Forthcoming historical novels for 2021

Fiona Sheppard

The Historical Novel Society lists mainstream and small press historical titles for books set in eras up to the early 1970s.  Details are compiled by Fiona Sheppard (US, CAN, UK, AUS) and are based on publisher descriptions.  This is a work in progress.

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Last update September 29, 2021 (June-December)

January 2021

Anita Abriel, Lana’s War, Atria (story of a young woman recruited to be a spy for the resistance on the French Riviera during World War II)

Rose Alexander, Along the Endless River, Canelo (1890 – when her husband dies suddenly on the treacherous waters of the Amazon, a pregnant Katharine must decide whether or not to continue his dream, alone)

Susan Andersen, The Ballad of Hattie Taylor, Berkley (coming-of-age Western)

Gina Apostol, The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata, Soho Press (story of  a visually impaired member of a 19th-c anti-Spanish Philippine revolutionary society)

Viola Ardone (trans. Clarissa Botsford), The Children’s Train, HarperVia (based on true events – about poor children from the south sent to live with families in the north to survive deprivation and the harsh winters)

Jenny Ashcroft, Meet Me in Bombay, SMP (romance set in Bombay, India, 1913)

Charles Belfoure, The Fabergé Secret, Severn House (historical adventure journeying from the gilded ballrooms of Imperial Russia to the grim violence of the pogroms)

Misty M. Beller, Faith’s Mountain Home, Bethany House (3rd in Hearts of Montana romance series)

Marie Benedict, The Mystery of Mrs Christie, Sourcebooks Landmark (1920s – explores one strong woman’s successful endeavor to write her own narrative and take her history into her own hands)

Melanie Benjamin, The Children’s Blizzard, Delacorte (a story of courage on the prairie, inspired by the devastating storm that struck the Great Plains in 1888)

Max Besora (trans. Mara Faye Lethem), Adventures and Misadventures of the Extraordinary and Admirable Joan Orpí, Open Letter (faux-historical romp about a real-life conquistador who founded New Catalonia in the wilds of Venezuela)

Charlotte Betts, The Fading of the Light, Piatkus (historical saga)

S. Block, A Woman’s Courage, Bonnier Zaffre (in the depths of war, the members of one village’s Women’s Institute fight harder than ever to help the war effort)

Simon Brett, Blotto, Twinks and the Maharajah’s Jewel, Constable (book 10 of the brother and sister sleuthing team mysteries set in 1920s)

J. C. Briggs, The Mystery of the Hawke Sapphires, Sapere (London 1851 – Charles Dickens and Superintendent Jones unravel two eerie mysteries)

Camilla Bruce, In the Garden of Spite, Berkley (novel of feminine rage about one of the most prolific female serial killers, (Hell’s Belle) in American history)

Helen Bryan, The River, Lake Union (final chapter in the epic historical trilogy of love, loyalty, and family in the heart of Virginia)

Serena Burdick, Find Me in Havana, Park Row (based on the true story of Estelita Rodriguez, a Cuban-born Hollywood actress and singer)

Maisy Card, These Ghosts Are Family, S&S (portrait of a family and individuals caught in the sweep of history, slavery, migration, and the more personal dramas of infidelity, lost love, and regret)

Ella Carey, The Things We Don’t Say, Bookouture (historical novel about the relationships that shape us and the secrets we never forget)

Donis Casey, Valentino Will Die, PPP (murder strikes in Hollywood’s silent film era)

Megan Chance, A Splendid Ruin, Lake Union (novel of dark family secrets and a young woman’s rise and revenge set against the backdrop of the devastating 1906 San Francisco earthquake)

Andy Charman, Crow Court, Unbound (Spring, 1840. In the Dorset town of Wimborne Minster, a young choirboy drowns himself. Soon after, the choirmaster is found murdered, in a discovery tainted as much by relief as it is by suspicion)

Jerome Charyn, Sergeant Salinger, Bellevue Literary Press (biographical portrait of a devastated young man on his way to becoming the mythical figure behind a novel that has marked generations)

J’nell Ciesielski, Beauty Among Ruins, Thomas Nelson (an American heiress finds herself in Scotland amid the fallout of the Great War)

Ida Cook, The Bravest Voices, Park Row (documents two sisters’ bravery leading up to WWII)

Afonso Cruz (trans. Angel Gurria-Quintana and Rahul Bery), Kokoschka’s Doll, MacLehose (the discarded life-size doll of Oskar Kokoschka’s lover resurfaces to play a role in the fate of Dresden citizens who survived the bombings during WWII)

M. Allen Cunningham, Q & A, Regal House (1956 – based on true events – deliberates on how to be real in a world of screen-induced self-deception)

Siobhan Curham, An American in Paris, Bookouture (Florence 1937 – wartime saga)

Tove Ditlevsen (trans. Tiina Nunnally), The Faces, Penguin Classic (Copenhagen, 1968. A mother of three, is increasingly haunted by disembodied faces and voices)

Cecilia Ekbäck, The Historians, Harper Perennial (tale of murder and conspiracy in Sweden during WWII)

Jim Eldridge, Murder at the Ritz, Allison & Busby (1940, London. DI Edgar Coburg and Sergeant Ted Lamson are called in to investigate a murder at the Ritz)

Kate Ellis, The House of the Hanged Woman, Piatkus (1921, Derbyshire. When a Member of Parliament goes missing in a small Derbyshire village, Scotland Yard detective Albert Lincoln is sent to investigate)

Jessica Fellowes, The Mitford Trial, Minotaur (fourth installment in the Mitford Murders series, inspired by a real-life murder and a story full of intrigue)

Eric Flint, Paula Goodlett, Gorg Huff, The Macedonian Hazard, Baen (time-travel alternate history taking place in the ancient Mediterranean not long after the death of Alexander the Great)

Carolyn Twede Frank, His Accidental Bride, Covenant (a woman switches places with a mail-order bride and heads west to escape her violent brother)

Laura Frantz, Tidewater Bride, Revell (takes you to the salty shores of 17th-c Virginia in this exploration of pride, honor, and the restorative power of true love)

Jane Fraser, Advent, Honno Press (set in 1904, a story of a generation of young women who finally begin to take hold of the reins of their own lives)

Molly Gartland, The Girl from the Hermitage, Lightning Books (debut guides readers from the old communist world, with its obvious terrors and surprising comforts, into the glitz & bling of 21st-c St. Petersburg)

Sulari Gentill, Shanghai Secrets, PPP (a Rowland Sinclair murder mystery set in Shanghai 1935)

Éric Giacometti, Jacques Ravenne (trans. Maren Baudet-Lackner), Hellbound, Hodder & Stoughton (Black Sun series Book 3))

Elizabeth Gifford, The Good Doctor of Warsaw, Pegasus (set in the ghettos of wartime Warsaw, inspired by the true story of one doctor who was determined to protect two hundred Jewish orphans from extermination)

Cathy Gohlke, Night Bird Calling, Tyndale (story of courage and transformation set in rural Appalachia on the eve of WWII)

Alex Gough, Emperor’s Spear, Canelo (Imperial Assassin Book 4)

Evie Grace, The Smuggler’s Wife, Arrow (set during the Napoleonic Wars in the 1800s)

Lily Graham, The Flight of Swallows, Bookouture (story of a brave brother and sister seeking safety during one of the darkest times in our history)

Molly Greeley, The Heiress, Wm Morrow (combines the knowing eye of Jane Austen with Gothic intrigue to reimagine the life of the mysterious Anne de Bourgh)

Molly Green, A Sister’s Song, Avon (2nd in Victory Sisters series. WWII)

Michelle Griep, The Thief of Blackfriars Lane, Shiloh Run (Christian romance in Victorian London)

Barbara Hambly, House of the Patriarch, Severn House (1840 – when Eve Russell vanishes into thin air, her frantic parents call on free man of color, Benjamin January, for help)

Arlem Hawks, Georgana’s Secret, Shadow Mountain (a Regency Romance on the high seas – 1811)

Natalie Haynes, A Thousand Ships, Harper (a women’s tale, after the battle for Troy)

Jody Hedlund, A Cowboy for Keeps, Bethany House (romance series follows the McQuaid family as they try to establish a ranch in 1862 Colorado. First in series of 5)

Kate Hewitt, Return to the Island, Bookouture (Amherst Island, book 3 – historical romance)

Catherine Hokin, All Who Wander, Bookouture (WWII story about survival and a mother’s enduring search for her child against all the odds)

Ben Hopkins, Cathedral, Europa Editions (story about obsession, mysticism, art, and earthly desire centering on the Cathedral, its design and construction in 12th & 13th centuries, in the town of Hagenburg)

Ladee Hubbard, The Rib King, Amistad (historical novel set in early 20th century that centers around the black servants of a down-on-its heels upper-class white family)

Graham Hurley, Last Flight to Stalingrad, Head of Zeus (a journalist at the Ministry of Propaganda falls afoul of the Nazi elite and begins a terrifying descent into the hell of Stalingrad as the Russians encircle the city)

Conn Iggulden, The Gates of Athens, Pegasus (evokes two of the most famous battles of the Ancient World—the Battle of Marathon and the Last Stand at Thermopylae. Athenian, book one)

Harper Jameson, W.A.W. Parker, The Wasteland, Level 4 Press (the untold story of T.S. Eliot, his secret struggle with being gay, the people left in the wake of his meteoric career trajectory and the madness that helped produce his greatest work)

Julia Claiborne Johnson, Better Luck Next Time, Custom House (story of endings, new beginnings, and the complexities and complications of friendship and love, set in late 1930s Reno)

Sadeqa Johnson, Yellow Wife, 37 Ink (follows an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Virginia)

Tara Johnson, All Through the Night, Tyndale (a novel of the American Civil War)

Robert Jones Jr., The Prophets, Quercus/G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Mississippi pre-civil war era – after a fellow slave seeks to gain favor by preaching the master’s gospel on the plantation, Isaiah and Samuel’s love, once so simple, is seen as sinful and a clear danger to the plantation’s harmony)

Brian Kaufman, Dread Tribunal of Last Resort, Five Star (Decker Brown is a proud young Virginian, with plans to manufacture illuminations-fireworks and raise a family)

Georgia Kaufman, The Dressmaker of Paris, Hodder & Stoughton (WWII saga)

Julia Kelly, The Last Garden in England, Gallery (tale of five women living across three different times whose lives are all connected by one very special garden)

Sahar Khalifeh (trans. Aida Bamia), My First and Only Love, Hoopoe (after many decades of restless exile, Nadal returns to her family home in Nablus, where she had lived with her grandmother before the 1948 Nakba that scattered her family across the globe)

Vaseem Khan, Midnight at Malabar House, Hodder & Stoughton (as 1950 dawns and India prepares to become the world’s largest republic, Detective Persis finds herself investigating a case that is becoming more political by the second)

Eleanor Kuhns, Death in the Great Dismal, Severn House (Will Rees and his wife get caught up in a dangerous murder case where no one trusts them)

Eleni Kyriacou, She Came to Stay, Hodder (story of friendship, family, love and loss set against the grimy and glittering streets of 50s Soho)

Tracy Lawson, Answering Liberty’s Call, Fidelis Publishing (war might be men’s business, but that doesn’t stop Anna Stone from trying to thwart a conspiracy against General George Washington)

Catherine Lloyd, Death Comes to the Rectory, Kensington (murder casts a dark shadow over the christening of Lady Lucy and Major Sir Robert Kurland’s daughter, Elizabeth)

Robert Low, Shake Loose the Border, Canelo (Border Reivers, Book 3)

Sharlene MacLaren, Her Steadfast Heart, Whitaker House (romance set during Civil War)

Charline Malaval (trans. Natasha Lehrer), The Sailor from Casablanca, Hodder & Stoughton (debut dual-timeline mystery set in 1940 and 2005)

Sarah Maine, Alchemy and Rose, Hodder & Stoughton (novel spans New Zealand, Scotland and Melbourne in the 1870s)

Paula Martinac, Testimony, Bywater Books (at a women’s college in rural Virginia in the 1950s, a history professor who has hidden her sexuality faces an investigation into her private life that threatens her career)

Paolo Maurensig (trans. Anne Milano Appel), Game of the Gods, World Editions (in an ultimate feat of manipulation, the exceptionally talented chess player Malik is turned into a human pawn in a game of warfare which will decide the outcome of World War II)

Alyssa Maxwell, A Sinister Service, Kensington (6th entry in the Lady and Lady’s Maid mystery series set after WWI)

Catriona McPherson, The Mirror Dance, Hodder & Stoughton (Dandy Gilver mysteries, book 15)

Mary Monroe, Across the Way, Dafina (in this Depression era novel, two couples find their grudges endangering more than their Alabama small town’s deceptive peace)

Kate Mosse, The City of Tears, Minotaur US/Mantle UK (follow-up to The Burning Chambers)

Katie Munnik, The Heart Beats in Secret, The Borough Press (dual time-line 1940 and 1970 – story of three women and the secrets and bonds that have defined them)

Stacie Murphy, A Deadly Fortune, Pegasus (mystery in which a young woman in Gilded Age New York must use a special talent to unravel a deadly conspiracy)

Amy Myers, Death and the Singing Birds, Severn House (1926, Kent – a summer festival ends in disaster for chef sleuth Nell Drury)

Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu, The Theory of Flight, Catalyst Press (alternative history with overlay of magical realism)

Chris Nickson, The Anchoress of Chesterfield, The Mystery Press (medieval mystery in which an anchoress’s murder must be solved)

Anna North, Outlawed, W&N/Bloomsbury (a feminist Western following a young midwife through her initiation into a notorious gang of outlaws, made up of women cast out of society)

Pamela Nowak, Never Let Go, Five Star (sacrificing dreams and risking family, five women follow their husbands to an isolated Minnesota settlement)

Nuala O’Connor, Nora, Harper Perennial (a love story of Nora and James Joyce)

Paraic O’Donnell, The House on Vesper Sands, Tin House (Victorian mystery set in London, 1893)

Connie Palmen (trans. Eileen J. Stevens, Anna Asbury), Your Story, My Story, Amazon Crossing (novel based on the volatile true love story of literary icons Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes)

Tracie Peterson, Kimberley Woodhouse, Endless Mercy, Bethany House (story of the need to forgive and the difficulty of forgetting: set in Nome Alaska)

Peter Pevel, The Cardinal’s Blades, Gollancz (Paris 1633 – historical fantasy set during the reign of Louis XIII)

Bill Pronzini, The Paradise Affair, Forge (the latest Carpenter & Quincannon mystery)

Laura Purcell, The Shape of Darkness, Raven Books (a struggling silhouette artist in Victorian Bath seeks out a renowned child spirit medium in order to speak to the dead)

Frances Quinn, The Smallest Man, S&S (inspired by the life of the historical figure Jeffrey Hudson, court dwarf to Queen Henrietta Maria)

Jennifer Robson, Our Darkest Night, Wm Morrow (to survive the Holocaust, a young Jewish woman must pose as a Christian farmer’s wife)

Andromeda Romano-Lax, Annie and the Wolves, Soho Press (a woman researches Annie Oakley’s life in hopes of finding what traumatic event caused Annie to fight for the right of every woman to own a gun)

Laura Joh Rowland, Portrait of Peril, Crooked Lane (Victorian London is gripped by belief in the supernatural—but a grisly murder becomes a matter of flesh and blood for photographer Sarah Bain)

Carly Schabowski, The Watchmaker of Dachau, Bookouture (novel of human kindness, inspired by a true story)

Bianca M. Schwarz, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, Central Avenue (first in a dark historical romance mystery series set in Regency London)

Amy Stewart, Dear Miss Kopp, HMH (told through letters, this novel weaves the stories of real life women into a fiction with historical detail and humor)

Deborah Swift, The Lifeline, Sapere (saga following the stories of a young man and woman through the years of the Second World War as they fight for freedom in Norway and the Shetland Islands)

Kate Thompson, Secrets of the Lavender Girls, Hodder & Stoughton (WWII saga)

Victoria Thompson, City of Schemes, Berkley (A Counterfeit Lady novel, book 4)

S. J. A. Turney, The Last Crusade, Canelo (finale of the Knights Templar series)

Eric Vuillard (trans. Mark Polizzotti), The War of the Poor, Picador (tells the story of one man whose terrible and novelesque life casts light on the times in which he lived)

Rysa Walker, Red, White, and the Blues, 47North (the United States’ past is hijacked in a time-warping alternative-history adventure of future interdimensional, high-risk games)

Joseph B Wallenstein, Flynn & Miranda: Your Right to Remain Silent, TrineDay Fiction (story of two men from opposite ends of the social spectrum, who came together in one moment of legal history and how that moment changed the lives of all Americans)

Amanda Wen, Roots of Wood and Stone, Kregel (dual-narrative inspirational novel set in present day and 1800s)

Rachel Wesson, A Baby on the Doorstep, Bookouture (Virginia 1934 – a baby is left at an orphanage where every day Lauren Greenwood struggles to feed those she cares for)

Roseanna M. White, Dreams of Savannah, Bethany House (Civil War-era novel of history and romance)

Eley Williams, The Liar’s Dictionary, Doubleday (dual-narrative chronicles the misadventures of a lovelorn Victorian lexicographer and the young woman put on his trail a century later. LGBTQIA)

Abigail Wilson, The Vanishing at Loxby Manor, Thomas Nelson (a romantic Regency mystery)

Marty Wingate, Glamour Girls, Alcove Press (during World War II, farmer’s daughter Rosalie Wright becomes a pilot assisting the RAF, but will a romantic rivalry send her aerial dreams plummeting?)

Jozef Wittlin (trans. Patrick John Corness), The Salt of the Earth, Pushkin Press (a classic war novel and a powerfully pacifist tale about the consequences of war for ordinary men)

Ethan J. Wolfe, Baker’s Dozen, Five Star (Murphy is called back into action to assist the New York City police with a serial killer on the loose in the city streets)

Reavis Z. Wortham, Laying Bones, PPP (1969 – Constable Parker finds himself involved in a high-stakes game of consequences with no end in sight)

Takis Würger (trans. Liesl Schillinger), Stella, Grove Press (novel of love and betrayal, set in Berlin in 1942)

K. Lyn Wurth, The Not So Quiet Life of Calamity Jane, Five Star (shatters the veneer of legends to reveal a tenacious heart, rowdy and seemingly hell-bent on her own destruction)

David Young, The Stasi Game, Zaffre (East German Stasi and British MI6 clash as the discovery of a body points to a WW2 war crime)

Hafsa Zayyan, We Are All Birds of Uganda, Merky Books (a multi-layered literary novel of love, loss, and what it means to find home, set in 1960s Uganda and present-day London)

February 2021

Hope Adams, Dangerous Women, Berkley (based on the 1841 voyage of the convict ship Rajah, about confinement, hope, and the terrible things we do to survive)

Gil Adamson, Ridgerunner, House of Anansi Press (against the backdrop of WWI, novel is a literary Western with a cast of characters touched with humour and loss, and steeped in the wild of the natural world)

K.D. Alden, A Mother’s Promise, Forever (story based on the true U.S. Supreme Court case during the American Eugenics movement)

V. S. Alexander, The Sculptress, Kensington (novel set during WWI)

Rosie Archer, The Picture House Girls, Quercus (WWII saga of hope, love, and female friendship in 1940s Hampshire)

Judith Barrow, The Heart Stone, Honno (when war takes Jessie’s love away, she must fight for her own survival)

Lenny Bartulin, Fortune, Arcade (through people’s stories amid war, cataclysm, colliding cultures, and misadventure, novel imagines the ways that chance and the grand events of history shape the course of ordinary lives)

Greg Bear, The Unfinished Land, John Joseph Adams (an historical fantasy featuring Reynard, a young apprentice whose rare days off lead him into strange encounters)

Lisa Betz, Death and a Crocodile, Crosslink (lighthearted historical mystery set in first-century Rome, featuring a feisty amateur sleuth)

D. V. Bishop, City of Vengeance, Macmillan (historical thriller set against the backdrop of the Medici dynasty in 1530s Renaissance Florence)

J. C. Briggs, The Chinese Puzzle, Sapere (Charles Dickens Investigations book 8)

Robert Brooke, Oradour, Vanguard Press (June 10, 1944; when the D-Day invasion occurs, a French Resistance group spontaneously rises up against the Nazi occupiers and reprisals are brutal and ruthless)

Eric Brown, Murder by Numbers, Severn House (December, 1956. Donald Langham’s wife Maria Dupré, receives a chilling invitation to attend a death at the home of artist Maxwell Falwell Fenton)

D.J. Butler, Aaron Michael Ritchey, The Jupiter Knife, Baen (alternate history taking place in Depression-era, magic-filled early America)

Kristy Cambron, The Paris Dressmaker, Thomas Nelson (WWII – follows a seamstress through the brutal underbelly of a war-torn world)

Elizabeth Camden, The Prince of Spies, Bethany House (conclusion of the Hope and Glory series)

Heidi Chiavaroli, The Orchard House, Tyndale (multi period saga set in 2001, 1865 and 2019)

Rory Clements, Hitler’s Secret, Zaffre (Autumn 1941; the war is going badly for Britain and its allies. If Hitler is to be stopped, a new weapon is desperately needed)

Lori Copeland, Ruth, Tyndale (a western historical romance – Brides of the West #1)
Also: Patience (Brides of the West #2)

Janet Dailey, Calder Brand, Kensington (first book in a new saga set in 1800s Montana)

Justin Deabler, Lone Stars, SMP (follows the arc of four generations of a Texan family in a changing America)

Jennifer Deibel, A Dance in Donegal, Revell (romance set in Donegal, Ireland in 1920)

Eoin Dempsey, The Longest Echo, Lake Union (against the backdrop of WWII-ravaged Italy comes a novel of love, survival, justice, and second chances)

Margaret Dickinson, Secrets at Bletchley Park, Pan (two young women from very different backgrounds meet in WWII and are plunged into a life where security and discretion are paramount)

Helena Dixon, Murder in the Belltower, Bookouture (Golden Age cozy murder mystery)

Angus Donald, The Last Berserker, Canelo (711AD, Northern Europe – an epic battle for the soul of the north)

György Dragomán (trans. Ottilie Mulzet), The Bone Fire, Mariner (novel set in the wake of a violent revolution about a young girl rescued from an orphanage by an otherworldly grandmother she’s never met)

Ruth Druart, While Paris Slept, Grand Central (a family’s love is tested when heroes-turned-criminals are forced to make the hardest decisions of their lives during WWII)

Stella Duffy, Lullaby Beach, Virago (novel about family secrets and the legacy of trauma, set against the changing fortunes of an English seaside town)

Caroline Dunford, Hope to Survive, Headline Accent (Book 2 of the Hope Stapleford mysteries)

Suzannah Dunn, The Testimony of Alys Twist, Abacus (a laundress is pressed into becoming a spy in the Princess Elizabeth’s household in 1553)

Kate Eastham, When the World Stood Still, Bookouture (1918; a novel of the deadly Spanish flu)

Allison Epstein, A Tip for the Hangman, Doubleday (Christopher Marlowe, an aspiring playwright, is pulled into the duplicitous world of international espionage)

Charles Fergus, Nighthawk’s Wing, Arcade Crimewise (second in Gideon Stoltz mystery series examines the oppressed status of women in the 1830s)

David Field, Death Among the Nightingales, Sapere (Carlyle and West Victorian Mysteries)

Charles Finch, An Extravagant Death, Minotaur (Sir Charles Lenox travels to Gilded Age Newport and New York to investigate the death of a beautiful socialite)

Suzanne Woods Fisher, The Moonlight School, Revell (inspired by the true events of the Moonlight Schools, novel brings to life the story that shocked the nation into taking adult literacy seriously)

Katie Flynn, A Mother’s Joy, Century (when war comes to Liverpool, Olivia seizes the opportunity to leave behind her unhappy life and join the WAAF)

Lauren Fox, Send for Me, Knopf (dual narrative moving between Germany on the eve of World War II and present-day Wisconsin)

T. Frohock, A Song With Teeth, Harper Voyager (conclusion of the critically acclaimed Los Nefilim historical fantasy series)

Nicole Galland, Master of the Revels, Wm Morrow (sequel to The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.—a daring young time traveler must return to Jacobean England to save the modern world)

A. A. Gilbertsen, Of German Blood, Vanguard Press (when the British Government confirmed Winston Churchill as their new Prime Minister, on May 10th, 1940, Adolph Hitler’s hopes of avoiding war on two fronts were finally dashed)

David Gilman, Shadow of the Hawk, Head of Zeus (seventh installment of Master of War series)

Holly Green, Secrets of the Frontline Nurses, Ebury (historical wartime saga)

Jocelyn Green, Shadows of the White City, Bethany House (series brings the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair to life)

Paula Greenlees, Journey to Paradise, Cornerstone (when her husband’s job takes them to Singapore, Miranda’s loneliness causes her to offer to help with sick children at a local hospital. Historical romance)

Kristin Hannah, The Four Winds, SMP (Texas 1934 – an epic of love and heroism and hope, set against the backdrop of the Great Depression)

Suzette D. Harrison, The Girl at the Back of the Bus, Bookouture (novel about redemption, family secrets and the spirit of survival found at the hardest time)

John Hart, The Unwilling, SMP (set in the South at the height of the Vietnam War- a novel of crime, suspense and searing glimpses into the human mind and soul)

