Forthcoming historical novels for 2024

The Historical Novel Society lists mainstream and small press titles for historical novels set in eras from ancient times to the mid 1970s. Details are based on publishers’ descriptions and are compiled by Fiona Sheppard (US, CAN, UK, ANZ).

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See our guide to forthcoming historical novels for 2023 for previous releases.

See our guides to forthcoming children’s and YA historical novels for 2023 and forthcoming children’s and YA historical novels for 2024.

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Last update: April 30, 2024

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January 2024

Sam Adams, Jac, Y Lolfa (set in a coal mining valley in south Wales, during WWII, novel is about first friendships among boys from the perspective of the youngest and smallest, Jac)

Cheryl Adnams, Heart of the River, HQ Fiction (romance set against the environmental threats and deep family secrets. Set in Northern Victoria in 1956)

Emma R. Alban, Don’t Want You Like a Best Friend, Avon (debut queer Victorian romance in which two debutantes distract themselves from having to seek husbands and find their perfect match in each other)

Suzanne Allain, The Ladies Rewrite the Rules, Berkley (romantic comedy set in Regency England about a widow who takes high society by storm)

Lisa Ard, Brighter Than Her Fears, Creative James Media (story set in 1880s, Asheville, featuring a farming wife who tries to promote education for all)

Lucy Ashe, The Sleeping Beauties, Magpie (May 1945; a chance meeting with a Sadler’s Wells ballet dancer changes everything for Rosamund and her dance-obsessed daughter, Jasmine)

Lelita Baldock, The Baker’s Secret, Storm Publishing (in Nazi-occupied Latvia, two sisters are forced to make an impossible choice)

Mally Becker, The Paris Mistress, Level Historia (a Revolutionary War mystery set in 1781 France)

Stephen Black, The Famine Witch, Quill and Crow (on the brink of the Irish famine, a sister and brother get caught up in a centuries-old feud)

Sue Bristow, The Fair Folk, Europa Editions (historical fantasy coming-of-age, about magic and the choices that define future generations, set in 1959)

Amy Brown, My Brilliant Sister, Scribner AU (when author Stella Miles Franklin took on the world, her sister Linda led a short, domestic life as a wife, mother and sister)

E. Joe Brown, A Cowboy’s Fortune, Artemesia (in 1919, cowboy and the love of his life will be tested by something they never expected)

Maggie Campbell, Nurse Kitty’s Unbreakable Spirit, Orion (next instalment of saga about love, courage and change in post-war Britain)

Nancy Campbell Allen, Protecting Her Heart, Shadow Mountain (mystery romance set in London, 1887)

Talia Carner, The Boy with the Star Tattoo, William Morrow (novel spanning postwar 1946 France, when Israeli agents roamed the countryside to rescue hidden Jewish orphans, to the 1969 daring escape of the Israeli boats of Cherbourg)

Deborah Carr, The Poppy Sisters, One More Chapter (two sisters, divided by war, face daily battles to save the lives of the wounded soldiers in their care)

Andrea Chalupa, illus. Ivan Rodriguez, In the Shadow of Stalin, Oni Press (tale of true-life of journalist Gareth Jones who traveled to the Soviet Union in the height of the 1930s Soviet Holodomor Famine. Graphic novel)

Vanessa Chan, The Storm We Made, Hodder & Stoughton/S&S Marysue Rucci (novel about a Malayan mother who becomes an unlikely spy for the invading Japanese forces during WWII)

Michael J. Chaplin, A Fallen God, The Book Guild (set in thirteenth-century France, a retelling of the myth traditionally known to us as Tristan and Isolt)

J. K. Charles, The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting, Orion (Regency-era gay romance)

Rory Clements, Munich Wolf, Zaffre (in Munich, 1935, Detective Sebastian Wolff is ordered to solve the murder of a high-born English girl)

Daniel Colter, Blood of Lions, Sapere (third book in the Knights Templar Thrillers series featuring military adventures set during the Medieval era)

Mary Connealy, D.J. Gudger, Becca Whitham, Kimberley Woodhouse, The Legacy of the Rocking K Ranch, Barbour (four generations of women in Wyoming experience love, loss, grace, adoption, struggles with the law, and relationships with natives)

Christina Courtenay, Shadows in the Ashes, Headline Review (dual-time novel travels from the present day to the fires of ancient Pompeii)

Sinéad Crowley, A Maid on Fifth Avenue, Aria (a dual timeline novel set in 1920s New York and post pandemic Ireland)

Avery Cunningham, The Mayor of Maxwell Street, Hyperion Avenue (love story explores the American Dream between Jim Crow, the inflexible world of the original Black upper class, and the violence of 1920s Chicago)

Neil Denby, Optio, Sapere (Quintus Roman Thrillers book 3)

Jude Deveraux, My Heart Will Find You, Mira (dual narrative time-slip story in which a woman dreams she’s a mail-order bride, married to a handsome but guarded rancher in the 1870s)

Renita D’Silva, The Spice Maker’s Secret, Bookouture (dual timeline story set in 1939 India and 1990 London)

Jane Dunn, A Scandalous Match, Boldwood (Regency romance between a Covent Garden actress and an upstanding widowed lord)

Elizabeth Dunne, The Murderous Misses of Concord, Level Best (after a publishing success, Louisa May Alcott is drawn into a murder mystery)

Álvaro Enrigue, trans. Natasha Wimmer, You Dreamed of Empires, Riverhead/Harvill Secker (brings to life Tenochtitlan at its height, and reimagines its destiny. Set in 1519)

Donna Everhart, When the Jessamine Grows, Kensington (novel set in North Carolina during the Civil War, as one woman fights to keep her family united and neutral during the most devastating and divisive period in American history)

Louise Fein, The London Bookshop Affair, William Morrow (about a London bookshop involved in an espionage network, set against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis)

Jennie Felton, The Coal Miner’s Wife, Headline (family saga set in Somerset, 1911)

P. W. Finch, Battle Lord, Canelo (AD 1066. Cerdic is a prisoner of war, captured after the Battle of Hastings, and whose survival depends on his ability to convince his captors of his value)

Laura Frantz, The Seamstress of Acadie, Revell (caught between the warring French and English on Canada’s shores in 1755, Sylvie Galant is forced from her Acadian home and family)

Mariah Fredericks, The Wharton Plot, Minotaur (follows novelist Edith Wharton, in the twilight years of the Gilded Age in New York, as she tracks a killer)

Helen Fripp, The Girl from Provence, Bookouture (WWII story of the sacrifices ordinary people are forced to make each day in wartime)

Temim Fruchter, City of Laughter, Grove Press (debut spanning four generations of Eastern European Jewish women bound by blood and half-hidden secrets)

Daisy Goodwin, Diva, St. Martin’s/Aria (a story of the love affair between opera singer Maria Callas and multi-millionaire, Aristotle Onassis)

R. L. Graham, Death on the Lusitania, Macmillan (WW1 historical novel set aboard the ill-fated ocean liner)

Gordon Greisman, The Devil’s Daughter, Blackstone (noir thriller set in New York City in the 1950s)

Amy Lynn Green, The Foxhole Victory Tour, Bethany House (in World War II, worlds collide when performers across the United States unite to tour North Africa in a USO variety show)

Molly Green, Wartime Wishes at Bletchley Park, Avon (third in series set in Munich 1938 and Bletchley Park 1939)

Allison Grey, The Lady Thief of Belgravia, Storm Publishing (London, 1879; a romance grows between notorious pickpocket, Della Rose and the man who offers her money to steal from his arch nemesis)

Barbara Hambly, The Nubian’s Curse, Severn House (the unexpected arrival of a friend from his past plunges musician, sleuth and free man of color Benjamin January into an old, unsolved case)

Kenneth W. Harmon, In the Realm of Ash and Sorrow, Regalo (when the spirit of an American airman befriends a Japanese woman and her daughter in the days before the Hiroshima bomb, he races against time to save the ones he loves)

Anastasia Hastings, Of Hoaxes and Homicide, Minotaur (second Dear Miss Hermione Mystery where fielding questions from both irate housekeepers and heartbroken mothers is par for the course for the best-loved Agony Aunt in Britain)

Kent Heckenlively, The King of Italy, Arcade (family saga spanning World War II and Italy’s political intrigue)

Monika Helfer, trans. Gillian Davidson, Library for the War-Wounded, Bloomsbury (a daughter’s intimate portrait of her father, a man wounded by war in body and spirit)

Catherine Hokin, The Children We Lost, Bookouture (World War Two novel about the power of a mother’s love)

Liu Hong, The Good Women of Fudi, Scribe (story of loves lost and gained set during the aftermath of the Opium Wars)

Olivia Horrox, The Dancer’s Promise, Embla Books (novel about the bond between sisters and a changing world)

B. M. Howard, Blood of the Knights, Canelo (a whodunnit set during the height of Napoleon’s European conquests)

Maria Hummel, Goldenseal, Counterpoint (dual timeline novel of two estranged friends who reunite to confront each other and the devastating betrayal that tore them apart)

Rayda Jacobs, Eyes of the Sky, Apollo (explores the complex and interconnected lives of the settlers and the enslaved in eighteenth century South Africa)

Elizabeth Gonzalez James, The Bullet Swallower, S&S/Hodder & Stoughton (set in 1895 and 1964; a magical realism western follows a Mexican bandido as he sets off for Texas to save his family)

Tania James, Loot, Harvill Secker (a tale of plundered treasure, savage empire, lasting love and a young man’s dream to make his mark on the world)

Dan Jones, Wolves of Winter, Viking/Head of Zeus – an Aries Book (second book following Essex Dogs, set during the siege of Calais in 1300s mediaeval France)

Luisa A. Jones, The Broken Vow, Storm (a young woman pours her energy into turning Plas Norton into a healing place for her fiancé, Eustace, and other war-weary soldiers, until a mysterious stranger threatens it all)

Heather Kaufman, Up from Dust, Bethany House (a narrative of Martha’s life in a story of love, loss, and the promise of redemption)

Shubnum Khan, The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years, Viking/Magpie (novel about a ruined mansion, the djinn that haunts it, and a curious girl who unearths the tragedy that happened there a hundred years previously)

Matthew Kneale, The Cameraman, Atlantic (a road trip like no other through a rapidly changing 1930s Europe)

Marion Kummerow, The Berlin Wife’s Resistance, Bookouture (a WWII story of determination and courage. Part of the German Wives series)

Lizzie Lane, Dark Shadows Over Coronation Lane, Boldwood (historical saga set in Bristol, just before WWII)

Natasha Lester, The Disappearance of Astrid Bricard, Forever (story of fashion icon Astrid Bricard who disappeared at the legendary Versailles designer show-down in 1973)

Melanie Levensohn, trans. Jamie Lee Searle, A Jewish Girl in Paris, Macmillan UK (in Paris, 1940, under German occupation, Christian, son of a bank director, falls in love with a Jewish girl)

Lindsay Lovise, Never Blow a Kiss, Forever (witty Victorian romance, in which a governess spy falls for an ex-soldier turned railroad magnate

H. B. Lyle, Spy Hunter, Mobius (historical Holmsian spy thriller)

Jeanne Mackin, Picasso’s Lovers, Berkley/Headline (portrait of the women caught in Picasso’s orbit through the affairs, the scandals, and the art)

Michele Mari, trans. Brian Robert Moore, Verdigris, And Other Stories Publishing (at the end of the 1960s, thirteen-year-old Michelín spends his summers at his grandparents’ Nasca estate, where he encounters the mysterious groundskeeper, Felice)

Karl Marlantes, Cold Victory, Grove Press (novel in which loyalty, friendship, and love are put to the ultimate test; set in Helsinki, 1947)

Beezy Marsh, Queen of Clubs, William Morrow (second in series about a ring of all-female gangsters in 1950s London)

Edward Marston, Murder in Transit, Allison & Busby (on a dark evening on the Isle of Wight, Agnes Raybould and her companion strangle a middle-aged man and Inspector Colbeck is called in to investigate)

Faith Martin, Murder By Candlelight, HQ (a village murder mystery set in The Cotswolds, 1924)

Isolde Martyn, The Lady and the Unicorn, Sapere (historical romance set in late medieval England)

Mimi Matthews, The Lily of Ludgate Hill, Berkley (a confirmed spinster accepts a favor from the wicked gentleman who haunts her dreams)

Kathleen McGurl, The Lost Child, HQ Digital (dual timeline novel set aboard Carpathia in 1912 and a contemporary archivist piecing together a centuries-old mystery)

Frances McNamara, Three-Decker Murder in a Nutshell, Level Best Historia (second in a series of fictional stories roughly based on the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death)

Ellie Midwood, I Have to Save Them, Bookouture (inspired by the true story of Orli Reichert)

Derek B. Miller, The Curse of Pietro Houdini, Avid Reader Press (World War II art-heist-adventure tale)

Vanessa Miller, The American Queen, Thomas Nelson (the unsung true history of a kingdom built as a refuge for the courageous people who dared to dream of a different way of life. Set in the enslaved South, 1869)

Fernando J. Múñez, The Cook of Castamar (c.2019), Apollo/Bloomsbury US (an unlikely romance set in an early 18th-century world of royal duties, sordid affairs and complicated politics)

Donald S. Murray, The Salt and the Flame, Saraband (novel of the 20th-century emigrant experience in the New World, beginning in 1923)

Hester Musson, The Beholders, Fourth Estate (gothic murder mystery set in 1878)

Kitty Neale, A Wife’s Courage, Orion (London, 1944; keeping the Battersea Tavern open is no easy feat for owner Winnie Berry – but the community needs the warmth and familiarity)

Andie Newton, The Secret Pianist, One More Chapter (when a British RAF Whitley plane comes under fire over the French coast, a spy messenger pigeon finds its way into unlikely hands)

Jamie Ogle, Of Love and Treason, Tyndale House (Christian historical romance novel retelling the legend of St. Valentine)

Helen Parusel, The Austrian Bride, Boldwood (story of the strength of women and the unwavering courage of those who seek a better world)

Candice Sue Patterson, The Day the Waters Raged, Barbour (6 stories featuring historic American disasters that transformed landscapes and multiple lives. First story set May 31, 1889)

Andrea Penrose, The Diamond of London, Kensington (the triumph and tragedy of the Regency-era adventuress, Lady Hester Stanhope)

Pepetela, trans. David Brookshaw, The Utopian Generation, Biblioasis (first English translation of a novel of African decolonization set in Lisbon, 1961)

Tyler Perry, Echo Brown, A Jazzman’s Blues, Atria (tale of love and family secrets set in Georgia in the 1940s)

Andrew X. Pham, Twilight Territory, W. W. Norton (novel of love, war, and resistance in post–World War II Japanese-occupied Vietnam)

Jayne Anne Phillips, Night Watch, Fleet (story about a mother and daughter seeking refuge in a mental asylum in the aftermath of the Civil War)

MJ Porter, Clash of Kings, Boldwood (next installment in The Brunanburh Series, set in AD 937)

Lynette Rees, The Winter Waif, Boldwood (1884; saga of a young girl who flees to the working district of Merthyr Tydfil to escape her father’s new wife)

Nancy Revell, The Widow’s Choice, Penguin (historical saga set in 1949, County Durham)

Ian Roberts, The Celestials, Arden (novel begins in Canton during the Opium Wars and expands in the Australian Gold Rush of the 19th century)

Tara Karr Roberts, Wild and Distant Seas, W. W. Norton (narrative follows Evangeline and her descendants from mid-nineteenth century Nantucket to Boston)

Angela Rodel, trans. Vera Mutafchieva, The Case of Cem, Sandorf Passage (first English-language translation of a Bulgarian classic presents a series of depositions by historical figures before a court)

Linda Margolin Royal, The Star on the Grave, Affirm Press (novel inspired by the true story of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who secretly issued thousands of visas to Jewish refugees in WWII)

Lynda Rutledge, Mockingbird Summer, Lake Union (literary coming of age novel)

Michelle Salter, Murder at the Merewood Hospital, Boldwood (1916; mystery at a hospital believed cursed, either by a dead nurse or by the patients who perished from their war wounds)

Lydia San Andres, The Return of His Caribbean Heiress, Harlequin Historical (Leandro and heiress Lucia meet up again after five years apart)

Jonathan Santlofer, The Lost Van Gogh, Sourcebooks Landmark (story alternates between a perilous hunt for a painting, and a history of stolen art and stolen lives)

Audrey Schulman, The Dolphin House, Europa Editions (based on the true story of a 1960s experiment; a meditation on what makes us truly human)

Nisi Shawl, Kinning, Tor (sequel to Everfair, an alternate history fantasy which imagines what might have happened to colonization if the African natives of the Congo had developed steam power ahead of their colonial oppressors)

Lauraine Snelling, A Season of Harvest, Bethany House (inspirational romance bringing the Leah’s Garden series to a close)

Mary-Lou Stephens, The Chocolate Factory, HQ Fiction (love, friendship and secrets in the early years of Cadbury’s Tasmanian factory)

Julian Stockwin, Sea of Treason, Mobius (following his recovery after a savage wounding in America, Kydd returns to England to re-assume command of Thunderer, which is sent to the remote station of Bermuda)

Linda Stratmann, Sherlock Holmes and the Duelling Dukes, Sapere (sixth Victorian crime thriller in the Early Casebook of Sherlock Holmes series)

Embassie Susberry, Code Name Butterfly, Avon (novel inspired by the true story of Josephine Baker who worked for the French Resistance in WWII)

ReShonda Tate, The Queen of Sugar Hill, William Morrow (fictional portrait of Hattie McDaniel, one of Hollywood’s most prolific but underappreciated stars—and the first Black person ever to win an Oscar)

Teresa Trent, Listen, Do You Want to Know a Secret, Level Best (1964; murder mystery with an amateur sleuth who works at a radio station)

Johanna Van Zanten, The Imposter, Addison & Highsmith (family drama of a headstrong girl who falls in love, marries and bears children, but whose loyalty is tested when the Nazis invade)

Leo Vardiashvili, Hard By a Great Forest, Riverhead/Bloomsbury (novel about the individual and collective trauma of war, and the indomitable spirit of a people determined to survive)

Alexandra Walsh, The Secrets of Crestwell Hall, Boldwood (a gunpowder plot dual timeline novel set in 1605 and present day)

Jenni L. Walsh, Unsinkable, Harper Muse (novel spanning WWI and WWII about a stewardess and wartime nurse who survives a shipwreck on the Olympic and the sinking of both the Titanic and Britannic)

Steve Weddle, The County Line, Lake Union (set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, novel is a celebration of community and opportunity in 1933 America)

Jeri Westerson, The Twilight Queen, Severn House (court jester Will Somers is drawn into another mystery when malevolent forces strike again at the court of Henry VIII)

Rob Wills, Plague Searchers I: Red Wands and Plague Searchers II: Flee Quick, Go Far, Arden (tale of friendships, feuds, plots and betrayals, paints life and death on the perilous streets of plague-struck London, 1665)

Marty Wingate, A Body on the Doorstep, Bookouture (book one in the London Ladies’ Club Golden Age Mystery series)

Marty Wingate, A Body at the Séance, Bookouture (book two in the London Ladies’ Club Golden Age Mystery series)

C. J. Wray, The Excitements, William Morrow/Orion (humorous drama about two female World War II veterans who survived the unthinkable)

February 2024

Sara Ackerman, The Uncharted Flight of Olivia West, Mira (dual timeline story of a female pilot who embarks on an air race across the Pacific in the golden age of aviation, & the woman who uncovers her buried history 60 years later)

Leah Angstman, Falcon in the Dive, Regal House (thriller which parallels the tumultuous years of the French Revolution and present day)

Katherine Arden, The Warm Hands of Ghosts, Del Rey/Century (during the Great War, a combat nurse searches for her brother, believed dead in the trenches despite eerie signs that suggest otherwise)

Lynn Austin, All My Secrets, Tyndale House (1898; fiction set in Gilded Age New York, where three generations of women must reckon with the choices they have made and their hopes for the future)

Ellen Baker, The Hidden Life of Cecily Larson, Mariner (multigenerational novel of survival, love, and the families we make; set in 1924 and 2015)

D. R. Bailey, The Sunrise Raiders, Sapere (4th book of the Spitfire Mavericks Thrillers, set in 1941)

Kirsten Bakis, King Nyx, Liveright (set in 1918 on the island estate of an eccentric millionaire, novel reimagines the life of Anna Filing Fort in a mystery about the fate of women & girls in the orbit of self-important men)

Angela Bell, A Lady’s Guide to Marvels and Misadventure, Bethany House (when Clara Stanton’s ex-fiancé spreads rumors that her family suffers from hereditary insanity, it’s all Clara can do to protect them)

S. J. Bennett, A Death in Diamonds, Zaffre (murder mystery set in London 1957)

Baron Birtcher, Knife River, Open Road Media (a sheriff fighting to keep the peace in 1970s Oregon faces a shocking secret from his town’s past)

Cecily Blench, Secrets of Malta, Zaffre (an unlikely bond develops between two women, and strange secrets emerge, during an urgent quest to unmask a spy)

Jacquie Bloese, The Golden House, Hodder & Stoughton (in genteel late-Victorian Brighton, Ellen and Reynold Harper are portrait photographers, but illicit photographs taken after hours are what keeps their business afloat)

J. C. Briggs, The Legacy of Foulstone Manor, Sapere (a dual timeline Gothic mystery set in England between the 1970s and the 1920s, exposing family secrets and trauma from WWI)

Sylvia Broady, The Gunner Girls; Evie’s Story, Joffe Books (1942; romance in which three girls leave home to become Ack Ack Gunner Girls, defending Britain from Luftwaffe attacks)

Benedict Brown, The Hurtwood Village Murders, Storm (cozy 1920s mystery with a series of threatening letters, a forgotten figure from the past, and a killer out to settle scores)

Denny S. Bryce, The Other Princess, Allison & Busby (portrait of an African princess raised in Queen Victoria’s court and adapting to life in Victorian England—based on the real-life story of Sarah Forbes Bonetta)

Jessica Bull, The Hapless Milliner, Union Square/Michael Joseph (murder mystery featuring Jane Austen as an amateur sleuth—first in a series)

Joanne Burn, The Bone Hunters, Sphere (novel of ambition, obsession and betrayal set in Lyme Regis, 1824)

Annie Burrows, The Countess’s Forgotten Marriage, Harlequin Historical (a Regency reunion of a husband with his wife who has been away following a traumatic event)

Elizabeth Camden, While the City Sleeps, Bethany House (Katherine Schneider’s workaday life as a dentist in 1913 New York is upended when a patient reveals details of a deadly plot while under the influence of laughing gas)

Anna Canic, Sophia and Cassius, Addison & Highsmith (presents well-known stories about the lost paradise and the decadence of ancient civilization, focusing on religious, philosophical and esoteric themes)

Francesca Capaldi, Dark Days at the Beach Hotel, Hera (saga set in World War One)

Catherine Cavendish, Those Who Dwell in Mordenhyrst Hall, Flame Tree (a gothic thriller set in 1920s)

Yangsze Choo, The Fox Wife, Henry Holt/Quercus (Manchuria, 1908; novel about a winter full of mysterious deaths, a mother seeking revenge, and old folktales that may very well be true)

Amanda Churchill, The Turtle House, Harper (dual timeline 1990s and WWII literary debut about a grandmother and granddaughter who connect over a beloved lost place and the secrets they carry)

Alys Clare, The Stranger in the Asylum, Severn House (London, 1882; private investigators Lily Raynor and Felix Wilbraham hunt down an escapee from a French asylum)

Mary Connealy, Chasing the Horizon, Bethany House (adventurous historical novel of survival, sacrifice, and romance on the Oregon Trail)

Iris Costello, The Story Collector, Penguin (tells the story of three people divided by time and circumstance yet bound by a long-held secret – story set in London, 1915, Germany, 1918 and present-day Cornwall)

