Forthcoming historical novels for 2021

The Historical Novel Society lists mainstream and small press historical titles up to the early 1970s.  Details are compiled by Fiona Sheppard (US, CAN, UK, AUS) and are based on publisher descriptions.  This is a work in progress.

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

Last update February 7, 2021

January 2021

Anita Abriel, Lana’s War, Atria (story of a young woman recruited to be a spy for the resistance on the French Riviera during World War II)

Rose Alexander, Along the Endless River, Canelo (1890 – when her husband dies suddenly on the treacherous waters of the Amazon, a pregnant Katharine must decide whether or not to continue his dream, alone)

Susan Andersen, The Ballad of Hattie Taylor, Berkley (coming-of-age Western)

Gina Apostol, The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata, Soho Press (story of  a visually impaired member of a 19th-c anti-Spanish Philippine revolutionary society)

Viola Ardone (trans. Clarissa Botsford), The Children’s Train, HarperVia (based on true events – about poor children from the south sent to live with families in the north to survive deprivation and the harsh winters)

Jenny Ashcroft, Meet Me in Bombay, SMP (romance set in Bombay, India, 1913)

Charles Belfoure, The Fabergé Secret, Severn House (historical adventure journeying from the gilded ballrooms of Imperial Russia to the grim violence of the pogroms)

Misty M. Beller, Faith’s Mountain Home, Bethany House (3rd in Hearts of Montana romance series)

Marie Benedict, The Mystery of Mrs Christie, Sourcebooks Landmark (1920s – explores one strong woman’s successful endeavor to write her own narrative and take her history into her own hands)

Melanie Benjamin, The Children’s Blizzard, Delacorte (a story of courage on the prairie, inspired by the devastating storm that struck the Great Plains in 1888)

Max Besora (trans. Mara Faye Lethem), Adventures and Misadventures of the Extraordinary and Admirable Joan Orpí, Open Letter (faux-historical romp about a real-life conquistador who founded New Catalonia in the wilds of Venezuela)

Charlotte Betts, The Fading of the Light, Piatkus (historical saga)

S. Block, A Woman’s Courage, Bonnier Zaffre (in the depths of war, the members of one village’s Women’s Institute fight harder than ever to help the war effort)

J. C. Briggs, The Mystery of the Hawke Sapphires, Sapere (London 1851 – Charles Dickens and Superintendent Jones unravel two eerie mysteries)

Camilla Bruce, In the Garden of Spite, Berkley (novel of feminine rage about one of the most prolific female serial killers, (Hell’s Belle) in American history)

Helen Bryan, The River, Lake Union (final chapter in the epic historical trilogy of love, loyalty, and family in the heart of Virginia)

Serena Burdick, Find Me in Havana, Park Row (based on the true story of Estelita Rodriguez, a Cuban-born Hollywood actress and singer)

Maisy Card, These Ghosts Are Family, S&S (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)

Ella Carey, The Things We Don’t Say, Bookouture (historical novel about the relationships that shape us and the secrets we never forget)

Donis Casey, Valentino Will Die, PPP (murder strikes in Hollywood’s silent film era)

Megan Chance, A Splendid Ruin, Lake Union (novel of dark family secrets and a young woman’s rise and revenge set against the backdrop of the devastating 1906 San Francisco earthquake)

Jerome Charyn, Sergeant Salinger, Bellevue Literary Press (biographical portrait of a devastated young man on his way to becoming the mythical figure behind a novel that has marked generations)

J’nell Ciesielski, Beauty Among Ruins, Thomas Nelson (an American heiress finds herself in Scotland amid the fallout of the Great War)

Ida Cook, The Bravest Voices, Park Row (documents two sisters’ bravery leading up to WWII)

Afonso Cruz (trans. Angel Gurria-Quintana and Rahul Bery), Kokoschka’s Doll, MacLehose (the discarded life-size doll of Oskar Kokoschka’s lover resurfaces to play a role in the fate of Dresden citizens who survived the bombings during WWII)

M. Allen Cunningham, Q & A, Regal House (1956 – based on true events – deliberates on how to be real in a world of screen-induced self-deception)

Siobhan Curham, An American in Paris, Bookouture (Florence 1937 – wartime saga)

Tove Ditlevsen (trans. Tiina Nunnally), The Faces, Penguin Classic (Copenhagen, 1968. A mother of three, is increasingly haunted by disembodied faces and voices)