Kate Hewitt, The Girl from Berlin, Bookouture (haunting story about courage, love and betrayal set in war-torn Berlin)

Elisabeth Hobbes, The Secret Agent, One More Chapter (dropping silently behind enemy lines, Sylvia Crichton, codename Monique, is determined to fight for the country of her birth)

Inez Holden, There’s No Story There, Handheld Classics (about the lives of conscripted workers at Statevale, an enormous rural munitions factory somewhere in England during the Second World War)

Emma Hornby, The Maid’s Disgrace, Bantam (when her beloved mistress dies, lady’s maid Phoebe Parsons is forced onto the poverty-ridden streets of Manchester)

Yaniv Iczkovits (trans. Orr Scharf), The Slaughterman’s Daughter, Schocken (tale of two Jewish sisters in late-19th-c Russia)

John J. Jacobson, All the Cowboys Ain’t Gone, Blackstone (adventure story of a young Texan living at the beginning of the twentieth century, who thinks of himself as the last true cowboy)

Lucy Jago, A Net for Small Fishes, Bloomsbury UK (navigating the Jacobean court is a dangerous game and one misstep could mean losing everything)

Beverly Jenkins, Wild Rain, Avon (Women Who Dare series features a female rancher who forges her own path in the wake of the Civil War)

Angela Johnson, Saved By Scandal, Sweetwater (Regency romance)

Nick Jones, And Then She Vanished, Blackstone (time-travel mystery. Joseph Bridgeman book 1)

Stephen Kanicki, There Are No Saints, Black Rose (In the summer of 1857, the Devil visited Titusville, Pennsylvania and was greeted by an exorcist with a drinking problem and a bad attitude. This is his story)

Alexis Landau, Those Who Are Saved, G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Orion (WW II novel of one mother’s impossible choice, and her search for her daughter against the odds)

Jenny Lecoat, The Girl from the Channel Islands, Graydon House (based on a true story about a Jewish woman trapped on the German-occupied British Channel Islands during World War II)

Lia Levi (trans. Clarissa Botsford), Tonight is Already Tomorrow, Europa (tells the tragic history of mid-century Europe through the eyes and lives of ordinary people)

Chalon Linton, Forever, Phoebe, Covenant (Regency romance)

Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger, The Girl from the Mountains, Bookouture (novel set in the mountains of Czechoslovakia during the Second World War)

Edward Massey, Founding Sheriff, Five Star (an immigrant cooper named constable and then sheriff investigates a girl murdered in her bed and tracks her husband who escaped in Grandma’s buggy)

Shelagh Mazey, All That Glitters, Matador (fifth novel in The Heart of Stone saga)

Kerry McDonald, The Amber Room, Level 4 Press (3rd installment of the Spirit Walker series where Logan follows the trail of treasure stolen by the Nazis)

Susan Meissner, The Nature of Fragile Things, Berkley (April 18, 1906: A massive earthquake rocks San Francisco, igniting a devouring inferno. Lives are lost, lives are shattered, but some rise from the ashes forever changed)

Rod Miller, A Thousand Dead Horses, Five Star (based on a historic horse-stealing adventure)

Stacie Murphy, A Deadly Fortune, Pegasus Crime (a young woman in Gilded Age New York must use a special talent to unravel a deadly conspiracy)

Annie Murray, Black Country Orphan, Macmillan (1898, Cradley Heath – an inspirational story of a young girl’s courage)

Erica Ruth Neubauer, Murder at the Mena House, Kensington (traveling Egypt, post WWI, as companion to her aunt, a young woman accused of murdering a flapper at the luxurious Mena House hotel must clear her own name)

Geoff Nowell, 1819: Dark Angelic, Vanguard Press (when the ghost of a one-time lord of the manor, is accidentally released, it soon becomes clear that it could become the difference between freedom and the continuance of tyranny)

Marcus Palliser, To the Bitter End, McBooks (1708―the English and the French are battling it out for control of Canada in the frozen waters off the coast of Newfoundland)

Pinkie Paranya, St. Louis Sam and the Desperados, Five Star (brother and sister seek revenge for their uncle’s part in the financial ruin of their father)

Renee Patrick, The Sharpest Needle, Severn House (Lillian Frost and Edith Head investigate a series of bizarre poison pen letters sent to a leading Hollywood actress)

S. W. Perry, The Saracen’s Mark, Atlantic Books (3rd installment of the Jackdaw Mysteries)

Charles Lamar Phillips, Estranged, Regal House (1950s historical noir – a controversial city editor excites the wrath of a reckless, corrupt, and ambitious U.S. Senator)

Chase Pletts, The Loving Wrath of Eldon Quint, Inkshares (on a winter morning in 1883, farmer Eldon Quint sets off to rid the world of the outlaw Jack Foss once and for all)

Allison Pittman, The Lady in Residence, Barbour (inspirational dual timeline novel set in 1915 and 2017)

Shelly E. Powell, Dear Clara, Sweetwater (Regency romance)

Victoria Princewill, In the Palace of Flowers, Cassava Republic Press (the fear of being forgotten sets two Abyssinian slaves on a path to find meaning, navigating the dangerous and deadly politics of the royal court, both in the government and the harem)

Amanda Prowse, An Ordinary Life, Lake Union (dual time-line tale of love and lost – 2019 and 1940s)

Deanna Raybourn, An Unexpected Peril, Berkley (Veronica Speedwell Mystery, book 6)

Sarah Rayne, The Devil’s Harmony, Severn House (discovery of an old scrapbook in a Warsaw library leads researcher Phineas Fox to uncover evidence of a devastating wartime atrocity)

Michael Ridpath, The Diplomat’s Wife, Corvus (a 30-year mystery haunts a diplomat’s wife. Dual timeline historical thriller)

Diana Rosie, Pippo and Clara, Mantle (Italy, 1938. Mussolini is in power and war is not far away and two siblings are divided by fate)

Rena Rossner, The Light of the Midnight Stars, Redhook / Orbit (combination of fantasy, history, and Jewish folklore)

Ed Ruggero, Comes the War, Forge (set against the heroism and heartbreak of WW II, novel captures the timeless stories of ordinary people swept up in extraordinary times)

Linda Rutledge, West with Giraffes, Lake Union (novel inspired by the true story of two giraffes who made headlines and won the hearts of Depression-era America)

Neema Shah, Kololo Hill, Picador (set in Uganda in 1972, debut tells the story of one family’s escape, when Amin forces them to leave)

Laura Shepherd-Robinson, Daughters of Night, Mantle (London 1782 – sequel to Blood & Sugar – Captain Harry Corsham’s wife, Caro, pursues a murder case the city officials are refusing to investigate)

Michael Farris Smith, Nick, Oldcastle UK/Little, Brown US (a World War II novel imagining Nick Carraway’s life before The Great Gatsby)

Francis Spufford, Light Perpetual, Faber & Faber (traces the infinite possibilities of five lives in the bustling neighborhoods of 20th-century London)

Rebecca Starford, The Imitator (AU) / An Unlikely Spy (US), Allen & Unwin (World War II novel follows a spy who goes undercover as a part of MI5)

Linda Stratmann, The Cyanide Ghost, Sapere (a Mina Scarletti Mystery set in Brighton 1872)

Maria Stepanova (trans. Sasha Dugdale), In Memory of Memory, Book*hug Press (faded photographs, old postcards, letters & diaries tell the story of how an ordinary Jewish family managed to survive the myriad persecutions and repressions of the last century)

Kevin Sullivan, The Art of the Assassin, Allison & Busby (Glasgow, 1898 – can Juan Camerón, photographer-cum-sleuth, bring to light what the eye may overlook?)

Sarah Sundin, When Twilight Breaks, Revell (Munich, 1938. Evelyn Brand is an American foreign correspondent determined to prove her worth in a male-dominated profession)

Katerina Tucková (trans. Véronique Firkusny), Gerta, Amazon Crossing (tells of the fate of one woman and the pursuit of forgiveness in a divided postwar world)

Charles Todd, A Fatal Lie, Wm Morrow (in one of his most puzzling cases, Inspector Ian Rutledge must delve deep into a dead man’s life and past to find a killer determined to keep dark secrets buried)

Jess Walter, The Cold Millions, Viking (story of brotherhood, love, sacrifice and betrayal set against the panoramic backdrop of an early twentieth-century America that echoes our own time)

John Wingate, Submariner Sinclair, Sapere (responsible for protecting British convoys in the Channel in a small Chaser, young Peter Sinclair, R.N., is thrown head-first into the horrors of war)

Ethan J. Wolfe, The Illinois Detective Agency: The Case of the Missing Cattle, Five Star (1884 –the Stock Growers Association of Montana appeals to Porter for help with a major cattle theft problem inside the Montana Territory)

Val Wood, The Lonely Wife, Corgi (story about a woman’s struggle in a loveless marriage)

Julie Wright, A Captain for Caroline Gray, Shadow Mountain (a Proper Regency Romance)

Alice Zeniter (trans. Frank Wynne), The Art of Losing, Picador (multigenerational tale of a French Algerian woman reckoning with her family’s secret past and the inescapable legacies of colonialism)

March 2021

Hope Adams, Dangerous Women, Michael Joseph (based on the 1841 voyage of the convict ship Rajah, about confinement, hope, and the terrible things we do to survive)

Jane A. Adams, Old Sins, Severn House (historical mystery takes DCI Henry Johnstone back to a difficult case in his early days as a police officer)

Tasha Alexander, The Dark Heart of Florence, Minotaur (Florence, 1903 – Lady Emily and Colin solve a murder with clues leading back to the time of the Medici)

Omaima Al-Khamis (trans. Sarah Enany), The Book Smuggler, Hoopoe (story of a Crusade-era bookseller who embarks on a journey through the Islamic world’s great medieval cities)

Lyn Andrews, The Girls from Mersey View, Headline (evokes the ups and downs of life in the back streets of 1930s Liverpool)

Michael Aye, The Smugglers of Deal, Bitingduck Press (new naval series in 1790s England, just before war breaks out with France)

Juliet Blackwell, Off the Wild Coast of Brittany, Berkley (story of resilience and resistance set during WWII and present-day France)

A. K. Blakemore, The Manningtree Witches, Granta (fear and destruction take root in a community of women when the Witchfinder General comes to town. England 1643)

Kim Taylor Blakemore, After Alice Fell, Lake Union (an historical suspense novel set in post-Civil War New England)

S. Block, A Woman’s Courage, Bonnier Zaffre (saga in the Keep the Home Fires Burning series)

Verity Bright, Mystery by the Sea, Bookouture (Lady Eleanor Swift mystery 5, set in 1921)

Malcolm Brooks, Cloudmaker, Grove Press (set during the Age of Aviation, in which a young tinkerer and an aspiring pilot, building their own airplane, unexpectedly come into possession of a rare Lindbergh flight watch)

Denny S. Bryce, Wild Women and the Blues, Kensington (weaves the stories of a grieving film student in 2015 and an ambitious chorus girl in 1925 into a tale of history, love, and secrets)

Amanda Cabot, Dreams Rekindled, Revell (set in 1850s Texas; Mesquite Springs series #2 of 3)

Patti Callahan, Surviving Savannah, Berkley (after a luxury steamship sank in 1838 with Savannah’s elite on board, their fates were lost to history, until the wreck was found 180 years later)

Jillian Cantor, Half Life, Harper Perennial (reimagines the pioneering, passionate life of Marie Curie using a parallel structure to create two alternative timelines, one that mirrors her real life, one that explores the consequences for Marie and for science if she’d made a different choice)

Ella Carey, A New York Secret, Bookouture (story about a young woman striving to survive in a world where everything is set against her)

Marj Charlier, The Rebel Nun, Blackstone (based on the true story of Clotild, the daughter of a sixth-century king and his concubine, who leads a rebellion of nuns against the rising misogyny and patriarchy of the medieval church)

Alan Robert Clark, Valhalla: A Story of Love and Duty, Fairlight Books (account of the life of Queen Mary, one of the most formidable queens of Britain)

Mary Connealy, Braced for Love, Bethany House (new historical cowboy series, #1 of 3)

Tea Cooper, The Girl in the Painting, Thomas Nelson (a mathematical savant must unravel the story of a rich business woman whose grip on reality is failing fast)

Christina Courtenay, The Runes of Destiny, Headline (time-slip where an archaeologist blacks out on a dig and wakes in the 9th-C)

Judith Cutler, Legacy of Death, Severn House (Victorian murder mystery)

Emily M. Danforth, illus. Sara Lautman, Plain Bad Heroines, The Borough Press (multi-period horror-comedy centered around a cursed New England boarding school for girls, a whimsical celebration of the art of storytelling, sapphic love, and the rebellious female spirit)

Joie Davidow, An Unofficial Marriage, Arcade (dramatizes the tumultuous real-life love affair of the famous Russian author, Ivan Turgenev, and the celebrated French opera singer, Pauline Viardo)

T.L. Davis, Deputized, Five Star (Frank Whittaker is just an unemployed trail hand when he witnesses a bank robbery and is deputized into a posse to track the outlaws)

Patrick Dearen, Haunted Border, Five Star (in 1870, Jake Graves faced a choice: let Comanches carry off his sister, or shoot her. Unwilling to fire, he is haunted for decades by her fate)

Sean Dietrich, The Incredible Winston Browne, Thomas Nelson (a small 1950s town takes in a mysterious visitor whom they believe needs saving—but she might be the one who saves them)

Melanie Dobson, The Curator’s Daughter, Tyndale (a young girl, kidnapped on the eve of Word War II, changes the lives of a German archaeologist forced into the Nazi Party. Dual-timeline)

Paul Doherty, The Stone of Destiny, Severn House (series of grisly deaths are linked to the sacred Stone of Scone)

J. N. Dolfen, Darkness over Cannae, Zmok Books (216 BC. As Rome and Carthage vie for supremacy, the Mediterranean is shaken by a conflict that will go down in history as the Second Punic War)

Nadine Dorries, Coming Home to the Four Streets, Head of Zeus (next installment in the Four Streets saga)

David Downing, Wedding Station, Soho Crime (prequel to the Station series introduces John Russell, an Englishman with a political past who must keep his head down as the Nazis solidify their power)

Stephanie Dray, The Women of Chateau LaFayette, Berkley (based on the true story of a castle in the heart of France and the women bound by its legacy)

Ruth Druart, While Paris Slept, Headline Review (a family’s love is tested when heroes-turned-criminals are forced to make the hardest decisions of their lives during WWII)

Kimberly Duffy, A Tapestry of Light, Bethany House (set in Calcutta, 1886, novel tells of personal transformation and legacy)

Louise Erdrich, The Night Watchman, Corsair (weaves together a story of past and future generations, of preservation and progress)

Loren D. Estleman, The Eagle and the Viper, Forge (alternative history – Christmas time, 1880 – a time of improvised explosive devices, terrorist training camps, international assassins, and war on civilians)

Elaine Everest, A Mother Forever, Pan (one woman’s journey through the worst trials of her life – poverty, grief, and betrayal; set in 1905)

Lynne Francis, The Secret Child, Piatkus (Regency romance set in Kent, 1814)

Justin Fox, The Cape Raider, Sapere (WWII military adventure)

Helen Fripp, The French House, Bookouture (inspired by the true story of how Nicole Clicquot blazed her own path to build the world’s greatest champagne house: Veuve Clicquot)

Nick Gosman, Beyond the Sandbar, Vanguard Press (based on true events; tells the contrasting stories of courage and fortitude by identical twin brothers during WWII)

Eliza Graham, You Let Me Go, Lake Union (a secret family history of love, anguish and betrayal)

Kaitlyn Greenidge, Libertie, Algonquin (inspired by the life of one of the first Black female doctors in the United States, this new novel resonates in our times)

Michelle Griep, Kathleen Y’Barbo, Kimberley Woodhouse, The Daughters of the Mayflower: Groundbreakers, Barbour (new romance series)

John Scott Gruner, The Infidel, Deep River Books LLC (a financial thriller set inside Nazi Germany which exposes the historical SS occult conspiracy against the Jews and the church)

John Guzlowski, Retreat, Kasva Press (a story of the terrible costs of war, of love amid crushing defeat, of complicity—and redemption)

Michelle Butler Hallett, Constant Nobody, Goose Lane (a Spanish War thriller that asks how far an individual will go to protect another. Set in Moscow, 1937)

Matthew Harffy, A Time for Swords, Head of Zeus (it is 8th June AD 793, and with the pillage of the monastery on Lindisfarne, the Viking Age has begun)

Amy Harmon, The Songbook of Benny Lament, Lake Union (love story about a musical duo, New York 1960)

Cora Harrison, Summer of Secrets, Severn House (when a murder is staged at magnificent Knebworth House, Victorian writer-sleuths, Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins investigate)

Helen A. Harrison, An Artful Corpse, PPP (third book in the Art of Murder mystery series, featuring the buzzing art scene of 1960s New York!)

Gracie Hart, The Gin Palace, Ebury (romance saga)

Sarah Hawkswood, Blood Runs Thicker, Allison & Busby (undersheriff Hugh Bradecote, the wily Serjeant Catchpoll and apprentice Walkelin have suspects aplenty in this new murder mystery)

Jane Healey, The Secret Stealers, Lake Union (a female American spy in Nazi-occupied France finds purpose behind enemy lines)

Stephen Henighan, The World After, Cormorant (ranging from a 1920/30s Oxford, to post-Referendum Montreal, war-ravaged former Yugoslavia, London, Moscow, Poland and Berlin – multi-narrative novel depicts the 1990s as an interlude of freedom and enriching self-discovery)

Grace Hitchcock, My Dear Miss Dupré, Bethany House (when the daughter of a sugar titan must secure a husband, all of society’s most eligible bachelors step forward. American Royalty #1 of 3)

Mike Hollow, The Dockland Murder, Allison & Busby (when a dock worker is found murdered, DI Jago uncovers a web of secrets about family, war and the British Empire)

Charlie N. Holmberg, Spellmaker, 47North (dead wizards, stolen enchantments, and broken promises force a young spell breaker out of the shadows in England, 1895)

Jenny Holmes, The Air Raid Girls, Bantam (in May, 1941 three young women are keen to do their bit during the Yorkshire blitz)

Yaniv Iczkovits (trans. Orr Scharf), The Slaughterman’s Daughter, MacLehose (tale of two Jewish sisters in late-19th-c Russia)

Anna Jacobs, A Woman’s Promise, Hodder (the only female cabinet maker in the valley in 1935, Frankie Redfern is unwilling to give up her independence or the work she loves for marriage)

Sara James, Mothering Sunday, Orion (story about motherhood, forbidden love, long-buried secrets, sacrifice and forgiveness)

Kathleen Marple Kalb, A Fatal Finale, Kensington (first book in a new historical mystery series set in Gilded Age New York and following the adventures of swashbuckling opera singer Ella Shane)

Mitchell James Kaplan, Rhapsody, Gallery (set in Jazz Age New York City – explores the timeless bond between two brilliant, strong-willed artists, Kay Swift and George Gershwin)

Martha Hall Kelly, Sunflower Sisters, Ballantine (tells the story of Georgeanna Woolsey, a Union nurse who joins the war effort during the Civil War)

Emily R. King, Wings of Fury, 47North (a novel of Ancient Greece)

T. E. Kinsey, The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds, Thomas & Mercer (missing diamonds and mysterious deaths in London, 1925)

Marion Kummerow, Not Without My Sister, Bookouture (1944, Germany: After years of hiding from the Nazis, Rachel Epstein and her little sister Mindel are captured by the Gestapo and sent to the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen)

A.D. Lawrence, The Purple Nightgown, Barbour (true but forgotten history when patients check into Linda Hazzard’s Washington state spa in 1912 and soon become victim of her twisted greed)

Hervé Le Corre (trans.Tina Kover), In the Shadow of the Fire, Europa (1871 – traces the Paris Communards’ tragic odyssey, while following a criminal investigation)

Chris Lloyd, The Unwanted Dead, Orion (murder mystery set in Paris during the German occupation)

McKendree Long, Curly Jack, Five Star (a story of justice in the early American West)

Bonnie MacBird, The Three Locks, Collins Crime Club (the next Sherlock Holmes novel from the author of The Devil’s Due)

A. J. MacKenzie, A Flight of Arrows, Canelo (1328. After years of civil unrest between England and France, Charles IV dies, leaving no apparent heir)

Shirley Mann, Bobby’s War, Zaffre (WWII story of women on the homefront)

Meghan Masterson, The Girl From Versailles, Bookouture (at the French court nothing shines brighter than Queen Marie Antoinette, but on the grim streets of Paris, the people are starving and revolution is in the air)

Peter May, The Night Gate, Quercus (dual-narrative thriller set in 1940 and 2020)

Rosie Meddon, Her Heart’s Choice, Canelo (WWII saga)

Ellie Midwood, The Girl Who Escaped from Auschwitz, Bookouture (novel tells the true story of Mala Zimetbaum, whose heroism will never be forgotten, and whose fate altered the course of history)

Mary Monroe, Mrs Wiggins, Dafina (tale of a woman determined to have a respectable life—and do anything to keep it. Set in Depression-era South)

Jess Montgomery, The Stills, Minotaur (Ohio, 1927 – third in the Kinship series)

Kathleen Morris, The Transformation of Chastity James, Five Star (when a schoolmistress arrives in Dodge City, she finds a turbulent town full of cowboys and saloons but she’s no prim spinster)

Robbie Morrison, Edge of the Grave, Macmillan (first in an historical crime series set against the backdrop of 1930s Glasgow)

Erica Ruth Neubauer, Murder at Wedgefield Manor, Kensington (post-WW I, Jane Wunderly is traveling abroad, enjoying the hospitality of an English lord, until murder makes an appearance)

Chris Nickson, To the Dark, Severn House (thief-taker Simon Westow is drawn into a deadly puzzle when the melting snow reveals a dark secret)

Kayte Nunn, The Last Reunion, Hachette AU (multi narratives of 3 women, inspired by the women who served in ‘the forgotten war’ in Burma)

Sarah Penner, The Lost Apothecary, Park Row/Legend Press (a female apothecary secretly dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged them—setting three lives across centuries on a dangerous collision course)

Tracie Peterson, Destined for You, Bethany House (1869 Duluth, Minnesota. Ladies of the Lake series, #1 of 3)

Steven Pressfield, A Man at Arms, W.W.Norton (AD 55. In the turbulent aftermath of the crucifixion of Jesus, agents of the Roman Empire receive information about a pilgrim bearing an incendiary letter from a religious fanatic calling himself Paul the Apostle)

Kate Quinn, The Rose Code, Wm Morrow (World War II story of three female code breakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over)

Joanna Rees, The Runaway Daughter, Pan (first novel in A Stitch in Time trilogy)

Nick Rennison, American Sherlocks, No Exit Press (stories from the Golden Age of the American detective)

Nancy Revell, The Shipyard Girls on the Home Front, Arrow (next in Shipyard Girls series)

Craig Russell, Hyde, Constable (gothic horror set in Victorian Edinburgh)

Constance Sayers, The Ladies of the Secret Circus, Redhook (spanning from Jazz Age Paris to present-day America of family secrets, sacrifice, and lost love set against the backdrop of a mysterious circus)

Simon Scarrow, Blackout, Headline (crime thriller set in Berlin, December 1939)

Philipp Schott, The Willow Wren, ECW Press (based on the true story of a neuro-divergent boy growing up in Nazi Germany, surviving bombing, the Hitler Youth, and Russian occupation before escaping to the west)

Lisa Scottoline, Eternal, G.P. Putnam’s Sons (unfolding over decades, this is a tale of loyalty and loss, love and war as Mussolini asserts his power, aligning Italy’s Fascists with Hitler’s Nazis)

Cathy Sharp, An Orphan’s Dream, HarperCollins (historical saga from the author of The Orphans of Halfpenny Street)

Victoria Shorr, The Plum Trees, W.W.Norton (one woman’s quest to recover her family’s history, and a story of loss and survival during the Holocaust)

Jill Eileen Smith, Miriam’s Song, Revell (follows Miriam’s journey from childhood to motherhood and yearning to fulfillment, as she learns that what God promises he provides)

Lauraine Snelling, The Seeds of Change, Bethany House (Leah’s Garden series #1 of 4, featuring the Western migration in post-Civil War America)

Amy Sommers, Rumors from Shanghai, Earnshaw Books (novel based on true events set in old Shanghai, Yokohama, Seattle and Honolulu)

Emma Stonex, The Lamplighters, Viking / Picador (inspired by a haunting true story, a novel about the mysterious disappearance of three lighthouse keepers from a remote tower, miles from the Cornish coast)

Maryla Szymiczkowa (trans. Antonia Lloyd-Jones), Karolina and the Torn Curtain, Mariner Books (when amateur sleuth Zofia Turbotyńska’s beloved maid goes missing, she dives into Cracow’s web of crime, with only her trusted cook for company. Set in 1895)

M. J. Trow, Last Nocturne, Severn House (private detectives Grand & Batchelor’s latest case draws them into the arcane world of high art and high society)

Erica Vetsch, The Indebted Earl, Kregel (inspirational romance set in Devon, England)

Heidi von Palleske, Two White Queens and the One-Eyed Jack, Dundurn (literary novel with mythic and gothic overtones set between the shores of Lake Ontario and Berlin between the 1960s and the 1980s)

Peter Watt, The Queen’s Captain, Pan Macmillan Aus (Colonial series book 3 follows the fortunes of Ian Steele and Samuel Forbes)

