon in Spain, an army captain flees to the Hebrides, finding refuge with a family of freethinkers, but even here, he and they aren’t safe)

Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing, Putnam (coming-of-age story and crime novel set in small-town North Carolina in 1969)

Ambrose Parry, The Way Of All Flesh, Canongate (Edinburgh 1847: medical student appprenticed to a brilliant doctor experimenting with anaesthesia investigates the gruesome murders of young women)

S.W. Perry, The Angel’s Mark, Corvus (amid Spanish plots and Catholic heresy in Elizabethan England, a physician investigates the murder of a boy found with mysterious marks on his body)

Elske Rahill,  Molly’s Will, Apollo (story of 4 generations of 20thC women, beginning in working-class Dublin)

Eileen Ramsay, The G.I. Bride, Zaffre (training to be a nurse in WWII Cornwall, girl falls for an American soldier)

Manda Scott, A Treachery Of Spies, Transworld (1944: Frenchwoman recruited by SOE is sent into occupied France in 1944 but finds her past goes with her. Seventy years later an unidentifiable elderly woman’s body is found…)

Danielle Steel, The Good Fight, Macmillan (Meredith becomes an idealistic lawyer in 1960s Manhattan after watching her father as a prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials)

June Tate, The Girl From The Dockland Café, Allison & Busby (saga set in Southampton in 1912)

Steven Uhly, Kingdom of Twilight, Maclehose (occupied Poland, 1944: the aftermath of a young Jewish woman shooting an SS officer and fleeing involves Germans, Jewish refugees, the Soviet army as characters scatter to Berlin, New York and Tel Aviv)

Robyn Young, Court of Wolves, Hodder & Stoughton (thriller set in Lorenzo de Medici’s court)

September 2018

Kate Atkinson, Transcription, Little, Brown (US) and Transworld (UK) (after working in an obscure department of the Secret Service during WWII,  Juliet joins the BBC, where her life begins to unravel, and she finally has to come to terms with the consequences of idealism)

Pat Barker, The Silence of the Girls, Doubleday (The Iliad retold from the viewpoint of Briseis, a former queen, now a captive woman in the Greeks’ camp)

James R. Benn, Solemn Graves, Soho (Billy Boyle WWII historical  mystery)

Sarah Bird, Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen, St. Martin’s (novel about Cathy Williams, a former enslaved woman who served with the Buffalo Soldiers in the 19th century)

William Boyd, Love Is Blind, Viking (turn of 19th/20thC novel about a love affair between a Scottish musician and a Russian soprano, encompassing passion, revenge and artistic endeavour, set in Paris, Russia and Edinburgh)

Helen Bryan, The Mountain, Lake Union (epic saga spanning over a century in a Virginia town, starting in 1783)

Cressida Connolly, After the Party, Penguin UK (a woman reflects on her involvement in a dark period of English history; set in the 1930s and after)

Bernard Cornwell, War of the Wolf, HarperCollins (latest in Uhtred of Bebbanburg novels set in Dark Age England)

Dominick Donald, Breathe, Hodder & Stoughton (investigating a serial killer at large in London, 1952)

Esi Edugyan, Washington Black, Knopf (a young man enslaved on a Barbados sugar plantation is selected as the manservant to his master’s brother and introduced to a new world)

Martin Edwards, Gallows Court, Head of Zeus (murder mystery set in London in 1930)

Imogen Edwards-Jones, The Witches of St Petersburg, Head of Zeus (Fascinated by the occult, two Montenegrin princesses married to Russian aristocrats try to help the Tsarina Alexandra to have the son and heir the country longs for)

Saygin Ersin, The Pasha of Cuisine, Arcade (culinary genius devises a plot bring down the Ottoman Empire—should he need to—in order to rescue the love of his life from the sultan’s harem)

Sebastian Faulks, Paris Echo, Hutchinson (researcher finds connections in the accounts of women who lived under the German occupation of France, whilst a Moroccan teenager searches for a mother he hardly knew, both hearing echoes of Vichy and Algeria)

Martin Fletcher, Promised Land, Thomas Dunne (saga about the birth of Israel as a Jewish state)

Imogen Hermes Gowar, The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock, Harper (in 1780s England, a merchant meets an unusual woman and also receives the strange gift of a mermaid)

Andrew Gross, Button Men (US title), Minotaur (thriller about an immigrant family caught up in organized crime in 1930s NY)

