Forthcoming historical novels for 2022

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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See our guide to Forthcoming Historical Novels for 2021 for the previous year’s releases.

Last update September 29, 2021

January 2022

Lena Andersson (trans. Sarah Death), Son of Svea, Other Press (comedy of the progress and ruin of the industrial welfare state, told through the story of a single family)

Leah Angstman, Out Front the Following Sea, Regal House (at the onset of King William’s War between French and English settlers in 1689 New England, Ruth Miner is accused of witchcraft for the murder of her parents and must flee the brutality of her town)

Marie Benedict, Her Hidden Genius, Sourcebooks Landmark (fictionalised story of Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) who unlocked the secrets of DNA only to die in anonymity)

Karen Brooks, The Good Wife of Bath, Wm Morrow (medieval novel starring Chaucer’s bold and libidinous Wife of Bath)

Robert Olen Butler, Late City, No Exit (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)

Cecil Camerson, An Italian Scandal, HarperNorth (story of romance, passion and adventure set in 19th century London and Italy)

Jillian Cantor, Beautiful Little Fools, Harper Perennial (revisits the glittering Jazz Age world of The Great Gatsby, retelling this American classic from the women’s perspective)

Elizabeth Chadwick, A Marriage of Lions, Little, Brown (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)

Paul Fraser Collard, Commander, Headline (Jack Lark, Book 10 set in 1869))

Ed Davis, The Last Professional, Artemesia (returning to the rails fifteen years after the childhood trauma that haunts him, young Lynden Hoover gets help from an old hobo who calls America’s landscape his home)

Nina de Gramont, The Christie Affair, Mantle (reimagines the unexplained 11-day disappearance of Agatha Christie that captivated the world)

Melanie Dobson, The Winter Rose, Tyndale (dual narrative novel in which an American Quaker woman works tirelessly in Vichy France to rescue Jewish children from the Nazis)

Jim Eldridge, Murder at the National Gallery, Allison & Busby (detectives are contacted at the request of the artist, Walter Sickert, famously suspected of being Jack the Ripper)

Carolyn Elizabeth, The Raven and the Banshee, Bella Books (18th-c tale of vengeance, forgiveness, second chance love and redemption in an adventure on the high seas. LGBTQ+)

Donna Everhart, The Saints of Swallow Hill, Kensington (1932 Georgia & N. Carolina – a story of courage, survival and friendships)

Robert Fabbri, An Empty Throne, Corvus (Alexander’s Legacy, book 3)

Jenni Fagan, Luckenbooth, Pegasus (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)

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

Jennie Felton, The Smuggler’s Girl, Headline (a saga of shipwrecks, secrets, love and loss)

Laura Frantz, A Heart Adrift, Revell (1755; a colonial lady and a privateering sea captain collide once more after a failed love affair a decade before)

Marcial Gala (trans. Anna Kushner), Call Me Cassandra, FSG (magical tale of a haunted young dreamer, born in the wrong body and time, who believes himself to be a doomed prophetess from ancient Greek mythology)

Sulari Gentill, Where There’s a Will, PPP (a Rowland Sinclair WWII mystery)

Diana Giovinazzo, Antoinette’s Sister, Grand Central (brings to life one of history’s most formidable European monarchs: a woman who upended societal conventions for the betterment of her people as Queen of Naples)

Stephanie Graves, A Valiant Deceit, Kensington (young pigeoneer Olive Bright has been conscripted, with her racing birds, to aid the fight against the Nazis)

Alexis Hall, Something Fabulous, Montlake (Regency Romance LGBTQ+)

Stephen Harrigan, The Leopard is Loose, Knopf (the fragile 1952 postwar tranquility of a 5-yr-old boy’s world explodes when a leopard escapes from the zoo, and he has to confront his deepest fears)

Jody Hedlund, Never Leave Me, Revell (after the disappearance of her father and sister, Ellen Creighton wants nothing to do with the holy water they were seeking, even if it would cure her deadly genetic disease)

Arlene Heyman, Artifact, Bloomsbury (novel of female drive and desire, reaching from mid-century to the Reagan era)

Grace Hitchcock, Her Darling Mr. Day, Bethany House (jilted in front of all New York, Theodore Day decides to lose himself in his family’s luxury riverboat business in New Orleans)

Beatrice Hitchman, All of You Every Single One, The Overlook Press (a literary lesbian novel set in a bohemian enclave of Vienna, about love, freedom, and what constitutes a family. LGBTQ)

Melanie Hudson, The Night Train to Berlin, One More Chapter (dual narrative love story set in 1944 and present day)

Nick Jones, The Observer Effect, Blackstone (Joe heads back to 1873 on his most dangerous mission yet, one that will take him deep inside a burning opera house. Joseph Bridgeman book 3)

Snorri Kristjansson, Council, Quercus (second in the Helga Finnsdottir Mysteries, set in Viking-age Uppsala)