Cecilia Ekbäck, The Historians, Harper Perennial (tale of murder and conspiracy in Sweden during WWII)

Jim Eldridge, Murder at the Ritz, Allison & Busby (1940, London. DI Edgar Coburg and Sergeant Ted Lamson are called in to investigate a murder at the Ritz)

Kate Ellis, The House of the Hanged Woman, Piatkus (1921, Derbyshire. When a Member of Parliament goes missing in a small Derbyshire village, Scotland Yard detective Albert Lincoln is sent to investigate)

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

Eric Flint, Paula Goodlett, Gorg Huff, The Macedonian Hazard, Baen (time-travel alternate history taking place in the ancient Mediterranean not long after the death of Alexander the Great)

Carolyn Twede Frank, His Accidental Bride, Covenant (a woman switches places with a mail-order bride and heads west to escape her violent brother)

Laura Frantz, Tidewater Bride, Revell (takes you to the salty shores of 17th-c Virginia in this exploration of pride, honor, and the restorative power of true love)

Jane Fraser, Advent, Honno Press (set in 1904, a story of a generation of young women who finally begin to take hold of the reins of their own lives)

Molly Gartland, The Girl from the Hermitage, Lightning Books (debut guides readers from the old communist world, with its obvious terrors and surprising comforts, into the glitz & bling of 21st-c St. Petersburg)

Sulari Gentill, Shanghai Secrets, PPP (a Rowland Sinclair murder mystery set in Shanghai 1935)

Éric Giacometti, Jacques Ravenne (trans. Maren Baudet-Lackner), Hellbound, Hodder & Stoughton (Black Sun series Book 3))

Elizabeth Gifford, The Good Doctor of Warsaw, Pegasus (set in the ghettos of wartime Warsaw, inspired by the true story of one doctor who was determined to protect two hundred Jewish orphans from extermination)

Cathy Gohlke, Night Bird Calling, Tyndale (story of courage and transformation set in rural Appalachia on the eve of WWII)

Alex Gough, Emperor’s Spear, Canelo (Imperial Assassin Book 4)

Evie Grace, The Smuggler’s Wife, Arrow (set during the Napoleonic Wars in the 1800s)

Lily Graham, The Flight of Swallows, Bookouture (story of a brave brother and sister seeking safety during one of the darkest times in our history)

Molly Greeley, The Heiress, Wm Morrow (combines the knowing eye of Jane Austen with Gothic intrigue to reimagine the life of the mysterious Anne de Bourgh)

Molly Green, A Sister’s Song, Avon (2nd in Victory Sisters series. WWII)

Michelle Griep, The Thief of Blackfriars Lane, Shiloh Run (Christian romance in Victorian London)

Barbara Hambly, House of the Patriarch, Severn House (1840 – when Eve Russell vanishes into thin air, her frantic parents call on free man of color, Benjamin January, for help)

Arlem Hawks, Georgana’s Secret, Shadow Mountain (a Regency Romance on the high seas – 1811)

Natalie Haynes, A Thousand Ships, Harper (a women’s tale, after the battle for Troy)

Jody Hedlund, A Cowboy for Keeps, Bethany House (romance series follows the McQuaid family as they try to establish a ranch in 1862 Colorado. First in series of 5)

Kate Hewitt, Return to the Island, Bookouture (Amherst Island, book 3 – historical romance)

Tim Hodkinson, The Wolf Hunt, Aries (Iceland, AD 935: A warrior son must save his mother)

Catherine Hokin, All Who Wander, Bookouture (WWII story about survival and a mother’s enduring search for her child against all the odds)

Ben Hopkins, Cathedral, Europa Editions (story about obsession, mysticism, art, and earthly desire centering on the Cathedral, its design and construction in 12th & 13th centuries, in the town of Hagenburg)

Ladee Hubbard, The Rib King, Amistad (historical novel set in early 20th century that centers around the black servants of a down-on-its heels upper-class white family)

Graham Hurley, Last Flight to Stalingrad, Head of Zeus (a journalist at the Ministry of Propaganda falls afoul of the Nazi elite and begins a terrifying descent into the hell of Stalingrad as the Russians encircle the city)

Conn Iggulden, The Gates of Athens, Pegasus (evokes two of the most famous battles of the Ancient World—the Battle of Marathon and the Last Stand at Thermopylae. Athenian, book one)

