Forthcoming historical novels for 2019

The Historical Novel Society lists mainstream and small press titles set in the 1960s and earlier.  Details are compiled by Fiona Sheppard  (US & Canada) and Sarah Cuthbertson (UK), and are based on publisher descriptions.  This is a work in progress.  Other than short excerpts, please link to this page rather than copying the entries – thank you!

January 2019

Aharon Appelfeld, To the Edge of Sorrow, Pantheon (Jewish resistance fighters vs  Nazis during WWII)

Rosie Archer, The Bluebird Girls, Quercus (first in saga trilogy starring a WWII singing trio – the south coast’s answer to the Andrews Sisters)

Erin Bartels, We Hope for Better Things, Revell (a disgraced journalist discovers that the women in her family were testaments to love and courage in the face of war, persecution, and racism)

Stephanie Barron, That Churchill Woman, Ballantine (1880s-1890s England – captures the spirit of Winston Churchill’s mother, Jennie Jerome)

Peter Volodja Boe, Out of the Holocaust, Elm Hill (recounts the plight of two Jewish-born orphans in Latvia and Germany during WWI – inspirational)

Alan Bradley, The Golden Tresses of the Dead, Delacorte US / Orion UK (latest mystery featuring Flavia de Luce, the adolescent British chemist/busybody/sleuth)

Jordanna Max Brodsky, The Wolf in the Whale, Orbit (young Inuit shaman’s epic quest for survival in the frozen lands of North America in AD 1000)

Elizabeth Brooks, The Orphan of Salt Winds, Tin House (England, 1939 ―a gothic, psychological mystery and coming-of-age story)

Deborah Burrows, Ambulance Girls at War, Ebury (saga set during the London Blitz in WWII)

James Charlesworth, The Patricide of George Benjamin Hill, Skyhorse (literary suspense and family saga migrating from the Great Depression to the age of corporate greed and terrorism)

Jerome Charyn, The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King, Liveright (re-creates the voice of Theodore Roosevelt, the NYC police commissioner, Rough Rider, and soon- to-be 26th president)

Rory Clements, Nemesis, Zaffre (a race against time to unmask a Nazi spy)

Stephen Cox, Our Child of the Stars, Jo Fletcher (story of warmth, tenacity and generosity of spirit, set against the backdrop of the ever-changing decade of the 1960s)

Sophie Duffy, Betsy & Lilibet, Legend Times, (London, 1926: two baby girls are born just hours and miles apart. One you know as the Queen of England, but what of the other girl?)

Caroline Dunford, A Death at a Gentleman’s Club, Accent (murder mystery in 1913)

Jim Eldridge, Murder at the Fitzwilliam, Allison & Busby (first in Victorian mystery series)

Jim Eldridge, Murder at the British Museum, Allison & Busby (second in Victorian museum mystery series)

Robert Fabbri, Emperor of Rome, Corvus (last in fictionalised life of Roman emperor Vespasian, 1stC AD)

Lyndsay Faye, The Paragon Hotel, Putnam (historical thriller following a woman’s escape from Harlem to Oregon in 1921)

Katie Flynn, A Mother’s Love, Century (saga set in 1940 Liverpool)

Therese Anne Fowler, A Well-Behaved Woman, Two Roads (story of Alva Smith from a destitute Southern family who married a Vanderbilt and transformed New York society in the Gilded Age)

Edgardo Franzosini, The Animal Gazer, Head of Zeus (story of Rembrandt Bugatti, the 20th century’s greatest animal sculptor, a sensitive artist destroyed by the cruelties of WWI and the brother of the famous builder of luxury sports cars)

Laura Frantz, A Bound Heart, Revell (a Scottish laird and a simple lass are forced to move to colonial Virginia as indentured servants)

Marius Gabriel, The Parisians, Lake Union (Paris 1940― three women learn the true price of their proximity to the enemy:  for in the shadow of war, is anyone truly safe?)

Terry Gamble, The Eulogist, William Morrow (Ohio in the decades leading to Civil War- illuminates the immigrant experience, injustice of slavery, & the debts human beings owe to one another)

David R. Gillham, Annelies, Viking US / Fig Tree UK (alternate history; literary fiction imagining that Anne Frank survived the Holocaust)

Rosie Harris, Only Love Can Heal, Severn House (a post Great War romance)

Cora Harrison, Murder at the Queen’s Old Castle, Severn House (Reverend Mother, Bk 6)

Clarissa Harwood, Bear No Malice, Pegasus (story of love and lies, secrets and second chances in Edwardian England)

Emma Hornby, The Angel Makers, Transworld (19th-C historical saga set in Manchester)

Douglas Kennedy, The Great Wide Open, Hutchinson (reading a manuscript causes a 1980s book editor to delve into her past)

Kay Kenyon, Serpent in the Heather, Saga Press (England 1936―secret agent Kim Tavistock returns to solve another mystery—  the case of a serial killer with deep Nazi  ties)

Ayse Kulin (trans. Kenneth Dakan), Without a Country, Amazon Crossing (Germany 1930s  onwards―based on true events as four generations of a family struggle to forge their destinies)

Gemma  Liviero, The Road Beyond Ruin, Lake Union (1945 ― as an Italian POW heads home across a war-ravaged Germany, he encounters a young child beside his dead mother)

Catherine Lloyd, Death Comes to Bath, Kensington (newest in Kurland St. Mary mystery series, this one set in the spa town of Bath, England)

Lynda Cohen Loigman, The Wartime Sisters, St. Martin’s Press (two estranged sisters, each burdened with her own shocking secret, are reunited at the Springfield Armory in the early days of WWII)

Jennifer Macaire, The Soul of Time: The Time for Alexander, Book 6, Accent (Ashley and Alexander come face to face with the Thief of Souls – a druid with powers to stop time & change the future of the world)

David Mack, The Iron Codex, Tor (1954, Southeast Asia― the wizards of World War II become the sorcerers of the Cold War in this historical fantasy thriller)

Simon Mayo, Mad Blood Stirring, Pegasus (inspired by true events, novel recounts the story of the first ever all-black Shakespeare production, staged by segregated American prisoners of war)

Jess Montgomery, The Widows, Minotaur (Kinship, Ohio, 1924: inspired by the true story of Ohio’s first female sheriff)

Harold Nebenzal, Café Berlin, The Overlook Press (first published in 1991, Café Berlin offers a literary thriller of decadence and defiance during Nazi Germany’s rise to power)

Chris Nickson, The Hanging Psalm, Severn House (new historical mystery series set in Regency Leeds)

Jacqueline O’Mahony, A River in the Trees, Riverrun (modern Irish woman feels connection to female ancestor involved with a rebel soldier during the Irish independence war in 1919)

Alan Parks, February’s Son, Canongate (murder in 1970s Glasgow)

Tim Pears, The Redeemed, Bloomsbury (last in trilogy set in WWI West Country)

Tracie Peterson, Kimberley Woodhouse, Under the Midnight Sun: The Heart of Alaska, Book 3, Bethany House (historical romance set in 1929 Alaska)

Rosella Postorino, (trans. Leah Janeczko), At the Wolf’s Table, Flatiron (based on true story of a young woman who moved to a village near the Wolf’s Lair, and became one of Hitler’s food tasters)

Bill Pronzini, The Flimflam Affair: A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery, Forge (San Francisco, early 20th-century)

Audrey Reimann, A Daughter’s Shame, Ebury (saga of fatherless girl set in Macclesfield in WWII)

Suzanne Rindell, Eagle & Crane, Allison & Busby (two young men confront shocking truths and unlock long-held family secrets during the US internment of Japanese immigrants in World War II)

