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.

Other than short excerpts, please link to this page rather than copying the entries – thank you!

See our guide to Forthcoming Historical Novels for 2021 for the previous year’s releases. We also have a list of Forthcoming children’s and YA historical novels for 2022.

This is a work in progress.
Last update January 15, 2022

January 2022

Isabel Allende(trans. Frances Riddle), Violeta, Ballantine (story of Violeta del Valle, a woman whose life spans one hundred years and bears witness to the greatest upheavals of the twentieth century)

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)

Libby Ashworth, The Convict’s Wife, Canelo (based on real events, a Lancashire saga of one woman’s journey of love, family and survival)

Jabari Asim, Yonder, Simon & Schuster (novel exploring love and friendship among a group of enslaved Black strivers in the mid-19th century)

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)

Ann Bennett, The Child Without a Home, Bookouture (dual time-line novel Inspired by the lives of the forgotten orphans of World War Two)

Charlotte Betts, Letting in the Light, Piatkus (next installment of the Spindrift Trilogy, set in 1914, Cornwall)

Johnny D. Boggs, The Cobbler of Spanish Fort and Other Frontier Stories, Five Star (an old-timer sets the record straight by telling the true story of the real cobbler of Spanish Fort)

Matthew Booth, A Talent for Murder, Level Best (a locked door murder mystery featuring retired judge Everett Carr in mid-1930s rural England)

Annemarie Brear, The Orphan in the Peacock Shawl, Boldwood Books (Yorkshire Dales, 1850 – family saga)

Simon Brett, Blotto, Twinks and the Suspicious Guests, Constable (book eleven in series)

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

Eric Brown, Murder Most Vile, Severn House (London 1957; the search for a missing artist draws Donald Langham and Ralph Ryland into London’s criminal underworld, with deadly consequences)

Teri M. Brown, Sunflowers Beneath the Snow, Atmosphere Press (a Ukrainian rebel. Three generations of women bearing the consequences. A journey that changes everything)

Tony Bryan, Baltimore, Book 3, Vanguard (continuing the saga of Irish adventurer, Daemon Quirk)

Louella Bryant, Beside the Long River, Black Rose (based on historical people and events, including the brutal and bloody Pequot War of 1636)

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)

Francesca Capaldi, Hope in the Valleys, Hera Books (a WW1 saga, set in a mining town in Wales)

Ella Carey, The Girl from Paris, Bookouture (novel about the terrible choices people made during humanity’s darkest days. Daughters of New York series #3)

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)

Tim Chant, Mutiny on the Potemkin, Sapere (naval adventure story set around WWI)

Rory Clements, The Man in the Bunker, Zaffre (a Cambridge spy must find the truth behind Hitler’s death. But exactly who is the man in the bunker and what if Hitler had survived?)

Lorna Cook, The Dressmaker’s Secret, AvonUK (Paris, 1941: As well as Coco Chanel’s assistant, Adèle is working for the resistance, right under the Germans’ noses)

Lora Davies, The Widow’s Last Secret, Bookouture (England, 1846: Bella Farrow is a beautiful young widow, making a good living on her own land, but not even her husband knew she was a fugitive from the law)

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)

Fiona Davis, The Magnolia Palace, Dutton (novel about the secrets, betrayal, and murder within one of New York City’s most impressive Gilded Age mansions)

Maurizio de Giovanni (trans. Antony Shugaar), Winter Swallows, World Noir (tenth Commissario Ricciardi mystery set in 1930s Naples)

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)

Angus Donald, The Saxon Wolf, Canelo Adventure (a Viking epic of berserkers and battle)

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+)

Genevieve Essig, A Deception Most Deadly, Bookouture (cozy mystery set on the island city of Fernandina, 1883)

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

Jonathan Evison, Small World, Dutton (story set in multiple time periods, in which the characters interconnect in the most intriguing and meaningful ways)

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)

Kerry Dean Feldman, Alice’s Trading Post, Five Star (story of an untameable woman with a wry wit who lives 103 adventurous years)

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)

Keith Finney, A Deadly Mistake, Lume Books (third and final book in the Lipton St Faith Mysteries)

Suzanne Fortin, All That We Have Lost, Aria (dual timeline novel that spans from occupied France in World War Two, to the war-ravaged chateau in 2019)

Lynne Francis, The Lost Sister, Piatkus (Kent 1816 — when the secret Molly has kept for over twenty-five years is revealed in front of her whole family, Molly’s relationship with her son and her husband crumbles)

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)

Patricia Friedrich, The Art of Always, The Wild Rose Press (dual timeline story of a Modernist painter who, on the verge of stardom in the 1920s, mysteriously vanished from public view)

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)

Melody Groves, Lady of the Law, Five Star (a novel featuring Sheriff Maud Overstreet, an unusual lady sheriff in 1870s California)

Ella Gyland, The Helsingør Sewing Club, One More Chapter (inspired by the true story of how the people of Denmark saved their Jewish neighbours during WW2)

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)

Max Hennessy, Sunset at Sheba, Canelo Action (military thriller set in South Africa, 1914)

Ray Herbeck, Jr., Changing Flags, Five Star (true story of John Riley, a cocky Irish professional soldier who deserts the U.S. Army to fight for Mexico at first for money, then for something loftier)

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

Joanna Hickson, The Queen’s Lady, HarperCollins (a novel of Joan Guildford, lady-in-waiting and confidante to Queen Elizabeth, wife of Henry VII)

Tom Hindle, A Fatal Crossing, Century (murder mystery aboard The Endeavour, November 1924)

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)

Catherine Hokin, The Commandant’s Daughter, Bookouture (novel about the courage of ordinary people during the Second World War)

Pam Howes, The Daughters of Victory Street, Bookouture (fourth book in the Bryant Sisters series set post-WWII)

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

Tammye Huf, A More Perfect Union, Forever (story of love and courage, desperation and determination, and three people whose lives are inescapably entwined)

Callie Hutton, The Mystery of Albert E. Finch, Crooked Lane (third Victorian Book Club mystery, set in Bath, 1892)

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois, Fourth Estate (chronicles the journey of generations of one American family, from the centuries of the colonial slave trade to our own tumultuous era)

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)

Soraya M. Lane, Under a Sky of Memories, Lake Union (Sicily, 1943 — story of three brave women who go to war—and end up fighting for their lives)

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)

Kerri Maher, The Paris Bookseller, Headline Review/Berkley (story of a young woman who fought incredible odds to bring one of the most important books of the twentieth century to the world)

Sarah Maine, The Awakenings, Hodder & Stoughton (1890 – a woman experiences strange dreams that take her into the life of Ælfwyn, a woman from the past whose fate is overshadowed by menace)

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)

David Mark, Anatomy of a Heretic, Aries (1628 – two assassins go head-to-head on the open seas)

Imogen Matthews, The Hidden Village, Bookouture (tale based on the true story of an entire town who put themselves in incredible danger to keep strangers safe in Nazi-occupied Holland in World War Two)

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)

Kathleen McGurl, The Girl from Bletchley Park, HQ Digital (dual timeline WWII novel set in 1942 and present day)

Eduardo Mendoza (trans. Nick Caistor), City of Wonders, MacLehose (novel about the birth of Barcelona as a world city, embodied in the rise of the ambitious and unscrupulous Onofre Bouvila)

Simon Michael, The Final Shot, Sapere (a 1960s London gangland thriller)

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)

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

Nathaniel Ian Miller, The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven, John Murray (1916― a testament to the strength of human bonds, reminding us that we are never beyond the reach of love)

Timothy Miller, The Strange Case of the Dutch Painter, Seventh Street (detective murder mystery featuring Sherlock Homes in Paris 1890)

Robbie Morrison, Edge of the Grave, Macmillan (a dark historical crime novel set in Glasgow, 1932)

Niklas Natt och Dag (trans. Ebba Segerberg), 1794: The City Between the Bridges, Baskerville/John Murray (1794; second installment of historical noir trilogy featuring Jean Mickel Cardell, the one-armed watchman)

Heather Newton, McMullen Circle, Regal House (twelve linked stories explore the intertwined lives of faculty families at the McMullen Boarding School in Tonola Falls, Georgia, in 1969–70)

Freya North, Little Wing, Welbeck (novel about resilience, forgiveness and the true meaning of family, taking place over three generations beginning in the 1960s)

J. P. O’Connell, Hotel Portofino, Blackstone/S&S (historical drama about a British family who opens an upper-class hotel on the magical Italian Riviera during the Roaring Twenties)

Kelly Oliver, Villainy in Vienna, Historia (Fiona Figg mystery set in Viena 1917)

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)

Sergio Pitol (trans. George Henson), The Love Parade, Deep Vellum (following the discovery of certain documents, a historian sets out to unravel the mystery of a murder committed in Mexico City in the autumn of 1942)

Petra Rautiainen (trans. David Hackston), Land of Snow and Ashes, Pushkin Press (debut novel about Lapland’s buried history of Nazi crimes against the Sámi people)

Sarah Rayne, The Murder Dance, Severn House (researching the history of a dilapidated Elizabeth manor house, Phineas Fox uncovers the shocking truth behind a mysterious – and deadly – dance)

Debbie Rix, The German Wife, Bookouture (dual-timeline tale of ordinary people fighting for survival in the darkest of times)

Ralf Rothmann, The God of that Summer, Picador (novel of the final months of World War II, a war that forever darkened the souls of the civilians who lived through it)

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)

W. C. Ryan, The Winter Guest, Zaffre (1921 -mystery set against the raw Irish landscape in a country divided)

Daniela Sacerdoti, The Italian Island, Bookouture (novel about how the catastrophic consequences of war can echo through generations)

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)

Linda Stratmann, Sherlock Holmes and the Explorers’ Club, Sapere (Holmes is faced with an unidentified body, a coded message, and multiple murders in London, 1876)

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, Harvill Secker (novel set in Georgian London, where the discovery of a mysterious ancient Greek vase sets in motion conspiracies, revelations and romance)

Linda Stratmann, Sherlock Holmes and the Explorers’ Club, Sapere (second Victorian crime thriller in the Early Casebook of Sherlock Holmes series)

Wilfred Summers, Our Em, Volume IV: My Em, Vanguard (last volume in family saga worked within the framework of some of the most significant historical events of the early nineteen-fifties)

Teresa Trent, The Twist and Shout Murder, Historia (a Swinging Sixties Mystery)

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)

Beth Underdown, The Key in the Lock, Viking (dual timeline story of burning secrets and buried shame)

Gabriel Valjan, Hush Hush, Historia (A Shane Cleary Mystery)

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, Putnam (set in 1880s – among New York City’s Gilded Age elite, one family will defy convention)

Rachel Wesson, Stolen From Her Mother, Bookouture (WWII story of an Irish girl banished to a Magdalen Laundry in 1944)

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)

Ally Wilkes, All the White Spaces, Titan Books (ghost story exploring identity, gender and selfhood, set against the backdrop of the golden age of polar exploration)

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)

James C. Work, The Mystery of the Missing Bierstadt, Five Star (Ranger McIntyre investigate the case of a painting missing from a home in the Rocky Mountain National Park)