M. A. Kuzniar, Midnight in Everwood, HQ (a historical retelling of The Nutcracker, set in 1906)

Pam Lecky, Her Secret War, Avon (explores a deadly tangle of love and espionage in war-torn Britain)

Gemma Liviero, Half in Shadow, Lake Union (novel about courage, love, and consequences at the dawn of World War I in German occupied Belgium)

Joanna Lowell, The Runaway Duchess, Berkley (a runaway bride dumps a duke and rewrites her own love story. Victorian romance)

Robert MacKenzie, Dave Walker, illus. Justin Greenwood, Compass, Image Comics (setting out from Baghdad during the Islamic Golden Age, Shahi’s quest brings her to 13th-century Britain)

John Maddux, Little Eagle, Bitingduck Press (novel about one man’s journey to find himself as he travels with the famous Canadian-Ojibwe artist, Norval Morrisseau)

Peter Mann, The Torqued Man, Harper (set in wartime Berlin and propelled by two voices: a German spy handler and his Irish secret agent, neither of whom are quite what they seem)

Peter Manseau, The Maiden of All Our Desires, Arcade (explores the territory between faith and freedom, and how the horrific events of history shape individual lives, set in 14th-c)

Mimi Matthews, The Siren of Sussex, Berkley (new Victorian romance series – Belles of London Book 1)

BJ Mayo, The Sparrows of Montenegro, Skyhorse (western set in Texas, 1870)

Anna Mazzola, The Clockwork Girl, Orion (in the midst of the freezing winter of 1750, a new maid arrives at the home of a clockmaker, whose uncanny mechanical creations seem to imitate life itself. Dark historical mystery)

Gavin McCrea, The Sisters Mao, Scribe US (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)

Liam McIlvanney, The Heretic, HarperCollinsUK (standalone mystery featuring serial character, Detective Duncan McCormack, set in 1976, seven years after The Quaker)

Elizabeth D. Michaels, The Captain of her Heart, Sweetwater (romance set in 1777 colonial America)
Also: Captive Hearts (April 2022); The Captain’s Angel (July 2022); Hearts Crossed (September 2022)

T. Jefferson Parker, A Thousand Steps, Forge (coming-of-age thriller set in California in 1968)

Tracie Peterson, Kimberley Woodhouse, Ever Constant, Bethany House (romance set in Nome, Alaska)

Laura Joh Rowland, Garden of Sins, Crooked Lane (Victorian Mystery series in which crime scene photographer, Sarah Barrett must search for the killer of a woman she found murdered on a train)

Anna Schmidt, High-Wire Heartbreak, Barbour (1936 – a party at the Ringling mansion, Ca d’Zan in Sarasota, Florida, leads to a robbery – and possibly death)

James D. Shipman, Beyond the Wire, Kensington (blends fact and fiction in a novel based on the real story behind the prisoner uprising at Auschwitz during WWII)

Dana Stabenow, Disappearance of a Scribe, Aries (Pharaoh Cleopatra’s plans for Alexandria are run awry when a body is found floating in the sea)

Julian Stockwin, Thunderer, Mobius (Britain’s ambitions turn to the Spice Islands, where Admiral Pellew has been sent to confront the enemy’s vastly rich holdings)

Susan Stokes-Chapman, Pandora, Random House UK (novel set in Georgian London, where the discovery of a mysterious ancient Greek vase sets in motion conspiracies, revelations and romance)

Jen Turano, To Disguise the Truth, Bethany House (when Arthur Livingston seeks out the Bleeker Street Enquiry Agency to find a missing heiress, Eunice Holbrooke realizes her past has finally caught up with her)

Sandro Veronesi (trans. Elena Pala), The Hummingbird, HarperVia (saga of a Florentine family from the 1960s to the present introduces a portrait of human existence, the vicissitudes and vagaries that propel and ultimately define us)

Carol Wallace, Our Kind of People, G. P. Putnam’s Sons (set in 1880s – among New York City’s Gilded Age elite, one family will defy convention)

Roseanna M. White, To Treasure an Heiress, Bethany House (Beth Tremayne stumbles across an old map, but her only way to piece together the clues is through Lord Sheridan–a man she insists stole a prized possession)

Abigail Wilson, Twilight at Moorington Cross, Thomas Nelson (in the Regency era, a woman only has to marry one of two men. But what if her heart belongs to a third?)