Candace Robb, A Murdered Peace, Pegasus (York, England, winter 1400― Kate Clifford finds herself working to prove the innocence of her long-time confidante)

Jennifer Robson, The Gown, William Morrow (an historical novel about Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown—and the fascinating women who made it)

Ian Ross, Triumph in Dust, Head of Zeus (last in military adventure series set in the late Roman Empire)

Paula Saunders, The Distance Home, Picador (how the lives of two siblings in 1960s America are affected by their childhoods)

Diane Setterfield, Once Upon a River, Transworld (mystery set in the 19thC around the Thames, brimming with folklore, suspense, science and romance)

Cathy Sharp, The Girl in the Ragged Shawl, HarperCollins (first in a new series: The Children of the Workhouse)

Laura Shepherd-Robinson, Blood and Sugar, Mantle (murder mystery set in 18thC London)

Alessandro Spina, (trans. André Naffis-Sahely), The Fourth Shore, Arcade (maps the transformation of Benghazi from a sleepy 1910s Ottoman backwater to the second capital of a 1960s oil-rich kingdom)

Magda Szabó, trans. Len Rix, Katalin Street, MacLehose (the lives of three closely linked families in pre-WWII Budapest are shattered by the German occupation)

Jen Turano, Flights of Fancy: American Heiresses #1, Bethany House (follows three American heiresses as they navigate the paths of love in 1880s New England high society)

Sonia Velton, Blackberry and Wild Rose, Quercus (Huguenot silk weaver rescues prostitute in 18th-C Spitalfields but the kindness has disastrous consequences)

Eric Vuillard, The Order of the Day, Picador (fictional account of the meetings and events that led up to WWII)

Mary Wood, The Forgotten Daughter, Pan (The Girls Who Went To War Trilogy Book #1)

Jaime Jo Wright, The Curse of Misty Wayfair, Bethany House (suspenseful multi-period novel taking place in Wisconsin, 1908, and a century later)

February 2019

Susana Aikin, We Shall See the Sky Sparkling, Kensington (an Edwardian woman defies convention by fleeing to Russia with a theatre troupe)

Boris Akunin, The Coronation, The Mysterious Press (a tale of abduction and intrigue set during the build-up to the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II)

V.S. Alexander, The Irishman’s Daughter, Kensington (Ireland 1845 – novel of strength and resilience set against the backdrop of the Irish famine)

Lindsay Jayne Ashford, The Snow Gypsy, Lake Union (London, close of World War II―novel of two women—one determined to uncover the past and the other determined to escape it)

Yvonne Battle-Felton, Remembered, Dialogue (Philadelphia, 1910: Spring, an emancipated slave, is forced to relive a haunting past in order to lead her dying son home)

Paul Binding, The Stranger from the Sea, The Overlook Press (re-imagination of characters from Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea, set against backdrop of a late 19th-c English town harboring many secrets)

Mike Blakely, A Sinister Splendor, Forge (1845― novel of the Mexican-American War)

Rhys Bowen, The Victory Garden, Lake Union (novel of a woman’s love and sacrifice during WWI)

T. C. Boyle, Outside Looking In, Bloomsbury (1960s Harvard. The world is changing, and Dr Timothy Leary is hosting clinical trials for a drug called LSD in his living room)

Alan Brennert, Daughter of Moloka’i, St. Martin’s Press (two women—different in some ways, similar in others—who never expected to meet, much less come to love one another)

Theodore Brun, Sacred Storm, Corvus (8th-C Viking epic)

Mary Calvi, Dear George, Dear Mary, St. Martin’s Press (novel about heiress Mary Philipse’s relationship with George Washington, based on historical accounts, letters, and personal journals)

Elizabeth Camden, A Desperate Hope, Bethany House (historical romance in New York, 1908)

Christian Cameron, The New Achilles, Orion (first in new series set in Ancient Greece)

David Caringer, Decision at Fletcher’s Mill, Elm Hill (inspirational novel of the American Revolution set in South Carolina, 1871)

Christopher Castellani, Leading Men, Viking (story of desire, artistic ambition, and fidelity, set in the glamorous literary and film circles of 1950s Italy)

Mary Chamberlain, The Hidden, Point Blank (secrets kept by two people trapped on the Channel Islands under German occupation in WWII)

Yangsze Choo, The Night Tiger, Flatiron US / Quercus UK (set in 1930s colonial Malaysia― coming of age of a boy and a girl, each searching for their place in a society that would rather they stay invisible)

Clare Clark, In the Full Light of the Sun, Virago (follows the fortunes of three Berliners caught up in a devastating scandal of 1930s Germany)

Nicola Cornick, The Woman in the Lake, Graydon House (London 1757, Swindon 2018― two couples separated by centuries are connected by a deadly shared obsession)

Pat Jeanne Davis, When Valleys Bloom Again, Elk Lake Publishing (WWII romance; after fleeing impending war in England, 19-year-old Abby Stapleton works to correct her stammer and to become a teacher in America, but runs into conflicts)

Sam Eastland, The Elegant Lie, Faber & Faber (Germany 1949 – undercover operation is mounted to infiltrate the largest post-war black market operation)

Donna Everhart, The Forgiving Kind, Kensington (story of a young heroine, & family love tested to the limits― set in 1950s North Carolina)

Colin Falconer, Loving Liberty Levine, Lake Union (New York, 1913― novel about finding the American Dream—and at what cost?)

Charles Finch, The Vanishing Man, Minotaur (a prequel to the Charles Lenox series)

Mick Finlay, The Murder Pit, Mira (2nd in the Sherlockian detective series starring Holmes contemporary and competitor― Arrowood solves the gritty crimes that Sherlock can’t)

T. Frohock, Where Oblivion Lives, Harper Voyager (historical fantasy set in 1932 Spain & Germany)

Duo Ji Zhuo Ga, Love in No-Man’s Land, Head of Zeus (Tibet 1967: the Cultural Revolution is seeping across China into Tibet and Gongzha helps hide temple treasures from the Red Guard looters, an act that will have repercussions)

Laurent Gaude, trans. Alison Anderson, Hear Our Defeats, Europa (woven through two story lines are turning points in world history, showing a different facet of how nations & individuals face defeat)

Mary Gibson, A Sister’s Struggle, Head of Zeus (saga set in 1935 London)

Natalia Ginzburg, The City and the House, Arcade (epistolary novel set against the background of Italy from 1939 to 1944)

Jocelyn Green, Between Two Shores, Bethany House (daughter of a Mohawk mother & French father in 1759, Montreal, Catherine Duval is caught between two worlds during the Seven Years’ War)

Molly Green, An Orphan’s Wish, Avon (third saga in Molly Green’s Dr Barnado’s series. A story of love, friendship and hope in the darkest of places)

Lisa Gornick, The Peacock Feast, Sarah Crichton Books (opens at Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall, June 1916 – a historical saga about love, class, and the past we never escape)

Stacey Halls, The Familiars, Mira (set against the frenzy of the 1612 Witch Trials of Pendle Hill―fate of a noblewoman and her unborn child rests on proving the innocence of her midwife)

Karen Harper, American Duchess, William Morrow (1895 – a novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt)

Jane Healey, The Beantown Girls, Lake Union (1944― a novel of love, courage, and danger unfolds as World War II’s brightest heroines take on the front lines)

Leanna Renee Hieber, Miss Violet and the Great War: A Strangely Beautiful Novel, Tor (new stand-alone adventure in the series set during World War I)

Lancaster Hill, War Valley, Pinnacle (new series set in 1870s Texas―a Confederate veteran heads west to start a new life—and gets caught in the middle of a new kind of war…)