Claire Coughlan, Where They Lie, S&S UK/Harper Perennial (literary thriller set in 1960s Dublin about an ambitious young journalist whose investigation takes her through misty streets into the tangled underworld)

Dilly Court, The Lucky Penny, HarperCollins (a young woman’s life is changed by a twist of fate in this romantic saga)

Michael Crummey, The Adversary, Doubleday/Knopf (a dark novel about love and its limitations, the corruption of power and the power of corruption)

Lindsey Davis, Voices of Rome, Hodder & Stoughton (four tales of Ancient Rome)

Sebastien de Castell, Crucible of Chaos, Mobius (a mortally wounded magistrate faces his deadliest trial inside an ancient abbey where the monks are going mad in this historical fantasy)

Jennifer Deibel, The Irish Matchmaker, Revell (Catriona Daly makes grand plans for herself at the annual Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, but doesn’t expect a shy, widowed sheep farmer to distract her from her goal)

Rachel Donohue, The Whispering House, Corvus (dual timeline 20th-century tale of two sisters haunted by the presence of a long-dead father and the terrible secrets he kept)

David Downing, Union Station, Soho Crime (British journalist John Russell’s research into a wartime conspiracy brings him face-to-face with the perilous instability of a post-Stalin Berlin)

Viktoria G. Duda, Twenty-Five Centuries Without You, Addison & Highsmith (novel takes readers on a metaphysical journey from Ancient Greece to modern times)

Morag Edwards, The Jacobite’s Plight, Bloodhound (tale of a woman buffeted by war, loyalty and rivalries. Sequel to The Jacobite’s Wife)

Malayna Evans, Neferura, Sourcebooks Landmark (a novel of the forgotten daughter of a legendary Egyptian pharaoh and the path she must take to escape her own dangerous fate)

Robert Fabbri, Forging Kingdoms, Corvus (fifth book in a series about the fight to regain Alexander the Great’s empire after his untimely death)

Ellen Feldman, The Trouble With You, St. Martin’s Griffin (in post WWII New York City, a young woman is forced to reinvent her life and choose between the safe and the ethical, and the men who represent each)

Jean Findlay, The Queen’s Lender, Scotland Street Press (offers insight into 17th century Edinburgh and London, and the intrigue-ridden courts of James Stuart and his Danish consort, Anna)

Andrew Finkel, The Adventure of the Second Wife, Even Keel (the strange case of Abdülahamid and Sherlock Holmes)

Alistair Forrest, Sea of Flames, Sapere (a story of intrigue and battle covering the Battle of Actium)

Dominique Fortier, trans. Rhonda Mullins, Pale Shadows, Coach House Books (the story of the trio of women who brought the first collection of Emily Dickinson’s poems out of the shadows)

David Gilman, To Kill a King, Head of Zeus — an Aries Book (eighth adventure in the Master of War series set in fourteenth-century Europe)

Robert Goswitz, The Dragon Soldier’s Good Fortune, Open Road Media (in Vietnam, 1971, Private Ed Lansky seeks protection from evil from the Dragon Spirit)

James Grady, The Smoke in Our Eyes, Pegasus (set in 1959, a rural noir that captures an intimate story and volatility of mid-century America)

Lilly Graham, The Only Light in London, Bookouture (romance set in London, 1939 at the beginning of WWII)

Kristin Hannah, The Women, St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan UK (the story of a turbulent, transformative era in America: the 1960s)

Mollie Hardwick, The Way Up, Sapere (an Edwardian Cinderella story. Book 1 of The Duchess of Duke Street planned trilogy)

Aleksandar Hernon, The World and All That it Holds, Picador (a cross-continental tale of a powerful love that conquers the Great War, revolution and even death)

Austin Hernon, The Abandoned Queen, Sapere (Berengaria of Navarre Medieval Trilogy Book 2)

Kate Hewitt, The Girl on the Boat, Bookouture (first book in Emerald Sisters series that follows four brave young women, as they forge their futures against the backdrop of WWII)

Elisabeth Hobbes, My Fair Lord, One More Chapter (a Gilded Age Retelling of My Fair Lady)

Charlie N. Holmberg, Boy of Chaotic Making, 47North (a boy like no other embarks on a transformative journey of magic and self-discovery in the next Whimbrel House novel. Historical fantasy)

Emily Howes, The Painter’s Daughters, Simon & Schuster/Phoenix (novel of Gainsborough’s daughters, one of whom has a tendency to fall into mental confusion, and the other who knows that no one must find out)

Anna Lee Huber, Sisters of Fortune, Kensington (based on the true story of the Fortune sisters and how the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic in 1912 would transform their lives)

Helen Humphreys, Followed by the Lark, Farrar, Straus & Giroux/HarperCollins (a meditation on the miracle of friendship and the heartbreak of change, following the life of Henry David Thoreau)

Amanda Jayatissa, Island Witch, Berkley (set in 19th century Sri Lanka and inspired by local folklore, the daughter of a traditional demon-priest tries to solve the mysterious attacks that have been terrorizing her coastal village)

Jane Jesmond, A Quiet Contagion, Verve Books (novel that blends the past and the present to create a dual timeline historical mystery)

Alexandra Joel, The Artist’s Secret, HarperCollins (saga of strong heroines and family secrets, set in 1965 and 1987)

William W. Johnstone; J.A. Johnstone, The Forty-Niners, Kensington (an Old West saga of the great American Gold Rush)

Isabella Kamal, The Temple of Persephone, Blackstone (historical Regency romance)

M.R.C. Kasasian, The Montford Maniac, Canelo (quirky Victorian caper. Second in Lady Violet Thorn series)

Francesca Kay, The Book of Days, Swift Press (1546; novel set at the end of Henry VIII’s reign and amidst the religious upheaval that followed)

Suzanne Kelman, The Last Day in Paris, Bookouture (first novel in the Paris Sisters series; a WWII story of two brave women and a secret that will tie them together forever)

Paulette Kennedy, The Devil and Mrs. Davenport, Lake Union (mines the subtle horrors of 1950s America in a novel about a woman under pressure―from the living and the dead)

Laurie R. King, The Lantern’s Dance, Allison & Busby/Bantam (Sept, 1925; the secrets of the past appear to be reaching into the present when Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes arrive at his son’s house to find the Adler’s have fled)

Amitava Kumar, My Beloved Life, Knopf / Picador (novel that traces the arc of a man’s life, starting from his 1935 birth in a small village in India)

Mariely Lares, Sun of Blood and Ruin, Harper Voyager (reimagining of Zorro weaves Mesoamerican mythology and Mexican history into a historical debut fantasy with magic, intrigue, treachery, and romance)

Samantha Larsen, Once Upon a Murder, Crooked Lane (England, 1784; Miss Tiffany Woodall must sleuth the slaying of a footman to clear her beloved’s name)

Amanda Lees, The Paris Spy’s Girl, Bookouture (1943; WWII novel of love, courage and sacrifice in wartime Paris)

Margot Livesey, The Road From Belhaven, Knopf (novel about a young woman whose gift of second sight complicates her coming of age in late 19th century Scotland)

Toby Lloyd, Fervour, Sceptre (post-war look at the politics of a dysfunctional Jewish family where the perfect daughter begins to come undone)

Hannah Lynn, A Spartan’s Sorrow, Sourcebooks Landmark (feminist retelling of one of Ancient Greece’s most ferocious women, Clytemnestra, wife of Agamemnon)

Elle Machray, Remember, Remember, HarperNorth (an alternative history story of conscience, conspiracy, queer identity and courage in the face of injustice. Set in 1770)

Beezy Marsh, Queen of Diamonds, Orion (third in a crime saga series about real-life gang girl, Alice Diamond)

Sarah Marsh, A Sign of Her Own, Park Row/Tinder (1878; the story of Ellen Lark, a deaf woman and favorite student of Alexander Graham Bell, in his race to invent the telephone)

Imogen Martin, To the Wild Horizon, Storm (novel set in Missouri, 1846, shows the true strength and resilience of a woman’s heart in an inspiring story of love and courage)

Valerie Martin, Mrs. Gulliver, Doubleday/Serpent’s Tail (1954; tale of female subversion and agency in a patriarchal world)

Beryl Matthews, Beautiful Innocence, Alison & Busby (Victorian Saga of triumph over adversity, set in London, 1900)

Melanie Maure, Sisters of Belfast, Harper (story beginning in World War II, about orphaned twin sisters in Ireland whose lives diverge for decades, until fate reunites them in their twilight years)

Patrice McDonough, Murder by Lamplight, Kensington (1866; a female physician and a Scotland Yard detective reluctantly team up to stop a sadistic killer)

Lesley McDowell, Clairmont, Wildfire (retelling of the story of Lord Byron and the Shelleys, from the perspective of Claire Clairmont)

M. A. McLaughlin, The Lost Dresses of Italy, Alcove Press (two stories of love and deceit intertwine nearly a hundred years apart in Verona, Italy; set in Verona 1947 & 1864)

Edward McSweegan, The Fever Hut, Fireship Press (two men race against antiquated ideas, foreign competitors, and each other to find a cure for yellow fever and claim a place in history)

Katherine Mezzacappa, The Maiden of Florence, Fairlight Books (Florence, 1584; based on true events, novel gives a voice to a woman cast aside by history)

Fenella J. Miller, Army Girls, Boldwood (romantic saga in which Grace runs away to the safety of the army to escape an enforced marriage)

Liz Milliron, The Secrets We Keep, Level Best/Historia (1943; a soldier home from Europe on medical furlough wants Betty Ahern to find his birth mother)

Jessica Mills, Rosalind, Legend (biographical novel that explores how women have been written out of the history books, and how women’s ideas are often co-opted in male-dominated fields such as science)

Tonya Mitchell, The Arsenic Eater’s Wife, Bloodhound (a young woman convicted of murdering her husband is freed 15 years later and sets out to find who framed her)

Caroline Montague, The Pieces of Us, Orion (historical mystery romance with a past dating back to WWII)

Thomas Mullen, The Rumor Game, Minotaur/Abacus (a determined reporter and a reluctant FBI agent face off against fascist elements in this historical thriller set in World War II-era Boston)

Kiyoko Murata, A Woman of Pleasure, Counterpoint (novel of fearless women banding together to pursue the lives they want, inspired by the real-life historic Japanese courtesan strike)

Pamela Norsworthy, War Bonds, Black Rose Writing (WWII thriller set in 1939 Poland)

Benjamin Myers, Cuddy, Bloomsbury UK & ANZ (retelling of the story of the hermit St. Cuthbert, unofficial patron saint of the North of England)

Anne O’Brien, A Court of Betrayal, Orion (Johane de Geneville is married to Roger Mortimer, who deposes Edward II and rules England alongside Queen Isabella)

Robin Oliveira, A Wild and Heavenly Place, Putnam (story of star-crossed lovers and the birth of Seattle)

Diane Oliver, Neighbors and Other Stories, Grove Press (debut story collection that follows various characters as they navigate the day-to-day perils of Jim Crow racism)

Tommy Orange, Wandering Stars, Knopf (traces the legacies of the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 and the Carlisle Indian Industrial School through three generations of a family)

Allison Pataki, Finding Margaret Fuller, Ballantine (reimagining of the life of Margaret Fuller—America’s forgotten leading lady and the central figure of a movement that defined a nation)

Elba Iris Pérez, The Things We Didn’t Know, Gallery (cross-cultural coming-of-age debut explores a young girl’s childhood between 1950s Puerto Rico and a small Massachusetts factory town)

Lizzie Pook, Maude Horton’s Glorious Revenge, Picador/S&S (1850; Maude must step into London’s dark underbelly to deliver justice for her missing sister)

Eilish Quin, Medea, Atria (Medea’s side of the story through a fresh and feminist lens)

Kate Quinn, Janie Chang, The Phoenix Crown, William Morrow (narrative about the intertwined lives of two wronged women, spanning from the chaos of the San Francisco earthquake to the glittering palaces of Versailles)

Angela Ransom, Death Foretold, Sapere (trusted lady-in-waiting Catrin Surovell investigates another murder mystery)

Jeffrey Richard, We Are Only Ghosts, John Scognamiglio (saga about a teenage boy’s complicated relationship with a Nazi officer in a WWII death camp, which is resurrected in 1960s New York City)

Anthony Riches, Clash of Legions: Empire XIV, Hodder & Stoughton (Marcus Aquila and his patron Rutlius Scaurus are tasked with rooting out a spy ring, placing the two friends at great risk)

Maurice Carlos Ruffin, The American Daughters, One World/Random House (novel about a spirited girl who joins a sisterhood working to undermine the Confederates)

Justin Scott, The Sister Queens, Severn House (England 1600; with no heir to the Elizabethan throne, Will Shakespeare uncovers a deadly plot)

Irina Shapiro, The Highgate Cemetery Murder, Storm (mystery set in Victorian London)

Sara Sheridan, The Secrets of Blythswood Square, Hodder & Stoughton (1846; Glasgow is a city on the cusp of great social change, but rumours of improper behaviour spread like wildfire on the respectable Blythswood Square)

Leslie Shimotakahara, Sisters of the Spruce, Caitlin Press (drawing on inspiration from the author’s ancestors, novel weaves a tale of female adventure, friendship, and survival during WWI)

Douglas Skelton, A Grave for a Thief, Canelo (1716; Jonas Flynt – thief, gambler, killer – is tasked with finding a lawyer who knows too many secrets)

Jill Eileen Smith, The Ark and the Dove, Revell (knowing that God’s judgment is coming soon, Noah and his wife Emzara dedicate themselves to God’s command to build an ark)

Francis Spufford, Cahokia Jazz, Scribner (tale of murder and mystery in a city where history has run a little differently)

Sarah Sundin, Embers in the London Sky, Revell (after fleeing the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands, Aleida’s search for her missing child sets her on a collision course with a charismatic BBC radio correspondent)

Paul Theroux, Burma Sahib, Mariner (novel explores George Orwell and the early years as an officer in colonial Burma that transformed him from Eric Blair, the British Raj policeman, into Orwell the anticolonial writer)

Kate Thompson, The Wartime Book Club, Forever/Hodder & Stoughton (a story of everyday bravery and resistance, full of romance, drama, and camaraderie in WWII)

Liz Tolsma, What I Promise You, Barbour (dual timeline novel featuring family secrets buried by atrocities in WWII)

Sarah Tomlinson, The Last Days of the Midnight Ramblers, Flatiron (debut about the complicated legacy of a legendary rock band and the ghostwriter telling their story)

Martha Waters, To Woo and to Wed, Atria (final installment in the Regency Vows series follows the heir to a dukedom and a young widow as they reunite to fake an engagement for the benefit of her sister)

Heather Webb, Queens of London, Sourcebooks Landmark (a look at Britain’s first female crime syndicate, the ever-shifting meaning of justice, and the way women claim their power)

Eric  Z. Weintraub, South of Sepharad, History Through Fiction (fleeing death by the Spanish Inquisition, a Jewish doctor makes an impossible choice between home and faith)

Amanda Wen, The Rhythm of Fractured Grace, Kregel (inspirational dual time line story set in present day and on the western frontier in the nineteenth century)

Phillip B. Williams, Ours, Viking/Granta (novel set in mid-nineteenth-century America about the spiritual costs of a freedom that demands fierce protection)

Sheila Williams, No Better Time, Amistad (novel about a little known aspect of World War II—the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the only Black WACs to serve overseas during the conflict)

Gerry Wilson, That Pinson Girl, Regal House (told against the backdrop of World War I, the influenza epidemic, and the burden of generations of betrayal, novel illuminates timeless issues of racism, sexism, and poverty)

Mary Winters, Murder in Masquerade, Berkley (Victorian Countess turned advice columnist Amelia Amesbury finds herself playing the role of sleuth when a night at the theater turns deadly)

Robert Young, Murder in a Minor Key, At Bay Press (Winnipeg, 1935. Murder mystery featuring blind Detective Inspector Sidney Baxter, the finest Detective with the Winnipeg Police Force)

Zhang Ling, trans. Shelly Bryant, Aftershock, Amazon Crossing (summer 1976; a catastrophic disaster in China triggers a mother’s heartbreaking choice and a daughter’s reconciliation with the past)

March 2024

Anita Abriel, The Philadelphia Heiress, Lake Union (in pursuit of happiness in 1927, a young woman’s dreams extend beyond money and marriage)

Jenny Adams, A Deadly Endeavor, Crooked Lane (debut historical mystery set in Philadelphia, 1921, where a serial killer is on the loose)

K.D. Alden, Lady Codebreaker, Forever (novel based on the true story of the woman who used her codebreaking skills to bring down Prohibition gangsters and WWII Nazis)

Larry Alexander, Shattered Jade, Blackstone (novel of World War II, told through the eyes of soldiers on both sides of the firing line)

Rose Alexander, A Letter from Italy, Bookouture ( a tragic love affair in WW II and how a daughter lost for decades finally follows her heart home)

Susan Allott, The House on Rye Lane, The Borough Press (multi time period narrative about the many ways the past can echo into the present)

Steve Anderson, Lines of Deception, Open Road Media (4th book in The Kaspar Brothers series)

Jennifer Ashley, Speculations in Sin, Berkley (to save an innocent man’s life, amateur sleuth and cook Kat Holloway must expose a financial scam that could ruin the most powerful aristocrats in Victorian-era London)

Stefania Auci, trans. Katherine Gregor and Howard Curtis, The Triumph of the Lions, HarperVia (against a background of the Belle Epoque novel dives into the history of a family that, for decades, sat high above Italian society)

C. J. Barker, Hungry Ghosts, The Book Guild (set against the backdrop of World War II and the social upheaval of the late 1960s, novel explores the intergenerational impact of war on the relationships between fathers and sons)

Erin Bartels, The Lady with the Dark Hair, Revell (dual-timeline story takes readers from the sleepy Midwest to the sultry Mediterranean on a search for truth, identity, and the freedom to follow one’s dreams)

Rowan Beaird, The Divorcées, Flatiron (novel set at a 1950s Reno “divorce ranch,” about the complex friendship between two women who dare to imagine a different future)

Audrey Blake, The Woman With No Name, Sourcebooks Landmark (novel about a young woman who is recruited as Britain’s first female sabotage agent and sent to France in 1942)

Gary Born, The File, Addison & Highsmith (a graduate student, on a scientific expedition in Africa, stumbles upon a cache of WWII Nazi files)

Rhys Bowen, Clare Broyles, In Sunshine or in Shadow, Minotaur (retired detective Molly Murphy Sullivan is back in latest mystery set in New York, 1907)

Verity Bright, A Death in Venice, Bookouture (in 1924, Lady Eleanor Swift is having a jolly good time on her Italian vacation, until a gondola ride is cut murderously short)

Elizabeth Brooks, The Woman in the Sable Coat, Tin House (WWII novel tells the story of two families fatally entangled in one another’s darkest secrets)

Horace Brown, Whispering City, Véhicule Press (vintage noir set in old Quebec City)

Sophie Buchaillard, Assimilation, Honno Press (one family’s story set against the backdrop of some of the biggest political and humanitarian events of the century)

Rachel Burton, The Mystery of Haverford House, Aria (dual timeline romantic mystery set in 1933 and 2003)

Sarah Burton, Jem Poster, Eliza Mace, Duckworth (new Victorian mystery series featuring young would-be detective Eliza Mace)

Ryan Byrnes, My Dear Antonio, Walrus Publishing (inspired by the love story of Byrnes’ great-grandparents— children of the Sicilian diaspora separated from their families on the Mediterranean coast. Beginning in 1912)

Deborah Carr, Neighbours At War, One More Chapter (when German forces invade the Channel Islands, the islands’ residents bond together to resist the enemy)

Flora Carr, The Tower, Doubleday/Hutchinson Heinemann (Scotland, 1567; a feminist debut novel, reimagining Mary, Queen of Scots’ darkest hour)

Tim Chant, The Guns of Zanzibar, Sapere (a Marcus Baxter naval thriller, book 4, set in 1914)

Kerry Chaput, Daughter of Snow and Secrets, Black Rose Writing (final installment in Defying the Crown trilogy; adventure through the world of Paris and Versailles)

Adrienne Chinn, In the Shadow of War, One More Chapter (sisters Etta, Jessie and Celie Fry try to determine their futures after the Great War, as whispers of a new war make their way across the land)

Meagan Church, The Girls We Sent Away, Sourcebooks Landmark (set against the 1960s Baby Scoop Era, following one southern girl and her fight against a system that’s determined to take her child away from her)

Garrard Conley, All the World Beside, Riverhead (novel about the love story between two men in Puritan New England)

Rebecca Connolly, Hidden Yellow Stars, Shadow Mountain (based on the true story of two WW II heroines who risked everything to save Jewish children from the Gestapo by hiding them throughout Belgium)

Donovan Cook, Thor’s Revenge, Boldwood (new entry in the Charlemagne’s Cross Viking series)

Lorna Cook, The Lost Memories, Avon (dual timeline story of love, sacrifice, and destiny, where the past and present collide to rewrite the future)

Nicola Cornick, The Other Gwyn Girl, Boldwood (dual timeline tale of treachery and treason, love and loyalty, set in 1671 and present day)

Elizabeth Crowens, Hounds of the Hollywood Baskervilles, Level Best (humorous mystery set in the Golden Age of Hollywood)

Sebastien de Castell, Play of Shadows, Jo Fletcher (historical fantasy featuring swordplay, magic, intrigue and friendship)

Helena Dixon, Murder at the Island Hotel, Bookouture (spring 1936; can Kitty Underhay and her friend Alice catch the culprit in time for tea? Cosy mystery)

Rhonda Dragomir, When the Flames Ravaged, Barbour (a story of danger, courage, and romance set in Hartford, Connecticut)

Stephanie Dray, Becoming Madam Secretary, Berkley (novel about American heroine Frances Perkins, who pulled the nation out of the Great Depression)

JC Duncan, Raven Lord, Boldwood (1034 AD; Harold Hardrada, mercenary, exile, warlord – can he survive the battles, the hostile land, and the ambition of a vengeful queen)

May Ellis, The Clarks Factory Girls at War, Boldwood (a saga of romance and friendship set in 1939)

Elizabeth Everett, The Love Remedy, Berkley (a stoic private investigator finds himself employed by a bright apothecary whose business is brimming with tinctures to cure any ailment)

Percival Everett, James, Doubleday/Mantle (reimagining of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, told from the enslaved Jim’s point of view)

Amanda Flower, To Slip the Bonds of Earth, Kensington (new historical mystery series inspired by the real sister of the Wright Brothers)

Maria Frances, Daughters of Warsaw, Avon (World War II time-slip, weaving in the true story of Irena Sendler)

Jackie French, The Sea Captain’s Wife, HQ Fiction (story of murder, mystery, and mutiny on the high seas)

Caroline Frost, The Last Verse, William Morrow (novel set in 1970s Nashville, about a struggling musician who writes a hit song that both promises her long-sought-after fame, and implicates her in a heinous crime)

C. P. Giuliani, A Deadly Complot, Sapere (the fourth in a series of espionage adventures set in England 1586)

Holly Green, A Call to Home, Hera (romantic saga set during WWII)
Also: A Call to Service

Lucille Guarino, Elizabeth’s Mountain, Black Rose Writing (dual timeline multi-generational romance that interweaves two women’s chance at a future)

Carmel Harrington, The Lighthouse Secret, HarperCollins UK (a secret kept since 1951 in Ireland, reveals itself in 2023 Maine)

Cristina Henriquez, The Great Divide, Ecco/Fourth Estate (novel of the construction of the Panama Canal exploring the intersecting lives of activists, fishmongers, laborers, journalists, neighbors, doctors, and soothsayers)

Holly Hepburn, The Missing Maid, Boldwood (1932; cosy mystery in which a woman hired to go through correspondence addressed to the fictional Sherlock Holmes, takes one case for herself)

Rosie Hewlett, Medea, Bantam (retelling of one of mythology’s darkest heroines)