Kimberley Woodhouse, Kathleen Y’Barbo, Daughters of the Mayflower: Pioneers, Barbour (three adventurous romances in the expanding West)

Samantha Greene Woodruff, The Lobotomist’s Wife, Lake Union (novel of a woman fighting against the most grievous odds, of ego, and of the best intentions gone horribly awry)

Glenda Young, The Miner’s Lass, Headline (family saga and romance)

February 2022

Dane Bahr, The Houseboat, Counterpoint (noir set in small town Iowa in the 1960s)

Kristín Marja Baldursdóttir (trans. Philip Roughton), Karitas Untitled, Amazon Crossing (portrait of an artist trapped by convention and expectations but longing for the chaos that can set her free)

Daniel Black, Don’t Cry for Me, Hanover Square (a black father makes amends with his gay son through letters written on his deathbed)

Rick Bleiweiss, Pignon Scorbion & the Barbershop Detectives, Blackstone (new detective and ensemble cast of characters – story set against the backdrop of small-town England in the 1910s)

Joanne Burn, The Hemlock Cure, Sphere (based on the real history of an English village during the Great Plague)

Barbara Chase-Riboud, The Great Mrs. Elias, Amistad (brings to life Hannah Elias, one of the richest black women in America in the early 1900s)

Ashley Clark, Where the Last Rose Blooms, Bethany House (more than a century apart, two women search for the lost)

Catherine Coulter, The Grayson Sherbrooke Novella Collection, Blackstone (set in the mid-19th century, join Sherbrooke and his rag-tag team of investigators to solve bizarre, out-of-this-world cases)

Janet Dailey, Calder Grit, Kensington (historical romance)

Mary Davis, Mrs. Witherspoon Goes to War, Barbour (new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII)

Nina de Gramont, The Christie Affair, SMP (reimagines the unexplained 11-day disappearance of Agatha Christie that captivated the world)

Jennifer Deibel, The Lady of Galway Manor, Revell (in 1920 Galway, amid the Irish War of Independence, the daughter of a British landlord becomes an apprentice jeweler to the descendent of the creator of the famed Claddagh ring)

Anni Domingo, Breaking the Maafa Chain, Pegasus (story of two sisters’ struggle for freedom in the mid-19th century as their paths diverge—one to the court of Queen Victoria, the other to an American plantation)

David Wright Falade, Black Cloud Rising, Grove Press (takes readers to the moment when enslaved men and women were embracing freedom)

Heather Fisher, Fates of Battle for Love and War, Sweetwater (Ebony series, book 2)

Hester Fox, A Lullaby for Witches, Graydon House (a young museum worker stumbles across a mysterious woman who begins to call to her across the centuries)

Caroline Frost, Shadows of Pecan Hollow, Wm Morrow (set in Texas in the 1970s and 90s — literary debut about a fierce woman and the partner-in-crime she can’t escape)

Elena Gorokhova, A Train to Moscow, Lake Union (in post–World War II Russia, a girl must reconcile a tragic past with her hope for the future)

Jenny Goutet, A Daring Proposal, Sweetwater (Memorable Proposals series, book 2. Romance)

Libbie Grant, The Prophet’s Wife, Wm Morrow (story of the early days of the Mormon church through the eyes of the woman who saw it all—Emma, the first wife of the prophet Joseph Smith)

Jocelyn Green, Drawn by the Current, Bethany House (a birthday excursion turns deadly when the SS Eastland capsizes with insurance agent Olive Pierce and her best friend on board)

Tessa Hadley, Free Love, Harper (portrays the dissolution of a family in 1960s England)

Andrea Hairston, Redwood and Wildfire, Tordotcom (at turn of 20th-c two gifted performers journey to Chicago to search for a place where they can be who they want to be – historical fantasy)

Dennis Hamley, The Second Person from Porlock, Fairlight (literary historical novel based around the life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, set in London, 1824)

Arlem Hawks, Beyond the Lavender Fields, Shadow Mountain (romance between a factory owner’s daughter and a revolutionary, set in 1792 France)

Colin Holmes, Thunder Road, CamCat Books (when an Army Air Force Major vanishes from his top-secret job at the Fort Worth airbase in 1947, down-on-his-luck former Ranger Jefferson Sharp is hired to find him. Noir thriller)

Stephen Hunter, Basil’s War, Aries (a daredevil British agent goes behind enemy lines to search for a religious text that might hold the key to ending the Second World War)

Alan Judd, A Fine Madness, Pegasus (espionage novel that explores the life of theatrical genius—and spy—Christopher Marlowe)

Jennifer Lamont Leo, Naomi Musch, Candice Sue Patterson, Pegg Thomas, Lumberjacks and Ladies, Barbour (struggling to remain independent in the 1800s, four women reluctantly open up to help – and love – from lumberjacks)

Frances Liardet, Think of Me, G. P. Putnam’s Sons (novel about one couple’s journey through war, love, and loss, and how the people we love never really leave us)

Maja Lunde (trans. Diane Oatley), The Last Wild Horses, HarperVia (spanning continents and centuries, this is a powerful tale of survival and connection—of humans, animals, and the indestructible bonds that unite us all)

Timothy David Mack, The Orchid and the Emerald, Blackstone (William Gunn seeks a cure for his sick daughter and goes in search of the black orchid; a plant only found in the forbidding Amazon rainforest)

