Forthcoming historical novels for 2020

The Historical Novel Society lists mainstream and small press titles set in the 1960s and earlier.  Details are compiled by Fiona Sheppard and are based on publisher descriptions.  This is a work in progress. Last updated December 20, 2019

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January 2020

Johnnie Alexander, Amanda Barratt, Lauralee Bliss, Rita Gerlach, Homefront Heroines, Barbour (stories of four women of the WWII era)

Tasha Alexander, In the Shadow of Vesuvius, Minotaur (Lady Emily Hargreaves uncovers a mystery in the ancient city of Pompeii)

Isabel Allende, A Long Petal of the Sea, Bloomsbury (historical fiction about war, love, displacement and longing for home set in 1939)

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

Mike Ashley (ed.), Fighters of Fear, Talos (anthology of occult detective stories)

David Ashton, The Lost Daughter, Two Roads (Jean Brash mystery book 2)

Greg Bear, The Unfinished Land, John Joseph Adams (historical fantasy at time of Spanish Armada invasion)

Benjamin Black, The Secret Guests, Henry Holt (as London endures nightly German bombings, Britain’s secret service whisks the princesses Elizabeth and Margaret from England, seeking safety for the young royals on an old estate in Ireland)

Kim Taylor Blakemore, The Companion, Lake Union (1855, New Hampshire―Lucy Blunt is set to hang for a double murder. Murderess or victim? Only Lucy knows the truth)

Serena Burdick, My Sister’s Way Home, Park Row (after her sister goes missing Ellie hatches a plan to be admitted to the ‘House of Mercy’, risking everything to bring her older sister home)

Cristina Cabon, (trans. Patricia Hampton), The Binder of Lost Stories, Amazon Crossing (two women, centuries apart, are bound by a love of books and a longing for self-discovery)

Andrew Caldecott, Wyntertide, Jo Fletcher (welcome back to Rotherweird, where an ancient plot is about to come to fruition – and this time the forces of darkness might actually win)

Diane Chamberlain, Big Lies in a Small Town, SMP (dual period narrative of secrets and lies set in North Carolina 2020 and 1940)

Jerome Charyn, Cesare: A Novel of War-Torn Berlin, Bellevue Literary Press (1937, a 17-year-old German naval sub-cadet is wandering along the seawall when he stumbles upon a gang of ruffians beating up a tramp, whose life he saves)

Mary Collins, Ten Bells Street at War, Piatkus (London 1940-separated by circumstances, the girls’ friendship stands strong in the face of hardship as they fight for their place in a frightening new world)

Armando Lucas Correa, The Daughter’s Tale, Washington Square (seven decades of secrets unravel with the arrival of a box of letters from the distant past)

Sandra Dallas, Westering Women, SMP (Maggie joins 43 other women & 2 reverends on a dangerous 2000 mile journey west in 1852)

Eoin Dempsey, Toward the Midnight Sun, Lake Union (epic adventure: suspense, and romance set against the rich and ruthless backdrop of the Klondike gold rush)

Julia Drosten, (trans. Deborah Rachel Langton), The Girl with the Golden Scissors, Amazon Crossing (the story of an ambitious young woman discovering friendship, love, and her own identity on the eve of World War I)

Lawrence Dudley, The Hungry Blade, Blackstone Publishing (WW II era spy thriller)

Caroline Dunford, Hope for the Innocent, Accent (new historical crime series set in 1939)

Emuna Elon, House on Endless Waters, Atria (novel about a writer who embarks on a transformative journey in Amsterdam, where he discovers the shocking truth about his mother’s wartime experience)

Jessica Fellowes, The Mitford Scandal, Minotaur (third book in the Mitford Murders series, lady’s maid Louisa Cannon accompanies Diana Mitford into a turbulent late 1920s Europe)

Victoria Gilbert, Bound for Murder, Crooked Lane (Librarian Amy Webber uses her reference skills to solve murders in her small Virginia home town)

C. M. Gleason, Murder at the Capitol, Kensington (July 1861, just months after the Battle of Fort Sumter, President Lincoln’s top priority is to unite the country, while Adam Quinn finds himself on the trail of a murderer)

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

Janice Hadlow, The Other Bennet Sister, Mantle (Mary Bennet’s story)

Donna Hill, Confessions in B Flat, Sideways Books (retelling of Romeo and Juliet set during the 1964 Civil Rights movement from an author who lived through it)

Grace Hitchcock, The Gray Chamber, Barbour (1887 – a young woman who inherits her father’s fortune is whisked off to an asylum by her uncle, using a loophole in the will)

M. L. Huie, Spitfire, Crooked Lane (a new historical mystery series set in post-war England)

Zora Neale Hurston, Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick, Amistad (May 1925, Zora Neale Hurston was living in New York, “desperately striving for a toe-hold on the world.” During this period, she began writing short works that captured the zeitgeist of African American life)

Julia Kelly, The Whispers of War, Gallery (start of World War II looms over three friends who struggle to remain loyal as one of them is threatened with internment by the British government)

Ray Kingfisher, Under Darkening Skies, Lake Union (in the shadow of World War II, one young woman must make an unthinkable sacrifice for those she loves)

Larry Kramer, The American People, Vol 2: The Brutality of Fact, FSG (completes the radical reimagining of America’s history, ranging from the brothels of 1950s Washington, D.C., to the activism of the 1980s and beyond)

Sarah E. Ladd, The Thief of Lanwyn Manor, Thomas Nelson (1818, latest Regency romance explores Cornwall, England, and the secrets within one of its historic manor houses)

J. M. G. Le Clézio (trans. C. Dickson), The African, Gallic (a memoir of a lost childhood and a tribute to a father whom Le Clézio never really knew)

Catherine Lloyd, Death Comes to the Nursery, Kensington (Kurland St. Mary mystery 7)

Maggie Mason, Blackpool Weaver, Sphere (next in series after Blackpool Evacuee)

James L. May, The Body Outside the Kremlin, Delphinium (a political prisoner incarcerated on the island of Solovetsky, in the 1920s, is mysteriously conscripted to solve the murder of a fellow inmate)

Chris McCormick, The Gimmicks, Harper (set in the waning years of the Cold War, debut novel about a trio of young Armenians that moves from the Soviet Union, across Europe, to Southern California, and at its center, one of the most tragic cataclysms in twentieth-century history—the Armenian Genocide)

Jess Montgomery, The Hollows, Minotaur (follow-up to The Widows, murder mystery set in Ohio 1926)

Tim Murphy, Correspondents, Picador (spanning the 20th century and into the post-9/11 wars ―the legacy of immigration, the present-day world of refugeehood, the violence that America causes both abroad and at home, and the power of the individual)

Robert Newcome, The Name Beneath the Stone, Unicorn (novel asks what would happen if the identity of the Unknown Soldier was discovered? And should the secret ever be revealed?)

Lance Olsen, My Red Heaven, Dzanc Books (imagines the intersection of historic figures – artists, actors, physicists, and autocrats – on a single day in Berlin, 1927)

Tracie Peterson, Kimberley Woodhouse, Forever Hidden, Bethany House (trilogy follows the lives of three sisters in the gold-rush era of Nome’s founding)

Daniel Overdorf, A Death Well Lived, Crosslink (tale set in first century Judea that offers hope for the worst among us and the worst within us)

Gary Phillips, Matthew Henson and the Ice Temple of Harlem, Agora Books (a re-imagined pulp novel that follows the exploits of Matthew Henson, a real life Arctic explorer, on his Doc Savage-style adventures through 1920s Harlem)

Steph Post, Miraculum, Polis Books (part southern gothic, part noir, part magical realism set on the Texas-Louisiana border in 1922)

Bonnie Proudfoot, Goshen Road, Swallow Press (set from late 1960s novel captures one working-class family in rural West Virginia as they balance on the dividing line between Appalachia old and new)

M. J. Rose, Cartier’s Hope, Atria (novel follows an intrepid female journalist in Gilded Age New York as she chases the story of the Hope Diamond)

Laura Joh Rowland, The Woman in the Veil, Crooked Lane (fourth in Victorian mystery series)

Constance Sayers, A Witch in Time, Redhook (a young witch is cursed to relive a doomed love affair through many lifetimes, as both troubled muse and frustrated artist)

Jane Thynne, The Words I Never Wrote, Ballantine (a chance discovery inside a vintage typewriter case reveals the story of two sisters on opposite sides of World War II)

Nancy E. Turner, Light Changes Everything, Thomas Dunne (Arizona Territory, 1907 ― coming-of-age of a resilient young feminist a century ahead of her time)

Douglas Valentine, TDY, Clarity Press (early 1967, a bored, adventurous photojournalist on an Air Force base in Texas is offered a Temporary Duty (TDY) assignment somewhere overseas. Story of his journey through the underworld and his awakening to the reality of the Vietnam War and the CIA role in Southeast Asia)

Roseanna M White, On Wings of Devotion, Bethany House (2nd in Codebreakers trilogy gives a glimpse into the deadly world of WWI spies and the heroes who fight to stop them)

Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Karen White, All the Ways We Said Goodbye, Wm Morrow (historical adventure that moves from the dark days of two World Wars to the turbulent years of the 1960s)

Rita Woods, Remembrance, Forge (multi-period set in Haiti 1791, New Orleans 1857 & present day ―Remembrance…It’s a rumor, a whisper passed in the fields. A hidden stop on the underground road to freedom, if you can make it there)

Ch’oe Yun, (trans. Bruce Fulton & Ju-Chan Fulton), There a Petal Silently Falls, Columbia Univ. Press (a collection of stories ―portrayals of the psychological and spiritual reality of post-WW II Korea)

February 2020

Anita Abriel, The Light After the War, Atria (inspired by a true story of two Jewish friends who survived the Holocaust, this novel of love and friendship spans World War II from Budapest to Austria and the postwar years from Naples to Caracas)

Tessa Afshar, Daughter of Rome, Tyndale (a love story and an immersive journey through first-century Rome and Corinth)

Eleanor Anstruther, A Perfect Explanation, HMH (based on true story of author’s grandmother—about the perils of aristocratic privilege, where inheritance is everything and happiness is hard won)

Ali Aragi, Agha, Melville House (multi-generational debut tells the story of a centuries-old curse carrying one family to the brink of the 1979 Iranian revolution)

Bernardo Atxaga,(trans. Margaret Jull Costa), Memoirs of a Basque Cow, Dedalus (set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, story paints a portrait of friendship and freedom and the sometimes-difficult process of finding oneself)

Charlotte Betts, The Palace of Lost Dreams, Piatkus (story set in 18th century India)

Rhys Bowen, Above the Bay of Angels, Lake Union (a single twist of fate puts a servant girl to work in Queen Victoria’s royal kitchen, setting off a historical mystery)

Catherine Cavendish, The Garden of Bewitchment, Flame Tree (horror thriller set in Yorkshire, 1893)

Heidi Chiavaroli, The Tea Chest, Tyndale (multi-period 1773 & present ― two women, separated by centuries, must find the strength to fight for love and freedom. . . and discover a heritage of courage and faith)

Shaun Curry, The Swords of Silence, Harper Inspire (Japan 1620 – based on historical events, this action adventure is a glimpse into the world of samurai-dominated Japan)

Susanne Dietze, The Blizzard Bride, Barbour (daughters of the Mayflower series)