Kristi Ann Hunter, A Return of Devotion: Haven Manor #2, Bethany House (Regency Romance set in early 1800s Britain)

Graham Ison, Hardcastle’s Runaway, Severn House (Hardcastle and Marriott, Book 14)

Marlon James, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Random House (in first novel of Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, & history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child)

Pam Jenoff, The Lost Girls of Paris, Park Row (Manhattan 1946―widow finds a suitcase belonging to a leader of a ring of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war)

Philip Kazan, The Phoenix of Florence, Allison & Busby (murder mystery set in 15th-C Florence)

Jim Kelly, The Mathematical Bridge, Allison & Busby (murder mystery set in Cambridge in 1940)

Mary Pat Kelly, Irish Above All, Forge (sequel to Of Irish Blood―Roaring 20s, Great Depression, WW II)

Crystal King, The Chef’s Secret, Touchstone (Renaissance Italy― details the mysterious life of Bartolomeo Scappi, chef to several popes, and the nephew who sets out to discover his late uncle’s secrets )

Frank King, ed. Chris Ware & Jeet Heer, Walt and Skeezix 1933-1934: Book 7 City of Light, Drawn & Quarterly (lean economic climate motivates young Skeezix  to find inventive ways to earn money )

Lisa Kleypas, Devil’s Daughter, HarperCollins (the Ravenels meet the Wallflowers in this latest romance)

Volker Kutscher, Goldstein: A Gereon Rath Mystery, Picador (mystery set in 1931 Berlin)

Soraya M. Lane, The Spitfire Girls, Lake Union

Caroline Lea, The Glass Woman, Michael Joseph (glass figure features in murder mystery set in 17thC Iceland)

Elizabeth Letts, Finding Dorothy, Ballantine (Hollywood 1938, South Dakota early 1900s―tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the book that inspired the iconic film)

Marc Levy, (trans. Chris Murray), The Strange Journey of Alice Pendelbury, Amazon Crossing (a witty novel about one woman’s unexpected journey to follow her destiny)

Frances Liardet, We Must Be Brave, G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Dec 1940 Southampton -explores the fierce love that we feel for our children and the power of that love to endure)

George Mann, The Revenant Express:  Newbury & Hobbes Investigation, Tor (fifth steampunk mystery ― Sir Maurice Newbury races against time to find a clockwork heart for his assistant, Veronica)

Alyssa Maxwell, A Murderous Marriage, Kensington (in post-WWI England, an elegant wedding turns deadly; 4th in Lady and Lady’s Maid mystery series)

Elizabeth McCracken, Bowlaway, Ecco (three generations of an unconventional New England family own and operate a candlepin bowling alley)

Mandy Mikulencak, Forgiveness Road, A John Scognamiglio Book (1970s Mississippi – lives of three generations of women are thrown in upheaval when a dark secret is exposed)

Mary Monroe, One House Over, Dafina (1930s rural Alabama – a portrait of two very different couples, whose fast friendship is no match for shattering betrayal)

Kate Quinn, The Huntress, William Morrow (a battle-haunted English journalist & a Russian female bomber pilot join forces to track the Huntress, a Nazi war criminal gone to ground in America)

Lucinda Riley, The Moon Sister, Atria (latest in the D’Aplièse sisters’ stories)

Bethan Roberts, Graceland, Chatto & Windus (novel about Elvis Presley)

Priscilla Royal, The Twice-Hanged Man, Poisoned Pen (A Medieval Mystery Book 15)

Patrice Sarath, Fog Season, Angry Robot (a web of secrets and hidden identities ensnare two sisters and their family, in this historical fantasy sequel to The Sisters Mederos)

Whitney Scharer, The Age of Light, Little, Brown US / Picador UK (novel about pioneering photographer Lee Miller and her affair with Man Ray in the 1930s)

Leife Shallcross, The Beast’s Heart, Ace (retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in an alternate seventeenth-century France—and told from the point of view of the Beast himself)

Sara Sheridan, England Expects: The Mirabelle Bevan Mystery Series, Kensington (dangers abound during England’s summer heatwave of 1953, as Mirabelle is drawn into another murder case)

Sharma Shields, The Cassandra, Henry Holt (follows a woman who goes to work in a top secret WW II research facility, only to be tormented by visions of what the mission will mean for humankind)

Sarah Sundin, The Sky Above Us, Revell (can a Red Cross volunteer help a top American fighter pilot to heal the wounds of the past?)

Charles Todd, The Black Ascot, William Morrow (an appalling murder takes place during Black Ascot, the famous 1910 royal horserace honoring the late King Edward VII)

Ann Weisgarber, The Glovemaker, Pan UK / Skyhorse US (Utah Territory, winter of 1888―a stranger sets in motion a desperate chain of events for a Mormon wife)

Kaite Welsh, The Unquiet Heart, Pegasus (Edinburgh, 1893― set in moody fin de siecle Edinburgh, Sarah Gilchrist tries to prove her fiancé’s innocence in the midst of his murder trial)

G. Willow Wilson, The Bird King, Grove Press (a fantastical journey set at the height of the Spanish Inquisition; a story of love vs power, religion vs faith and freedom vs safety)

Snowden Wright, American Pop, William Morrow (epic saga of family, ambition, passion, & tragedy that brings to life a Southern dynasty—founders of the world’s first major soft-drink company)

Guzel Yakhina, trans. Lisa C. Hayden, Zuleikha, Oneworld (Russia 1930 – sent to a camp after the murder of her husband by communists, Zuleikha builds a new life far removed from the one she left behind)

Jin Yong, trans. Gigi Chan, A Bond Undone: Legends of the Condor Heroes Vol, 2, MacLehose (series set 3rd – c China, during Han Dynasty)

March 2019

J.M. Alvey, Shadows of Athens, Orion (first in murder mystery series set in Ancient Greece, featuring Philocles, an aspiring comic playwright)

Mesu Andrews, Of Fire and Lions, Waterbrook (Old Testament book of Daniel comes to life in this novel)

Olivier Barde-Cabuçon, Casanova and the Faceless Woman, Pushkin Vertigo (mystery set amidst the glamour and squalor of pre- Revolutionary Paris)

Tania Bayard, In the Shadow of the Enemy, Severn House (14th-century France – Christine de Pizan Mystery, Book 2)

Kate Breslin, Far Side of the Sea, Bethany House (adventure, intrigue & romance set at end of WW I)

Emily Brightwell, Mrs. Jeffries Delivers the Goods, Berkley (latest installment in Victorian mysteries)

Lynn Brittney, Murder in Belgravia, Crooked Lane (London, 1915 – a high-profile murder propels a unique crime-fighting team into the dark environs of London’s underworld – 1st in Mayfair 100 series)

Theodore Brun, A Mighty Dawn, Atlantic (8th-c Scandinavia; Wanderer Chronicles #1)

Amanda Cabot, A Tender Hope, Revell (when a Texas Ranger comes to town on a mission to capture his brother’s killers, he finds more than he expected)

Andrea Camilleri, trans. Stephen Sartarelli, The Sect of Angels, Europa (based on a true story of a turn-of-the-century Sicilian scandal. A portrait of the machinations of power and the difficult destiny of a local hero)

Jillian Cantor, In Another Time, Harper Perennial (1931― follows a young couple torn apart by circumstance leading up to WW II—& the family secret that may prove to be the means for survival)

Jonathan Carr, Make Me a City, Henry Holt (fictional account of the story of 19th-c Chicago, tracing its rise from frontier settlement to industrial colossus)

Ray Celestin, The Mobster’s Lament, Mantle (latest in crime series set in 1947 New York)