Debra May Macleod, Empire of Iron, Blackstone (conclusion to the Vesta Shadows trilogy, Pomponia realizes that, like Rome itself, she must become even more ruthless than her enemies if she is to survive)

Sharlene MacLaren, Her Guarded Heart, Whitaker House (Western romance)

Miranda Malins, The Rebel Daughter, Orion (as the turmoil of Civil War reaches her family home in Ely, 19-year-old Bridget Cromwell finds herself at the heart of the conflict)

Violet Marsh, Velocity of a Secret, Montlake (spring 1919 – an intrepid heroine confronts the dark underworld of espionage and war)

Sam Martin, One Day in June, Roundfire Books (based on a true story and series of historical events, novel is one man’s journey of self discovery)

Rosie Meddon, Ties That Bind, Canelo (a WWII saga)

Louisa Morgan, The Great Witch of Brittany, Redhook/Orbit (tale of Ursule Orchiere and her discovery of magical abilities that will not only change the course of her life but every generation that comes after her)

Boyd & Beth Morrison, The Lawless Land, Aries (first in a Templar Knight series set in 1351)

Terry Mort, A Spy in Casablanca, Mcbooks (Riley Fitzhugh is recruited by the OSS for temporary duty as a naval spy in Morocco)

Anna Pitoniak, Our American Friend, Simon & Schuster (from 1970s to present day, from Moscow and Paris to Washington and New York, novel is about power and complicity and how sometimes, the fate of the world is in the hands of the people you’d never expect)

Karolina Ramqvist (trans. Saskia Vogel), The Bear Woman, Coach House (a journey of feminism and literary detective work spanning centuries and continents)

Francine Rivers, The Lady’s Mine, Tyndale (romantic tale of a displaced New England suffragette, a former Union soldier disinherited by his Southern family, and the town they join forces to save)

Susan Holloway Scott, Martha, Kensington (biographical fiction about Martha Washington)

Toni Shiloh, In Search of a Prince, Bethany House (Brielle is a princess in the kingdom of Oloro Ilé, Africa, and she must immediately assume her royal position, since the health of her grandfather, the king, is failing)

Jill Eileen Smith, The Prince and the Prodigal, Revell (after a stunning betrayal, Judah struggles to forget what he’s done while Joseph attempts to move on from what’s been done to him)

Luanne G. Smith, The Raven Spell, 47North (in Victorian England a witch and a detective join forces to hunt for a serial killer)

Eva Stachniak, The School of Mirrors, Wm Morrow (novel about a mother and a daughter in 18th-century France, beginning with decadence and palace intrigue at Versailles and ending in revolution)

Harper St. George, The Lady Tempts an Heir, Berkley (a fake engagement brings together a lady with bold and daring dreams, and the heir whose heart she captured)

Herbert J. Stern, Alan A. Winter, Sins of the Fathers, Skyhorse (tells the true story of the foolish prime minister who undermined the coup to topple the regime, saved the Führer’s life, and paved the road to World War II)

Alfred Stifsim, Wild Salvation, TwoDot (a western novel that explores diverse perspectives on race and the role of women in the Old West)

Sarah Sundin, Until Leaves Fall in Paris, Revell (when the Nazis march into Paris, an American woman uses her bookstore to aid the resistance, while a businessman chooses to sell his products to Germany–and send vital information home to the US)

Charles Todd, A Game of Fear, Wm Morrow (Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge is faced with a murder with no body, and a killer who can only be a ghost. Set in 1921)

Bryn Turnbull, The Last Grand Duchess, Mira (takes readers behind palace walls to see the end of Imperial Russia through the eyes of Olga Romanov, the first daughter of the last Tsar)

Paul Vidich, The Matchmaker, Pegasus (Cold War spy story set in West Berlin)

Hans von Trotha (trans. Elisabeth Lauffer), Pollak’s Arm, New Vessel Press (account of a little-known figure responsible for a major archaeological discovery of the long-missing piece of an ancient sculpture in the Vatican Museums)

Sarai Walker, The Cherry Robbers, HMH (a feminist gothic about the lone survivor of a cursed family of sisters, whose time may finally be up)

Heather Webb, The Next Ship Home, Sourcebooks Landmark (inspired by true events, novel probes America’s history of prejudice and exclusion—when entry at Ellis Island promised a better life but often delivered something drastically different)

T. A. Willberg, Marion Lane and the Deadly Rose, Park Row (lady detective-in-training Marion Lane returns to solve a new case when a serial killer with an unusual calling card is on the loose in London)

Tom Young, Red Burning Sky, Kensington (saga based on the true story of Operation Halyard, WWII’s most daring and successful rescue mission)

March 2022

Annabel Abbs, The Language of Food, S&S UK (England, 1835 – explores the enduring struggle for female freedom, the power of female friendship, the quiet joy of cooking and the poetry of food)

Diana Abu-Jaber, Fencing with the King, W. W. Norton (draws on King Lear and Arthurian fable to explore the power of inheritance, the trauma of displacement, and whether we can release the past to build a future)