David Downing, Diary of a Dead Man on Leave, Soho Crime (April 1938― depiction of Germany in the days leading up to World War II and the difficult choices of one man of conviction)

Eric Dupont, The American Fiancée, HarperVia (over the course of the20th century, three generations of the Lamontagnes will weather love, passion, jealousy, revenge, and death. Epic family saga)

Elizabeth Elo, Finding Katarina M., Polis Books (a contemporary surgeon goes on an extraordinary journey to find her grandmother who was sent to the Gulag, Stalin’s notorious network of labor camps)

Mario Escobar, Children of the Stars, Thomas Nelson (a story of escape, sacrifice, and hope amid the perils of the second World War)

Charles Finch, The Last Passenger, Minotaur (third and final in a prequel trilogy to Charles Lenox series)

Curdella Forbes, A Tall History of Sugar, Canongate UK (beginning in the late 1950s, four years before Jamaica’s independence from colonial rule, this epic love story sweeps across the following decades)

Leah Garriott, Promised, Shadow Mountain (Warwickshire, England, 1810―after the heartbreak and humiliation of a broken engagement, Margaret Brinton is determined to never allow her heart to be hurt again)

David Gilman, Cross of Fire, Head of Zeus (the Hundred Years War still rages on and the French army thirsts for Thomas Blackstone’s blood)

Guinevere Glasfurd, The Year Without Summer, Two Roads (the story of the books written, the art made; of the journeys taken, of the love longed for and the lives lost during that fateful year 1815/16¬)

Genevieve Graham, The Forgotten Home Child, Simon & Schuster (a young girl caught in a scheme to rid England’s streets of destitute children: multi-period Canada 2018 and England 1936)

Jocelyn Green, Veiled in Smoke, Bethany House (exploration of Chicago’s history begins with a look at the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1871 ― #1 of 3 in Windy City Saga)

Janice Hadlow, The Other Bennet Sister, Henry Holt (novel explores what if bookish Mary Bennet’s life took a different path from that laid out for her in Pride and Prejudice?)

Tina May Hall, The Snow Collectors, Dzanc (a bereaved contemporary woman delves into the mystery of a centuries-old letter regarding the Franklin expedition, which disappeared into the ice in 1845)

Stacey Halls, The Foundling, MIRA (brings to life a remarkable mix of upper class and lower, of Moorish musicians and their families, poor and working class, Irish, Germans, Italians and others)

Kiran Millwood Hargrave, The Mercies, Little, Brown/Picador (Finnmark, Norway 1617― inspired by the Vardø storm and the 1620 witch trials; story of love, evil, and obsession, set at the edge of civilization)

Ursula Hegi, The Patron Saint of Pregnant Girls, Flatiron (shores of the Nordsee, 1878 ― portrait of marriage & motherhood, & the ways in which women hold each other up in the face of heartbreak)

Colin Hester, Death and the Butterfly, Counterpoint (London 1940 – multigenerational story centered around endless heartbreak and enduring love)

Juris Jurjevics, Play the Red Queen, Soho Crime (posthumous masterwork—the story of two American GI cops caught in the corrupt cauldron of a Vietnamese civil war stoked red hot by revolution)

Jim Kelly, The Night Raids (Nighthawk 3), Allison & Busby (a German bomber misses its target and drops its bomb on a neighbourhood of terraced streets on the edge of the Cambridge’s medieval centre)

Jim Kelly, Byron’s Pool, Allison & Busby (crime thriller set in 1940)

Jess Kidd, Things in Jars, Atria (Gothic mystery that collapses the boundary between fact and fairy tale to stunning effect and explores what it means to be human in inhumane times)

Peg Kingman, The Great Unkown, Norton (blends wit and psychological insight with a grasp of early evolutionary theories& what it means to be human. Set in 1840s Britain and France)

Paul M. Levitt, Death at the Dacha, Lyons Press (as Stalin lies dying, this novel records his last thoughts, which he renders as a movie about the people he believes envenomed his life, namely, Lenin and certain women)

Gemma Liviero, In a Field of Blue, Lake Union (a novel about a family torn apart by grief and secrets, then pulled back together by hope in the wake of World War I)

Sharlene MacLaren, Her Rebel Heart, Whitaker House (romance set during the American Civil War)

Kerri Maher, The Girl in White Gloves, Berkley (a novel of Grace Kelly)

Susan Anne Mason, The Brightest of Dreams, Bethany House (brings to a close the Canadian Crossings series)

Julian Mayfield, The Hit (c.1957), Dover (in Harlem of the 1950s, the age-old dream of sudden wealth centers on the numbers game & Hubert Cooley would do anything to get enough money to place a bet)

Peter Meech, Billy (the Kid), Sentient Publications (reimagines the figure of Billy the Kid in a story told with humor)

Andrew Meehan, The Mystery of Love, Head of Zeus (witty and unsentimental evocation of the relationship between Oscar and Constance Wilde)

Maaza Mengiste, The Shadow King, Canongate UK (in 1935, orphaned servant Hirut struggles to adapt to her new household as Ethiopia faces Mussolini’s looming invasion)

Marianne Monson, Her Quiet Revolution, Shadow Mountain (biographical fiction brings to life the story of America’s first female state senator, Martha Hughes Cannon, who was also a doctor, suffragist, and champion of public health in the frontier territory of Utah in the late 19th century)

Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Untamed Shore, Agora Books (thriller, set in Mexico in the 1970’s about a film-obsessed young Mexican woman who becomes infatuated with three American tourists)

Louisa Morgan, The Age of Witches, Redhook (tale of family, magic, ambition and love in Gilded Age New York and London)

Que Mai Phan Nguyen, The Mountains Sing, Algonquin (brings to life the human costs of the Vietnam War from the point of view of the Vietnamese people, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope)

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)

Jean-Pierre Ohl, (trans. Mike Mitchell), The Devil’s Road, Dedalus (while draining a pond during work for the construction of the Stockton to Darlington Railway George Stephenson’s workers discover a female corpse with a dagger stuck between her ribs)

Alyssa Palombo, The Borgia Confessions, St Martin’s Griffin (novel of love and power set against the tumultuous backdrop of Renaissance Italy)

Georges Perec (trans. Philip Terry), I Remember, Gallic (Perec records a stream of individual memories of a childhood in post-war France, while posing wider questions about memory and nostalgia)

Melissa Anne Peterson, Vera Violet, Counterpoint (explores themes of poverty, violence, and environmental degradation as played out in the young lives of a group of close-knit friends)

Steven Price, Lampedusa, Picador (1955― a man faces down the end of his life and struggles to make something of lasting worth, while there is still time)

Alice Quinn, (trans. Alexandra Maldwyn-Davies), The Shattered Portrait, Amazon Crossing (1888―when one of the wealthiest and most hated men on the French Riviera is murdered, finding his killer becomes a privilege—and a danger)

Tracy Rees, The House at Silvermoor, Quercus (England, 1899. A new century is dawning, and two young friends are about to enter into a world of money, privilege and family secrets)

Constance Sayers, A Witch in Time, Little,Brown (bound to her lover in 1895, and trapped by his side ever since, Helen has lived through multiple lifetimes, under different names, never escaping her tragic endings)

Herbert J. Stern, Alan A. Winter, Wolf, Skyhorse (researched and illustrated historical novel about a man who is not yet a monster, but will soon become the ultimate one: Adolf Hitler)

Sarah-Jane Stratford, Red Letter Days, Berkley (about two daring women who escape McCarthy-era Hollywood for London, where they find creative freedom)

Sarah Sundin, The Land Beneath Us, Revell (when an Army Ranger and a librarian are bound together by a marriage of convenience, neither suspects it might lead to love. Set in 1940s)

Charles Todd, A Divided Loyalty, Wm Morrow (Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge is assigned one of the most baffling investigations of his career)

Liz Trenow, Under a Wartime Sky, Pan (based on real-life events at a top-secret wartime research station, and describes an invention whose significance matched that of the more famous code-breakers of Bletchley Park)

Margaret Verble, Cherokee America, Mariner Books (follows a web of complex family alliances and culture clashes in the Cherokee Nation, during the aftermath of the Civil War)

Rikke Villadsen, Cowboy, Fantagraphics (a rugged outlaw rides into a typical nineteenth-century Western town, swinging his six-guns and stirring up trouble)

Django Wexler, The Guns of Empire, Ace (4th entry in series set in an alternate 19th-c Europe)
Also: The Infernal Battalion

Paul Wolfe, The Lost Diary of M, Harper (reimagines the extraordinary life and mysterious death of bohemian Georgetown socialite Mary Pinchot Meyer— secret lover of JFK, ex-wife of a CIA chief, sexual adventurer, LSD explorer and early feminist living by her own rules)

Michael Zapata, The Lost Book of Adana Moreau, Hanover Square (story of a Latin American sci-fi writer in 1929 and the lives her lost manuscript unites decades later in post-Katrina New Orleans)

March 2020

Ibrahim al-Koni, (trans. Elliot Colla), Gold Dust, Hoopoe (classic story of the fight to endure in a world of limitless and waterless wastes, and a parable of the struggle to survive in the most dangerous landscape of all: human society)

Kirsten Alexander, Lost Boy Found, Grand Central (Southern historical novel based on the true story of a boy’s mysterious disappearance examines despair, loyalty, and the nature of truth)

Boris Akunin, She Lover of Death, Mysterious Press (tale of a secret suicide society in turn-of-the-century Moscow featuring a naïve young protagonist and the inimitable hero Erast Fandorin)

Laura Beatty, Lost Property, Atlantic UK (a disaffected writer roadtrips through 10,000 years of civilisation, watching humanity repeat itself with wars over borderlines)

Gretchen Berg, The Operator, Wm Morrow (debut novel, set in a small Midwestern town in the early 1950s, about a nosy switchboard operator who overhears gossip involving her own family, and the unraveling that discovery sets into motion)

Lisa T Bergren, Selah, Bethany House (last in colonial-era Sugar Baron’s Daughters trilogy)

Charlotte Betts, The Light Within Us, Little, Brown (multi-generational family drama set at the turn of the 19th-century and set in Cornwall, England)

John Buchan, Midwinter, Polygon (the Jacobite army marches into England and Alistair Maclean, close confident of Charles Edward Stewart embarks on a secret mission to raise support for the cause)

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

Amanda Cabot, Out of the Embers, Revell (when a fire destroys the orphanage where she worked, Evelyn Radcliff flees to the Texas Hill Country with an orphan in tow and a killer in pursuit)

Max Allan Collins, Do No Harm, Forge (latest in Nathan Heller mysteries set in late 40s)

Paul Colt, Destiny, Five Star (son of a shipping magnate is determined to make his fortune in the news industry)

Mary Connealy, Woman of Sunlight, Bethany House (Brides of Hope Mountain #2)

Connilyn Cossette, Like Flames in the Night, Bethany House (series end takes readers through the Israelites’ last days under Joshua)

Stephenn Cox, Our Child of the Stars, Jo Fletcher (in the year of Woodstock and moon landings, Molly and Gene Myers’ marriage is on the brink of collapse. Then a child arrives . . . .)