Karen Charlton, Murder in Park Lane, Thomas & Mercer (Detective Lavender Mysteries #5)

Charles W. Chesnutt, The Marrow of Tradition (c. 1993), Belt Publishing (based on a historically accurate account of the 1898, Wilmington, North Carolina race riot)

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

Zen Cho, The True Queen, Ace (Regency fantasy ―a young woman with no memories of her past finds herself embroiled in dangerous politics in England and the land of the fae)

Mary Connealy, The Unexpected Champion, Bethany House (conclusion to the High Sierra Sweethearts trilogy in 1868)

Margaret Dickinson, The Brooklands Girls: The Maitland Trilogy #2, Pan (restless after the Great War Pips seeks excitement in the frenetic world of parties and balls in London)

Camille Di Maio, The Beautiful Strangers, Lake Union (1958― a legendary hotel on the Pacific coast becomes a haven where dreams, love, and a mystery come alive)

David Downing, The Dark Clouds Shining, Soho Crime (1921 Europe & Russia – 4th installment of Jack McColl spy series)

Majorie Eccles, The Property of Lies, Severn House (Herbert Reardon, Bk. 4 – 1930s England)

R.J. Ellory, Three Bullets, Orion (conspiracy thriller set at time of Kennedy assassination in 1963)

Charles Fergus, A Stranger Here Below: A Gideon Stoltz Novel, Skyhorse (first in historical mystery series set in Western Pennsylvania in 1835)

Christopher Fowler, The Lonely Hour, Transworld (latest in Bryant & May Peculiar Crimes Unit detective series set in 1960s)

Liz  Freeland, Murder in Midtown, Kensington (1913, NYC – while the women’s suffrage movement gains momentum, still the thought of a woman joining the NY City police is downright radical)

Jean Giono, (trans. Alyson Waters), A King Without Diversion, NYRB Classics (literary psychological thriller set in a mid-nineteenth century mountain village)

Dolores Gordon-Smith, Forgotten Murder, Severn House (Jack Haldean Mystery, Bk 10)

John MacLachlan Gray, The White Angel, Douglas & McIntyre (based on cold case murder of Janet Smith in 1924, Vancouver)

Gina Marie Guadagnino, The Parting Glass, Touchstone (19th-c  upstairs/downstairs tale examines sexuality, race, and social class)

Amy Harmon, What the Wind Knows, Lake Union (historical time-slip back to Ireland, 1921)

Christine Dwyer Hickey, The Narrow Land, Atlantic (two young boys are befriended by artist Edward Hopper in Cape Cod, 1950)

Joris-Karl Huysmans, trans. Theo Cuffe, Against Nature, Riverrun (story of Jean des Esseintes, a nobleman who cuts himself off from polite society and dedicates himself to a life of decadence)

Roy Jacobsen, trans. Don Bartlett & Don Shaw, White Ocean, MacLehose (woman falls in love with a Russian POW on small island off Norway in 1944-5)

Dinah Jefferies, The Missing Sister, Penguin (1930s Rangoon: woman searches for baby sister who went missing 25 years earlier)

Meg and Tom Keneally, The Unmourned: A Monsarrat Mystery, Point Blank (2nd installment of the series set in an Australian penal colony)

Philip Kerr, Metropolis, Quercus (last Bernie Gunther thriller goes back to his beginnings in 1928 Berlin)

Jaan Kross, trans. Merike Lepasaar Beecher, A Book of Falsehoods, MacLehose (third in 16th-C trilogy set in Estonia)

Natasha Lester, Her Mother’s Secret, Sphere (a brave young woman chases her dream despite society’s disapproval in 1920s New York)

Valerie Fraser Luesse, Almost Home, Revell (as America enters WW II, the displaced & disenfranchised enter the boarding house of Dolly Chandler in Blackberry Springs, Alabama)

A.J. Mackenzie, The Body in the Boat, Bonnier Zaffre (murder mystery set in 19th-c England)

Susan Anne Mason, The Highest of Hopes: Canadian Crossings #2, Bethany House (historical romance set in early 20th-c Toronto)

Anna Jean Mayhew, Tomorrow’s Bread, Kensington (1961 Charlotte, NC – lyrical Southern-set novel that explores the conflicts of gentrification—a story of loss, love, and resilience)

Terrence McCauley, Dark Territory, Pinnacle (late 19th-c Montana ― 2nd in Sheriff Aaron Mackey western)

Susan Meissner, The Last Year of the War, Berkley (German American teenager’s life changes forever when her immigrant family is sent to an internment camp during World War II)

Mary Monroe, Over the Fence, Dafina (set in 1930s Alabama ―where home is not always a sanctuary, and two neighboring families let pleasantries mask increasing resentment)

Caroline Montague, An Italian Affair, Orion (love, and betrayal set in Tuscany in 1937)

Louisa Morgan, The Witch’s Kind, Redhook (tale of love, sacrifice, family ties, and magic, set in the Pacific Northwest in the aftermath of World War II)

Abir Mukherjee, Smoke and Ashes, Pegasus (Captain Sam Wyndham and his sidekick Surrender-Not Banerjee return in this historical crime story set in 1920s Calcutta)

Amy Myers, Death at the Wychbourne Follies, Severn House (1926, Kent, England- Nell Drury Mystery Book 2)

Niklas Natt och Dag, The Wolf and the Watchman, Atria Books US / John Murray UK (set in 18th-c Stockholm, a dying man searches among the city’s streets and its intriguing inhabitants to unmask a ruthless murderer)

Nuala O’Connor, Becoming Belle, Piatkus (in 1887, Isabel Bilton is the eldest daughter of a middle-class family but by 1891 she is the Countess of Clancarty and a powerful member of the Irish aristocracy)

Scott Oden, Twilight of the Gods, St. Martin’s Press (1218 ― fantasy adventure continues the saga of Grimnir ―the last in a long line of monsters left to plague Miðgarðrin)

Marcus Palliser, Matthew’s Prize, McBooks (adventure on the high seas; final decade of 17th-c)

Tracie Peterson, When You Are Near: Brookstone Brides #1, Bethany House (set in 1900, Montana – series follows an all-female traveling Wild West show)

Robert Radcliffe, The Bridge, Head of Zeus (last in trilogy about the Parachute Regiment in WWII)

Sandra E. Rapoport, The Queen & the Spymaster, Penlight (story of the unlikely champions of Ancient Persia and of a 1000-year vendetta that presages modern historical events in Iran and Afghanistan)

Deanna Raybourn, A Dangerous Collaboration, Berkley (historical mystery series set in Victorian England, featuring intrepid adventuress and sleuth Veronica Speedwell)

Kelly Rimmer, The Things We Cannot Say, Graydon House (multi-period historical novel told through alternating voices between present day and Nazi-occupied Poland)

James Runcie, The Road to Grantchester, Bloomsbury (prequel to The Granchester Mysteries, begins in 1938 and takes Sidney through service in WWII, love and and a path to God)

Craig Russell, The Devil Aspect, Doubleday US / Constable UK (Czechoslovakia, 1935― murderous secrets of asylum inmates and a killer on the loose)

Susan Holloway Scott, The Secret Wife of Aaron Burr, Kensington (inspired by Burr’s long love affair with, and eventual marriage to his Indian/French servant, Mary)

Lisa See, The Island of Sea Women, Scribner (epic set over decades, beginning during a period of Japanese colonialism in the 1930/40s, followed by WW II, the Korean War and its aftermath)

Namwali Serpell, The Old Drift, Hogarth (story of Zambia starting with a colonial settlement in 1904)