Jeri Westerson, Spiteful Bones, Severn House (the restoration of a crumbling manor house leaves Crispin Guest grappling with a troubling discovery)

Lauren Willig, Band of Sisters, Wm Morrow (based on a true story – a group of young women from Smith College risk their lives in France at the height of World War I)

John Wingate, Jimmy-the-One, Sapere (second book in a series of nautical adventures starring Submariner Sinclair)
Also: Sinclair in Command (3rd in series)

Jacqueline Winspear, The Consequences of Fear, Harper (as Europe buckles under Nazi occupation, Maisie Dobbs investigates a possible murder that threatens devastating repercussions for Britain’s war efforts)

Richard Woodman, The Bomb Vessel, McBooks (1801. Cpt. Drinkwater is caught up in the Battle of Copenhagen)
Also: The Corvette (Cpt. Drinkwater escorts a whaling fleet to Greenland and meets disaster and treachery)

Toshihiko Yahagi (trans. Alfred Birnbaum), The Wrong Goodbye, MacLehose (loose strands flashback to Vietnam, and the string of official lies and mysterious allegiances build into a dark picture of the U.S.-Japan postwar alliance)

Alice Zeniter (trans. Frank Wynne), The Art of Losing, FSG (multigenerational tale of a French Algerian woman reckoning with her family’s secret past and the inescapable legacies of colonialism)

April 2021

Tomas Alamilla, Mario Acevedo, Luther, Wyoming, Five Star (after the end of hostilities, and disillusioned by bigoted treatment Adam Sanchez returns west and teams up with fellow veteran Nelson Cook, now the sheriff of Luther, Wyoming)

Jon Antonius, Sap in the Blood, Vanguard Press (tale of love, loss and secrecy amid the beauty of the English countryside)

Jeffrey Archer, Turn a Blind Eye, Macmillan (third installment of Detective Inspector William Warwick series)

Guillermo Arriaga (trans. Frank Wynne and Jessie Mendez Sayer), The Untameable, MacLehose (coming of age thriller of vengeance and destiny set between Mexico City’s murderous 1960s underworld and the bleak tundras of Canada’s most remote province)

Elizabeth Bailey, The Dagger Dance, Sapere (book 7 of the Lady Fan Mysteries)

David Baldacci, A Gambling Man, Macmillan/Grand Central (Aloysius Archer, the straight-talking World War II veteran is fresh out of prison and returns in this post-war thriller)

Dominique Barbéris (trans. John Cullen), A Sunday in Ville-d’Avray, Other Press (a married woman confesses her encounter with a mysterious man, which threatens the stilted calm of life in a Paris suburb)

Kerry Barrett, The Moon Girl, HQ Digital (historical time-slip from the author of The Girl in the Picture)

Pepper Basham, Hope Between the Pages, Barbour (historical adventure romance)

Tania Bayard, Murder in the Cloister, Severn House (Christine de Pizan is in danger when she is sent to the Priory of Poissy to catch the killer of a young nun)

Kristin Beck, Courage My Love, Berkley (when the Nazi occupation of Rome begins, two courageous young women are plunged deep into the Italian Resistance)

Kerry Bell, The Emmerdale Girls, Trapeze (saga set towards the end of WWII)

Chris Bohjalian, Hour of the Witch, Doubleday (Boston 1662 – a young Puritan woman plots her escape from a violent marriage)

Adrien Bosc (trans. Frank Wynne), Outrageous Horizon, Serpent’s Tail (March 1941. tells an evocative story of migration, cultural crisis and the intellectual cost of the rise of fascism)

Rhys Bowen, The Venice Sketchbook, Lake Union (love and secrets collide in Venice during WWII)

Graham Brack, The Vanishing Children, Sapere (Master Mercurius, book 5 set in 1680 Leiden)

Will Brandon, The Wolf Hunt: A Tale of the Texas Badlands, Five Star (reimagines Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s thrilling tale, The Hound of the Baskervilles, with a Texas twist)

Gerald Brennan, Infinite Blues, Tortoise Books (imagines a militarized Space Race in a Cold War that never was, with America trying to find its way back to normalcy after the MacArthur presidency, and watching as Beria’s Soviet Union builds ballistic missiles)

Kayt Burgess, Connection at Newcombe, Latitude 46 (a campaign against time and government to guarantee the survival of a small community in post-WWI Northern Ontario)

Laura Carlin, Requiem for a Knave, Hodder (a saga of passion, romance and secrets set in 14th-c rural Derbyshire)

Michaela Carter, Leonora in the Morning Light, Avid Reader Press/S&S (a story of love, art, and destiny that restores a twentieth-century heroine to her rightful place in our collective imagination)

Mary Casanova, Waterfall, Univ. of Minnesota Press (inspired by the burgeoning growth of women’s rights in early 20th-c, a story of an inspired, ambitious, and soulful young woman’s fight to find her way)

Clare Chambers, Small Pleasures, W & N (period piece about an ordinary British woman in the 1950s whose dutiful life takes a sudden turn into a pitched battle between propriety and unexpected passion)

Elzbieta Cherezinska (trans. Maya Zakrzewska-Pim), The Widow Queen, Forge (story of a Polish queen whose life and name are all but forgotten)

Catherine Chidgey, Remote Sympathy, Europa (polyphonic novel of domestic drama and human connection set in and around a concentration camp in Germany during the second world war and its aftermath)

Alan Robert Clark, The Prince of Mirrors, Fairlight Books (a novel of the heir presumptive to the British throne – Prince Albert Victor)

Stuart Condie, The Uganda Sails Wednesday, RedDoor Press (a woman, pregnant with her lover’s child, makes a voyage to Kenya in hopes of convincing her tea plantation owner husband that he is the father)

Ellen Crosby, The French Paradox, Severn House (Lucie Montgomery’s discovery of her grandfather’s Parisian romance unlocks a series of shocking secrets)

Jasmin Darznik, The Bohemians, Ballantine (tells of one of America’s most celebrated photographers, Dorothea Lange, exploring the wild years in San Francisco that awakened her career-defining grit, compassion, and daring)

Lindsey Davis, A Comedy of Terrors, Hodder & Stoughton (Flavia’s husband becomes a target of a bloody gang war in Rome 89AD)

Donna Douglas, A Sister’s Wish, Trapeze (family saga set in spring 1941)

Robert Fabbri, The Three Paradises, Corvus (as wars on land and sea are lost and won, long-buried secrets come to light in the quest for the true circumstances surrounding Alexander’s death)

Jim Fergus, Strongheart, SMG (the One Thousand White Women trilogy, mixes the struggle of women and Native Americans in the face of oppression, from the end of the 19th century ‘til today)

Patry Francis, All the Children Are Home, Harper Perennial (saga set in late 1950s to 1960s following a foster family through almost a decade of triumph and heartbreak)

Mariah Fredericks, Death of a Showman, Minotaur (fourth in series set in Gilded Age New York- lady’s maid Jane Prescott is thrust into the world of show business, where a killer is stalking Broadway)

Craig Gallant, Rise of the Alchemist, Zmok Books (steampunk alternative history set in the US, 100 years after the failed revolution)

Charles E. Gannon, Robert Waters, 1636: Calabar’s War, Baen (Ring of Fire alternative history series)

Gabriela Garcia, Of Women and Salt, Flatiron / Picador (debut about a daughter’s fateful choice, a mother motivated by her own past, and a family legacy that begins in Cuba before either of them were born)

Alex Gerlis, End of Spies, Canelo (last in Richard Price thriller series)

Nikki Gemmell, The Ripping Tree, 4th Estate AU (examines the darkness at the heart of early colonisation)

Lynne Golding, The Mending, Blue Moon (3rd in series – set between 1918 and 1931, Jessie comes of age on the heels of the Spanish flu epidemic, in a time where skirt hems rose and marriageable men were in short supply)

Genevieve Graham, Letters Across the Sea, S&S (inspired by a little-known chapter of World War II history, a young Protestant girl and her Jewish neighbour are caught up in the terrible wave of hate sweeping the globe)

Molly Greeley, The Heiress, Hodder & Stoughton (combines the knowing eye of Jane Austen with Gothic intrigue to reimagine the life of the mysterious Anne de Bourgh)

Kaitlyn Greenidge, Libertie, Serpent’s Tail/HarperCollins (inspired by the life of one of the first Black female doctors in the United States, this new novel resonates in our times)

Michelle Grierson, Becoming Leidah, S&S (love story set in 19th-century Norway, about a woman rescued from the sea, the fisherman who marries her,  and their tiny and unusually gifted daughter)

Charlie Douglas Gutsell, In a Valley of Kings, Vanguard Press (a young Egyptian fisherman is obsessed with avenging the deaths of his parents, both of whom were murdered in cold blood, for spreading Egypt’s traditional means of faith)

Carolyn Han, Girl Fighters, Cune Press (novel based on a true account of two girls who passed as men and fought in Yemen’s 1960’s civil war)

C. S. Harris, What the Devil Knows, Berkley (historical mystery series set in Regency England, featuring Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin)

Pamela Hart, The Charleston Scandal, Piatkus (story of a young Australian actress caught up in the excesses, royal intrigues and class divide of Jazz Age London)

David Hewson, The Garden of Angels, Severn House (at his beloved Nonno Paolo’s deathbed, fifteen-year-old Nico receives a gift that will change his life forever)

Scott Hibbard, Beyond the Rio Gila, Five Star (in 1846, the Mexican-American War casts together Latter-day Saints fleeing persecution and the U.S. Army on a desperate mission to capture California)

Anthony Hill, The Last Convict, Penguin Books Australia (recreation of the life and times of the last known convict to be sent to Australia; a study of old age and loneliness, as one social outcast finds meaning in his impoverished life)

Alan Hlad, Churchill’s Secret Messenger, John Scognamiglio (recruited from Churchill’s typing pool to become an undercover spy, a young woman bravely endures daring missions, and harrowing imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp)

Lucy Holland, Sistersong, PanMacmillan (535 AD. In the ancient kingdom of Dumnonia, King Cador’s children inherit a fragmented land abandoned by the Romans)

Karla F. C. Holloway, Gone Missing in Harlem, Triquarterly (mystery set in the Harlem Renaissance probes the precarious interactions between Harlem residents and Manhattan’s white families)

Christophe Huang, Cat’s Paw, Inkshares (when Sir Lawrence Linwood is murdered, his children find that his will contains a strange provision)

Anna Lee Huber, A Wicked Conceit, Berkley (a Lady Darby mystery, book 9)

Damion Hunter, The Border Wolves, Canelo (a novel of Ancient Rome)

Kristi Ann Hunter, Winning the Gentleman, Bethany House (a talented heroine and a guarded hero come together in the Regency horse-racing world)

Kathleen Marple Kalb, A Fatal First Night, Kensington (new historical mystery series starring opera singer Ella Shane, an Irish-Jewish orphan who finds fame and fortune singing male “trouser roles.”)

Ben Kane, Crusader, Orion (1189, Richard the Lionheart is crowned king and heads to the Holy Land to confront Salah al-Din, the Saracen leader responsible for the loss of Jerusalem)

Georgia Kaufman, The Dressmaker of Paris, Quercus (WWII saga)

Rowena Kinread, The Missionary, Vanguard Press (a young man of Britannia is taken from his home and family when Gaelic pirates attack his village & sold as a slave in Ireland to the cruel underking of the Dalriada tribe)

Carolyn Kirby, When We Fall, No Exit Press (based on the WWII war atrocity that became known as the Katyn Massacre)

Natalie Kleinman, The Reluctant Bride, Sapere (Regency romance)

Viliam Klimácek (trans. Peter Petro), The Hot Summer of 1968, Mandel Vilar Press (a hymn to tolerance, acceptance of others, and the need to support and help the weakest or poorest)

Michael Kurland, Whatever the Cost, Severn House (counter-intelligence agent Jacob Welker is on a special mission to find a group of scientists who could change the course of World War II)

Gregory J. Lalire, Man from Montana, Five Star (in 1913 Woodrow Russell Hart relates how at age fifteen in 1863 he came with older brother Rufus from Washington, D.C., to the violent goldfields of what would become Montana Territory)

Caroline Lea, The Metal Heart, Michael Joseph (Second World War love story about courage, brutality, freedom and beauty and the essence of what makes us human during the darkest of times)

Elizabeth Lee, Cunning Women, Windmill Books (a tale of young love and a story of the intolerance that reigned during the long shadow of the Pendle Witch Trials)

Gilles Legardinier, The Paris Labyrinth, Flammarion (ingenious illusionist Vincent embarks on an adventure in early 20th– century France to unlock the mysteries of the past in a quest for lost treasure)

Siegfried Lenz (trans. Ernst Kaiser, Eithne Wilkins), The German Lesson, New Directions (novel about the rise of fascism)

Deborah Lincoln, An Irish Wife, Blank Slate Press (1880s Pennsylvania – Harry Robinson, the hope of his family for the next generation, falls in love with an Irish immigrant woman who is married to a coal miner)

Posy Lovell, The Kew Gardens Girls, G.P. Putnam’s Sons (inspired by real life events, about the brave women during WWI who worked in the historic grounds of London’s Kew Gardens)

K. J. Maitland, The Drowned City, Headline Review (a year to the day that men were executed for conspiring to blow up Parliament, a towering wave devastates the Bristol Channel)

C. D. Major, The Thin Place, AmazonUK (when journalist Ava Brent decides to investigate the dark mystery of Overtoun Estate she has no idea how dangerous the story will be for her)

Edward Marston, Tragedy on the Branch Line, Allison & Busby (a young undergraduate at Corpus Christi College is killed on the railway)

Madeline Martin, The Last Bookshop in London, Hanover Square (inspired by the true World War II history of the only bookshop to survive the Blitz)

Maggie Mason, The Halfpenny Girls, Sphere (family saga about overcoming hardship and the value of friendship – set in 1937)

Carol McGrath, The Damask Rose, Headline Accent (story of Eleanor of Castile, the love of Edward I’s life)

Clara McKenna, Murder at Blackwater Bend, Kensington (a wild-hearted Kentuckian “Dollar Princess” is shipped off to England for an aristocratic marriage)

Rachel McMillan, The Mozart Code, Thomas Nelson (romance taking place in post-World War II Europe)

Eva Meijer (trans. Antoinette Fawcett), Bird Cottage, Pushkin Press (based on the true story of a remarkable woman, her lifelong relationship with birds and the joy she drew from it)

Carolyn Miller, Dusk’s Darkest Shores, Kregel (inspirational Regency romance)

Kelly Mustian, The Girls in the Stilt House, Sourcebooks Landmark (set in 1920s Mississippi, this debut Southern novel weaves the story of two teenage girls cast in an unlikely partnership)

Danial Neil, Dominion of Mercy, NeWest Press (Edinburgh, 1917: headstrong Highland lass Mary Stewart is a vibrant woman forced into the world’s oldest profession in order to provide for her ailing father and younger sister)

Wayne Ng, Letters from Johnny, Guernica Editions (set in Toronto 1970, just as the FLQ crisis emerges, 11-yr-old Johnny Wong uncovers an underbelly to his tight, downtown neighbourhood)

Amélie Nothom (trans. Alison Anderson), Thirst, Europa (narrates Jesus’s final days, from his trial to his crucifixion to the resurrection)

Leonardo Padura (trans. Anna Kushner), The Transparency of Time, FSG (Detective Conde is engaged to track down a stolen statue, which sets him on a quest that spans 21st-century Havana as well as the distant past, as he delves as far back as the Crusades)

Alan Parks, Bobby March Will Live Forever, World Noir (third Harry McCoy thriller set in Glasgow, 1973)

Anne Perry, A Darker Reality, Headline (Elena Standish spy thriller series set in 1930s, book 3)

Sylvia Petter, All the Beautiful Liars, Lightning Books (set between the new world and the old, novel is a tale about making peace with the past and finding closure for the future)

Oliver Pötzsch (trans. Lisa Reinhardt), The Devil’s Pawn, Amazon Crossing (a showman’s fate is in the hands of the devil in this novel inspired by the Faust legend)

Kelly Rimmer, The Warsaw Orphan, Hachette AU (WWII saga and love story, based on the real-life efforts of two young people taking extraordinary risks to save their countrymen)

Sharon Robart-Johnson, Jude and Diana, Fernwood Publishing (story of two black sisters taken in by a slave-owning family who were then accused of Jude’s murder in Nova Scotia 1801 and acquitted)

Margaret Rodenberg, Finding Napoleon, She Writes (the defeated emperor and his little-known last love—Albine de Montholon—plot to escape exile and free his young son)

Renée Rosen, The Social Graces, Berkley (one of the most remarkable feuds in history: Alva Vanderbilt and Mrs. Astor’s notorious battle for control of New York society during the Gilded Age)

Rena Rossner, The Light of the Midnight Stars, Redhook (combination of fantasy, history, and Jewish folklore in a fairytale-inspired novel)

Dianna Rostad, You Belong Here Now, Wm Morrow (1925 – three orphans journey westward from New York City to the Big Sky Country of Montana, hoping for a better life)

Craig Russell, Hyde, Constable (reimagining of the Jekyll and Hyde story introducing Captain Edward Hyde, chief detective of Victorian Edinburgh)

Randi Samuelson-Brown, Market Street Madam, TwoDot (story of Annie Ryan, a woman who is running a second-rate brothel in 1890s Denver)

Helen Scarlett, The Deception of Harriet Fleet, Quercus (dark, atmospheric Victorian chiller set in brooding County Durham in 1871)

Sofía Segovia (trans. Simon Bruni), Tears of Amber, Amazon Crossing (two families uprooted by war and united by the bonds of love and courage)

Mary Sharratt, Revelations, HMH (illuminates the intersecting lives of two 15th-c female mystics who changed history—Margery Kempe and Julian of Norwich)

Wilbur Smith, Legacy of War, Zaffre (the sequel to Courtney’s War)

David Stafford, Skelton’s Guide to Domestic Poisons, Allison & Busby (Arthur Skelton, a celebrated barrister, agrees to defend Mary Dutton, dubbed ‘The Collingford Poisoner’ by the press)

David Stafford, Skelton’s Guide to Suitcase Murders, Allison & Busby (Skelton finds himself embroiled in an investigation not only concerning this world but the one beyond)

Camilla Sten (trans. Alexandra Fleming), The Lost Village, Minotaur (story of the vanishing residents of an old mining town in 1959)

Andrew Taylor, The Royal Secret, HarperCollins (next installment of the James Marwood series set during the reign of King Charles II)

Will Thomas, Dance With Death, Minotaur (Tsar Nicholas is in England for a royal wedding and is the target of conspiracies and an assassin)

E. S. Thompson, Nightshade, Constable (murder mystery set in London 1851)

Victoria Thompson, Murder on Wall Street, Berkley (in Victorian-era New York, the Malloys may be new to high society life, but they’re no strangers to solving mysteries)

Liz Trenow, The Secrets of the Lake, Pan (a post-war dual timeline mystery set in a small English village where gossip and secrets abound)

Curtis Urness, Stars and Crosses, Kasva Press (Chic Lucas—born Czesław Łukaszczyk—journeys to Poland, where his grandfather died in Auschwitz and his father came out scarred for life)

V. L. Valentine, The Plague Letters, Viper (a serial killer stalks London during the Great Plague of 1665)

Betty Walker, Wartime with the Cornish Girls, Avon UK (saga set in Cornwall during the 1941 Blitz)

Aimee Wall, We, Jane, Book*hug Press (debut about intergenerational female relationships and explores the precarity of rural existence and the essential nature of abortion)

S. Kirk Walsh, The Elephant of Belfast (US) / The Zookeeper of  Belfast (UK), Counterpoint (story of a young woman zookeeper and the elephant she’s compelled to protect through the German blitz of Belfast during WWll)

Eva Weaver, The Puppet Boy of Warsaw, W & N (story of a Jewish boy who finds a way to survive in the Warsaw ghetto)

Karen White, The Last Night in London, Berkley (story moves between war-torn London during the Blitz and the present day)

Pip Williams, The Dictionary of Lost Words, Ballantine (as a team of male scholars compiles the first Oxford English Dictionary, one of their daughters decides to collect the “objectionable” words they omit)

Iona Wishaw, A Lethal Lesson, Touchwood Editions (a Lane Winslow mystery)

Camron Wright, In Times of Rain and War, Shadow Mountain (during World War II, an American soldier encounters a German woman living a secret life in bomb-blighted London)

Jin Yong (trans. Gigi Chang and Shelly Bryant), A Heart Divided, St. Martin’s Griffin (fourth in Legends of the Condor Heroes series)

May 2021

Kaouther Adimi (trans. Chris Andrews), A Bookshop in Algiers, Serpent’s Tail (charts the changing fortunes of Charlot’s bookshop through the political drama of Algeria’s turbulent 20th century of war, revolution and independence)

Rebecca Anderson, Isabelle and Alexander, Shadow Mountain (though arranged marriages have fallen out of fashion, Isabelle’s has been settled for some time to combine upper-middle-class wealth)

Martine Bailey, The Prophet, Severn House (destiny, prophecy and murder weave an intricate web in this historical mystery set in 1753)

Gail Benick, Memory’s Shadow, Inanna Fiction (story of a family that survived the Holocaust and their ongoing engagement with that legacy long after World War II has ended)

Audrey Blake, The Girl in his Shadow, Sourcebooks Landmark (at a time when women are expected to live in the shadows of great men, one woman chooses to step into the light)

Robin Blake, Secret Mischief, Canongate (discovery of a body in a pigsty leads Coroner Titus Cragg and Dr. Luke Fidelis into a complex and baffling murder investigation)

Bill Brooks, The Pistoleros, Five Star (three stories of different men, all pistoleros who live by the gun)

Paul Bryers, Sea of Silence, Mcbooks (Nathan Peake series of nautical historical fiction set during the wars with Revolutionary and Napoleonic France)

Ashley Clark, Paint & Nectar, Bethany House (dual-narrative set in 1929 and present day. Christian romance)

P. Djèlí Clark, A Master of Djinn, Tordotcom (in 1912 Cairo, humans brush elbows with djinn in crowded tramcars and airships sail the skies – historical fantasy)

Chanel Cleeton, The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba, Berkley (at the end of the nineteenth century, three revolutionary women fight for freedom. Novel inspired by true events)

Ajay Close, What We Did in the Dark, Sandstone Press (inspired by the 20th century Scottish writer Catherine Carswell and her disastrous first marriage to a man who tried to strangle her)

Bridget Collins, The Betrayals, Wm Morrow (as an elite Academy ‘Midsummer Game’ approaches, long -buried secrets rise to the surface and centuries-old traditions are overturned)

Lorna Cook, The Girl from the Island, Avon (dual-narrative set on Guernsey in 1940 and 2016)

Poppy Cooper, The Post Office Girls, Hodder (1915. Beth and her new friends Nora and Milly have joined the post office to do their bit for Britain’s war effort)

Connilyn Cossette, Between the Wild Branches, Bethany House (explores complex Biblical questions and provides fresh perspective on the Old Testament)

Dilly Court, The Reluctant Heiress, HarperCollins (saga set in East-End London, 1858)

Paul Cox, Black Sun, Five Star (Monte Segundo helps a fugitive, who is being pursued by Mexican rurales, to flee to a Yaqui village near Tucson)

Kjell Ola Dahl (trans. Don Bartlett), The Assistant, Orenda Books (Oslo, 1938 – an investigation into marital infidelity leads a PI and his ex-con assistant on a murderous trail)

Celeste De Blasis, America’s Wife, Bookouture (second part of the trilogy about enduring love and heartbreaking secrets amidst the birth of America)

Victor del Árbol (trans. Lisa Dillman), Above the Rain, Other Press (past, present, and future intertwine on a journey from Tangier in 1955 to Malmö in 2014)

Marjorie DeLuca, The Savage Instinct, Inkshares (chilling story of one woman’s struggle for her sanity, set against the backdrop of the arrest and trial of Mary Ann Cotton, England’s first female serial killer)

Gordon Doherty & Simon Turney, Masters of Rome, Head of Zeus (second instalment of the Rise of Emperors trilogy, set in the 3rd century AD)

Carol Drinkwater, An Act of Love, Penguin UK (France, 1943; Forced to flee war ravaged Poland, Sara and her parents are offered refuge in a dilapidated house in the French alps)

Ashraf El-Ashmawi (trans. Peter Daniel), The Lady of Zamalek, Hoopoe (rags-to-riches tale that spans twentieth-century Egyptian history)

Anjali Enjeti, The Parted Earth, Hub City Press (portrait of the long shadow the Partition of India played on the lives of three generations of women)

Lissa Evans, V For Victory, Harper (the life of lies a small time scammer and her adopted son have constructed in London becomes endangered during the tumultuous final months of World War II)

Richard Falkirk, The Chill Factor, Collins Crime Club (thriller set in Iceland in 1971 at the height of the Cold War)

David Field, A Far Distant Land, Sapere (first in The Australian Saga Series: a set of books chronicling the early years of British settlement in the 18th and 19th centuries)

Linda Finlay, The Girl with the Silver Bangle, HQ (turn-of-the-century saga set in Devon)

Mark Frutkin, The Artist and the Assassin, Porcupine’s Quill (narrative based on the life of the seventeenth-century painter known as Caravaggio)

Jean Fullerton, A Ration Book Daughter, Corvus (family saga set in London during the Blitz)