Hanya Yanagihara, To Paradise, Picador/Doubleday (novel spanning three centuries and three different versions of the American experiment, about lovers, family, loss and the elusive promise of utopia)

Helen Yendall, A Wartime Secret, HQ Digital (When Maggie’s new job takes her from London to Snowden Hall in the Cotswolds, she is involved in a secret project which threatens to expose her German ancestry)

Derek Yetman, The Yankee Privateer, Breakwater (story of adventure, betrayal, and resilience in Newfoundland set against the backdrop of the American War of Independence)

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

February 2022

Cheryl Adnams, The Bushranger’s Wife, Mira (tale about following your heart and finding home in unexpected places, set in 1861)

Joel Agee, The Stone World, Melville House (an American boy’s childhood in Mexico, ensconced in a world of communist European exiles, union activists, street children, and avant-garde artists like Frida Kahlo)

Kianna Alexander, Carolina Built, Gallery (novel based on the incredible life of real estate magnate Josephine N. Leary)

Hannah Lillith Assadi, The Stars Are Not Yet Bells, Riverhead (story of secrets, loss, and the betrayals of memory: a lyrical novel of an aging woman confronting her romantic past under the mysterious skies of her island home)

Tilly Bagshawe, The Secrets of Sainte Madeleine, HarperCollins (tale spanning generations & sweeping from Burgundy to Greece and beyond)

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)

Stephanie Barron, Jane and the Year Without a Summer, Soho Crime (a portrait of Austen’s life—with a dash of fictional murder)

Freya Berry, The Dictator’s Wife, Headline Review (wife of a feared dictator stands trial for her late husband’s crimes against the people)

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

Robin Blake, Hungry Death, Severn House (1747; when a blackened body is discovered buried beneath a hot-house, Coroner Titus Cragg uncovers a tale of scandalous secrets stretching back decades)

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)

Linda Boroff, The Dressmaker’s Daughter, Santa Monica Press (centers on a brave Jewish teen who endures the brutality of the Nazi troops invading her Romanian homeland)

Kay Brellend, The Workhouse Sisters, Piatkus (WWI family saga)

Verity Bright, A Royal Murder, Bookouture (witty 1920s cosy mystery set in 1923)

Rachel Brimble, A Very Modern Marriage, Aria (third instalment of Victorian saga series)

J.G. Bryan, Ventura and Zelzah, Santa Monica Press (coming-of-age tale of four boys in suburban Los Angeles in the confusing, permissive 1970s)

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

Richard D. Camp, Echo Among Warriors, Casemate (fictional account of gut-level combat as seen through the eyes of American and North Vietnamese participants)

Jan Casey, The Woman with the Map, Aria (dual timeline novel about keeping hope alive through the worst of times. Set in 1941 and 1974)

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)

Adrienne Chinn, Love in a Time of War, One More Chapter (three sisters come of age in London, 1913)

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

Rosie Clarke, A New Dawn Over Mulberry Lane, Boldwood (new entry in Mulberry Lane series set in London, 1958)

Brett Cogburn, Too Proud to Run, Five Star (U.S. Deputy Marshal Morgan Clyde has worn a tin star long enough to leave a mark on the Indian Territory, but his allies are wearing thin)

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)

Dilly Court, Runaway Widow, HarperCollins (book three in Victorian romance saga)

Tricia Cresswell, The Midwife, Mantle (a haunting Victorian tale of dark secrets and tragedy)

Curtis Crockett, Leaving Gettysburg, Casemate (the Confederate army is defeated and must retreat to the Potomac with thousands of wagons full of wounded soldiers, provisions and thousands of animals)

Siobhan Curham, The Paris Network, Bookouture (WWII story inspired by true events, about one woman’s strength to survive in the most difficult circumstances)

Norma Curtis, The Captain’s Wife, Bookouture (dual time-line story about lost love, forgiveness and family secrets)

Janet Dailey, Calder Grit, Kensington (novel returns to 1909 Montana, as tensions mount between immigrant homesteaders and cattlemen determined to keep the range free)

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)

Helena Dizon, Murder in First Class, Bookouture (Golden Age historical cozy mystery)

Jessica Ellicott, Death in a Blackout, Severn House (new WWII mystery series introduces WPC Billie Harkness – a female police officer who risks her life to protect the home front in the British coastal city of Hull)

Elizabeth Everett, A Perfect Equation, Berkley (the Secret Scientists of London series, book two)

Victoria Eyre, Prince, Slave, Soldier, King: Tom Peters, A Life That Matters, Unicorn (a fictional retelling of the life of Black Loyalist revolutionary Thomas Peters)

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

Kim Fay, Love & Saffron, Putnam (follows two women in 1960s America as they discover that food really does connect us all, and that friendship and laughter are the best medicine)

David Field, Conquest, Sapere (first book in new series set during the Norman Conquest)

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)

Marius Gabriel, Goodnight, Vienna, AmazonUK (WWII story set at the time of the annexation of Austria and the Nazi rise to power)

Chris Glatte, Tark’s Ticks War Point, Severn River (historical thriller set in the Pacific theater during WWII)

Tim Glister, A Loyal Traitor, Point Blank (second book in the Richard Knox Spy Thriller series, set in 1966 London)

Suzanne Goldring, The Girl with the Scarlet Ribbon, Bookouture (WWII story of a beautiful city, a violent war and the bravery of a daring young woman)

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)

Jennie Goutet, A Daring Proposal, Sweetwater (Memorable Proposals series, book 2. Romance)
Also: A Fall from Grace

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)

Emma Harding, Friedrichstrasse 19, John Murray (highlights Berlin from the underground cabaret culture, to rise of the Nazis, the radical left wing, to the falling of the Wall, and its re-emergence as a city of artists)

Suzette D. Harrison, The Dust Bowl Orphans, Bookouture (story of family torn apart and fighting to be reunited. Dual narrative Oklahoma 1935 and present-day California)

J. C. Harvey, The Silver Wolf, Allen & Unwin (tale of an orphaned boy’s quest for truth and then for vengeance as war rages across 17th-century Europe. Fiskardo’s War, book 1)

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

Kate Heartfield, The Embroidered Book, HarperVoyager (1768. Charlotte, daughter of the Habsburg Empress, arrives in Naples to marry a man she has never met. Her sister Antoine is sent to France, and in Versailles they rename her Marie Antoinette)

Rick Held, Night Lessons in Little Jerusalem, Hachette AU (a novel of family and love set in WWII)

Edvard Hoem (trans. Tara Chace), Haymaker in Heaven, Milkweed Editions (a transatlantic novel of dreams, sacrifice, and transformation set at the turn of the twentieth century)

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)

Laura Hunter, Summer of No Rain, Bluewater Publications (a timid biracial girl grows up in Sweetwater, Alabama during the 1960s)

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)

Lindsey Hutchinson, The Runaway Children, Boldwood Books (saga about surviving against the odds and finding a family)

Alex Hyde, Violets, Granta Books (debut novel of motherhood and loss in the dying days of the Second World War)

Liz Hyder, The Gifts, Manilla Press (set against the backdrop of 19th century London, novel explores science, nature and enlightenment, the role of women in society and the dark danger of ambition)

K. S. Jones, Change of Fortune, Five Star (novel of a woman of independence set in California 1849)

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

Joseph Kanon, The Berlin Exchange, Scribner (an espionage thriller set at the height of the Cold War, when a captured American who has spied for the KGB is swapped by the British and returns to East Berlin)

Scott Kauffman, Saving Thomas, Wild Rose (a hermit refuses a recent knighthood for services rendered in WWII and a reporter in 1970s Portland set out to discover why)

Jessie Keane, Diamond, Hodder & Stoughton (in the early years of the last century, a desperate young girl changes her name and flees the confines of her domineering gangland family in London)

Hannah Kent, Devotion, Picador (1836 Prussia — story of girlhood and friendship, faith and suspicion, and the impossible lengths we go to for the ones we love)

Juhea Kim, Beasts of a Little Land, Oneworld (novel spanning the turbulent decades of Korea’s fight for independence)

Dana LeCheminant, The Thief and the Noble, Covenant (a Robin Hood Regency romance)

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, Putnam (novel about one couple’s journey through war, love, and loss, and how the people we love never really leave us)

Kristen Loesch, The Porcelain Doll, Allison & Busby (an Oxford student returns to her homeland and uncovers a devastating family history which spans the 1917 Revolution, the siege of Leningrad, Stalin’s purges and beyond)

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)

Jonathan Lunn, Warriors in the Snow, Canelo Adventure (1356. King Edward III invades Scotland in the dead of winter to punish the Scots for their recent attack on Berwick)

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)

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

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)

Heather Marshall, Looking for Jane, Hodder Studio/S&S (story of three women whose lives are bound together by a secret network of women fighting for the right to choose)

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)

June Hall McCash, The Truth Keepers, Mercer Univ. Press (set primarily on Jekyll Island, Georgia, in the nineteenth-century, novel tells the tale of a torn family and the struggles of a young nation)

Rosie Meddon, Ties That Bind, Canelo (when Esme’s past as a secret operative comes calling, she must choose – her husband or her job?)

Elaine Meyers, Iron Pants, Vanguard (story of four sisters, separated after the death of their mother, and reunited at an orphanage where they encounter teachers who understand the importance of an education)

Simon Michael, The Final Shot, Sapere (seventh crime novel set in 1960s London. Charles Holborne series)

Ellie Midwood, The White Rose Network, Bookouture (true story of Sophie Scholl––one of history’s bravest women, who risked everything to lead a revolution against darkness)

Rod Miller, All My Sins Remembered, Five Star (a mounted mail carrier suspects that there is more going on at a lonely roadhouse, the only source for water for miles)

Coirle Mooney, The Lady’s Keeper, Sapere (1168 France is a mediaeval world of intrigue, danger and adventure)

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)

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

Pamela Nowak, Necessary Deceptions, Five Star (tells of Wyatt Earps two women married to him the longest – Mattie Blaylock and Josephine Marcus)

Mary-Anne O’Connor, Dressed by Iris, HQ Fiction AU (romantic story of Sydney in the 1930s Depression – and one young woman’s dream of designing her way from rags to riches)

Tiffany Odekirk, Summerhaven, Covenant (inspirational Regency romance)

Patrick O’Leary, 51, Tachyon (novel that upends one of the best-kept secrets in American history: the strange events at Area 51 – alternative fantasy)

Heather O’Neill, When We Lost Our Heads, Riverhead (takes readers into the brutality of factory life and the opulent lives of 19th-century Montreal’s wealthy)

Lizzie Page, A Place to Call Home, Bookouture (historical novel set after the devastation of World War Two)

Ann Parker, The Secret in the Wall, PPP (book 8 of the Silver Rush Mysteries set in Colorado and San Francisco in late 1800s)

Allison Pataki, The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post, Ballantine (reimagining of the life of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the American heiress and trailblazing leader of the twentieth century)

Renee Patrick, Idle Gossip, Severn House (sleuthing duo Lillian Frost and Edith Head investigate in Los Angeles, 1940)