W. M. Akers, Westside Lights, HarperVoyager (third book in Jazz Age fantasy series set in the dangerous Westside of New York City, and following private detective Gilda Carr’s hunt for the truth)

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

Jenny Ashcroft, Under the Golden Sun, SMP (World War II love story set against the raw beauty of Australia)

Lisa Barr, Woman on Fire, Harper (tale of a young, ambitious journalist embroiled in an international art scandal centered around a Nazi-looted masterpiece)

Tony Birch, The White Girl, HarperVia (debut set in the 1960s, that explores the lengths we’ll go to save the people we love)

Rhys Bowen, Clare Broyles, Wild Irish Rose, Minotaur (1907― back in New York, where her and her now husband’s story began, Molly decides to accompany some friends to Ellis Island to help distribute clothing to those in need)

Annabelle Bryant, The Lady Loves Danger, Kensington (Regency romance)

Amanda Cabot, The Spark of Love, Revell (tale of treachery, love and trust, set in 1850s Texas)

Deborah Carr, An Island at War, One More Chapter (novel about the German occupation of the Channel Islands)

Maud Casey, City of Incurable Women, Bellevue Literary Press (exploration of the type of female bodily and psychic pain once commonly diagnosed as hysteria―and the hysterical response commonly exhibited by medical men)

Andrea Yaryura Clark, On a Night of a Thousand Stars, Grand Central (in this narrative of love and resilience, a young couple confronts the start of Argentina’s Dirty War in the 1970s)

Mary Connealy, The Element of Love, Bethany House (after learning their stepfather plans to marry them off, Laura Stiles and her sisters escape to find better matches and claim their father’s lumber dynasty)

Liliana Corobca (trans. Monica Cure), The Censor’s Notebook, Seven Stories (a window into the intimate workings of censorship under communism, confirming the power of literature to capture personal and political truths)

Thomas E. Crocker, Captain Hale’s Covenant, Mcbooks (family saga an American Revolutionary War blockade runner, who, with his sons, builds a fortune in trade with France, England, and Jamaica)

Marion Deeds, Comeuppance Served Cold, Tordotcom (in the wake of the 1929 stock market crash, Seattle’s powerful Commission of Magi is moving against the city’s most vulnerable magic users under the guise of protecting law-abiding citizens)

Camille Di Maio, Until We Meet, Forever (WWII romance)

David Donachie, Every Second Counts, Mcbooks (WWII thriller)

Megan Edwards, A Coin for the Ferryman, Imbrifex Books (historical sci-fi fantasy involving an experiment to extract Caesar from the last day of his life, and then return him)

Anna Enquist (trans. Eileen J. Stevens), The Homecoming, Amazon Crossing (fictional biography examining the life of Elizabeth Cook, wife of explorer James Cook)

Leylâ Erbil (trans. Nermin Menemencioglu & Amy Marie Spangler), A Strange Woman (c.1971), Deep Vellum Publishing (narrates the past and present of a complicated Turkish family through the eyes of each of its members)

Melissa Fu, Peach Blossom Spring, Little, Brown (follows three generations of a Chinese family on their search for a place to call home)

Barry Gifford, The Boy Who Ran Away to Sea, Seven Stories (a childhood in the 1950s and ‘60s among grifters, show girls, and mob enforcers made him who he is. Short stories)

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

Matthew Harffy, A Night of Flames, Aries (Northumbria, AD 794―A Time for Swords, book 2)

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

Alan Hlad, A Prelude to Light, John Scognamiglio (WWI historical novel)

Elise Hooper, Angels of the Pacific, Wm Morrow (story of the Angels of Bataan, nurses kept as prisoners during the occupation of the Philippines)

Kristi Ann Hunter, Enchanting the Heiress, Bethany House (Harriet Hancock likes to make the lives of those around her better whether they like it or not. So, she is surprised when her friend has ideas on how to make Harriet happier)

Eloisa James, How to be a Wallflower, Avon (first novel in a new series featuring a romance between a British heiress and an American businessman vying for the same costume emporium)

Kathleen Marple Kalb, A Fatal Overture, Kensington (Ella Shane Mystery #3)

Lee Kravetz, The Last Confessions of Sylvia P., Harper (told through three narratives that build on one another, debut novel reimagines a chapter in the life of Sylvia Plath, telling the story behind the creation of her classic semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar)

Rebecca Kauffman, Chorus, Counterpoint (told in turn over time, from the early 20th-c through the 1950s, seven siblings relay their own version of memories that surround their mother’s death & one sibling’s teenage pregnancy)

Sarah E. Ladd, The Letter from Briarton Park, Thomas Nelson (Regency romance centers around a young woman intent on uncovering her past and a man determined to leave his behind)

Clare Marchant, The Queen’s Spy, Avon (dual timeline mystery set in 1584 Tudor court and present day)

Francesca May, Wild and Wicked Things, Redhook/Orbit (debut set In aftermath of WWI in which a young woman gets swept into a world filled with illicit magic, romance, blood debts, and murder)

Liam McIlvanney, The Heretic, World Noir (standalone mystery featuring serial character, Detective Duncan McCormack, set in 1976, seven years after The Quaker)

Kelly O’Connor McNees, The Myth of Surrender, Pegasus (follows two women whose paths intersect at a maternity home in the “Baby Scoop Era.”)