Harper Jameson, W.A.W. Parker, The Wasteland, Level 4 Press (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)

Julia Claiborne Johnson, Better Luck Next Time, Custom House (story of endings, new beginnings, and the complexities and complications of friendship and love, set in late 1930s Reno)

Sadeqa Johnson, Yellow Wife, 37 Ink (follows an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Virginia)

Tara Johnson, All Through the Night, Tyndale (a novel of the American Civil War)

Robert Jones Jr., The Prophets, Quercus/G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Mississippi pre-civil war era – after a fellow slave seeks to gain favor by preaching the master’s gospel on the plantation, Isaiah and Samuel’s love, once so simple, is seen as sinful and a clear danger to the plantation’s harmony)

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)

Georgia Kaufman, The Dressmaker of Paris, Hodder & Stoughton (WWII saga)

Julia Kelly, The Last Garden in England, Gallery (tale of five women living across three different times whose lives are all connected by one very special garden)

Sahar Khalifeh (trans. Aida Bamia), My First and Only Love, Hoopoe (after many decades of restless exile, Nadal returns to her family home in Nablus, where she had lived with her grandmother before the 1948 Nakba that scattered her family across the globe)

Vaseem Khan, Midnight at Malabar House, Hodder & Stoughton (as 1950 dawns and India prepares to become the world’s largest republic, Detective Persis finds herself investigating a case that is becoming more political by the second)

Eleanor Kuhns, Death in the Great Dismal, Severn House (Will Rees and his wife get caught up in a dangerous murder case where no one trusts them)

Eleni Kyriacou, She Came to Stay, Hodder (story of friendship, family, love and loss set against the grimy and glittering streets of 50s Soho)

Tracy Lawson, Answering Liberty’s Call, Fidelis Publishing (war might be men’s business, but that doesn’t stop Anna Stone from trying to thwart a conspiracy against General George Washington)

Catherine Lloyd, Death Comes to the Rectory, Kensington (murder casts a dark shadow over the christening of Lady Lucy and Major Sir Robert Kurland’s daughter, Elizabeth)

Robert Low, Shake Loose the Border, Canelo (Border Reivers, Book 3)

Sharlene MacLaren, Her Steadfast Heart, Whitaker House (romance set during Civil War)

Charline Malaval (trans. Natasha Lehrer), The Sailor from Casablanca, Hodder & Stoughton (debut dual-timeline mystery set in 1940 and 2005)

Sarah Maine, Alchemy and Rose, Hodder & Stoughton (novel spans New Zealand, Scotland and Melbourne in the 1870s)

Paula Martinac, Testimony, Bywater Books (at a women’s college in rural Virginia in the 1950s, a history professor who has hidden her sexuality faces an investigation into her private life that threatens her career)

Paolo Maurensig (trans. Anne Milano Appel), Game of the Gods, World Editions (in an ultimate feat of manipulation, the exceptionally talented chess player Malik is turned into a human pawn in a game of warfare which will decide the outcome of World War II)

Alyssa Maxwell, A Sinister Service, Kensington (6th entry in the Lady and Lady’s Maid mystery series set after WWI)

Catriona McPherson, The Mirror Dance, Hodder & Stoughton (Dandy Gilver mysteries, book 15)

Mary Monroe, Across the Way, Dafina (in this Depression era novel, two couples find their grudges endangering more than their Alabama small town’s deceptive peace)

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

Katie Munnik, The Heart Beats in Secret, The Borough Press (dual time-line 1940 and 1970 – story of three women and the secrets and bonds that have defined them)

Stacie Murphy, A Deadly Fortune, Pegasus (mystery in which a young woman in Gilded Age New York must use a special talent to unravel a deadly conspiracy)

Amy Myers, Death and the Singing Birds, Severn House (1926, Kent – a summer festival ends in disaster for chef sleuth Nell Drury)

Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu, The Theory of Flight, Catalyst Press (alternative history with overlay of magical realism)

Chris Nickson, The Anchoress of Chesterfield, The Mystery Press (medieval mystery in which an anchoress’s murder must be solved)

Anna North, Outlawed, W&N/Bloomsbury (a feminist Western following a young midwife through her initiation into a notorious gang of outlaws, made up of women cast out of society)

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

Nuala O’Connor, Nora, Harper Perennial (a love story of Nora and James Joyce)