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)

M. J. Porter, Son of Mercia, Boldwood (new series set in Tamworth, Mercia AD825)

Alex Preston, Winchelsea, Canongate (story of adventure, vengeance, transformation, and smuggling)

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

Deanna Raybourn, An Impossible Impostor, Berkley (London 1889; while investigating a man claiming to be the long-lost heir to a noble family, Veronica Speedwell gets the surprise of her life)

Ros Rendle, The Divided Heart, Sapere (dual timeline saga, spanning World War II and the Cold War)

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)

Alex Rutherford, Fortune’s Heir, Canelo Adventure (sequel to Fortune’s Soldier, India 1770s)

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)

Sarah Smith, Hear No Evil, Two Roads (in the industrial city of Glasgow in 1817 Jean Campbell – a young, Deaf woman – is witnessed throwing a child into the River Clyde)

Natasha Solomons, I, Mona Lisa, Hutchinson Heinemann (Lisa del Giocondo takes us from the dazzling world of Florentine studios to the French courts at Fontainebleau and Versailles, and into the Twentieth Century)

Eva Stachniak, The School of Mirrors, Wm Morrow/Doubleday Canada (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)

Keith Stuart, The Frequency of Us, Sphere (dual narrative novel about an impossible mystery and a true love that refuses to die, set during WWII and present)

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)

Gill Thompson, The Lighthouse Sisters, Headline Review (story of love, courage and sacrifice, inspired by real events, of two sisters in occupied Jersey during World War Two)

Kate Thompson, The Little Wartime Library, Hodder & Stoughton (while the world outside remains at war, Clara has created the country’s only underground library in the disused Bethnal Green tube station)

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)

Olga Tokarczuk (trans. Jennifer Croft), The Books of Jacob, Text AU/Riverhead (follows the comet-like rise and fall of a messianic religious leader as he blazes his way across 18th-century Europe)

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)

S.J.A. Turney, The Bear of Byzantium, Canelo Adventure (second instalment in Wolves of Odin series; story of power in Constantinople and the machinations of the Byzantine emperors)

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)

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/Orion (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)

Reavis Z. Wortham, The Texas Job, PPP (Texas Ranger Tom Bell is simply tracking a fugitive killer in 1931 when he rides into Kilgore, where the roughnecks are not inclined to assist in his search for the wanted man)

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

Reine Andrieu, The Girl With no Name, Hodder (WWII novel set in 1940 and 1946)

Annabel Abbs, The Language of Food (UK), 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. US title: Miss Eliza’s English Kitchen)

Anita Abriel, A Girl During the War, Atria (story of love and purpose in WWII Italy)

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)

Marty Ambrose, Forever Past, Severn House (last in a historical trilogy based on the ‘summer of 1816’ Byron/Shelley group)

J. D. Arnold, Rawhide Jake: Learning the Ropes, Five Star (first book in a trilogy on the life and times of Detective Jonas V. Brighton)

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

Jane Bailey, Sorry Isn’t Good Enough, Orion (coming of age mystery with a dark core, set in 1966 and 1997)

Tom Beckerlegge, The Carnival of Ash, Solaris (historical fantasy about a city of poets and librarians)

Vicky Beeby, A New Start for the Wrens, Canelo Saga (saga about protection of the British coastline during WWII)

Lisa Berne, The Redemption of Philip Thane, Pan (regency romantic comedy)

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

D. V. Bishop, The Darkest Sin, MacmillanUK (historical thriller set in Renaissance Florence and sequel to City of Vengeance)

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)

Valentine Carter, These Great Athenians, Imprint Twenty Seven (gives voice to the mostly forgotten and maligned female characters of Homer’s epic The Odyssey)

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)

Deborah Challinor, The Leonard Girls, HarperCollins AU (three people grapple with love, loss and the stresses of war at the height of the Vietnam War, 1969)

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)

Martha Conway, The Physician’s Daughter, Zaffre (historical fiction set against the back drop of the American civil war)

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)

Jeanne M. Dams, Murder in the Park, Severn House (introducing female sleuth Elizabeth Fairchild in the first of the Oak Park village mystery series, set in 1920s Illinois)

Danielle Daniel, Daughters of the Deer, Random House Canada (novel imagines the lives of women in the Algonquin territories of the 1600s)

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)

Vicki Delany, Deadly Director’s Cut, Berkley (1950s film set cozy mystery)

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

Paul Doherty, The Hanging Tree, Severn House (London, 1382; Brother Athelstan must solve a theft from the royal treasure chamber and the murders of six executioners)

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

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)

Elaine Everest, The Woolworths Saturday Girls, Pan (seventh entry in series set post-war Britain)

W. Michael Farmer, A Song of Blood and Fire, Five Star (an Iliad-type narrative of the last ten years of Geronimo’s wars beginning in 1877)

Karen Joy Fowler, Booth, Serpent’s Tail/Putnam (the story of the ill-fated Booth family. Junius, a Shakespearean actor who fled bigamy charges in England, and his children who grew up on a farmstead in 1820s rural Baltimore)

Whit Fraser, The Cold Edge of Heaven, Boulder Publications (fictional adventure set in the Canadian High Arctic in the 1920’s and based on Canada’s determination to assert sovereignty over the vast area)

Melissa Fu, Peach Blossom Spring, Little, Brown/Wildfire (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)

Rose Goodwin, A Simple Wish, Zaffre (1885; a young girl is led into a life of crime for which she must atone)

Dolores Gordon-Smith, The Chapel in the Woods, Severn House (Jack and Betty Haldean’s weekend in the country is disrupted by sudden, violent death in this 1920s mystery)

Reyna Grande, A Ballad of Love and Glory, Atria (a Mexican army nurse and an Irish soldier must fight for survival and love amidst the atrocity of the Mexican-American War)

John MacLachlan Gray, Vile Spirits, Douglas & McIntyre (thriller set in 1920s Vancouver post prohibition, when liquor was the fuel driving big business, big government—and major crime)

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)

Joumana Haddad, The Book of Queens, Interlink (a book of history, heritage, loyalty, religion, feminism, families, and the Armenian genocide)

Araminta Hall, Hidden Depths, Orion (mystery set aboard Titanic, inspired by author’s family story)

Barbara Hambly, Death and Hard Cider, Severn House (1840; musician, sleuth and free man of color Benjamin January gets mixed in politics, with murderous results)

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

Cora Harrison, Spring of Hope, Severn House (when an exhibition featuring London’s top engineers results in sudden, violent death, Victorian writer-sleuths Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens investigate)

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)

Kristy Woodson Harvey, The Wedding Veil, Gallery (following four women across generations, bound by a beautiful wedding veil and a connection to the famous Vanderbilt family)

Sophie Haydock, The Flames, Doubleday (every painting tells a story, but what if the women on the canvas could talk)

Rosie Hendry, The Mother’s Day Victory, Sphere (2nd in WWII series Women on The Home Front, set in Norfolk, 1940)

Alan Hlad, A Light Beyond the Trenches, John Scognamiglio (WWI — a German Red Cross nurse joins the world’s first guide dog training school for the blind)

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)

Alex Hyde, Violets, Granta (a post WWII novel of women’s courage as two young women’s lives intertwine)

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)

Natalie Jenner, Bloomsbury Girls, SMP (story of post-war London, a century-old bookstore, and three women determined to find their way in a fast-changing world)

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

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)

Averil Kenny, The Girls of Lake Evelyn, Bonnier Echo (a runaway bride escapes to tropical North Queensland, where she finds a mysterious lake with secrets of its own)

Josi S. Kilpack, The Valet’s Secret, Shadow Mountain (a kiss from a handsome valet becomes a Regency Cinderella story when he is revealed to be an earl)

Lee Kravetz, The Last Confessions of Sylvia P., Harper (told through three narratives, 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)

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)

Lizzie Lane, Heaven & Hell for the Tobacco Girls, Boldwood (WWII family saga)

Kim Leine (trans. Martin Aiken), The Colony of Good Hope, Picador (novel about the first encounters between Danish colonists and Greenlanders in early 18th century, of brutal clashes between priests and pagans, and the forces that drive each individual towards darkness or light)

K. J. Maitland, Traitor in the Ice, Headline Review (Daniel Pursglove murder mystery)

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

Heather Marshall, Looking for Jane, Simon & Schuster (novel about three women whose lives are bound together by a long-lost letter, a mother’s love, and a secret network of women fighting for the right to choose)

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)

Anna Mazzola, The Clockwork Girl, Orion (story of obsession, illusion and the price of freedom set in Paris 1750)

Carol MacLean, Jeannie’s War, Hera Books (romantic family saga set in WW2 Scotland)

Debra May Macleod, Empire of Iron, Blackstone (conclusion to the Vesta Shadows trilogy)

Madeline Martin, The Highlander’s Stolen Bride, Harlequin (an enemies-to-lovers romance

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

Elena Medel, The Wonders, Pushkin Press (through a series of vignettes, novel weaves together a broken family’s story, stretching from the last years of Franco’s dictatorship to the 2018 Spanish Women’s Strike)

Teresa Messineo, What We May Become, Severn House (in 1945 secrets hidden at an Italian estate could prove just as vital to humanity’s fate as the war efforts on the frontlines)

T. L. Mogford, The Plant Hunter, Welbeck (1867. When plant hunter Harry Compton receives a rare specimen and a map, he sets out to find fame and fortune)

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)

Lars Mytting (trans. Deborah Dawkin), The Reindeer Hunters, MacLehose (novel set in 1903 is about love and bitter rivalries, sorrow and courage, about history and myth, and a country as it enters a new era. Second in trilogy after The Bell in the Lake)

Kitty Neale, A Family Secret, Orion (WWII family saga)

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

Chris Nickson, The Blood Covenant, Severn House (the brutal deaths of two young boys and a young man connected to a mill in Leeds propel thief-taker Simon Westow into a disturbing mystery)

Amita Parikh, The Circus Train, HarperCollins (a two-decade journey across Europe and a travelling circus where nothing is as it seems)

Emma Pass, Before the Dawn, Aria (a wartime romance about the power of love in the face of adversity)

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)

Lizzie Pook, Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter, Mantle (in a town teeming with corruption, prejudice and blackmail, Eliza soon learns that the truth can cost more than pearls, and she must decide just how much she is willing to pay)

Victoria Purman, The Nurses’ War, HQ Fiction AU (story of grit, love and loss, based on the true history and real experiences of Australian nurses in World War 1)

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)

Vanessa Riley, A Duke, the Spy, an Artist, and a Lie, Zebra (an English spy must follow his neglected wife through the streets of London as she investigates her sister’s death with the aid of the Widow’s Grace)

Lilly Robbins, The Stockport Girls, Orion (Second World War saga)

Erika Robuck, Sisters of Night and Fog, Berkley (based on the true stories of an American socialite and a British secret agent whose acts of courage collide during World War II)

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)

Erin Kate Ryan, Quantum Girl Theory, Random House (suspenseful mystery story which asks again and again whose disappearances matter — and explores the ways we may be haunted by the lives we did not lead. Set in 1940s and 60s US and NYC)