Sara Sheridan, Indian Summer, Constable (latest in Mirabelle Bevan Mystery series set in 1950s Brighton)

Danielle Steel, The Good Fight, Delacorte (NYC, 1960s – a young woman discovers a passion for justice based on the historical events she witnesses)

Eric Tarloff, The Woman in Black, Rare Bird (spans America in the 1950s in its exploration of film, fame, and how well we ever really know each other)

E.S. Thomson, Surgeons’ Hall, Constable (thriller set in Victorian London is the latest in the gothic Jem Flockhart Mystery series)

Stephanie Marie Thornton, American Princess, Berkley (Washington, D.C., 1901 to 1976―captures the life and loves of Theodore Roosevelt’s irrepressible daughter, Alice)

Antonin Varenne, trans. Sam Taylor, Equator, MacLehose (Nebraska 1871: army deserter on the run is pursued for theft and murder in western USA and seeks salvation at the Equator)

Jacqueline Winspear, The American Agent, Harper US / Allison & Busby UK (latest in Maisie Dobbs mystery series)

Shelley Wood, The Quintland Sisters, William Morrow (Northern Ontario 1934―true story of Dionne Quintuplets, told by one young woman who meets them at the moment of their birth)

April 2019

Guillermo Arriaga, trans. Jessie Mendez Sayer & Frank Wynne, The Wild One, Maclehose (novel of revenge and retribution set between Canada and 1960s Mexico City)

Martine Bailey, The Almanack, Severn House (1752― historical mystery in which a young woman is determined to avenge her mother’s death)

Damian Barr, You Will Be Safe Here, Bloomsbury (South Africa, 1901- novel uncovers a hidden colonial history & present-day darkness while exploring our capacity for cruelty & kindness

Louis Bayard, Courting Mr. Lincoln, Algonquin  (Illinois 1840s― young Abraham Lincoln and the two people who loved him best: a marriageable Mary Todd & Lincoln’s best friend, Joshua Speed)

Lisa T. Bergren, Verity: The Sugar Baron’s Daughters #2, Bethany House (adventure romance set in early-Revolutionary War American Colonies and in the Caribbean)

Robin Black, Rough Music, Severn House (18th-century Cragg and Fidelis Mystery, Book 5)

Gyles Brandreth, Oscar Wilde and the Return of Jack the Ripper, Pegasus (London, 1894 – further adventures in the mystery series featuring Wilde and Doyle)

Javier Cercas, trans. Anne McLean, Lord Of All the Dead, MacLehose (Spanish Civil War novel about the life of the author’s ancestor, sequel to Soldiers of Salamis)

Chip Cheek, Cape May, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (novel about marriage, love and betrayal set in New Jersey in 1957)

Sara Collins, The Confessions of Frannie Langton, Viking (1826 London: maid who began life as a slave on a Jamaican plantation is accused of murder)

H. S. Cross, Grievous, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux (1931 – St Stephen’s Academy, Yorkshire, is both a cozy refuge and a potential powder keg in this follow-up to Wilberforce)

Lindsey Davis, A Capitol Death, Hodder & Stoughton (latest in Flavia Albia murder mystery series set in 1st-C Rome)

Jennifer Delamere, The Artful Match: London Beginnings #3, Bethany House (conclusion to the Victorian romance trilogy set in 1881 London)

Oscar de Muriel, Loch of the Dead, Pegasus (McGray & Frey face their most metaphysical mystery yet, as they investigate crimes surrounding the miraculous waters in the remote Loch Maree)

Paul Doherty, Dark Queen Rising, Severn House (May 1471―new mystery series featuring Margaret Beaufort, grandmother to Henry VIII)

Lara Elena Donnelly, Amnesty, Tor (Book 3 in the Amberlough Dossier spy trilogy)

Lissa Evans, Old Baggage, Harper Perennial (1928― timely portrait of a once pioneering suffragette trying to find her new passion in post-WW I-era London)

Juliette Fay, City of Flickering Light, Gallery (1921―transports us back to the Golden Age & Roaring Twenties, as three friends struggle to earn their place among the stars of the silent screen)

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Little Boy, Faber & Faber (the story of one man’s extraordinary life and the madness of the century that witnessed it)

Mariah Fredericks, Death of a New American, Minotaur (New York, 1912― follow-up to the debut  A Death of No Importance, featuring series character, Jane Prescott)

Elizabeth Gilbert, City of Girls, Bloomsbury (summer 1940 – coming-of-age stitched across the fabric of a lost New York)

Myla Goldberg, Feast Your Eyes, Scribner (NYC, 1955―story about a female photographer grappling with ambition and motherhood, a balancing act familiar to women of every generation)

Theodora Goss, European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman, Saga Press (Mary Jekyll & the daughters of mad scientists from literature embark on a mission to rescue another monstrous girl and stop the Alchemical Society’s plans once and for all)

Genevieve Graham, At the Mountain’s Edge, Simon & Schuster (a new historical novel of love, tragedy, and redemption set during the height of the Klondike Gold Rush)

Tessa Gratton, Lady Hotspur, Tor (novel of betrayal and battlefields in a gender-swapped historical fantasy homage to Shakespeare’s Henry IV)

Isabella Hammad, The Parisian, Jonathan Cape (1914: young Palestinian goes to study in Paris and returns to find himself involved in conflicts in post-WWII British-ruled Palestine)

Jessica Handler, The Magnetic Girl, Hub City Press (set at a time when the emerging presence of electricity raised suspicions about the other-worldly gospel of Spiritualism, and when women’s desire for political, cultural, and sexual presence electrified the country)

C. S. Harris, Who Slays the Wicked, Berkley (1814 London – latest entry in Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries)

Robert Hillman, The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted, G.P. Putnam’s Sons US (UK June 2019 Faber & Faber) (love & forgiveness in 1960s Australia, in which a farmer finds his life turned upside down by arrival of a vibrant librarian)

Anna Lee Huber, An Artless Demise, Berkley (artistic sleuth Lady Kiera Darby uses her talent for the macabre to bring murderers to justice in 19th-c Scotland)

Graham Ison, Hardcastle’s Quandary, Severn House (England, 1927―Hardcastle book 15)

Easy Jackson,  A Season in Hell, Pinnacle (19th-c Texas―it’s hard to be a woman in the Wild West. And if that woman is wearing a badge and a six-shooter, it’s even harder)

Anna Jacobs, One Perfect Family, Hodder & Stoughton (final instalment in Lancashire-based Ellindale saga)

Biljana Jovanovic, (trans. John K. Cox), Dogs and Others, Istros Books (1970s Belgrade; coming-of-age of a rebellious, overtly feminist, lesbian and somewhat neurotic young woman)

Martha Hall Kelly, Lost Roses, Ballantine (epic prequel to Lilac Girls)

Kay Kenyon, Nest of the Monarch, Saga Press (Berlin 1936―Kim Tavistock, undercover in Berlin as the wife of a British diplomat, uncovers a conspiracy that could change the course of the war)

Jess Kidd, Things in Jars, Canongate (London, 1863. Victorian detective novel that explores what it is to be human in inhumane times)

Christian Kiefer, Phantoms, Liveright (torn apart by war and bigotry, two families confront long-buried secrets in this novel of World War II and Vietnam)

Alanna Knight, The Dower House Mystery, Allison & Busby (murder mystery set in York in 1907)

Robert Knott, Robert B. Parker’s Buckskin, G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Appaloosa, 1800s ― itinerant lawmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch pursue a vicious killer)

Mary Lawrence, The Alchemist of Lost Souls, Kensington (Tudor London 1544 ― a dangerous element falls into the wrong hands, leading to a chain of multiple murders)