J. H. Gelernter, Hold Fast, W. W. Norton (1803, and the British Secret Service is contending with a belligerent France under Napoleon)

Lesley Glaister, Blasted Things, Sandstone Press (1920: Clementine, who nursed at the front meets Vincent, an opportunistic veteran and together they enter a deadly relationship that careers towards a dark and haunting resolution)

Philip Gray, Two Storm Wood, Harvill Secker (thriller set on the battlefields of the Somme after the end of World War I)

Molly Green, A Sister’s War, Avon (conclusion of the Victory Sisters saga)

Jack Grimwood, Island Reich, Michael Joseph (suspense, daring espionage and political intrigue, set in the depths of Britain’s Darkest Hour)

Flora Harding, Before the Crown, One More Chapter (Windsor Castle, 1943 — as war rages across the world, Princess Elizabeth comes face to face with the dashing naval officer she first met in London nine years before)

Elodie Harper, The Wolf Den, Head of Zeus (the streets of Pompeii have become Amara’s home. Day after day she walks them, looking for business to bring back to the Wolf Den, Pompeii’s infamous brothel)

J. J. A. Harwood, The Shadow in the Glass, HarperVoyager (gothic story of wishes and curses—a new dark fairy tale set against a Victorian backdrop full of lace and smoke)

Veronica Henry, Bacchanal, 47North (set in the Depression-era South, about a young woman who must learn to control her latent, Orisha-infused magical abilities in order to defeat an ancient evil)

Nydia Hetherington, A Girl Made of Air, Quercus (brings the circus to life with magical realism)

Sam Hill, The Jack of Justice, Five Star (a Wild West correspondent is sent to get the story of the killer known as the Jack of Justice, but the story he finds is not what he expected)

Suzanne Hillier, My Best Friend Was Angela Bennett, Inanna Fiction (two high school friends take very different paths during WWII)

David Hirshberg, Jacobo’s Rainbow, Fig Tree Books LLC (literary novel set primarily in the 1960s during the convulsive period of the student protest movements and the Vietnam War)

Catherine Hokin, The Secretary, Bookouture (novel about bravery, loss and redemption during the Second World War)

Kevin Holowack, Light on a Part of the Field, NeWest Press (set in B.C. and Alberta in the 1960s and 1970s – a novel of vignettes offering a refracted look at art and family in the Canadian West)

Angela Hunt, A Woman of Words, Bethany House (disciple Matthew, a former tax collector, is invited to work with Peter, James, and John in Jerusalem. Jerusalem Road series #3 of 4)

Seth Hunter, The Sea of Silence, McBooks (seventh novel in the Nathan Peake series of nautical historical fiction set during the wars with Revolutionary and Napoleonic France)

Stephen Hunter, Basil’s War, Mysterious Press (a swashbuckling British agent goes behind enemy lines to search for a religious text that might hold the key to ending WWII)

Glen Huser, Burning the Night, NeWest Press (spans generations and distance, from Vancouver to Halifax, as it bears down on the history of Canadian painting and Curtis’s awakening as a gay man

Anna Jacobs, A Valley Dream, Hodder & Stoughton (Book 1 in the new Backshaw Moss series)

Pam Jenoff, The Woman with the Blue Star, Park Row (a tale of unfathomable sacrifice and unlikely friendship during World War II)

Miljenko Jergovic (trans. Russell Scott Valentino), Kin, Archipelago (in a narrative which spans the entire 20th century, author peers into the dusty corners of his family’s past)

Mary Karras, The Making of Mrs Petrakis, Two Roads (against a backdrop of war and violence, Cyprus’ inhabitants make the best they can of their lives in the run up to the civil war of the 1970s)

Peter Keating, Belisarius: Military Master of the West, Vanguard Press (Constantinople, 533. Emperor Justinian charges General Belisarius with a mission, to bring Vandal held North Africa back into the imperial fold)

Mick Kitson, Featherweight, Canongate (story of overcoming all the odds, and a woman centuries ahead of her time: set on the canals of 19th-century England)

Alanna Knight, Murder at the World’s Edge, Allison & Busby (1587- when Tam Eildor arrives on a Scottish island after his time machine develops a fault, he finds himself embroiled in the lives of locals who are trying to escape the tyranny of Earl Robert Stewart)

Jeri Laber, The Russian Key, Arcade (spy novel written in the form of a memoir, set at the height of the Cold War in 1964)

Soraya M. Lane, The Secrets We Left Behind, Amazon UK (France, 1940 – Nurse Cate is left behind at a field hospital in Dunkirk, but when the Nazis arrive, she flees, taking one patient with her to a safe house run by two sisters risking their lives for others)

Joy Lanzendorfer, Right Back Where We Started From, Blackstone (multigenerational novel that explores the lust for ambition that entered the American consciousness during the Gold Rush and how it affected our nation’s ideas of success, failure, and the pursuit of happiness)

Ulla Lenze (trans. Marshall Yarbrough), The Radio Operator, HarperVia (based on a true story, a novel about a German immigrant who becomes embroiled in a Nazi spy ring operating in NYC in the early days of WWII)

Posy Lovell, The Kew Gardens Girls at War, Trapeze (wartime saga that highlights the role of women at Kew Gardens)

Elizabeth Macneal, Circus of Wonders, Picador (a novel with a vivid cast of characters and the Victorian obsession with spectacle)

Beryl Matthews, Together Under the Stars, Allison & Busby (October 1843 – WWII historical romance)

Patrick McGrath, Last Days in Cleaver Square, Hutchinson (a veteran of the Spanish Civil War is tormented by guilt about a brief, terrible act of betrayal from that time and he’s started seeing his old nemesis in his bedroom)

Kathleen McGurl, The Secret of the Chateau, HQ Digital (dual-narrative set during the French Revolution in 1789 and the present day)

Michelle McLean, Hitched to the Gunslinger, Amara (new humorous western romance series)

Louise Michalos, Marilla Before Anne, Vagrant Press (takes readers back to Green Gables where Marilla Cuthbert lived, loved, and learned, long before Anne)

Nadifa Mohamed, The Fortune Men, Viking (1952, Cardiff – Mahmood Mattan finds himself on trial for his life and facing conspiracy, prejudice and the inhumanity of the state)

Caroline Montague, Shadows Over the Spanish Sun, Orion (novel of love, betrayal and redemption, set against the turmoil and tragedy of the Spanish Civil War)

Elizabeth Morton, Angel of Liverpool, Macmillan (historical saga set in the aftermath of WWII)

Matt Nable, Still, Hachette AU (thriller set in Darwin, Australia – summer 1963)

Sheila Newberry, The Canal Boat Girl, Zaffre (family saga set in Wales, 1883)

Stephen O’Rourke, The Crown Agent, Sandstone Press (murder mystery thriller set in late 1800s)

Glynis Peters, The Forgotten Orphan, One More Chapter (a World War II story of love and fate)

Rafe Posey, The Stars We Share, Pamela Dorman Books (WWII novel about the secrets we keep from the ones we love, and a couple tested again and again by distance)

Amanda Quick, The Lady Has a Past, Berkley (an investigative apprentice and a mild-mannered antiquarian book dealer team up to find a missing socialite. 1930s California)

Paul W. Richardson, Jack Swan, Vanguard Press (transported for a crime he did not commit, Jack Swan finds himself beaten, tormented and hunted until news of his mother’s imminent death spurs him into action)

Vanessa Riley, The Earl, a Girl, and a Toddler, Zebra (a shipwrecked woman searches for her memories after being imprisoned in Bedlam)

Edward Rutherfurd, China, Hodder & Stoughton / Doubleday (a tale of 19th-century China)

Sunjeev Sahota, China Room, Harvill Secker (1929 & 1999; novel about two people seeking to free themselves—one from the expectations placed on women in early 20th-c Punjab, and the other from the weight of life in the contemporary Indian diaspora)

Jennifer Saint, Ariadne, Flatiron/Wildfire (feminist retelling of the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur)

Polly Samson, A Theater for Dreamers, Algonquin (novel about the beauty between naïveté and cruelty, chaos and utopia, artist and muse – set in 1960 on the Greek island of Hydra)

Goliarda Sapienza (trans. Brian Robert Moore), Meeting in Positano, Other Press (novel set against the Amalfi Coast of the 1950s ― two women form an intense and lasting friendship embodying the paradoxes of Italian society)

Sergio Schmucler (trans. Jessica Mendez Sayer), The Guardian of Amsterdam Street, Anansi International (portrait of the 20th century, witnessed by one boy from his self-imposed refuge in Mexico City)

Seth, Clyde Fans, Drawn & Quarterly (peels back the optimism of mid-20th century capitalism, showing the rituals, hopes, and delusions of a vanished middleclass)

Liz MacRae Shaw, Had We Never Loved So Blindly, Top Hat Books (1937 – a chance meeting during a London air raid leads to a tentative romance, which becomes long distance when John joins the Navy and Felicity takes a job at Bletchley Park)

Maggie Shipstead, Great Circle, Knopf (the story of a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life, at any cost)

Samantha Silva, Love and Fury, Flatiron (an ode to the dazzling life of Mary Wollstonecraft, one of the world’s most influential thinkers)

Rebecca Smith, The Ash Museum, Legend Press (dual-narrative intergenerational story of loss, migration and the search for somewhere to feel at home)

Francis Spufford, Light Perpetual, Scribner (traces the infinite possibilities of five lives in the bustling neighborhoods of 20th-century London)

Loren Stephens, All Sorrows Can Be Borne, Rare Bird (set in Hiroshima, Osaka, and the badlands of eastern Montana, 1939 to 1982 – told primarily in the voice of Noriko, a feisty aspiring actress who fails her audition to enter the Takarazuka Theater Academy)

Maggie Sullivan, The Postmistress, One More Chapter (new WWII saga series)

Mark Sullivan, The Last Green Valley, Lake Union (inspired by one family’s story of daring, survival, and triumph)

David Swinson, City on the Edge, Mulholland (follows a son’s journey to uncover his father’s secret past in the city of Beirut, in 1972)

John Talton, City of Dark Corners, PPP (Phoenix, AZ 1933: a private investigator looks into the death of a dismembered young woman)

Jake Tapper, The Devil May Dance, Little, Brown (husband-and-wife heroes of The Hellfire Club head to Hollywood to investigate Frank Sinatra — and become mired in a world of blackmail, the mob, and Hollywood scandal)

Penny Thorpe, The Mothers of Quality Street, HarperCollins (the chocolate factory is anticipating a visit from King and Queen and two young princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret)

Liz Tolsma, The Silver Shadow, Barbour (fiction based on strange but true history. Set in Denver, 1900)

Liz Trenow, The Secret of the Lake, Pan (dual narrative set just after WWII and present day)

Ashley Weaver, A Peculiar Combination, Minotaur (new Electra McDonnell series set in England during WW II ― a mystery filled with spies, murder, romance, and wit)

Amanda Weinberg, The Tears of Monterini, RedDoor Press (inspired by true events, debut will appeal to readers interested in Italy, romance, family dynamics, and conflict)

Roseanna M. White, The Nature of a Lady, Bethany House (1906, Lady Elizabeth “Libby” Sinclair flees to the Isles of Scilly where she stumbles into dangerous secrets. Inspirational fiction)

Clare Whitfield, People of Abandoned Character, Head of Zeus (London 1888―dark historical crime novel with a hook: what would you do if you thought your husband was Jack the Ripper?)

K.R. Wilson, Call Me Stan: A Tragedy in Three Milennia, Guernica Editions (an exploration of what it is to outlive everyone you love)

Jeroen Windmeijer, The Pilgrim Conspiracy, One More Chapter (an old manuscript is discovered in which an anonymous author tells the hidden history of the Pilgrims – the Founding Fathers of the United States)

Mary Wood, Secrets of the Jam Factory Girls, Pan (2nd installment)

James C. Work, Ranger McIntyre: The Stones of Peril, Five Star (1920s – in the new Rocky Mountain National Park, two cloaked figures have been adding white rocks to Flattop Mountain’s ancient stone medicine circle)

June 2021

Nekesa Afia, Dead Dead Girls, Berkley (new historical mystery series set in 1920s Harlem featuring Louise Lloyd, a young black woman caught up in a series of murders way too close to home)

Rose Alexander, Out of the Mountain’s Shadow, Canelo (a secret from the past has the power to change one woman’s future in this dual time-line novel set in 1939 & present)

Tessa Arlen, In Royal Service to the Queen, Berkley (story of Queen Elizabeth II’s governess, who spent sixteen years in loyal service to the royal family and was later shunned by those she has loved and served)

Jenny Ashcroft, Under the Golden Sun, Sphere (Rose Hamilton escorts a young orphaned child to a new home in Australia. Historical romance)

Camille Aubray, The Godmothers, Wm Morrow (suspenseful novel about four women in a prosperous Italian family who must take charge of the family’s business when their husbands are forced to leave them to go to war)

Elizabeth Bailey, His Auction Prize, Sapere (romantic adventure set in Regency England)

Yvonne Bailey-Smith, The Day I Fell Off My Island, Myriad Editions (coming-of-age debut about a young Jamaican girl faced with the trauma of immigration, estrangement from her family, and the emotional upheaval of moving to London in the 1960s)

Mary Balogh, Someone to Cherish, Berkley/Piatkus (Book 8 in Westcott series)

Russell Banks, Forgone, Oldcastle (fictionalised story of an American leftist documentary filmmaker, one of sixty thousand draft evaders and deserters who fled to Canada to avoid serving in Vietnam)

Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray, The Personal Librarian, Berkley (little-known story of Belle da Costa Greene, J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian—who became one of the most powerful women in New York despite the dangerous secret she kept)

Cecily Blench, The Long Journey Home, Zaffre (Burma, 1941 – novel of love, secrets and redemption in a country torn apart by war)

Justine Bothwick, In the Mirror, a Peacock Danced, Agora (dual timeline set in Agra, 1938 and Portsmouth, 1953 – a story of a woman’s journey back to herself)

Verity Bright, Murder at the Fair, Bookouture (Lady Eleanor Swift mystery set in summer of 1921)

Emma Brodie, Songs in Ursa Major, Knopf/HarperCollins UK (a love story set in 1969, alive with music, sex, and the trappings of fame)

Alex Brown, A Postcard From Paris, HarperCollins (dual-narrative involving a set of diaries from 1916 France)

Elizabeth Buchan, Two Women in Rome, Corvus (in exploring a woman’s past, archivist Hettie unravels a tragic love story beset by the political turmoil of post-war Italy)

C. J. Carey, Widowland, Quercus (alternative history with a strong feminist twist set in 1953)

Christy Cooper-Burnett, Finding Home, Black Rose (Malcolm Aldred is starting over in 1868, Oklahoma. There’s just one problem—he’s an exiled prisoner from 2070. Historical romance sci-fi fantasy)

Christina Courtenay, Whispers of the Runes, Headline (jewellery designer Sara Mattsson is propelled back to the 9th century, after cutting herself on a Viking knife she uncovers at an archaeological dig)

Beth Cowan-Erskine, Loch Down Abbey, Hodder (an upstairs downstairs humorous mystery set in 1930s)

Lisa Deangelis, Angels Unaware, Regal House (family story set in a 1930s coal mining town in Pennsylvania)

Jim Eldridge, Murder at Madame Tussaud’s, Allison & Busby (London, 1896. Madame Tussauds opens to find one of its nightwatchmen decapitated and his colleague nowhere to be found)

Mario Escobar, The Librarian of Saint-Malo, Thomas Nelson (through letters with a famous author, one French librarian tells her love story and describes the brutal Nazi occupation of her small coastal village)

Nigel Farndale, The Dictator’s Muse, Doubleday (Leni Riefenstahl is the pioneering film-maker of the Third Reich, chosen by Hitler to capture the Olympics on celluloid)

Suzanne Feldman, The Sisters’ War, Mira (in 1914, two American sisters travel to Europe to volunteer as a nurse and an ambulance driver during WWI)

Nick Fonda, Murder on the Orford Mountain Railway, Baraka Books (on an August evening in 1905, a 12-year-old boy is shot and killed near the Orford Mountain Railway construction site in rural Quebec)

Rachel Fordham, A Lady in Attendance, Revell (tale of a soft-spoken man, a hardened woman, and the friends that stand by them as they work toward a common purpose. Inspirational romance)

Suzanne Fortin, The Forgotten Life of Arthur Pettinger, Aria (a family history is uncovered dating back to WWII and a mysterious woman named Maryse)

William Francis, The Wyvern Ring, Vanguard (thriller set 1360 in a lawless England, rife with paganism and ritual murder)

Ann H. Gabhart, Along a Storied Trail, Revell (novel about a Kentucky pack-horse librarian during the Great Depression. Inspirational romance)

Marius Gabriel, The Girls in the Attic, Amazon UK (a committed soldier of the Reich returns home wounded, only to discover that his mother is sheltering two young Jewish women in their home)

Rivka Galchen, Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch, FSG (1618. Plague is spreading, the Thirty Years’ War has begun, and fear and suspicion are in the air when Katharina Kepler is accused of being a witch)

Craig Gallant, Jamaica, Zmok Books (first in a new series of historical fiction)

Galia Gichon, The Accidental Suffragist, Wyatt-MacKenzie (a New York factory worker in 1912 is thrown into the women’s rights movement)

Leonard Goldberg, The Abduction of Pretty Penny, Minotaur (a Daughter of Sherlock Holmes mystery)

Adrian Goldsworthy, The Fort, Head of Zeus (adventure set on Rome’s Danubian frontier. AD 105)

Philip Gray, Two Storm Wood, W. W. Norton (thriller set on the battlefields of the Somme after the end of World War I, where a woman investigates the disappearance of her fiancé)

Kerry Greenwood, Death in Daylesford, PPP (new Phryne Fisher mystery, post WWI)

Kate Grenville, A Room Made of Leaves, Text Publishing (alternative history imagining that Elizabeth, wife to John Macarthur, wool baron, has written a candid secret memoir)

Sally Cabot Gunning, Painting the Light, Wm Morrow (novel of love, loss, and reinvention, set on Martha’s Vineyard at the turn of the nineteenth century)

Stacey Halls, Mrs England, Bonnier Zaffre (a young governess must navigate the challenging dynamics of family life underneath the polished surface in this powerful examination of an Edwardian marriage, truth and deception)

Barbara Hambly, Scandal in Babylon, Severn House (first in a new series of female-fronted historical mysteries set in the roaring twenties)

Cora Harrison, Murder in an Orchard Cemetery, Severn House UK (1920s Cork – the peaceful atmosphere of the Reverend Mother’s annual retreat is shattered by sudden, violent death)

Jody Hedlund, Come Back to Me, Revell (novel set in 1300s Canterbury, a volatile era of superstition, peasant revolts, and chivalry. Inspirational fiction)

Miranda Cowley Heller, The Paper Palace, Riverhead (set against the beaches of Cape Cod, story unfolds over twenty-four hours and across fifty years, with decades of family legacy, love, lies, & secrets)

M. J. Hollows, The German Nurse, HQ Digital (WWII historical set on Guernsey 1940)

India Holton, The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels, Berkley (romance debut about a proper young Victorian lady’s quest to save her kidnapped aunt while navigating magical hijinks)

Paul Howarth, Dust off the Bones, Harper (raises timeless issues of injustice, honor, morality, endemic racism, and violence. Sequel to Only Killers and Thieves)

Virginia Hume, Haven Point, SMP (multi-timeline set in Maine, 1944, 1970 and present day)

Marion Husband, Shadows of the Evening, Accent (new addition to The Boy I love series)

Katie Hutton, The Gypsy’s Daughter, Zaffre (saga set in post-war Kent, England)

Nick Jones, The Shadows of London, Blackstone (Joseph Bridgeman book 2 – time-travel mystery taking place in 1960s London)

Alka Joshi, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur, Mira (sequel to The Henna Artist)

Beth Kanell, This Ardent Flame, Five Star (1852, Vermont – three young women race into a righteous battle; assist neighbors at risk? Rescue a horse? Capture an arsonist? They’re on it!)

Laurie R. King, Castle Shade, Bantam/Allison & Busby (mystery suspense novel with Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes)

Mick Kitson, Featherweight, Canongate (story of overcoming all the odds, and a woman centuries ahead of her time, set on the canals of nineteenth-century England)

Natalie Kleinman, The Girl with Flaming Hair, Sapere (Regency romance adventure)

Caroline Lea, The Metal Heart, Harper Perennial (in the dark days of World War II, an unlikely romance blossoms between a Scottish woman and an Italian prisoner of war)

Jonathan Lee, The Great Mistake, Granta/Knopf (set in 1903 – story of the father of New York City, his mysterious assassination and his hidden life)

Meg Lelvis, Back of the Yard, Black Rose (tells of a unique neighborhood reflecting America’s cultural changes and how one’s childhood is forever present)

Pierre Lemaitre (trans. Frank Wynne), All Human Wisdom, MacLehose (a free-falling caper through between-the-wars Paris, and a portrait of Europe on the edge of disaster)

Yan Lianke (trans. Carlos Rojas), Hard Like Water, Grove Press (portrayal of the rise and fall of two young communist revolutionaries who fall in love and come to power during China’s Cultural Revolution)

A.M. Linden, The Oath, She Writes (The Druid Chronicles, Book One)

Christine Mangan, Palace of the Drowned, Flatiron (literary thriller about a British novelist who heads to Venice after a public mental breakdown. Set in 1966)

Violet Marsh, The Aviatrix, Montlake (Saint Louis, 1923 – historical romance filled with unconventional women)

Victoria Mas, The Mad Women’s Ball, Doubleday (literary historical novel detailing the horrors faced by institutionalized women in 19th century Paris)

Susan Anne Mason, To Find Her Place, Bethany House (n the midst of WWII, Jane Linder pours all her energy and dreams for a family into her career at the Toronto Children’s Aid Society. Inspirational)

Sujata Massey, The Bombay Prince, Soho Crime (India’s only female lawyer is compelled to bring justice to the family of a murdered student as Bombay’s streets erupt in riots to protest British colonial rule)

Robert D. McKee, Reckoning at Lost Hope, Five Star (United States Deputy Marshals Hugo Dorling and Billy Young race across 1890s Wyoming in search of a killer)

Clara McKenna, Murder at Keyhaven Castle, Kensington (a Stella and Lyndy mystery)

Lori McMullen, Among the Beautiful Beasts, She Writes (set in the early 1900s, the untold story of the early life of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, known in her later years as a tireless activist for the Florida Everglades)

Mary Miley, The Mystic’s Accomplice, Severn House (1920s Chicago-set series introduces reluctant sleuth Maddie Pastore and takes readers into a dark and dangerous world of mobsters, speakeasies and seances)

Derek B. Miller, How to Find Your Way in the Dark, HMH (coming-of-age story set during the rising tide of World War II)

Sarah Mitchell, The English Girl, Bookouture (set in 1946 Norfolk and 1989 Berlin, a tale about the power of hope in the face of war and the legacy of a terrible choice)

Allison Montclair, A Rogue’s Company, Minotaur (business becomes personal when a new client, a brutal murder, and two kidnappings threaten everything that Sparks & Bainbridge hold dear)

Katy Moran, Scandalous Alchemy, Head of Zeus (intrigue, gossip, lust and long-held hatreds abound in this Regency romance with a twist)

Alex Myers, The Story of Silence, HarperVoyager (Arthurian historical fantasy)

Janette Oke, Laurel Oke Logan, Sustaining Faith, Bethany House (When Hope Calls, book 2 of 3 about settling orphaned children from England into homes in Canada. Inspirational)

Leonardo Padura (trans. Anna Kushner), The Transparency of Time, FSG (Detective Mario Conde returns to solve a mystery spanning centuries of occult history)

AJ Pearce, Yours Cheerfully, Picador (sequel to Dear Mrs Bird – a funny and uplifting story of courage at the height of WWII)

Francine Prose, The Vixen, Harper (set in world of 1950s New York publishing; the story of a young man tasked with editing a steamy bodice-ripper based on the recent trial and execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg)

Annette Purdey Pugh, A Murder at Rosings, Honno (when Mr Collins is found stabbed to death in Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s garden, simmering tensions are revealed beneath the elegant Regency surface of the Rosings estate)

Laura Purcell, The Shape of Darkness, Penguin (a struggling silhouette artist in Victorian Bath seeks out a renowned child spirit medium in order to speak to the dead)

Julia Quinn, Brighter Than the Sun, Piatkus (Regency Romance)

Melody Razak, Moth, W & N (story of a Brahmin family living in 1940s Delhi during India’s Independence and subsequent Partition)

Seeley Regester, The Dead Letter, PPP (a deadly puncture from a sharp stiletto heel gives “love triangle” a murderous new meaning in this gothic mystery)

Kelly Rimmer, The Warsaw Orphan, Graydon House (WWII saga and love story, based on the real-life efforts of two young people taking extraordinary risks to save their countrymen)

Mike Ripley, Mr Campion’s Coven, Severn House (1971 – Campion finds himself in Wicken, surrounded by suspicious locals and tales of witchcraft, and soon discovers its past is linked to a number of current disturbing events)

Karen Robards, Fire in the Sky, Hodder & Stoughton (WWII novel of bravery, danger, and love)

Elaine Roberts, Big Dreams for the West End Girls, Aria (three girls with very different dreams – but the same great friendship despite the start of WWI)