Paraic O’Donnell, The House on Vesper Sands, Tin House (Victorian mystery set in London, 1893)

Connie Palmen (trans. Eileen J. Stevens, Anna Asbury), Your Story, My Story, Amazon Crossing (novel based on the volatile true love story of literary icons Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes)

Tracie Peterson, Kimberley Woodhouse, Endless Mercy, Bethany House (story of the need to forgive and the difficulty of forgetting: set in Nome Alaska)

Peter Pevel, The Cardinal’s Blades, Gollancz (Paris 1633 – historical fantasy set during the reign of Louis XIII)

Bill Pronzini, The Paradise Affair, Forge (the latest Carpenter & Quincannon mystery)

Laura Purcell, The Shape of Darkness, Raven Books (a struggling silhouette artist in Victorian Bath seeks out a renowned child spirit medium in order to speak to the dead)

Frances Quinn, The Smallest Man, S&S (inspired by the life of the historical figure Jeffrey Hudson, court dwarf to Queen Henrietta Maria)

Jennifer Robson, Our Darkest Night, Wm Morrow (to survive the Holocaust, a young Jewish woman must pose as a Christian farmer’s wife)

Andromeda Romano-Lax, Annie and the Wolves, Soho Press (a woman researches Annie Oakley’s life in hopes of finding what traumatic event caused Annie to fight for the right of every woman to own a gun)

Laura Joh Rowland, Portrait of Peril, Crooked Lane (Victorian London is gripped by belief in the supernatural—but a grisly murder becomes a matter of flesh and blood for photographer Sarah Bain)

Carly Schabowski, The Watchmaker of Dachau, Bookouture (novel of human kindness, inspired by a true story)

Michael Farris Smith, Nick, Little, Brown (a World War II novel)

Amy Stewart, Dear Miss Kopp, HMH (told through letters, this novel weaves the stories of real life women into a fiction with historical detail and humor)

Deborah Swift, The Lifeline, Sapere (saga following the stories of a young man and woman through the years of the Second World War as they fight for freedom in Norway and the Shetland Islands)

Kate Thompson, Secrets of the Lavender Girls, Hodder & Stoughton (WWII saga)

S. J. A. Turney, The Last Crusade, Canelo (finale of the Knights Templar series)

Eric Vuillard (trans. Mark Polizzotti), The War of the Poor, Picador (tells the story of one man whose terrible and novelesque life casts light on the times in which he lived)

Rysa Walker, Red, White, and the Blues, 47North (the United States’ past is hijacked in a time-warping alternative-history adventure of future interdimensional, high-risk games)

Joseph B Wallenstein, Flynn & Miranda: Your Right to Remain Silent, TrineDay Fiction (story of two men from opposite ends of the social spectrum, who came together in one moment of legal history and how that moment changed the lives of all Americans)

Amanda Wen, Roots of Wood and Stone, Kregel (dual-narrative inspirational novel set in present day and 1800s)

Rachel Wesson, A Baby on the Doorstep, Bookouture (Virginia 1934 – a baby is left at an orphanage where every day Lauren Greenwood struggles to feed those she cares for)

Roseanna M. White, Dreams of Savannah, Bethany House (Civil War-era novel of history and romance)

Eley Williams, The Liar’s Dictionary, Doubleday (dual-narrative chronicles the misadventures of a lovelorn Victorian lexicographer and the young woman put on his trail a century later. LGBTQIA)

Abigail Wilson, The Vanishing at Loxby Manor, Thomas Nelson (a romantic Regency mystery)

Marty Wingate, Glamour Girls, Alcove Press (during World War II, farmer’s daughter Rosalie Wright becomes a pilot assisting the RAF, but will a romantic rivalry send her aerial dreams plummeting?)