Curtis Craddock, A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery, Tor (sequel to An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors set in 16th-century France)

Thomas Crockett, The Great Matter Monologues, Top Hat (England, 1527, King Henry seeks a divorce from his first wife, Katherine, who can’t give him the male heir he desires)

Martin Davies, Mrs Hudson and the Samarkand Conspiracy, Canelo (a Holmes and Hudson mystery)

John DeSimone, The Road to Delano, Rare Bird (while the book doesn’t revolve around Chavez himself, it does focus on the Delano grape strike of the 1970s that helped launch Chavez to international fame)

Kevin Doherty, The Leonardo Gulag, Oceanview (journeys to the sinister heart of Stalin’s regime of terror, where paranoia reigns and no one is safe)

Paul Doherty, Death’s Dark Valley, Headline (1311. Murder and mayhem prowl the highways and coffin paths of medieval England in the Hugh Corbett series #20)

Olivier Dufault, (trans. Pablo Strauss), Benediction, House of Anansi (based on the true story of Canada’s most unlikely cowboy; tale of fraud and reinvention in the old American West)

Petra Durst-Benning, (trans. Edwin Miles), The Photographer, Amazon Crossing (historical saga of a female photographer who must defy convention to live her dreams in turn-of-the-century Germany)

Jan Eliasberg, Hannah’s War, Back Bay Books (re-imagination of the final months of World War II―an unforgettable love story about an exceptional woman)

Louise Erdrich, The Night Watchman, Harper (based on the life of the author’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C.)

Bernardine Evaristo, Lara, Bloodaxe (c.1997) (explores the lives of those who leave one country in search of a better life elsewhere, but who end up struggling to be accepted even as they lay the foundations for their children and future generations)

Jess Faraday, Shadow of Justice, Blind Eye (love is a dangerous proposition for many people in 19th century London, but for an ambitious copper climbing Scotland Yard’s greasy career ladder, it’s out of the question)

Ann Friedman, A Fine Tapestry of Murder, Accent ( a mystery that spreads from the unsavoury slums of the Ile Notre-Dame to the home of the Duc de Languedoc ― set in Paris, 1676)

Iris Gower, Bomber’s Moon, Canelo (saga of the Second World War)

Iris Gower, Sea Witch, Canelo (Welsh saga of love and loss)

Romesh Gunesekera, Suncatcher, The New Press (coming-of-age novel about difficult friendships and sudden awakenings set among the tumult of 1960s Sri Lanka)

Janice Hadlow, The Other Bennet Sister, Henry Holt (Mary Bennet’s story)

Matthew Harffy, Wolf of Wessex, Head of Zeus (AD 838. Deep in the forests of Wessex, Dunston’s solitary existence is shattered when he stumbles on a mutilated corpse)

Jane Healey, The Animals at Lockwood Manor, HMH/MantleUK (when a young woman is tasked with safeguarding a natural history collection as it is spirited out of London during World War II, she discovers her new manor home is a place of secrets and terror instead of protection)

Jody Hedlund, The Runaway Bride, Bethany House (having fled a dangerous engagement in London, Arabella can’t risk pairing herself with the wrong man again – The Bride Ships #2 of 3)

Christine Dwyer Hickey, The Narrow Land, Atlantic (1950: two boys forge an unlikely friendship with artists Jo and Edward Hopper, Cape Cod 1950)

Rebecca James, The Woman in the Mirror, Minotaur (a chilling modern gothic novel of a family consumed by the shadows and secrets of its past)

Brenda Janowitz, The Grace Kelly Dress, Graydon House (imagines an iconic wedding dress, such as Grace Kelly’s and the three generations of women whose lives are touched by it)

Mai Jia, The Message, Head of Zeus (literary thriller set in Japan-occupied China)

Alka Joshi, The Henna Artist, MIRA (set in post-Raj 1950s Jaipur about a young woman struggling to shape her own destiny in a world pivoting between the traditional and the modern)

Adel Kamel, (trans. Waleed Almusharaf), The Magnificent Conman of Cairo, Hoopoe (available in English for the first time―tells a story of fathers and sons, scoundrels and the innocent, set in 1930s Cairo)

Vénus Khoury-Ghata, (trans. Teresa Lavender Fagan), The Last Days of Mandelstam, Seagull (the great Russian poet Osip Mandelstam is 47 and dying in a transit camp near Vladivostok after having been arrested by Stalin’s government during the repression of the 1930s)

Alexandra Lapierre, The Woman of a Thousand Names, Atria (tale based on the true story of the Mata Hari of Russia, featuring a beautiful aristocrat fighting for survival during the deadly upheaval of the Russian Revolution)

John Lawton, Hammer to Fall, Atlantic Monthly (third Joe Wilderness spy thriller from a master of the genre, moving from icy Finland to tumultuous Cold War Prague)

Sarah Leipciger, Coming Up For Air, House of Anansi (set in Paris in 1899, Norway in the 1950s, and the Ottawa Valley in Canada in 2017, three lives intertwine in poignant and surprising ways)

Preston Lewis, Rio Ruidoso, Five Star (blend of history and story explores the violent years before the famed Lincoln County War in New Mexico Territory)

Zülfü Livaneli, (trans. Brendan Freely), Serenade for Nadia, Other Press (based on the real-life sinking of a refugee ship during World War II)

Mary-Rose MacColl, Lost Autumn, G.P. Putnam’s Sons (a young woman’s coming-of-age in 1920 Australia and the secrets that surface more than seventy years later

Sally Magnusson, The Ninth Child, Two Roads (novel combines Scottish folklore with hidden history)

Hilary Mantel, The Mirror & the Light, Henry Holt (traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey)

Nikki Marmery, On Wilder Seas, Legend (novel inspired by the true story of Maria, the slave-woman who sailed to freedom on the Golden Hind during Drake’s circumnavigation voyage)

Shannon McNear, The Blue Cloak, Barbour (in 1797 Rachel Taylor attends her friend’s wedding only to watch it dissolve in horror has the groom, Wiley Harpe, and his cousin become murderers on the run)

Karen McQuestion, Dovetail, Lake Union (multi-period novel of enduring love, family secrets, and mysterious death)

Jean Moran, Summer of the Three Pagodas, Head of Zeus (saga set in post-war Hong Kong and Korea)

TaraShea Nesbit, Beheld, Bloomsbury (story of the first murder in Plymouth, Massachusetts)

Maggie O’Farrell, Hamnet, Headline(about the death of Shakespeare’s eleven-year-old son Hamnet and the years leading up to the production of his great play, Hamlet)

Pola Oloixarac, (trans. Roy Kesey), Dark Constellations, Soho Press (from the world of 19th-century science to an ultra-surveilled near future, novel explores humanity’s quest for knowledge and control, and leaps forward to the next steps in human evolution)

Sharon K. Penman, The Land Beyond the Sea, Putnam (1172. The Kingdom of Jerusalem, also known as Outremer is the land beyond the sea)

Tracie Peterson, Secrets of My Heart, Bethany House (Portland, Oregon, 1879. Nancy Pritchard finds herself a widow with a world of problems when her deceased husband’s schemes start to come to light)

Malcolm Pryce, The Corpse in the Garden of Perfect Brightness, Bloomsbury (it’s 1948 and the British railways have been nationalised, bringing to an end Jack Wenlock’s days as an elite train detective)

Julia Quinn, First Comes Scandal, Little,Brown (historical romance)

Eric Sean Rawson, Banana Republic, Regal House (loosely based on the history of U.S. intervention in the “banana wars” of the early 20th-c. A comic tale of greed, ambition, and gunboat diplomacy)

Deanna Raybourn, A Murderous Relation, Berkley (a Veronica Speedwell mystery)

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

Natasha Pulley, The Lost Future of Pepperharrow, Bloomsbury (sequel to The Watchmaker of Filigree Street takes readers to 1880s Japan, where nationalism is on the rise and ghosts roam the streets)

Constance Sayers, A Witch in Time, Little,Brown (a young witch is cursed to relive a doomed love affair through many lifetimes, as both troubled muse and frustrated artist)

Katrin Schumann, This Terrible Beauty, Lake Union (story of one woman’s journey to reclaim what she lost in a country torn apart by the devastating legacy of WWII)

Katy Simpson Smith, The Everlasting, Harper (set in Rome in four different centuries; explores love in all its various incarnations and ponders elemental questions of good and evil, obedience and free will that connect four unforgettable lives)

Douglas Skelton, The Blood is Still, Polygon (when the body of a man in 18th-C Highland dress is discovered on the site of the Battle of Culloden, journalist Rebecca Connolly takes up the story)

Jill Eileen Smith, Star of Persia: Esther’s Story, Revell (brings to life the beloved story of Esther, queen of Persia)

B.A. Thomas-Peter, The Kissing Fence, Caitlin Press (two generations grapple with identity, oppression, and redemption rooted in the chilling history of the 1950s and 60s conflict between the BC government and the Doukhobor community)

Rupert Thomson, Never Anyone But You, Other Press (traces the real-life love affair of two extraordinary women, recreating the surrealist movement in Paris and the horrors of the world wars)

Lavie Tidhar, By Force Alone, Head of Zeus (everyone thinks they know the story of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table. But this is a historical novel with a difference)

Alan Titchmarsh, The Scarlet Nightingale, Hodder & Stoughton (set in wartime London and occupied France, this is a story of love, danger and sacrifice)

Christos Tsiolkas, Damascus, Atlantic UK (events surrounding the birth and establishment of the Christian Church)

Jin Yong, A Bond Undone, SMP (second book in the Chinese classic Legends of Condor Heroes series)

April 2020

Mark Alder, The Devil’s Blade, Gollancz (story of Julie D’Aubigny and her deal with the devil in 17th-C Paris)

Marco Balzano, I’m Staying Here, Head of Zeus (the struggle of one woman and one village against war, racism and ecological devastation – Curòn, 1920)

Barbara Barnett, Alchemy of Glass, Pyr (historical fantasy of magical realism drawing upon cutting edge science and the most ancient of Celtic mythology)

Sebastian Barry, A Thousand Moons, Faber & Faber (Winona Cole, an orphaned child of the Lakota Indians, finds herself growing up in an unconventional household on a farm in west Tennessee)

Juliet Bates, The Colours, Little,Brown (living in a tiny town in the north-east of England, in a world on the cusp of war, no one has time for an orphaned girl who seems a little strange)

Albert A. Bell, Hiding From the Past, Perseverance Press (another mystery from the notebooks of Pliny the Younger set in Transalpine and Cisalpine Gaul)

Pamela Bell, Spring Comes to Emmerdale, Trapeze (this 2nd novel explores the lives of Emmerdale’s much-loved families during the Great War and beyond)

Cara Black, Three Hours in Paris, Soho Crime (in June of 1940, after Paris had fallen to the Nazis, Hitler spent a total of three hours in the city. Why did he leave in such a hurry—and why did he never come back?)