Susan Higginbotham, The Queen of the Platform, Onslow Press (based on the life of Ernestine Rose, whose fearless advocacy helped bring about the rights women enjoy today)

Kelly Hill, A Home for Friendless Women, Vintage (novel about a home run by benevolent benefactors, with a mission to reform the fallen women who live there into pious mothers and wives)

Lucy Holland, Song of the Huntress, Redhook/Macmillan (retelling of the magical story of Herla and the Wild Hunt into a dark feminist fantasy set in the early ancient Cornwall, 60 AD)

Justinian Huang, The Emperor and the Endless Palace, Mira (genre-bending romantic fantasy thriller set in three time frames)

Douglas Jackson, Blood Roses, Canelo (forced to work for the occupiers while gathering information for the Polish resistance, former chief investigator, Jan Kalisz, is on the trail of a psychopathic killer. First in new series)

Anna Jacobs, Diamond Promises, Hodder & Stoughton (third book in the new Jubilee Lake series)

Jane Johnson, The Black Crescent, S&S US/Apollo (story of murder, magic and divided loyalties set in 1950s Morocco)

Sophie Jordan, The Duchess, Avon (The Scandalous Ladies of London series chronicles the lives of a group of affluent ladies reigning over Regency-era London, vying for position in the hierarchy of the ton)

Parul Kapur, Inside the Mirror, Univ. of Nebraska Press (a story of a displaced family in post-Partition, 1950s India)

Christian Klaver, Sherlock Holmes and Dorian Gray, Titan (Holmes learns Gray is hiding much more than his involvement in a murder)

Eliza Knight, Denny S. Bryce, Can’t We Be Friends?, William Morrow (novel that uncovers the boundary-breaking, genuine friendship between Ella Fitzgerald, the Queen of Jazz, and movie star Marilyn Monroe)

Mark Knowles, Hades, Head of Zeus – an Aries Book (saga taking place decades after the voyage of the fabled Argo)

Eleanor Kuhns, On the Horns of Death, Severn House (Ancient Crete, 1450 BC.; a young bull leaper finds the newest member of the bull leaping team, dead in the bull pen)

Andrey Kurkov, trans. Boris Dralyuk, The Silver Bone, HarperVia/MacLehose (mystery introducing rookie detective, Samson Kolechko, in Kiev, tackling his first case, set against real life details of early twentieth century)

Richard Kurti, Requiem of Revenge, Sapere (historical thriller based on the true crime mystery surrounding the death of J S Bach)

Brianna Labuskes, The Lost Book of Bonn, William Morrow (a novel about a librarian’s quest to return a precious book, stolen by the Nazis, to its rightful owner)

Soraya Lane, The Sapphire Daughter, Bookouture (dual timeline story of family mysteries and true love that lasts a lifetime)

Shauna Lawless, Dreams of Fire, Ad-Astra (prequel historical fantasy introducing medieval Ireland as it was a century before The Children of Gods and Fighting Men)

Edward Y. C. Lee, The Laundryman’s Boy, HarperAvenue (coming-of-age story that examines race, immigration, duty and friendship, in an enduring tale about early newcomers to Canada and their struggle to succeed against all odds)

Ferdia Lennon, Glorious Exploits, Henry Holt/Fig Tree (set in Sicily, during the Peloponnesian War but told in contemporary Irish dialect, the novel asks big questions about war and its aftermath)

Jonathan Lunn, The Road to Poitiers, Canelo (September 1356; Martin Kemp and his troop of archers ride with the Black Prince’s army as it burns and plunders its way across France ten years after Crécy)

L. A. MacRae, And Now the Light is Everywhere, Hodder & Stoughton (a woman accidentally unravels a different story of her grandmother, who boarded a ship for Canada after the war, bringing to light secrets perhaps buried for a reason)

Julia Malye, Pelican Girls, Harper/Headline Review (captures the never-before-told journey of the Baleine Brides: a ship full of young women plucked from a Paris asylum and sent to marry settlers in North America’s rough Louisiana Territory)

Lee Mandelo, The Woods All Black, Tordotcom (equal parts historical horror, trans romance, and blood-soaked revenge, set in 1920s Appalachia)

Natalie Marlow, The Red Hollow, Baskerville (Warwickshire, 1934; when Private Enquiry agent, William Garrett, is called in to a male-only sanitorium, he becomes trapped in a world of madness, the occult, and grisly murder)

Violet Marsh, Lady Charlotte Always Gets Her Man, Forever (historical romcom)

Victoria Mas, trans. Frank Wynne, The Island of Mists and Miracles, Doubleday (dual timeline novel in which world media descends on a small island, opening old wounds and unleashing a chain of events)

Emily Matchar, In the Shadow of the Greenbrier, Putnam (multigenerational Jewish family saga set around the iconic Greenbrier hotel)

Imogen Matthews, The Girl With the Red Hair, Bookouture (WWII novel inspired by the true-life story of a young Dutch woman who fought for justice and freedom)

Anna Mazzola, The Book of Secrets, Orion (Rome 1659; inspired by real events that took place in 17th century Italy, prosecutor Stefano Bracchi why men are dying in unnatural numbers)

J. J. McAvoy, Hathor and the Prince, Quercus (romance in which Hathor fights to make a name of her own, despite society’s expectations of her)

Maria McDonald, The Keeper of Secrets, Bloodhound (1917; saga in which one lie changes a family’s path for generations, and finally brings them back to Ireland)

Clare McHugh, The Romanov Brides, William Morrow (novel about young Princess Alix of Hesse—the future Alexandra, last Empress of Imperial Russia—and her sister, Princess Ella)

Laura McNeal, The Swan’s Nest, Algonquin (tells the life and love story of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

Noah Medlock, A Botanical Daughter, Titan Books (tale of two Victorian gentlemen, hiding their relationship away in a botanical garden, who embark on a Frankenstein-style experiment with unexpected consequences)

Mary Monroe, Double Lives, Dafina (Depression-era Alabama saga tells the tale of identical twin sisters with a talent for switching lives and hiding the results)

Keith Moray, The Minstrel’s Malady, Sapere (historical murder mystery set in Yorkshire. Book 5 in the Sand Castle series)

Ellen Birkett Morris, Beware the Tall Grass, Columbus State Univ. Press (mid 1960s Vietnam era; explores the power of love and mercy with grace and sensitivity in a world where circumstances often occur far beyond our control)

Joel H. Morris, All Our Yesterdays, Putnam (novel set in 11th century Scotland about the ambition, power, and fate that define one of literature’s most notorious figures: Lady Macbeth)

Sidney Morrison, Frederick Douglass, Hawthorne (encompasses the life and times of the most famous American anti-slavery activist)

Tara Moss, The War Widow, Verve Books (1946; tale of courage and secrecy set in 1940s Sydney)

Harini Nagendra, A Nest of Vipers, Pegasus (1921; Bangalore Detectives Club series finds amateur sleuth Kaveri Murthy involved in a dangerous plot that endangers the life of the visiting Prince of Wales)

Tristan Nettles, The Shepherd, Addison & Highsmith (a Bronze Age tale about a young shepherd boy taken and made slave by an invading army)

Nadine Nettmann, The Bootlegger’s Daughter, Lake Union (in Prohibition-era Los Angeles, two women on opposite sides of the law must take control of their lives)

Erica Ruth Neubauer, Secrets of a Scottish Isle, Kensington (1927; on an isolated isle off the western coast of Scotland, Jane Wunderly investigates a secret society where esoteric rituals blur the line between what’s real and what’s deadly)

Chris Nickson, The Scream of Sins, Severn House (thief-taker Simon Westow uncovers an evil lurking in the underbelly of Leeds)

Kelly Oliver, Murder in Moscow, Boldwood (a humorous Fiona Figg and Kitty Lane Mystery set in Moscow, 1918)

Kathleen Perrin, How to Solve Your Own Murder, Dutton/Quercus (fun mystery about a woman who spends her entire life trying to prevent her foretold murder)

Tracie Peterson, A Love Discovered, Bethany House (invited by a friend to help establish the newly formed town of Cheyenne, Edward Vogel approaches his friend Marybeth with a proposition of marriage)

Santiago Posteguillo, trans. Frances Riddle, I Am Rome, Ballantine (77 BC; novel animates the moments that shaped young Julius Caesar’s fate—and in so doing, changed the course of history)

Melissa Pritchard, Flight of the Wild Swan, Bellevue Literary Press (novel of Florence Nightingale, whose courage, self-confidence, and resilience transformed nursing and the role of women in medicine)

Adam Rapp, Wolf at the Table, Little, Brown (spanning more than five decades of one family’s pursuit of the American dream, novel explores our consistent proximity to violence and its effect over time)

Deanna Raybourn, A Grave Robbery, Berkley (Victorian murder mystery in which Veronica and Stoker discover that not all fairy tales have happy endings, and some end in murder)

Clare Reddaway, Dancing in the Shallows, Fairlight Books (story told through the lives of four generations, all linked by their connection to water, and exploring family relationships and generational inheritance)

Virginia Reeves, illus. Kyle Hobratschk, Once in the Blue Moon, Deep Vellum (presents a young girl’s point of view on a crucial turning point in her family’s life in rural, World War II-era Oklahoma)

M. J. Rose, Forgetting to Remember, Blue Box Press (straddling two time periods, Jeannine fights to protect her career and her father from scandal in the present, while trying to save her lover’s life in 1867)

Jeffrey Round, The Sulphur Springs Cure, Cormorant Books (dual timeline novel set just before WWII and present day)

Henry Rozycki, Walk the Earth as Brothers, Addison & Highsmith (the story of two pawns in a titanic world war; a story of bravery, random chance, kindness, betrayal, and love in WWII)

Anastasia Rubis, Oriana, Delphinium (biographical fiction about Oriana Fallaci, the brilliant and glamorous Italian journalist who blazed a trail for women in the 1970s with her hard-hitting interviews of world leaders)

Rachel Rueckert, If the Tide Turns, Kensington (set during the Golden Age of Pirates and the aftermath of the Salem witch trials; novel inspired by the true story of pirate Samuel Bellamy, and one young woman determined to choose her own path)

Donna Russo, Vincent’s Women, Next Chapter/Magnum Opus (the untold story of Vincent van Gogh’s loves and how they shaped his life, his art, and his death)

Jennifer Ryan, The Underground Library, Ballantine/Macmillan (when the Blitz imperils the heart of a London neighborhood, three young women must use their fighting spirit to save the community’s beloved library)

Gian Sardar, When the World Goes Quiet, Lake Union (in the final days of World War I, an aspiring artist’s journey is just beginning)

Cathy Sharp, The Lost Evacuee, HarperCollins (when orphan Julie Miller is sent to Canada to keep her safe from the WWII bombing, she hopes this will be the start of a happier life, but it is just the beginning of a long journey to find home)

Natasha Siegel, The Phoenix Bride, Dell (tale of plague, fire, and forbidden love in seventeenth-century London)

Helen Signy, Maya’s Dance, S&S AU (dual timeline novel of survival, resilience and enduring love, based on a true Holocaust story)

Candace Simar, Sister Lumberjack, North Star Press of St. Cloud (three lives intersect at Starkweather Timber, a haywire 1880s logging camp, where everything goes wrong)

Clayton B. Smith, A Seal of Salvage, Breakwater Books (literary coming-of-age novel, about unrequited love between adolescent boys, that slips between history and mythology; set in 1950s Newfoundland)

David Starkey, Poor Ghost, Keylight (novel of art, ambition, and the ephemeral nature of fame)

Jón Kalman Stefánsson, trans. Philip Roughton, Your Absence is Darkness, Biblioasis (saga about the inhabitants and inheritors of one rural Iceland community)

Anna Stuart, The War Orphan, Bookouture (1945; post-war story of a sixteen-year-old orphan who must decide whether to stay in Poland, or start a new life in England)

E. S. Thomson, Under Ground, Constable (Jem Flockhart and Will Quartermain are called to the bedside of a dead man, murdered in the back room of a brothel)

Chris Harding Thornton, Little Underworld, MCD (Omaha, 1930; a novel which mines Omaha’s sordid past, melding fact and fiction into a tale of danger and deceit)

Simon Turney, Agricola: Invader, Aries (58 AD; Agricola soon learns the brutality of life on the very edges of the empire, for the Celtic tribes of Britannia are far from vanquished)

Pamela Ungashick, Somebody Knows, Red Adept (a story of a dysfunctional family in 1940s rural America)

Gabriel Valjan, The Big Lie, Level Best (Shane Cleary is hired by a gangster to find a lost poodle)

Bridget Walsh, The Innocents, Gallic Books (follow-up to The Tumbling Girl, follows Minnie and Albert on a new crime-solving quest in the world of a Victorian music hall)

Jennie Walters, What We Did in the War, Bloodhound (1944; two people are thrown together in the chaos of war, but events drive them apart as secrets surface)

Roseanna M. White, A Noble Scheme, Bethany House (set in Edwardian-era England — glamor, intrigue, and romance amongst high society’s most elite—and most dangerous—families)

Amy Willoughby-Burle, Even If Nothing Else is Certain, Fireship Press (in rural Kentucky, 1937, Pack Horse librarian Ruby Foster dreams of being a nurse)

Gary D. Wilson, The Narrow Window, Roundfire Books (as the turbulent 1960s draw to a close, an inexplicable crime forces two young Americans who are teaching in Africa, to confront issues of motivation, culture and belonging)

Karen Witemeyer, If the Boot Fits, Bethany House (this Western reimagining of the classic Cinderella fairy tale is a story of courage, family, and the power of true love)

Kimberley Woodhouse, Set in Stone, Bethany House (transports readers to the nineteenth-century Bone Wars era where adventure and romance combine)

Julie Wright, An Inconvenient Letter, Shadow Mountain (1828; complications arise when Marietta’s secret love letters are accidentally found by the wrong man)

Qiu Xiaolong, The Shadow of the Empire, Severn House (the legendary Judge Dee Renjie investigates a high-profile murder case in seventh-century China)

Felicity York, The Secret Sister, HarperNorth (second novel in the Stately Scandals series unearthing true stories about the most rebellious women to have lived in the stately homes of 19th-century northern England)

Karen Spears Zacharias, No Perfect Mothers, Mercer Univ. Press (explores characters, historical and imagined, who were parties to the infamous Buck v. Bell U.S. Supreme Court case of 1927)

April 2024

Michelle Collins Anderson, The Flower Sisters, John Scognamiglio (twin storylines fifty years apart explore the effect of split-second decisions, small-town tragedy, and the ways family secrets reverberate through generations)

Rebecca Anderson, The Orchids of Ashthorne Hall, Shadow Mountain (1887, Cornwall; botanist Hyacinth Bell is set on solving a mystery in a ghostly estate with a secretive caretaker)

Diane Armstrong, The Wild Date Palm, HQ Fiction (novel of espionage, passion and sacrifice set in the Middle East during WWI)

Camille Aubray, The Girl From the Grand Hotel, Blackstone (inspired by true events and the histories of three great hotels on the Côte d’Azur during WWII)

Tilly Bagshawe, The Secret Keepers, HarperCollins UK (from the French Riviera to the Cornish cliffs, a novel about the fates and fortunes of the Challant family and secrets that echo through the years)

David Baldacci, A Calamity of Souls, Grand Central (a courtroom drama set in 1968 Richmond Virginia)

Leigh Bardugo, The Familiar, Viking (a novel beset with peril and dark deeds in the Spanish Golden Age)

Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi, The Sugar Girls of Love Lane, S&S UK (a social history saga of the post-war era casting a nostalgic look back at Tate & Lyle, one of the most iconic factories in the north)

Susanna Bavin, The Home Front Girls, Bookouture (WWII story of friendship and romance)

Clare Beams, The Garden, Doubleday (tale of women yearning to become mothers and the ways the female body has always been policed and manipulated)

Vicki Beeby, A Wedding for the Bomber Girls, Canelo (romance, friendship and action abounds in the second in the series focusing on the vital role WAAFs played in winning the war)

Sallie Bingham, Taken by the Shawnee, Turtle Point Press (in an unusual portrait of early America, a young mother’s years in captivity with the Shawnee prove to be the best years of her life)

Tavi Taylor Black, Serabelle, Black Rose (a story where the strict lines between servants and masters are crossed in 1913)

Rose Blythe, The Fates, Quercus (Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos are captivated by the human lives of the mortals, especially the warrior Atalanta and her ill-fated lover, Meleager)

Parris Afton Bonds, The Brigands, Motina Books (an adventure set during the Texican campaign for independence)

Chad V. Broughman, The Fall of Bellwether, Anamcara Press (in a small town where prejudice and judgment prevail, five life paths collide and a saga of survival, defiance, and human spirit unfolds)

Denny S. Bryce, The Trial of Mrs. Rhinelander, Kensington (story of a pioneering Black journalist, a secret interracial marriage among the New York elite, and the divorce case that ignited a battle over race and class)

Elizabeth Buchan, Bonjour, Sophie, Corvus (coming of age novel set in Paris, 1959)

Nathan Burrage, The Final Shroud, IFWG Publishing (historical dual timeline fantasy — 2nd book in The Salt Line series after The Hidden Keystone)

Joy Callaway, What the Mountains Remember, Harper Muse (a story of the ordinary people behind extraordinary beauty—and the question of who gets to tell their stories. Set in 1913)

Colleen Cambridge, A Murder Most French, Kensington (postwar Paris is surging back to life, but as chef-in-training Julia Child discovers, celebrations can quickly go awry when someone has murder in mind)

Kristy Cambron, The British Booksellers, Thomas Nelson (dual timeframe set in 1914 and 1940 — when a new war comes to Coventry, can British booksellers set aside bookshop wars and unite to save their future a second time?)

Megan Campisi, The Widow Spy, Atria (novel based on the true story of the first female Pinkerton detective whose next assignment could end the Civil War)

Paul Carlucci, The Voyageur, Swift Press (1830s Canada — novel set on the margins of British North America, where the real wilderness may not be in the surrounding landscape but in the hearts of men)

Katrina Carrasco, Rough Trade, MCD (a queer, gender-bending historical thriller sequel to The Best Bad Things, set in late 19th-century)

Myriam J. A. Chancy, Village Weavers, Tin House (confronts the silences around class, race, and nationality, and envisions two girls who try to break inherited cycles of mistrust)

Janet Skeslien Charles, The Librarians of Rue de Picardie (UK) / Miss Morgan’s Book Brigade (US), Headline Review/Atria (based on the true story of Jessie Carson—the American librarian who changed the literary landscape of France)

KJ Charles, Death in the Spires, Storm Publishing (1905; a decade after the grisly murder of an Oxford student, the case remains unsolved and best friend Jem becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth)

Lauren Chater, The Beauties, S&S AU (17th-century; a story of rivalry, artistic passion and a woman bold enough to wield her beauty as a weapon)

Elizabeth Chatsworth, Grand Tour, Camcat (gaslamp romp across an alternate 1890s Europe where bickering heroes may just be the bad guys)

Fliss Chester, Death in the Crypt, Bookouture (fifth installment of the Honourable Cressida Fawcett cosy mysteries, set in the 1920s)

Lora Chilton, 1666, Sibylline Press (the imagined story of the indigenous Patawomeck women who lived through the decimation of their tribe in the summer of 1666)

Chanel Cleeton, The House on Biscayne Bay, Berkley (Miami, 1920s; as death stalks a gothic mansion in Miami, the lives of two women intertwine as the past and present collide)

Leela Corman, Victory Parade, Schocken (tale of love, loss, and trauma, set during World War II in Brooklyn, New York and in Buchenwald. Graphic novel)

Buffy Cram, Once Upon an Effing Time, Douglas & McIntyre (explores the fuzzy lines between sanity and insanity, magic and reality, love and duty)

Siobhan Curham, The Stars Are Our Witness, Bookouture (a story of bravery, family ties and the power of hope, set in Auschwitz in 1943)

Ellie Curzon, The Wartime Vet, Bookouture (England, 1941; when the country is most in need of food, the farms of the village come under attack from something other than bombs)

Carys Davies, Clear, Scribner/Granta (novel about a minister dispatched to a remote island off of Scotland to “clear” the last remaining inhabitant)

Lindsey Davis, Death on the Tiber, Hodder & Stoughton/Minotaur (in first century Rome, a murder victim found in the Tiber leads to a brutal gang war and Flavia Albia to a confrontation with her long-hated nemesis. Book 12 in series)

Felicity Day, The Game of Hearts, Blink (novel featuring stories with insight into the competitive world of the Regency marriage mart)

Katie Daysh, The Devil to Pay, Canelo (two diplomats vanish enroute to Malta in 1802, & companions Courtney and Nightingale must find them. Second in the series)

Michael Deeb, Duty and Honor, Addison & Highsmith (second novel in the Drieborg Chronicles Series In the summer of 1862, when the United States is torn by Civil War)

Elizabeth Delo, Becoming Liz Taylor, Atlantic/Allen & Unwin (a story of baby abduction, which examines motherhood, grief and the legacy of melancholy, set in the present and the 1970s)

Francesca De Tores, Saltblood, Bloomsbury (1685; weaves a tale of gender and survival, passion and loss, through the story of Mary Read, one of history’s most remarkable figures)

Margaret Dickinson, A Mother’s Sorrow, Macmillan (saga involving two families set around WWI)

Sara Donati, The Sweet Blue Distance, Berkley (in 1857 a young midwife braves the journey west from New York City to Santa Fe)

Kirsty Dougal, Wartime on Sanctuary Lane, Penguin (as the Great War rages across Europe, twenty-one-year-old Ruby Archer decides to ‘do her bit’ at an East End munitions factory)

Robert Dugoni, A Killing on the Hill, Thomas & Mercer (thriller set in Seattle, during the Great Depression)

Lynn Ellen Doxon, The Moonlight Cavalry, Artemesia (WWII story told with a less usual Pacific backdrop)

Sarah M. Eden, The Best of Friends, Covenant (two long time acquaintances engage in a friendly game which leads to love)

Cynthia Ellingsen, The Lost Letters of Aisling, Lake Union (a post WWII story unfolds when Rainey discovers a collection of seventy-year-old letters in a trunk)

Ann S. Epstein, The Sister Knot, Vine Leaves Press (weaves the resilient bond of a female friendship against the backdrop of history)

Anne Fleming, Curiosities, Knopf Canada (a gender-bending dual time-period historical novel with a modern twist)

Hester Fox, The Book of Thorns, Graydon House (historical fantasy set against the Napoleonic Wars, where two sisters who never knew the other existed meet on opposite sides of the battlefield and must solve the mystery of their mother’s death)

Nell Freudenberger, The Limits, Knopf (novel set in colonial French Polynesia and present-day New York City, about nation, race, class, and family)

Michelle Gable, The Beautiful People, Graydon House (set against the 1960s Jet Set, a novel about a failed west coast debutante whose job as assistant to society photographer Slim Aarons takes her into the inner circle of Palm Beach socialites)

Felicity George, A Debutante’s Desire, Orion (when wealthy John Tyrold’s young ward, Flora, runs away, he seeks help from the ravishing and secretive debutante, Georgiana)

Elizabeth Gill, The Lost Girl From Far Away, Quercus (a lost and frightened orphan is taken in by a woman, who vows to keep her safe from the tragedy of the girl’s family’s past)

Elliott Gish, Grey Dog, ECW Press (1901; a literary horror novel about shame, trauma, sexuality, and misogyny at the dawn of the twentieth century)

John J. Gobbell, Danger’s Ebb, Severn River (tale of loyalty and sacrifice, where decisive actions possess the power to alter the course of history)

Donald Goines, Eldorado Red, Holloway House (historical thriller set in 1970s Detroit)

Genevieve Graham, The Secret Keeper, Simon & Schuster (World War II novel about two sisters who join the war effort—one as a codebreaker and the other as a pilot)

D. J. Green, No More Empty Spaces, She Writes (a timely novel to make you think about how you relate to yourself, your family, and the Earth and its ever-changing processes)