Mary Monroe, Empty Vows, Dafina (a proper church-going woman determined to snare Alabama’s most-sought after widower finds his secret desires and righteous lies come as a package deal)

Jess Montgomery, The Echoes, Minotaur (fourth in the Kinship series)

Adele Myers, The Tobacco Wives, Wm Morrow (debut set in 1947 North Carolina following a young female seamstress who uncovers dangerous truths about the Big Tobacco empire ruling the American South)

Erica Ruth Neubauer, Danger on the Atlantic, Kensington (Jane Wunderly Mystery #3)

Tracie Peterson, Along the Rio Grande, Bethany House (when bankruptcy forces widow Susanna Jenkins to follow her family to New Mexico, what they see as a failure she sees as a fresh start)

Diana Quincy, The Marquess Makes His Move, Avon (romance about a half-Arab marquess seeking revenge on—and falling for—London’s most famous mapmaker)

Kate Quinn, The Diamond Eye, Wm Morrow (World War II tale of a quiet librarian who becomes history’s deadliest female sniper. Based on a true story)

Kelsey Ronan, Chevy in the Hole, Henry Holt and Co (debut novel follows multiple generations of two families in Flint, Michigan, through the city’s notorious growth and decline)

James Runcie, The Great Passion, Bloomsbury (a meditation on grief and music, told through the story of Bach’s writing of the St. Matthew Passion)

Aimie K. Runyan, The School for German Brides, Wm Morrow (a young woman who is sent to a horrific “bride school” to be molded into the perfect Nazi wife finds her life forever intertwined with a young Jewish woman about to give birth)

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

Zoë Somerville, The Marsh House, Apollo (two women, separated by decades, are drawn together by one, mysterious house in this haunting 20th-c historical thriller set on the North Norfolk coast)

Lisa Russ Spaar, Paradise Close, Persea (the paths of an orphaned girl in 1971 and a sixty-something recluse in 2016 entwine in this dual narrative)

Sarah Steele, The School Teacher of Saint-Michel, Headline Review (dual timeline story of friendship, courage and hope set in France 1942 and present day)

Marta Anne Tice, Allegiance to Alsace, BQB (coming of age of a daughter of a German winemaker and a Parisian aristocrat, who journeys to the simplicity of the winery and brewery lifestyle of Alsace-Lorraine in 1804)

Sarah Tolmie, All the Horses of Iceland, Tordotcom (a delve into the secret, imagined history of Iceland’s unusual horses – historical fantasy)

Jennifer Uhlarik, Love’s Fortress, Barbour (Dani Sango inherits her art forger father’s estate including a series of Native American drawings and paintings, which lead her to research St. Augustine of 1875)

Stephanie Vanderslice, The Lost Son, Regal House (WWII novel about a mother whose baby is kidnapped by his father and nurse and taken back to Germany)

Sheila Williams, Things Past Telling, Amistad (from the mid-18th-century to the end of America’s Civil War – a story of a past that lives on in all of us, and a life that encompasses the best—and worst—of our humanity)

Jacqueline Winspear, A Sunlit Weapon, Harper (a series of possible attacks on British pilots leads Maisie Dobbs into a mystery involving First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt)

April 2022

Mai Al-Nakib, An Unlasting Home, Custom House (ranging from 1920s to the near present, novel traces Kuwait’s rise from a pearl-diving backwater to its reign as a thriving cosmopolitan city to the aftermath of the Iraqi invasion)

Rachel Barenbaum, Atomic Anna, Grand Central (three generations of women work together and travel through time to prevent the Chernobyl disaster and right the wrongs of their past)

Carol Birch, Shadow Girls, Apollo (Manchester, 1960s―combines psychological suspense with elements of the ghost story, in a literary exploration of girlhood)

Sarah Bird, Last Dance on the Starlight Pier, SMP (a story that is still deeply resonant today of America as it learns that there truly isn’t anything this country can’t do when we do it together)

Kimberly Brock, The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare, Harper Muse (alternating between the story of war widow Alice in the 1940s and excerpts from Eleanor Dare’s Commonplace Book – novel explores the meaning of female history)

Taylor Brown, Wing-Walkers, SMP (a former WWI ace pilot and his wing-walker wife barnstorm across Depression-era America, performing acts of aerial daring)

Denny S. Bryce, In the Face of the Sun, Kensington (a young, pregnant Black woman and her brash, profane aunt embark upon an audacious 1960s road trip across a country convulsed by the Civil Rights Movement)