Jozef Wittlin (trans. Patrick John Corness), The Salt of the Earth, Pushkin Press (a classic war novel and a powerfully pacifist tale about the consequences of war for ordinary men)

Ethan J. Wolfe, Baker’s Dozen, Five Star (a Murphy Western. The Regulator Series 6)

Reavis Z. Wortham, Laying Bones, PPP (1969 – Constable Parker finds himself involved in a high-stakes game of consequences with no end in sight)

Takis Würger (trans. Liesl Schillinger), Stella, Grove Press (novel of love and betrayal, set in Berlin in 1942)

K. Lyn Wurth, The Not So Quiet Life of Calamity Jane, Five Star (19th-century Western)

David Young, The Stasi Game, Zaffre (East German Stasi and British MI6 clash as the discovery of a body points to a WW2 war crime)

Hafsa Zayyan, We Are All Birds of Uganda, Merky Books (a multi-layered literary novel of love, loss, and what it means to find home, set in 1960s Uganda and present-day London)

February 2021

Hope Adams, Dangerous Women, Berkley (based on the 1841 voyage of the convict ship Rajah, about confinement, hope, and the terrible things we do to survive)

Gil Adamson, Ridgerunner, House of Anansi Press (against the backdrop of WWI, novel is a literary Western with a cast of characters touched with humour and loss, and steeped in the wild of the natural world)

K.D. Alden, A Mother’s Promise, Forever (story based on the true U.S. Supreme Court case during the American Eugenics movement)

V. S. Alexander, The Sculptress, Kensington (novel set during WWI)

Rosie Archer, The Picture House Girls, Quercus (WWII saga of hope, love, and female friendship in 1940s Hampshire)

Judith Barrow, The Heart Stone, Honno (when war takes Jessie’s love away, she must fight for her own survival)

Lenny Bartulin, Fortune, Arcade (through people’s stories amid war, cataclysm, colliding cultures, and misadventure, novel imagines the ways that chance and the grand events of history shape the course of ordinary lives)

Greg Bear, The Unfinished Land, John Joseph Adams (an historical fantasy featuring Reynard, a young apprentice whose rare days off lead him into strange encounters)

Lisa Betz, Death and a Crocodile, Crosslink (lighthearted historical mystery set in first-century Rome, featuring a feisty amateur sleuth)

D. V. Bishop, City of Vengeance, Macmillan (historical thriller set against the backdrop of the Medici dynasty in 1530s Renaissance Florence)

J. C. Briggs, The Chinese Puzzle, Sapere (Charles Dickens Investigations book 8)

Eric Brown, Murder by Numbers, Severn House (December, 1956. Donald Langham’s wife Maria Dupré, receives a chilling invitation to attend a death at the home of artist Maxwell Falwell Fenton)

D.J. Butler, Aaron Michael Ritchey, The Jupiter Knife, Baen (alternate history taking place in Depression-era, magic-filled early America)

Kristy Cambron, The Paris Dressmaker, Thomas Nelson (WWII – follows a seamstress through the brutal underbelly of a war-torn world)

Elizabeth Camden, The Prince of Spies, Bethany House (conclusion of the Hope and Glory series)

Heidi Chiavaroli, The Orchard House, Tyndale (multi period saga set in 2001, 1865 and 2019)

Rory Clements, Hitler’s Secret, Zaffre (Autumn 1941; the war is going badly for Britain and its allies. If Hitler is to be stopped, a new weapon is desperately needed)

Lori Copeland, Ruth, Tyndale (a western historical romance – Brides of the West #1)
Also: Patience (Brides of the West #2)

Justin Deabler, Lone Stars, SMP (follows the arc of four generations of a Texan family in a changing America)

Jennifer Deibel, A Dance in Donegal, Revell (romance set in Donegal, Ireland in 1920)

Eoin Dempsey, The Longest Echo, Lake Union (against the backdrop of WWII-ravaged Italy comes a novel of love, survival, justice, and second chances)

Margaret Dickinson, Secrets at Bletchley Park, Pan (two young women from very different backgrounds meet in WWII and are plunged into a life where security and discretion are paramount)

Helena Dixon, Murder in the Belltower, Bookouture (Golden Age cozy murder mystery)

Angus Donald, The Last Berserker, Canelo (711AD, Northern Europe – an epic battle for the soul of the north)

György Dragomán (trans. Ottilie Mulzet), The Bone Fire, Mariner (novel set in the wake of a violent revolution about a young girl rescued from an orphanage by an otherworldly grandmother she’s never met)

Ruth Druart, While Paris Slept, Grand Central (a family’s love is tested when heroes-turned-criminals are forced to make the hardest decisions of their lives during WWII)

Stella Duffy, Lullaby Beach, Virago (novel about family secrets and the legacy of trauma, set against the changing fortunes of an English seaside town)

Caroline Dunford, Hope to Survive, Headline Accent (Book 2 of the Hope Stapleford mysteries)