Robin Blake, Death and the Chevalier, Severn House (a Cragg and Fidelis mystery)

Grace Burrowes, A Duke By Any Other Name, Little,Brown (Regency Romance)

Michelle Cameron, Beyond the Ghetto Gates, She Writes (set during the turbulent days of Napoleon Bonaparte’s Italian campaign (1796–97), a cautionary tale with its rising tide of anti-Semitism, and a story of hope)

Megan Campisi, Sin Eater, Atria (novel about a shunned orphan girl in 16th century England who is ensnared in a deadly royal plot and must turn her subjugation into her power)

J’nell Ciesielski, The Socialite, Thomas Nelson (glamour, treachery, and espionage collide when an English socialite rushes to save her sister from the Nazis)

Mari Coates, The Pelton Papers, She Writes (based on the life of artist Agnes Pelton, covers everything from her shrouded Brooklyn childhood to her early success in 1913, subsequent retreat to a contemplative life, and, ultimately, the flowering of her deeply spiritual art)

Lynn A. Coleman, Lynette Sowell, Cecelia Dowdy, Terri Haynes, A Teacher’s Heart, Barbour (4 inspirational romances set in late 19th-c)

F.G. Corram, The Auguries, Severn House (in the 1500s an almanac full of magic spells was put together by someone intent on bringing about The End Times. It has resurfaced and is being used indiscriminately)

Oscar de Muriel, The Darker Arts, Orion (Detective ‘Nine Nails’ McGray’s most trusted clairvoyant, hosts a séance for three of Edinburgh’s wealthiest families.The following morning everyone is found dead)

Margaret Dickinson, The Spitfire Sisters, Pan (saga set in England pre-WWII)

Nadine Dorries, The Velvet Ribbon, Head of Zeus (3rd part of Tarabeg trilogy set in post-WWII western Ireland)

Clara Dupont-Monod, The Revolt, Quercus (Richard Lionheart tells the story of his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine)

Martin Edwards, Mortmain Hall, Head of Zeus (a Gothic remaking of the classic country-house murder mystery)

Pamela Binnings Ewen, The Queen of Paris, Blackstone (based on the real life of Coco Chanel, novel reveals an unseen side to the celebrated icon as she trades fashion for espionage during WW II to protect her name, her business, and her legend)

Robert Fabbri, Magnus and the Crossroads Brotherhood, Corvus (tales taken from the Vespasian series)

Katie Flynn, Liverpool Daughter, Century (series about a young girl trying to make her way in war-torn Liverpool – 1940s)

Mariah Fredericks, Death of an American Beauty, Minotaur (Jane Prescott is taking a break from her duties as lady’s maid for a week, and plans to begin it with attending the hottest and most scandalous show in town – 3rd in series)

Holly Green, Workhouse Girl, Ebury (Patty Jenkins has come a long way from her poverty-stricken days in Brownlow workhouse and now has a coveted position in the kitchens at Freeman’s Department store in Liverpool)

Michelle Griep, The House at the End of the Moor, Shiloh Run (19th-century inspirational mystery romance)

Nino Haratischvili, (trans. Charlotte Collins, Ruth Martin), The Eighth Life, Scribe US (pic family saga beginning with the Russian Revolution and crossing a century)

Louise Hare, This Lovely City, Anansi International (debut novel about a Jamaican immigrant living in postwar London)

Amy Harmon, Where the Lost Wander, Lake Union (a haunting love story set on the Oregon Trail in 1853―a family and their unlikely protector find their way through peril, uncertainty, and loss)

C. S. Harris, Who Speaks for the Damned, Berkley (Sebastian St. Cyr investigates the mysterious life and death of a nobleman accused of murder in this 15th in series)

Joan E. Histon, The Senator’s Darkest Days, Top Hat (historical thriller set in 40AD)

Emma Hornby, A Daughter’s Price, Bantam (historical saga set in Northern England in late 1800s)

Gill Hornby, Miss Austen, Flatiron (England 1840 – witty novel about Cassandra Austen and her famous sister, Jane)

Anna Lee Huber, A Stroke of Malice, Berkley (a Lady Darby mystery set in Scotland , 1832)

Angela Hunt, Daughter of Cana, Bethany House (#1 in series of 4 New Testament novels)

Nancy Jensen, In Our Midst, Dzanc (tells the story of one family’s fight to cling to the ideals of freedom and opportunity that brought them to America)

Paulette Jiles, Simon the Fiddler, Wm Morrow (1865 – story of an itinerant fiddle player & a ragtag band of musicians trying to make a living, and the charming young Irish lass who steals his heart)

Reinhard Jirgl, (trans. Iain Galbraith), The Unfinished, Seagull (a tale of four generations plays out between the ruins of Nazi Germany and the rise and fall of communist East Germany, the birth of the Berlin Republic, and the shadow of a new millennium)

Serge Joncour, (trans. Jane Aitken & Polly Mackintosh), Wild Dog, Gallic (in an isolated house on a French hillside, two couples, a hundred years apart, seek refuge from the outside world)

Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoglu, (trans. Mark David Wyers), Stepmother Earth, Milet (Ahmet Celal loses his right arm as the result of a bullet wound at Gallipoli. Returning to Istanbul he is well-educated and at home in the city, but is taunted and teased because of his disability)

Imogen Kealey, Liberation, Grand Central (historical thriller of one of WWII’s most fascinating lesser-known figures: secret agent and WWII heroine Nancy Wake, once the Nazi’s Most Wanted Person)

Irene Kessler, Mountain of Full Moons, She Writes (Elisha is a 13-year-old girl living in Ancient Israel. She composes and sings songs, talks to an angel and tells other women to stand up for themselves. How can she exist in her society where women’s only choice is marry and have children?)

Sue Monk Kidd, The Book of Longings, Viking (story set in the first century about a woman who finds her voice and her destiny in a time of great despair and great hope)

Otto Kraus, The Children’s Block, Pegasus (story of five hundred children who lived in the Czech Family Camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau between September 1943 and June 1944)

Keith Ross Leckie, Cursed! Blood of the Donnellys, Douglas & McIntyre (based on the true story of the Donnellys of Lucan Township. In the midst of the feuds and famine of Tipperary, Ireland in 1846, Jim Donnelly and Johannah McGee fall passionately in love)

Madeleine L’Engle, The Moment of Tenderness, Grand Central (collection of short stories written in 1940s and 50s traces an emotional arc inspired by L’Engle’s early life and career)

Dorothy Macardle, Dark Enchantment, Tramp Press (c.1953) (evokes a magical pre-war France)

Frances Macken, You Have to Make Your Own Fun Around Here, One World (a portrait of 3 girls growing up in a small village in rural Ireland)

Cathy Mansell, A Place to Belong, Headline (novel set against the sweeping backdrop of Dublin and rural Ireland in the 1940s)

Maggie Mason, Blackpool’s Angel, Sphere (saga set in Blackpool, 1873)

Ellen Meeropol, Her Sister’s Tattoo, Red Hen Press (sisters Rosa and Esther march through downtown Detroit in August 1968 to protest the war in Vietnam)

Rod Miller, Pinebox Collins, Five Star (19th-c western)

Wu Ming-Yi, (trans. Darryl Sterk), The Stolen Bicycle, Text (a writer finds himself ensnared in the strangely intertwined stories of Lin Wang, the oldest elephant who ever lived, the soldiers who fought in the jungles of South-East Asia during World War II, and the secret world of butterfly handicraft makers in Taiwan)

Louisa Morgan, The Age of Witches, Redhook (tale of family, ambition, and love set in Gilded Age New York and London)

Sarah Xerar Murphy, Itzel II, Guernica (emotions range from euphoria to despair as story moves from the Oaxaca coast back to Mexico City, from Nauta’s Brooklyn streets to her time in Canada, and from the attraction between Basta and Itzel that has altered the characters’ friendship)

Annie Murray, Girls in Tin Hats, Pan (love, friendship, tragedy and courage under Birmingham’s war-torn skies)

Amy Sue Nathan, The Last Bathing Beauty, Lake Union (a former beauty queen faces the secrets of her past—for herself for her family’s future—in a story about fate, choices, and second chances)

Terri Nixon, A Cornish Inheritance, Piatkus (saga set in 1920 in south Devon, England)

Billy O’Callaghan, The Boatman and Other Stories, Harper (stories span a century and two continents, from the muddy fields of Ireland to a hotel room in Paris, a dingy bar in Segovia to an airplane bound for Taipei)

Eliot Pattison, The King’s Beast, Counterpoint (spring 1769, and war is brewing and hopes for a peaceful resolution may rest with an astonishing cache of fossils recovered in the Kentucky territories)

Molly Pohlig, The Unsuitable, Henry Holt (blend of Gothic ghost story and Victorian novel of manners)

Oliver Pötzsch, (trans. Lisa Reinhardt), The Master’s Apprentice, Amazon Crossing (a young man’s destined quest becomes a dance with the devil in this retelling of the Faust legend)

Zvi Preigerzon, (trans. Binyamin Shalom), When the Menorah Fades, Cherry Orchard (describes the life of the simple Jewish people and their suffering under the Nazis, with a Kabbalistic spiritual touch)

Bill Pronzini, The Stolen Gold Affair, Forge (8th title in the Carpenter & Quincannon historical mystery series)

Christine Raafat, The Will to Succeed, Unicorn (tells the story of Lady Anne Clifford, chronicles her brave attempt to take back what she was owed and gives readers a glimpse into some of the issues that women faced in the 17th-C)

Rishi Reddi, Passage West, Ecco (novel follows a family of Indian sharecroppers at the onset of World War I, revealing a little-known part of California history)

Jennifer Rosner, The Yellow Bird Sings, Picador (about a mother and daughter forced into hiding at the height of WWII, and the bond between parent and child that can never be broken)

Polly Samson, A Theatre for Dreamers, Bloomsbury (novel set on 1960s Hydra, a place and a bohemian society that has captivated the world for decades)

Lee Smith, Blue Marlin, Blair (book centers on the Blue Marlin Motel in 1959, where Jenny, her beautiful socialite mother, and chastened father share their sunny days with movie stars)

Wilbur Smith, Call of the Raven, Zaffre (adventure about one man’s quest for revenge, the brutality of slavery in America and the imbalance between humans that can drive – or defeat – us)

Lauraine Snelling, A Blessing to Cherish, Bethany House (finale to early 20th-c series about Norwegian immigrants)

Julia Spencer-Fleming, Hid From Our Eyes, Minotaur (Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery series with a new crime that spans decades)

Katherine Stansfield, The Mermaid’s Call, Allison & Busby (Cornwall 1845: a haunting evocation of a place and time when superstition and logic coexisted)

Caroline Stevermer, The Glass Magician, Tor (magical and romantic tale set in New York’s Gilded Age)

Stephanie Storey, Raphael, Painter in Rome, Arcade (an art history thriller)

Kevin Sullivan, The Figure in the Photograph, Allison & Busby (1898. When Juan Camerón’s father is killed while working as a photographer in Cuba, he leaves behind nothing but his last photos for his son)

Karin Tanabe, A Hundred Suns, SMP (novel set in 1930s Indochina about an American who journeys there in the name of family fortune, the glamorous world she finds herself in—and the truth she may be running from)

Molly Tanzer, Creatures of Charm and Hunger, John Joseph Adams/Mariner (magic-infused universe takes readers to World War II–era England where two young women are studying witchcraft)

Victoria Thompson, Murder on Pleasant Avenue, Berkley (Gaslight Mystery series)

Jennifer Smith Turner, Child Bride, SparkPress (in the segregated South of the mid-1900s – coming-of-age journey of a young girl from the South who joins the African American great migration to the North)

Szczepan Twardoch, (trans. Sean Gasper Bye), The King of Warsaw, Amazon Crossing (1937. Hitler is rising. Fascism is escalating. As a specter of violence hangs over Poland like a black cloud, its marginalized and vilified Jewish population hopes for a promise of sanctuary in Palestine)