Nicholas Ruddock, Last Hummingbird West of Chile, Breakwater Books (19th-c tale of murder, privilege, and servitude – of both humans and nature)

Steven Saylor, Dominus, SMP (spanning 160 years and seven generations, full of ancient Rome’s most vivid figures: brings to life some of the most tumultuous and consequential chapters of human history)

Cat Sebastian, The Queer Principles of Kit Webb, Avon (historical romance about a reluctantly reformed highwayman and the aristocrat who threatens to steal his heart)

Jeff Shaara, The Eagle’s Claw, Ballantine (novel of the Battle of the Midway)

Samantha Silva, Love and Fury, Allison & Busby (an ode to the life of Mary Wollstonecraft, one of the world’s most influential thinkers)

Minerva Spencer, Outrageous, Kensington (second in Rebels of the Ton series)

Rebecca Starford, An Unlikely Spy (US) /  The Imitator (AU), Ecco (World War II novel following a spy who goes undercover as a part of MI5)

Peter Steiner, The Constant Man, Severn House (WWII thriller set during Hitler’s rise to power and the demise of the Weimar Republic)

Jean Stubbs, My Grand Enemy, Sapere (a dark true-life tale of murder and betrayal in Georgian England)

Gracie Taylor, Edie’s Home for Strays, Avon (tale of wartime courage, and the untold story of the animals who needed a home)
Also: Edie’s Home for Orphans

Joanna Toye, A Store at War, HarperCollins (weaves together a strong sense of community when every man, woman and child was doing their bit)

Lynne Truss, Psycho by the Sea, Raven Books (newest installment of the Constable Twitten mysteries)

Carrie Turansky, No Journey Too Far, Multnomah (saga of the McAlisters continues in this sequel to No Ocean Too Wide)

Nghi Vo, The Chosen and the Beautiful, Tordotcom (historical fantasy set in 1920s America)

Alexandra Walsh, The Wind Chime, Sapere (a Timeshift Victorian Mystery set in Wales 1883 and present day)

Larry Watson, The Lives of Edie Pritchard, Algonquin (examines a woman aware of her physical power and constrained by it, & how perceptions of someone in a small town can shape her life through the decades)

Helene Wecker, The Hidden Palace, Harper (set in New York City and the Middle East in the years leading to World War I. Sequel to The Golem and the Jinni)

Christine Wells, Sisters of the Resistance, Wm Morrow (set in the Paris Resistance movement during WWII, novel tells of the deep involvement of Catherine Dior and two young women who risked their lives to support her efforts)

T. A. Willberg, Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder, Trapeze (historical crime fantasy set in London, 1958)

Beatriz Williams, Our Woman in Moscow, Wm Morrow (human story of Cold War espionage and family devotion)

Judy Willmore, The Menagerie, Artemesia Publishing (passion, power and poison in the court of the Sun King)

Sarah Winman, Still Life, Fourth Estate (set between World War II and the 1980s, story of strangers brought together by love, war, art, flood, and the ghost of E. M. Forster)

Karen Witemeyer, The Heart’s Charge, Bethany House (when a handful of urchin children go missing, a pair of Horsemen are exactly what’s needed to find them. Western Christian romance)

Ethan J. Wolfe, The Horse Soldier, Five Star (before he can retire to work his Montana ranch full-time, Marshal Tillman has one more important task to perform)

Jaime Jo Wright, On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor, Bethany House (dual-narrative inspirational mystery set in the upper peninsula in 1885 and present day)

Kimberley Woodhouse, Bridge of Gold, Barbour (an archaeologist is called to the Golden Gate Bridge where repairs uncover two human remains from the late 1800s and the 1930s)

Ovidia Yu, The Cannonball Tree Mystery, Constable (mystery set in 1930s Japanese-occupied Singapore)

Michael Zimmer, Johnny D. Boggs, D. Sweazy, Matthew P. Mayo, Fire Mountain and Other Survival Stories, Five Star (a Five Star quartet)

July 2021

Anna Abney, The Master of Measham Hall, Duckworth Books (multi-layered novel that explores the social and religious divides at the heart of the Restoration period)

Sara Ackerman, Radar Girls, Mira (inspired by the real women of the Women’s Air Raid Defense, story follows one unlikely recruit as she trains and serves in secrecy as a radar plotter on Hawaii)

Suzanne Allain, Miss Lattimore’s Letter, Berkley/Piatkus (the woman who never made a match of her own is making matches for everyone else in this Regency comedy of manners)

Ellen Alpsten, The Tsarina’s Daughter, BloomsburyUK (brings to life the story of Elizabeth, daughter of Catherine I and Peter the Great)

Ann Aptaker, Murder and Gold, Bywater Books (New York City, 1954 – after two acquaintances are murdered Cantor Gold struggles to prove her innocence)

Bob Armstrong, Prodigies, Five Star (adventure set in 1870s New York and the Midwest)

Jennifer Ashley, Death at the Crystal Palace, Berkley (cook Kat Holloway puts aside her apron to delve into Victorian London’s high society and catch a killer)

Vicky Beeby, Victory for the Ops Room Girls, Canelo (WWII saga)

Caroline Beecham, When We Meet Again, G.P. Putnam’s Sons (tale of love and mystery set in the publishing world of World War II London)

Matt Bell, Appleseed, Custom House (explores climate change, manifest destiny, humanity’s unchecked exploitation of natural resources – set in 18th-c, second half of 21st-c and 1000 yrs into the future)

Neil Blackmore, The Dangerous Kingdom of Love, Hutchinson (LGBTQIA – Francis Bacon plays a dangerous game at the court of James I of England)

Emily Bleeker, What’s Left Unsaid, Lake Union (novel of secrets, second chances, and confronting the past)

Corina Bomann (trans. Michael Meigs), The Inheritance of Lion Hall, AmazonCrossing (an unconventional woman defies the rules of noble turn-of-the-century Sweden)

Michel Bonnefis, The Mystery of the Hatbox, Vanguard (rags to riches story set in Paris around 1910, when ‘Apache’ gangs controlled their territories)

Madeleine Bunting, Ceremony of Innocence, Granta (novel about a missing young woman, a tragic love affair and the dark secrets of a wealthy British family

Michael Burrows, Where the Line Breaks, Fremantle (The Unknown Digger is a famous WWI poet. But for decades, his identity has remained a mystery. Enter Matthew Denton – a PhD student at University College, London – who believes the unknown digger to be one of Australia’s greatest war heroes)

Kay Brellend, Stray Angel, Piatkus (series set in the Whitechapel Union workhouse in East London, between 1904 and 1916)

Jane Cable, The Forgotten Maid, Sapere (time-shift romance set in Cornwall between the Regency era and the modern day)

Christian Cameron, Hawkwood’s Sword, Orion (1368 – leaving his commander, Sir John Hawkwood, William embarks on a journey to serve the Count of Savoy, finding fame and favour in his service)

Ella Carey, The Lost Girl of Berlin, Bookouture (inspired by true events, about the courage, love and friendships that sustain us in the darkest of days)

Brendan Carlson, Midnight, Dundurn (in a gritty, tech-noir version of 1930s Manhattan, an ex-cop and his robot partner must stop a killer who’s sending the city into chaos)

Caroline Caugant (trans. Jackie Smith), Sunlight Hours, Hodder (paints a picture of three generations of women united by the secrets of a river)

Jennifer Chiaverini, The Women’s March, Wm Morrow (novel of the woman’s suffrage movement inspired by three courageous women who bravely risked their lives and liberty in the fight to win the vote)

J’nell Ciesielski, The Ice Swan, Thomas Nelson (amid the violent last days of the glittering Russian court, a Russian princess on the run finds her heart where she least expects it)

Alys Clare, The Lammas Wild, Severn House (Healer Lassair returns to England and uncovers a secret that puts the lives of everyone she knows in grave danger, in the final Aelf Fen medieval mystery)

Ralph Compton, Seven Roads to Revenge, Berkley (new installment of Sundown Riders series in which a man seeks revenge for the death of his wife and sons while caring for his traumatized daughter)

Mary Connealy, A Man with a Past, Bethany House (Christian romance series Brothers in Arms, book #2 of 3 captures the atmosphere of the 19th-c American West)

M. Shelly Conner, everyman, Blackstone OwnVoices, (Georgia, 1972 – novel about a young black woman’s journey to connect with her unknown lineage)

Trent Dalton, All Our Shimmering Skies, Harper Perennial (novel of adventure and unlikely friendships in World War II Australia)

John Neely Davis, Rule of the High Plains, Five Star (a Frank Rule western adventure)

Lindsey Davis, A Comedy of Terrors, Minotaur (Flavia’s husband becomes a target of a bloody gang war in Rome 89AD)

Celeste De Blasis, America’s Promise, Bookouture (America’s Daughter trilogy, book 3)

P. T. Deutermann, Trial by Fire, SMP (WWII novel of attack, survival, and triumph on board an aircraft carrier in the Pacific)

William di Canzio, Alec, FSG (reimagining and continuation of E. M. Forster’s literary masterpiece Maurice, told from the gamekeeper Alec Scudder’s perspective)

Paul Doherty, Mother Midnight, Headline (Hugh Corbett 22 murder mystery)

Lawrence Dudley, The Hungry Blade, Blackstone (WWII era spy thriller featuring the ‘degenerate’ art stolen by the Nazis)

Marjorie Eccles, Darkness Beyond, Severn House (DI Herbert Reardon investigates the case of a man seemingly returned from the dead, in the latest 1930s-set historical mystery)

David Field, Eye for an Eye, Sapere (second in The Australian Saga Series, chronicling the early years of British settlement in the 18th and 19th centuries)

T. P. Fielden, Burying the Crown, Thomas & Mercer (A Guy Harford Mystery, book 2 set at Windsor, 1942)

Mick Finlay, Arrowood and the Meeting House Murders, HQ (London, 1879 – murder mystery series)

John Fletcher, Wuhan, Head of Zeus (multi-stranded historical epic set in China in 1937, when Wuhan stood alone against a whirlwind of war and violence)

Lauren Fox, Send for Me, Two Roads (dual narrative moving between Germany on the eve of World War II and present-day Wisconsin)

Dianne Freeman, A Fiancée’s Guide to First Wives and Murder, Kensington (historical mystery)

Esther Freud, I Couldn’t Love You More, Ecco (story of three generations of women, crossing from London to Ireland and back again, and the enduring effort to retrieve the secrets of the past)

Annie Garthwaite, Cecily, Viking (debut plunges you into the first days of the Wars of the Roses, a war as the women fought it)

Hazel Gaynor, Heather Webb, Three Words for Goodbye, Wm Morrow (coming-of-age novel set in pre-WWII Europe)

Grace Gibson, Old Boots, Meryton Press (a Pride and Prejudice variation)

Tamara Goranson, The Voyage of Freydis, One More Chapter (the silenced tale of Freydis Eiriksdottir, the first and only woman to lead a Viking voyage across the Atlantic the dawn of the 11th century)

Alex Gough, Killer of Rome, Canelo (novel of murder and mystery in ancient Rome)

Ann Granger, The Truth-Seeker’s Wife, Headline (eighth Victorian mystery featuring Scotland Yard’s Inspector Ben Ross and his wife Lizzie)

Juliet Greenwood, The Girl with the Silver Clasp, Orion (historical novel set in St. Ives, Cornwall during the Great War)

Kristin Harmel, The Forest of Vanishing Stars, Gallery (coming-of-age World War II story about a young woman who uses her knowledge of the wilderness to help Jewish refugees escape the Nazis)

Matthew Harffy, For Lord and Land, Aries (war rages between the two kingdoms of Northumbria in the newest instalment of the Bernicia Chronicles, set in ad 647 Anglo-Saxon Britain)

Nathan Harris, The Sweetness of Water, Little, Brown/Tinder Press (debut about the unlikely bond between two freedmen who are brothers and the Georgia farmer whose alliance and protection will alter their lives)

Jane Healey, The Ophelia Girls, Mantle (suspense-filled exploration of mothers and daughters, illicit desire, and the perils and power of being a young woman)

Claire Heywood, Daughters of Sparta, Hodder & Stoughton/Dutton (the women behind mythology’s most devastating war, the infamous Helen and her sister Klytemnestra)

Suzette A. Hill, Shadow Over Southwold, Allison & Busby (1960s England murder mystery rompu full of eccentric and quirky characters)

Pam Howes, The Mothers of Victory Street, Bookouture (novel about a young woman trying to snatch her chance at happiness amongst the ruins of World War Two)

Graham Hurley, KYIV, Head of Zeus (thriller set against one of the most horrific scenes in the Second World War: June 22, 1941)

Anne Brooker James, The Marsh Bird, Koehler Books (story of a young, orphaned, multiracial girl from Louisiana and a white teen abandoned as an infant and raised by a local white fisherman)

Kalen Vaughan Johnson, Raid of Souls, Five Star (drama amidst gold miners in 1860s Nevada City, California)

Vaseem Khan, The Dying Day, Hodder & Stoughton (Bombay, 1950. India’s first female police detective, Persis Wadia, is summoned to the Bombay Royal Asiatic Society & soon uncovers a series of murders)

T. E. Kinsey, A Baffling Murder at the Midsummer Ball, Thomas & Mercer (second in the 1920s Dizzy Heights mysteries)

Lisa Kleypas, Devil in Disguise, Avon/Piatkus (romance between a widowed lady and a Scot on the run—who may have connections to one of London’s most noble families)

James Knowles, The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights, Sirius (a journey through the land of ancient England where magic, mystery and warring factions come together)

Marion Kummerow, A Light in the Window, Bookouture (WWII story about how far someone would go to save one life)

Niall Leonard, M, King’s Bodyguard, Pantheon (thriller about anarchy and assassination in Edwardian London, and one detective’s mission to preserve the life of his king and prevent a bloody war in Europe)

E. J. Levy, The Cape Doctor, Little, Brown (based on Cape Town’s Dr. James Barry, born in 1795 as Margaret Anne Bulkley, an Irish girl who changed her name, lived as a man, and revolutionized medicine in the Western world)

Norman Lock, Tooth of the Covenant, Bellevue Literary Press (Lock imagines guilt-ridden author Nathaniel Hawthorne writing a tale in which he sends his fictional surrogate, Isaac Page, back to the year 1692 to save Bridget Bishop and rescue the other victims from execution)

Sharon Maas, Those I Have Lost, Bookouture (a secret love affair on a faraway island. Seas crawling with Japanese spies. A terrible war creeping ever closer)

Jennifer Macaire, A Remedy in Time, Headline Accent (time-slip: two scientists are sent back to get blood samples from the megafauna of the time)

Alana Mackay, Nameless, Vanguard (after a fateful trip to Moscow, the Czar sends Elena’s father to fight in the war, and Elena is promised in marriage to the son of their evil neighbour)

Susan Elia MacNeal, The Hollywood Spy, Bantam (a Maggie Hope mystery set in Los Angeles, 1943)

John A. Martino, Michael P. O’Kane, Olympia: The Birth of the Games, Addison & Highsmith (untold story of the founding of the Olympic Games)

Owen Matthews, Red Traitor, Doubleday/Bantam (thriller set during the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis)

William McIlvanney, Ian Rankin, The Dark Remains, Europa (the first case of DC Jack Laidlaw, Glasgow’s original gritty detective)

Sam Michaels, Siren, Aria (WWII era Georgina Garrett series)

Elizabeth Morton, Angel of Liverpool, Pan (historical saga set in the aftermath of WWII)

Abir Mukherjee, The Shadows of Men, Harvill Secker/Pegasus Crime (next in Wyneham & Banerjee Mysteries set in 1920s Calcutta)

Peter Murphy, A Statue for Jacob, Oldcastle (a young lawyer is hired by an actress to recover a 200 yr old debt lent by her ancestor in the winter of 1777-1778, which may well have saved George Washington’s army, and the War of Independence, from disaster)

Alix Nathan, Sea Change, Serpent’s Tail (story of a mother and daughter separated in Regency England)

Andie Newton, The Girls from the Beach, Aria (in 1944, four American nurses disappeared for five days. No one knew what happened to them. Until now)

Gail Ward Olmsted, Landscape of a Marriage, Black Rose (biographical work of fiction featuring landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted)

Shelley Parker-Chan, She Who Became the Sun, Tor (in 1345, China Zhu journeys from life as a peasant girl to war and the heights of power)

H. G. Parry, A Radical Act of Free Magic, Redhook (in France, the brilliant young battle-mage Napoleon Bonaparte has summoned a kraken from the depths, and under his command, the Army of the Dead have all but conquered Europe)

S. W. Perry, The Heretic’s Mark, Atlantic Books (next installment of The Jackdaw Mysteries)

Tracie Peterson, Forever My Own, Bethany House (Christian romance set in 1871 Duluth, Minnesota – series explores the events that made Duluth a major Great Lakes port)

Michael Punke, Ridgeline, Henry Holt (1866 – Colonel Henry Carrington arrives in Montana to build a fort in the middle of critical Lakota hunting grounds, leading to a clash with the chiefs, Crazy Horse and Red Cloud)

Diana Quincy, The Viscount Made Me Do It, Avon (2nd in the Clandestine Affairs series)

Paul Quinn, The Venetian Crusader, Vanguard (a journey of deceit and treachery from the laneways of Venice to the trade routes of the Silk Road and the impregnable walls of Constantinople)

Ros Rendle, Sisters At War, Sapere (historical survival story set during WWI)

Vanessa Riley, Island Queen, Wm Morrow (based on the real life of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, a free woman of color who rose from slavery to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful landowners in the colonial West Indies)

Lisa Rochon, Tuscan Daughter, HarperAvenue (Florence 1500s – reveals the humanity and struggles of a young woman longing to find the only family she has left and be an artist in her own right)

Sunjeev Sahota, China Room, Knopf Canada/Viking (1929 & 1999; novel about two people seeking to free themselves—one from the expectations placed on women in early 20th-c Punjab, and the other from the weight of life in the contemporary Indian diaspora)

Carly Schabowski, The Rainbow, Bookouture (dual timeline – a tale of childhood sweethearts torn apart by family duty, and how one young man risked his life and his love to secretly fight for justice)

Katherine Schellman, Silence in the Library, Crooked Lane (second installment in the Regency-era Lily Adler mysteries)

Bianca M. Schwarz, The Gentleman’s Daughter, Central Avenue (Sir Henry, secret agent to the crown, must marry a lady above reproach to afford his illegitimate daughter entrance into society)

Laura Sebastian, Half Sick of Shadows, Ace (the Lady of Shalott reclaims her story in this feminist reimagining of the Arthurian myth)

Jock Serong, The Burning Island, Text (mystery adventure set in early colonial Australia)

Amanda Skenandore, The Second Life of Mirielle West, Kensington (inspired by the true story of a Louisiana leprosy hospital where patients were forcibly quarantined)

Deidre Sinnott, The Third Mrs. Galway, Kaylie Jones/Akashic (antislavery agitation is rocking Utica in 1835 when a young bride discovers an enslaved family hiding in her shed, setting in motion the exhumation of long-buried family secrets)

Richard Smyth, The Woodcock, Fairlight Books (1920s – when an American whaler arrives in quiet seaside Gravely, boasting of his plans to build a pier and pleasure-grounds a mile out to sea, unexpected tensions arise)

Anna Stuart, The Secret Diary, Bookouture (tale of the amazing bravery and inspiring friendships of everyday women during World War Two)

Daisy Styles, Keep Smiling Through, Penguin UK (World War Two saga)

Maryla Szymiczkowa (trans. Antonia Lloyd-Jones), Karolina, or the Torn Curtain, Point Blank (when amateur sleuth Zofia Turbotyńska’s beloved maid goes missing, she dives into Cracow’s web of crime, with only her trusted cook for company. Set in 1895)

Karin Tanabe, A Woman of Intelligence, SMP (tale of post-war New York City, and one woman’s journey from Manhattan society to the secretive ranks of the FBI)

Mary Ellen Taylor, The Words We Whisper, Montlake (saga interweaves the past and present in a tapestry of love, war, and loss)

Sandy Taylor, The Irish Nanny, Bookouture (Ireland 1939. When hardworking chambermaid Rose meets an American businessman in the hotel where she works in Cork, he makes her an offer she can’t refuse)

John Theobald, The Drowned Land, Head of Zeus (first novel in a trilogy set 8,000 years ago during the last days of Doggerland, the North Sea’s Stone-Age Atlantis)

Charles Todd, An Irish Hostage, Wm Morrow (in the uneasy peace following World War I, nurse Bess Crawford runs into trouble and treachery in Ireland – 12th in series)

Joanna Toye, The Victory Girls, HarperCollinsUK (WWII family saga series)

Peter Tremayne, The House of Death, Headline (Sister Fidelma murder mysteries, book 32)

Jennifer Uhlarik, The Scarlet Pen, Barbour (a tale of true but forgotten history of an 19th-c serial killer whose silver-tongued ways almost trap a young woman into a nightmarish marriage)

Mark Warren, Indigo Heaven, Five Star (an ex-Confederate from Georgia, heads west to Wyoming, where he reconstructs his life as a ranch foreman and right-hand man for an English cattle baron)

Leah Weiss, All the Little Hopes, Sourcebooks Landmark (a Southern story of friendship, mystery, and the complex nature of right and wrong)

Julia Wild, The Secret Notebook, One More Chapter (between the pages of the secret diary her grandmother kept during WWII, Izzie discovers a story of love, heartbreak, and incomparable hardship)

Daisy Wood, The Clockmaker’s Wife, Avon UK (1940 – tale of fierce love, impossible choices and a moment that changes the world forever)

Tracey Enerson Wood, The War Nurse, Sourcebooks Landmark (based on a true story of one nurse in France during World War I who must battle the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic)

Neil K. Wootton, Purge, Vanguard (1645 – when a rich widow is accused of witchcraft, Sir Richard Easeby – lawyer and rationalist – is called to defend her)

August 2021

Shana Abe, The Second Mrs. Astor, Kensington (inspired by the real-life Titanic love story between America’s richest man and teenaged beauty Madeleine Force)

Kaia Alderson, Sisters in Arms, Wm Morrow (true story of the only all-Black battalion of the Women’s Army Corps, who made the voyage to Europe to ensure American servicemen received word from their loved ones during World War II)

Johnnie Alexander, The Cryptographer’s Dilemma, Barbour (a code developer uncovers a Japanese spy ring)

Diane Allen, A Precious Daughter, Macmillan UK (set between the wild fells of North Yorkshire, Canada and Liverpool, novel follow a family’s struggles in the 19th century)

Melissa Amateis, The Stranger From Berlin, S&S UK (WWII mystery with a love story at its heart)

Rosie Archer, I’ll Be Seeing You, Quercus (WWII – three women become friends when working in their local picture house)

Addison Armstrong, The Light of Luna Park, G.P. Putnam’s Sons (debut about a nurse who chooses to save a baby’s life, and risks her own in the process)

Pat Barker, The Women of Troy, Doubleday/Hamish Hamilton (feminist retelling of The Illiad from the perspective of the women of Troy who endured it)

Misty M. Beller, A Warrior’s Heart, Bethany House (inspirational romance set in the Canadian Mountains in 1812)

Joanne Bischof, The Gold in These Hills, Thomas Nelson (dual-narrative love story set during California Gold-rush)

A. K. Blakemore, The Manningtree Witches, Catapult (fear and destruction take root in a community of women when the Witchfinder General comes to town. England 1643)

Georgie Blalock, The Last Debutantes, Wm Morrow (novel set on the eve of World War II in the glittering world of English society and one of the last debutante seasons)

Owen Booth, The All True Adventures (and Rare Education) of the Daredevil Daniel Bones, Fourth Estate (novel about a young man’s sentimental education in late 19th-Century Europe)

John Boyne, The House of Special Purpose, Other Press (novel of the Russian Revolution and the fate of the Romanovs)

Lyle Brandt, Ralph Compton, Terror Trail, Berkley (daughters of a New Mexican rancher help their father recover a stolen herd)

Fern Britton, Daughters of Cornwall, HarperCollins (multi period novel set in 1918, 1939 and 2020)

Amy Belding Brown, Emily’s House, Berkley (Massachusetts, 1869; about Emily Dickinson’s long-time maid, Margaret Maher, whose bond with—and ultimate betrayal of—the poet ensured Dickinson’s work would live on)

James Lee Burke, Another Kind of Eden, Orion (tale of justice, love, brutality and mysticism in the turbulent 1960s)

Vinod Busjeet, Silent Winds, Dry Seas, Doubleday (debut novel that explores the intimate struggle for independence and success of a young descendant of Indian indentured laborers in Mauritius)

Susanna Calkins, The Cry of the Hangman, Severn House (a series of dark and puzzling crimes takes place in 17th-century London – Lucy Campion mystery)

Gianfranco Calligarich (trans. Howard Curtis), Last Summer in the City, Picador (first translation into English, story of the year Leo fell in love and lost everything – Rome, 1969)

Elizabeth Camden, Carved in Stone, Bethany House (when lawyer Patrick O’Neill takes a case to challenge the Blackstones’ legacy of greed and corruption, he doesn’t expect to be derailed by the family heiress)

Brian Castleberry, Nine Shiny Objects, Custom House (debut novel chronicling the eerily intersecting lives of a line of dreamers over the course of half a century that reveals the divided heart of modern America)