Prue Leith, The Lost Son, Quercus (last in post-war family saga after The House at Chorlton and The Prodigal Daughter)

Beryl Matthews, Friends and Enemies, Allison & Busby (saga set in 1941 London)

Kathleen McGurl, The Drowned Village, HQ (multi-period – summer 1935 and present day)

Fiona McIntosh, The Pearl Thief, Penguin (explores whether love and hope can ever overpower atrocity in a time of war and hate)

Diane C. McPhail, The Abolitionist’s Daughter, A John Scognamiglio Book (debut novel explores a little-known aspect of Civil War history — the Southern Abolitionists)

Jon James Miller, Looking for Garbo, Blank Slate (unravels the story behind Greta Garbo’s attempt to end WWII, Hitler’s obsession with her & the premature end to her film career)

Cass Morris, From Unseen Fire, Daw (historical fantasy set in an alternate Roman empire, where mages must conceal their power to navigate the vast and complex politics of the Republic)

Jacqueline Park, Gilbert Reid, Son of Two Fathers, Book 3, House of Anansi (historical novel set against the backdrop of the political unrest and intrigue of Renaissance Italy)

Michelle Paver, Wakenhyrst, Head of Zeus (ghost story set in the Fens in 1906)

Anne Perry, Triple Jeopardy, Ballantine (Edwardian London―young lawyer Daniel Pitt must defend a British diplomat who’s accused of a theft that may hide a deadly crime)

Jane Rawson, From The Wreck, Picador (survivor of a shipwreck off Australia in 1859 goes back into the past for answers about the disappearance of a fellow-survivor)

Anthony Riches, The Scorpion’s Strike, Hodder & Stoughton (latest in Roman military adventure series set in 2nd-C AD)

Renée Rosen, Park Avenue Summer, Berkley (New York City 1965 and Cosmopolitan magazine, where Helen Gurley Brown shocks America by daring to talk to women about all things off-limit)

Steven Rowley, The Editor, G.P. Putnam’s Sons (after years of struggling as a writer in 1990s NY City, James Smale gets his big break when his novel sells to an editor at a major publishing house)

Gareth Rubin, Liberation Square, Michael Joseph (alternative historical re-imagining of 1950s Britain as a Soviet police state wherein a wife tries to clear her husband’s name)

Chris Rush, The Light Years, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux (defiant coming-of-age memoir set during turbulent times – illustrates slow slide from optimism of 1960s to darker & more sinister 1970s)

Kim Vogel Sawyer, A Silken Thread, Waterbrook (story of a young woman with a heavy burden; the International Cotton Exposition of 1881; and the pursuit of true love)

John Burnham Schwartz, The Red Daughter, Random House (running from her father’s brutal legacy, Joseph Stalin’s daughter, Svetlana Allilyueva defects to the US in the 1960s)

Sofia Segovia, (trans. Simon Bruni), The Murmur of Bees, Lake Union (Mexican Revolution & influenza epidemic of 1918― a mysterious child has the power to change a family’s history)

Alisa Smith, Doublespeak, Thomas Dunne (1945 – historical thriller finds protagonist Lieutenant Lena Stillman on a journey back to her past)

Maryla Szymiczkowa, trans. Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Mrs Mohr Goes Missing, Point Blank UK (US-June 19) (Agatha Christie style mystery series set in Cracow, Poland, 1893)

Christopher Tilghman, Thomas and Beal in the Midi, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux (young interracial couple escapes from Maryland to France in 1894 to begin a new life as winemakers in the Languedoc)

Victoria Thompson, Murder on Trinity Place, Berkley (NY 1899― latest installment in the Gaslight Mystery crime series)

Novoyu Rosa Tshuma, House of Stone, Atlantic (boy goes missing during upheavals of the death of Rhodesia and the birth of Zimbabwe)

Simon Turney, Commodus, Orion (latest in Damned Emperors series: was there method in Commodus’s madness?)

Kris Waldherr, The Lost History of Dreams, Touchstone (a post-mortem photographer unearths dark secrets of the past that may hold the key to his future, in this gothic tradition debut novel)

Martine Fournier Watson, The Dream Peddler, Penguin (1900s rural USA―a traveling salesman arrives to sell dreams to a town rocked by a child’s disappearance)

Sue Wilsher, The Tilbury Poppies, Sphere (saga set in Essex in 1916)

Gwendolyn Womack, The Time Collector, Picador (magical thriller about a psychometrist who can relive memories across centuries and experience history first-hand)

May 2019

Kitty Aldridge, The Wisdom of Bones, Corsair (story set in 19th-C London and 18th-C France)

Rachel Barenbaum, A Bend in the Stars, Grand Central (a journey across WWI-era Russia, and a race against Einstein to solve one of the greatest mysteries of the universe)

Susanna Bavin, The Poor Relation, Allison & Busby (saga set in Manchester in 1908)

Melanie Benjamin, Mistress of the Ritz, Delacorte (based on real life of an American woman who secretly worked for the French Resistance during WW II, while playing hostess to the invading Germans at the Paris Ritz)

M.H. Boroson, The Girl with No Face, Talos (sequel to The Girl With Ghost Eyes; mystical, historical urban fantasy set in 19th-c San Francisco’s Chinatown)

Benet Brandreth, The Assassin of Verona, Pegasus (Venice, 1586― novel of intrigue, conspiracy, and wit that takes William Shakespeare into the deceit and deception of 16th-c Verona)

Alys Clare, The Woman Who Spoke to Spirits, Severn House (new mystery series set in London 1880s―A World’s End Bureau Victorian mystery)

Elizabeth Cobbs, The Tubman Command, Arcade (South Carolina, 1863― brings to light the bravery and brilliance of American icon Harriet Tubman)

Cressida Connolly, After the Party, Pegasus (summer 1938 ― a portrait of a dark period of British history which has yet to be fully acknowledged)

Diney Costelloe, Children of the Siege, Head of Zeus (family caught up in aftermath of Siege of Paris in Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71)

Didier Decoin, The Office of Gardens and Ponds, MacLehose (fable set in Japan 1000 years ago)

Amanda Dykes, Whose Waves These Are, Bethany House (dual-time period story that takes place in post–WWII and present day, in a picturesque coastal Maine harbor town)

Kate Ellis, The Boy Who Lived With the Dead, Piatkus (1920s murder mystery set in 1920s Cheshire)

Dianne Freeman, A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder, Kensington (historical mystery debut set in Victorian England)

Ann H. Gabhart, The Refuge, Revell (story returns to the world of the Shakers in this exploration of the power of love and the bond of family)

Amitav Ghosh, Gun Island, John Murray (from Kolkata to Venice to Sicily – a portrait of a man trying to understand the changing world around him)

Lawrence Goldstone, Assassin of Shadows, Pegasus (Sept 1901― historical thriller invites readers into the events surrounding the assassination of President William McKinley)

Juliet Grames, The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna, Hodder & Stoughton (100-year-old Italian-American woman looks back on her tumultuous life & all the times she might have died)

Matthew Harffy, Warrior of Woden, Head of Zeus (latest of the Bernicia Chronicles set in Dark Age Britain: Pagan Penda of Mercia invades Christian Northumbria ruled by King Oswald)

Natalie Haynes, A Thousand Ships, Mantle (feminist retelling of Trojan War)

Ben Kane, The Falling Sword, Orion (Romans v Macedonians as Roman army fights to conquer Greece – Clash of Empires, Book 2)

Serena Katt, Sunday’s Child, Jonathan Cape (graphic novel telling the story of the author’s grandfather’s childhood in Nazi Germany, including membership in Hitler Youth)