Michelle Griep, The Sleuth of Blackfriars Lane, Barbour (Christian inspirational historical romance)

Annie Groves, Secrets for the Three Sisters, HarperCollins (saga set in autumn 1940, during the Blitz over London, with the three sisters, Rose, Clover and Daisy, all active in the war effort)

Lisa Grunwald, The Evolution of Annabel Craig, Random House (a young Southern woman sets out on a journey of self-discovery as the infamous 1925 Scopes Trial tests her faith and her marriage)

Stacey Halls, The Household, Manilla Press (in 1847, Urania Cottage offers a second chance at life, and a refuge for prostitutes, petty thieves and the destitute)

Edward Hamlin, Sonata in Wax, Green City Books (the mystery of a lost masterpiece unfolds during WWI and a century later)

C. B. Hanley, Blessed Are the Dead, The Mystery Press (eighth book in the series of mediaeval mysteries, set in 1219)

Amy Harmon, The Outlaw Noble Salt, Lake Union (romantic tale of risk, redemption, and what happens when America’s most famous outlaw falls in love)

C. S. Harris, What Cannot Be Said, Berkley (a summer picnic ends in a macabre murder that echoes the bloody slayings of a mother and her young daughter fourteen years earlier. Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery book 19)

Tessa Harris, The Tuscan Daughter, HQ Fiction (story of one woman’s resilience in the face of fascism, set in Italy, 1942)

Alis Hawkins, The Skeleton Army, Canelo (when a Salvation Army soldier is murdered, Non Vaughan and Basil Rice step in.  Second in the series)

Victoria Hawthorne, The Darkest Night, Quercus (a haunting story of family secrets – and the lengths some will go to protect them)

Linda Stewart Henley, Kate’s War, She Writes (at the start of World War II, twenty-year-old Kate is devastated when she’s forced to postpone her dream of a singing career to help out at home)

Austin Hernon, An Empire Lost, Sapere (the third book in the Berengaria of Navarre medieval trilogy)

Kate Hewitt, The Girl With a Secret, Bookouture (WWII story about hope, second chances and the resilience of the human spirit)

Van Hoang, The Monstrous Misses Mai, 47North (a young woman in 1950s Los Angeles walks a darker city than she ever imagined in a novel about the power to make dreams come true)

Tim Hodkinson, Sword of the War God, Aries (the Huns, led by Attila, have become the deadliest enemies of Rome. Attila seeks the Burgundars’ treasure, and the legendary Sword of the War God, said to make the bearer unbeatable)

Sophia Holloway, To Catch a Husband, Allison & Busby (in danger of losing the family estate, Mary Lound directs her energies into catching Sir Rowland, the new owner, as a husband)

Leslie Howard, The Celestial Wife, S&S (a young fundamentalist Mormon girl facing a forced marriage escapes her strict, polygamist community and comes of age in the 1960s)

Piper Huguley, American Daughters, William Morrow (novel delves into the friendship of Portia Washington and Alice Roosevelt, the daughters of educator Booker T. Washington and President Teddy Roosevelt)

Ava January, The Mayfair Dagger, Crooked Lane (witty, feminist mystery set in 19th century London, featuring an intrepid woman detective)

Elyse John, Orphia and Eurydicius, HarperCollins (gender-flipped retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth with a luminous ode to women’s voices, grief and unconventional love)

Flora Johnston, The Paris Peacemakers, Allison & Busby (1919; story follows three Scots as they pick up the pieces of their lives while the fabric of Europe is stitched together for good or ill)

William W. Johnstone, J.A. Johnstone, The Oregon Trail, Kensington (a pioneering journey into the dangers of the unsettled West)

M. R. C. Kasasian, The Montford Maniac, Canelo (a Victorian mystery of a crazed killer and a town in terror. Part of the Violet Thorn series)

Katrina Kendrick, A Touch Wicked, Aria (romantic story of an eligible bachelor earl and a penniless nobody who is infatuated with him)

Des Kennedy, Commune, Harbour Publishing (story of six young dreamers who set out from Vancouver in the seventies to haphazardly establish a back-to-the-land commune on a small island)

Averil Kenny, The Mistress of Dara Island, Echo Publishing (mystery romance fantasy set in 1960s)

Ashton Lattimore, All We Were Promised, Ballantine (the paths of three young Black women in pre-Civil War Philadelphia unexpectedly collide)

David Laws, For the Children, Bloodhound (a young British war widow embarks on a dangerous journey that will change her life)

Cynthia LeBrun, Black Sunflowers, Fitzhenry & Whiteside (a vivid account of the brutal realities of life in Ukraine under Stalin, beginning in 1928)

Cara Lopez Lee, Candlelight Bridge, Flowersong Press (1910; twelve-year-old Candelaria Rivera and her family flee across the Chihuahuan Desert to America to escape the rising storm of the Mexican Revolution)

Amy Licence, Lady of Misrule, Sapere (fourth book in the Marwood Family Tudor series, set in 1528, as King Henry petitions for divorce)

Max Ludington, Thorn Tree, St. Martin’s (weaves the idealism and the darkness of late 1960s, glossy Los Angeles celebrity today, and the mania of Charles Manson and other cults, into a story of two men with secrets to hide)

Lisa Medved, The Engraver’s Secret, HarperCollins AU (debut art history thriller set around the life and times of Paul Rubens)

K. J. Maitland, A Plague of Serpents, Headline Review (conclusion of Daniel Pursglove Jacobean historical thriller series, set in 1608)

Emer Martin, Thirsty Ghosts, Lilliput Press (challenges the history of silence, institutional lies, evasion and the mistreatment of women across mid twentieth-century Ireland)

Maggie Mason, The Fortune Teller’s Daughters, Sphere (1939; third tale in The Fortune Tellers series, with threat of war looming)

Robert Lockwood Mills, Michael Deeb, Investigating the Kennedy Assassination, Addison & Highsmith (biographical political fiction which reveals the reasons so many elites were determined to stop the Kennedy agenda)

Robbie Morrison, Cast a Cold Eye, Bantam/ Macmillan (in 1930s Glasgow, partners Jimmy Dreghorn and Archie McDaid face a danger that threatens to set their city aflame)

Niklas Natt och Dag, trans. Ebba Segerberg, 1795: The Order of the Furies, Atria (last part of a historical trilogy following two unlikely allies as they struggle to end the reign of a powerful cabal in 18th-century Stockholm)

Aslak Nore, trans. Deborah Dawkin, The Sea Cemetery, MacLehose (a dark family saga which leads back to the sinking of the SS Prinsesse Ragnhild, lost to a British mine in 1940)

Donna Norman-Carbone, Of Lies and Honey, Red Adept (a revealed secret forces each of three women to make choices that will alter their roles as mothers and daughters forever)

Elizabeth O’Connor, Whale Fall, Picador (1938; a story of longing and betrayal set against the backdrop of a world on the edge of great tumult)

Leeanne O’Donnell, Sparks of Bright Matter, Eriu Publishing (a tale about spirit and matter, love and lust, and reality and magic set in 18th-century London)

Lizzie Page, A Child Far From Home, Bookouture (England 1939: story of a mother and daughter separated by war, and finding hope)

Ingrid Persaud, The Lost Love Songs of Boysie Singh, Faber & Faber (the lives of four women, connected and controlled by the notorious, charismatic gangster Boysie Singh)

Gary Phillips, Ash Dark as Night, Soho Crime (in 1965 Los Angeles, photographer Harry Ingram is once again on the hunt for the truth: this time, a missing persons case in the center of the Watts Rebellion)

Jo Piazza, The Sicilian Inheritance, DuttonHQ (dual timeline novel about a long-awaited trip to Sicily, a disputed inheritance, and a family secret that some will kill to protect)

Nicolette Polek, Bitter Water Opera, Graywolf Press (debut novel about art, solitude, family, and faith in a world without it. Set in 1967)

Joanna Davidson Politano, The Elusive Truth of Lily Temple, Revell (a layered tale that treads the crooked line between real and make-believe, set in Edwardian England in 1903)

MJ Porter, Enemies of Mercia, Boldwood (Tamworth AD835; Icel is sent to hunt down the enemy of Mercia and discover who seeks to conspire against the throne)

Hanna Pylväinen, The End of Drum-Time, Swift Press (love story about a young reindeer herder and a minister’s daughter in the 19th century Arctic Circle)

Tony Rea, Bouncer’s Battle, Sapere (first book in a fighter pilot adventure series set in WWII)

Valentina Cano Repetto, Sanctuary, CamCat (in 1930s Italy, a woman must battle the sinister forces threatening her life and sanity in the run-down, isolated watermill she calls home)

Astrid Roemer, trans. Lucy Scott and David McKay, Off-White, Two Line Press (novel illuminates Suriname in the 1960s, through the history of the Vanta family)

SJ Rozan, John Shen Yen Nee, The Murder of Mr. Ma, Soho Crime (two unlikely allies race through the cobbled streets of 1920s London in search of a killer targeting Chinese immigrants)

Kim Vogel Sawyer, The Songbird of Hope Hill, WaterBrook (inspirational Christian fiction in which a woman, who believes she’s past saving, seeks God’s redemption)

Constance Sayers, The Star and the Strange Moon, Redhook/Piatkus (the lives of a young starlet and an obsessed film student become irrevocably linked in this tale of ambition, mystery, and the magic of film; set in 1968 and 2015)

Timothy Schaffert, The Titanic Survivors Book Club, Doubleday (tale about the life-changing power of books and second chances)

Ellee Seymour, The Royal Station Master’s Daughters in Love, Zaffre (Norfolk, 1919, the Saward family rally to help a family who lose their home on the Sandringham estate)

Sam Siciliano, The Gentleman Burglar, Titan (Sherlock Holmes and his cousin, Vernier, have been hired by the Baron of Creuse to find the legendary treasure of the kings of France)

Jen Silverman, There’s Going to be Trouble, Random House (a woman is pulled into a love affair with a radical activist, risking the foundations of her future)

Shaina Steinberg, Under the Paper Moon, Kensington (two former spies who shared more than just missions during WWII reunite in 1948 Los Angeles)

Susan Stokes-Chapman, The Shadow Key, Harvill-Secker (Meirionydd, 1783; secrets from the past bind two people’s destinies together in ways neither thought possible)

Keith Stuart, Love is a Curse, Sphere (a young woman investigates letters, diaries and paintings of generations of women of her family to discover if a curse is real)

Barbara Sumner, The Gallows Bird, Pantera Press (1830s; a young woman falls into love and crime, and finds herself transported to the ends of her known world)

Rose Sutherland, A Sweet Sting of Salt, Dell/Random House Canada (queer reimagining of the classic folktale The Selkie Wife)

Lynne Marie Taylor, Death in Valletta, Bloodhound (an Edinburgh police detective is summoned to the island of Malta in this murder mystery set in 1880)

Pamela Taylor, The Rest of His Days, Black Rose (set against the death of Edward II of England, this is a tale of power struggles, finding redemption, and the true meaning of honor)

Sam Taylor, The Two Loves of Sophie Strom, Faber & Faber (story about how tragedy, choice and life-altering love shape our future)

Sarah Loudin Thomas, These Tangled Threads, Bethany House (novel of friendship, artistry, restoration, and second chances)

Will Thomas, Death and Glory, Minotaur (book #16 in the Barker & Llewelyn detective series set in Victorian London)

Victoria Thompson, Murder in Rose Hill, Berkley (midwife Sarah Malloy and her private investigator husband, must catch the fiend who killed a young reporter in Victorian-era New York)

Katie Tietjen, Death in the Details, Crooked Lane (mystery inspired by the real-life mother of forensic science, Frances Glessner Lee, and featuring a sleuth in post-WWII Vermont)

Joanna Toye, The Little Penguin Bookshop, Penguin (WWII story about the power of books and how they can bring people together)

Varaidzo, Manny and the Baby, Scribe (reflects the experience of being Black and British through a dual-narrative about two sisters in 1930s London and two young men in Bath of 2012)

Sasha Vasilyuk, Your Presence is Mandatory, Bloomsbury (debut novel about a Ukrainian Jew with a secret that could land him in the Gulag. Inspired by true events)

Betty Walker, Victory for the Cornish Girls, Avon (sixth saga installment asks will the Cornish girls come out on top once the war finally ends?)

Betty Webb, The Clock Struck Murder, Poisoned Pen (1924, Paris; expat Zoe Barlow is caught up in the murder of a clock seller after she finds her own flea-market purchases wrapped in a Chagall painting)

Douglas Westerbeke, A Short Walk Through a Wide World, Avid Reader Press (novel charts the adventurous life of one woman as she journeys the globe trying to outrun a mysterious curse that will destroy her if she stops moving)

Marty Wingate, A Body at the Dance Hall, Bookouture (1922; amateur sleuth Mabel Canning chaperones a young American woman to a dance, where a murder takes place)

Daisy Wood, The Royal Librarian, Avon (a bookish WWII novel about the royal family, set in Windsor 1940 and present-day Philadelphia)

Jaime Jo Wright, Night Falls on Predicament Avenue, Bethany House (a sinister dual time line story set in 1910 and a century later)

Monika Zgustova, trans. Julie Jones, A Revolver to Carry at Night, Other Press (biographical fiction of the life of Véra Nabokov, who dedicated herself to advancing her husband’s writing career)

May 2024

Allison Alsup, Foreign Seed, Keylight (traces the investigation into a missing American botanical explorer from the Yangtze River in 1918)

Joseph Andras, Faraway the Southern Sky, Verso (fictional retelling of Ho Chi Minh’s immigration and life in underground Paris in the 1920s)

Rosie Andrews, The Puzzle Wood, Raven Books (an isolated forest becomes the backdrop to a tale of myths, memory and murder)

Kelley Armstrong, Disturbing the Dead, Minotaur (latest in the Rip Through Time time-slip series with one foot in the 1860s and the other in the present day)

Lisa Barr, The Goddess of Warsaw, Harper (tale of a legendary Hollywood screen goddess with a dark secret about her life in the Warsaw Ghetto. Dual timeline set in 1943 and 2005)

Natania Barron, Queen of None, Solaris (first in a female-led Arthurian fantasy romance trilogy)

Susanna Bavin, Courage For the Home Front Girls, Bookouture (saga set in Manchester, during the 1940 Blitz)

Vanessa Beaumont, The Other Side of Paradise, Magpie (1920; novel of a mother’s desperate attempt to protect her sons from a secret that will destroy them)

Ginny Bell, Return to the Dover Café, Zaffre (World War II saga series of family, secrets and lies)

Julia Bennet, The Worst Woman in London, Union Square (humorous Victorian romance featuring a defiant heroine who fights to escape a bad marriage)

Julie Bennett, The Lost Letters of Rose Carey, S&S AU (dual timeline story of love, glamour and betrayal, inspired by the life of 1920s Australian film icon Annette Kellerman)

Sian Ann Bessey, A Provincial Peer, Covenant (shared childhood memories and a precocious four-year-old draw two childhood friends together)

Charlotte Betts, The Italian Garden, Piatkus (1919; a discovery at the Lake Como uncovers buried truths that have haunted a family for decades)

Jerry Borrowman, An Ocean of Courage and Fear, Shadow Mountain (novel opens days after the attack on Pearl Harbor and details three years of sea battles between Hawaii and the shores of Okinawa)

Kelly Bowen, Tomorrow Is For the Brave, Forever (World War II novel about a courageous woman who risks it all for what is right)

Kate Braithwaite, The Scandalous Life of Nancy Randolph, Lume Books (born into a wealthy plantation family, Nancy Randolph’s life is upended when she is suspected of having a child with her sister’s husband: story of love, loyalty, power, and penance in post-colonial America)

Simon Brett, Blotto, Twinks and the Phantom Skiers, Constable (further adventures in a humorous historical mystery series)

Frances Brody, Six Motives for Murder, Piatkus (second historical mystery in the Brackerley Prison series)

Benedict Brown, The Castleton Affair, Storm (1920s murder mystery which combines the feel of a classic spy novel with a twisting whodunit)

Taylor Brown, Rednecks, St. Martin’s (historical drama based on the Battle of Blair Mountain, pitting a multi-ethnic army of 10,000 coal miners against mine owners, state militia, and the US government)

Fiona Buckley, To Seize a Queen, Severn House (secret agent Ursula Blanchard takes on a dangerous new mission involving mysterious disappearances and murder in Cornwall)

Michael Callahan, The Lost Letters from Martha’s Vineyard, Mariner (novel of two women bound by blood but divided by a long-buried secret)

Jan Casey, The War Artist, Aria (based on the true story of a female war artist in World War II)

Wendy Chen, Their Divine Fires, Algonquin Books (family saga that begins at the dawn of the Chinese Revolution and spans 100 years to trace the intricate lives of four generations)

Eve J. Chung, Daughters of Shandong, Berkley (novel about a mother and her daughters’ harrowing escape to Taiwan as the Communist revolution sweeps through China)

David Ciminello, The Queen of Steeplechase Park, Forest Avenue Press (the almost-true story of burlesque queen Belladonna Marie Donato)

Bridget Collins, The Silence Factory, The Borough Press (story set in 1800s of gothic suspense about a powerful family, and the magical and dangerous silk their fortune is built upon)

Jody Cooksley, The Small Museum, Allison & Busby (London, 1873; a wife of a collector of natural curiosities is framed for a crime she didn’t commit)

Victoria Darke, The House in the Water, Boldwood (dual timeline novel about a couple who purchase a house on an island in the Thames, that was a place of rehabilitation for trauma cases during WWII)

William Deverell, The Long-Shot Trial, ECW Press (protagonist Arthur Beauchamp writes a memoir that he hopes will set the record straight about a murder case he fought as a young lawyer in 1966)

Lianne Dillsworth, House of Shades, Hutchinson Heinemann (London, 1833; a doctor is offered a life-changing reward if she can cure the ailing health of the mysterious owner of a foreboding house in Fitzrovia)

Helena Dixon, Murder on the French Riviera, Bookouture (late spring, 1936; Kitty Underhay stumbles across a body while on a stroll in Nice)

John Enright, The Coast, Black Heron Press (portrait of the Bay Area, as it was during the 1960s and ’70s, seen through the lens of  various relationships)

Hannah Evans, The Mapmaker’s Wife, Orion (1954 and 2015; dual timeline love story which explores identity, friendship and family)

Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, Book Two, Fantagraphics (dark mysteries past and present continue to abound in the violent Chicago summer of 1968. Graphic format novel)

David Field, The Slaughtered Widow, Sapere (mystery set in Tudor England, 1592)

George Michelsen Foy, The Last Green Light, Guernica Editions (novel in which the working people of The Great Gatsby get to tell their own tale)

Lynne Francis, The Reluctant Bride, Piatkus (Kent 1822; a woman tries to find a way to escape the marriage of convenience her father wishes to force her into)

Elizabeth Fremantle, Firebrand, S&S (shows the darker side to the marriages of Henry VIII, and the wife who survived)

Ann H. Gabhart, The Song of Sourwood Mountain, Revell (story of the unexpected blessings that can come when we dare to follow the Lord’s leading. Inspirational novel set in 1910)

Chris Glatte, The Light After the Storm, Severn River (the lives of the Cooper family intertwine within the tapestry of WWII)

Julia Golding, The Persephone Code, One More Chapter (in 1812; Hellfire Caves house a pleasure palace for the idle rich – a secret society steeped in satanism, opium and debauchery)

Adrian Goldsworthy, Hill 112, Aries (story of friendship and division set against the D-Day campaign of the Second World War)

Nathan Gower, The Act of Disappearing, Mira (alternating between present-day Brooklyn and Kentucky in early 1960s, Julia races to find answers to an old photograph picturing a woman on a bridge)

Anne Gracie, The Heiress’s Daughter, Berkley (a witty new Regency romance)

R. L. Graham, Death on the Lusitania, Macmillan UK (historical fiction novel set on board the doomed RMS Lusitania ocean liner, in 1915)

Juliet Greenwood, The Secret Daughter of Venice, Storm Publishing (England, 1941; Kate discovers a secret stash of drawings hidden in the pages of an old volume of poetry, which could unlock the secret of who she really is)

Michael Hartnett, Windmill Bluff, Black Rose (dual timeline tale that mines America’s turbulent past taking readers back to FDR’s clandestine programs)

Barbara Havelocke, Estella’s Revenge, Hera (a gothic story of Miss Havisham, the jilted bride from Great Expectations)

Sarah Hawkswood, Litany of Lies, Allison & Busby (book 12 in the Bradecote & Catchpoll medieval mystery series, set in Worcestershire, 1145)

Virginia Heath, All’s Fair in Love and War, St Martin’s Griffin (Regency romance about a governess who believes in cultivating joy in her charges)

Gordon Henderson, David Bouchard, Out of the Shadows, At Bay Press (equal parts spy thriller and love triangle, set during the Red River Resistance of 1869-1870 and the birth of Manitoba)

Ann Hood, The Stolen Child, W. W. Norton (an unlikely duo ventures through France and Italy to solve the mystery of a child’s fate)

Angela Hunt, The Sisters of Corinth, Bethany House (story of love, sacrifice, and the quest for power set against the backdrop of ancient Corinth. The Emissaries, book two)

Damion Hunter, Birds of Prey, Canelo (Roman novel dealing with themes of family, war, and the pressures of loyalty)

Conn Iggulden, Nero, Michael Joseph/Pegasus (first novel in a trilogy that finds Empress Agrippina and her young son, Nero, fending off ambitious rivals while shaping their own destiny)

Meredith Jaeger, The Incorrigibles, Dutton (dual timeline novel about two women whose lives intersect as one resists the gentrification in 1970s, and the other fights for her freedom in nineteenth-century America)

Natalie Jenner, Every Time We Say Goodbye, St. Martin’s/Allison & Busby (exploration of trauma and tragedy set in 1955)

Mai Jia, trans. Dylan Levi King, The Colonel and the Eunuch, Apollo (a coming-of-age story, a family saga, and an exploration of what makes a hero)

Kase Johnstun, Cast Away, Torrey House Press (Veronica Chavez and her great nephew Chuy immigrate from Mexico to the US, their journeys seventy years apart. Set in 1922 and 2000s)

Ben Kane, Stormcrow, Orion (first Viking adventure featuring thirteen-year-old Finn, who embarks on a quest for revenge with his oldest friend, the shaman Vekel)

Joseph Kanon, Shanghai, S&S UK (thriller set during WWII)

T. E. Kinsey, An Assassination on the Agenda, Thomas & Mercer (book 11 of the Lady Hardcastle Mystery series)

Marion Kummerow, The Berlin Wife’s Vow, Bookouture (a WWII story of one woman’s promise to protect the people she loves)

Lizzie Lane, New Doctor at Orchard Cottage Hospital, Boldwood (new series about a country town in need of a good Doctor)

Soraya M. Lane, The Berlin Sisters, Lake Union (story of bravery, sacrifice and resilience in war-torn Berlin—and two sisters who will risk it all to make a difference)

Sue Lawrence, Lady’s Rock, Saraband (drama explores love, ambition and betrayal and highlights the precarious position of 16th-century women in the Scottish Highlands)

Blandine Le Callet, illus. Nancy Peña, Medea, Dark Horse Comics (graphic novel reimagining the story of one of the biggest female figures in ancient Greek mythology)

Judith Lindbergh, Akmaral, Regal House (drawn from legends of Amazon women warriors from ancient Greece, novel is a tale about a powerful woman who must make peace with making war)

A. M. Linden, The Sheriff, She Writes (book 3 of The Druid Chronicles introduces Stefan, a Saxon warrior who is sent into exile as a sheriff of a remote community, where his fate becomes entangled with the Druids)

Hannah Linder, The Girl From the Hidden Forest, Barbour (a Gothic style Regency in which Eliza and Felton must work together to uncover the identity of a killer who has stayed silent for fourteen years)

Eimear Lawlor, Kitty’s War, Aria (Kilkenny, 1939; a young woman fights to carve her own way despite all odds being stacked against her)