Kate Eastham, When the World Stood Still, Bookouture (1918; a novel of the deadly Spanish flu)

Allison Epstein, A Tip for the Hangman, Doubleday (Christopher Marlowe, an aspiring playwright, is pulled into the duplicitous world of international espionage)

Charles Fergus, Nighthawk’s Wing, Arcade Crimewise (second in Gideon Stoltz mystery series examines the oppressed status of women in the 1830s)

David Field, Death Among the Nightingales, Sapere (Carlyle and West Victorian Mysteries)

Charles Finch, An Extravagant Death, Minotaur (Sir Charles Lenox travels to Gilded Age Newport and New York to investigate the death of a beautiful socialite)

Suzanne Woods Fisher, The Moonlight School, Revell (inspired by the true events of the Moonlight Schools, novel brings to life the story that shocked the nation into taking adult literacy seriously)

Katie Flynn, A Mother’s Joy, Century (when war comes to Liverpool, Olivia seizes the opportunity to leave behind her unhappy life and join the WAAF)

Lauren Fox, Send for Me, Knopf (dual narrative moving between Germany on the eve of World War II and present-day Wisconsin)

T. Frohock, A Song With Teeth, Harper Voyager (conclusion of the critically acclaimed Los Nefilim historical fantasy series)

Nicole Galland, Master of the Revels, Wm Morrow (sequel to The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.—a daring young time traveler must return to Jacobean England to save the modern world)

David Gilman, Shadow of the Hawk, Head of Zeus (seventh installment of Master of War series)

Holly Green, Secrets of the Frontline Nurses, Ebury (historical wartime saga)

Jocelyn Green, Shadows of the White City, Bethany House (series brings the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair to life)

Kristin Hannah, The Four Winds, SMP (Texas 1934 – an epic of love and heroism and hope, set against the backdrop of the Great Depression)

Suzette D. Harrison, The Girl at the Back of the Bus, Bookouture (novel about redemption, family secrets and the spirit of survival found at the hardest time)

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

Kate Hewitt, The Girl from Berlin, Bookouture (haunting story about courage, love and betrayal set in war-torn Berlin)

Elisabeth Hobbes, The Secret Agent, One More Chapter (dropping silently behind enemy lines, Sylvia Crichton, codename Monique, is determined to fight for the country of her birth)

Inez Holden, There’s No Story There, Handheld Classics (about the lives of conscripted workers at Statevale, an enormous rural munitions factory somewhere in England during the Second World War)

Emma Hornby, The Maid’s Disgrace, Bantam (when her beloved mistress dies, lady’s maid Phoebe Parsons is forced onto the poverty-ridden streets of Manchester)

Yaniv Iczkovits (trans. Orr Scharf), The Slaughterman’s Daughter, Schocken (tale of two Jewish sisters in late-19th-c Russia)

John J. Jacobson, All the Cowboys Ain’t Gone, Blackstone (adventure story of a young Texan living at the beginning of the twentieth century, who thinks of himself as the last true cowboy)

Lucy Jago, A Net for Small Fishes, Bloomsbury UK (navigating the Jacobean court is a dangerous game and one misstep could mean losing everything)

Beverly Jenkins, Wild Rain, Avon (Women Who Dare series features a female rancher who forges her own path in the wake of the Civil War)

Angela Johnson, Saved By Scandal, Sweetwater (Regency romance)

Alexis Landau, Those Who Are Saved, G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Orion (WW II novel of one mother’s impossible choice, and her search for her daughter against the odds)

Jenny Lecoat, The Girl from the Channel Islands, Graydon House (based on a true story about a Jewish woman trapped on the German-occupied British Channel Islands during World War II)

Lia Levi (trans. Clarissa Botsford), Tonight is Already Tomorrow, Europa (tells the tragic history of mid-century Europe through the eyes and lives of ordinary people)

Chalon Linton, Forever, Phoebe, Covenant (Regency romance)

Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger, The Girl from the Mountains, Bookouture (novel set in the mountains of Czechoslovakia during the Second World War)

Kerry McDonald, The Amber Room, Level 4 Press (3rd installment of the Spirit Walker series where Logan follows the trail of treasure stolen by the Nazis)

Susan Meissner, The Nature of Fragile Things, Berkley (April 18, 1906: A massive earthquake rocks San Francisco, igniting a devouring inferno. Lives are lost, lives are shattered, but some rise from the ashes forever changed)