Jennifer Ryan, The Kitchen Front, Pan (story inspired by the true events of a BBC-sponsored wartime cooking competition)

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

Simon Scarrow, The Honour of Rome, Headline (new installment featuring Macro and Cato in Britannia, AD 58)

Alex Segura, Secret Identity, Flatiron (literary mystery set in the world of comic books)

Michelle Shocklee, Count the Nights By Stars, Tyndale (dual-timeline novel set in 1961 and 1867)

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)

Tara M Stringfellow, Memphis, John Murray (provides a literary portrait of three generations of a Southern black family, as well as an ode to the city they call home)

A.M. Stuart, Evil in Emerald, Berkley (when cast member from a musical theatre company is brutally killed, Inspector Curran turns once again to Harriet for help)

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)

Joanna Toye, Wedding Bells for the Victory Girls, HarperCollins (WWII family saga series)

Anne Tyler, French Braid, Chatto & Windus (it begins in 1959, with a family holiday to a cabin by a lake. It’s the only one the Garretts will ever take, but its effects will ripple through the generations. Literary)

L. C. Tyler, The Plague Road, Felony & Mayhem (1665 — John Grey, the government’s favorite fixer, gets the delightful task of pawing through corpses, in search of the one that doesn’t belong)

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)

Charlotte Whitney, The Unveiling of Polly Forrest, Lake William Press (during the Great Depression, newly widowed Polly is set to pursue her dream of opening a hat-making business, but instead becomes a suspect in her husband’s murder)

Daniel Wiles, Mercia’s Take, Swift Press (summons an England in the heat of the industrial revolution, and the lives it took to make it)

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)

Sue Williams, Elizabeth & Elizabeth, Allen & Unwin (evokes a short time in Australia’s European history when two women wielded extraordinary power and influence behind the scenes of the fledgling colony)

Christopher Wilson, Hurdy Gurdy, Faber Fiction (a funny historical novel, following Brother Diggory on an eerily prescient journey through fourteenth-century England)

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)

Michael Zimmer, The Devil by his Horns, Five Star (a tale of reckoning in an untamed land, and of a family standing up against the inequality of circumstance and a tyrant’s greed)

April 2022

Mai Al-Nakib, An Unlasting Home, Mariner (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)

Kevin J. Anderson, Neil Peart, Clockwork Destiny, ECW Press (final book in trilogy set in a world of airships and alchemy, fantastic carnivals and lost cities. Steampunk fantasy)

Elizabeth Bailey, The Unwanted Corpse, Sapere (Lady Ottilia Fanshawe is juggling motherhood with murder in 1794 England)

David Baldacci, Dream Town, Macmillan UK/Grand Central (Aloysius Archer returns to solve a new case in Hollywood, 1952)

Nanni Balestrini, We Want Everything, Verso (1969, and temperatures were rising across the factories of the north as workers demanded better pay and conditions. Soon, discontent would erupt in what became known as Italy’s “Hot Autumn”)

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)

DeMisty D. Bellinger, New to Liberty, The Unnamed Press (showcases the strength and resolve of three unforgettable women growing up in a society, in mid-century America, that refuses to evolve)

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)

Caroline Bishop, The Lost Chapter, S&S UK (1957, France: Florence and Lilli forge a firm friendship that promises to last a lifetime. But a terrible betrayal prematurely tears them apart)

Jacquie Bloese, The French House, Hodder & Stoughton (story of courage and long-lost love set on WWII-occupied Guernsey)

Michael Blouin, I Am Billy the Kid, Anvil Press (revisionist history seen through the lens of a 21st century sensibility features the picaresque hero we thought we knew and the unexpected one that we don’t)

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)

Kenneth Cameron, The Past Master, Felony & Mayhem (a writer living in London has cause to help Henry James with a mystery)

Derek Catron, Avenging Angel, Five Star (a wild frontier story of love and vengeance featuring Union sharp-shooter Josey Angel)

Rebecca Connolly, A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice, Shadow Mountain (based on the true story of the Carpathia—the only ship and her legendary captain who answered the distress call of the sinking Titanic)

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

Paul Cox, Guadalupe Canyon, Five Star (frontier historical fiction – full description forthcoming)

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)

Lindsey Davis, Desperate Undertaking, Hodder & Stoughton (Flavia Albia mystery, book 10)

Patrick Dearen, The End of Nowhere, Five Star (based on what actually happened at Porvenir, Texas, in 1918 – the blackest moment in Texas Rangers’ history)

Margaret Dickinson, Wartime Friends, Pan (set in the 1940s, a tale of unbreakable bonds in times of strife)

Lianne Dillsworth, Theatre of Marvels, Hutchinson Heinemann (novel about a woman’s search for justice in Victorian London)

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

Donna Douglas, A Daughter’s Hope, Orion (third in the Yorkshire Blitz novels, 1942)

Adrian Duncan, The Geometer Lobachevsky, Tuskar Rock (In 1950, Nikolai Lobachevsky receives a telegram calling him back to Leningrad for a ‘special appointment’. A musing on life, death and the meaning of home)

Jim Eldridge, Murder at Claridge’s, Allison & Busby (one of the Claridge’s kitchen porters is found dead)

Jenni Fagan, Hex, Polygon (explores the lingering connections between womanhood and the occult, and the obsessive mania of a king who saw the threat of demons and witches all around him)

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)

David R. Gillham, Shadows of Berlin, Sourcebooks Landmark (1955― Rachel Perlman arrives in New York as part of the wave of Jewish displaced persons who managed to survive the brutalities of the war)

Cathy Gohlke, A Hundred Crickets Singing, Tyndale (in wars eighty years apart, two young women living on the same Appalachian estate determine to aid soldiers dear to them and fight for justice)

Genevieve Graham, Bluebird, S&S (novel set during the Great War and postwar Prohibition about a young nurse, a soldier, and a family secret that binds them)

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

Nicola Griffin, Spear, Tordotcom (a queer recasting of Arthurian myth)

Jody Hadlock, The Lives of Diamond Bessie, Spark Press (1860s―a tale of betrayal and redemption that explores whether seeking revenge is worth the price you might pay)

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)

Amy Harmon, The Unknown Beloved, Lake Union (mystery about hidden identities, wartime paranoia, and the tantalizing power of deceit)

C. S. Harris, When Blood Lies, Berkley (Sebastian S. Cyr historical mystery)

Victoria Hawthorne, The House at Helygen, Quercus (dual-timeline mystery suspense novel set in Cornwall in 2019 and 1881)

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)

Laila Ibrahim, Scarlet Carnation, Lake Union (two women fight for their dreams in an early twentieth-century America roiling with racial injustice, class divides, and WWI)

Sonallah Ibrahim (trans. Bruce Fudge), The Turban and the Hat, Seagull Books (novel of the invasion and occupation of Egypt by Napoleonic France as seen through the eyes of a young Egyptian)

Lola Jaye, The Attic Child, Macmillan UK (dual narrative historical story about two children locked in the same attic almost a century apart)

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

Ben Kane, King, Orion (Autumn 1192. Richard the Lionheart will face not just his arch-enemy Philippe Capet of France, but also his treacherous younger brother, John)

J. Kelly, The Silent Child, Hodder & Stoughton (a novel of memory, identity, and the long shadow of war – set in 1944 and early sixties)

Uzma Aslam Khan, The Miraculous True History of Nomi Ali, Deep Vellum (an epic telling of a largely forgotten chapter in the history of the subcontinent, set during the WWII Japanese invasion)

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)

Chris Kraus, The Bastard Factory, Picador (story of two brothers, brought together and divided by betrayal, secrecy and self-delusion, spanning seventy years of German history: from the Russian Revolution, to WW II)

Carole Lawrence, Cleopatra’s Dagger, Thomas & Mercer (a journalist in nineteenth-century New York matches wits with a serial killer)

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

Graham Ley, The Baron Returns, Sapere (historical saga set against the backdrop of the French Revolution)

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)

Robert N. Macomber, Code of Honor, Naval Institute Press (1904, the Russo-Japanese War is raging in Korea and Rear Admiral Peter Wake, is in his White House office as special assistant to President Theodore Roosevelt)

Emily St. John Mandel, Sea of Tranquility, Picador/Knopf (novel of love and plague that takes the reader from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony of the moon three hundred years later)

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)

Maggie Mason, The Halfpenny Girls at War, Sphere (WWII saga – third in series)

Heather McCollum, Highland Justice, Amara (Sons of Sinclair historical romance)

Carol McGrath, The Stone Rose, Headline Accent (the Rose Trilogy series explores the lives and loves of three queens of England – and of three women who lived in their shadow)

Catriona McPherson, In Place of Fear, Hodder & Stoughton (new crime novel set in 1940s Edinburgh at the birth of the NHS)

Larry Millett, Rafferty’s Last Case, Univ. of Minnesota Press (ninth and final Minnesota mystery, in which Shadwell Rafferty, with the inimitable Sherlock Holmes, may have solved his own murder)

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)

Annie Murray, Secrets of the Chocolate Girls, Pan (new WWII saga following the lives of the women and girls who worked at the Cadbury Factory in Birmingham)

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

Harini Nagendra, The Bangalore Detectives Club, Constable (murder and mayhem in 1920s India)

John D. Nesbitt, Coldwater Range, Five Star (when Del Rowland begins to doubt his boss’s integrity, he quits his job and goes to work with the homesteaders who are being terrorised by the cattlemen)

Billy O’Callaghan, Life Sentences, David R. Godine (spanning more than a century, novel weaves together the journey of an Irish family determined against all odds to be free)

Alan Parks, May God Forgive, World Noir (fifth installment of Harry McCoy series)

Phillip Parotti, In the Shadows of Guadalcanal, Casemate (the men of PC-450, an advanced sub chaser, face Japanese submarines and air attacks as they support the U.S. Marines)

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

Anne Perry, Three Debts Paid, Ballantine (a serial killer is on the loose, targeting victims with a mysterious connection, which Daniel Pitt must figure out)

S. W. Perry, The Rebel’s Mark, Corvus (fifth novel in the Jackdaw Elizabethan crime series)

Gary Phillips, One-Shot Harry, Soho Crime (Los Angelese 1963- crime novel about an African American forensic photographer seeking justice for a friend)

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)

Cecile Pivot, The Little French Bookshop, Hodder (when a French bookseller loses her father, she places an ad in a newspaper, inviting struggling readers to join her secret letter writing workshop. WWII novel)

Maya Rodale, The Mad Girls of New York, Berkley (novel based on reporter Nellie Bly, who would stop at nothing to expose injustices against women in early 19th century)

Jennifer Saint, Elektra, Headline Wildfire (story of three women, their fates inextricably tied to a curse, and the fickle nature of men and gods)

Audrey Schulman, The Dolphin House, Europa Editions (based on the true story of the 1965 “dolphin house” experiment, novel captures the tenor of the social experiments of the 1960’s)

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)

Brad Smith, Copperhead Road, At Bay Press (a story of moonshine, set in 1936, Wilkes County, North Carolina)