Angela K. Couch, A Rose for the Resistance, Barbour (book 5 in the Heroines of WWII series)

John Crowley, Flint and Mirror, Tor (a historical novel shot through with fantasy, or alternately, a great fantasy novel hung on a scaffolding of history)

Sandra Dallas, Little Souls, SMP (tale of sisterhood, loyalty, and secrets set in Denver amid America’s last deadly flu pandemic)

Gerry Docherty, Beyond Revanche, TrineDay (exposes the mayhem and horror of the little-known destruction of Paris in the First World War)

Barbara Erskine, The Dream Weavers, HarperCollins (dual timeline tale of lost love, betrayal and secrets that have lain buried over a thousand years; setting Mercia 788AD and Offa’s Dyke 2021)

W. H. Flint, Hot Time, Arcade Crimewise (thriller set in the Gilded Age New York)

J. H. Gelernter, Captain Grey’s Gambit, W. W. Norton (military thriller set in 1803)

Jane Green, Sister Stardust, Hanover Square (re-imagines the glamorous and tragic life of fashion icon and socialite Talitha Getty)

Stacey Halls, Mrs. England, Mira (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)

Lorraine Heath, Girls of Flight City, Wm Morrow (novel about the brave American women who trained the British Royal Air Force. Inspired by true events)

Anna Lee Huber, A Perilous Perspective, Kensington (series features inquiry agents Lady Kiera Darby and her husband, Sebastian Gage)

William W. Johnstone, J. A. Johnstone, Forever Texas, Kensington (frontier fiction based on true events in 1852)

Eliza Knight, The Mayfair Bookshop, Wm Morrow (dual-narrative story about Nancy Mitford—and a modern American desperate for change, connected through time by a little London bookshop)

Anne Lazurko, What is Written on the Tongue, ECW (historical novel about finding morality in the throes of war and colonization)

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, A Woman of Endurance, Amistad (illuminates the Puerto Rican Atlantic Slave Trade—witnessed through the experiences of Pola, an African captive used as a breeder to bear more slaves)

Gama Ray Martinez, God of Neverland, Harper Voyager (re-imagining of Peter Pan, in which the grown-up Michael Darling must return to the life he left behind to save Neverland and keep humanity safe from magical and mythological threats)

Guillermo Martinez, The Oxford Brotherhood, Pegasus (literary thriller set at Oxford University puts a maths student at the center of a murder mystery sparked by the discovery of hidden secrets in the life of famed author Lewis Carroll)

Stacie Murphy, The Unquiet Dead, Pegasus (new Gilded Age mystery featuring the uniquely talented Amelia Matthew—who has the ability to communicate with the dead)

Lars Mytting, The Sixteen Trees of the Somme, The Overlook Press (spanning a century and navigating themes of revenge and forgiveness, love and loneliness)

Vaishnavi Patel, Kaikeyi, Redhook/Orbit (historical fantasy debut reimagines the life of Kaikeyi, the queen from the famous Indian epic the Ramayana)

Stephanie Phillips, illus. Peter Krause, Ellie Wright, We Only Kill Each Other, Dark Horse (with WW II on the horizon, Nazi sympathizers and fascists have taken root on American soil, intending to push the U.S. towards an alliance with Germany)

Bianca M. Schwarz, The Memory of Her, Central Avenue (third romance in the Gentleman Spy Mysteries)

Antonio Scurati (trans. Anne Milano Appel), M; Son of the Century, Harper (chronicles the birth and rise of fascism in Italy, witnessed through the eyes of its founder, Benito Mussolini)

Nina Shope, Asylum, Dzanc (delves into the disturbing and seductive relationship between a young hysteric and renowned nineteenth-century French neurologist)

Kelli Stuart, The Master Craftsman, Revell (transports readers into the opulent and treacherous world of the Russian Revolution to unearth mysteries long buried)

Will Thomas, Fierce Poison, Minotaur (a Barker & Llewelyn novel set in London, 1893)

Simon Turney, The Capsarius: Legion XXII, Aries (warrior and combat medic, Titus Cervianus, must lead a legion and quell the uprisings in Egypt in a new Roman adventure)

Michelle Wamboldt, Birth Road, Nimbus (set in early 20th-century Nova Scotia, story follows Helen, as she recalls the relationships and significant moments that have led to the birth of her child)

Jaime Jo Wright, The Souls of Lost Lake, Bethany House (when a little girl goes missing, an all-out search ensues, reviving the decades-old campfire story of Ava Coons, the murderess, who still roams the woods)

May 2022

Louis Bayard, Jackie & Me, Algonquin (the world knows how the marriage between Jackie & Jack turned out, but here’s a story of how the marriage almost never happened)

Miguel Bonnefoy (trans. Emily Boyce), Heritage, Other Press (the portrait of several generations of an uprooted family whose dilemmas, caused by the blows of history, reveal their deep humanity)