Tim Chant, The Straits of Tsushima, Sapere (series of historical adventures following former Royal Navy officer Marcus Baxter during the early 1900s)

Cassandra Clark, The Day of the Serpent, Severn House (the murder of a loyal king’s man threatens the self-crowned King Henry’s new regime)

P. Djèlí Clark, A Master of Djinn, Orbit (a magical fantasy set in Cairo, 1912)

Kia Corthron, Moon and the Mars, Seven Stories (examines NYC and America in the burgeoning moments before the start of the civil war through the eyes of a young mixed-race girl)

Richard Cullen, Oath Bound, Aries (first in a series featuring Danish warrior Styrkar, and his journey through the Battle of Hastings and the violence of the Norman Conquest)

Gretchen Craig, Six Mile Creek, Independently published (Parker and his Seminole friend Yoholo spend weeks looking for Parker’s sister, Brynn, who has been abducted by a Seminole warrior)

Judith Cutler, Death’s Long Shadow, Severn House (the arrival of an unexpected guest means trouble ahead for the residents of Thorncroft House)

Lora Davies, Daughter of the Shipwreck, Bookouture (London, 1820 – after his sister is kidnapped, Mat makes his life quest to find her, even as the dangers mount)

Jennifer Delamere, Crossed Lines, Bethany House (Love Along the Wires, book #2 of 3 – series spotlights the world of telegraph operation in 1880s London. Inspirational romance)

Renita D’Silva, The War Child, Bookouture (novel about love, secrets and betrayal set during some of humanity’s darkest hours)

Amanda Dykes, Yours is the Night, Bethany House (an inspirational story of hope set during WWI)

Sarah M. Eden, The Merchant and the Rogue, Shadow Mountain (romance set in London, 1865)

Louis Edwards, Ramadan Ramsey, Amistad (spanning from the Deep South to the Middle East, story bridges four countries, two cultures, and three families who struggle to love and survive in the face of war, natural disasters, and other calamities beyond their control)

Courtney Ellis, At Summer’s End, Berkley (novel about finding the courage to heal after the ravages of war)

Jenni Fagan, Luckenbooth, Windmill Books (1910, Edinburgh. The devil’s daughter has been sent by her father to bear a child for a wealthy couple, but, when things go wrong, she curses the building and all who live there)

Sasha Filipenko (trans. Brian James Baer, Elln Vayner), Red Crosses, Europa (story that encompasses the entire Russian 20th century with all its horrors and hard-won humanity)

Katie Flynn, White Christmas, Century (December, 1938- Rozalin Sachs has grown up in Frankfurt. But with the Nazi Revolution gaining power, she finds herself aboard the Kindertransport bound for Holland)

Michelle Gable, The Bookseller’s Secret, Graydon House (dual-narrative set in London about a struggling American writer on the hunt for a rumored lost manuscript written by Nancy Mitford—bookseller, spy, author, and socialite—during World War II)

Elizabeth Gill, The Miller’s Daughter, Quercus (third and final novel in the Foundling School trilogy)

Amy Lynn Green, The Lines Between Us, Bethany House (WWII inspirational fiction)

Andrew Greig, Rose Nicolson, Quercus (1574 – novel of a dramatic period of Scotland’s history, told by a character whose rise mirrors the conflicts he narrates)

Daryl Gregory, Revelator, Knopf (Southern gothic tale of a family’s mysterious religion, and the daughter who turns her back on their god)

Susan Gregory, The Chancellor’s Secret, Sphere (14th – century – twenty-fifth chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew)

V. B. Grey, Sisterhood, Quercus (story of sisters and their families whose lives are profoundly changed by the war)

Wendy Guerra (trans. Alicia Obejas), I Was Never the First Lady, HarperVia (tale of family, love, and history, set against the backdrop of the Cuban Revolution and its aftermath)

Nicola Harrison, The Show Girl, SMP (1927 – highlights the glamorous world of the Ziegfeld Follies, through the eyes of a young midwestern woman who comes to New York City to find her destiny)

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, The Secrets of Ashmore Castle, Sphere (1901; when the Earl of Stainton dies, the eldest son of the noble Tallant family must put his ambitions aside and honour his duty to the family)

Sarah Hawkswood, Wolf at the Door, Allison & Busby (a Hugh Bradecote and Serjeant Catchpoll murder mystery, set in 1144)

Jane Healey, The Ophelia Girls, Mariner (suspense-filled exploration of mothers and daughters, illicit desire, and the perils and power of being a young woman)

Kate Hewitt, Beyond the Olive Grove, Bookouture (story of two remarkable women who find the strength to persevere against all odds)

Naomi Hirahara, Clark and Division, Soho Crime (a young woman searches for the truth about her revered older sister’s death, bringing to focus the struggles of one Japanese American family released from mass incarceration at Manzanar during World War II)

Ruth Hogan, The Moon, the Stars, and Madame Burova, Wm Morrow (conjures a magical world of 1970s holiday camps and seaside entertainers, eccentrics, heroes and villains, the lost and the found)

Anna Lee Huber, Murder Most Fair, Kensington (Verity Kent Mystery, Book 5)

Paul Jenkins, The Lost Summer, Vanguard (after an idyllic summer in the Pyrenees in 1914, the horror of the trenches steals away the optimism and innocence of youth for Michael)

Jane Johnson, The Sultan’s Wife, Head of Zeus (historical adventure, set in 17th-century Morocco)

Todd M. Johnson, The Barrister and the Letter of Marque, Bethany House (a tangled legal thriller set in early 19th-century London. Inspirational fiction)

Angel Khoury, Between Tides, Dzanc Books (dual-timeline novel set on Cape Cod and North Carolina’s Outer Banks – 1890s and 1940s)

Anita Kopacz, Shallow Waters, Atria/Black Privilege Publishing (the Yoruban deity of the sea, Yemaya, is brought to life as a young woman discovers the power of Black resilience, love, and feminine strength during the Atlantic slave trade)

William Kent Krueger, Lightning Strike, Atria (prequel to Cork O’Connor series—a book about fathers and sons, long-simmering tensions in a small Minnesota town, and young Cork’s coming of age in the summer of 1963P

Tim Leach, A Winter War, Head of Zeus (a disgraced warrior must navigate a course between honour and shame, his people and the Roman Empire, in a new trilogy set in the second century AD)

Natasha Lester, The Riviera House, Hachette AU/Forever/Sphere (explores a fictionalized account of Resistance spies and the Nazi theft of valuable artwork that occurred during WWII in occupied France)

Preson Lewis, Rio Bonito, Five Star (survival trumps vengeance as a small rancher tries to outlast the dueling factions aimed at destroying him)

Alice Chetwynd Ley, An Eligible Gentleman, Sapere (book four in The Eversley Saga)

Tessa Lunney, Autumn Leaves, Pegasus (a Kiki Button mystery set in Paris 1922)

A.J. Mackenzie, A Clash of Lions, Canelo (medieval thriller set in England, 1346. Sequel to A Flight of Arrows)

Sarah MacLean, Bombshell, Avon (new historical feminist series – Hell’s Belles)

Melanie Magidow, trans., The Tale of Princess Fatima, Warrior Woman, Penguin (recounts the adventures of a legendary medieval warrior universally known throughout the Middle East)

Meghan Masterson, The Paris Wife, Bookouture (Paris, August 1856: novel about the power held by women in a world run by men)

Alyssa Maxwell, Murder at Wakehurst, Kensington (in Newport, Rhode Island, at the close of the 19th century, journalist Emma Cross discovers a cold-blooded murder on the grounds of a mansion)

Shannon McNear, MaryLu Tyndall, Kimberley Woodhouse, Daughters of the Mayflower: Defenders, Barbour (three early American adventures with intrigue and romance)

Daniel V. Meier, Bloodroot, BQB Publishing (an account of survival in America’s earliest settlement, Jamestown, Virginia)

Ellie Midwood, The Girl in the Striped Dress, Bookouture (Auschwitz, 1942: based on a true story, within the barbed wire of Auschwitz, a man and a woman fall in love against unimaginable odds)

Fenella J. Miller, The East End Girl in Blue, Aria (WWII romance)

Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Velvet Was the Night, Jo Fletcher/Del Rey (noir thriller about a daydreaming secretary and a lonely enforcer – and the missing woman they are both seeking)

Thomas Mullen, Midnight Atlanta, Little, Brown UK (a newspaper editor is murdered against the backdrop of Rosa Parks’ protest and Martin Luther King Jnr’s emergence)

Sabina Murray, The Human Zoo, Grove Press (follows a Filipino American journalist’s return to dictatorship-ruled Manila to research her book on tribes)

Barbara Mutch, The Fire Portrait, Allison & Busby (romantic drama set in the South African veld, where Frances McDonald is propelled from a marriage of convenience by a chance meeting with a former love)

Lizzie Page, The Orphanage, Bookouture (saga set in Shilling Grange Orphanage, England, 1948)

Pier Paolo Pasolini, The City of Mist, Rare Bird (Milan, 1959. A mob of teenage bullies roams the town. Self-styled teddy boys, they arm-wrestle, rob, flirt, and fight)

Rachel Pastan, In the Field, Delphinium (a woman scientist confronts bias and scientific dishonesty as she struggles to have her surprising discovery valued by a male-dominated world)

A. J. Pearce, Yours Cheerfully, Scribner (sequel to Dear Mrs Bird – a funny and uplifting story of courage at the height of WWII)

Chandra Prasad, Mercury Boys, Soho Press (a group of high school girls form a secret society after discovering they can communicate with boys from the past)

Robert Lee Primeaux, Will Chase, “The Sioux Lands”, Trineday Fiction (a Sioux legend of Will Chase/Chasing Hawk, a man who lives in both worlds with honour and integrity)

Joanna Rees, The Hidden Wife, Pan (second novel in A Stitch in Time historical trilogy)

J. D. Rhoades, The Killing Look, Polis Books (Civil War veteran L.D. Cade finds festering greed, corruption, and intolerance beneath the glitter and glamour of Gilded Age San Francisco)

Vanessa Riley, The Brides of London, Amara (two Regency romances)

Candace Robb, The Riverwoman’s Dragon, Severn House (when the wise woman Magda Digby is suspected of murder, Owen Archer sets out to prove her innocence. Series book 13)

M, J. Rose, C. W. Gortner, The Steal, Blue Box Press (a romantic caper set in the last 1950s)

JoAnn Ross, Swann’s Daughters, HQN (the past influences the present when three half-sisters meet for the first time after their father’s death)

Jonathan Santlofer, The Last Mona Lisa, Sourcebooks Landmark (art theft dual-narrative set in 1911 and present day)

Gordy Sauer, Child in the Valley, Hub City Press (a look at the complexities of masculinity, isolation, and the impenetrable nature of greed in fledgling America – set in 1849. Lgbt)

Kate Saunders, The Mystery of the Sorrowful Maiden, Bloomsbury (a Laetitia Rodd mystery)

Steven Saylor, Dominus, Constable (spanning 160 years and seven generations, full of ancient Rome’s most vivid figures: brings to life some of the most tumultuous and consequential chapters of human history)

Timothy Schaffert, The Perfume Thief, Doubleday (portrait of the underground resistance of twentieth-century Paris and a passionate love letter to the power of beauty and community in the face of insidious hate. LGBTQIA)

Sara Sheridan, The Fair Botanists, Hodder & Stoughton (1822. Excitement grips Edinburgh, at rumours of the impending bloom of a rare plant in the Botanic Gardens – historical romance)

Lila Slimani, The Country of Others, Penguin/Faber & Faber (interracial love story between a Moroccan soldier who fought for France in World War II and a French woman whose fierce desire for autonomy parallels colonial Morocco’s fight for independence)

Alexander McCall Smith, The Pavilion in the Clouds, Polygon (novel set in 1938 in idyllic grounds nestled in the hills of Ceylon)

Matteo Strukul (trans. Richard McKenna), Medici – Legacy, Head of Zeus (third instalment in series charting the rise of the House of Medici as they become Masters of Florence and progenitors of the Renaissance)

Larry D. Sweazy, Winter Seeks Out the Lonely, Five Star (as the Great Depression lingers, a circus camps outside of Wellington, bringing with it suspicion and rumors of stolen cattle to feed the animals)

S. D. Sykes, The Good Death, Hodder & Stoughton (England, 1370 – Lord Oswald de Lacy makes a devastating confession to his dying mother. But will he gain the forgiveness he seeks, or destroy his family?))

Liza Nash Taylor, In All Good Faith, Blackstone (dual narrative, telling parallel stories of questioning faith in times of adversity and two women’s resourcefulness and unlikely success during the Great Depression)

Joanna Toye, Wartime for the Shop Girls, HarperCollins (war brings changes three friends could never foresee)

Jas Treadwell, The Infernal Riddle of Thomas Peach, Hodder & Stoughton (1785 – a novel of necromancy, secrets, and a world on the brink of the modern age)

M. J. Trow, The Knight’s Tale, Severn House (introducing 14th century poet Geoffrey Chaucer as a new amateur sleuth)

Siya Turabi, The Last Beekeeper, One More Chapter (novel of family, friendship, and self-discovery exploring the power of choice in a changing world. Set in Pakistan, 1974)

Jen Turano, To Write a Wrong, Bethany House (an amusing inspirational romance set during the Gilded Age)

Ben Tyler, The Cowboy and the Scallywag, Five Star (a mysterious young woman offers a rancher a solution to his financial problems in 1881 Kansas)

Teresa Valero, Contrapaso, Europe Comics (journalistic thriller revealing the lengths the Francoist regime was willing to go to in its attempts to stifle any form of dissent)

Roxanne Veletzos, When the Summer Was Ours, Washington Square (World War II tale of star-crossed lovers separated by class, circumstance, and tragedy)

Jules Wake, The Secrets of Latimer House, One More Chapter (inspired by the untold story of the secret listeners of ‘M Room’ who worked day and night to help the Allies win the war)

Boo Walker, The Singing Trees, Lake Union (Maine, 1969 – a young artist forges a path of self-discovery in a story about forgiving the past and embracing second chances)

Jane Walsh, Her Countess to Cherish, Bold Strokes Books (London Society’s material girl falls in love with a non-binary bluestocking. LGBT historical romance )

C. M. Wendelboe, Fork in the False Trail, Five Star (Tucker Ashley returns to his ranch to find that Indians have raided it, killed livestock and taken his best friend and business partner Jack captive)

Kathleen Winter, Undersong, Knopf Canada (reimagines the lost years of misunderstood Romantic Era genius Dorothy Wordsworth)

Karen Witemeyer, Under the Texas Mistletoe, Bethany House (a trio of sweet Christmas historical romance novellas)

George H. Wittman, There Was a Time, Casemate (based on the little-known true story of American and Viet Minh collaboration in 1945, novel challenges later-accepted dogma about the American role in the Viet Nam conflict)

September 2021

Debendranath Acharya (trans. Amit R. Baishya) Jangam—The Movement, Global Collective Publishers (story of migration of an estimated 450,000-500,000 Burmese Indians who walked to north-east India, fleeing from the Japanese advance)

Jane A. Adams, Bright Young Things, Severn House (Bournemouth, 1930 – when a man dumps a body on a beach in full view of onlookers, the investigation that follows throws up a number of dark twists)

Nancy Campbell Allen, The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart, Shadow Mountain (romance develops as a detective partners with a lonely-hearts columnist to solve a murder mystery)

Taylor Anderson, Purgatory’s Shore, Ace (U.S., 1847. A disparate group of young American soldiers are bound to join General Winfield Scott’s campaign against Santa Anna at Veracruz during the Mexican-American War. They never arrive)

Lynn Austin, The Wish Book Christmas, Tyndale (holiday story that reminds us that sometimes the most meaningful gifts are the ones we least expect and don’t deserve)

Michael Aye, Andalucia, Bitingduck Press (the Fighting Anthonys Book 9)

Ronald H. Balson, Defending Britta Stein, SMP (a modern-day courtroom drama, set against Denmark’s wartime heroics)

Marlin Barton, Children of Dust, Regal House (two women, at odds with one another, are forced to come together to survive against the violence of a man they both love – Alabama, late 1800s)

Pepper Basham, The Mistletoe Countess, Barbour (historical romance)

Alexandra Bell, The Winter Garden, Del Rey (historical fantasy abut a magical garden, set in the Victorian era)

James R. Benn, Road of Bones, Soho Crime (Boyle is sent to the heart of the USSR to solve a double-murder at a critical turning point in the war)

Anne Bennett, As Time Goes By, HarperCollins (family saga set in England, 1920s)

Jo Beverley, The Viscount Needs a Wife, Berkley (the Rogue series 17 – Regency romance)

Laurent Binet (trans. Sam Taylor), Civilizations, FS&G (a strangely believable counterfactual history of the modern world, with ideas about colonization, empire-building, and the eternal human quest for domination)

Ron Blumenfeld, The King’s Anatomist, History Through Fiction (a medical history blended with meaningful relationships and a mystery, set in Brussels, 1565)

Rita Bradshaw, The Winter Rose, Macmillan UK (romance set in 1902)

Brom, Slewfoot, Tor Nightfire (a deal with the devil, reimagined as the clash between pagan and Puritan, set against the backdrop of colonial America, 1666)

Eric Brown, Murder at Standing Stone Manor, Severn House (newlyweds Donald Langham and Maria Dupré must navigate a rocky road to find a killer when a body is found next to a standing stone)

Sandra Brown, Blind Tiger, Grand Central (sexy suspense thriller set in 1920s Texas)

Robert Olen Butler, Late City, Atlantic Monthly (novel centered around former newspaperman Sam Cunningham covers much of the early 20th century, unfurling as a conversation between the dying man and a surprising God)

Deborah Carr, An Island at War, One More Chapter (novel inspired by the German occupation of the Channel Islands during WW2)

Ray Celestin, Sunset Swing, Mantle (following The Mobster’s Lament, this is the fourth book in the City Blues quartet set in Los Angeles, 1967)

Elizabeth Chadwick, A Marriage of Lions, Sphere (England, 1238. Raised at the court of King Henry III as a chamber lady to the queen, young Joanna of Swanscombe’s life changes forever when she comes into an inheritance far above all expectations)

Jai Chakrabarti, A Play for the End of the World, Knopf (debut set in early 1970s New York & rural India—story of a turbulent, unlikely romance, and a harrowing account of the lasting horrors of the Second World War)

Mary Chamberlain, The Forgotten, Oneworld (inspired by the German occupation of the Channel Islands)

Meg Waite Clayton, The Postmistress of Paris, Harper (about a young American heiress who helps artists hunted by the Nazis escape from war-torn Europe)

Rory Clements, A Prince and a Spy, Pegasus (a Cambridge spy must unravel a dangerous mystery that goes all the way to the heart of the Third Reich—and the British Monarchy)

Judi Coburn, Rebellion’s Daughter, Roseway (young Eunice will not settle for a woman’s lot in 1800s Canada, as her naive ignorance grows into a sophisticated political understand of her society)

Diney Costeloe, The Stolen Baby, Head of Zeus (tale of a child stolen from his home in the aftermath of a terrible air raid in Plymouth, 1941 – based on a true story)

Amanda Cox, The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery, Revell (dual-timeline story explores the complexity of a mother-daughter dynamic)

Polly Crosby, The Unravelling, HQ (novel about the secrets we can only discover when we dare to look beneath the surface)

James D. Crownover, The Last Comanche Warrior, Five Star (Adam Bain and his twin sister are captured by Mescalero Apaches and Adam trains to become an Apache warrior)

Simone de Beauvoir (trans. Sandra Smith), Inseparable, Ecco (offers fresh insight into the groundbreaking feminist’s coming-of-age; her tragic friendship with her childhood friend Zaza; and how her youthful relationships shaped her philosophy)

Suat Dervis (trans. Maureen Freely), In the Shadow of the Yali, Other Press (set in a changing Istanbul, this rediscovered 1940s classic tells the story of a forbidden love and its consequences)

Anthony Doerr, Cloud Cuckoo Land, Scribner/Fourth Estate (novel about children on the cusp of adulthood in a broken world, who find resilience, hope, and story. Spans from Constantinople, 1453 to present to future)

Anni Domingo, Breaking the Maafa Chain, Jacaranda (chronicles two sisters’ struggle for true freedom in the mid-nineteenth century, when transporting slaves from Africa to America was an illegal but lucrative business)

Dawn Dumont, The Prairie Chicken Dance Tour, Freehand Books (loosely based on the true story of a group of Indigenous dancers who left Saskatchewan and toured through Europe in the 1970s)

Evie Dunmore, Portrait of a Scotsman, Berkley/Piatkus (series featuring the bluestockings of Oxford’s inaugural class of women who carve out a place for themselves in the changing world of Victorian England)

Anne Emery, The Keening, ECW Press (the murdered body of Sorcha the prophetess is discovered following a lavish banquet at the Maguire castle in 16th century Ireland. Dual timeline)

Elizabeth Engelman, The Way of the Saints, SE Missouri State Univ. Press (short stories tell of Puerto Rico’s Independence movement of the 1930’s, life in the 1950’s tenements of New York, and the opulence of 1980’s Westchester)

Elaine Everest, The Patchwork Girls, MacmillanUK (novel about the strong bonds of female friendship set in 1939)

Sebastian Faulks, Snow Country, Bond Street Books/Hutchinson (sweeping across Europe as it recovers from one war and hides its face from another – A novel of yearnings, dreams of youth and the sanctity of hope)

Louise Fein, The Hidden Child, Head of Zeus (Eleanor and Edward Hamilton are harbouring a shameful secret that threatens to fracture their entire world. London, 1929)

Ellen Feldman, The Living and the Lost, SMG (story of a young German Jewish woman who returns to Allied Occupied Berlin from America to face the past and unexpected future)

David Field, A Colony Divided, Sapere (third in The Australian Saga Series chronicling the early years of British settlement in the 18th and 19th centuries)

Keum Suk Gendry-Kim (trans. Janet Hong), The Waiting, Drawn and Quarterly (fictional story of Gwija, who, at 17-yrs-old, after hearing that the Japanese were seizing unmarried girls, was married off to a man she didn’t know)

Catherine Gentile, Sunday’s Orphan, Independently published (set on the barrier islands off the coast of Savannah, Georgia; novel recounts three days of unprecedented events in July, 1930 during Jim Crow)

Maureen Gibbon, The Lost Notebook of Édouard Manet, W. W. Norton (portrait of Manet’s last years, and a vibrant testament to the endurance of the artistic spirit)

Diane Glancy, A Line of Driftwood, Turtle Point (September 1921, a young Inupiat woman named Ada Blackjack traveled to Wrangel Island, as cook and seamstress, along with four explorers. When a rescue ship broke through the ice two years later, she was the only survivor)

S. M. Goodwin, Crooked in His Ways, Crooked Lane (Albert Beauchamp disappeared just before Christmas in 1856. A year later he reappears in several pieces, packed in salt in a shipping crate in New Orleans)

Jenny Goutet, A Daring Proposal, Sweetwater (Memorable Proposals series, book 2. Inspirational romance)

Lauren Groff, Matrix, Heinemann Hutchinson (born from a long line of female warriors, yet too wild for 12th-c courtly life, Marie de France is sent to the muddy fields of Angleterre to become prioress of an impoverished abbey)

Jack Hannan, I am the Earth the Plants Grow Through, Linda Leith (a book about three generations of an unusual family, the Heyerdahls, lesser adventurers all, beginning in 1971)

Tim Hodkinson, The Serpent King, Head of Zeus-Aries (AD 936 – fourth book in The Whale Road Chronicles)

Edvard Hoem (trans. Tara Chace), Haymaker in Heaven, Milkweed Editions (saga—drawn from author’s family history—and a portrait of two countries at the turn of the 20th-c)

Ruth Hogan, The Moon, the Stars, and Madame Burova, Wm Morrow (story spanning over fifty years; a magical world of 1970s holiday camps and seaside entertainers, eccentrics, heroes and villains)

Wendy Holden, The Duchess, Berkley (a look at the inner workings of one of the most notorious scandals of the 20th century)

Emma Hornby, Her Wartime Secret, Bantam (new wartime saga about love, friendship and secrets)

John James, Talleyman, Sapere (a nautical historical adventure set in the nineteenth-century)
Also: Talleyman in the Ice (book two)

Dinah Jefferies, Daughters of War, HarperCollins (first book in a new historical series set in France, 1944)

Alexandra Joel, The Royal Correspondent, Harper Perennial (set in the Sydney and London of the 1960s—about an up-and-coming young Australian reporter with a deadly secret)

William W. Johnstone, J. A. Johnstone, To the River’s End, Kensington (story of the American frontier–and the trailblazing fur trappers who lived it, conquered it, and often died for it)

Gayl Jones, Palmares, Beacon Press (a Black woman’s journey through slavery and liberation, set in 17th-century colonial Brazil)

Geraint Jones, Rebel, Canelo (conclusion to the Raven and the Eagle series)

Leah Kaminsky, The Hollow Bones, Penguin AU (a young, ambitious zoologist and keen hunter and collector, has come to the attention of Heinrich Himmler, who invites him to lead a group of SS scientists to the frozen mountains of Tibet)

Ben Kane, Sands of the Arena, Orion (a collection of short stories set in ancient Rome)

Josi S. Kilpack, Anneka R. Walker, Sarah L. McConkie, Meet Me Under the Kissing Bough, Covenant (three historical romance Christmas novels)