Megaera C. Lorenz, The Shabti, CamCat (1934; former medium Dashiel Quicke travels the country debunking spiritualism, but is terrified when a haunting takes a dangerous turn)

Carmella Lowkis, Spitting Gold, Atria (19th-century Paris, blending gothic mystery with a sapphic romance — two estranged sisters—celebrated (and fraudulent) spirit mediums—come back together for one last con)

Hannah Lynn, Queens of Themiscyra, Sourcebooks Landmark (the story of two Amazon queens and the lengths they’ll go to protect what’s theirs)

Carol MacLean, Kathy’s Courage, Hera (character-led historical romance follows the lives of some of those living in a fictional Glasgow tenement during WWII)

Susan Elia MacNeal, The Last Hope, Bantam (finale to the Maggie Hope series as the intrepid spy teams up with fashion designer—and possible double agent—Coco Chanel)

Maureen Marshall, The Paris Affair, Grand Central (queer historical romantic suspense novel about a young engineer working for Gustave Eiffel caught in a web of deceit)

Val McDermid, Queen Macbeth, Polygon (a tale of marriage and multiple murder, showing how one strong, charismatic woman was able to survive)

Catriona McPherson, The Witching Hour, Hodder & Stoughton (Lady Dandy Gilver’s oldest friend, Daisy, is at the centre of a murder investigation)

Claire Messud, This Strange Eventful History, W. W. Norton (set over seven decades, from 1940 to 2010, novel is the story of a family born on the wrong side of history)

Gabrielle Meyer, For a Lifetime, Bethany House (identical twin sisters born with the ability to time-cross between 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, and 1912 New York City. will have to choose one life to keep and one to leave behind)

Fenella J. Miller, Army Girls: Behind the Guns, Boldwood (new series romantic saga beginning in September, 1942)

Jessica Moor, Hold Back the Night, Manilla Press (multi-timeline novel about following rules, complicity and atonement)

Graham Moore, The Wealth of Shadows, Random House (an ordinary man joins a secret mission to bring down the Nazi war machine by crashing their economy)

Syd Moore, The Grand Illusion, Oneworld/Magpie (1940; a novel of occultists, surrealists, and other eccentrics co-opted to the war effort, to avert invasion on British shores)

Amita Murray, Unladylike Rules of Attraction, Avon (second novel in the Marleigh Sisters series, following Anya as she must marry in order to inherit a fortune)

Annie Murray, Homecoming for the Chocolate Girls, Macmillan (WWII; conclusion to the family saga about love, war and chocolate)

Anna Noyes, The Blue Maiden, Grove Press (1825; novel of two sisters growing up on an isolated Northern European island in the shadow of their late mother and the Devil)

Florence Ọlájídé, The Stolen Daughter, Bookouture (story about facing your fears, overcoming hardship, and the courage and strength of women in a world ruled by men. Set in West Africa, 1848)

A. D. O’Neill, Circus Maximus, Black & White (A.D. 69; two champions, formally friends, fight for supremacy during the final races of the Plebeian Games)

Charles Palliser, Sufferance, Guernica Editions (Eastern Europe WWII; psychological novel about the hideous decisions that people are forced to make when living under tyrannical regimes)

C. A. Parker, Song of the Samurai, Running Wild Press (an exploration of feudal Japan and the complexities of the human spirit, set in 1745)

Vaishnavi Patel, Goddess of the River, Orbit/Redhook (reimagining of the story of Ganga, goddess of the river, and her doomed mortal son)

Angela Petch, The Sicilian Secret, Bookouture (time split historical novel about how wartime secrets can stretch across the generations)

Tracie Peterson, Kimberley Woodhouse, With Each Tomorrow, Bethany House (romance set in Montana, in which Ellie and Carter are drawn together on a journey that tests the depths of their feelings and their faith in God)

Hesse Phillips, Lightborne, Atlantic (Tudor-era novel about outsiders caught in a relentless cycle of bloodshed and betrayal)

Victoria Purman, The Radio Hour, HQ Fiction (a humorous look at the golden years of radio broadcasting in post-war Australia)

Diane Richards, Ella, Amistad (reimagines the turbulent and triumphant early years of Ella Fitzgerald, arguably the greatest singer of the twentieth century)

Sheila Riley, A Safe Haven on Beamer Street, Boldwood (next book in the Beamer Street series set around Liverpool Docks in 1924)

Vanessa Riley, A Gamble at Sunset, Zebra (first in a new Regency romance trilogy featuring a duke, three sisters, and a bet with rich rewards)

Jane Loeb Rubin, Threadbare, Level Best (recounts the story of a tenacious young girl who chooses marriage to a lonely widower, and follows her work in the garment industry of the 1890s)

Doina Rusti, trans. James Christian Brown, The Book of Perilous Dishes, Neem Tree Press (tale of dark magic and epic adventure that traverses Europe at the turn of the 18th century)

Shari J. Ryan, The Nurse Behind the Gates, Bookouture (a nurse in Dachau, 1942, discovers one of her patients is her childhood sweetheart whom she must try to keep alive at all costs)

Jennifer Saint, Hera, Wildfire/Flatiron (tale of a powerful Greek goddess maligned in both myth and ancient history)

Beatrice Salvioni, trans. Elena Pala, The Cursed Friend, HarperVia (a life-changing friendship will lead two young girls from different worlds to rebel against the sexism, prejudice, and injustice they face living in 1930s Italy)

Carly Schabowski, The Winter Child, Bookouture (wartime novel tells a story of courage, hope and the endurance of the human spirit during WWII)

Cat Sebastian, You Should Be So Lucky, Avon (queer mid-century romance about grief and found family)

Jeff Shaara, The Shadow of War, St. Martin’s (a novel of the Cuban Missile Crisis)

Jessica Shattuck, Last House, William Morrow (1950s and 60s; spanning multiple generations novel tells the story of one American family during an age of grand ideals and great downfalls, set against the backdrop of US history)

Ezra Harker Shaw, The Aziola’s Cry, History Through Fiction (love, tragedy, and the pursuit of literary greatness test the resilience of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin and Percy Bysshe Shelley)

Kuchenga Shenjé, The Library Thief, Hanover Square/Sphere (mystery about a white-passing bookbinder in Victorian England and the secrets lurking on the estate where she works)

Leslie Shimotakahara, Sisters of the Spruce, Caitlin Press (story of female adventure, friendship, and resilience, set against the landscape of a WWI-era logging camp on Haida Gwaii)

Helen Simonson, The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club, Dial Press (a young woman’s life is forever changed after World War I when she befriends a group of independent, motorcycle-riding women)

Martin Sixsmith, My Sins Go With Me, S&S UK (a story of heroism and betrayal in the Dutch resistance)

Amanda Skenandore, The Medicine Woman of Galveston, Kensington (a female doctor in a traveling medicine show is forced to weather the 1900 Galveston Hurricane and its aftermath, in a hostile town desperate for their help)

Luanne G. Smith, The Wolf’s Eye, 47North (under the full moon of World War I, a curse threatens to tear apart a witch’s found family)

Willow Smith & Jess Hendel, Black Shield Maiden, Del Rey (an historical novel about an African warrior in the world of the Vikings)

Jonathan Spencer, Hazzard’s Convoy, Canelo (fourth book in the saga of Hazzard’s Egypt and his personal war with Napoleon Bonaparte)

Linda Stratman, Sherlock Holmes and the Mycroft Incident, Sapere (1877; a trusted government courier has gone missing after delivering some secret documents)

Bonnie Suchman, Stumbling Stones, Black Rose Writing (based on the true story of a woman driven to achieve at a time of persecution and hatred)

Defne Suman, Summer Heat, Apollo (set alternately between 2003 and 1974, during the Turkish Army’s invasion of Cyprus, novel tells of one woman’s place in her country’s devastating history)

Barbara J. Taylor, Rain Breaks No Bones, Kaylie Jones (set in 1955, final installment in Scranton Trilogy explores a family’s legacy of loss)

Sandy Taylor, Return to the Irish Boarding House, Bookouture (Dublin, 1956; story of second chances and the power of friendship)

Janyre Tromp, Darkness Calls the Tiger, Kregel (a novel of World War II Burma)

Gwen Tuinman, Unrest, Random House Canada (brash, duplicitous women, murder and mayhem, and illicit love abound in this adventure set in Bytown, Canada in 1836)

Yael van der Wouden, The Safekeep, Avid Reader Press (tale of desire, suspicion, and obsession between two women during the summer of 1961)

Johanna van Veen, My Darling Dreadful Thing, Poisoned Pen Press (takes place in the Netherlands, post WWII, In a world where the dead can wake and walk among us)

Megan Walker, Highcliffe House, Shadow Mountain (the daughter of a wealthy investor and a handsome young businessman clash in 1813, Brighton, England)

Chrissie Walsh, Weaver Street at War, Boldwood (despite the toll of WWII, the friendships and community keep the women of Weaver Street smiling)

Nancy Warren, Murder at the Paris Fashion House, Storm Publishing (a cosy mystery featuring a Chicago news reporter chasing her big break in jazz-age Paris)

Ashley Weaver, Locked in Pursuit, Minotaur (fourth instalment in the series following safecracker Electra McDonnell fighting Nazis as World War II looms over London)

Denise Weimer, When Hope Sank: April 27, 1865, Barbour (first in a new series of novels featuring historic American disasters that transformed landscapes and multiple lives)

Alison Weir, Mary I, Queen of Sorrows (UK) / The Passionate Tudor (US), Headline Review/Ballantine (the tale of how a princess with such promise, loved by all who knew her, became the infamous Bloody Mary)

Tim Wendel, Rebel Falls, Three Hills (a forgotten chapter of the Civil War is revealed in a character-driven narrative about a consequential struggle in the shadow of Niagara Falls’ dramatic beauty)

Iona Whishaw, Lightning Strikes the Silence, Touchwood (Lane Winslow book 11, set post WWII)

Peggy Joque Williams, Courting the Sun, Black Rose (a young woman is surprised by an invitation to Versailles to serve as maiden of honour to Louis XIV’s mistress)

Susan C. Wilson, Clytemnestra’s Bind, Neem Tree Press (novel centres on one of Greek mythology’s most reviled characters)

Glenda Young, The Toffee Factory Girls, Headline (in 1915 three women start work at a toffee factory in the market town of Chester-le-Street, Durham. First in a new trilogy)

June 2024

Maria Àngels Anglada, trans. Ara H. Merjian, Aram’s Notebook, Swan Isle Press (a mother and son’s fictional journey to escape the Armenian Genocide and start anew)

Jess Armstrong, The Curse of Penryth Hall, Allison & Busby (a mystery steeped in the lore and legend of Cornwall in 1922)

Tammy Armstrong, Pearly Everlasting, HarperAvenue (set during the Great Depression, a novel about a girl and a bear raised as sister and brother in a remote logging camp)

Paula J. Beavan, Among the Grey Gums, HQ Fiction (a woman must track down a murderer to save her brother from the hangman’s noose)

Misty M. Beller, Rocky Mountain Journey, Bethany House (masquerading as a man, Faith Collins embarks on a perilous journey through the Rocky Mountain wilderness, in search of the Blackfoot woman who saved her father’s life)

Franco Bernini, trans. Oonagh Stransky, The Throne, Europa Editions (first of a planned trilogy recounts the enigmatic life of Niccolò Machiavelli, political strategist)

Katherine Blake, The Unforgettable Loretta Darling, Viking/Harper (novel showcasing the backlot of Tinseltown which may have bitten off more than it can chew with Loretta)

Sarah Blaydes, The Last Secret of Lily Adams, Lake Union (the death of a legendary golden age actress reveals Hollywood secrets in a novel about betrayal, rivalry, and the punishing brutality of fame)

Sarah Brooks, The Cautious Traveller’s Guide to the Wastelands, W&N (set onboard the Trans-Siberian Express at the end of the 19th-century)

Briony Cameron, The Ballad of Jacquotte Delahaye, Atria (tale based on true events illuminates a woman of color’s rise to power as one of the few purported female pirate captains to sail the Caribbean)

Essie Chambers, Swift River, Dialogue Books (a story spanning the twentieth century that reveals a large picture of prejudice and love, of devotion and abandonment)

Eve Chase, The Midnight Hour, Michael Joseph (from London to Paris to an old English country house, a story about a family with a hidden past and a woman trying to turn back the hands of time before it’s too late)

Tracy Chevalier, The Glassmaker, Viking (story that follows a family of glassmakers from the height of Renaissance-era Italy to present day)

Mary Connealy, Toward the Dawn, Bethany House (a tale of love, danger, and resilience set in the untamed West)

John Copenhaver, Hall of Mirrors, Pegasus (when a popular mystery novelist dies suspiciously, his writing partner must untangle the author’s connection to a serial killer; novel set in 1950s McCarthy-era Washington, DC)

Liana De la Rose, Isabel and the Rogue, Berkley (a British war hero makes it his new mission to protect a Mexican heiress who defies Victorian society to protect her country)

Karen Dickson, Strawberry Field Girls at War, S&S UK (WWII historical family saga)

Lianne Dillsworth, House of Shades, Harper (London, 1833; a doctor is offered a life-changing reward if she can cure the ailing health of the mysterious owner of a foreboding house in Fitzrovia)

Victor Dixen, trans. Françoise Bui, The Court of Miracles, Amazon Crossing (a fearless young heroine ventures into a Parisian underworld court of conspiring vampires)

Christina Dodd, A Daughter of Fair Verona, John Scognamiglio (Romeo and Juliet’s daughter is a clever, rebellious, independent young woman in fair Verona. New series)

Hannah Dolby, How to Solve Murders Like a Lady, Aria (a lady detective, who spends her time solving mysteries and unveiling scandals in Hastings, a popular seaside spot for the Victorian middle classes)

Amanda Dykes, Born of Gilded Mountains, Bethany House (1948; ghosts of the past entangle with the courage of the present in a story of a woman determined to forge a new life in a time-forgotten Colorado haven)

Imogen Edwards-Jones, The Witch’s Daughter, Aria (tale of women rising from the ashes of an empire; based on a true story)

Jessica Ellicott, Murder at an English Séance, Kensington (in post–World War I England, foul play at a suspicious séance provokes sleuths Beryl Helliwell and Edwina Davenport to dig up some dirt)

Mario Escobar, The Forgotten Names, Harper Muse (based on the true WWII story of one woman who risked everything to reunite Jewish children with their true names)

Loren D. Estleman, Iron Star, Forge (set against the landscape of the Wild West, adventure follows a man on a journey to set his legacy, and the men dedicated to bringing his story to life)

F. L. Everett, Murder on Stage, Bookouture (WWII murder mystery. Edie York book 3)

Jess Everlee, A Bluestocking’s Guide to Decadence, Carina Adores (London 1886 – a member of London’s underground queer community meets her match in this Sapphic opposites-attract romance)

Jentry Flint, To Love the Brooding Baron, Shadow Mountain (sparks fly as Arabella falls for a baron who lives under the shadow of a scandalous family secret)

Brooke Lea Foster, All the Summers in Between, Gallery Books (set in 60s and 70s; novel about two estranged friends whose unexpected reconnection in the Hamptons forces them to finally confront the terrible event that drove them apart)

Kate Foster, The King’s Witches, Mantle (1589; historical novel gives voice to the women at the heart of the real-life witch trials in sixteenth-century Scotland)

Dianne Freeman, An Art Lover’s Guide to Paris and Murder, Kensington (former Countess of Harleigh, Frances Hazelton, is among a throng of pleasure seekers and art lovers in the City of Lights)

Marius Gabriel, The German Daughter, Embla Books (dual timeline novel set in Norway 1940 and England 1968)

Alex Gerlis, Every Spy a Traitor, Canelo (first novel in new Double Agent espionage series, set in 1937)

C. P. Giuliani, A Snare of Deceit, Sapere (book 5 in the Tom Walsingham Mysteries, set at the Tudor court in 1537)

Alex Gough, Caesar’s General, Canelo (story of Roman history retold from Mark Antony’s perspective)

Claudia Gray, The Perils of Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Vintage (third book in the Mr. Darcy & Miss Tilney Mystery series, which finds the amateur sleuths facing their most daunting challenge yet)

Jocelyn Green, The Hudson Collection, Bethany House (an ornithologist, a gardener and a salvage dealer embark on a hunt for a missing relic intended to safeguard the servants’ futures before their country mansion place of work is sold)

Laura Lee Guhrke, Lady Scandal, Forever (romance featuring a haughty businessman and the headstrong event planner who steals his heart)

Lisa Hall, The Mysterious Double Death of Honey Black, Canelo US (time-slip murder mystery set in 2019 and 1949)

Robert J. Harris, Redfalcon, Polygon (July, 1942; veteran adventurer Richard Hannay is called into action on a mission to stop the Nazis from taking control of Malta)

Sarah Henstra, The Lost Tarot, Doubleday (dual timeline novel in which a lost tarot card is the key to unravelling decades of secrets)

James Holland, Alvesdon, Bantam (stretching from the summer of 1939 to the Battle of Britain, this is a fictional portrait of how the war changed everything for one family and their community)

Mary Horlock, The Stranger’s Companion, John Murray (1933; the neatly folded clothes of an unknown man and woman are discovered abandoned at a coastal beauty spot on the island of Sark)

Anna Lee Huber, A Deceptive Composition, Berkley (a story of long-buried family secrets that threaten to unravel lives)

Kelsey James, Secrets of Rose Briar Hall, John Scognamiglio (Gilded Age gothic in which a wealthy young newlywed in early 20th century New York is isolated within her empty mansion by her controlling new husband)

Carol Jameson, Adam and Leonora, She Writes (a novel about the power of dreams, the creative process, and the surreal, told through multiple voices in multiple time periods)

Adele Jordan, Murder at Greenwich Palace, Sapere (first in historical espionage thriller series, during King Henry VIII’s reign, featuring a feisty female lead)

Hiromi Kawakami, trans. Ted Goossen, The Third Love, Granta (novel that moves between Japan past and present to tell a time-bending story about desire and destiny)

Kate Khavari, A Botanist’s Guide to Society and Secrets, Crooked Lane (London, 1923; botanist Saffron Everleigh agrees to go undercover at a government laboratory, risking her career and her safety)

Eliza Knight, The Queen’s Faithful Companion, William Morrow (novel told from the multi-narrative viewpoints of a young Queen Elizabeth; Hanna Penwyck, the fictionalized Keeper of the Queen’s dogs; and Susan, the Queen’s Corgi)

Giles Kristian, Arthur, Bantam (Saxons are now lords of Britain yet the bards still sing of Arthur who will come again when they need him most)

Poppy Kuroki, Gate to Kagoshima, Magpie (while researching her Japanese ancestors, a vicious typhoon hurls Isla back to 1877, amid the dawn of the Satsuma Rebellion)

Kathryn Lasky, Mortal Radiance, Severn House (painter & amateur sleuth Georgia O’Keeffe investigates a tragic death in the 2nd installment of a historical mystery set in the 1930s)

Eimear Lawlor, Kitty’s War, Aria (Kilkenny, 1939; a young woman fights to carve her own way despite all odds being stacked against her)

Rosalie M. Lin, Daughter of Calamity, St. Martin’s (historical fantasy set in 1930s Shanghai)

Zülfü Livaneli, trans. Brendan Freely, On the Back of the Tiger, Other Press (this literary account of an Ottoman sultan’s life in exile is also a powerful indictment of the hypocrisies of the West)

Ellery Lloyd, The Final Act of Juliette Willoughby, Harper (mystery involving a cursed wealthy family and a Surrealist painting which holds the key to three suspicious deaths over the course of a century)

Robert J. Lloyd, The Bedlam Cadaver, Melville House (in late 17th Century London rich young women are being kidnapped and murdered and Harry Hunt, falsely accused, must clear his name)

Maxim Loskutoff, Old King, W. W. Norton (novel which spotlights the birth of the modern environmental movement, and the accelerating dominion of technology in American life)

Elizabeth Macneal, The Burial Plot, Picador (Gothic thriller about murder, manipulation, and a young woman trying to wrestle power from the hands of a dangerous man)

Edward Marston, Spring Offensive, Allison & Busby (Detective Inspector Harvey Marmion faces an uphill battle to solve a perplexing case in March 1918)

Regina McBride, Stranger From Across the Sea, Green City Books (literary fiction explores place, displacement and exile in 1973 between two friends, both with Irish mothers; and again in 1986)

Carol McGrath, The Lost Queen, Headline Accent (1191; medieval story of high adventure, survival, friendship and the enduring love of a queen for her king)

Edward McSweegan, The Cottage Industry, Wild Rose Press (a pilot for the French Army during the Great War, returns to Connecticut after wandering post-war France with shell shock)

Rosie Meddon, These Wartime Dreams, Canelo (Second World War saga about family, friendship and following your heart)

Roland Merullo, The Light Over Lake Como, Lake Union (two lovers separated in war-torn Italy struggle to reunite)

Simon Michael, Death, Adjourned, Sapere (an urban legal thriller set in 1969)

Marianne K. Miller, We Were the Bullfighters, Dundurn Press (1923; sent to cover bank robber Red Ryan’s daring prison break, a young Ernest Hemingway becomes fascinated with the convicts)

Anne Montgomery, Your Forgotten Sons, Next Chapter (WWII story about a man assigned to the Graves Registration Service, as the US prepares to enter the war in 1943)

Shara Moon, Let Us March On, William Morrow (novel inspired by the life of real-life crusader, Lizzie McDuffie, who as a maid in FDR’s White House, spearheaded the Civil Rights movement of her time)

Walter Mosley, Farewell, Amethystine, Mulholland (LA, 1970; LAPD Black detective Easy Rawlins’ latest client sends him down a warren of memory and nostalgia)

Jennifer Murgia, When I Was Alice, CamCat (a present-day librarian awakens in 1953, where she is mistaken for a rising star who has disappeared under mysterious circumstances)

Patrick Nathan, The Future Was Color, Counterpoint (exploration of postwar American decadence, reinventing the self through art, and the psychosis that lingers in a world that’s seen the bomb)

Claire North, The Last Song of Penelope, Redhook (novel that breathes life into ancient myth and gives voice to the women who stand defiant in a world ruled by ruthless men)

Maggie Nye, The Curators, Curbstone Books 2 (blend of historical fiction and magical realism, set in 1915 Atlanta)

Alyssa Palombo, The Assassin of Venice, Crooked Lane (a Renaissance courtesan must choose between love and duty in this 16th-century mystery)

Wendy Parkins, An Idle Woman, Legend Press (based on the true story of Frances Dickinson who braved public disgrace to expose a brutal marriage and assert her right to a life and a voice of her own in the 19th-century)

Ben Pastor, The Venus of Salò, Bitter Lemon Press (8th in the Martin Bora series, set in the Republic of Salò, the last Fascist stronghold held by Mussolini)

Leslye Penelope, Daughter of the Merciful Deep, Redhook (historical fantasy that shines a light on the drowned Black towns of the American South)

Patricia Raybon, Truth Be Told, Tyndale (1924; in a narrative driven by secrets, romance, and lies, amateur sleuth Annalee must unravel a high-stakes case)

Sarah Rayne, The Murderer Inside the Mirror, Severn House (the thieving Fitzglen family are back in this second instalment of the Theatre of Thieves gothic mystery series set in Victorian England)

Lucy Ribchester, Murder Ballad, Black & White (dark tale set in Edinburgh, 1791, of the awakening of retribution for a long-buried secret)

Karen Robards, Some Murders in Berlin, Mira (set against the chaos of 1943 Berlin, a Danish woman is forced to help German police hunt for a serial killer–and keep the killings secret from the public)

Erika Robuck, The Last Twelve Miles, Sourcebooks Landmark (set in the Prohibition Rum Wars, two women masterminds try to outwit each other in a game of ambition)