Richard Stevenson, Knock Off the Hat, Amble Press (a dishonorably discharged World War II vet takes a job as a private investigator and begins looking into a sudden and extraordinary wave of gay-bashing in Philadelphia)

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

Margaret Sweatman, The Gunsmith’s Daughter, Goose Lane (Manitoba 1971 – coming-of-age tells a story of ruthless ambition, and one young woman’s journey toward independence)

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

Adriana Trigiani, The Good Left Undone, Dutton (novel about a hardworking family of Tuscan artisans with long-held secrets)

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)

V. L. Valentine, Begar’s Abbey, Viper (a gothic tale of hauntings, family secrets and dark deeds)

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)

Fiona Watson, Dark Hunter, Polygon (1317: a young squire joins the garrison of Berwick-upon-Tweed, the last English-held town in Scotland after the spectacular Scottish victory at Bannockburn. Murder mystery)

Nicola White, The Rosary Garden, Serpent’s Tail (in an Ireland riven by battles of religion and reproduction, the case of a murdered newborn becomes a media sensation, even as the church tries to suppress it)

Iona Whishaw, Framed in Fire, Touchwood (a shallow grave, a missing person, and near-fatal arson keep Lane, Darling, and the Nelson police on high alert in 1948)

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)

Jenny Tinghui Zhang, Four Treasures of the Sky, Flatiron (debut novel, set against the backdrop of the Chinese Exclusion Act, about a Chinese girl fighting to claim her place in the 1880s American West)

May 2022

Ibrahim al-Koni (trans. Nancy Roberts), The Night Will Have Its Say, Hoopoe (retelling of the Muslim wars of conquest in North Africa during the Middle Ages)

Kelley Armstrong, A Rip Through Time, Minotaur (a modern-day homicide detective finds herself in Victorian Scotland—in an unfamiliar body—with a killer on the loose)

Michael Aye, The Rise of the Gray Ghost, Bitingduck (Civil War era western showing the aftermath of the war and a man’s effort to rebuild himself from its damage)

Mary Balogh, Remember Love, Piatkus/Berkley (new Ravenswood series about Devlin Ware who publicly called his family to account, but now as the new heir he is being called home from exile)

Kelly Barnhill, When Women Were Dragons, Doubleday (feminist tale set in 1950s America where thousands of women have spontaneously transformed into dragons, exploding notions of a woman’s place in the world)

Polina Barskova (trans. Catherine Ciepiela), Living Pictures, Pushkin Press (fiction about the siege of Leningrad and its aftermath)

Louis Bayard, Jackie & Me, Algonquin (witty novel about the young Jacqueline Bouvier before she became that Jackie—and about a marriage that almost never happened)

Misty M. Beller, A Healer’s Promise, Bethany House (Levi and Audrey are forced to discover just how far they’ll go to ensure the safety of the other and the love growing between them)

John Bemrose, The River Twice, Thistledown (World War I novel set in factory town where residents are reeling as the wounded return and the list of local young men who have been killed continues to grow)

Nancy Bilyeau, The Fugitive Colours, Lume Books (reveals a dazzling world of glamour and treachery in Georgian England, when beauty held more value than human life)

Daniel Birnbaum (trans. Deborah Bragan-Turner), Dr. B., Harper (literary debut about book publishing, émigrés, spies, and diplomats in World War II Sweden based on author’s grandfather’s life)

Audrey Blake, The Surgeon’s Daughter, Sourcebooks Landmark (in the 19th century, Nora’s unconventional, indelicate ambitions to become a licensed surgeon offend the men around her)

Chris Bohjalian, The Lioness, Doubleday (a luxurious African safari turns deadly for a Hollywood starlet and her entourage)

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)

Janet Calcaterra, Burden of Memories, Latitude 46 (through WWII letters about their father’s death, two sisters discover how memories haunt us despite the effort to bury them)

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)

Elizabeth Camden, Written on the Wind, Bethany House (from the steppes of Russia to the corridors of power in Washington, Natalia and Dimitri will fight against all odds to save the railroad and share the truth)

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)

Hernán Diaz, Trust, Riverhead/Picador (novel about wealth and talent, trust and intimacy, truth and perception)

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Last Queen, Wm Morrow (story of Jindan, who transformed herself from daughter of the royal kennel keeper to powerful monarch)

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)

Jabbour Douaihy (trans. Paula Haydar), (trans. Nadine Sinno), Firefly, Seagull Books (paints a portrait of Beirut at the outbreak of the Lebanese Civil War in the early 1970s, as seen through the eyes of its protagonist, Nizam al-Alami)

Sarah Ferguson, Her Heart for a Compass, Avon (story of a young noblewoman’s coming of age in Victorian England)

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)

Jentry Flint, Games in a Ballroom, Shadow Mountain (Regency romance in London, 1815)

Brooke Lea Foster, On Gin Lane, Gallery (after her fiancé whisks her off to the glistening shores of Southampton in June 1957, a young socialite realizes that she has everything—except what she really wants)

Jean Fullerton, A Ration Book Victory, Corvus (a woman’s past catches up to her in London, final months of WWII)

Ann H. Gabhart, When the Meadow Blooms, Revell (explores the tender places within the human heart in a story of trusting God to turn our burdens into something beautiful)

C. W. Gortner, The American Adventuress, Wm Morrow (story of Jennie Jerome Churchill, mother of Winston, a New York born heiress who always lived life on her own terms)

Luis Goytisolo (trans. Brendan Riley), Antagony, Dalkey Archive (follows the youth and education of Raúl Ferrer Gaminde, son of a well-connected, middle-class Catalan family that embraces Franco and Spanish Nationalism)

Claudia Gray, The Murder of Mr. Wickham, Vintage/Viking (a summer house party turns into a thrilling whodunit when one of literature’s most notorious rakes, finally gets what’s coming to him)

Kerry Greenwood, The Lady With the Gun Asks the Questions, PPP (amateur sleuth mystery in 1920s)

Kiran Millwood Hargrave, The Dance Tree, Picador (Strasbourg, 1518 — story of lust, family secrets and women under the eye of the Church)

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

Sarah Hawkswood, A Taste for Killing, Allison & Busby (another murder case for Bradecote and Catchpoll)

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)

Jody Hedlund, To Tame a Cowboy, Bethany House (historical western)

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)

Adriana Herrera, A Caribbean Heiress in Paris, HQN (debut set at the 1889 Exposition Universelle, where a financially ruined rum heiress from the Dominican Republic agrees to a marriage of convenience with a not-so-secret Scottish duke)

Christopher Huang, Unnatural Ends, Inkshares (murder mystery in which the inheritance goes to the offspring who solves his/her father’s murder first)

Greg Hunt, On Savage Ground, Five Star (novel set in the little village settlement of New Orleans, destined to become the capital of the vast lands that France claims on the new western continent)

Conn Iggulden, The Lion, Michael Joseph (third book in the Athenian series)

Sophie Irwin, A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting, HarperCollins/Viking (1818; a woman uses her cunning to launch herself into London society and marry a fortune)

Dr Hilary Jones, Frontline, Welbeck (first in series charting the rise of a prominent medical family in the 20th Century)

Joanne Joseph, Children of Sugarcane, Jonathan Ball (set against the backdrop of 19th century India novel paints a picture of indenture from a woman’s perspective)

Lydia Kang, The Half-Life of Ruby Fielding, Lake Union (mystery about hidden identities, wartime paranoia, and the tantalizing power of deceit)

Walter Kappacher (trans. Georg Bauer), Palace of Flies, New Vessel Press (conjures up an individual state of distress and disruption at a time of fundamental societal transformation that speaks eloquently to our own age)

Guy Gavriel Kay, All the Seas of the World, Hodder & Stoughton/Penguin Canada (drama that offers moving reflections on memory, fate, and the random events that can shape our lives—in the past, and today)

Susanna Kearsley, The Vanished Days, S&S UK (love story set against the Jacobite revolution)

Tsering Yangzom Lama, We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies, Bloomsbury/McClelland & Stewart (a meditation on colonization, displacement, and the lengths we go to remain connected to our families and ancestral lands. Follows a Tibetan family’s journey through exile)

Ann Leary, The Foundling, Scribner/Marysue Rucci Books (the story of two friends, raised in the same orphanage, whose loyalty is put to the ultimate test when they meet years later at a controversial institution)

Marie Myung-Ok Lee, The Evening Hero, S&S (novel following a Korean immigrant pursuing the American dream)

Preston Lewis, Rio Hondo, Five Star (in the aftermath of the Lincoln County War, rancher Wes Bracken must rebuild a life for himself and his family amid the lingering animosities)

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

Edward Massey, Forever Sheriff, Five Star (novel featuring a young deputy who grows into a determined lawman in the early part of the 20th-century through WWI and the Spanish flu)

Sarah McCoy, Mustique Island, Wm Morrow (set in early 70s on the world’s most exclusive private island, where Princess Margaret and Mick Jagger were regulars and scandals stayed hidden from the press)

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)

Gabrielle Meyer, When the Day Comes, Bethany House (Libby has been given a powerful gift: to live one life in 1774 colonial Williamsburg and the other in 1914 Gilded Age New York City. Time-travel romance)

Christopher Moore, Razzmatazz, Wm Morrow (novel returns to the mean streets of 1940s San Francisco in this follow-up to Noir)

Elizabeth Morton, The Girl From Liverpool, Macmillan UK (romantic saga set against the backdrop of WWII)

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

J. B. Mylet, The Homes, Viper (the stories the author’s mother’s story of growing up in the infamous Quarrier’s Homes in Scotland in the 1960s, along with a thousand other orphaned or unwanted children)

Phong Nguyen, Bronze Drum, Grand Central (novel of ancient Vietnam based on the true story of two warrior sisters who raised an army of women to overthrow the Han Chinese)

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, N., Coffee House Press (Napoleon, obsessed with securing eternal admiration and renown, pens his posthumous memoirs through a woman who his spirit has inhabited)

Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Take My Hand, Phoenix/Berkley (inspired by true events, a novel about a Black nurse in post-segregation Alabama who blows the whistle on a terrible wrong done to her patients)

Anne Whitney Pierce, Down to the River, Regal House (family saga set in the late 1960s in Cambridge, Massachusetts against the backdrop of the Vietnam War)

Amanda Quick, When She Dreams, Piatkus/Berkley (return to 1930s Burning Cove, California, the glamorous seaside playground for Hollywood stars, mobsters, spies, and a host of others who find more than they bargain for)

Barbara Quick, What Disappears, Regal House (multi-generational tale that begins in 1880s Tsarist Russia and ends in WWI Paris; explores how girls and women define their identity and search for meaning in a world that tries to hold them back)

Kim Michele Richardson, The Book Woman’s Daughter, Sourcebooks Landmark (sequel to The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek)

Mandy Robotham, The Resistance Girl, Avon Books (operation Shetland bus smuggles British agents, fugitives and supplies across the North Sea into occupied territory)

Jennifer Saint, Elektra, Flatiron (story of three women, their fates inextricably tied to a curse, and the fickle nature of men and gods)