Jane Kirkpatrick, The Healing of Natalie Curtis, Revell (after encountering Native American music, musician Natalie Curtis is determined to save these ancient songs which are being silenced by the government)

Leonard Krishtalka, The Body on the Bed, Anamcara Press (a thriller of murder and betrayal in 1870s)

Lesley Krueger, Time Squared, ECW Press (time warp love story that explores female agency through the ages)

Naomi Krupitsky, The Family, G. P. Putnam’s Sons (debut novel about the tangled fates of two best friends and daughters of the Italian mafia, and a coming-of-age story of twentieth-century Brooklyn itself)

Lizzie Lane, Fire & Fury for the Tobacco Girls, Boldwood (Bristol 1941: As the clouds of war grow bleaker, tobacco Girls, Maisie Miles and Bridget Milligan become voluntary ambulance drivers)

Tim Leach, A Winter War, Head of Zeus (a disgraced warrior must navigate a course between honour and shame, his people and the Roman Empire, in the first of a new trilogy set in 2nd-c AD)

David Liss, The Peculiarities, Tachyon (the tale of a clueless young man embroiled in a deadly supernatural mystery in London. Alternative historical fantasy)

Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger, The Woman at the Gates, Bookouture (Germany, 1944 – story of the unbelievable courage and determination of extraordinary people)

John MacLachlan, Vile Spirits, Douglas & McIntyre (novel set in 1920s Vancouver post-prohibition, when liquor was the fuel driving big business, big government—and major crime)

Alison Macleod, Tenderness, Bloomsbury (novel about D. H. Lawrence’s infamous Lady Chatterley’s Lover and the battle to free it from censors)

Stephens Gerard Malone, The History of Rain, Nimbus (a starkly realist meditation on the dissonant worlds that emerge from war, and the lengths we’ll go to chase the illusion of love)

Helaine Mario, Shadow Music, Oceanview Publishing (late in the Cold War, an infant girl and a priceless painting vanish during a tragic escape from Communist Hungary- Maggie O’Shea Mysteries book 3)

Alex Marsh, Ghosts of the West, Headline Accent (a tumultuous quest that takes two friends from the genteel streets of London to the wide plains of the United States)

Edward Marston, The Elephants of Norwich, Allison & Busby (Domesday Commissioners Ralph Delchard and Gervase Bret murder mystery series)

Victoria Mas, The Mad Women’s Ball, The Overlook Press (literary historical novel detailing the horrors faced by institutionalized women in 19th century Paris)

Imogen Matthews, The Girl Across the Wire Fence, Bookouture (1944, Amersfoort Concentration Camp, Holland. Based on a true story, tale of two young lovers who risked everything to keep hope alive)

Judith McCormack, The Singing Forest, Biblioasis (in attempting to bring a suspected war criminal to justice, a lawyer wrestles with power, accountability, and her Jewish identity)

Gavin McCrea, The Sisters Mao, Scribe UK (against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution and Europe’s sexual revolution, the fates of two families in London and Beijing become unexpectedly intertwined)

Rachel Scott McDaniel, Undercurrent of Secrets, Barbour (Doors to the Past vol. 4)

Sharon Mignerey, To Love a Stranger, Five Star (kidnappers are convinced Abbey Wallace is the missing wife of their boss, but proving she’s not becomes difficult)

Rod Miller, And the River Ran Red, Five Star (story of an all-but-forgotten massacre which stands today as the worst killing of Indians by the military in the history of the American West)

Denise Mina, Rizzio: A Novella, Pegasus/Polygon (a new take on the bloody assassination of David Rizzo private secretary to Mary, Queen of Scots, in the queen’s chambers in Holyrood Palace)

Heather B. Moore, The Slow March of Light, Shadow Mountain (novel of an American soldier working as a spy in Soviet-occupied East Germany and a West German woman secretly helping her countrymen escape from behind the Berlin Wall)

Trudy J. Morgan-Cole, Such Miracles and Mischiefs, Breakwater (colonists come face to face with Indigenous Americans, enslaved Africans, and pirates as they struggle to build a life in North America)

Laura Morelli, The Stolen Lady, Wm Morrow (two women, separated by 500 years, each hide Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa—with unintended consequences. Set in Florence, 1479 & France, 1939)

Trudy J. Morgan-Cole, Such Miracles and Mischiefs, Breakwater Books (colonists come face to face with Indigenous Americans, enslaved Africans, and pirates as they struggle to build a life in North America)

Lisa Morton (ed.), Leslie S. Klinger (ed.), Weird Women, Pegasus (a second offering of overlooked masterworks from early female horror writers)

Sheila Murray, Finding Edward, Cormorant (a suitcase full of photographs and letters dating back to the early 1920s tell the story of a white mother forced to give up her mixed-race baby)

Kitty Neale, A Mother’s Secret, Orion (new series set in Battersea, London, 1939)

Irène Némirovsky (trans. Sandra Smith), The Prodigal Child, Kales Press (set in Russia at the turn of the century, in a large port town on the Black Sea―story of a boy with a gift for composing poetry and songs, who attracts the attention of a princess)

Stuart Neville, The House of Ashes, Soho Crime (counterpoint voices—one modern Englishwoman, one Northern Irish farmgirl speaking from half a century earlier—paint portrait of violence and resilience)

Chris Nickson, Brass Lives, Severn House (a dangerous American may be responsible for a deadly crime spree in Leeds, England)

Anne O’Brien, The Royal Game, HQN (novel tells of the Paston family who went from peasants to aristocrats in two generations, in medieval England)

Gill Paul, The Collector’s Daughter, Wm Morrow/Avon UK (about Lady Evelyn Herbert, the woman who took the very first step into the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, and the after-effects of the Curse of Pharaohs)

Andrea Penrose, Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kensington (Wrexford & Sloane book 5)

Anne Perry, A Darker Reality, Ballantine (Elena Standish spy thriller series set in 1930s, book 3)

Joanna Davidson Politano, A Midnight Dance, Revell (as Ella strives to keep her place in a struggling ballet company, the tragic story of another dancer seems to haunt her every step)

Mary Jo Putney, Sabrina Jeffries, Madeline Hunter, A Yuletide Kiss, Kensington (Christmas collection of Regency Romances)

Tracy Rees, The Rose Garden, Pan (1895, Hampstead; a young woman accepts a position as a female companion, only to become entangled in secrets that chased her employers from their last home)

Ros Rendle, The Warring Heart, Sapere (a wartime romance set during WWI)

Josh Ritter, The Great Glorious Goddamn of It All, Hanover Square (novel about the last days of the lumberjacks)

Elaine Roberts, Big Dreams for the West End Girls, Aria (1914. Annie, Rose and Joyce are three girls with very different dreams – but the same great friendship)

Maggie Robinson, Farewell Blues, PPP (Lady Adelaide cosy mystery series, book 4)

Mandy Robotham, The Girl Behind the Wall, Avon (twin sisters separated by the Berlin Wall in a twist of fate)

Carmen Rodriguez, Atacama, Roseway Publishing (story of Manuel Garay and Lucía Céspedes, who are twelve years old in 1925, the year the Chilean Armed Forces perpetrated two massacres, one against striking saltpetre miners in La Coruña, the other against Peruvians living in Tacna)

Craig Russell, Hyde, Doubleday (reimagining of the Jekyll and Hyde story introducing Captain Edward Hyde, chief detective of Victorian Edinburgh)

Bernard Schlink (trans. Charlotte Collins), Olga, HarperVia (personal history of an ordinary and yet remarkable woman, told against the devastating canvas of 20th century Germany)

Nikola Scott, The Orchard Girls, Headline Review (dual-narrative about wartime, friendship and secrets kept)

Eva Shaw, The Seer, Torch Flame (mystery exploring New Orleans’ history of deception and domestic terrorism during World War II)

Harry Sidebottom, The Burning Road, Zaffre UK (standalone novel set in Rome)

Candace Simar, Mark Warren, Charlotte Hinger, Randi Samuelson-Brown, Librarians of the West, Five Star (four romances set in the Old West)

Sjón (trans. Victoria Cribb), Red Milk, FS&G/MCD (timely novel about a mysterious Icelandic neo-Nazi and the enduring global allure of fascism)

Wilbur Smith, The New Kingdom, Zaffre (new adventure fiction Egyptian novel)

Jonathan Spencer, Emperor of Dust, Canelo (third novel in the William John Hazzard series, following Lords of the Nile)

Minerva Spencer, Infamous, Kensington (Rebels of the Ton book 3)

Mary Jane Staples, A Sister’s Secret, Corgi (Regency romance)

Amy Stewart, Miss Kopp Investigates, HMH (life after the war takes an unexpected turn for the Kopp sisters, but soon enough, they are putting their unique detective skills to use in new and daring ways)

Stephanie Storey, Raphael, Painter in Rome, Arcade (brings to vivid life Raphael and Michelangelo, two Renaissance masters going head to head in the deadly halls of the Vatican)

Charles Stross, Invisible Sun, Tor (alternative historical adventure in which two versions of America are locked in conflict. Concludes The Empire Games trilogy)

Defne Suman, The Silence of Scheherazade, Head of Zeus (set in the ancient city of Smyrna, novel follows the intertwining fates of four families as their city is ripped apart by the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire)

Shruti Swamy, The Archer, Algonquin Books (coming-of-age novel set in the Bombay of the 1960s and 1970s)

S. D. Sykes, The Good Death, Pegasus (England, 1370 – Lord Oswald de Lacy makes a devastating confession to his dying mother. But will he gain the forgiveness he seeks, or destroy his family?)

Stephanie Marie Thornton, A Most Clever Girl, Berkley (based on the true story of Elizabeth Bentley, a Cold War double agent spying for the Russians and the United States)

Kim Thúy (trans. Sheila Fischman), Em, Seven Stories/Random House Canada (novel takes its inspiration from historical events, including Operation Babylift, which evacuated thousands of biracial orphans from Saigon in April 1975)

Mara Timon, Resistance, Zaffre UK (WWII espionage thriller set in 1944)

Marilyn Todd, Bad Blood, Sapere (Victorian murder mystery)

Colm Tóibín, The Magician, Scribner/McClelland and Stewart (story of the German writer Thomas Mann from his earliest childhood until his life’s end. A meditation on creative ambition, civic responsibility, queer desire, and the pull of history)

Gary W. Toyn, For Malice and Mercy, American Legacy Media (saga of treachery, survival, and unmerited forgiveness during WWII)

Fiona Valpy, The Storyteller of Casablanca, Amazon UK (Morocco, 1941 & early 2000s – a strange new city offers a young girl hope, and a lost soul a second chance)

Guy Vanderhaeghe, August into Winter, McClelland and Stewart (story of crime and retribution, of war and its long shadow, and of the redemptive possibilities of love. Set in 1939)

Rhiannon Ward, The Shadowing, Trapeze (spine-tingling Gothic mystery)

Jinny Webber, Bedtrick, Cuidono Press (the story of an unconventional marriage between two women in Elizabethan London)

Colson Whitehead, Harlem Shuffle, Bond Street/Fleet/Doubleday (novel of heists, shakedowns and rip-offs set in Harlem in the 1960s)

Jim R. Woolard, When the Missouri Ran Red, Kensington (epic follows a young man’s harrowing journey from Confederate captive to Union prisoner to unchained force of vengeance)

Lindsay Zier-Vogel, Letters to Amelia, Book*hug Press (tasked with reading newly discovered letters that Amelia Earhart wrote to her lover, a library tech becomes captivated by the famous pilot who disappeared in 1937)

October 2021

Annabel Abbs, Miss Eliza’s English Kitchen, Wm Morrow (real-life story of Eliza Acton and her assistant as they revolutionized British cooking and cookbooks around the world)

Wayne Abrahamson, Black Silver, Indigo River (Joseph Havok has no idea of the troubles he’ll face when goes in search of a lost cache of WWII silver near an island in the South China Sea)

Robert Allen, Sunday in New York, Crosslink (captures the campaign of evangelist Billy Sunday for the soul of a nation)

Reine Andrieu, The Girl with No Name, Hodder (mystery set in 1940 and 1946)

John Banville, April in Spain, Hanover Square (mystery on the Spanish coast – follow up to Snow)

Janet Beard, The Ballad of Laurel Springs, Gallery (novel about multiple generations of women in one East Tennessee family haunted by violence and redeemed by their rich inheritance of folk music)

M. C. Beaton, Down the Hatch, Constable (Agatha Raisin’s local bowls club explodes into a storm of accusation and intrigue – and murder)

Johanna Bell, The Bobby Girls’ War, Hodder (1916. As a member of the Women’s Police Service, it’s Poppy’s job to maintain law and order so that the munitions factory workers can safely carry out their war work)

Kate Belli, Betrayal on the Bowery, Crooked Lane (New York City, summer 1889. Society girl-turned-investigative journalist Genevieve Stewart and wealthy Daniel McCaffrey chase down a killer)

Renee Belliveau, The Sound of Fire, Nimbus (based on the tragic true story of the 1941 Mount Allison University residence fire)

Lori Benton, Shiloh, Tyndale (novel of faith, hope, and second chances set in the age of slavery, New York 1795)

Charlotte Betts, The Fading of the Light, Piatkus (family drama set in Spindrift House, Cornwall, 1902)

Diana Biller, The Brightest Star in Paris, SMG (romantic historical about first love, second chances, and the city of light)

Elena Botchorichvili (trans. Tatiana Samsonova & Max Lawton), A Light Rain, Quattro (novella tells the story of the Arechidze family, as well as the fate of an entire people, from the establishment of Soviet Georgia in 1921 to the armed conflicts of the early 1990s)

Franck Bouysse (trans. Lara Vergnaud), Born of No Woman, Weidenfeld & Nicolson/Other Press (a young woman’s journals divulge the horrible secrets of a wealthy family in late 19th-century/early 20th– century rural France)

Rhys Bowen, God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen, Berkley (Georgie is back and hanging the stockings with care when a murder interrupts her Christmas cheer)

Frances Brody, A Murder Inside, Piatkus (new classic crime series set in 1960s Yorkshire and starring prison governor Nell Lewis)

Patti Callahan, Once Upon a Wardrobe, Harper Muse (story that pulls back the curtain on the early life of C. S. Lewis)

Colleen Cambridge, Murder at Mallowan Hall, Kensington (a Phyllida Bright Mystery, Book 1. Set in Devon, England 1931)

Clare Chambers, Small Pleasures, Custom House (period piece about an ordinary British woman in the 1950s whose dutiful life takes a sudden turn into a battle between propriety and passion)

Jerome Charyn, Sergeant Salinger, No Exit (biographical portrait of a devastated young man on his way to becoming the mythical figure behind a novel that has marked generations)

Lars Saabye Christensen, Friendship: Echoes of the City II, Maclehose (part two set in post-war Oslo)

Joy Cohen, 37, Guernica Editions (a small-town reporter sets out on an unintended journey, stumbling upon story after story that for some reason—coincidence, fate?—all occurred in 1937)

Paul Colt, Assassin’s Witness, Five Star (two powerful railroads clash in a dispute over the Royal Gorge right-of-way to serve a valuable silver strike in Colorado)

Mary Connealy, Love on the Range, Bethany House (Pinkerton agent Molly Garner gets a job as the housekeeper at a ranch to see if the owner has committed the crimes he’s suspected of)

Tea Cooper, The Fossil Hunter, Harlequin AU/HQ/Mira (a fossil discovered at London’s Natural History Museum leads a woman back in time to 19th century Australia)

John Copenhaver, The Savage Kind, Pegasus (two lonely teenage girls in 1940s Washington, DC, discover they have a penchant for solving crimes—and an even greater desire to commit them)

Lecia Cornwall, The Woman at the Front, Berkley (a daring young woman risks everything to pursue a career as a doctor on the front lines in France during World War I)

Dilly Court, Winter Wedding, HarperCollins (Victorian romance)

Brenda Davies, The Girl Behind the Gates, Hodder (dual timeline novel set in 1939 and 1981)

Eugene J. DiCesaris, Clayton Sharp: Messenger of Warning, Five Star (in 1867 the leader of a band of young outlaws is injured, which leads to new directions in his life)

David Donachie, HMS Hazard, Mcbooks (John Pearce book #16 set in 1796)

Lesley Eames, The Wartime Singers, Aria (1914 – three women perform in hospitals and convalescent homes to lift the spirits of men who have suffered so much)

Jim Eldridge, Murder at the Savoy, Allison & Busby (during a Blitz attack one of the Savoy’s guests in murdered in an underground shelter)

Rima Elkouri (trans. Phyllis Aronoff & Howard Scott), Manam, Mawenzi House (story of a small town during the Armenian genocide at the beginning of the 20th century)

Jessica Ellicott, Murder in an English Glade, Kensington (newest installment of the Beryl and Edwina mysteries)

Garth Ennis, illus. Steve Epting, Sara, TKO Studios (WWII story following a team of female Russian snipers as they beat back the Nazi invaders during a brutal winter campaign on the Eastern Front)

J.S. Emery, A Clockwork River, Ad Astra (steampunk historical fantasy)

Ann S. Epstein, The Great Stork Derby, Vine Leaves Press (1926 in Toronto, and Emm Benbow pressures his wife to have babies for cash)

Louise Fein, The Hidden Child, Wm Morrow (Eleanor and Edward Hamilton have wealth, status, and a happy marriage—but the 1929 financial crash is looming, and they’re harboring a terrible secret)

Suzanne Feldman, Sisters of the Great War, Mira (story of hope, perseverance, courage, illustrating how the unbreakable bond between sisters can survive even the darkest hour. Inspired by true stories)

Darlene Franklin, Parry Smith Hall, Cynthia Hickey, Marilyn Turk, Kathleen Y’Barbo, The Librarian’s Journey, Barbour (in 1936. four women set out on horseback to bring the library to remote communities)

Jonathan Franzen, Crossroads, FSG/Bond Street (first in trilogy tells the story of a Midwestern family across three generations, mirroring the preoccupations and dilemmas of the US from the Vietnam War to the 2020s)

Iain Gale, SBS: Special Boat Squadron, Aries (series chronicling the exploits of the Special Boat Squadron, who executed World War Two’s most daring covert operations)

Elisabeth Gifford, A Woman Made of Snow, Corvus (novel of a century-long mystery in the wilds of Scotland and one woman’s hunt for the truth)

Claire Gradidge, Treachery at Hursley Park House, Zaffre UK (WWII mystery featuring heroine Josephine Fox)

Paul Griffiths, Mr Beethoven, New York Review (imagines a visit by Beethoven to the United States to write a Biblical oratorio)

Annie Groves, Christmas for the District Nurses, HarperCollins (WWII saga)
Also: A Gift for the District Nurses

Chris Hadfield, The Apollo Murders, Mulholland Books/Quercus/Random House Canada (Cold War thriller from the dark heart of the Space Race, set in 1973)

William C. Hammond, No Sacrifice Too Great, Mcbooks (chronicles the adventures of the Cutler family as the United States takes on Great Britain in the War of 1812)

Tessa Harris, Beneath a Starless Sky, HQ (WWII story of love, betrayal and courage)

F. Tara Hathaway, Ramayana: Classic Tales, Flame Tree (tells the tale of Rama and his beloved Sita, but its narratives and intent point to the grand themes of life, death and righteousness)

Cathy Hayward, The Girl in the Maze, Agora (traversing three generations of women torn apart by family trauma, novel explores the complex relationship and challenges involved in both mothering and being mothered)

Jodi Hedlund, The Heart of a Cowboy, Bethany House (on a botanical exploration, traveling the Santa Fe Trail, Linnea Newberry longs to be taken seriously by the other members of the expedition)

Willem Frederik Hermans (trans. David Colmer), A Guardian Angel Recalls, Pushkin Press (dark wartime thriller; WWII)

Polly Heron, Christmas with the Surplus Girls, Corvus (a pupil at the Miss Heskeths’ school for surplus girls is determined to make Christmas the best ever for the children at an orphanage)

Tim Hodkinson, Lions of the Grail, Aries (series follows Irish Knight Templar, Richard Savage, as he is forced to spy on his homeland for the King of England. Book 1)

Alice Hoffman, The Book of Magic, Simon & Schuster (conclusion of the Practical Magic series)

Dawn Hogan, Unbroken Bonds, Woodhall Press (four unwed mothers in the turbulent 1960s are forced to give up their children because of societal expectations)

Lucy Holland, Sistersong, Redhook (535 AD. In the ancient kingdom of Dumnonia, King Cador’s children inherit a fragmented land abandoned by the Romans)

Jenny Holmes, The Air Raid Girls at Christmas, Bantam (new installment in saga series)

Brian Thomas Isaac, All the Quiet Places, Touchwood Editions (coming-of-age story of Eddie Toma, an Indigenous (Syilx) boy – story of what can happen when every adult in a person’s life has been affected by colonialism)

Antonio Iturbe (trans. Lilit Thwaites), The Prince of the Skies, Feiwel & Friends/MacmillanUK (story of famed author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and his friends, aviators who changed the history of civil aviation)

Anna Jacobs, A Valley Dream, Hodder & Stoughton (first in new romantic saga set in 1936)

Dan Jones, The Tale of the Tailor and the Three Dead Kings, Head of Zeus (mediaeval ghost story originally recorded in the early fifteenth century by an unknown monk)

David H. Jones, Hold at All Hazards, Casemate (Bigelow’s Battery at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863)

KarakaraKemuri, Laughing Under the Clouds, Volume 4, Tokyopop (graphic format historical sci-fi fantasy set in the early Meiji era, against civil unrest and the end of the samurai way of life)

Susanna Kearsley, The Vanished Days, Sourcebooks Landmark (dual timeline romance that interweave the troubled weeks in Edinburgh in 1707 with the tales of a woman who lived through the Killing Times, a revolution, and Scotland’s loss of a colony in the Americas)

Suzanne Kelman, When the Nightingale Sings, Bookouture (based on a true story, novel about wartime courage and friendship, tells how two women changed the fate of the WW II and the course of history)

Natalie Kleinman, When Only Pride Remains, Sapere (story of love, loss and healing set in Regency England)

M. A. Kuzniar, Midnight in Everwood, HQ (historical fantasy retelling of the Nutcracker set in Nottingham, 1906)

Vanessa Lafaye, Rebecca Mascull, Miss Marley, HQ (a Christmas ghost story and prequel to A Christmas Carol)

Pam Lecky, Her Secret War, Avon UK (on 31st May 1941, Germany drops bombs on neutral Dublin and Sarah Gillespie loses her family and home)

Bryan Litfin, Every Knee Shall Bow, Revell (tale of courage, defiance, and humble submission to God continues the saga of two unlikely allies in the age of imperial Christianity)

Margaret Lukas, The Broken Statue, BQB Publishing (Omaha, 1905 – when women live subjugated to men, 18-year-old Bridget prides herself on having earned acceptance to medical school)

Debra May Macleod (trans. Barbara Ostrop), To Be Wolves, Blackstone (2nd in the Vesta Shadows series set in Ancient Rome)

Adrian Magson, Death at the Old Asylum, Canelo (French historical crime thriller set in Picardie, 1964 and featuring Inspector Lucas Rocco)

Edward Marston, Orders to Kill, Allison & Busby (December 1917; when Ada Hobbes arrives to clean the house owned by surgeon, Dr Tindall, she finds his blood-covered body on the floor)

Maggie Mason, The Halfpenny Girls at Christmas, Sphere (second in series about friendship and overcoming hardship)

Ellie Midwood, The Girl on the Platform, Bookouture (Berlin, 1939: the true story of Libby Schulze-Boysen, a German girl who refused to back down to the Nazis)

Fenella J. Miller, The Officer Girl in Blue, Aria (book three in the Girls in Blue series)

Nathaniel Ian Miller, The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven, Little, Brown (set in the decades between the two World Wars; story of one man who banishes himself to a solitary life in the Arctic Circle)

Stephen Mitchell, The First Christmas, St. Martin’s Essentials (transforms the nativity story, breathing new life into a familiar tale)

Ada Moncrieff, Murder Most Festive, PPP (a cosy Christmas mystery set in 1938)

Heather Morris, Three Sisters, SMP/Zaffre (three sisters are rescued from the death march from Auschwitz and relocate to Israel but there the battle for freedom takes on new forms)

Leonora Nattrass, Black Drop, Viper (historical thriller set in London during the uproar of the French Revolution)

Håkan Nesser, The Lonely Ones, Mantle (follows the mystery of two couples who die thirty-five years apart in the exact same spot)

Andie Newton, The Girl from Vichy, Aria (1942 – fleeing a marriage to a ruthless man, Adèle takes refuge in a nunnery – where the sisters are aiding the Resistance, and soon Adèle is too)

Kayte Nunn, The Last Reunion, Orion (multi narratives of 3 women, inspired by the women who served in ‘the forgotten war’ in Burma)

Ambrose Parry, A Corruption of Blood, Canongate (next medical mystery in the historical crime series featuring duo Will Raven and Sarah Fisher)

Lesley Pearse, Belle, Agora Books (London, 1910. Though raised in a brothel, 15-year-old Belle is still an innocent, carefree girl until she witnesses a murder)

Tracie Peterson, Waiting on Love, Bethany House (fulfilling a promise to her dying mother, Elise Wright boards her father’s ship as a cook to watch over him)

Lori Rader-Day, Death at Greenway, Wm Morrow (suspense novel about nurses during World War II who come to Agatha Christie’s holiday estate to care for evacuated children)