Brian Van Norman, Against the Machine, Guernica (at war against Napoleon near bankrupt English mill-masters experiment with a new factory system acquiring machines to replace men)

Megan Walker, Lakeshire Park, Shadow Mountain (Brighton, England 1820 – Regency Romance)

Martha Waters, To Have and to Hoax, Atria (historical rom-com in which an estranged husband and wife in Regency England feign accidents and illness in an attempt to gain attention)

Katherine Webb, The Disappearance, Orion (a wartime story of WW II)

Alison Weir, The Princess of Scotland, Headline (companion piece to Kathryn Howard: The Tainted Queen)

C. M. Wendelboe, The Marshal and the Mystical Mountain, Five Star (a Nelson Lane Frontier mystery)

Jerri Westerson, Sword of Shadows, Severn House (a quest to find the ancient sword Excalibur quickly turns into a hunt for a determined killer for Crispin Guest)

Tracey Enerson Wood, The Engineer’s Wife, Sourcebooks Landmark (portrait of a woman transformed by a project of unfathomable scale, and of a husband and wife determined to build something that lasts)

Kathleen Y’Barbo, The Chisholm Trail Bride, Barbour (daughters of the Mayflower series – inspirational)

Michael Zimmer, Villa Lobos, Five Star (19th-c western)

May 2020

Jane A. Adams, The Good Wife, Severn House (a Henry Johnstone mystery set in 1920s England)

Sarah Ackerman, Red Sky Over Hawaii, Mira (story of a woman who has to put her safety and her heart on the line when she becomes the unexpected guardian of a misfit group)

W.M. Akers, Westside Saints, Harper Voyager (return to a twisted version of Jazz Age New York as relentless sleuth Gilda Carr’s pursuit of tiny mysteries drags her into a case that will rewrite everything she knows about her past)

Tania Bayard, In the Company of Fools, Severn House (a baby abandoned in the palace gardens leads scribe sleuth Christine de Pizan into a mystery involving murder in 14th-century France)

Johanna Bell, The Bobby Girls, Hodder (1914; while their men fight in France, at home in Britain women are finally seizing the opportunity to make a difference)

Alfred Birney, The Interpreter from Java, Head of Zeus (a crucial chapter in Dutch and European history that was deliberately concealed behind the ideological façade of postwar optimism)

Barbara Taylor Bradford, In the Lion’s Den, St. Martin’s (spanning the years from 1889 to 1892―second book in the House of Falconer saga)

Maggie Brookes, The Prisoner’s Wife, Berkley (inspired by the true story of a daring deception that plunges a courageous young woman deep into the horrors of a Nazi PoW camp)

Fiona Buckley, The Scent of Danger, Severn House (an Ursula Blanchard mystery)

Sarah Burton, The Strange Adventures of H, Legend Press (friendless, pregnant and destitute – H is forced to fend for herself on the rapidly emptying streets of London under quarantine)

Janie Chang, The Library of Legends, Wm Morrow (a historical novel—the third in a loosely-connected trilogy—in which a young woman travels across China with a convoy of student refugees, fleeing the hostilities of a brutal war with Japan)

Jennifer Chiaverini, Mrs. Lincoln’s Sisters, Wm Morrow (story of love, loss, and sisterhood)

Jill McCroskey Coupe, Beginning with Cannonballs, She Writes (in segregated 1940s Knoxville, Tennessee, Hanna (black) and Gail (white) share a crib as infants and remain close friends into their teenage years. Later on, it’s not so easy)

Diney Costeloe, The French Wife, Head of Zeus UK (sequel to The Children of the Siege. Hélène and Annette are now eighteen and strive to put the horrors of their past behind them… But can they?)

Rusty Davis, Cheyenne Gun, Five Star (the adventures of Fox Running and John Dooley Bk 1)

Theodore Dawes, Autograph Album, Laboratory Books (in a novel of social history, a young girl’s autograph album of the late 1880s is reproduced, with biographies of everyone who signed it)

Jennifer Delamere, Line By Line, Bethany House (years of hard work enabled Douglas Shaw to escape a life of desperate poverty–and now he’s determined to marry into high society)

Kimberly Duffy, A Mosaic of Wings, Bethany House (determined to uphold her father’s legacy, newly graduated Nora Shipley joins an entomology research expedition to India to prove herself in the field)

Amanda Dykes, Set the Stars Alight, Bethany House (reeling from the loss of her parents, Lucie Clairmont discovers an artifact under the floorboards of their London flat, leading her to an old seaside estate)

Anne Emery, Postmark Berlin, ECW Press (story takes us from the historic Navy town of Halifax, Nova Scotia, to the history-laden city of Berlin, as Brennan and his brother Terry head to Germany in search of answers)

Loren D. Estleman, Indigo, Forge (film detective Valentino is summoned to the estate of Ignacio Bozel to collect a film from the classic noir period, thought lost for more than sixty years)

Edward Farmer, Pale, Blackstone (Mississippi, summer 1966― novel explores the ties that bind and how quickly humanity can fade and return us to primal ways)

Jessie Redmon Fauset, There is Confusion (c.1924), Dover (eet in Philadelphia a century ago, novel explores the struggle for social equality as experienced by two members of the black middle class)

Louise Fein, Daughter of the Reich, Wm Morrow (story of impossible love set against the backdrop of the Nazi regime)

Louise Fein, People Like Us, Head of Zeus (love, loss and finding oneself in a nation gripped by tyranny)

Lauren Francis-Sharma, book of the little axe, Atlantic Monthly (a journey, spanning decades and oceans from Trinidad to the American West during the tumultuous days of warring colonial powers and westward expansion)

Ann H. Gabhart, An Appalachian Summer, Revell (in 1933, Louisville most people are focused on the Great Depression but all Piper Danson can think about is how to get out of being a debutante)

Alex George, The Paris Hours, Flatiron (Paris between the wars teems with artists, writers, and musicians. But amidst the dazzling creativity of the city’s most famous citizens, four regular people are each searching for something they’ve lost)

David Gilman, Cross of Fire, Head of Zeus (the Hundred Years War still rages on and the French army thirsts for Thomas Blackstone’s blood)

Dennis Glover, The Last Man in Europe, Polygon (1947. In a damp, run-down farmhouse on the island of Jura, George Orwell is embarking on his greatest work: Nineteen Eighty-Four)

Gail Godwin, Old Lovegood Girls, Bloomsbury (the story of two remarkable women and the complex friendship between them that spans decades)

Adrien Goetz, (trans. Natasha Lehrer), Villa of Delirium, New Vessel Press (on the French Riviera in the early 1900s, an illustrious family builds a villa–a replica of a Greek palace, complete with marble columns and frescoes depicting mythological gods)

C. W. Gortner, The First Actress, Ballantine (tumultuous life of the legendary French star Sarah Bernhardt–the world’s first modern actress and international celebrity)

Jean-Claude Grumberg, The Most Precious of Cargoes, HarperVia (set during the height of WW II,an unsettling tale about a woodcutter and his wife, who finds a mysterious parcel thrown from a passing train)

Kimiko Guthrie, Block Seventeen, Blackstone (leads the reader to and from the past, through an unreliable present, and, inescapably, toward a shocking revelation. An exploration of a dark passage of American history)

Charlaine Harris, An Easy Death, Gallery / Saga (alternative history adventure following a young gunslinging mercenary on deadly mission through the American Southwest)

Kate Heartfield, The Humours of Grub Street, ChiZine Publications (after watching his hero Daniel Defoe stand in the pillory, a young lawyer named Rye Hackett gets the courage to publish a political essay)

Jody Hedlund, A Bride of Convenience, Bethany House (book 5 in The Bride Ships series)

Conn Iggulden, ‘Untitled’, Michael Joseph (set in the bloody, brutal world of Ancient Persia, an age of ever-shifting loyalties and epic battles)

Mark C. Jackson, The Great Texas Dance, Five Star (The Tales of Zebadiah Creed, Bk 2)

Natalie Jenner, The Jane Austen Society, St Martin’s (just after the Second World War, in the small English village of Chawton (Jane Austen’s last home), an unusual but like-minded group of individuals band together to attempt something remarkable)

Catherine Jinks, Shepherd, Text (thirteen-year-old shepherd Tom must defend himself against a ruthless killer, tracking him through the outback. Set in colonial era Australia 1840)

Alaya Dawn Johnson, Trouble the Saints, Tor (dawn of WWII―amidst the whir of city life, a girl from Harlem is drawn into the glittering underworld of Manhattan, where she’s hired to use her knives to strike fear amongst its most dangerous denizens)

Stephen P. Kiernan, Universe of Two, Wm Morrow (fictionalized account of the life of Charlie Fisk, a gifted mathematician who was drafted into the Manhattan Project and ordered to build the detonator for the atomic bomb)

Josi S. Kilpack, Rakes and Roses, Shadow Mountain (Regency Romance)

Carolyn Kirby, When We Fall, No Exit (1943. In England, Vee Katchatourian is training to be a ferry pilot and, in spite of her sex and her foreign name, she is determined to get her Wings)

Linda Lafferty, Fierce Dreamer, Lake Union (a historical novel about a defiant seventeenth-century artist who dared to feed her passions and explore the limitless possibilities of art)

Nathaniel Lande, While the Music Played, Blackstone (beginning in 1939 pre-war Prague, novel focuses on the story of young Max Mueller, a curious bright romantic,-a budding musician, piano tuner, and nascent journalist)

Jenny Lecoat, Hedy’s War, Polygon (in June 1940, Hedy Bercu, a young Jewish girl from Vienna herself once more entrapped by the Nazis on the Channel Islands)

Maureen Lee, Goodbye Liverpool, Orion (Liverpool 1937 – story of wartime love, loss and courage)

Aimee Liu, Glorious Boy, Red Hen Press (after five years in the remote Andaman Islands, aspiring anthropologist Claire Durant and her husband Shep, a civil surgeon, must evacuate with their beloved but mysteriously mute four-year-old)

Lee Martin, Yours, Jean, Dzanc (set in 1950s ―about small town manners and the loneliness that drives people to do things they never imagined)

Maggie Mason, Blackpool Sisters, Sphere (2nd book in trilogy set in 1902 and 1914)

Andrew McBride, Coyote’s People, Five Star

Brian Moreland, Tomb of the Gods, Flame Tree (in 1935, British archaeologists vanished inside an Egyptian cave. Egyptologist Imogen Riley desperately wants to know what happened to the ill-fated expedition)

Isla Morley, The Last Blue, Pegasus (inspired by the fascinating real case of “the Blue People of Kentucky” that probes questions of identity, love, and family)

Tara Moss, The War Widow, Dutton (the war may be officially over, but journalist Billie Walker’s search for a missing young immigrant man will plunge her right back into the danger)

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

Abir Mukherjee, Death in the East, Pegasus (Calcutta police detective Captain Sam Wyndham and his Indian Sergeant are back for another adventure set in 1920s India)

Janette Oke, Laurel Oke Logan, Unyielding Hope, Bethany House (inspirational romance)

Amanda Quick, Close Up, Berkley (Burning Cove, California is where 1930s Hollywood glamour conceals a ruthless killer)