Guy Gavriel Kay, A Brightness Long Ago, Berkley (fantasy 15th-C Europe―drama about the choices we make in life, and the role played by the turning of Fortune’s wheel)

Carolyn Kirby, The Conviction of Cora Burns, Dzanc Books (1880s Birmingham, England: a troubled young woman searches for her lost sister and the truth behind a grisly crime in this Victorian thriller)

Jing-Jing Lee, How We Disappeared, Oneworld (novel set in Singapore 1942, about a woman who survived the Japanese occupation and a man who thought he had lost everything)

Nadia Marks, Between the Orange Groves, Pan (an old man decides to share his painful memories with his daughter, transporting her back to Cyprus and a family scandal)

Clara McKenna, Murder at Morrington Hall, Kensington (spring 1905―when a lively aspiring equine trainer tangles with British aristocracy, she meets her match—and a murderer)

Amanda Quick, Tightrope, Berkley (California 1930s – an ex-trapeze artist is caught up in the mysterious circumstances surrounding the onstage death of an inventor)

Heather Redmond, A Tale of Two Murders, Kensington (a new British mystery series entitled A Dickens of a Crime)

Alex Reeve, The Anarchists’ Club, Raven (latest in Victorian crime series, with a transgender protagonist)

Kim Michele Richardson, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, Sourcebooks Landmark (young outcast braves hardships of Kentucky’s Great Depression to bring magical objects to her people)

Saskia Sarginson, How It Ends, Piatkus (1957: within a year of arriving at an American airbase in Suffolk, the loving, law-abiding Delaney family is destroyed. Did they know something they weren’t supposed to know?)

Jill Eileen Smith, The Heart of a King, Revell (meet Solomon and four of the women he loved: Naamah the desert princess, Abishag the shepherdess, Siti the daughter of a pharaoh, and Nicaula the queen of Sheba)

Werner Sonne, (trans. Steve Anderson), Where the Desert Meets the Sea, Amazon Crossing (Jerusalem, 1947: fates of two women & those they love in days surrounding founding of State of Israel)

S. M. Stirling, Theater of Spies, Ace (alternate history series during WW I, when President Teddy Roosevelt creates the Black Chamber, a spy organization that might be America’s best hope)

Christine Trent, A Murderous Malady, Crooked Lane (a Florence Nightingale Mystery)

Eugene Vodolazkin, trans. Lisa C. Hayden, Solovyov and Larionov, Oneworld (journey through a momentous period of Russian history, interweaving story of two men of different backgrounds that asks whether we can really understand the present without first understanding the past)

Katherine Webb, The Disappearance, Orion (search for missing boy during WWII Blitz on Bath leads to the discovery of the body of a girl who went missing before the war)

Alison Weir, Anna of Kleve, The Princess in the Portrait, Ballantine (Tudor England―tells the little-known story of Henry VIII’s fourth wife, as a grieving king chooses a bride sight unseen)

Jeri Westerson, The Traitor’s Codex, Severn House (Crispin Guest Mystery, Book 11)

Mary Wood, The Abandoned Daughter, Pan (second book in The Girls Who Went To War trilogy)

Andrea Wulf, The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, John Murray (graphic novel about the 18th / 19th-c explorer)

June 2019

Rosie Archer, We’ll Meet Again, Quercus (second in WWII trilogy about singing trio)

C.H. Armstrong, The Edge of Nowhere, Central Avenue (a story of one woman’s courage in the face of overwhelming adversity and her absolute conviction to never stop fighting)

Tracy Borman, The Devil’s Slave, Hodder & Stoughton (England, 1606: Frances Gorges is young, unmarried and the father of her unborn baby is connected to the recently failed Gunpowder Plot)

Andrew Caldecott, Rotherweird, Jo Fletcher Books (1558: twelve children, gifted far beyond their years, are banished by their Tudor queen to the town of Rotherweird)

Andrew Caldecott, Lost Acre: Rotherweird, Book III, Jo Fletcher (last book in trilogy after Rotherweird and Wyntertide)

Euan Cameron, Madeleine, MacLehose (young musician uncovers a painful family secret and must confront the realities of collaboration and betrayal in WWII Vichy France)

Clare Carson, The Canary Keeper, Head of Zeus (London, 1855: a thriller involving murder and a quest to find killer who might be an Esquimaux with a female accomplice)

Sean Dietrich, Stars of Alabama, Thomas Nelson (two Depression-era migrant workers find an abandoned baby in the woods and decide to care for the mysterious child)

Claire Evans, The Graves of Whitechapel, Sphere (lawyer in turn-of-the-century London must find a man he got off a murder charge – and who seems to have killed again)

Susie Finkbeiner, All Manner of Things, Revell (in the face of tragedy during the Vietnam War, how can Annie Jacobson’s family hold hope and sorrow in the same hand?)

Janet Fitch, Chimes of a Lost Cathedral, Little, Brown (story of The Revolution of Marina M. continues ―a young woman comes into her own against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution)

Marcello Fois, trans. Silvester Mazzarella, Perfect Light, Maclehose (3rd and final volume in Sardinian trilogy)

Cathy Gohlke, The Medallion, Tyndale (about two couples whose lives are ravaged by Hitler’s mad war yet eventually redeemed through the fate of one little girl)

Adrian Goldsworthy, Brigantia, Head of Zeus (third in Vindolanda military adventure series set in 2nd-C Roman Britain involves murder, tribal plotting against the empire, and Druids)

Jack Grimshaw, [untitled], Michael Joseph (WWII thriller)

Elizabeth Hand, Curious Toys, Mulholland Books (Chicago, 1915―a 15-yr-old girl and an artist navigate the seedy underbelly of a changing city to uncover a murderer few even know to look for)

Sophie Hardach, Confession with Blue Horses, Head of Zeus (East German family’s escape attempt from communism tears it apart)

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, Pack Up Your Troubles, Sphere (6th in WWI At Home series)

Jody Hedlund, A Reluctant Bride, Bethany House (1st in new ‘Bride Ships’ series – Mercy Wilkins hopes for a better life as she agrees to join a bride ship headed for British Columbia)

Pam Hillman, The Crossing at Cypress Creek, Tyndale (inspirational historical romance)

Caitlin Horrocks, The Vexations, Little, Brown (debut novel about love, family, genius, and the madness of art, circling the life and times of French composer Erik Satie, set in early 20th-c Paris)

Graham Hurley, Raid 42, Head of Zeus (1941: British spy and German air ace are involved with Hitler’s confidant, Rudolf Hess as the Nazis attempt to negotiate with the British over Nazi withdrawal from Europe but there is a price)

Carol Jones, The Boy with Blue Trousers, Head of Zeus (story of ambitious English governess and Chinese girl disguised as a boy to work in the 19thC Australian gold rush)

Marjan Kamali, The Stationery Shop, Gallery (Tehran 1953 – this novel explores devastating loss, reconciliation and the quirks of fate)

Antoine Laurain, trans. Jane Aitken & Emily Boyce, Vintage 1954, Gallic (four Parisian neighbours find themselves transported to 1954 after sharing a remarkable bottle of Beaujolais)

Laura Madeleine, [untitled], Transworld (girls escapes from early 20th-c Tangier to Spain)

Lena Manta, (trans. Gail Holst-Warhaft), The Gold Letter, Amazon Crossing (a discovery of old letters begins an intergenerational story of the unfulfilled loves of a mother and grandmother)

Tim Mason, The Darwin Affair, Algonquin (London 1860: An attempt on Queen Victoria’s life; A plot against evolutionist Charles Darwin; A detective made famous by Charles Dickens)