Joy Callaway, The Greenbrier Resort, Harper Muse (story of interior designer Dorothy Draper and how the historic retreat influenced her bold shift from illustrious New York socialite to world-renowned decorator)

J’nell Ciesielski, The Brilliance of Stars, Thomas Nelson (amid the chaos of the Great War, two master assassins risk it all for love)

Roma Cordon, How to Bewitch a Highlander, CamCat (a healer with witchery in her blood and a future Highlander clan chief risk everything for family and a forbidden romance)

Jennifer Dance, Gone but Still Here, Dundurn (as her recent memories fade, Mary lives increasingly in the past — returning to the secrets of her interracial love story & prejudice)

Nadine Dorries, A Wicked Woman, Aria (tale of two families linked by one historic secret and the lies that hide it, but separated by hatred and a deadly rivalry, spans the great heyday of the cotton industry in Lancashire. First in six-book series)

Leah Fleming, The Rose Villa, Aria (from the French Riviera between the wars to a terrifying endgame in WWII occupied France, a story of doomed but triumphant love)

Elodie Harper, The House with the Golden Door, Apollo (The Wolf Den book 2, set in Pompeii)

Evie Hawtrey, And By Fire, Crooked Lane (separated by centuries, two female detectives track a pair of murderous geniuses who will burn the world for their art)

M. B. Henry, All the Lights Above Us, Alcove Press (on what history will call D-Day, five unforgettable women from all walks of life strive to survive the most terrifying night of their lives)

Catherine Lloyd, Miss Morton and the English House Party Murder, Kensington (Kurland St. Mary mystery, book 9 set in Regency-era)

Diane C. McPhail, The Seamstress of New Orleans, John Scognamiglio (in 1900 two women, separated by geography and circumstance, are fated to meet in the jasmine scented humidity of New Orleans, a city of decadence and danger)

Kimberlee Turley, Circus of Shadows, Sweetwater (when 17-year-old Gracie Hart gets caught stealing a rideon a circus train, she expects to be arrested. Instead, she is offered a job as assistant to the circus knife-thrower)

Liz Tolsma, A Promise Engraved, Barbour (inspirational romance set in 1836)

June 2022

Paddy Crewe, My Name is Yip, The Overlook Press (revisionist take on the Western novel set in the Georgia gold rush)

Adrian Goldsworthy, The City, Aries (City of Victory, book 2, set on the Eastern Frontier AD 113)

Dianne Freeman, A Bride’s Guide to Marriage and Murder, Kensington (Countess of Harleigh Mystery #5 set in Victorian England)

Graham Hurley, Katastrophe, Aries (thriller set against the final stages of the Second World War)

Jane Johnson, The White Hare, Aria (a house has lain neglected since the war. It comes with a reputation and a strange atmosphere, which is why it is so cheap in the fateful summer of 1954)

Kate Khavari, A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons, Crooked Lane (London, 1923 – Saffron Everleigh is in a race against time to free her wrongly accused professor)

Sean Kikkert, Sweetheart’s Lake, Sweetwater (romantic suspense novel set during the regency period)

Bob Kroll, The Punishing Journey of Arthur Delaney, ECW (a 19th-century family saga about a father’s love as expressed through his twenty- year quest across Canada and the U.S. to find his three children)

Mohamed Leftah (trans. Lara Vergnaud), Captain Ni’mat’s Last Battle, Other Press (charts the late-in-life sexual awakening of a retired army officer who embarks on a dangerous affair with a male servant. LGBTQ+)

Diane C. McPhail, The Seamstress of New Orleans, John Scognamiglio (as the year 1900 ushers in a century of unprecedented change and female empowerment, two women separated by geography and circumstance are fated to meet in the jasmine scented humidity of New Orleans)

Steve Sem-Sandberg (trans. Saskia Vogel), W., The Overlook Press (tale of jealousy, love turned to hate, and murder and its consequences)

John Theobald, The Drowned Land, Aries (first in trilogy set 8,000 years ago during the last days of Doggerland, the North Sea’s Stone-Age Atlantis)

July 2022

Jessica Ellicott, Murder Through the English Post, Kensington (a Beryl and Edwina Mystery #6 set just after WWI)

Andrea Penrose, Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kensington (the wedding of the Earl of Wrexford and Lady Charlotte Sloane is not-to-be-missed, but the murder of a brilliant London scientist threatens their plans—and their lives)

August 2022

Anna Lee Huber, A Certain Darkness, Kensington (murder mystery – Verity Kent book 6)

Alyssa Maxwell, Murder at Beacon Rock, Kensington (murder mystery – description forthcoming)

Vanessa Riley, Murder in Westminster, Kensington (portrays the true diversity of the Regency-era, as a widow whose skin color and notorious family history have left her with few friends she can rely on)

Anita Stansfield, The Scoundrel’s Widow, Sweetwater (Regency romance)

September 2022


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