Shelly Sanders, Daughters of the Occupation, Harper (explores how trauma is passed down in families and illuminates the strength and grace that can be shared by generations)

Michèle Sarde (trans. Rupert Swyer), Returning From Silence: Jenny’s Story, Swan Isle Press (a novel that tells the story of a Jewish family in World War II and reaches deep into Jewish history)

Cathy Sharp, The Lonely Orphan, HarperCollins (a runaway orphan builds a new life but is threatened with being pulled into the criminal underworld)

Lady Murasaki Shikibu, Sean Michael Wilson, illus. Inko Ai Takita, Lady Murasaki’s Tale of Genji, Tuttle (offers an intimate look at the social mores and intrigues in the Heian-era court of medieval Japan, and Prince Genji’s representation as the ideal male courtier. Manga)

Victoria Shorr, Mid-Air: Two Novellas, WW Norton (family, ambition, class, and status explored in the fall and rise of two twentieth-century American families)

Karla Stover, Mr. Singer’s Seamstress, Five Star (story of a girl determined to buck convention and follow her own path, in New Tacoma, 1882)

Linda Stryk, The Teacher’s Room, Bywater Books (1963-a novice 5th-grade teacher embarks on a clandestine love affair with another teacher, which sets her on the tumultuous path of self-discovery. LGBTQ)

Kung Li Sun, Begin the World Over, AK Press (a fictional alternate history of how the Founders’ greatest fear—that Black and indigenous people might join forces to undo the newly formed United States—comes true)

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

Lorraine Tosiello, Jane Cavolina, The Bee & the Fly, Clash books (presents a life-long exchange of imaginary letters between Dickinson, the reclusive poet, and Alcott, the most renowned author of the time)

Joanna Toye, Wedding Bells for the Victory Girls, HarperCollins (new book in the WW2 family saga series)

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)

Nghi Vo, Siren Queen, Tordotcom (exploration of an outsider achieving stardom, in a fantastical Hollywood where the monsters are real and the magic of the silver screen illuminates every page)

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

Ashley Weaver, The Key to Deceit, Minotaur (World War II mystery filled with spies, murder, romance, and wit)

Alison Weir, Elizabeth of York; The Last White Rose, Headline Review (when her father, Edward VI, dies, Elizabeth must choose her destiny with care)

Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Karen White, The Lost Summers of Newport, Wm Morrow (novel of money and secrets set among the summer mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, spanning over a century from the Gilded Age to the present day)

Holly Williams, What Time is Love?, Orion (love story of two lives inextricably bound together at generation-defining moments, 1940s post-war Britain, psychedelic 1960s, hopeful 80s)

Mary Wood, The Orphanage Girls, Pan (saga about an orphanage in London’s East End)

Sarit Yishai-Levi, The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem, Swift Press (novel of mothers and daughters, stories told and untold, and the ties that bind four generations of women)

June 2022

Malka Adler, The Polish Girl, One More Chapter (a World War II novel set in 1939 Poland as the Nazis invade)

Lynn Austin, Long Way Home, Tyndale (a young woman searches for the truth her childhood friend won’t discuss after returning from World War II)

Kerry Barrett, The Book of Last Letters, HQ Digital (dual timeline narrative set in 1940 and present day, inspired by a true story of a young nurse who captures the final letters of injured soldiers)

Jade Beer, The Last Dress from Paris, Berkley (dual timeline mystery set in London, 2017 and Paris, 1952)

Matt Bondurant, Oleander City, Blackstone (in the wake of the 1900 Galveston hurricane, three lives converge despite persecution from the Ku Klux Klan)

Geraldine Brooks, Horse, Viking/Little, Brown UK (based on the true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred, Lexington, who became America’s greatest stud sire; novel is a reckoning with the legacy of enslavement and racism in America)

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

Maya Deane, Wrath Goddess Sing, Wm Morrow (a new spin on a familiar tale, this is the Trojan War unlike before, and an Achilles whose vulnerability is revealed by the people she chooses to fight…and chooses to trust)

David Santos Donaldson, Greenland, Amistad (literary novel in which a young author writes about the secret love affair between E.M. Forster and Mohammed el Adl)

Maria Escobar, The Teacher of Warsaw, Harper Muse (inspired by a real-life hero of the Holocaust, novel reminds the world that one single person can incite meaning, hope, and love)

Mary Anna Evans, The Physicists’ Daughter, PPP (New Orleans, 1944 –a young factory worker suspects that the carbon parts she assembles might have something to do with a top-secret government initiative)

Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Woman of Light, One World (epic of betrayal, love, and fate that spans five generations of an Indigenous Chicano family in the American West)

Jamie Ford, The Many Daughters of Afong Moy, Atria (exploration of the love that binds one family across the generations)

Maggie Ford, Mile End Girl, Ebury (saga of an East End girl who tried to forge a new life for herself and her baby)

Rachel Fordham, Where the Road Bends, Revell (in a desperate bid to save her family’s land, Norah King agrees to marry a man she barely knows)

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

Michael Giutierrez, The Swill, Leapfrog Press (1929. Joshua Rivers, his pregnant wife Lily, his criminal sister Olive, a geriatric dog Orla, and a cast of ne’er-do-wells eke out life in The Swill, a speakeasy passed down through the Rivers family)

Leonard Goldberg, The Blue Diamond, Minotaur (Daughter of Sherlock Holmes series – the fate of the allied forces lies in the hands of Joanna and the Watsons)

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

Melody Groves, Trail to Tin Town, Five Star (it’s the end of the Civil War, the demand for beef is high and James Colton convinces his three brothers there’s money to be made in a cattle drive)

Robin Lee Hatcher, I’ll Be Seeing You, Thomas Nelson (a young college student learns the truth about her great-grandmother’s World War II heartbreak and love. Inspirational fiction)

Ray Herbeck, To the Color, Five Star (the continuing true story of John Riley, after Changing Flags)

Werner Herzog (trans. Michael Hofmann), The Twilight World, Penguin Press (tells the story of Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese soldier who defended a small island in the Philippines for twenty-nine years after the end of WWII)

Piper Huguley, By Her Own Design, Wm Morrow (story of how Ann Lowe, a Black woman and granddaughter of slaves, rose to design and create one of America’s most famous wedding dresses for Jackie Kennedy)

Angela Hunt, The Apostle’s Sister, Bethany House (Aya, daughter of Zebulon of Tarsus, does not want a traditional life, but wants to use her gifts and be something more than a wife and mother)

Douglas Jackson, The Wall, Bantam (AD 400 – adventure set at Hadrian’s Wall as the Roman Empire’s grip on Britain weakens)

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)

Rosalie Knecht, Vera Kelly: Lost and Found, Tin House (in spring 1971 Vera puts her private detective skills to good use and tracks a trail of breadcrumbs across southern California to find her missing girlfriend)

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)

Alexandra Lapierre (trans. Tina Kover), Belle Greene, Europa (a young girl enamoured of rare books defies all odds to become the director of J. P. Morgan’s private libraries)

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+)

William Martin, December ’41, Forge (a desperate chase from Los Angeles to Washington, D. C., in the first weeks of the Second World War)

Anna Maxymiw, Minique, McClelland & Stewart (loosely based on the lives of real 17th-century figures, novel is a feminist fable, a survival story, and a turbulent romance)

Fiona McIntosh, The Chocolate Tin, PenguinAU (historical mystery romance)

Ann McMan, Dead Letters from Paradise, Bywater Books (1960― a spinster postal investigator finds herself enmeshed in the mystery of solving who is sending undeliverable letters to the town’s 18th-century hortus medicus)

Catriona McPherson, In Place of Fear, Mobius (new crime novel set in 1940s Edinburgh at the birth of the NHS)

J. M. Miro, Ordinary Monsters, Flatiron/Bloomsbury, McClelland & Stewart (England, 1882. In Victorian London, two children with mysterious powers are hunted by a figure of darkness—a man made of smoke. Historical fantasy)

Allison Montclair, The Unkept Woman, Minotaur (in London, 1946, Miss Iris Sparks has to deal with aspects of her past exploits during the recent war that have come back around to haunt her. Sparks & Bainbridge Mystery)

Ottessa Moshfegh, Lapvona, Penguin Press (in a village in a medieval fiefdom buffeted by natural disasters, a motherless shepherd boy finds himself the unlikely pivot of a power struggle)

Robert Lee Murphy, Bozeman Paymaster, Five Star (the story of how, in the nation’s drive to advance Manifest Destiny, it blundered into one of its most distressing reverses. Set in 1866)

Naomi Musch, Season of My Enemy, Barbour (series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII)

Patrice Nganang (trans. Amy B. Reid), A Trail of Crab Tracks, FSG (chronicles the fight for Cameroonian independence through the story of a father’s love for his family and his land)

Paraic O’Donnell, The Maker of Swans, Tin House (tale of murder and secrets on a country estate in early 20th-century)

Janette Oke, Laurel Oke Logan, Unfailing Love, Bethany House (When Hope Calls, book 3 – inspirational)

Glynis Peters, The Red Cross Orphans, One More Chapter (follows in the footsteps of the brave women who volunteered with the Red Cross during the Second World War; the start of a trilogy)

Lizzie Pook, Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter, S&S (in a town teeming with corruption, prejudice and blackmail, Eliza soon learns that the truth can cost more than pearls, and she must decide just how much she is willing to pay)

Natasha Pulley, The Half Life of Valery K, Bloomsbury (Cold War novel set in a mysterious town in Soviet Russia)

Luca Rastello (trans. Cristina Viti), The Rain’s Falling Up, Seagull Books (novel set in the late 1960s and 1970s Italy, a tempestuous period that shaped the lives of generations to come in many countries)

Kelly Rimmer, The German Wife, Graydon House (as anti-German sentiment sweeps America, the aristocratic wife of a German scientist must face the social isolation, hostility and violence in the aftermath of WWII)

Montserrat Roig (trans. Megan Berkobien), (trans. María Cristina Hall), Goodbye Ramona (c.1972), Fum d’Estampa Press (historical & social mosaic of late 19th- and early 20th-century Spain seen through the lives and experiences of three female characters)

Jennifer Ryan, The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle, Macmillan UK/Ballantine (novel inspired by true events in the Second World War)

Lynsay Sands, The Chase, Avon Books (a Highlands hellion flees the handsome “English devil” she’s been promised to, and he realizes that his enchanting prize will be much harder to win than he imagined)

Gabor Schein (trans. Ottilie Mulzet), Autobiographies of an Angel, Yale Univ. Press (narrative of family history in Hungary’s Jewish community and the nation’s deep complicity in the Holocaust)

Katharine Schellman, Last Call at the Nightingale, Minotaur (new jazz-age mystery series set in New York 1924)

Cat Sebastian, The Perfect Crimes of Marian Hayes, Avon Books (tale of a reluctant criminal and the thief who cannot help but love her, set in Georgian London. LGBTQ+)

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

Amanda Skenandore, The Nurse’s Secret, Kensington (a young female grifter in 1880s New York evades the police by conning her way into Bellevue Hospital’s training school for nurses)