Andrew Gross, The Last Brother (UK title), Macmillan (a novel about three brothers and the Mafia in 1930s New York)

Maria Gudin, Open Sea, AmazonCrossing (novel of romantic adventure and piracy set in 17th-century Spain)

Gulzar, Two, Harper Perennial (story set during the Partition of India, 1946)

Elizabeth Haynes, The Murder of Harriet Monckton, Myriad Editions (investigating the murder of a respectable Victorian woman in Bromley, Kent, based on a true story)

Robert J. Harris, The Thirty-One Kings, Norton (thriller set in 1940s Paris)

Anna Lee Huber, Treacherous Is the Night, Kensington (Verity Kent mystery set in 1919 England and with spiritualist themes)

Ellen Keith, The Dutch Wife, Park Row (harrowing novel about a couple during the Dutch resistance in 1940s Amsterdam)

Sarah Lark, Flight of a Maori Goddess, AmazonCrossing (novel of early 20th-century New Zealand, last in the Sea of Freedom trilogy)

Natasha Lester, The Paris Seamstress, Forever (multi-period novel about a Parisian seamstress in 1940 NYC and a woman uncovering her grandmother’s past)

Elizabeth Lowry, Dark Water, Riverrun (Victorian gothic story set in Boston involving a ship’s doctor and the leader of a mutiny)

Jane McKenzie, Tapestry of War, Allison & Busby (saga set in North Africa and Scotland in WWII)

Beryl Matthews, When Midnight Comes, Allison & Busby (saga set in 1856)

Wayétu Moore, She Would Be King, Graywolf (magical realism about the founding of Liberia)

Heather Morris, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Harper Paperbacks (a Jewish man from Slovakia is put to work as a tattooist in the Auschwitz concentration camp; based on a true story)

Kate Morton, The Clockmaker’s Daughter, Mantle (archivist finds a Victorian photograph and an artist’s sketchbook which lead back to murder and mystery at a country house in 1862 haunted by a mysterious muse)

Lesley Pearse, The House Across The Street, Michael Joseph (in 1960s suburban Bexhill-on-Sea, a woman is intrigued by a glamorous neighbour and the comings an goings at her house)

Anne Perry, Dark Tide Rising, Ballantine (newest Victorian mystery in the Monk series)

S.W. Perry, The Angel’s Mark, Corvus (murder mystery set in Elizabethan London)

Signe Pike, The Lost Queen, Touchstone (first in a trilogy about Languoreth, a legendary queen from 6th-century Scotland, whose brother inspired the Merlin stories)

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Labyrinth of the Spirits, Harper/US, Weidenfeld & Nicolson/UK (Barcelona, 1957: after a visit from a mysterious stranger a bookseller investigates a friend who is about to marry)

Katherine Stansfield, The Magpie Tree, Allison & Busby (Cornish mystery set in 1844)

Alan Titchmarsh, The Scarlet Nightingale, Hodder & Stoughton (London socialite gives up parties to join WWII Air Transport Auxiliary and finds herself mixed up with secret agents in occupied France)

Charles Todd, A Forgotten Place, William Morrow (Bess Crawford mystery in post-WWI England)

Stuart Turton, The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Sourcebooks (in the 1920s, a man tries to solve a woman’s murder at a gala party by reliving the day multiple times, but each time in a different guest’s body)

Vee Walker, Major Tom’s War, Kashi House (the impact of WWI on a doomed generation and one Indian Army cavalry officer in particular)

Ashley Weaver, An Act of Villainy, Minotaur (stylish mystery featuring Amory Ames and her husband Milo in 1930s London)

Jacqueline Winspear, To Die But Once, Allison & Busby (latest in Maisie Dobbs crime series, set in 1940)

Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White, The Glass Ocean, William Morrow (historical mystery with romantic elements surrounding the Lusitania’s last voyage)

Kitty Zeldis, Not Our Kind, Harper (a young Jewish woman becomes the tutor to a Protestant family’s daughter on Park Avenue in post-WWII NYC)

October 2018

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse, Mycroft and Holmes, Titan (brothers Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes track a killer in 1872 London)

Tasha Alexander, Uneasy Lies the Crown, Minotaur (Lady Emily Hargreaves mystery; a serial killer stalks London, and Edward VII may be at risk)

Ahmet Altan, Like A Sword Wound, Europa Editions (intrigue, betrayal, love, war and progress in the lives of an Ottoman army officer, the Sultan’s personal doctor, a scion of the royal house, and a beguiling Turkish aristocrat)