Anne Raeff, Only The River, Counterpoint (a novel of two families set in New York and Nicaragua over several generations as their lives collide in mysterious ways)

Lucinda Riley, The Sun Sister, Atria (transports readers from the dazzling streets of modern-day New York City to the breathtaking plains of 1940s colonial Kenya)

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

Gareth Rubin, The Winter Agent, Michael Joseph (thriller set in occupied France, 1944)

Adania Shibli, (trans. Elisabeth Jaquette), Minor Detail, New Directions (a novel meditating on war, violence, memory, and the sufferings of the Palestinian people- multi-period – 1949 & present)

Anna Solomon, The Book of V., Henry Holt (a novel intertwining the lives of a Brooklyn mom in 2016, a senator’s wife in the 1970s, and the Bible’s Queen Esther, whose stories of sex, power and desire surprisingly converge)

Karen Lee Street, Edgar Allan Poe and the Empire of the Dead, Pegasus (the third novel in the author’s Poe and Dupin series)

Ashley E. Sweeney, Answer Creek, She Writes (shadowing the Donner Party as they trek west ―chronicles one young woman’s descent into depravity as she risks values, faith, reputation, for the mirage of a better life in California)

Sam Thompson, Jott, JM Originals (February 1935, two young Irishmen walk in the grounds of a London mental hospital. Arthur Bourne, a junior psychiatrist, is about to jeopardise his future for his closest friend)

Dejan Trajkoski, (trans. Paul Filev), Infidelity, Dalkey Archive Press (set in Macedonia at the beginning of the 20th century, the novel draws on myth and history to tell an unusual story of star-crossed lovers)

Jen Turano, Storing Up Trouble, Bethany House (discovers the curious way feelings can grow between two very different people in the midst of chaos)

James Wade, All Things Left Wild, Blackstone (a botched robbery sets two men on conflicting journeys across the untamed landscape of the American West)

Alison Weir, Six Tudor Queens: Katheryn Howard, The Tainted Queen, Headline (sixth book in the Tudor Queens series)

Robert Wexelblatt, The Hsi-Wei Tales, Regal House (story set against the historical background of the Sui Dynasty in China)

Abigail Wilson, Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey, Thomas Nelson (historical Regency romance)

Alice Zeniter, The Art of Losing, Picador (novel of family, about history, immigration and identity, spanning three generations and some seventy years across the shores of the Mediterranean)

June 2020

Hope Adams, Conviction, Michael Joseph (July 1841 – tale about female anger, subservience and strength)

Katherine Addison, The Angel of the Crows, Tor (in an alternate 1880s London, angels inhabit every public building, and vampires and werewolves walk the streets with human beings under a well-regulated truce)

Ellen Alpsten, Tsarina, Bloomsbury (debut novel about the serf’s daughter who became the Empress of Russia)

JM Alvey, Scorpions in Corinth, Orion (Persian War is over and wealthy Athenians are looking to expand alliances overseas)

Taylor Anderson, Winds of Wrath, Ace (the crew of the WWII destroyer USS Walker is mysteriously transported to an alternate version of earth – alternate history fantasy series)

Jean-Baptiste Andrea (trans. Sam Taylor), A Hundred Million Years and a Day, Gallic (summer 1954: a tale of self-discovery)

Rosie Archer, Victory for the Bluebird Girls, Quercus (final chapter in the Bluebird Girls series)

Michael Arditti, The Anointed, Arcadia (novel centres on three fascinating, formidable women in Ancient Israel, whose voices have hitherto been silenced)

Rachel Beanland, Florence Adler Swims Forever, Simon & Schuster (over the course of one summer three generations of the Adler family grapple with heartbreak, romance, and the weight of family secrets)

Lawrence Reid Bechtel, That Dazzling Sun, BQB Publishing (in this second book, Rachel Bringhouse sails to England to work alongside the famous social activist and poet, Hannah More)

Misty M. Beller, Love’s Mountain Quest, Bethany House (inspirational romance)

Marlowe Benn, Passing Fancies, Lake Union (2nd in Julia Kydd series set in 1920s New York)

L. Annette Binder, The Vanishing Sky, Bloomsbury (story about a family of German citizens during World War II)

Shelley Blanton-Stroud, Copy Boy, She Writes (it’s 1937, the height of the Great Depression, and there are almost no jobs for girls, so Jane turns herself into Benny and gets hired as a newspaper copy boy)

Kate Brelland, The Way Home, Piatkus (next book in the saga series set during WW1, based on the lives of the female factory workers at Barratt’s Sweet Factory)

Derek Burnett, The Fortunes and Vicissitudes of Stern Whitman, Five Star (Prospector Stern Whitman and his little brother, Johnny, have made a once-in-a-lifetime strike high up in the Sierra Nevada)

Linda Byler, The Dakota Series Trilogy, Good Books (three Amish novels set during the Great Depression)

Elizabeth Camden, A Gilded Lady, Bethany House (Hope and Glory book 2)

Christian Cameron, The Last Greek, Orion (211BCE. The Roman invasion from the western seas is imminent, and from the south the Spartans are burning and pillaging their way north)

Mathew Carr, Black Sun Rising, Pegasus (a sinister detective story of eugenics, racism, and nationalist paranoia set in early 1900s)

Janet Skeslien Charles, The Paris Library, Atria US/Two Roads UK (based on the true WW II story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris; a story of romance, friendship, and the power of literature to bring us together)

Alys Clare, The Indigo Ghosts, Severn House (forensic mystery set in Stuart England. Gabriel Taverner uncovers a series of shocking secrets when he’s summoned by his former naval captain to investigate strange goings-on aboard his ship)

Cassandra Clark, The Hour of the Fox, Severn House (introducing reluctant spy and friar-sleuth Brother Rodric Chandler in the first of a medieval mystery series set in 1399)

Chanel Cleeton, The Last Train to Key West, Berkley (in 1935 three women are forever changed when one of the most powerful hurricanes in history hits the Florida Keys)

Tea Cooper, The Woman in the Green Dress, Thomas Nelson (a mystery surrounding an opal and a green dress links two women—one in the mid-1800s and the other at the close of WW I)

Christina Courtenay, Echoes of the Runes, Headline (dual-narrative romantic history set in present day and 869AD Sweden)

Shaun Curry, Of Blood and Flame, Harper Inspire (set between the years 1627-1637, Book 2 in The Swords of Fire Trilogy witnesses the continuation of the Shogun’s Christian extermination)

Margaux DeRoux, The Lost Diary of Venice, Ballantine (two love stories are fatefully connected by one artist’s mysterious diary in this debut that leaps between the mysteries of late Renaissance Venice and the dramas of present-day America)

Marina Endicott, The Voyage of the Morning Light, W.W. Norton (novel set aboard the Morning Light, a Nova Scotian merchant ship sailing through the South Pacific in 1912)

Stuart Evers, The Blind Light, Picador (from the 1950s to now―story of the interconnected lives of two families from very different backgrounds)

Robert Fabbri, To the Strongest, Corvus (Babylon, 323 BC―first book in bloody and brutal series set after the death of Alexander the Great)

W. Michael Farmer, The Odyssey of Geronimo: Twenty-Three Years a Prisoner of War, Five Star (based on history and Apache culture)

Ellen Feldman, Paris Never Leaves You, St. Martin’s Griffin (alternating between wartime Paris and 1950s New York publishing ― a story of resilience, love, and impossible choices, exploring how survival never comes without a cost)

Susie Finkbeiner, Stories That Bind Us, Revell (family saga set in 1960s Michigan)

Kathleen O’Neal Gear, W. Michael Gear, People of the Canyons, Forge (a tale of trapped magic, a tyrant who wants to wield its power…and a young girl who could be the key to save a people)

Tim Glister, Red Corona, Point Blank (it’s 1961 and the white heat of the Space Race is making the Cold War even colder)

Leonard Goldberg, The Art of Deception, Minotaur (Daughter of Sherlock Holmes series book 4)

Theodora Goss, The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl, Gallery (Mary Jekyll and the Athena Club foil a plot to unseat the Queen and race to save one of their own)

Matthew Harffy, Fortress of Fury, Head of Zeus (Bernicia Chronicles Book VII set in Dark Age Britain)

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, Pack Up Your Troubles, Sphere (War At Home book 6)

Elsa Hart, The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne, Minotaur (new mystery series set as England teeters on the edge of the scientific revolution)

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

Sarah Hawkswood, Vale of Tears, Allison & Busby (1144. When a man is found stabbed to death, he provides the link tying together several seemingly random deaths. But with a multitude of suspects, who’s to blame?)

Ursula Hegi, The Patron Saint of Pregnant Girls, Flatiron (1878―a portrait of marriage and motherhood, and of the ways in which women hold each other up in the face of heartbreak)

Graham Hurley, Blood of the Wolf, Head of Zeus (Wars Within series descends into the hell of the Stalingrad cauldron)

Michael Januska, St. Luke Road, Dundurn (bootleggers, cops, and corruption collide along the Detroit River, where Jack McCloskey smuggles his illegal liquor, in this Prohibition-era mystery)

Jane Johnson, The Sea Gate, Head of Zeus (after her mother ‘s death, Rebecca discovers family secrets buried for more than seventy years)

M.R.C. Kasasian, The Ghost Tree, Head of Zeus (multi period Betty Church murder mystery set in 1914 and 1940¬)

Gordon Kerr, The Partisan Heart, Muswell Press (while the brutal repercussions of WWII are still reverberating, Michael uncovers the truth of his wife’s affair and reveals five decades of duplicity and deception)

Laurie R. King, Riviera Gold, Bantam (Europe 1920s – Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes turn the Riviera upside-down to crack their most captivating case)

Matthew Kneale, Pilgrims, Atlantic UK (1289. A rich farmer fears he’ll go to hell for cheating his neighbours)

Nella Larsen, Passing, Macmillan Collector’s (novel about racial identity set in New York in 1929)

Valerie Fraser Luesse, The Key to Everything, Revell (after WWII and a family tragedy, Peyton Cabot seeks connection with his troubled veteran father)

David Mack, The Shadow Commission, Tor (November 1963. Cade and Anja have lived in hiding for a decade, training new mages. Then the assassination of President Kennedy triggers a series of murders whose victims are all magicians)

Clara McKenna, Murder at Blackwater Bend, Kensington (romantic murder mystery set in 1920s England)

Martha McPhee, An Elegant Woman, Scribner (multigenerational saga that explores one family’s story against the sweep of 20th-century American history)

Alice Miller, More Miracle Than Bird, Tin House (charts the iconic love story between W. B. Yeats and his wife Georgie, against the backdrop of WWI)

Judith Miller, A Single Spark, Bethany House (wanting to do her part in the Civil War effort, Clara McBride goes to work in the cartridge room at the Washington Arsenal)

David Mitchell, Utopia Avenue, Random House (over two years and two albums, novel navigates the dark end of the Sixties: its parties, drugs and egos, political change and personal tragedy; and the trials of life as a working band in London, the provinces)

Allison Montclair, A Royal Affair, Minotaur (more goes wrong than could be imagined when Iris Sparks and Gwendolyn Bainbridge are unexpectedly engaged to dig into the past of a suitor of a royal princess)

Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Mexican Gothic, Del Rey (gothic suspense novel about an isolated mansion in 1950s Mexico—and the brave socialite drawn to its treacherous secrets)