Lauraine Snelling, A Time to Bloom, Bethany House (despite Del and her sisters’ best-laid plans, the future might surprise them all. Leah’s Garden, book 2)

Nell Stevens, Briefly, A Delicious Life, Picador/Scribner (when George Sand and Frédéric Chopin arrive at a monastery in Mallorca, the resident ghost, Blanca, falls head-over-heels in love with George – this striking woman in a man’s clothing. LGBTQ)

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)

Julia Bryan Thomas, For Those Who Are Lost, Sourcebooks Landmark (Isle of Guernsey — one woman’s split-second decision on the eve of World War II will tear a family apart)

Gábor Vida (trans. Jozefina Komporaly), Story of a Stammer, Seagull Books (describes life in the 1970s and ’80s under Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauçescu’s authoritarian regime, & chronicles the ways in which tyranny and exploitation seep into family relationships)

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

Jack Wang, We Two Alone, HarperVia (weaves a complex portrait of the Chinese immigrant experience in a collection of stories that move through time and place)

Mark Warren, The Westering Trail Travesties, Five Star (Five Little-Known Tales of the Old West That Probably Ought to A’ Stayed That Way)

Pam Weaver, The Runaway Orphans, Avon (desperate to escape their stepfather’s house, sisters Amy and Lillian stow away aboard a train full of children being evacuated from London)

Andrew Williams, The Prime Minister’s Affair, Hodder & Stoughton (1921 –when Ramsay MacDonald, Britain’s first Labour Prime Minister, is blackmailed by a former lover, MI5’s Frenchie must go to Paris to buy her silence)

Karen Witemeyer, In Honor’s Defense, Bethany House (Hanger’s Horsemen book 3 – inspirational western romance)

Caroline Woods, The Lunar Housewife, Doubleday (an up-and-coming journalist stumbles onto a web of secrets, deceptions, and mysteries—inspired by the true story of CIA intervention in Cold War America)

July 2022

V. S. Alexander, The War Girls, Kensington (based on the true stories of the ghetto, life in Warsaw during the Occupation, and the women who served the Allies as agents and spies)

Ann Aptaker, Hunting Gold, Bywater Books (New York, 1955― Cantor Gold, dapper art thief and smuggler, finds herself threatened by a mysterious predator seeking to destroy everything she holds dear)

Tessa Arlen, A Dress of Violet Taffeta, Berkley (novel based on the true story of icon Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon, a woman determined to shatter the boundaries of the fashion world and support herself and her young daughter)

Pepper Basham, The Heart of the Mountains, Barbour (to escape marriage, Cora Taylor runs away from her home in England to join her brother in the Blue Ridge Mountains)

Christophe Bernard (trans. Lazer Lederhendler), The Hollow Beast, Biblioasis (generational comic saga about revenge perpetrated for a wrong done at a hockey game in 1911)

Estelle-Sarah Bulle (trans. Julia Grawemeyer), Where Dogs Bark with Their Tails, FSG (unveils the history of the Ezechiel clan, and with it, that of the island of Guadeloupe over the course of the twentieth century)

Jessie Burton, The House of Fortune, Picador (sequel to The Miniaturist, set in Amsterdam in 1705 — a story of fate and ambition, secrets and dreams, and one young woman’s determination to rule her own destiny)

Sandra Byrd, Heirlooms, Tyndale (dual-narrative 20th-c story of four women intertwines across generations to explore the secrets we keep, and the love we pass down)

Kristy Cambron, The Italian Ballerina, Thomas Nelson (journeys from the Allied storming of the beaches at Salerno to the London ballet stage and the war-torn streets of WWII Rome. Dual-timeline narrative)

Katherine J. Chen, Joan: A Novel of Joan of Arc, Random House (secular reimagining of the life of Joan of Arc)

Jennifer Chiaverini, Switchboard Soldiers, Wm Morrow (novel of the women of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, who broke down gender barriers, and battled a pandemic as they helped lead the Allies to victory)

Mary Connealy, Inventions of the Heart, Bethany House (The Lumber Baron’s Daughters, book 2 – inspirational)

Paul Daley, Jesustown, Allen & Unwin (multi-generational saga about Australian frontier violence and cultural theft)

Alice Elliott Dark, Fellowship Point, Scribner/Marysue Rucci Books (story of a lifelong friendship between two singular women across the arc of the 20th century)

Lindsey Davis, Desperate Undertaking, Minotaur (Flavia Albia mystery)

Rusty Davis, Justice Warrior, Five Star (two men become the focal point for keeping peace – John Dooley and his Cheyenne co-worker Fox Running)

P. T. Deutermann, The Last Paladin, SMP (tale of anti-submarine warfare in the World War II Pacific Theater)

Ruth Druart, The Last Hours in Paris, Grand Central (novel of love, sacrifice, identity, and the lasting consequences of WWII – set in 1940s and 1960s)

Rachael English, The Letter Home, Mobius (while researching the 1840s Famine, Jessie is drawn into the story of a brave young mother called Bridget Moloney & determines to discover what happened to her and her daughter)

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

Tessa Harris, The Light We Left Behind, HQ Digital (novel based on true events at the stately English manor, Trent Park, during World War II)

Lorraine Heath, Return of the Duke, Avon Books (the son of a disgraced duke teams up with a sultry beauty to thwart an assassination plot against Queen Victoria)

Donna Hill, I am Ayah ― The Way Home, Sideways Books (more than a century later, the descendant of the one Amistad escapee must return to the home she fled if she ever hopes to reconcile the events of the past)

Robert Hillman, The Bride of Almond Tree, Text (a journey through the catastrophic mid-twentieth century—from summer in Almond Tree to Moscow’s bitter winter and back again)

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

Angela Jackson-Brown, The Light Always Breaks, Harper Muse (story of a star-crossed romance and the way love has the power to change everything)

Sarah James, The Woman with Two Shadows, Sourcebooks Landmark (story of a woman caught up in one of the most closely held secrets of World War II)

Jim Jones, Halo Moon, Five Star (a Western adventure of revenge and retribution)

Jess Kidd, The Night Ship, Atria (illuminates the lives of two characters: a girl shipwrecked on an island off Western Australia and, three hundred years later, a boy finding a home with his grandfather on the very same island)

Stephanie La Cava, I Fear My Pain Interests You, Verso (an exploration of bodies, trauma and 1960s cinema)

Gregory J. Lalire, The Call of McCall, Five Star (western adventure set after the Civil War)

Norman Lock, Voices in the Dead House, Bellevue Literary Press (in the ninth American Novels series book, Walt Whitman and Louisa May Alcott meet the horrors of the Civil War as they minister to its casualties)

George Mann, The Albion Initiative, Tor (steampunk series concludes as our special agent heroes discover a plot of empire-changing proportions. A Newbury & Hobbes Investigation)

Shirley Mann, Hannah’s War, Zaffre (WWII Land Girl saga)

Nev March, Peril at the Exposition, Minotaur (Captain Jim Agnihotri and his new bride, Diana Framji, return in the follow up to Murder in Old Bombay)

Madeline Martin, The Librarian Spy (US) / The American Librarian (UK), Hanover Square (novel inspired by the true history of America’s library spies of World War Two)

Susan Anne Mason, A Feeling of Home, Bethany House (Redemption’s Light, book 3 – inspirational romance)

Mary McMyne, The Book of Gothel, Redhook (historical fantasy – retelling of Rapunzel filled with dark magic, crumbling towers, mysterious woods, and evil princes)

Tom Mead, Death and the Conjuror, Mysterious Press (a magician-turned-sleuth in pre-war London solves three impossible crimes)

Kurt Palka, The Orphan Girl, McClelland & Stewart (novel set during the final months of WWII)

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)

Tracie Peterson, Beyond the Desert Sands, Bethany House (the last thing Isabella Garcia wants is to spend Christmas in a small silver-mining town when she’d rather stay in California with the handsome Diego Morales)

Tracie Peterson, The Alaska Saga, Barbour (three historical romances)

Sarah Priscus, Groupies, Wm Morrow (shines a bright light on the grungy yet glittery world of 1970s rock ’n’ roll and the women—the groupies—who unapologetically love too much in a world that doesn’t love them back)

Vanessa Riley, Sister Mother Warrior, Wm Morrow (based on the true-life stories of two women who helped lead the rebellion that drove out the French and freed the enslaved people of Haiti)

Madeleine Roux, The Proposition, Dell (a woman trapped in a loveless engagement joins forces with a mysterious man bent on revenge against her fiancé)

Anika Scott, The Soviet Sisters, Wm Morrow (novel filled with secrets, lies, and betrayals, following two spy sisters in the years after WWII)

Francesca Stanfill, The Falcon’s Eyes, Harper (set in France and England at the end of the 12th century―story of a spirited young woman, Isabelle, who defies convention to forge a remarkable life)

James Stejskal, Direct Legacy, Casemate (1970s – a young American Special Forces soldier must stop his vengeful former comrade-in-arms before he carries out a devastating terrorist strike for the IRA)

Rebecca Stott, Dark Earth, Random House (novel about two sisters fighting for survival in male-dominated Dark Ages Britain)

Maggie Sullivan, The School Mistress, One More Chapter (the Our Street at War series takes an ordinary street during wartime and looks inside at the life of the residents)

Alexandra Walsh, The Jane Seymour Conspiracy, Sapere (a Tudor conspiracy with a modern-day twist. Time shift thriller, book four in Marquess House Sagas)

Minette Walters, The Swift and the Harrier, Blackstone (historical adventure set during one of the most turbulent periods of British history. Set in Dorset, 1642)

Ethan J. Wolfe, The Illinois Detective Agency: The Case of Duffy’s Revenge, Five Star (book three picks up where The Case of the Stalking Moon leaves off, with the murder of James Duffy’s future wife in the town of Miles City, Montana)

Michelle Wright, Small Acts of Defiance, Wm Morrow (debut WWII novel the small but courageous acts a young woman performs against the growing anti-Jewish measures in Nazi-occupied Paris)

August 2022

Sara Ackerman, The Codebreaker’s Secret, Mira (dual-timeline story of codebreaking, secrets, murder, romance and longing)

Sarah Adlakha, Midnight on the Marne, Forge (set during World War I, and in an occupied France in an alternative timeline, novel explores the responsibilities love lays on us and the rippling impact of our choices)

Santiago Amigorena (trans. Frank Wynne), The Ghetto Within, HarperVia (story of the author’s Jewish grandfather, a Polish immigrant in Argentina, and the guilt he experiences when he is unable to help his family leave the Warsaw ghetto)

Addison Armstrong, The War Librarian, Putnam (novel inspired by the first female volunteer librarians during World War I and the first women accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy)

Jennifer Ashley, The Secret of Bow Lane, Berkley (in Victorian-era London, amateur sleuth and cook Kat Holloway must solve a murder to claim an inheritance she didn’t know she had. Below Stairs Mystery #6)

Bernardo Atxaga (trans. Margaret Jull Costa), Water Over Stones, Graywolf (captures a span of time from the early 1970s, when the shadow of the Franco dictatorship still loomed, to 2017)