Lou Berney, November Road, William Morrow (crime thriller set during the aftermath of JFK’s assassination)

William Boyd, Love Is Blind, Knopf (a piano tuner’s travels and forbidden love in fin-de-siècle Europe)

Paula Brackston, The Little Shop of Found Things, St. Martin’s (a modern antique shop owner with a mysterious connection to a chatelaine is transported back to the 17th century)

Edward Carey, Little, Riverhead (gothic tale of the future Madame Tussaud in pre-Revolutionary Paris)

Bernard Cornwell, [untitled], Harper (latest novel in his Saxon Saga)

Abigail deWitt, News of Our Loved Ones, Harper (a French family affected by the D-Day bombings in Normandy)

Antoine du Beke, One Enchanted Evening, Zaffre (1936: outside a grand London ballroom, the storm clouds of war are gathering and beneath the glitz and glamour lurks a world of scandal and secrets)

Ben Elton, Upstart Crow, Bantam (based on the BBC sitcom about Shakespeare)

Jessica Fellowes, Bright Young Dead, Sphere (murder mystery set in the 1920s featuring the Mitford sisters)

Therese Anne Fowler, A Well-Behaved Woman, St. Martin’s (novel of Alva Vanderbilt, an indomitable matriarch in a Gilded Age family)

Hester Fox, The Witch of Willow Hall, Graydon House (Gothic family saga set in historical New England)

Hazel Gaynor, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter, William Morrow (novel of two female lighthouse keepers, a century apart, in the 1830s and 1930s)

Margaret George, Emperor Nero: The Splendour Before The Dark, Macmillan (last part of two about Nero from the Fire of Rome to his downfall)

John Grisham, [untitled], Doubleday (a mysterious murder in a Mississippi church in 1946, with an unknown motive)

Louisa Hall, Trinity, Ecco (novel about Robert Oppenheimer, seen from the viewpoint of seven characters)

Olivia Hawker, The Ragged Edge of Night, Lake Union (novel of strength, resistance, and unexpected love in 1942 Germany)

Patti Callahan Henry, Becoming Mrs. Lewis, Thomas Nelson (novel of American poet Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis)

Laird Hunt, In the House in the Dark of the Woods, Little Brown (horror novel about a Puritann woman’s disappearance in colonial New England)

Lindsey Hutchinson, The Lost Sisters, Head of Zeus (Victorian saga set in the Black Country)

Barbara Kingsolver, Unsheltered, Harper/US, Faber/UK (a modern woman investigates her home’s history and her New Jersey town’s past as a Utopian community)

Jaan Kross, A Book of Falsehoods, Maclehose Press (last in trilogy set in 16thC Estonia)

Edward Marston,  Points Of Danger, Allison & Busby (latest in Victorian Railway Detective series)

Daniel Mason, The Winter Soldier, Mantle (Austrian medical student enlists in WWI and finds himself out of his depth in a freezing outpost with only a mysterious nurse to help him, when a dying soldier is brought in and he makes a fateful decision)

Melissa Lenhardt, Heresy, Redhook (an all-female band of outlaws in the American West)

Marjorie Herrera Lewis, When the Men Were Gone, William Morrow (during WWII, Tylene Wilson becomes Texas’s first female high school football coach)

Erin Lindsey, Murder on Millionaires’ Row, St. Martin’s Griffin (debut mystery set in 1880s Manhattan and starring housemaid Rose Gallagher)

Catherine Lloyd, Death Comes to the School, Kensington (a village schoolteacher is murdered in Regency England; 5th in Kurland St. Mary series)

Kerri Maher, The Kennedy Debutante, Berkley (novel about Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy in 1930s London and her forbidden love for an English nobleman)

Sarah McCoy, Marilla of Green Gables, William Morrow (novel about the backstory of Marilla Cuthbert from the Anne of Green Gables novels)

Kate Morton, The Clockmaker’s Daughter, Atria (a love affair and murder during a summer in rural Oxfordshire in the 1860s have repercussions in the present day)

Shelley Noble, Ask Me No Questions, Forge (Lady Dunbridge mystery set in Gilded Age Manhattan)

Paraic O’Donnell, The House on Vesper Sands, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (dark secrets in snowy Victorian London)

Kristina Olsson, Shell, Atria (novel of art, culture, and the anti-war movement in 1960s Australia)