Stacie Murphy, A Deadly Fortune, Pegasus Crime (a young woman in Gilded Age New York must use a special talent to unravel a deadly conspiracy)

Annie Murray, Black Country Orphan, Macmillan (1898, Cradley Heath – an inspirational story of a young girl’s courage)

Erica Ruth Neubauer, Murder at the Mena House, Kensington (traveling Egypt, post WWI, as companion to her aunt, a young woman accused of murdering a flapper at the luxurious Mena House hotel must clear her own name)

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

Renee Patrick, The Sharpest Needle, Severn House (Lillian Frost and Edith Head investigate a series of bizarre poison pen letters sent to a leading Hollywood actress)

S. W. Perry, The Saracen’s Mark, Atlantic Books (3rd installment of the Jackdaw Mysteries)

Charles Lamar Phillips, Estranged, Regal House (1950s historical noir – a controversial city editor excites the wrath of a reckless, corrupt, and ambitious U.S. Senator)

Allison Pittman, The Lady in Residence, Barbour (inspirational dual timeline novel set in 1915 and 2017)

Shelly E. Powell, Dear Clara, Sweetwater (Regency romance)

Victoria Princewill, In the Palace of Flowers, Cassava Republic Press (the fear of being forgotten sets two Abyssinian slaves on a path to find meaning, navigating the dangerous and deadly politics of the royal court, both in the government and the harem)

Amanda Prowse, An Ordinary Life, Lake Union (dual time-line tale of love and lost – 2019 and 1940s)

Deanna Raybourn, An Unexpected Peril, Berkley (Veronica Speedwell Mystery, book 6)

Sarah Rayne, The Devil’s Harmony, Severn House (discovery of an old scrapbook in a Warsaw library leads researcher Phineas Fox to uncover evidence of a devastating wartime atrocity)

Diana Rosie, Pippo and Clara, Mantle (Italy, 1938. Mussolini is in power and war is not far away and two siblings are divided by fate)

Rena Rossner, The Light of the Midnight Stars, Redhook / Orbit (combination of fantasy, history, and Jewish folklore)

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

Linda Rutledge, West with Giraffes, Lake Union (novel inspired by the true story of two giraffes who made headlines and won the hearts of Depression-era America)

Neema Shah, Kololo Hill, Picador (set in Uganda in 1972, debut tells the story of one family’s escape, when Amin forces them to leave)

Laura Shepherd-Robinson, Daughters of Night, Mantle (London 1782 – sequel to Blood & Sugar – Captain Harry Corsham’s wife, Caro, pursues a murder case the city officials are refusing to investigate)

Francis Spufford, Light Perpetual, Faber & Faber (traces the infinite possibilities of five lives in the bustling neighborhoods of 20th-century London)

Rebecca Starford, The Imitator (US title The Unlikely Spy), Allen & Unwin (World War II novel follows a spy who goes undercover as a part of MI5)

Linda Stratmann, The Cyanide Ghost, Sapere (a Mina Scarletti Mystery set in Brighton 1872)

Maria Stepanova (trans. Sasha Dugdale), In Memory of Memory, Book*hug Press (faded photographs, old postcards, letters & diaries tell the story of how an ordinary Jewish family managed to survive the myriad persecutions and repressions of the last century)

Kevin Sullivan, The Art of the Assassin, Allison & Busby (Glasgow, 1898 – can Juan Camerón, photographer-cum-sleuth, bring to light what the eye may overlook?)

Sarah Sundin, When Twilight Breaks, Revell (Munich, 1938. Evelyn Brand is an American foreign correspondent determined to prove her worth in a male-dominated profession)

Katerina Tucková (trans. Véronique Firkusny), Gerta, Amazon Crossing (tells of the fate of one woman and the pursuit of forgiveness in a divided postwar world)

Charles Todd, A Fatal Lie, Wm Morrow (in one of his most puzzling cases, Inspector Ian Rutledge must delve deep into a dead man’s life and past to find a killer determined to keep dark secrets buried)

Jess Walter, The Cold Millions, Viking (story of brotherhood, love, sacrifice and betrayal set against the panoramic backdrop of an early twentieth-century America that echoes our own time)

John Wingate, Submariner Sinclair, Sapere (responsible for protecting British convoys in the Channel in a small Chaser, young Peter Sinclair, R.N., is thrown head-first into the horrors of war)