Lars Mytting, (trans. Deborah Dawkin), The Bell in the Lake, Overlook (novel set in 1897 Norway, of a young woman whose fate plays out against her village’s mystical church bells)

Sten Nadolny, (trans. Breon and Lynda Mitchell), The Joy of Sorcery, Paul Dry Books, (Pahroc writes about his extraordinary life in 20th-c Germany for his young granddaughter, who, like him, has secret magical abilities)

John D. Nesbitt, Great Lonesome, Five Star (a Wyoming western)

Gerard O’ Donovan, The Doom List, Severn House (new 1920s mystery featuring Irish-born cop turned private investigator Tom Collins)

S. J. Parris, Execution, Pegasus (a Giordano Bruno mystery)

H. G. Parry, A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians, Redhook (a genre-defying story of magic, war, and the struggle for freedom in the early modern world)

David Peace, Tokyo Redux, Knopf (novel about a high-profile crime that occurrs in Tokyo during the occupation and goes cold, haunting the lives of both American and Japanese investigators for the next forty years)

Tracie Peterson, The Way of Love, Bethany House (Faith Kenner is pursuing her dream to become a doctor and use her gift to help the native populations on reservations)

Laura Purcell, The House of Whispers, Penguin (Victorian tale set on the Cornish coast in a rambling house by the sea in which a maid cares for a mute old woman with a mysterious past)

Karen Quevillon, The Parasol Flower, Regal House (working from 19th-c letters and paintings a PhD student reconstructs a year in the life of Hannah Inglis, an unknown artist who slipped from the history books)

Alice Randall, Black Bottom Saints, Amistad (pays tribute to Detroit’s legendary neighborhood, a mecca for jazz, sports, and politics)

Deborah Reed, Pale Morning Light with Violet Swan, Mariner (story of a famous abstract painter at the end of her life—her family, her art, and the long-buried secrets that won’t stay hidden for much longer)

Michael R. Ritt, The Sons of Philo Gaines, Five Star (Philo Gaines is a mountain man, Indian fighter, Texas Ranger and army scout, a father with three sons, a scholar, a gambler, and a gunman)

Karen Robards, The Black Swan of Paris, Mira (novel about a celebrated singer in WWII occupied France who joins the Resistance to save her estranged family from being killed in a German prison)

Diana Rosie, The Girl Who Turned Right, Mantle (Italy, 1938. Mussolini is in power and war is not far away)

James Ross, Hunting Teddy Roosevelt, Regal House (it’s 1909, and Teddy Roosevelt is not only hunting in Africa, he’s being hunted)

Aimie K. Runyan, Across the Winding River, Lake Union (WW II era historical novel)

Anbara Salam, Belladonna, Berkley (coming-of-age novel set in 1950s Italy that looks at the friendships that have the power to save and destroy us)

Susie Orman Schnall, We Came Here to Shine, St. Martin’s Griffin (set during the iconic 1939 New York World’s Fair, two intrepid young women form an unlikely friendship as they navigate a world of endless possibility, adversity, and find what they are made of)

Connie Schultz, The Daughters of Erietown, Random House (hidden desires, long-held secrets, and the sacrifices people make for family are at the heart of this novel about people in a small town)

Laura Shepherd-Robinson, Daughters of the Night, Mantle (story follows Lady Caroline Corsham as she seeks to avenge the death of a woman who society would rather forget)

Susan Richards Shreve, More News Tomorrow, W.W. Norton (multi-period follows daughter and parents on parallel trips up the Bone River, weaving together the hope of June 2008 with the injustices of June 1941)

Luanne G. Smith, The Glamourist, Amazon (2nd in series after The Vine Witch set in early 20th-c France)

Cindy K. Sproles, What Momma Left Behind, Revell (after the death of her mother, Worri Dressar takes on the care of orphans near their Appalachian mountain home)

Katherine Stansfield, The Mermaid’s Call, Allison & Busby (1845. When a man is found dead along the Cornish coast, Shilly and Anna are asked to investigate)

June Tate, The Girl from Kingsland Market, Allison & Busby (when her father never returned from the war, Phoebe Collins was left to run the family fruit and veg stall. But then she witnesses something terrible)

Liz Tolsma, The Green Dress, Barbour (Strange But True History series: Boston, 1886, Harriet Peters and Sarah Robinson are widows struggling to make ends meet, and they strike up a quick friendship)

Marisel Vera, The Taste of Sugar, Liveright (novel set in Puerto Rico on the eve of the Spanish-American War 1898)

Peter J. Wacks, Eytan Kollin, Caller of Lightning, Baen (Book 3 in the Arcane America series)

Peter Watt, The Queen’s Colonial, Pan Australia (1845: two men cross paths in New South Wales and agree to exchange places ― one to leave the army and the other to join it)

Beth White, A Reckless Love, Revell (last in Daughtry House series)

Beatriz Williams, Her Last Flight, Wm Morrow (in 1947, photographer and war correspondent Janey Everett arrives on the Hawaiian island of Kauai to research a planned biography of forgotten aviation pioneer Sam Mallory)

Karen Witemeyer, At Love’s Command, Bethany House (inspirational romance set in 1890s Texas)

Jake Wolff, The History of Living Together, Picador (this globe-trotting, century-spanning adventure story, follows two young men on separate quests for the Elixir of Life)

Glenda Young, Pearl of Pit Lane, Headline (when her mother dies in childbirth, Pearl Edwards is left in the care of her aunt, but it isn’t easy to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table)

July 2020

Tamera Alexander, Colors of Truth, Thomas Nelson (follows the journey of an Irish immigrant arriving in a country where her kind isn’t wanted, and of a former Federal soldier returning to the scene of a battle that almost destroyed him)

Alina Adams, The Nesting Dolls, Harper (spanning nearly a century, from 1930s Siberia to contemporary Brighton Beach, a family saga centering on three generations of women in one Russian Jewish family—each striving to break free of fate and history)

Amanda Barratt, Gabrielle Meyer, Jennifer Uhlarik, Kathleen Y’Barbo, Courting Calamity, Barbour (four historical Christian romance stories)

Johanna Bell, The Bobby Girls’ Secrets, Hodder (1915. Three friends are members of the Women’s Police Service. While Britain’s men are away fighting in France, the girls are doing their bit by keeping the peace at home)

Misty M. Beller, Love’s Mountain Quest, Bethany House (Hearts of Montana book 2)

Susanna Calkins, The Fate of a Flapper, St. Martin’s Griffin (second mystery in new series takes readers into the dark, dangerous, and glittering underworld of a 1920’s Chicago speakeasy)

Brenden Carlson, Night Call, Dundurn (in a alternate 1933, self-styled detective Elias Roche and his robot partner, Allen, immerse themselves in the criminal underworld to find a killer and hopefully prevent war on New York’s streets)

Eve Chase, The Daughters of Foxcote Manor, G.P. Putnam’s Sons (story of mothers, daughters, and belonging—and the devastating lies families tell themselves in order to survive)

Paul M. M. Cooper, All Our Broken Idols, Bloomsbury (an epic of worlds ancient and modern, of treasures lost and stolen, of those who make beauty and those who seek to destroy it)

Ida Curtis, The Nun’s Betrothal, She Writes (a suspenseful, romantic tale of court intrigue and forbidden love set in ninth-century France)

Richard Dargie, The Nazis’ Flight from Justice, Arcturus (there were millions of Nazis after World War II and the Allied powers set up an extensive programme to identify and prosecute members, but they knew they couldn’t rebuild Germany without its elites)

Fiona Davis, The Lions of Fifth Avenue, Dutton (a series of book thefts roils the iconic New York Public Library, leaving two generations of strong-willed women to pick up the pieces)

Lindsey Davis, The Grove of the Caesars, Minotaur (in the sacred grove of Julius Caesar, something deadly stirs in the undergrowth—a serial killer, who haunted the gardens for years, has claimed another victim)

P. T. Deutermann, The Hooligans, St. Martin’s Press (World War II naval adventure)

David Donachie, Blood Will Out, Allison & Busby (naval adventure set in 1787)

Dianne Freeman, A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder, Kensington (in Victorian-era mystery series, Frances Wynn finds her sister’s wedding threatened by a vow of vengeance)

Arjun Raj Gaind, The Missing Memsahib, Poisoned Pen (set against the backdrop of princely India during the heyday of the British Raj – third in trilogy)

Kristin Harmel, The Book of Lost Names, Gallery (inspired by a true story from World War II, a young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis)

Cora Harrison, Death of a Prominent Citizen, Severn House (a Reverend Mother mystery)

Helen A. Harrison, An Exquisite Corpse, Poisoned Pen (set in the sexually liberated New York art world of the 1940s – first in new mystery series)

Sarah Hawkswood, Faithful Unto Death, Allison & Busby (June 1144. When the naked corpse of an unknown man is discovered Catchpoll and Walkelin head to Wales to confirm his identity)

Arlene Heyman, Artifact, Bloomsbury (novel that follows the fortunes of biologist Lottie Kristin―Lottie is independent from the start, fascinated with the mysteries of nature and the human body)

Steven Hopstaken, Melissa Prusi, Stoker’s Wilde West, Flame Tree Press (Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker are once again pulled into the world of the supernatural, this time in the American West)

Cynthia Jefferies, The Honourable Life of Thomas Chayne, Allison & Busby (with England on the brink of civil war, exile Thomas Chayne finally has the chance to redeem himself by leading a troop of royalists to defend Oxford)

Ben Kane, Lionheart, Orion (1179. Henry II’s Norman conquerors have swept through England, Wales – and now Ireland)

Leslie S. Klinger, Weird Women, Pegasus (new volume of supernatural stories showcasing the forgotten female horror writers from 1852–1923)

Alex Landragin, Crossings, St. Martin’s Press (genre-bending debut—a novel in three parts, designed to be read in two different directions, spanning a hundred and fifty years and seven lifetimes)

Joe R. Lansdale, More Better Deals, Mulholland (1960s Texas story of a no-nonsense used car salesman ready to turn his life around)

Odie Lindsey, Some Go Home, W.W. Norton (debut novel that follows three generations in Mississippi—fractured by murder, seeking redemption. Civil rights era through present)

C. S. Malerich, The Factory Witches of Lowell, Tor.com (faced with abominable working conditions the mill girls of Lowell are going on strike, using a little witchcraft to ensure that no one leaves the picket line)

Stefano Massini, (trans. Richard Dixon), The Lehman Trilogy, HarperVia (spanning 150 years, an epic that tells the story of modern capitalism through the saga of the Lehman brothers and their descendants)

Matthew P. Mayo, Dilly, Five Star (coming-of-age story of an abused orphan boy)

Tiffany McDaniel, Betty, Knopf (novel set in the rolling foothills of the Appalachians in which a young girl discovers stark truths that will haunt her for the rest of her life)

Kerry McDonald, Bob Coles, Into Africa, Level 4 Press (story of Janet Livingston, her clash with Henry Stanley, and her surprising relationship with their guide, Goma Foutou)

Phil Mills Jr., Where the Wildflowers Dance, Five Star (a Good Wind Western)

Chris Nickson, The Molten City, Severn House (a Tom Harper mystery set in 1908 Leeds, UK)