Lori Roy, Lake Country, Thomas & Mercer (set in 1950s, Southern Gothic thriller reimagines the life of Marilyn Monroe, tying her fate to a dreamy teenager whose boyfriend runs afoul of the mob)

Erika Rummel, What They Said About Luisa, Dundurn (a telling of the complex life of Luisa Abrego, who forges a new life after freedom from slavery in colonial Mexico)

Adam Ehrlich Sachs, Gretel and the Great War, FSG (novel that shows us the dark side of early twentieth-century Vienna)

Katherine Schellman, The Last Note of Warning, Minotaur (third in the mysterious, and queer Nightingale mystery series set in 1920s New York)

Ann Schlee, Rhine Journey, McNally Editions (on a Victorian pleasure cruise, in 1851, a chance encounter opens the floodgates to regret, desire, and possibility)

Peter Sherlock, The Mask of Merryvale Manor, Fairlight (a choice between family or principles is at the centre of a mid-1960s murder on the wealthy Drummond estate)

Wilbur Smith, Warrior King, Zaffre (historical saga set in South Africa, 1820)

A. L. Sowards, Beneath a Crescent Shadow, Shadow Mountain (after an arranged marriage, Konstantin and Suzana must find a way to meet the demands of a conquering Ottoman sultan in 1373)

Lee Swanson, She Serves the Realm, Merchant’s Largesse (fourth entry in the gender-bending medieval romance series, set in 1311, in the reign of Edward II. Sequel to Her Dangerous Journey Home)

Sherry Thomas, A Ruse of Shadows, Berkley (Charlotte Holmes is accustomed to solving crimes, but she finds herself in a dreadfully precarious position)

Trisha R. Thomas, The Secret Keeper of Main Street, William Morrow (1954; In 1950s oil-rich Oklahoma, a dressmaker with the gift of “second sight,” reluctantly reveals the true loves and intentions of her socialite clients)

Dawn Tripp, Jackie, Random House (a window into the many worlds of Jackie Kennedy, nicknamed Jacks, Jacqueline, Miss Bouvier, Mrs. Kennedy, Mrs. Onassis, and Jackie O)

Jeri Westerson, The Mummy of Mayfair, Severn House (private investigators Timothy Badger and Benjamin Watson take on an unusual case in Victorian London)

Beatriz Williams, Husbands & Lovers, Ballantine (two women—separated by decades and continents—reclaim family secrets and lost loves. Dual timeline, New England 2022 and Cairo 1951)

Lisa Wingate, Shelterwood, Ballantine (inspired by the untold history of women pioneers who fought to protect children caught in the storm of land barons hungry for power and oil wealth)

Jacqueline Winspear, The Comfort of Ghosts, Soho Crime (psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs unravels a profound mystery from her past in a war-torn nation grappling with its future. Final installment in series)

Jack Winter, That Business at Brody, At Bay Press (a tale of survival despite best laid plans, the novel is told by a variety of narrators and focuses on transient life, propelled by the 1881 assassination of Tsar Alexander)

Kenneth Wishnia, From Sun to Sun, PM Press (literary crime novel that presents two parallel stories separated by twenty-five centuries)

Mary Wood, The Guernsey Girls Go to War, Pan (1940; Harriet and her family make their way back to Guernsey for refuge, but, when they get there, the Germans have invaded)

David Wroblewski, Familiaris, Blackstone (following The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, this is the origin story of the Sawtelle family and the remarkable dogs that carry the Sawtelle name)

Lai Wen, Tiananmen Square, Spiegel & Grau (coming-of-age novel about young love and lasting friendships forged in the years leading up to the Tiananmen Square student protests)

Futaro Yamada, trans. Bryan Karetnyk, The Meiji Guillotine Murders, Pushkin Vertigo (a pair of sleuths investigate a series of murders in 19th century Tokyo)

July 2024

Nekesa Afia, A Lethal Lady, Berkley (a woman working in a parfumerie and enjoying Paris nightlife, is drawn into the mystery of a young artist who has gone missing)

M. T. Anderson, Nicked, Pantheon/Penguin Random House (genre-defying, queer adventure debut about the quest to steal the mystical bones of a long-dead saint)

Mary Balogh, A Matter of Class, Hachette (a tale rife with dark secrets, deception, and the trials of love, in which very little is as it seems)

Biyi Bandele, Yorùbá Boy Running, Hamish Hamilton (fictionalized retelling of African linguist and clergyman, Samuel Ajayi Crowther’s, journey from slave to liberator, and from boy to man)

Kevin Barry, The Heart in Winter, Doubleday/Canongate/Knopf Canada (funny and romantic tale of young lovers on the lam in 1890s Montana)

Sian Ann Bessey, A Kingdom to Claim, Shadow Mountain (Aisley lost everything in a Viking attack. Now she works alongside the one man she trusts to fight for her people in Wessex, AD 878)

Georgie Blalock, The Windsor Conspiracy, William Morrow (reimagined fictional portrait of Wallis Simpson through the lens of her cousin who is engaged to spy on the duchess for her alleged Nazi sympathies)

Paula Brackston, The Haunting of Hecate Cavendish, St. Martin’s (magic-infused series about Hecate Cavendish, an eccentric and feisty young woman who can see ghosts)

Sarah Brooks, The Cautious Traveller’s Guide to the Wastelands, Flatiron (historical fantasy novel set on a grand express train, about a group of passengers on a dangerous journey across a magical landscape)

Amanda Cabot, Into the Starlight, Revell (a tale of family and friendship; Sweetwater Crossing book 3)

Costanza Casati, Babylonia, Michael Joseph (novel based on a legend which tells of an orphan born into a life of toil and anonymity who rises from nothing to rule kingdoms and command armies)

Donyae Coles, Midnight Rooms, Amistad (England, 1840; saga with supernatural undertones set in Victorian England)

Diney Costeloe, The Girls They Left Behind, Aria (a wartime nurse brings hope in the dark during WWI)

Janet Dailey, Calder Country, Kensington (early 20th romantic western saga)

J. D. Davies, The Cursed Shore, Canelo (age of sail Philippe Kermorvant thriller)

Darrin Doyle, Let Gravity Seize the Dead, Regal House (an intergenerational literary dual timeline horror in which the stories from 1907 and 2007 braid and merge together)

Emily Dunlay, Teddy, Harper/Fourth Estate (in Rome 1969, Teddy Carlyle is caught on film in the arms of the American ambassador and has to recover the photographs whilst keeping her fragile reputation intact)

Lesley Eames, Evacuees at the Wartime Bookshop, Penguin (book 4 in the WWII saga series, set in 1942)

Jim Eldridge, Murder at Lord’s Station, Allison & Busby (March, 1941. WWII and the Blitz are well underway, as Inspector Coburg and Sergeant Lampson are called to Lord’s Station)

Jen Fawkes, Daughters of Chaos, The Overlook Press (inspired by the story of Nashville’s attempt to exile its prostitutes during the Civil War, novel journeys through Ancient Greece, Renaissance Venice, and 19th-Century America)

Josie Ferguson, The Silence In Between, Doubleday UK (features a daring plan to escape East Berlin in 1961)

Jean Fullerton, Felicity’s War, Corvus (saga about the unlikely romance between a passionate journalist and a detective during WWII)

Annie Garthwaite, The King’s Mother, Viking (from the Wars of the Roses to the dawn of the Tudor age, a story of mothers and sons and of maternal ferocity and female ambition)

Doug Gold, The Dressmaker & the Hidden Soldier, Allen & Unwin (based on the true story of New Zealand soldier Peter Blunden; Thalia Christidou, the young Greek dressmaker; and Tasoula Paschilidou, the resistance heroine)

Jennifer Gold, Polite Calamities, Lake Union (during a hazy 1960s Rhode Island summer, three disparate lives converge and combust in a story of the empowerment of women)

Juliet Grames, The Lost Boy of Santa Chionia, Knopf (Calabria, 1960; novel about a young American woman turned amateur detective in a small village in Southern Italy)

Ryan Graudin, The Enchanted Lies of Céleste Artois, Redhook (transports readers to early 1900s Paris, a place of enchanted salons, fortune tellers and doorways that can take you to the most unexpected places)

Charlotte Hinger, Mary’s Place, Bison Books (tribute to the rural families who weathered one of the worst agricultural disasters in American history)

Alan Hlad, Fleeing  France, John Scognamiglio (an American nightclub singer turned ambulance driver races to evacuate a British pilot and a Jewish orphan across more than 4,000 miles; inspired by real wartime events)

India Holton, The Ornithologist’s Field Guide to Love, Berkley (rival ornithologists hunt through England for a rare magical bird in this historical-fantasy rom-com with manners, tea, and helicopter parasols)

Graham Hurley, Dead Ground, Head of Zeus/Aries (a young British nurse experiences the devastating Spanish Civil War and the dark side of the espionage game)

Celia Imrie, Meet Me at Rainbow Corner, Bloomsbury UK & ANZ (follows the lives of Dot, Lilly and their friends, hostesses at Rainbow Corner, a huge dance hall where all the luxuries are available even during wartime)

Eva Izsak, Songs My Mother Taught Me, She Writes (tale that spans from Transylvania in the 1930s through Scarsdale, NY to present-day Europe — giving voice to those who grew up in the aftermath of their parents’ trauma)

William W. Johnstone, J.A. Johnstone, Beans, Bourbon and Blood, Pinnacle (new series in which Luke Jensen teams up with chuckwagon cook Dewey “Mac” McKenzie)

Marjan Kamali, The Lion Women of Tehran, Gallery (novel of friendship, betrayal, and redemption set against three transformative decades in Tehran, Iran)

Minsoo Kang, The Melancholy of Untold History, William Morrow (inspired by East-Asian mythology, and told in multiple voices, novel reveals a people and its individuals who seek to confront the hardships of life through storytelling)

Léonie Kelsall, The Homestead in the Eucalypts, Allen & Unwin (dual timeline romance set in the rural outback of southern Australia)

Cathryn Kemp, A Poisoner’s Tale, Bantam/Transworld Digital (legendary figure of notorious 17th-century Italian poisoner, Giulia Tofana, is brought to life in this feminist retelling)

Kathryn Lasky, Mortal Radiance, Severn House (painter and amateur sleuth Georgia O’Keeffe investigates a tragic death when she returns to Taos in a mystery set in the 1930s)

Jenny Lecoat, Beyond Summerland, Polygon/Graydon House (set in the aftermath of the liberation of Jersey in June 1945, a tale of long-buried family secrets, of mothers and daughters, and of how innocent young people get caught up in the tide of war)

David Lewis, A Jewel in the Crown, John Scognamiglio (new historical series featuring a gifted young socialist-turned-counterespionage spy on a World War II mission orchestrated by Winston Churchill himself)

Norman Lock, The Caricaturist, Bellevue Literary Press (a tragicomic portrait of America struggling to honor its most-cherished ideals at the dawn of the twentieth century)

Angélica Lopes, trans. Zoë Perry, The Curse of the Flores Women, Amazon Crossing (in a novel about the enduring bonds of womanhood, a young girl weaves together the truth behind her family history)

Katie Lumsden, The Trouble with Mrs Montgomery Hurst, Michael Joseph (witty novel of manners and gossip, class and family, scandal and romance set in 1841)

Sean Lusk, A Woman of Opinion, Doubleday (novel which gives a voice to the unremembered life of pioneering poet and feminist, Mary Wortley Montagu)

Hannah Lynn, Daughters of Olympus, Sourcebooks Landmark (a daughter pulled between two worlds and a mother willing to destroy both to protect her)

A. J. Mackenzie, City of Woe, Canelo (Book 2 in the Simon Merrivale medieval mysteries series)

Alyssa Maxwell, Murder at Vinland, Kensington (August 1901; reporter and sleuth Emma Cross Andrews must stop a bold poisoner who is targeting the society wives of the Four Hundred in Gilded Age Newport, Rhode Island)

Steven A McKay, Sword of the Saxons, Canelo (second historical adventure set in the time of Alfred the Great)

Mary McMyne, A Rose by Any Other Name, Redhook/Orbit (1603; the story behind Shakespeare’s sonnets, as told by his mysterious Dark Lady)

Tom Mead, Cabaret Macabre, Mysterious Press (Joseph Spector, a magician-turned-sleuth in pre-war London, investigates a mystery at a grand estate in the English countryside)

Nicole M. Miller, Until Our Time Comes, Revell (drawn from true events of World War II, a debut story of escape, capture, resistance, and love)

Allison Montclair, Murder at the White Palace, Minotaur (a Sparks and Bainbridge post WWII mystery)

Katy Moran, My Lady’s Secrets, Aria (after being caught spying during the Peninsula War, Cressida must decide if it is too late for she and her estranged husband to fight for one another at last)

Michelle Moran, Maria, Dell/Random House UK (based on the real life of Maria von Trapp, beyond the story immortalised by Hollywood)

Donna Mumma, The Women of Wynton’s, Barbour (four women’s loyalties, vanity, friendship, and detective skills are put to the test at a 1950’s department store)

Howard Norman, Come to the Window, W. W. Norton (drama of murder, love, and redemption set in Nova Scotia in the final year of World War I)

Tracie Peterson, A Choice Considered, Bethany House (book 2 in The Heart of Cheyenne series; a tale of romance, resilience, and self-discovery amid the evolving landscapes of the American West)

Scott Phillips, The Devil Raises His Own, Soho Crime (dark historical adventure captures the beginnings of the Hollywood studio system and the “blue movie” industry that grows up alongside it)

Rosanna Pike, A Little Trickerie, Fig Tree (a tale of belief and superstition, kinship and courage, set in a Tudor England rarely seen)

Clare Pollard, The Modern Fairies, Avid Reader/Fig Tree (inspired by true events—featuring an elite group of Paris intellectuals who perform fairy tales that will change the course of literature)

David Putnam, The Blind Devotion of Imogene, Level Best (1973; a race to uncover a real killer as Imogene dodges gangsters, family and a publisher on a quest to find the truth)

Kate Quinn, The Briar Club, William Morrow (1950; story of female friendships and secrets in a Washington, DC, boardinghouse during the McCarthy era)

Tony Rea, Bouncer’s Blenheim, Sapere (a WWII mediterranean adventure set after the Battle of Britain)

Sofia Robleda, Daughter of Fire, Amazon Crossing (for a young woman coming of age in 16th-century Guatemala, safeguarding her people’s legacy is a dangerous pursuit)

Mandy Robotham, The Hidden Storyteller, Avon (post war story set in Hamburg, 1946)

M. J. Robotham, The Scandalous Life of Ruby Devereaux, Aria (a rollercoaster ride through the latter half of the twentieth century)

O. O. Sangoyomi, Masquerade, Forge (in a reimagined 15th century West Africa, tale explores the true cost of one woman’s fight for freedom and the lengths she’ll go to secure her future)

Fiona Schneider, The Paris Affair, Penguin (Paris 1942; a woman disappears in the middle of the night, leaving behind the man she loves)

Ben Shattuck, The History of Sound, Viking (interconnected stories, set mostly in New England, exploring how the past is often misunderstood and how history can echo over centuries)

Sally Smith, A Case of Mice and Murder, Bloomsbury UK & ANZ (1901; barrister Gabriel Ward finds the body of the Lord Chief Justice of England dead on his doorstep, and takes up the art of sleuthing. First of new series set in Edwardian London)

Karen Swan, The Lost Lover, Macmillan UK (book three in the historical Wild Isle romance series)

Alexis Stefanovich-Thomson, The Road to Heaven, Dundurn (noir mystery introducing young detective Patrick Bird, set in Toronto’s Parkdale during the tumultuous ’60s)

Denis Thériault, The Samurai of the Red Carnation, Pushkin Press (a story of romance, adventure, love and betrayal, that takes Samurai-in-training Matsuo across medieval Japan, culminating in his ultimate test at the uta awase)

Louisa Treger, The Paris Muse, Bloomsbury UK & ANZ (fictionalized retelling of the disturbing love story between Dora Maar, a talented French photographer, painter and poet, and Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso)

Yaroslav Trofimov, No Country for Love, Abacus (novel about a young Ukrainian girl arriving in Kharkiv in 1930, determined to contribute to the future of her country)

Bryn Turnbull, The Berlin Apartment, Mira (dual perspective love story follows a young couple whose lives are irrevocably changed when they’re separated overnight by the construction of the Berlin Wall)

Jen Turano, Meeting Her Match, Bethany House (romance in which a woman, who has vowed never to marry, finds her match)

Alexandra Vasti, Ne’er Duke Well, St. Martin’s Griffin/Corvus (matchmaking doesn’t go according to plan for society’s most proper debutante)

Sonia Velton, The Nightingale’s Castle, Harper Perennial/Abacus (reimagining of the story of Erzsébet Báthory, the infamous sixteenth-century Hungarian aristocrat known as the “Blood Countess”)

Anneka R. Walker, The Lady Glass, Covenant (Regency Romance)

Douglas Westerbeke, A Short Walk Through a Wide World, Jonathan Cape (in Paris, 1885, 9-year-old Aubry Tourvel succumbs to a mysterious illness which begins her lifelong journey on the run from her condition)

Patrick Worrall, The Exile, Bantam (prequel to The Partisan, set in 1951)

Bart Yates, The Very Long, Very Strange Life of Isaac Dahl, John Scognamiglio (blends historical fact and fiction in a saga spanning 12 significant days across nearly 100 years in the life of a single man, beginning in 1920s Utah)

Don Zancanella, Animals of the Alpine Front, Delphinium (Italy, WWI; in the occupied city of Trento, a kitchen maid, adopts a homeless dog, cares for an injured horse, and assists in an animal hospital)

August 2024

Emma R. Alban, You’re the Problem, It’s You, Avon (enemies-to-lovers queer Victorian romance)

Kaia Alderson, In a League of Her Own, William Morrow (1930s New York City; untold story of Effa Manley, a black businesswoman in the male dominated baseball industry)

Jane Alison, Villa E, Liveright (novel inspired by the collision of Irish designer Eileen Gray and famed Swiss architect Le Corbusier)

Allison Alsup, Foreign Seed, Keylight (China 1918; follows newly minted Vice Consul Samuel Sokobin’s first case as he investigates the disappearance of Frank Meyer, when he disappears from a steamship on the Yangtze River)

Donna Jones Alward, When the World Fell Silent, One More Chapter (a novel of the 1917 Halifax explosion)

Lindsay Jayne Ashford, Through the Mist, Lake Union (two women disturb the dark history of a deceptively quiet postwar Cornish village)

Stefania Auci, trans. Katherine Gregor and Howard Curtis, Fall of the Florios, HarperVia (third installment tells the story of Italy’s most powerful and notorious family as it faces its dramatic end)

Gina Maria Balibrera, The Volcano Daughters, Pantheon (debut about two sisters raised in the shadow of El Salvador’s brutal dictator, and their flight from genocide)

Pat Barker, The Voyage Home, Hamish Hamilton/Penguin (continues the story of the captured Trojan women as they set sail for Mycenae with the victorious Greeks. Third in series centres on the fate of Cassandra, daughter of Priam and priestess)

Karen Barnett, Where Trees Touch the Sky, Kregel (dual timeline novel is set against the backdrop of a national park in 1920s and 1972)

Clare Beams, The Garden, Atlantic Books (tale of women yearning to become mothers and the ways the female body has always been policed and manipulated)

Rachel Blackmore, Costanza, Renegade Books (Rome, 1636; based on a true story, a historical novel that brings to life a feminist icon who has been written out of history)

Rhys Bowen, The Rose Arbor, Lake Union (an investigation into a girl’s disappearance uncovers a mystery dating back to World War II)

Robert Bruton, Empire Resurgent, Addison & Highsmith (historical fiction about Belisarius and Justinian that showcases their wives Theodora and Antonina)

Susan Buttenwieser, Junction of Earth and Sky, Manilla Press (a coming of age in 1940s England unfolds in multiple timelines)

Jane Campbell, Interpretations of Love, Grove Press (debut novel that explores complicated love, secrets, and familial misunderstandings)

J’nell Ciesielski, The Winged Tiara, Thomas Nelson (after a hasty wartime marriage and an even quicker divorce, two jewel thieves risk it all to obtain the grandest prize of all)

Oliver Clements, The Queen’s Lies, Atria/Leopold & Co. (series follows John Dee and his wife working together in an act of espionage that may turn out to be treason)

Bridget Collins, The Silence Factory, William Morrow (story set in 1800s of gothic suspense about a powerful family, the magical and dangerous silk their fortune is built upon)

Sara Goodman Confino, Behind Every Good Man, Lake Union (a wronged wife goes toe to toe with her cheating husband at the polls in the early 1960s)

Harriet Constable, The Instrumentalist, S&S/Bloomsbury UK & ANZ (debut set in eighteenth-century Venice, about the woman written out of the story of one of history’s greatest musical masterpieces)

Tea Cooper, The Naturalist’s Daughter, Harper Muse (two women, living a century apart, find themselves entangled in the mystery surrounding a scientific controversy of the nineteenth century)

Connilyn Cossette, Shield of the Mighty, Bethany House (tale of vengeance, justice, and healing set in ancient Israel)

Amanda Cox, Between the Sound and Sea, Revell (in overseeing the restoration of a lighthouse, Josephina sifts through decades of rumors and legends of a love story that’s not yet over)

Polly Crosby, The House of Fever, HQ (novel set in 1935, in Hedoné House, a luxurious sanatorium for the creative elite dedicated to the groundbreaking treatment of tuberculosis)

Simon Delaney, Watching Over You, Rare Bird (explores the provenance of a collection of paintings hidden from the plundering Nazis during World War II and the fate of the families entangled in the search for the lost artworks)

Caro De Robertis, The Palace of Eros, The Borough Press/Atria (retelling of the myth of Psyche and Eros)

Martin Edwards, The House on Graveyard Lane, Poisoned Pen Press (fourth in the Rachel Savernake Golden Age crime fiction, an artist commits suicide right after hiring Rachel to find her murderer)

Rachel Fordham, Beyond Ivy Walls, Thomas Nelson (in historic small-town America, a wealthy reclusive bachelor and an unlikely ally join forces to solve a family secret)

Iona Grey, The Housekeeper’s Secret, St. Martin’s (romance set in a crumbling mansion at the turn of the 20th century)

Nataly Gruender, Medusa, Grand Central (coming-of-age retelling about Medusa, the infamous gorgon of Greek mythology)

Esther Hatch, A Proper Façade, Covenant (a rival to companion Regency Romance)

Jody Hedlund, Saved by the Matchmaker, Bethany House (A Shanahan Match, book 2, set in 1800s St. Louis)

Tom Holm, Panther Creek, Univ. of New Mexico Press (J. D. Daugherty and Hoolie Smith 1928 mystery in which a sadist is preying on young women, especially Native American girls)

Jenny Holmes, The Ballroom Girls Hit the Big Time, Transworld (saga of three friends who liven up their lives during WWII)

Carole Hopson, A Pair of Wings, Henry Holt (novel inspired by the life of pioneer aviatrix Bessie Coleman, a Black woman who learned to fly at the dawn of aviation)

Emma Hornby, A Sister’s Fight, Transworld (Lancashire, 1943; Livvy and her friend make some easy money by selling themselves on the street, to support their families, until one US soldier takes too much interest in her)

Alex Howard, The Ghost Cat, Hanover Square (follows a cat through his nine lives in Edinburgh, moving through the ever-changing city and its inhabitants over centuries)

Laila Ibrahim, Falling Wisteria, Lake Union (as America enters WWII, two women on the home front strive to stay strong for hope, friendship, and family)

Kristopher Jansma, Our Narrow Hiding Places, Ecco (an elderly woman recounts her Dutch family’s survival during the final years of Nazi occupation)

Gayl Jones, The Unicorn Woman, Beacon Press (tale set in the Post WWII South, narrated by a Black soldier who returns to Jim Crow and searches for a mythical ideal)

Ghada Karmi, Murjana, Interlink (a tale of love and passion in medieval Baghdad, set in spring of the year 830)