Alyssa Palombo, The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel, St. Martin’s Griffin (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow reimagined from the viewpoint of the wealthy Katrina, Ichabod Crane’s love interest)

Ines Pedrosa, In Your Hands, AmazonCrossing (three generations of Portuguese women fight against oppression in the 20th century)

Sarah Perry, Melmoth, Custom House (dark, multi-period Gothic novel)

Laura Purcell, The Corset, Bloomsbury (Victorian seamstress awaiting trial for murder who claims she can kill with her stitches is investigated by a woman interested in testing phrenology)

Candace Robb, A Murdered Peace, Pegasus (historical mystery set in York in 1400, at the time of the Epiphany Rising against Henry IV; part of Kate Clifford series)

C.J. Sansom, Tombland, Mantle (latest in Matthew Shardlake Tudor mystery series finds Shardlake working for Princess Elizabeth during a peasants’ revolt)

V.A. Shannon, When Winter Comes, Kensington (novel of the Donner Party and the tragedy’s aftermath)

B.A. Shapiro, The Collector’s Apprentice, Algonquin (a Belgian woman begins a new life in 1920s Paris; a tale of reinvention and revenge)

Samantha Silva, Mr Dickens And His Carol, Allison & Busby (novel about the writing of A Christmas Carol)

Rosemary Simpson, Lies that Comfort and Betray, Kensington (Gilded Age mystery, 2nd in series)

Natasha Solomons, House of Gold, Putnam (a Jewish heiress in pre-WWI Austria and her troubled life in England)

Danielle Steel, In His Father’s Footsteps, Macmillan (concentration camp survivors marry and settle in New York in 1945 but shadows of their past linger on into the 1960s)

Amy Stewart, Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit, HMH (latest in the Constance Kopp series featuring the country’s first female sheriff)

Julian Stockwin, A Sea of Gold, Hodder & Stoughton (latest in 18th/19thC Kydd naval adventure series)

Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker, Dracul, Putnam/US, Transworld/UK (1868: whilst waiting to confront an indescribable evil, the young Bram Stoker writes down what brought him to Whitby Abbey)

Ilka Tampke, Songwoman, Hodder & Stoughton (sequel to Skin, set in 1stC AD Roman Britain at the time of Caradog’s battle against the Romans)

Sherry Thomas, The Hollow of Fear, Berkley (latest Lady Sherlock historical mystery)

Hillary Tiefer, Lily’s Home Front, Moonshine Cove (during WWII, a young woman welder on Liberty Ships in Portland, Oregon faces prejudice on the home front)

Minette Walters, The Turn Of Midnight, Allen & Unwin (second in series set in West Country during the Black Death, 14thC)

Joe Yogerst, Nemesis: A Novel of Old California, Blank Slate (two men get caught up in the boomtown of San Diego in the 1880s)

November 2018

Boris Akunin, Black City, Wiedenfeld & Nicolson (latest in mystery series set in pre-Revolution Russia)

Jeffrey Archer, Heads You Win, Macmillan/UK, St. Martin’s/US (Leningrad 1968: after his father is assassinated by the KGB, young Alexander and his mother must flee Russia and choose between the USA and UK by a coin toss)

Barbara Taylor Bradford, Master Of His Fate, HarperCollins UK / St. Martin’s/US (first in House of Falconer family series set in Victorian and Edwardian England)

Carrie Callaghan, A Light of Her Own, Amberjack (in 17th-century Holland, artist Judith Leyster tries to follow her daring ambitions without losing those she loves)

Katrina Carrasco, The Best Bad Things, FSG (historical crime thriller about a female spy in the 19th-century West)

Maia Chance, Naughty On Ice, Minotaur (Prohibition-era caper mystery set in rural Vermont)

P.F. Chisholm, Swords in the East, Head of Zeus (latest trilogy of novels featuring Robert Carey, Elizabethan courtier and his swashbuckling adventures on the Anglo-Scottish borders)

David Donachie, A Lawless Place, Allison & Busby (18thC adventure set in the West Indies involving smugglers)

Loren D. Estleman, Wild Justice, Forge (novel of the American frontier, set in 1896)

Susan Fletcher, House of Glass, Virago (1914: a woman is summoned to an unloved house to fill its greenhouse with exotic plants but becomes aware that someone is walking through the house at night)

Anna Freeman, Four Days of Fog, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (London 1952: during thr Great Smog, a young woman must decide whether to continue  in a criminal gang or start a safer, duller life with her beloved)