Maggie O’Farrell, Hamnet, Knopf (about the death of Shakespeare’s eleven-year-old son Hamnet and the years leading up to the production of his great play, Hamlet)

Lesley Pearse, You’ll Never See Me Again, Penguin UK (When Betty’s husband returns from the war broken and haunted, she knows her marriage is doomed)

Lesley Pearse, ‘Untitled’, Michael Joseph (historical romance)

S. C. Perkins, Lineage Most Lethal, Minotaur (second mystery in the Ancestry Detective series, in which Texas genealogist Lucy Lancaster deals with murders in both the past and present)

Celia Rees, Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook, Wm Morrow (about an ordinary young British woman sent to uncover a network of spies and war criminals in post-war Germany)

Suzanne Rindell, The Two Mrs. Carlyles, G.P. Putnam’s Sons (a descent into obsession, love, and murder in the wake of San Francisco’s most deadly earthquake in 1906)

Philip Roth, The Plot Against America, HMH (alternative history set when renowned aviation hero Charles Lindbergh defeats Franklin Roosevelt by a landslide in the 1940 presidential election and fear invades every Jewish household in America)

Christina Schwarz, Bonnie, Atria (evokes the fascinating true crime love affair of Bonnie and Clyde in this fictional portrait of Bonnie Parker)

Muriel Spark, The Girls of Slender Means, Penguin UK (a bevy of well-bred girls of slender means and intriguing morals are plotting amongst themselves for the suitors who call to confer favour)

Larry D. Sweazy, The Return of the Wolfe, Five Star (Josiah Wolfe western)

Bryn Turnbull, The Woman Before Wallis, Mira (debut, set in the glamorous world of British and American royalty in the 1920s)

Gail Tsukiyama, The Color of Air, HarperVia (historical novel about a Japanese-American family set against the backdrop of Hawai’i’s sugar plantations)

Erica Vetsch, Susanne Dietze, Susan Page Davis, A Place to Call Home, Barbour (three romantic adventures bring the Old West to life – inspirational)

August 2020

Suzanne Allain, Mr. Malcolm’s List, Berkley (Regency romance)

Nancy Campbell Allen, Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts, Shadow Mountain (steampunk retelling of Cinderella – Victorian Proper Romance series)

Jennifer Ashley, Murder in the East End, Berkley (a Below Stairs mystery #4)

Finola Austin, Brontë’s Mistress, Atria (explores the scandalous love affair between Branwell Brontë and Lydia Robinson, giving voice to the woman who allegedly corrupted her son’s innocent tutor and brought down the entire Brontë family)

Marie Benedict, Lady Clementine, Sourcebooks Landmark (novel that focuses on one of the people who had the most influence during World War I and World War II: Clementine Churchill)

Rhys Bowen, The Last Mrs. Summers, Berkley (next entry in Royal Spyness Mystery series)

Emily Brightwell, Mrs. Jeffries Demands Justice, Berkley (latest entry in Victorian mystery series)

Betsy Carter, Lost Souls at the Neptune Inn, Grand Central (quirky, darkly comic historical novel set in the 1950s about three generations of women whose lives are changed when a mysterious stranger comes to town)

William Coles, Mr Two Bomb, Legend Press (one man miraculously survives the Atomic Bomb of Hiroshima and returns to his home in Nagasaki)

Sheila Connolly, The Secret Staircase, Minotaur (cosy mystery – a Victorian murder in a contemporary Victorian Village)

Patty Dann, The Wright Sister, Harper Perennial (epistolary novel that imagines the life of Katharine Wright and her relationship with her famous brothers)

Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, (trans. Margaret Jull Costa, Robin Patterson), Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas, Liveright (enigmatic, amusing and insufferable anti-hero describes his Rio childhood spent tormenting household slaves, his bachelor years of torrid affairs, and his obsessive final days)

W. E. B. Du Bois, The Quest of the Silver Fleece (c.1911), Dover (set against the turbulent background of the cotton industry, novel traces an ambitious young man’s journey to Washington to pursue his dreams as a senator’s assistant)

Mario Escobar, Children of the Stars, Thomas Nelson (a story of escape, sacrifice, and hope amid the perils of the second World War)

Eric Flint, Walter Hunt, 1636: The Atlantic Encounter, Baen (steampunk alternative history)

Rachel Fordham, A Life Once Dreamed, Revell (a schoolteacher i must face her past when a familiar doctor arrives in town and threatens to unlock the heart she’s guarded so tightly)

Mary Gibson, The Bermondsey Bookshop, Head of Zeus (1920s―Kate’s childhood is haunted by mystery surrounding her mother’s death. When she finds a job will she find all the answers she needs?)

Diana Giovinazzo, The Woman in Red, Grand Central (life story of Anita Garibaldi, the courageous, headstrong revolutionary who fought for freedom and self-determination in 19th-century Brazil, Uruguay, and Italy)

Helen A. Harrison, An Accidental Corpse, Poisoned Pen (the glamor and grit of the 1950s comes to life in a retelling of a murder that rocked the art world)

Annette Hess, (trans. Elisabeth Lauffer), The German House, HarperVia (coming-of-age story set against the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials of 1963)

Jennifer Hofmann, The Standardization of Demoralization Procedures, Little, Brown (novel about what happens when ideologies crumble and the betrayer himself is betrayed)

Wendy Holden, The Royal Governess, Berkley (a novel of Queen Elizabeth)

Nazanine Hozar, Aria, Pantheon (saga of rags-to-riches-to-revolution that follows an orphan girl coming of age at a time of dramatic upheaval)

Kristi Ann Hunter, Vying for the Viscount, Bethany House (when a strange man appears to be stealing horses at the neighboring estate, Bianca Snowley jumps to their rescue until she discovers he’s the new owner)

Harper Jameson, Satchel Paige, Level 4 Press (a black man in his 70s he discovers a mint condition Satchel Paige baseball card worth over $100,000, and is magically transported back to 1936)

Also: The Wasteland (the untold story of T.S. Eliot, his secret struggle with being gay, the people left in the wake of his meteoric career trajectory and the madness that helped produce his greatest work)
Also: I Wasn’t Really Naked (when the Nazis occupied France with their Vichy allies, Josephine Baker’s seeming ambivalence and notorious eccentricity gave her unique access behind enemy lines)

Harper Jameson, Peg A. Lamphier, The Last Witch, Level 4 Press (WWII; a crackpot spiritualist accurately describes the highly classified sinking of a Navy warship. To silence her, she is hunted down, arrested and found guilty of being a witch)

Harper Jameson, Rosanne M. Welch, Hate Radio, Level 4 Press (personal story of the rise and fall of Father Coughlin, as his pro-fascist, anti-Jewish message becomes too much for the US government to take)

Harper Jameson, Tamara Merrill, No Hatred or Bitterness, Level 4 Press (story of Edith Cavell’s improbable success, her capture and her defiance, even as she faced a German firing squad)

Juris Jurjevics, Red Flags, Soho Crime (a novel of soldiers and spies during the Vietnam War)

Margaret Kaine, A Life of Secrets, Allison & Busby (deploring social injustice, Lady Deborah Claremont opens a staff agency, concealing the fact that she’s a member of the aristocracy)

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

Cauvery Madhavan, The Tainted, HopeRoad (story of political and social unrest set in Nandagiri in southeast India in 1920)

George Mann, The Albion Initiative, Tor (steampunk mystery series concludes as our special agent heroes discover a plot of empire-changing proportions)

Kirsty Manning, The Lost Jewels, Wm Morrow (multi-period based on true events)

Edward Marston, Fear on the Phantom Special, Allison & Busby (Halloween, 1861. A special train with two carriages steams across the Lake District at night on its way to a place notorious for its record of supernatural incidents)

Edward Marston, Rage of the Assassin, Allison & Busby (1818. MP Sir Roger Mellanby is shot, but Bow Street Rival Paul Skillen deduces that the bullet was really for the Prince Regent)

Rachel McMillan, The London Restoration, Thomas Nelson (historical romance that takes place in post-World War II London)

Valerie Martin, I Give It To You, Nan A. Talese (story of family, war, art, and betrayal set around an ancient, ancestral home in the Tuscan countryside)

Alyssa Maxwell, Murder at Kingscote, Kensington (in late nineteenth-century Newport, Rhode Island, journalist Emma Cross discovers the newest form of transportation has become the newest type of murder weapon)

Julie McElwain, Shadows in Time, Pegasus (in 1816 London, Kendra Donovan tracks down a missing man, but finds trouble brewing closer to home. Fifth book in time-travel mystery series)

R.N. Morris, The Music Box Enigma, Severn House (a Silas Quinn mystery set in London 1914)

Patrice Nganang, (trans. Amy B. Reid), When the Plums are Ripe, Picador (second volume in a magisterial trilogy, the story of Cameroon caught between empires during World War II)

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

Gill Paul, Jackie and Maria, Wm Morrow (story of love, passion, and tragedy as the lives of Jackie Kennedy and Maria Callas are intertwined)

Mike Ripley, Mr Campion’s Séance, Severn House (an Albert Campion mystery set in London 1946)

Lilly Robbins, The Nightingales in Mersey Square, Orion (world war two saga of friendship and hope in the face of adversity)

Charles Rosenberg, The Day Lincoln Lost, Hanover Square (thriller that reimagines the tumultuous presidential election of 1860)

Constance Sayers, A Witch in Time, Redhook (1895― a young witch is cursed to relive a doomed love affair through many lifetimes, as both troubled muse and frustrated artist)

Carrie Vaughn, The Heirs of Locksley, Tor.com (King John is dead, 13yr-old King Henry is crowned, but John of Locksley, son of Robin Hood, only sees a lonely boy in need of friends)

Edmund White, A Saint From Texas, Bloomsbury (traces the fates of twin sisters, one destined for Parisian nobility and the other for Catholic sainthood)

K. Lyn Wurth, The Not So Quiet Life of Calamity Jane, Five Star

Glenda Young, The Girl With the Scarlet Ribbon, Headline (domestic saga in the vein of Catherine Cookson)

Ovidia Yu, The Mimosa Tree Mystery, Constable (murder mystery set in 1930s Singapore)

September 2020

Wanda E. Brunstetter, Brides of Lehigh Canal Trilogy, Barbour (three inspirational historical romances)

Winifred Bryher, Beowulf, Schaffner Press (a novel of the London Blitz)

Mario Escobar, Remember Me, Thomas Nelson (a 20th-century historical novel of tragedy and resilience inspired by Spain’s famed Children of Morelia and the true events that shaped their lives)

Julie Klassen, An Ivy Hill Christmas, Bethany House (tale of a prodigal’s return to the village of Ivy Hill)

Edward Massey, Founding Sheriff, Five Star (19th-c western)

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

Pinkie Paranya, St. Louis Sam and the Desperados, Five Star (going from St Louisto the Arizona Territory is a frightening step for a brother and sister who need to prove their uncle Millard Tremayne’s treachery)

Deborah Raney, Shannon McNear, Susanne Dietze, Janine Rosche, Love’s Pure Light, Barbour (4 stories follow an heirloom nativity set through four generations)

Ethan J. Wolfe, The Illinois Detective Agency: The Case of the Missing Cattle, Five Star (western set in Illinois 1884)

October 2020

November 2020

Julian Stockwin, Balkan Glory, Hodder & Stoughton (Thomas Kydd book 23)


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