Susanna Kearsley, The King’s Messenger, Simon & Schuster UK (story of treachery, betrayal and love set in 1613 when James I/VI’s son and heir dies plunging the nation into mourning)

Suzanne Kelman, The Bookseller of Paris, Bookouture (second novel in the Paris Sisters series; a story of two women’s bravery in the face of the darkness of the Second World War)

Andrey Kurkov, trans. Reuben Woolley, Jimi Hendrix Live in Lviv, HarperVia (ode to the cultural capital of western Ukraine, with a cast of eccentrics who make up the beating heart of the city)

Catherine Lloyd, Miss Morton and the Deadly Inheritance, Kensington (Miss Caroline Morton, lady’s companion, has a chance to claim what’s rightfully hers, but the one obstacle in her way is a dangerous murder mystery)

Greer Macallister, The Thirteenth Husband, Sourcebooks Landmark (tearing through millions of dollars, a collection of husbands, and multiple run-ins with a psychic, real-life 19th-century heiress Aimee Crocker blazes a trail of public notoriety and private pain)

Kirsty Manning, The Hidden Book, William Morrow/Allen & Unwin (novel based on a true story of a WWII European heirloom that brought down war criminals and travelled through history … found in an Australian country shed in 2019)

Gordon McAlpine, After Oz, Crooked Lane (retelling of The Wizard of Oz where one little girl is forced to face head on the prejudices of the Midwest in the late 19th century)

Rachel Scott McDaniel, Allison Pittman, Susie Finkbeiner, Something Borrowed, Kregel (three inspirational stories trace generations of wartime romances through a special wedding dress)

Diane C. McPhail, Follow the Stars Home, John Scognamiglio (draws on the little-known history of Lydia Latrobe Roosevelt, the young woman whose role in the early 1800s helped redefine America)

Nicholas Meyer, Sherlock Holmes and the Telegram From Hell, Mysterious Press (Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson cross the Atlantic at the height of World War I in pursuit of a mysterious coded telegram)

Attilio Micheluzzi, The Farewell Song of Marcel Labrume, Fantagraphics (first act of two-part adventure takes place in Beirut in 1941, when journalist Marcel Labrume crosses paths with American millionaire Carol Gibson)

Jessica Mills, The English Chemist, Pegasus (story of one of the twentieth century’s most famed scientists, Rosalind Franklin)

Ferenc Molnár (trans. Annabel Barber), Venetian Angel, Blue Danube (in summer of 1933, young and naïve Irma Lietzen, is given a tour of Venice by a man once employed by her father)

Silvia Moreno-Garcia, The Seventh Veil of Salome, Del Rey/Arcadia (a young woman wins the role of a lifetime in a film about a legendary heroine—but the real drama is behind the scenes)

Stacie Murphy, The Witch’s Secret, Pegasus (a young witch discovers a murderous plot to turn the tide of the Civil War)

B. R. Myers, The Third Wife of Faraday House, William Morrow (1816; gothic fiction, featuring two brides who must band together to unravel the ghostly secrets at the heart of a crumbling island manor)

Andrés Neuman, trans. Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia, Once Upon Argentina, Open Letter (a political story of a family that comes from everywhere, and of a country’s wandering, migratory culture)

Yoko Ogawa, trans. Stephen B. Snyder, Mina’s Matchbox, McClelland & Stewart (tale of friendship, family secrets, and coming of age set in early 1970s Japan)

Gill Paul, Scandalous Women, William Morrow (novel about Jackie Collins and Jacqueline Susann, two dynamic, groundbreaking writers renowned for their scandalous and controversial novels)

S. W. Perry, Berlin Duet, Corvus (novel which endures the devastations of war from early Hollywood to pre-war Vienna to the ruins of Soviet Berlin)

Jodi Picoult, By Any Other Name, Ballantine (a novel about two women, centuries apart—one of whom is the real author of Shakespeare’s plays—who are both forced to hide behind another name)

Magdaléna Platzová, trans. Alex Zucker, Life After Kafka, Bellevue Literary Press (novel of Felice Bauer begins in 1935 as Felice and her children flee from Hitler’s Berlin, following her family and members of Kafka’s entourage)

Michelle Porter, A Grandmother Begins the Story, Algonquin (story of the unrivaled desire for healing and the power of familial bonds across five generations of Métis women)

Mark Pryor, A Blood Red Morning, Minotaur (in 1941, Paris detective Henri Lefort, must solve a complex case when a man is murdered on the policeman’s own doorstep)

Mary Jo Putney, Golden Lord, Kensington (second in historical romance series set on the rugged Cornish coast and in war-torn France)

Alejandro Puyana, Freedom is a Feast, Little, Brown (a multigenerational, Latin American saga of love and revolution in which a young man abandons his family for the cause and receives a late-life chance at redemption)

Kate Quinn, Ruth Downie, Stephanie Dray, Eliza Knight, Vicky Alvear, SJA Turney, Russell Whitfield, A Year of Ravens, William Morrow (a novel of Boudica’s rebellion against the might of Rome)

Ruthvika Rao, The Fertile Earth, Flatiron/Oneworld (debut that is equal parts historical, political, and human, about the enduring ties of love and family loyalty)

Heather Redmond, Death and the Visitors, Kensington (1814; stepsisters Mary and Jane are caught up in a mystery involving a drowned Russian and missing diamonds, while falling for the charms of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron)

Ava Reid, Lady Macbeth, Del Rey (a reimagining of Shakespeare’s most famous villainess, giving her a voice that transforms the story men have written for her)

Alix Rickloff, The Last Light Over Oslo, William Morrow (follows one of the first female US Ministers, Daisy Harriman, and her fictional niece as the two are unexpectedly caught up in the German invasion of Norway)

Abigail Rose-Marie, The Moonflowers, Lake Union (an artist unravels her mysterious family history and its generations of women who depended on each other to survive)

Emma Royal, The Palace Girl’s Secret, Penguin (1952; Helen holds the key to royal secrets that could lead to a front-page story for an eager journalist)

Jennifer Saint, Hera, Flatiron (tale of a powerful Greek goddess maligned in both myth and ancient history)

Katharine Schellman, A Scandal in Mayfair, Crooked Lane (London 1817; socialite Lily Adler must race against time to catch a killer)

Sarah Seltzer, The Singer Sisters, Flatiron (novel moves between ’60s folk clubs and ’90s music festivals, chronicling the ups and downs of stardom)

Elif Shafak, There Are Rivers in the Sky, Knopf (dual time-frame narrative entwines three outsiders with a single drop of water which remanifests across centuries, featuring the Tigris and the Thames, which transcend history and fate)

Laura Shepperson, The Heir of Venus, Alcove Press/Sphere (reimagines the story of Aeneas and the women once left at the fringes of his story)

Wilbur Smith, Fire on the Horizon, Zaffre (new Ballantyne family sequel to The Triumph of the Sun and King of Kings, set in South Africa, 1899)

Sarah Stewart Taylor, Agony Hill, St. Martin’s (novel set in rural small-town Vermont in the volatile 1960s)

S. M. Stirling, To Turn the Tide, Baen (a time travel military adventure in which a professor and his students go back to the late Roman Empire; historical sci-fi fantasy)

Anna Stuart, The Resistance Sisters, Bookouture (World War Two novel inspired by the true stories of the brave women who fought in the Warsaw Uprising)

Marielle Thompson, The Last Witch in Edinburgh, Kensington (blends witchcraft, queer love, a vibrant Edinburgh setting, and Scottish folklore in a story exploring what it means to resist the patriarchy and find your voice)

Fiona Valpy, The Sky Beneath Us, Lake Union (story of love and loss, courage and adventure, set in 1930s and 2020)

Alexandra Vasti, Ne’er Duke Well, Corvus (a scandalous duke enlists the help of the most proper debutante in London to save his reputation)

James Wade, Hollow Out the Dark, Blackstone (a gothic adventure set against a Depression-era landscape where a whiskey war threatens to decimate a small Texas town)

Boo Walker, An Echo in Time, Lake Union (historical romance in which a woman delves into a centuries-old murder to find the truth behind her self-destructive behavior)

Christine Wells, The Paris Gown, William Morrow (tale of three young women in 1950s Paris who share a single dazzling Christian Dior gown)

J. P. White, The Last Tale of Norah Bow, Regal House (a story about family secrets, self-reliance, and the complicated nature of memory, set in 1926, during Prohibition)

Emily H. Wilson, Gilgamesh, Titan Books (second book in the Sumerians trilogy, as Gilgamesh is soon to be crowned King of Uruk)

Shelley Wood, The Leap Year Gene, HarperCollins (1916; story follows the lives of the McKinleys, a family forever altered by a daughter’s secret)

September 2024

Feurat Alani, trans. Adriana Hunter, I Remember Fallujah, Other Press (novel of memory, identity, and generational trauma, painting a layered portrait of Iraq from the 1950s to the 2000s)

Tasha Alexander, Death by Misadventure, Minotaur (Lady Emily must solve a string of high stakes “accidents” while trapped in a lavish villa in the Bavarian Alps)

Libby Ashworth, The Market Girl, Penguin (romance saga set in Lancashire)

Ronald H. Balson, A Place to Hide, St. Martin’s (WWII-era; explores the deeply-moral actions of an ordinary man who resolves, under perilous circumstances, to make a difference)

Catherine Bardon, trans. Tina Kover, The Ogre’s Daughter, Europa Editions (turbulent life story of Flor de Oro Trujillo, the eldest child of one of the world’s most brutal dictators)

Joanna Barker, So True a Love, Shadow Mountain (London 1803; danger and passion collide when a plucky young woman becomes embroiled in a Bow Street investigation alongside a handsome officer)

Ron Base and Prudence Emery, Princess of the Savoy, Douglas & McIntyre (reluctant Canadian crime-fighter Priscilla Tempest joins forces with her would-be lover on an adventure to untangle a deadly web of conspiracy)

Louis Bayard, The Wildes: A Novel in Five Acts, Algonquin (a story about Oscar Wilde’s wife Constance and their two sons in the aftermath of the famous playwright’s imprisonment for homosexuality)

James R. Benn, The Phantom Patrol, Soho Crime (1944, German border; an investigation into a gang of Nazi-affiliated art thieves leads Billy Boyle and his comrades directly into the line of fire)

D. V. Bishop, A Divine Fury, Macmillan (Cesare Aldo thriller set against the backdrop of the Medici dynasty in 1530s Renaissance Florence)

Fiona Britton, Violet Kelly and the Jade Owl, Allen & Unwin (Sydney, 1930; a centuries-old curse, a house of secrets and a young woman determined to find out the truth. Debut historical crime)

Jennifer S. Brown, The Whisper Sister, Lake Union (coming-of-age story set in Prohibition-era New York, tracing one immigrant family’s fortunes and a young girl’s journey from schoolyard to speakeasy)

Ciar Byrne, A Deadly Discovery, Headline Accent (when a young man is murdered, writer Virginia Woolf and her artistic sister, Vanessa, are forced to take the investigation into their own hands in this cosy mystery)

Deborah Carr, Neighbors at War, One More Chapter (when German forces invade the Channel Islands and the citizens of Jersey are cut off from the rest of the UK, the island residents bond together to resist the enemy)

Elizabeth Chadwick, The Royal Rebel, Sphere/Mobius (1338; first in duology of Joan of Kent, cousin to Edward III, and her romance with Thomas Holland)

Elaine Chiew, The Light Between Us, Neem Tree Press (Southeast Asian historical romance that defies time and space as an archivist explores Singapore’s tumultuous past through a supernatural connection. Present day and 1920s)

Genevieve Cogman, Elusive, Tor UK (historical fantasy follow-up to Scarlet, Revolutionary France run by aristocratic vampires)

Angela K. Couch, When the Mountain Crumbled, Barbour (fourth of six novels featuring historic disasters that transformed landscapes and multiple lives)

Allison A. Davis, But Not For Me, Bronzeville Books (1958, San Francisco; as an influx of organized crime and redevelopment transforms the city, racial and political tensions rise when a Black real estate magnate is murdered)

Sarah Day, Night Climbing, Legend Press (inspired by the true story of ‘The Black Forest Tragedy’, in April 1936, when a group of schoolboys on a trip from London left their youth hostel in Freiburg to go hiking)

Michael Deeb, Duty Accomplished, Addison & Highsmith (third installment in Drieborg Chronicles series, delves into the tumultuous years of the American Civil War)

Andrea Jo DeWerd, What We Sacrifice for Magic, Alcove Press (coming-of-age novel following three generations of witches in the 1960s)

Donna Douglas, Nurses on Call, Century (thirteenth entry in the Nightingales series)

Lesley Eames, A Foundling at the Wartime Bookshop, Transworld (fifth entry in the WWII series)

Rosie Goodwin, Our Fair Lily, Zaffre (everything turns upside down for parlor maid, Lily, when she becomes lady’s maid to her aristocratic employers’ daughter, who is pregnant with her lover’s illegitimate child)

Asha Greyling, The Vampire of Kings Street, Crooked Lane (gothic fantasy novel in which a newly minted lawyer in 19th century New York, finds her first client is a vampire accused of murder)

Michelle Griep, Of Gold and Shadows, Bethany House (1888 Victorian England; a tale of love, mystery, and intrigue set against the backdrop of the gaslit streets of Oxford, England)

Jay G. Grubb, Land of Sins and Promise, BQB Publishing (second son of a Yorkshire baron becomes a foreign correspondent in New York, covering low-life stories, but a scandal threatens to destroy his identity)

Barbara Hambly, Saving Susy Sweetchild, Severn House (murder mystery set in Hollywood, 1924)

Robert Harris, Precipice, Harper/Hutchinson Heinemann (story of passion, intrigue, and betrayal set in England in the months leading to the Great War)

Anne Hawk, The Pages of the Sea, Biblioasis (on a Caribbean island in the mid-1960s, a young girl copes with the heavy cost of migration)

Rosie Hewlett, The Witch of Colchis, Sourcebooks Landmark (retelling of Medea’s story with a strong feminist twist)

Sam K. Horton, Gorse, Solaris (folkloric dark fantasy of faith, magic and belief, set in 18th century Cornwall)

Anna Lee Huber, The Cold Light of Day, Kensington (amid the glitz and glamour of 1920s high society, the intrigue of the Great War persists, as Secret Service agent Verity Kent embarks on her most dangerous mission yet)

Lee Jackson, Into the Cauldron, Severn River (in the vast theater of World War II, the fate of one family weaves into the larger tapestry of the fight)

Wayne Karlin, The Genizah, Publerati (author’s reimagining his family’s lives, if they had not come to America but stayed in his mother’s village in Poland where the rest of her extended family were murdered by the Nazis in 1941)

Ghada Karmi, Murjana, Interlink (spring, 830; tale of love and passion in medieval Baghdad)

Lee Kelly, Jennifer Thorne, The Starlets, Harper Muse (1958; two longtime rival starlets discover a dark side to the glamour of old Hollywood on a remote Italian island)

Crystal King, In the Garden of Monsters, Mira (Italy, 1948; novel of the model and muse for Salvador Dali)

Noémi Kiss-Deáki, Mary and the Rabbit Dream, Coach House (feminist reimagining of the story of Mary Toft, the rabbit-birthing hoaxer)

Sarah E. Ladd, The Cloverton Charade, Thomas Nelson (a house party in Regency England provides the perfect opportunity for two rival antiquity brokers to scope out a potentially valuable collection and a romance)

Soraya Lane, The Paris Daughter, Bookouture (WWII dual timeline novel about family secrets and forbidden love)

Shauna Lawless, The Land of the Living and the Dead, Ad-Astra (Ireland, 1011 AD; third in historical fantasy series set in medieval Ireland)

Gemma Liviero, An Age of Winters, Lake Union (in 1625, in the Franconian village of Eisbach, Reverend Zacharias Engel, is appointed by Rome to cure the village of suspected diabolism)

Shawntelle Madison, The Fallen Fruit, Amistad (a woman travels through time to end a family curse that has plagued her ancestors for generations)

Madeline Martin, The Booklover’s Library, Hanover Square (WWII story about a mother and daughter in wartime England and the power of books that bring them together)

Shannon McNear, Virginia, Barbour (the colony at Roanoke disappeared into the shadows of history. But, what if at least one person survived?)

Catriona McPherson, The Witching Hour, Mobius (new entry in the Lady Dandy Gilver and Alec Osbourne murder mystery series)

Moira Millán, trans. Charlotte Whittle, Train to Oblivion, Lake Union (story of love and loss across three generations as the railroad came to Patagonia, forever changing the landscape and its peoples)

J. M. Miro, Bringer of Dust, Flatiron (Agrigento, Sicily, 1883; sequel to Ordinary Monsters moves from the underworld of the London exiles, to the mysteries of nineteenth-century Sicily, to the catacombs hidden under Paris)

Heather B. Moore, Lady Flyer, Shadow Mountain (set against the backdrop of WWII, a young woman’s love of flying becomes an epic fight for identity and equality)

Michelle Moran, Maria, Dell (novel based on the inspirational story of Maria von Trapp, a reminder that the truth is usually more complicated—and more compelling—than the stories immortalized by Hollywood)

Ginny Kubitz Moyer, A Golden Life, She Writes (a journey to 1930s California in which a woman must choose between friendship and her own secrets)

Julie Owen Moylan, Circus of Mirrors, Michael Joseph (1926 romance featuring two sisters and the Babylon Circus where reality and fantasy merge)

Elizabeth Murphy, The Weather Diviner, Breakwater Books (1942; a story of self-discovery—not just for one young woman, but for Newfoundland itself)

Chris Nickson, Them Without Pain, Severn House (Simon Westow, the city’s thief-taker, must confront betrayal, history and murder in 19th-century Leeds)

Cheryl Parisien, The Unweaving, Tidewater Press (in 1869, threatened by encroaching colonialism, one Métis family struggles to protect their way of life in the new Dominion of Canada)

Pier Paolo Pasolini, The City of Mist, Rare Bird (a tale of a night of desperate and cruel bravado, set in Milan, 1959)

Andrea Penrose, Murder at King’s Crossing, Kensington (Wrexford and Charlotte must risk all they hold dear to deconstruct a sinister conspiracy in book 8 of the series)

Cynthia Reeves, The Last Whaler, Regal House (a beluga whaler, and his wife, a botanist specializing in Arctic flora, are stranded during the dark season of 1937-38 at his remote whaling station when they misjudge ice conditions)

Lucinda Riley, Harry Whittaker, The Hidden Girl, Macmillan (from the ghettos of Europe during WWII to New York’s Fifth Avenue, novel traces the life of Leah Thompson, who rises from humble beginnings to take the modelling world by storm)

Vanessa Riley, Murder in Berkeley Square, Kensington (historical mystery series follows a resourceful heroine whose notorious past and detecting talent crosses paths with a killer)

Gareth Rubin, Holmes and Moriarty, S&S UK (Holmes and Watson, have been hired by an actor who needs to find out why the audience who comes to see him perform every night are the same people, only wearing disguises)

Aimie K. Runyan, Mademoiselle Eiffel, William Morrow (novel set in 19th-century Paris tells the story of Claire Eiffel, a woman who played a significant role in maintaining her family’s legacy to the city of Paris)

Lynsay Sands, The Highlander’s Return, Avon (newest installment of the Highland Brides series brings a tale of betrayal, clan secrets, and slow burning passion)

Mara Schiffren, The Mistake, Woodhall Press (early 2nd century CE; a tale of family dynamics and personal growth against the backdrop of a world on the cusp of change)

Will Self, Elaine, Grove (a portrait of motherhood and sublimated desire, where a woman pushes back against the strictures of 1950s America by undertaking a disastrous affair)

Jim Schutze, Pontiac, Deep Vellum Publishing (1960; in the inner sanctum of an elite boarding school, boys test their boundaries and class when they welcome an outsider)

Susan Stokes-Chapman, The Shadow Key, Harper Perennial (on an isolated estate in late-eighteenth-century rural Wales, a young English doctor uncovers dangerous secrets that may threaten his own life)

Aurélie Thiele, The Paris Understudy, Alcove Press (debut novel brings to life the choices Parisians had to make under Nazi occupation)

Olga Tokarczuk, trans. Antonia Lloyd-Jones, The Empusium, Riverhead (set in a sanitarium on the eve of World War I, probes the horrors that lie beneath our most hallowed ideas)

Carrie Turansky, A Token of Love, Bethany House (dual-time tale weaves a story of two eras bridged by the quest for love and truth; set in 1885 and present-day London)

Erica Vetsch, A Thieving at Carlton House, Kregel (inspirational romance in which unlikely alliances form when there’s a killer on the loose)

Galina Vromen, Hill of Secrets, Lake Union (in a desert outpost, in 1943, nuclear scientists and their families face the toll of the secrets they keep from the world and from each other)

Laura Jensen Walker, Death of a Flying Nightingale, Level Best (story of courageous women who found solace and camaraderie in the lasting friendships forged in war)

Terry Watada, Hiroshima Bomb Money, NeWest Press (novel delves into the Pacific War, looking at WWII from a Japanese perspective)

Jamie West, Murder at the Matinee, Brabinger (gay playwright detective Bertie Carroll returns for the second book in golden-age-style whodunnit, set in the theatreland of 1930s London)

Jen Wheeler, A Cure for Sorrow, Lake Union (novel about the power of science, the nature of love, and the enigma of the supernatural, set in Gilded Age Manhattan)

Roseanna M. White, Christmas at Sugar Plum Manor, Bethany House (Edwardian-era historical romance is a tale of holiday spirit, love, and the power of family and friendship)

Tracey Enerson Wood, Katharine, the Wright Sister, Sourcebooks Landmark (shines a spotlight on one of the most overlooked women in history, and the sacrifices she made so that others might fly)

Kimberley Woodhouse, A Hope Unburied, Bethany House (journey through the landscapes of the Bone Wars era, where love and ambition collide)

Caroline Woods, The Mesmerist, Doubleday (in 1894 Minneapolis, three very different women must work together to stop a killer)

October 2024

Mesu Andrews, Brave: The Story of Ahinoam, Bethany House (biblical-era series weaves a narrative of resilience and the transformative power of faith)

John Banville, The Drowned, Hanover Square (mystery about a woman’s sudden disappearance in a small coastal town in Ireland, where nothing is as it seems)

Pepper Basham, Hope Like Wildflowers, Barbour (story returns to the mountains of 1910s Appalachia)

Jude Berman, The Vow, She Writes (feminist historical fiction brings 18th-century painter Angelica Kauffman to life)

Emily Bleeker, When We Chased the Light, Lake Union (during WWII a Hollywood legend rises from canteen dream girl to starlet to bona fide legend, all in the shadow of her past and the guilt, longing, and buried truths)

Kimberly Brock, The Fabled Earth, Harper Muse (a story of family lore and the power of finding your own voice as Southern mythology and personal reckoning collide with a changing world)

Jason Brown, Outermark, Paul Dry Books (ferries the reader between the 1980s, and the 18th & 19th centuries, days of sailing ships to the East Indies and conflicts between the earliest Natives and new colonial settlers)

Diana R. Chambers, The Secret War of Julia Child, Sourcebooks Landmark (story explores the unlikely world of a woman in World War II spy station who has no idea of the impact she’ll eventually impart)

Colleen Cambridge, Murder Takes the Stage, Kensington (Phyllida Bright, Agatha Christie’s esteemed housekeeper, discovers a killer stalking the stages of London’s illustrious theaters)

Mary Connealy, Into the Sunset, Bethany House (tale of danger, romance, and second chances on the Western frontier. Third in the A Western Light trilogy)

Bernard Cornwell, Sharpe’s Storm, HarperCollins UK (book 19 in the Sharpe series)

Diney Costeloe, The Girls Who Dared to Love, Aria (a wartime nurse brings hope in the dark days of WWI)

Patrick Dearen, The Big Dry, TCU Press (explores race relations against the backdrop of the Big Dry, a devastating drought in the 1880s in Texas)