Katarzyna Bonda (trans. Filip Sporczyk), Conspiracy of Blood (c 2015), Hodder & Stoughton (Sasza Zaluska is plunged into a web of corruption and criminality that has engulfed all levels of Polish society since the fall of Communism)

Tom Bradby, Yesterday’s Spy, Atlantic Monthly (espionage novel about a father searching for his disappeared son against the backdrop of the 1953 coup in Tehran)

Joe Brown, A Cowboy’s Destiny, Artemesia (1917 – a young man’s dream of being the best cowboy at the best ranch is tested by something he never expected)

James Carroll, Supply of Heroes, Blackstone (World War I, Douglas Tyrrell leaves Ireland to fight in the English Army, and his sister meets a revolutionary determined to fight for Irish independence even if it means siding with the Germans)

Jerome Charyn, Big Red, Liveright (set amidst the noir glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age, story reimagines the life of Rita Hayworth)

Thomas D. Clagett, Blood West, Five Star (frontier fiction – full description forthcoming)

Dilly Court, Sunday’s Child, HarperCollins (fourth book in Nancy Sunday’s story)

Damian Dibben, The Color Storm, Hanover Square (novel of art and the Inquisition set in Renaissance Venice)

Emma Donoghue, Haven, Little, Brown (in seventh-century Ireland, a priest’s dream sends him on a quest to find an isolated spot on which to found a monastery)

Shaunna J. Edwards, Alyson Richman, The Thread Collectors, Graydon House (novel set during the Civil War about two women whose resourceful sewing to support their communities leads them on unexpected, dangerous journeys)

Courtney Ellis, The Forgotten Cottage, Berkley (connected through time to her great-grandmother by a shared English countryside home, an American nurse tries to piece together her family’s tangled history)

Sarah Ferguson, A Most Intriguing Lady, Avon Books (saga about a Duke’s daughter who secretly moonlights as an amateur sleuth)

Robert Gott, The Orchard Murders, Scribe US (novel about revenge, obsession, and the dangerous gullibility of religious fanatics set in Melbourne during WWII)

Wendy Guerra (trans. Alicia “Achy” Obejas), I Was Never the First Lady, HarperVia (the story of three distinct Cuban women and their relationship to politics, power, and self-potential)

Steven Hartov, The Last of the Seven, Hanover Square (based on the “X Troop” – a team of European Jews who escaped the Continent only to join the British Army and return home to exact their revenge on Hitler’s military)

James Hitt, Storm Riders, Five Star (full description forthcoming)

Emma Hooper, We Should Not Be Afraid of the Sky, Hamish Hamilton (tale of five young women rapt in rebellion against an era that relies on their submission. Set towards the end of the Roman Empire)

Anna Lee Huber, A Certain Darkness, Kensington (agent Verity Kent employs her Secret Service skills to investigate a complex murder; book #6)

Julie Janson, Benevolence, HarperVia (spanning two decades, from 1816-1835, novel sheds light on the violence and erasure of colonization, as well as survival and resistance—a portrait of the Aboriginal Australians whose way of life is forever altered)

Beverly Jenkins, To Catch a Raven, Avon (features a fearless grifter who goes undercover to reclaim the stolen Declaration of Independence)

Jerry B. Jenkins, Dead Sea Conspiracy, Worthy Books (archaeologist Nicole Berman is about to discover the key to unifying three major religions. Book 2 of Dead Sea Chronicles)

Otohiko Kaga (trans. Albert Novick), Marshland, Dalkey Archive (epic Japanese literary novel running from the pre-World War II period to the turbulence of 1960s Japan)

Khaled Khalifa (trans. Leri Price), No One Prayed Over Their Graves, FSG (story of two close friends whose lives are irrevocably changed when they survive a 1907 flood that devastates their village near Aleppo)

R. F. Kuang, Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence, Harper Voyager (grapples with student revolutions, colonial resistance, and the use of language and translation as the dominating tool of the British empire)

Charles Lambert, The Bone Flower, Gallic (a young gentleman in Victorian London is drawn into a dark and dangerous world when he falls for a beautiful flower seller)

Sarah MacLean, Heartbreaker, Avon Books (featuring a fierce, fearless heroine on a mission to steal a duke’s secrets)

Alyssa Maxwell, Murder at Beacon Rock, Kensington (in June 1900, reporter Emma Cross discovers the body of a woman in the waters below the Morgans’ mansion)

Andrew McBride, Cimarrón, Five Star (frontier fiction – full description forthcoming)

Rod Miller, This Thy Brother, Five Star (frontier fiction – full description forthcoming)

Peter Murphy, To Become an Outlaw, No Exit (1964–under Apartheid law, mixed race couple Danie & Amy can’t marry so they flee to England from where they are recruited four years later to help undermine the South African regime)

Irène Némirovsky (trans. Sandra Smith), Master of Souls, Kales Press (set in 1920s France, about an Italian immigrant, who is crushed by anti-immigrant discrimination and resorts to corrupting his soul in order to survive)

Gill Paul, The Manhattan Girls, Wm Morrow (1920s ―Dorothy Parker—one of the wittiest women who ever wielded a pen—and her three friends navigate life, love, and careers in New York City)

Leslye Penelope, The Monsters We Defy, Redhook (a woman able to communicate with spirits must assemble a ragtag crew to pull off a daring heist to save her community. Washington 1925)

Andrea Penrose, Murder at the Serpentine Bridge, Kensington (a Wrexford and Sloane mystery)

Allison Pittman, Laura’s Shadow, Barbour (dual-time line historical set in South Dakota 1890 & 1974. Doors to the Past series)

Mark Pryor, Die Around Sundown, Minotaur (new mystery series set in World War II era Paris, where a detective is forced to solve a murder while protecting his own secrets)

Michelle Rawlins, Steel Girls on the Home Front, HQ (book three in saga of three girls from Sheffield who step up to do their bit for their country)

Melody Razak, Moth, Harper (saga of one Indian family’s trials through partition—the 1947 split of Pakistan from India—exploring its impact on women, what it means to be “othered” in one’s own society)

Vanessa Riley, Murder in Westminster, Kensington (story of a widow whose skin color and family history have left her with few friends she can rely on. Start of new series)

Kelly Robson, High Times in the Low Parliament, Tordotcom (a lighthearted romp through an 18th-century London featuring flirtatious scribes, irritable fairies, and the dangers of Parliament)

Jennifer Ryan, Surrendering to Hunt, Avon Books (a by-the-book lawman tangles with a stubborn young woman)

Katharine Schellman, Death at the Manor, Crooked Lane (tortured spirits haunt a Regency-era English manor—but the true danger lies in the land of the living. Lily Adler mystery)

Emma Seckel, The Wild Hunt, Tin House (a young woman’s fated return, post WWII, to a wind-battered island off the coast of Scotland, and the dark forces—old and new—that she finds there)

Nisi Shawl, Everfair, Tor (alternate history / historical fantasy / steampunk novel set in the Belgian Congo)

Zoe Sivak, Mademoiselle Revolution, Berkley (1790s — story of a biracial heiress who flees to Paris when the Haitian Revolution burns across her island home)

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

Penny Thorpe, The Quality Street Wedding, HarperCollins (the heroines at the Quality Street factory must be ready for anything as war looms)

Louisa Treger, Madwoman, Bloomsbury (based on a true story about the world’s first female investigative journalist)

Nicola Upson, Dear Little Corpses, Crooked Lane (1939; as the mass evacuation takes place across Britain, thousands of children leave London, but one little girl vanishes without a trace)

Alana White, The Hearts of All on Fire, Atmosphere Press (2nd book the Guid’Antonio Vespucci mystery series set in Renaissance Florence)

Marianne Wiggins, Properties of Thirst, S&S (novel set during World War II about the meaning of family and the limitations of the American Dream)

Marty Wingate, The Orphans of Mersea House, Alcove Press (postwar England — historical drama about love lost—and promise found)

Ellen Marie Wiseman, The Lost Girls of Willowbrook, Kensington (evokes the real-life Willowbrook State School, the infamous mental institution that shocked a nation when exposed in the 1970s)

Don Zancanella, A Storm in the Stars, Delphinium (based on the lives and romance of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley and their friendship with the larger-than-life Lord Byron)

September 2022

Yvette Manessis Corporon, Where the Wandering Ends, Harper Muse (two young friends, separated by tragedy during the Greek Civil War, are haunted by a vow to return to one another and their home on the island of Corfu)

James D. Crownover, Buffalo Soldier Odyssey, Five Star (frontier fiction – full description forthcoming)

Mark C. Jackson, Blue Rivers of Heaven, Five Star (frontier fiction – The Tales of Zebediah Creed)

Susan Holloway Scott, Martha, Kensington (the life of Martha Dandridge Washington who was a fierce and passionate beauty and an integral, intimate part of the founding of America)

C. M. Wendelboe, The Marshal and the Fatal Foreclosure, Five Star (a Nelson Lane frontier mystery, book 4)

Ethan Wolfe, When the Devil Comes Calling, Five Star (a Youngblood Brothers Western)

October 2022

J. D. Arnold, Rawhide Jake: Lone Star Fame, Five Star (the life and times of Detective Jonas V. Brighton)

Blitz Bazawule, The Scent of Burnt Flowers, Ballantine (fleeing persecution in 1960s America, a Black couple seeks asylum in Ghana, but old secrets threaten their freedom)

Paul Colt, Vaquero Padre, Five Star (frontier fiction – full description forthcoming)

Sadie Cuffe, Sophie Cuffe, The Golden Spoon, Five Star (full description forthcoming)

Colleen Gleason, A Trace of Poison, Kensington (Phyllida Bright, housekeeper for Agatha Christie, must uncover a killer among a throng of crime writers)

William W. Johnstone, J. A. Johnstone, Old Cowboys Never Die, Kensington (full description forthcoming)

Karen Kingsbury, Just Once, Atria (World War II love story about a young woman torn between two brothers)

Clara McKenna, Murder at the Majestic Hotel, Kensington (a Stella and Lyndy Mystery , book 4 – description forthcoming)

Rod Millar, With a Kiss I Die, Five Star (a novel of the massacre at Mountain Meadows)

Heather Redmond, A Twist of Murder, Kensington (full description forthcoming)

Minerva Spencer, The Boxing Baroness, Kensington (Wicked Women of Whitechapel, book 1 – description forthcoming)

November 2022

Genevieve Cogman, Scarlet, Tor (reinvention of the tale of The Scarlet Pimpernel set during the French Revolution, with the addition of magic and even more mayhem)

Michael W. Farmer, Trini! Come!, Five Star (a novel of Geronimo’s captivity of Trinidad Verdin)

Rosemary Simpson, Death at the Falls, Kensington (full description forthcoming)

Pat Stoltey, In Defense of Delia, Five Star (early 1800s Illinois frontier fiction; a Sangamon novel. )

December 2022

Stephen Preston Banks, Cashdown’s Folly, Five Star (full description forthcoming)

L. J. Martin, Mud, Blood and Beer, Five Star (a collection of stories set in the Old West)

Robert Temple, The Strange Courtship of Kathleen O’Dwyer, Five Star (full description forthcoming)


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