Ramin Ganeshram, The General’s Cook, Arcade (Hercules, President Washington’s enslaved chef, in 18th-century Philadelphia)

Margaret George, The Splendor Before the Dark, Berkley (novel of the Emperor Nero, 2nd in series)

Holly Green, Frontline Nurses, Ebury (WWI saga about the FANYs or First Aid Nursing Yeomanry)

James L. Haley, The Devil in Paradise, Putnam (nautical adventure saga set in Hawaii during the early 19th century; third in series)

Georgina Harding, Land of the Living, Bloomsbury (young couple try to make a success of their Norfolk farm after the horrors of WWII which come between them)

Matthew Harffy, Killer of Kings, Head of Zeus (latest in Bernicia Chronicles series set in 7thC Anglo-Saxon England)

Patricia Harmon, Once a Midwife, William Morrow (midwife Patience Hester’s life on the WWII home front)

David Hingley, Traitor, Allison & Busby (latest in mystery adventure series set in 1660s)

Geraint Jones, Siege, Michael Joseph (Roman military adventure in Germany)

Eugenia Kim, The Kinship of Secrets, Bloomsbury (1948: Korean couple go to the USA with one daughter, leaving the other behind but intending to reunite, until the Korean War breaks out and the stories of the two sisters are told in alternating viewpoints)

Kevin McCarthy, The Wolves of Eden, Norton (in the post-Civil War era, Irish immigrants fight in the United States’ Indian wars out west)

Sheila Newberry, Mince Pies Under The Mistletoe, Zaffre (saga about a Victorian maid who starts work for a family in the Isle of Sheppey)

Geraldine O’Neill, A Liverpool Secret, Orion (saga set in 1925 Liverpool)

Karen Odden, A Dangerous Duet, William Morrow (Victorian mystery about a pianist who disguises herself as a man and uncovers a crime ring at a Soho music hall)

Lucinda Riley, The Moon Sister, Macmillan (latest in Seven Sisters series: woman discovers connection with Spanish gypsies and flamenco dancers forced to flee Spain during the civil war)

Helen Klein Ross, The Latecomers, Little, Brown (a young immigrant Irishwoman finds work as a housemaid in 1908 New England, a mysterious death, and a ghost story set a century later)

Anuradha Roy, All the Lives We Never Lived, Atria (sweeping epic about a woman’s secrets, moving from WWII-era India to the present day)

Rosemary Simpson, Let the Dead Keep Their Secrets, Kensington (Gilded Age mystery, 3rd in series)

Will Thomas, Blood Is Blood, Minotaur (Barker & Llewelyn mystery about enquiry agents in 19th-c London)

Victoria Thompson, City of Secrets, Berkley (a Counterfeit Lady mystery set in turn-of-the-20th-century NYC)

Adriana Trigiani, Tony’s Wife, Harper (two working-class Italian-American teenagers pursue their singing dreams in WWII-era America)

Roxanne Veletzos, The Girl They Left Behind, Atria (a young woman from Bucharest’s Jewish community in the 1940s comes of age during the Soviet occupation)

Aliya Whiteley, The Arrival of Missives, Titan (a young Englishwoman aims to escape her rural life after the Great War)

December 2018

Annabel Abbs, Frieda: The Real Lady Chatterley, Two Roads (novel about D.H. Lawrence’s wife who inspired Lady Chatterley’s Lover)

Michael Arnold, [untitled], Hodder & Stoughton (latest in series about Major Stryker, set in the English Civil War, 17thC)

Benet Brandreth, The Assassin of Verona, Pegasus (novel about Shakespeare in 16th-c Venice)

P.F. Chisholm, A Suspicion of Silver, Head of Zeus (latest in Elizabethan adventure series set on the Anglo-Scottish border, featuring Sir Robert Carey)

Ann Howard Creel, The River Widow, Lake Union (an abused woman’s survival and quest for freedom during the Depression years)

Sherry Jones, Josephine Baker’s Last Dance, Gallery (biographical novel about 20th-century performer Josephine Baker)

Stephen Kelly, Hushed in Death, Pegasus (Inspector Lamb mystery set in 1942 England)

Kirby Williams, The Long Road from Paris, Pushcart (thriller focusing on black Americans in Europe in 1940)

Looking for more titles?  See the Historical Novel Society’s list of forthcoming adult titles for 2019.

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