Cécile Desprairies, trans. Natasha Lehrer, The Propagandist, New Vessel Press (novel gives rare insight into a French female proponent of fascist ideology during WWII)

Loretta Ellsworth, The French Winemaker’s Daughter, Harper (WWII story told in in the voices of two women, generations apart, who find themselves connected by a valuable bottle of wine stolen by the Nazis)

Francine Falk-Allen, A Wolff in the Family, She Writes (saga of prejudice, passion, and revenge, based on a true story)

Lily Fielding, Orphan of the Storm, Transworld (19th-century saga about found family, romance and triumph over adversity)

Jaima Fixsen, The Specimen, Poisoned Pen Press (1826; based loosely on the Burke and Hare murders, story of a man who terrorized the streets of Edinburgh… and the woman determined to stop him)

Eric Flint and Jody Lynn Nye, 1635: The Weaver’s Code, Baen (new Ring of Fire series entry; a young gentlewoman finds her fate twisted into the lives of the up-timers when she meets the Americans imprisoned in the Tower of London)

Katie Flynn, The Winter Runaway, Century (first installment of a new saga series)

Nada Gašic, trans. Ellen Elias-Bursac, Water, Spiderweb, Sandorf Passage (the 1964 Sava River flood sets in motion this literary thriller)

Hazel Gaynor, Heather Webb, Christmas with the Queen, William Morrow (1952; as the nation eagerly awaits the Queen’s first televised Christmas speech, there is one final gift for the Christmas season to deliver)

John MacLachlan Gray, Mr. Good-Evening, Douglas & McIntyre (1920s-era murder mystery; third in series called Raincoast Noir)

Mortada Gzar (trans. Luke Leafgren), The River Knows My Name, Amazon Crossing (novel about a girl’s liberating self-discovery in early 20th century Basra, Iraq)

Matthew Harffy, Dark Frontier, Aries (a historical adventure set in the American west of the late nineteenth century)

Arlem Hawks, Across the Star-Kissed Sea, Shadow Mountain (1811; a lady’s maid at sea must navigate rough waters, deadly combat, and unexpected love)

Yuri Herrera, Season of the Swamp, Graywolf Press (New Orleans, 1853; a young exile named Benito Juárez disembarks at the port city. Years later, he will become the first indigenous head of state in the postcolonial Americas)

Mike Hollow, The Soho Murder, Allison & Busby (Blitz Detective DI John Jago uncovers a hidden world of obsessive book collectors and unscrupulous dealers in December 1940)

Joanne Howard, Sleeping in the Sun, She Writes (two visitors arrive at a boarding house in India where an American boy is coming of age during the British Raj, challenging the family’s sense of home)

Jonathan L. Howard, The Shadow on the Glass, Aconyte (1891; when two spiritist swindlers accidentally summon something horrific, they must thwart a sinister time-spanning plot in this gaslight historical fantasy)

Luis Jaramillo, The Witches of El Paso, Atria/Primero Sueno Press (1943 and present day; a lawyer and her elderly great-aunt use their supernatural gifts to find a lost child)

Joy Jordan-Lake, Echoes of Us, Lake Union (story of an unlikely friendship formed between men during war and the legacy that will live on)

Ariel Kaplan, The Republic of Salt, Erewhon (sequel to The Pomegranate Gate, set in 1500s Spain, in which Toba, Naftaly, and their allies must defend a city under siege)

Julia Kelly, Betrayal at Blackthorn Park, Minotaur (former typist Evelyne Redfern is eager for her first assignment as a field agent helping Britain win the war, but things become complicated by a murder)

Vanessa Kelly, Murder in Highbury, Kensington (new series in which Emma Knightley entertains a different role in Highbury—going from clever matchmaker to Regency England’s shrewdest sleuth)

Katrina Kendrick, A Touch Wicked, Aria (romance between London’s most eligible bachelor and a penniless nobody)

Kathe Koja, Catherine the Ghost, Clash books (historical gothic horror remix of Wuthering Heights)

Daniel M. Lavery, Women’s Hotel, HarperVia (funny debut novel about the residents of a women’s hotel in 1960s New York City)

Pam Lecky, Under a Lightning Sky, Avon (novel set during the Blitz in 1940)

Lynda Cohen Loigman, The Love Elixir of August Stern, St. Martin’s (dual timeline story in which eighty-year-old Augusta is still haunted by the mistakes of her past and how her plan went so wrong)

A. J. Mackenzie, City of Woe, Canelo (Simon Merrivale accompanies an English delegation to Florence but when disaster strikes, Merrivale finds a dozen different factions out for his blood. Second in the series)

José Ángel Mañas, trans. Brendan Riley, Guerrero, Univ. of New Mexico Press (1512; novel based on real-life Spanish conquistador Gonzalo Guerrero, who defied Cortez and fought against Spain with his adopted Mayan tribe)

Heather Marshall, The Secret History of Audrey James, Hodder & Stoughton (dual timeline novel inspired by true stories of courageous women and the German resistance during WWII)

Moshe Zvi Marvit, Nothing Vast, Acre Books (multigenerational tale spanning 1932 to 1973 follows two families—one Moroccan, one Polish—filled with Zionists, anti-Zionists, socialists, and reactionaries)

Desideria Mesa, Bindle Punk Jefe, Harper Voyager (sequel to Bindle Punk Bruja in which Earth witch Rose Lane’s secret life comes to a breaking point as Prohibition is in full swing)

Alan Moore, The Great When, Bloomsbury (new historical fantasy series about murder, magic, and madness in post-WWII London)

Kate Mosse, The Map of Bones, Mantle (dual timeline conclusion to The Joubert Family Chronicles, set in southern Africa in 1688 and 1862)

Dale Neal, The Woman With the Stone Knife, Addison & Highsmith (imagines the life of a Cherokee woman exiled for 20 years in Georgian England, torn between two worlds and two choices)

Shelley Noble, The Colony Club, William Morrow (novel about the inception of the Colony Club, the first women’s club of its kind, set against the backdrop of Gilded Age New York)

Hanna Nordenhök, trans. Saskia Vogel, Caesaria, Book*hug Press (19th-century; part fairytale, part gothic novel in which a renowned obstetrician keeps a young girl that he once carved out of her mother’s body)

Laurie Notaro, The Murderess, Little a (true-crime novel about Winnie Ruth Judd, one of the twentieth century’s most notorious and enigmatic killers)

H. G. Parry, The Scholar and the Last Faerie Door, Redhook (1921; magical historical fantasy full of secret scholarship, faerie curses, and spells, set after the fae broke free on the battlefields on WWI)

Hesse Phillips, Lightborne, Pegasus (Tudor-era novel about outsiders caught in a relentless cycle of bloodshed and betrayal)

Anna Rasche, The Stone Witch of Florence, Park Row (debut that follows a young woman who harnesses the ancient magic of gemstones to investigate a series of crimes in plague-stricken Florence)

Alyson Richman, The Time Keepers, Union Square (sheds light on the personal stories of those whose lives were forever impacted by the devastation of war)

Rachel Robbins, The Sound of a Thousand Stars, Alcove Press (historical debut where two Jewish physicists form a bond amidst fear and uncertainty)

Lev AC Rosen, Rough Pages, Forge (1950s San Francisco; Private Detective Evander “Andy” Mills has to find a carefully guarded list of subscribers to queer books)

Del Sandeen, This Cursed House, Berkley (Southern gothic horror debut, in which a young Black woman abandons her life in 1960s Chicago for a position with a mysterious family in New Orleans)

Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, trans. Steven Rendall and Addie Leak, Paradises Lost: The Passage Through Time, Europa Editions (destined to live forever as an immortal, Noam travels through the centuries in search of the meaning of life)

Naomi Stephens, The Burning of Rosemont Abbey, Bethany House (1956; an Agatha Christie type whodunnit about love and redemption in a quaint British village)

Neal Stephenson, Polostan, William Morrow (set against the turbulent decades of the early twentieth century, this historical epic is the first in a trilogy of intrigue and international espionage)

Julian Stockwin, Admiral, Mobius (next installment in the Thomas Kydd series, after Sea of Treason)

Julia Park Tracey, Silence, Sibylline Press (literary Puritan tale of loss and redemption, based on the author’s own ancestor)

James Tucker, The Paris Escape, Lake Union (an heiress, her escort, and a young orphan must stick together during the tumultuous beginnings of World War I)

Douglas Unger, Dream City, Univ. of Nevada Press (unconventional tale of Las Vegas during the two delirious boom decades before the bust of the Great Recession)

Carrie Vaughn, The Naturalist Society, 47North (1880; tale of self-discovery about young widow who taps into the power that will change the world—if the man’s world she lives in doesn’t destroy her and her newfound friends first)

Anneka R. Walker, The Gentleman’s Confession, Shadow Mountain (1822; Jemma turns to her best friend, Miles, for guidance on how to win a man’s heart)

Kate Wiseman, The Red Tunic, Neem Tree Press (history and gender issues are intertwined in a WW1 historical romance)

Samantha Greene Woodruff, The Trade Off, Lake Union (a brilliant and ambitious young woman strives to find her place amid the promise and tumult of 1920s Wall Street)

Jaime Jo Wright, Specters in the Glass House, Bethany House (1921 and present day; weaves a tale of mystery, legacy, and the relentless pursuit of truth across two distinct eras)

November 2024

Tessa Afshar, The Queen’s Cook, Bethany House (left destitute and adrift by her father’s death, Roxannah approaches a Jewish physician to help her find employment in Queen Esther’s kitchens)

Adriana Allegri, The Sunflower House, St. Martins (family secrets come to light as a young woman tries to save herself, and others, in a Nazi-run baby factory during World War II)

Jim Beane, The Deadening, Mandel Vilar Press (set in the early 1920s, a story of two American doughboys, both casualties, back from the WWI and the paths they travel — literal and existential)

Xavier Bosch, trans. Samantha Mateo, What the Light Touches, Amazon Crossing (dual timeline novel about a woman on the cusp of middle age, set in 1940 and 2008)

Michelle Cameron, Napoleon’s Mirage, She Writes (saga of love set during the Napoleonic invasion of Egypt that explores loyalty, cultural failures, and a potentially history-altering military defeat)

Clare Chambers, Shy Creatures, Mariner (period piece about secrets and lies in postwar Britain, when an art teacher at a psychiatric hospital finds her life turned upside down by the arrival of a mysterious patient)

Monica Chenault-Kilgore, The Jewel of the Blues, Graydon House (spotlights the romance, danger and drama in the backstage life of a young performer in Jazz Age America)

Patricia Clough, Trail to Treason, Rising Action (based on a true WWI story, an era where war rages not just across battlefields but within the very souls of those caught in its grasp)

Celeste Connally, All’s Fair in Love and Treachery, Minotaur (Regency-era mystery series with a feminist spin)

Yvette Manessis Corporon, Daughter of Ruins, Harper Muse (tale steeped in history, culture, and myths of Greece, that follows three women as they fight to become the women they were meant to be)

Angela K. Couch, Carolyn Miller, Naomi Musch, Kari Trumbo, Courting the Country Preacher, Barbour (four inspirational historical stories of faith, hope and falling in love)

Emma Denny, All the Painted Stars, HQ (historical romance set in Oxfordshire, 1362)

Hélène Dorion, trans. Jonathan Kaplansky, Not Even the Sound of a River, Book*hug Press (tale of love as shared through the relationships between three generations of mothers and daughters)

Jim Eldridge, Murder at Whitechapel Road Station, Allison & Busby (1941; when Coburg and Lampson examine a murder scene, they surmise the victim could be one of Jack the Ripper’s kills)

Sharon Lynn Fisher, Grimm Curiosities, 47North (in Victorian England, a young woman inherits her father’s curiosity shop and all its ghostly secrets)

Nicole Glover, The Improvisers, Harper Voyager (1930s America; the tale of Velma, a barnstorming pilot and former magic bootlegger, who pursues dangerous enchanted items and a mystery through time)

Elizabeth Hobbs, Misery Hates Company, Crooked Lane (a young woman is invited to a mysterious relative’s estate and winds up entangled in a murder investigation)

Kristen Holt-Browning, Ordinary Devotion, Monkfish (interwoven medieval and modern stories of an anchoress, her handmaiden, and the adjunct professor searching for them across centuries)

Morgan Howell, The Moon Won’t Talk, Regal House (1966; coming-of-age cross-genre fantasy in a world where people, both ordinary and extraordinary, are driven to do the right thing, no matter the cost or odds)

Kristi Jones, Murder in the Ranks, Crooked Lane (World War II debut mystery filled with spies, murder, and a touch of romance)

Theodor Kallifatides, trans. Marlaine Delargy, Mothers and Sons, Other Press (autofiction of the author’s family history through the 20th century, told through the aging writer’s reminiscences to his elderly mother)

Ann Hanigan Kotz, Moonshine by Moonlight, BookPress (weaves a fictional story of the bootlegging era in 1923 Iowa, while exposing the power struggle between the law and the lawless)

Hannah Linder, Never Forgotten, Barbour (a gothic style Regency romance)

J. C. Maetis, The Fortune Teller of Berlin, Penguin (story of one woman’s fight to overturn Hitler, inspired by true events)

Robert Marro, Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Love, Post Hill Press (follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s quest to rediscover true love after his harrowing Christmas Eve)

Frank McAdams, California Rain, Blank Slate (Los Angeles, 1950; a noir set against the infamous Hollywood Blacklist)

Clara McKenna, Murder at Glenloch Hill, Kensington (on a weekend trip to the Scottish countryside, a prestigious golf tournament becomes a deadly game of murder)

Gabrielle Meyer, Across the Ages, Bethany House (a time-slip novel of romance and adventure set in 1727 and 1927)

Laura Morelli, The Keeper of Lost Art, William Morrow (during World War II, a girl makes a connection with a boy sheltering in her family’s Tuscan villa, where the treasures of the Uffizi Galleries are hidden)

Sacha Naspini, trans. Clarissa Botsford, The Bishop’s Villa, Europa Editions (a story of love, redemption, and resistance set in Italy during WWII)

David Peace, Munichs, W. W. Norton (1958; novel of tragedy and hope inspired by one of the greatest disasters in sporting history)

Tracie Peterson, A Truth Revealed, Bethany House (an inspirational Christian frontier fiction romance)

Jacquie Pham, Those Opulent Days, Atlantic Monthly (a classic historical murder mystery centered around the glamor, violence, wealth, and opium of 1920’s French-colonial Vietnam)

A. D. Rhine, Daughters of Bronze, Dutton (spotlights the stories of the key women of Troy – Andromache, Rhea, Helen and Cassandra)

Noelle Salazar, The Lies We Leave Behind, Mira (story follows a nurse who must leave love behind when duty calls her back to the front)

Peter Selgin, A Boy’s Guide to Outer Space, Regal House (spotlights a little-known footnote of WWII, when thousands of German POWs were interred in camps across the US, while fictionalizing the saga of one German POW who remained in hiding for decades)

James D. Shipman, A Time for Defiance, Kensington (a tale of sisterhood, survival, and resistance, featuring a young woman in Nazi-occupied Holland who joins a unique taskforce within the Dutch Resistance)

Rosemary Simpson, Death Takes the Lead, Kensington (when mysterious deaths plague a new Scottish play, Prudence and her partner Geoffrey are called in to investigate at one of Broadway’s theatres)

Ashley E. Sweeney, The Irish Girl, She Writes 19th-century family saga about the Irish immigrant experience spanning New York, Chicago, and Colorado)

Roseanna M. White, An Honorable Deception, Bethany House (three people involved in a private investigation firm soon learn that the gentry isn’t always noble . . . and truth isn’t always honorable. The Imposter series book 3)

Niall Williams, Time of the Child, Bloomsbury (December 1962; a novel about the Christmas season that transforms the small Irish town of Faha, spotlighted in previous book This is Happiness)

Yang Shuang-zi, trans. Lin King, Taiwan Travelogue, Graywolf (1938; story of love between two women, nested in an artful exploration of language, history, and power)

December 2024

Rochelle Alers, Home and Away, Dafina (spanning eighty years, from Nashville in the 1930s and 1940s to present-day Chicago novel draws on the turbulent history of the Negro Baseball Leagues)

Jess Armstrong, The Secret of the Three Fates, Minotaur (American heiress Ruby Vaughn returns in a new mystery where the Scottish Hills hold ghosts of the past that threaten Ruby’s present)

Bernard Cornwell, Sharpe’s Storm, Harper US (book 19 in the Sharpe series)

A. Rae Dunlap, The Resurrectionist, Kensington (combines fact and fiction in a tale of the risks and rewards of scientific pursuit, the passions of its boldest pioneers, and the anatomy of human desire. Set in Edinburgh, 1828)

Rosa Kwon Easton, White Mulberry, Lake Union (debut set against the backdrop of WWII about a young Korean woman who passes as Japanese to save her and her son’s life)

Chelsea Iversen, The Peculiar Garden of Harriet Hunt, Sourcebooks Landmark (19th-C London; determined to free herself from controlling men, Harriet discovers that her garden is more than just a sanctuary)

Fabienne Josaphat, Kingdom of No Tomorrow, Algonquin (tells a story of Black love, self-determination, and the importance of revolution in the midst of injustice, in 1968)

Steve Kelton, John Bradshaw, The Familiar Stranger, Forge (a Hewey Calloway adventure set in 1904 West Texas)

Julie Klassen, The Seaside Homecoming, Bethany House (on the Devonshire coast the Summers sisters navigate romance, second chances, and the enduring strength of sisterhood)

Tom Kratman, Kacey Ezell, Justin Watson, 1919: The Romanov Rising, Baen (campaign to defeat the Bolsheviks and rescue Russia from a dark and terrible path continues, in a new alternate history)

Svenja Leiber, trans. Alta L. Price, Kazimira, Seagull Books (saga that traces the lives of five generations of resilient women from the late nineteenth century to the dawn of the twenty-first)

Charif Majdalani, trans. Ruth Diver, A History of the Big House, Other Press (family saga chronicles the rise and fall of the Nassar clan, as they navigate the 20th century, from the Ottoman Empire to the French Mandate)

Colin Mills, Bitter Passage, Lake Union (a 19th-century Arctic expedition descends into a chilling nightmare in a novel of discovery, rescue, deliverance, and survival by any means)

Rob Osler, The Case of the Missing Maid, Kensington (Chicago, 1898. Harriet Morrow is a new junior detective in the Windy City—and her first case proves more scandalous than a woman trading skirts for trousers)

Signe Pike, The Shadowed Land, Atria (Kingdom of Gododdin, AD 580; King Arthur and his contemporaries are reimagined in this series that resurrects historical figures who inspired one of our most enduring legends)

Renee Ryan, The Last Fashion House in Paris, Love Inspired (in the heart of occupied WWII Paris, an elegant fashion house is the unlikely headquarters of a daring resistance network)

Lisa Sandlin, Sweet Vidalia, Little, Brown (novel explores marriage, community, and the power of dignity for a fifty-seven-year-old woman forced to rebuild her life in 1960s Texas)

Sharon Short, Trouble Island, Minotaur (1932; a locked room mystery, and a portrait of a woman in crisis, suspense debut is inspired by a real island in Lake Erie)

Joanna Shupe, The Gilded Heiress, Avon (a story full of secrets and betrayal, set among the streets of New York City’s Gilded Age)

Liz Tolsma, What I Left For You, Barbour (dual timeline story set in 1939 and 2023; third in the Echoes of the Past Series)

Andrea Tompa, trans. Bernard Adams, Omertà: A Book of Silences, Seagull Books (explores the indomitable human spirit against the backdrop of Romania’s complex history in the 1950s and ’60s)

Lily Tuck, The Rest is Memory, Liveright (story of a young Catholic girl transported to Auschwitz in 1942)

Lilian West, Pretty Dead Things, Crooked Lane (dual timeline novel exposes one family’s secrets and the twisted lies that are hidden in small towns. Set in 1953 and present day)

Darcie Wilde, The Matter of the Secret Bride, Kensington (Set in Regency London, this Jane Austen-inspired mystery series features Rosalind Thorne, a young woman with a talent for helping ladies of the ton)

Karen Witemeyer, Cloaked in Beauty, Bethany House (a romantic fairy tale retelling that explores the power of true love conquering even the darkest of nights)

January 2025

Isa Arsén, The Unbecoming of Margaret Wolf, Putnam (mid-century novel about two Shakespearean actors, during one summer that will drive them closer or rip them apart)

Lauralee Bliss, When the Avalanche Roared, Barbour (one of six stories about historic disasters which transformed landscapes and lives)

Costanza Casati, Babylonia, Sourcebooks Landmark (novel based on a legend which tells of an orphan born into a life of toil and anonymity who rises from nothing to rule kingdoms and command armies)

Katherine Mezzacappa, The Ballad of Mary Kearney, Addison & Highsmith (set in County Down, Dublin, and London, story told through letters, diaries, testimonies, and trial proceedings, gives voice to Ireland’s tumultuous history)

Stacy Lynn Miller, The Songbird, Severn River (novel of espionage, love, and betrayal in WWII Brazil)

Elaine Neil Orr, Dancing Woman, Blair (portrait of a young female artist, torn between two men and two cultures, struggling to find her passion and her purpose in the 1960s)

Tom Ross, Miss Abracadabra, Deep Vellum Publishing (tells a story of intergenerational change and conflict in a Black American family in the pre-Civil Rights era)

A. L. Sowards, Beyond the Crescent Sky, Shadow Mountain (1383; as the Ottoman Empire extends its grip into the Balkans, events force Ivan and Helena to choose between loyalty or following their hearts)

Karen Tuft, Lady Anna’s Favor, Shadow Mountain (London, England, 1814; Lady Anna Clifton will stop at nothing to find her missing brother)

Susan C. Wilson, Helen’s Judgment, Neem Tree Press (first-person retelling that redefines the story of Greek mythology’s Helen of Troy)

Jane Yang, The Lotus Shoes, Park Row/Harper Canada/Sphere (set in 1800s; focuses on an enslaved maid and her wealthy mistress as they survive the restrictions placed on them as women)

Ellen Yardley, Eleanor and the Cold War, Kensington (1950s Cold War historical mystery debut featuring the former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s indispensable assistant)

February 2025

H.W. “Buzz” Bernard, Where the Dawn Comes Up Like Thunder, Severn River (amidst the turmoil of World War II, a daring Army Air Forces aviator is swept into an odyssey that will carry him to the far corners of the earth)

Jessica Bull, The Foreign Princess, Union Square (a witty murder mystery featuring Jane Austen as an intrepid sleuth— second installment in the Miss Austen Investigates series set in 1797)

Roger Celestin, The Delicate Beast, Bellevue Literary Press (a novel of a life lived in the shadow of history, portraying the pernicious legacy of political violence)

Lars Mytting, The Night of the Scourge, The Overlook Press (family drama set in WWII–era Norway)

Frances Quinn, The Lost Passenger, Simon & Schuster UK (1912; uplifting story about grabbing your chances with both hands, and being brave enough to find out who you really are)

Samuel M. Sargeant, Faith of Their Fathers, Neem Tree Press (historical thriller set in 11th-century Medieval Iceland)

March 2025

Caroline Scott, Greenfields, S&S UK (when Robert Bardsley arrives at Greenfields in spring, 1933, it is home to a collective of writers, artists, and musicians, until the cracks start to show)

Bridget Walsh, The Spirit Guide, Gallic (1879, London; scriptwriter Minnie Ward and ex-police officer Albert Easterbrook are drawn into a world of celebrities, ghosts and questionable cults)

April 2025

May 2025

Felicity York, The Quiet Wife, HarperNorth (1867; based on a true story; tale of a woman reinventing herself, while embarking on a forbidden love affair with American artist James Whistler)

June 2025

Madeline Hunter, The Lady Takes on London, Zebra (a headstrong heiress and an arrogant barrister debate the laws of love and reputation)


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