Edward Marston, The Unseen Hand, Allison & Busby (latest in Railway Detective mystery series set in 1917 London)

Joseph O’Connor, Shadowplay, Harvill Secker (Bram Stoker’s time with Henry Irving and
Ellen Terry working at the Lyceum Theatre, and the inspirations that led to the creation of Dracula)

S.W. Perry, The Serpent’s Mark, Corvus (murder and espionage in Elizabethan London)

Tracie Peterson, Wherever You Go, Bethany House (Brookstone Brides #2 features a traveling Wild West show with an all-female cast)

Regina Porter, The Travelers, Jonathan Cape (novel follows one white and one black American family from the 1950s through Obama’s first year as president)

Laura Purcell, The Poison Thread, Penguin (Victorian gothic horror tale about a young seamstress who claims her needle and thread have the power to kill)

Rena Rossner, The Sisters of the Winter Wood, Redhook (set in a remote village on the border of Moldova and Ukraine, a historical fantasy of magic and folklore and about sisterly love)

Susana Lopez Rubio, (trans. Achy Obejas), The Price of Paradise, Amazon Crossing (Havana, 1947― in a world of betrayal, and revolution, those who dare reach for paradise seldom survive unscathed)

Alvydas Šlepika, trans. Romas Kinka, In the Shadow of Wolves, Oneworld (US-July 19) (story of survival and resilience in a world devastated by the Second World War)

Julian Stockwin, To the Eastern Seas, Hodder & Stoughton (latest in Thomas Kydd early 19thC naval adventure series)

Louisa Treger, The Dragon Lady, Bloomsbury (fiction based on the life of Lady Virginia Courtauld during great social change in 1930s Britain and 1950s Rhodesia)

Beth White, A Reluctant Belle, Revell (love triangle set against turbulence, dangers, and intrigues of America’s post–Civil War Reconstruction in Mississippi – Daughtry House #2)

Roseanna M. White, The Number of Love, Bethany House (3 years into the Great War, Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages)

Susan Rebecca White, We Are All Good People Here, Atria Books (multigenerational story that follows two best friends through their political awakenings in the turbulent 1960s)

Liza Wieland, Paris, 7 A. M., Simon & Schuster (June 1937 – imagines happened to the poet Elizabeth Bishop during three life-changing weeks she spent in Paris amidst the imminent threat of WWII)

Jane Yolen, Adam Stemple, The Last Tsar’s Dragons, Tachyon (in the waning days of the Russian monarchy, revolution is in the air and the Red Army is hatching its own weapons

Elizabeth Byler Younts, The Bright Unknown, Thomas Nelson (two young friends embark on a journey across 1940s middle America in search of answers, a family, and a place to call home)

July 2019

Andrea Bobotis, The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt, Sourcebooks Landmark (a spinster unravels the complicated secrets of her family– interweaves the present with flashbacks to 1929)

Vivian Conroy, The Butterfly Conspiracy, Crooked Lane (a mysterious death unites two unlikely allies in a quest through Victorian London’s underbelly)

Connilyn Cossette, Until the Mountains Fall, Bethany House (Cities of Refuge #3 – prodigal daughter tale puts an Old Testament spin on an old parable)

Diney Costeloe, Children of the Siege, Head of Zeus (story of children and a family in deadly peril, taking place after Franco-Prussian war & the siege of 1870-71)

Rachel Fordham, Yours Truly, Thomas, Revell (a prairie romance; a young woman finds love and belonging when a letter bound for someone else finds its way into her hands)

Martí Gironell, trans. Adrian Nathan West, Stars in His Eyes, Amazon Crossing (from the fascist Franco regime to Hollywood’s glamour—novel based on the meteoric rise of one of the world’s most celebrated restaurateurs)

Tara Johnson, Where Dandelions Bloom, Tyndale (disguised as a man, Cassie enlists in the Union army)

Fiona Kidman, This Mortal Boy, Gallic (based on the true story of a young Northern Irish man who changed the world of law and justice for ever)

Luke Jerod Kummer, The Blue Period, Little A (the tragic romance that nearly destroyed a young Pablo Picasso—while granting him his first flight of creative genius)

Courtney Maum, Costalegre, Tin House (1937 – inspired by real-life relationship between heiress Peggy Guggenheim and her daughter ―story of a privileged teenager who has everything a girl could wish for except for a mother who loves her back)

Karl Marlantes, Deep River, Atlantic (family saga about Finnish immigrants who settle and tame the Pacific NW; set against early labor movements, WW I, & upheaval of early 20th-c America)

Julie McElwain, Betrayal in Time, Pegasus (Feb, 1816― Kendra Donovan’s adventures in 19th-c England continue when she is called upon to investigate the murder of a spymaster)

Pablo Medina, The Cuban Comedy, The Unnamed Press (love story steeped in political satire, poetry, and touches of magical realism – background 1960s Cuba)

Tom Miller, The Philosopher’s War, Simon & Schuster(2nd book in series finds Robert Canderelli Weekes as a rookie Rescue and Evacuation flier on the front lines of WWI, France)

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

Joanna Rees, The Runaway Daughter, Pan (London, 1926: Anna Darton is on the run from a terrible crime she was forced into committing. First in historical trilogy)

M. J. Tjia, A Necessary Murder, Legend Times (historical crime thriller where the twists and turns are as numerous and dark as the London streets which serve as their setting)

Abigail Wilson, Midnight on the River Grey, Thomas Nelson (Regency mystery-romance)

Naomi Wood, The Hiding Game, Picador (story of Paul Brickman, exiled artist – begins in Weimar in 1923 through Hitler’s grab for power in 1933)

August 2019

M Dressler, The Last to See Me, Skyhorse (over one hundred years ago, Emma Rose Finnis was born and died in the remote northern California town she now haunts)

Kelli Estes, Today We Go Home, Sourcebooks Landmark (two women, living centuries apart, fight for their country’s freedom and their own – present day Seattle and Indiana, 1861)

Elizabeth Gill, The Foundling School for Girls, Quercus (new series set in Victorian England about the lost orphans of Durham and the nuns who take them in)

Angela Hunt, King’s Shadow, Bethany House (two women occupy a place in Herod’s court. The first, Salome, is the king’s only sister; the second is Zara, is a lowly handmaid who serves Salome)

Judith Miller, A Perfect Silhouette, Bethany House (in 1850, Mellicent “Mellie” Blanchard takes a job at a mill in Manchester, New Hampshire, to help support her family)

Joanna Davidson Politano, Finding Lady Enderly, Revell (historical romance in Victorian England)

Adam O’Fallon Price, The Hotel Neversink, Tin House (portrait of a Jewish family in the Catskills over the course of a century)

Mary Doria Russell, The Women of the Copper Country, Atria (inspiring novel about Annie Clements—the courageous woman who started a rebellion by leading a strike against the largest copper mining company in the world)

Laurie Snelling, A Song of Joy, Bethany House (Under Northern Skies #4 – conclusion to pioneering series set in early 20th-c Minnesota)

September 2019

Elizabeth Speller, The Hedge of Thorns, Pegasus (mysterious love story—set in the divided city of Berlin in 1968—evoking post-war themes of loss, identity, and betrayal)

October 2019

Alison Littlewood, Mistletoe, Quercus (multi-period historical ghost story)

Richard C. Morais, The Man With No Borders, Little A (thru reminiscences of life beginning with a bucolic childhood in the 1950s, a father comes to terms with his mortality and secrets)

M J Tjia, The Death of Me, Legend (third instalment of the historical crime series)

Janet MacLeod Trotter, The Raj Hotel, Lake Union


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