Patricia Raybon, All That is Secret, Tyndale (new historical mystery series, a puzzle confronting the hidden secrets of class, race, family, and love

Heather Redmond, The Pickwick Murders, Kensington (next in the Dickens of a Crime series)

Rosemary Rowe, A Dreadful Destiny, Severn House (April, CE 194 – an unwelcome proposal of marriage has far-reaching repercussions)

Gabriella Saab, The Last Checkmate, Wm Morrow (a young Polish resistance worker, imprisoned in Auschwitz as a political prisoner, plays chess in exchange for her life)

Andrzej Sapkowski (trans. David French), Warriors of God, Gollancz/Orbit (second volume of the Hussite trilogy)

Regina Scott, A View Most Glorious, Revell (in 1893 Washington, a headstrong beauty must rely on a mountain guide to get her to the top of Mt. Rainier so she can win a wager and save her stepfather’s failing bank)

Theresa Shea, The Shade Tree, Guernica (exploration of racial injustice and conflict set against the backdrop of some of America’s most turbulent historical events)

Elizabeth B. Splaine, Swan Song of a Jewish Diva, Woodhall Press (tale of love, loss and perseverance in which William Patrick Hitler, Adolf’s real-life nephew, enjoys a strong debut as the leading man)

Caitlin Starling, The Death of Jane Lawrence, SMP (gothic horror set in a dark-mirror version of post-war England)

Mel Starr, Master Wycliffe’s Summons, Lion Fiction (Sir Hugh de Singleton is spurred into action when one of Master John Wycliffe’s scholars is found dead after a thunderstorm)

Julian Stockwin, Thunderer, Hodder & Stoughton (Britain’s ambitions turn to the Spice Islands, where Admiral Pellew has been sent to confront the enemy’s vastly rich holdings)

Linda Stratmann, Sherlock Holmes and the Rosetta Stone Mystery, Sapere (first Victorian crime thriller in the Early Casebook of Sherlock Holmes series)

Patrick Taylor, An Irish Country Yuletide, Forge (next in the Ballybucklebo series)

Stephen Taylor, The Secrets of Elloughton Park, Sapere (in an archive of journals started in the 18th century, a historian finds the diaries of a cinder maid clearly involved in a family scandal)

Terry Lynn Thomas, The Family Secret, HQ (mystery thriller set in 1940)

Tom G. Thompson, Run Run Cricket Run, Casemate (1970—a group of young Forward Air Controllers is assigned to support the Truck War and the People’s War in southern Laos, where the outcome of the Vietnam War, and Laos’ future, is being decided)

Lavie Tidhar, The Hood, Ad Astra (second in the Anti-Matter of Britain sequence – retelling of Sherwood Forest and the legend of Robin Hood)

Marilyn Todd, Bad Blood, Sapere (1895, London – when Austin Forbes is shot dead, Julia McAllister is called upon in her unofficial role as police photographer to capture the crime scene)

Liz Tolsma, A Picture of Hope, Barbour (a photojournalist risks her life to save children)

Robert Tomaino, New Madrid, Woodhall Press (explores several themes against the backdrop of action and adventure in the early 1800s in the United States)

Amor Towles, The Lincoln Highway, Hutchinson/Viking (a simple journey through 1950s America becomes a dazzling odyssey filled with obstacles, villains and ruses fit only for heroes to overcome)

Heather Tucker, Cracked Pots, ECW/a misfit book, (from the waning flower-power ’60s through her university years, Ari fights to discover what it means to be the child of an addicted mother and depraved father)

Antonin Varennne (trans. Sam Taylor) The Canvas of the World, MacLehose (Paris Exposition of 1900; Aileen Bowman, a journalist in her mid-thirties, unmarried, independent, who is unafraid to speak her mind and liberated from constraints of her gender and class, soon creates a stir)

Clio Velentza, The Piano Room, Fairlight (gothic retelling of the myth of Faust, set in Hungary in the 1970s and 1990s)

Margaret Verble, When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky, HMH (novel set in 1926 Nashville follows a death-defying young Cherokee horse-diver who, with her companions from the Glendale Park Zoo, must get to the bottom of a mystery that spans centuries)

Daisy Waugh, In the Crypt with a Candlestick, Pegasus (comedic mystery full of sharp drama, sly wit—and a smidgeon of murder)

Janeen Webb, Andrew Enstice, The Five Star Republic, IFWG publishing (in the 19th century, just how close did we come to a world run on solar power? This alternate history is of a world that might easily have been the future you’ll wish we’d had)

Andrew Williams, The Prime Minister’s Affair, Hodder & Stoughton (historical thriller based on a real blackmail plot, hidden in the archives)

Beatriz Williams, The Wicked Widow, Wm Morrow (Gin Kelly, the wicked redhead, is back in next installment of the Wicked City series)

K. R. Wilson, Call Me Stan: A Tragedy in Three Millennia, Guernica Editions (story of a man endlessly struggling to adjust as the world keeps changing around him)

Sarah Winman, Still Life, G. P. Putnam’s Sons (set between World War II and the 1980s, story of strangers brought together by love, war, art, flood, and the ghost of E. M. Forster)

Kimberley Woodhouse, A Deep Divide, Bethany House (when her father’s greedy corruption goes too far, heiress Emma Grace McMurray sneaks away to be a Harvey Girl at the El Tovar Grand Canyon Hotel)

Richard Woodman, A River in Borneo, Mcbooks (1867 – young Henry Kirton, Second Officer of the auxiliary steam-ship River Tay, is dumped ashore in Singapore)

Yulia Yakovleva (trans. Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp), Punishment of a Hunter, Pushkin Press (1930s Leningrad; as a mood of fear cloaks the city, Vasily Zaitsev is called on to investigate a series of seemingly motiveless murders

November 2021

Bisi Adjapon, The Teller of Secrets, HarperVia (a feisty Nigerian-Ghanaian girl growing up amid the political upheaval of late 1960s postcolonial Ghana questions the hypocrisy of her patriarchal society)

Louise Allen, The Duke’s Counterfeit Wife, Harlequin (when their ship is commandeered, Nicholas Terrell saves stranger Sarah Parrish by claiming she’s his wife)

Jeffrey Archer, Over My Dead Body, HarperCollins (story takes detective William Warwick to the cold case unit, where he chases someone who thinks they’ve got away with murder)

Mary Balogh, Someone Perfect, Berkley (9th book in the Westcott series)

Reem Bassiouney (trans. Roger Allen), Sons of the People, Syracuse Uni. Press (multi-generational epic saga)

Sian Ann Bessey, An Alleged Rogue, Covenant (when Adam and his sister make an unexpected appearance at a dinner party, the scandalized whispers cannot be contained)

Rita Welty Bourke, Islomanes of Cumberland Island, Addison & Highsmith (tragic story of two families, separated by generations, living on Cumberland Island)

Paula Brackston, City of Time and Magic, SMP (next installment in the time-traveling Found Things Series)

Barbara Taylor Bradford, A Man of Honor, SMP (prequel to A Woman of Substance)

Kate Breslin, As Dawn Breaks, Bethany House (after a deadly explosion at her factory, munitions worker Rosalind Graham escapes a painful life and assumes the identity of her deceased friend)

Emily Brightwell, Mrs. Jeffries and the Midwinter Murders, Berkley (a Victorian murder mystery)

Maggie Campbell, Nurse Kitty’s Unforgettable Journey, Trapeze (novel inspired by the brave nurses and doctors from the first NHS hospital, the Trafford General, opened after the end of the Second World War)

Manda Collins, An Heiress’s Guide to Deception and Desire, Forever (witty historical romance)

Christy Cooper-Burnett, Escaping Home, Black Rose (a time travel, sci-fi fantasy adventure)

Poppy Cooper, A Post Office Christmas, Hodder (second in a WWI romantic saga)

Tea Cooper, The Cartographer’s Secret, Harper Muse (a young woman’s quest to heal a family rift entangles her in one of Australia’s greatest historical puzzles. Set in 1880 and 1911)

Nicola Cornick, The Last Daughter of York, Graydon House (inspired by a notorious 15th century royal scandal; time-slip novel is set in England on the brink of Tudor rule)

Bernard Cornwell, Sharpe’s Assassin, Harper (Cornwell returns with his iconic hero, Richard Sharpe)

Richard Cullen, Oath Bound, Aries (first in a historical series featuring Danish warrior Styrkar, and his journey through the Battle of Hastings and the violence of the Norman Conquest)

Natashia Deón, The Perishing, Counterpoint (a Black immortal in 1930’s Los Angeles must recover the memory of her past in order to save the world. Historical fantasy)

Liane de Pougy (trans. Graham Anderson), A Woman’s Affair (c.1901), Dedalus (first English translation of a lesbian lover story, based on Liane de Pougy’s affair with Natalie Barney. LGBTQ)

Liane de Pougy (trans. Graham Anderson, Chasing the Dream (c. 1898), Dedalus (first English translation of the story of a courtesan in search of true love)

Gordon Doherty & Simon Turney, Gods of Rome, Aries (final instalment of the Rise of Emperors trilogy, set in the 3rd century AD)

Paul Doherty, Dark Queen Watching, Severn House (the arrival of a band of Spanish mercenaries brings new danger for Margaret Beaufort and the House of Lancaster)

Kimberly Duffy, Every Word Said, Bethany House (when August Travers is forced to leave America after being caught in the middle of a scandal, she travels to India to make changes in her life)

Owen Dwyer, The Gilded Age, Liberties Press (an award-winning, burnt out writer is visited by the characters he is researching while writing a book about the assassination of President James Garfield)

Bella Ellis, The Rise of the Red Monarch, Hodder & Stoughton (third instalment in the Brontë Mysteries series)

Anita Frank, The Return, HQ (a tale of love and loss, secrets and promises. WWII era romance)

Diana Gabaldon, Go Tell the Bees That I am Gone, Delacorte/Doubleday Can/Century (latest entry in the Outlander series, featuring the love story of Jamie and Claire)

Anne Glenconner, A Haunting at Holkam, Mobius (new mystery set during WWII in Holkam)

Nicole Glover, The Undertakers, John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books (second book in Murder & Magic series of historical fantasy novels featuring Hetty Rhodes and her husband, Benjy, magic practitioners and detectives living in post–Civil War Philadelphia)

Lori Anne Goldstein, Love, Theodosia, Arcade (a funny, swoony take on a fiercely intelligent woman (Aaron Burr’s daughter, Theodosia) with feminist ideas and ideals far ahead of her time)

Beverly Gologorsky, Can You See the Wind?, Seven Stories Press (a story of family—whether the one you inherit or the one you create—bound together and torn apart in the struggle for a better world)

Michelle Griep, Lost in Darkness, Barbour (Regency-era gothic romance with inspirations from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein)

Dennis Hamley, The Second Person from Porlock, Fairlight (London, 1824. Samuel Coleridge is a washed-up opium addict, his grip on reality slipping; his past and present mingling in laudanum-induced dreams)

Brooks Hansen, The Unknown Woman of the Seine, Delphinium (based on a true story; Paris, late 1800s, when a woman’s body washed up on the banks of the Seine, her unearthly beauty became an inspiration to poets and painters to figure out what lead to such an untimely death)

Virginia Heath, Never Fall for Your Fiancée, SMG (first in a new historical rom-com series, a handsome earl hires a fake fiancée to keep his matchmaking mother at bay)

Rick Held, Night Lessons in Little Jerusalem, Hachette AU (Tholdi is a romantic. A musical prodigy whose brilliant future is extinguished when he wakes to the terrors of war as the Nazi-allied Romanians attack his town of Czernowitz)

Mike Hollow, The Pimlico Murder, Allison & Busby (a murder of a young man takes place on Armistice Day, 1940)

Sophia Holloway, Kingscastle, Allison & Busby (when Captain William Hawksmoor inherits Kingscastle he learns that he must marry within a year or be forever dealing with trustees)

Kathryn Hughes, The Memory Box, Headline Review (epic story of love and war set in Italy post WWII)

Eva Ibbotson, A Glove Shop in Vienna, Pan Mac (collection of romantic short stories taking you from 19th-century Vienna, over the wild moors of Northumberland to the snowy streets of pre-revolutionary St Petersberg)

Conn Iggulden, Protector: A Novel of Ancient Greece, Pegasus (adventure where Themistocles will risk everything—his honor, his friendships, even his life—to protect his country)

Anna Jacobs, A Valley Secret, Hodder & Stoughton (second installment of saga set in 1930s Lancashire)

Meredith Jaeger, The Pilot’s Daughter, Dutton (inspired by a true Jazz Age murder cold case novel is an exploration of the stories we tell ourselves and of how well we can truly know those we love)

Lucy Jago, A Net for Small Fishes, Flatiron (navigating the Jacobean court is a dangerous game and one misstep could mean losing everything)

Dinah Jefferies, Daughters of War, HarperCollins (tale of sisters, secrets and bravery in the darkness of war-torn France, 1944)

Dietrich Kalteis, Under an Outlaw Moon, ECW Press (based on the true story of Depression-era bank robbers Bennie and Stella Mae Dickson)

Elmer Kelton, Law of the Land, Forge (stories of the Old West)

Josi S. Kilpack, Love and Lavender, Shadow Mountain (book 4 of the Mayfield Family Regency romance series)

Martin Limon, War Women, Soho Crime (South Korea 1970s – US Army CID Agents George Sueño and Ernie Bascom become entangled with a pushy tabloid reporter as they search for an officer gone missing)

Mario Vargas Llosa (trans. Adrian Nathan West), Harsh Times, FS&G (story of Guatemala’s political turmoil of the 1950s)

Kirsty Manning, The French Gift, Wm Morrow (World War II set historical novel about murder, secrets, and survival. Dual narrative set in 1940 and present day)

Freya Marske, A Marvellous Light, Tordotcom (historical fantasy unfolds in an Edwardian England full of magic, contracts, and conspiracies)

Joseph Matthews, The Blast, PM Press (San Franciso, 1916 ― explores how two seemingly disparate people—plus a wide cast of historical characters—become engaged with the city’s and nation’s turmoil, and with the related complexities of their pasts)

Matthew P. Mayo, Winter Wolves, Five Star (Roamer’s snowshoe trek takes a hard turn when he finds his mentor, Maple Jack, savaged, terrorized, and raving about blood-eyed demons who absconded with his cold-weather mate)

Nicholas Meyer, The Return of the Pharaoh, Minotaur (next installment of the From the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D. series)

Sam Michaels, Raven, Aries (Georgina Garrett series, book five. Crime saga set in 1949)

Thomas Morris, The Dublin Railway Murder, Harvill Secker (murder mystery set in 1856)

Abir Mukherjee, The Shadows of Men, Pegasus (Calcutta police detective Captain Sam Wyndham and his quick-witted Indian Sergeant, Surrender-Not Banerjee, are back for another adventure set in 1920s Calcutta)

John D. Nesbitt, Larry D. Sweazy, Jim Jones, Phil Mills Jr., Perilous Frontier, Five Star (a Quartet of Crime in the Old West)

Shelley Noble, A Secret Never Told, Forge (next in Lady Dunbridge cosy mystery series set on Coney Island in 1908)

Randall O’Brien, Gettysburg by Morning, Addison & Highsmith (based on real-life women who did the same, this is the story of a woman who fought for her country in the Civil War)

Karen Odden, Down a Dark River, Crooked Lane (mystery introduces Inspector Michael Corravan as he investigates a string of vicious murders that has rocked Victorian London’s upper crust)

Carrie Fancett Pagels, Behind Love’s Wall, Barbour (two successful women, a 120-years apart, build walls to protect their hearts)

Glynis Peters, The Red Cross Orphans, One More Chapter (WWII series, book one)

Katherine Reay, The London House, Harper Muse (family secret sets one woman on the journey of a lifetime through the history of Britain’s WWII spy network and glamorous 1930s Paris)

Ros Rendle, Resistance of Love, Sapere (historical saga set during WWII)

Anthony Riches, Vengeance: Empire XII, Hodder & Stoughton (next in series after River of Gold)

Constance Sayers, The Ladies of the Secret Circus, Piatkus (spanning from Jazz Age Paris to present-day America of family secrets, sacrifice, and lost love set against the backdrop of a mysterious circus)

Simon Scarrow, The Honour of Rome, Headline (AD 58, Britannia. Fifteen years after Rome’s invasion of Britannia, centurion Macro is back)

Carly Schabowski, The Ringmaster’s Daughter, Grand Central (WWII story inspired by a true story)

Rosemary Simpson, The Dead Cry Justice, Kensington (a Gilded Age mystery)

Bonnie Stanard, Béjart’s Caravan, Cuidono Press (give us insight into the charmed lives and dangerous freedoms of traveling theater troupes in late 17th-century France)

David Starr, The Colour of Glass, Ronsdale (chronicles the relationship between Indigenous people and the fur traders, politicians, judges, police, priests and school staff who profited from assimilating and erasing Indigenous people and their cultures)

Danielle Steel, Flying Angels, Delacorte/MacmillanUK (WWII brings together six young flight nurses, who face the challenges of war and its many heartbreaks and victories as unsung heroes)

David O. Stewart, The New Land, Permuted Press (family saga beginning in Maine, 1753)

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Harper (novel about life in the movie colony, circa 1969)

Maisie Thomas, Christmas with the Railway Girls, Arrow (WWII saga series)

Sherry Thomas, Miss Moriarty, I Presume?, Berkley (Charlotte Holmes comes face to face with her enemy when Moriarty turns to her in his hour of need. Lady Sherlock book 6)

J. R. Thorp, Learwife, Pegasus (novel of loss, renewal and how history bleeds into the present, based on the story of the most famous woman ever written out of literary history)

Rose Tremain, Lily, Chatto & Windus (1850 – an abandoned orphan grows up at the Foundling Hospital. When she’s released into harsh Victorian London she’s hiding a dreadful secret)

Johanna Van Zanten, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Addison & Highsmith (set in the Netherlands during WWII, this novel follows the struggles of an informer for the Dutch resistance)

Erica Vetsch, The Debutante’s Code, Kregel (inspirational Regency romance mystery series)

John Vigna, No Man’s Land, Arsenal Pulp Press (saga set in the Canadian wilderness of the late 19th century, about a teenaged girl named Davey, a charismatic fraudster, and the unbearable weight of fate)

Elizabeth Weiss, The Sisters Sweet, The Dial Press (a young woman in a vaudeville sister act must learn to forge her own path after her twin runs away to Hollywood)

Darcie Wilde, A Counterfeit Suitor, Kensington (mystery series featuring Rosalind Thorne, a young woman adept at helping ladies of the ton navigate the darker corners of Regency England)

Melodie Winawer, Anticipation, Gallery (tale set in the crumbling city of Mystras, Greece, in which a scientist’s vacation with her young son quickly turns into a fight for their lives after they cross paths with a man out of time)

Sarah Winman, Still Life, Viking (set between World War II and the 1980s, story of strangers brought together by love, war, art, flood, and the ghost of E. M. Forster)

December 2021

Neil Bockoven, The People Eaters, Rare Bird (a story of love, life, and survival in Ice Age Europe)

André Lewis Carter, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Icon Books (in the early 1970s, César Alvarez enlists in the navy to escape a life of crime but his decision lands him amid volatile racial tensions at a crucial moment in US history)

Christina Courtenay, Tempted by the Runes, Headline (next in Viking time-slip series)

Gioia Diliberto, Coco at the Ritz, Pegasus (novel of the eternally enigmatic Coco Chanel in the aftermath of World War II)

Lyndsay Faye, Observations by Gaslight, Mysterious Press (collection of Sherlockian tales that shows the Great Detective and his partner, Watson, as their acquaintances saw them)

Annie Groves, The District Nurses Make a Wish, HarperCollins (next installment in the District Nurses series)

Tim Hodkinson, The Waste Land, Aries (second in the Richard Savage templar knight series)

Lorena Hughes, The Spanish Daughter, Kensington (first in new mystery series set in 1919, about a woman who inherits her estranged father’s cacao plantation in Ecuador)

Greg Hunt, Downriver South, Five Star (the Civil War has ended, and Marshal Ridge Parkman is looking forward to visiting his family in war-torn western Missouri)

Catherine Ryan Hyde, Boy Underground, Lake Union (during WWII, a teenage boy finds his voice, the courage of his convictions, and friends for life)

Celia Imrie, Orphans of the Storm, Bloomsbury (the story of a mother’s epic quest to find her children, set against the backdrop of the sinking of the Titanic)

Regina Jennings, Proposing Mischief, Bethany House (an untamed farm girl and a mine manager team up to overhaul his family business finances)

Julia Kelly, The Last Dance of the Debutante, Gallery (follows three of the last debutantes to be presented to Queen Elizabeth II)

Juhea Kim, Beasts of a Little Land, Ecco (story of love, war, and redemption set against the backdrop of the Korean independence movement, following the intertwined fates of a young girl sold to a courtesan school and the penniless son of a hunter)

Julie Klassen, Shadows of Swanford Abbey, Bethany House (murder mystery set in a medieval monastery-turned-grand hotel)

Lana Kortchick, Daughters of the Resistance, HQ (novel of love and sacrifice in the midst of the Second World War, set in Ukraine 1943)

Nap Lombard, Murder’s a Swine, PPP (London. 1943. When newlyweds Agnes and Andrew Kinghof are present for the discovery of a corpse in an air-raid shelter, the two set to work on putting their amateur detective skills to work)

Paula Martinac, Dear Miss Cushman, Bywater Books (in 1850s Manhattan, a gender-bending role on stage helps a young actress find the courage to reject an arranged marriage and find love on her own terms. LGBTQ+)

Alyssa Maxwell, A Deadly Endowment, Kensington (to make ends meet, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady’s maid, Eva Huntford, have decided to open up Foxwood Hall to guided public tours)

Luke McCallin, From a Dark Horizon (US) / Where God Does Not Walk (UK), Berkley/No Exit Press (in the waning days of World War I, a horrific crime behind the lines sends Lieutenant Gregor Reinhardt on a search for a killer)

Shannon McNear, Elinor, Barbour (story based on the mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke)

Nadifa Mohamed, The Fortune Men, Knopf (1952, Cardiff – Mahmood Mattan finds himself on trial for his life and facing conspiracy, prejudice and the inhumanity of the state)

Abir Mukherjee, The Shadows of Men, Harvill Secker (Wyndham and Banerjee murder mystery book five. Set in Calcutta, 1923)

Terri Nixon, A Cornish Homecoming, Piatkus (a tale of family secrets set against the Cornish coastline)

Scott Oden, The Doom of Odin, SMP (as the Black Death rampages across Europe, two creatures of the Elder World clash over the rotting corpse of Christendom. Historical fantasy set in Sicily 1347)

Bob Orkand, The Spandau Complication, Casemate (in Cold War Berlin US Army Major Harry Holbrook is caught in the midst of assassination attempts and has to put his trust in an unknown contact)

Phillip Parotti, A Cast of Falcons, Casemate (action in the skies over the Sinai desert in 1916)

Candice Sue Patterson, Saving Mrs. Roosevelt, Barbour (Shirley Davenport joins the Coast Guard Women’s Reserve only to be sent to Maine to foil a plot to harm the First Lady)

Kinley Roby, Black Horse Mountain, Five Star (after the Civil War, Colonel Jonathan Wainwright joins a wagon train bound for Santa Fe, where he buys a ranch, and soon finds himself threatened by the Santa Fe Ring, intent on killing him and seizing his land)

A.L. Sowards, Of Daggers and Deception, Covenant (historical mystery romance set in Thebes)

Stephen Spotswood, Murder Under Her Skin, Doubleday (Pentecost and Parker Mystery 2 – hard-boiled mystery set in New York, 1946)

Rosalyn Story, Sing Her Name, Agate (tells the intertwined stories of two Black opera singers whose lives connect across time)

Sarah Loudin Thomas, The Finder of Forgotten Things, Bethany House (inspirational adventure set in 1932)

Terry Lynn Thomas, House of Lies, HQ (while WWII rages, Cat Carlisle runs a women’s refuge to protect beaten wives, but when one of the women is found dead in the woods behind the house, Cat’s world shatters)

Lara Thompson, One Night, New York, Pegasus (debut novel of corruption and murder set in the nightclubs, tenements, and skyscrapers of 1930s New York)

Victoria Thompson, City of Shadows, Berkley (A Counterfeit Lady, book 5)

Marilyn Todd, Dead Drop, Sapere (Victorian murder mystery set in England, 1896)

Michel Tremblay (trans. Linda Gaboriau), Twists of Fate, Talonbooks (The Desrosiers Diaspora 6)

Karen Tuft, An Accidental Romance, Covenant (it seems that Rebecca has no shortage of suitors, if only her heart were free to give)

S. Kirk Walsh, The Zookeeper of Belfast (UK) / The Elephant of Belfast (US), Hodder (story of a young woman zookeeper and the elephant she’s compelled to protect through the German blitz of Belfast during WWll)

Julie Weston, Miners’ Moon, Five Star (Crime photographer Nellie Burns and Basque Sheriff Charlie Asteguigoiri travel from central to northern Idaho to investigate bootlegging and possible complicit town officials)

David Niall Wilson, Jurassic Ark, Crossroad Press (an alternate history reimagining Noah’s Ark)

Mary Wood, The Jam Factory Girls Fight Back, Pan (saga about female camaraderie)

 


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