Val Wood, The Lonely Wife, Corgi (story about a woman’s struggle in a loveless marriage)

Julie Wright, A Captain for Caroline Gray, Shadow Mountain (a Proper Regency Romance)

Alice Zeniter (trans. Frank Wynne), The Art of Losing, Picador (multigenerational tale of a French Algerian woman reckoning with her family’s secret past and the inescapable legacies of colonialism)

March 2021

Hope Adams, Dangerous Women, Michael Joseph (based on the 1841 voyage of the convict ship Rajah, about confinement, hope, and the terrible things we do to survive)

Jane A. Adams, Old Sins, Severn House (historical mystery takes DCI Henry Johnstone back to a difficult case in his early days as a police officer)

Tasha Alexander, The Dark Heart of Florence, Minotaur (Florence, 1903 – Lady Emily and Colin solve a murder with clues leading back to the time of the Medici)

Omaima Al-Khamis (trans. Sarah Enany), The Book Smuggler, Hoopoe (story of a Crusade-era bookseller who embarks on a journey through the Islamic world’s great medieval cities)

Lyn Andrews, The Girls from Mersey View, Headline (evokes the ups and downs of life in the back streets of 1930s Liverpool)

Michael Aye, The Smugglers of Deal, Bitingduck Press (new naval series in 1790s England, just before war breaks out with France)

Juliet Blackwell, Off the Wild Coast of Brittany, Berkley (story of resilience and resistance set during WWII and present-day France)

A. K. Blakemore, The Manningtree Witches, Granta (fear and destruction take root in a community of women when the Witchfinder General comes to town. England 1643)

Kim Taylor Blakemore, After Alice Fell, Lake Union (an historical suspense novel set in post-Civil War New England)

S. Block, A Woman’s Courage, Bonnier Zaffre (saga in the Keep the Home Fires Burning series)

Malcolm Brooks, Cloudmaker, Grove Press (set during the Age of Aviation, in which a young tinkerer and an aspiring pilot, building their own airplane, unexpectedly come into possession of a rare Lindbergh flight watch)

Denny S. Bryce, Wild Women and the Blues, Kensington (weaves the stories of a grieving film student in 2015 and an ambitious chorus girl in 1925 into a tale of history, love, and secrets)

Amanda Cabot, Dreams Rekindled, Revell (set in 1850s Texas; Mesquite Springs series #2 of 3)

Patti Callahan, Surviving Savannah, Berkley (after a luxury steamship sank in 1838 with Savannah’s elite on board, their fates were lost to history, until the wreck was found 180 years later)

Jillian Cantor, Half Life, Harper Perennial (reimagines the pioneering, passionate life of Marie Curie using a parallel structure to create two alternative timelines, one that mirrors her real life, one that explores the consequences for Marie and for science if she’d made a different choice)

Marj Charlier, The Rebel Nun, Blackstone (based on the true story of Clotild, the daughter of a sixth-century king and his concubine, who leads a rebellion of nuns against the rising misogyny and patriarchy of the medieval church)

Mary Connealy, Braced for Love, Bethany House (new historical cowboy series, #1 of 3)

Tea Cooper, The Girl in the Painting, Thomas Nelson (a mathematical savant must unravel the story of a rich business woman whose grip on reality is failing fast)

Christina Courtenay, The Runes of Destiny, Headline (time-slip where an archaeologist blacks out on a dig and wakes in the 9th-C)

Judith Cutler, Legacy of Death, Severn House (Victorian murder mystery)

Emily M. Danforth, illus. Sara Lautman, Plain Bad Heroines, The Borough Press (multi-period horror-comedy centered around a cursed New England boarding school for girls, a whimsical celebration of the art of storytelling, sapphic love, and the rebellious female spirit)

Joie Davidow, An Unofficial Marriage, Arcade (dramatizes the tumultuous real-life love affair of the famous Russian author, Ivan Turgenev, and the celebrated French opera singer, Pauline Viardo)

Sean Dietrich, The Incredible Winston Browne, Thomas Nelson (a small 1950s town takes in a mysterious visitor whom they believe needs saving—but she might be the one who saves them)

Melanie Dobson, The Curator’s Daughter, Tyndale (a young girl, kidnapped on the eve of Word War II, changes the lives of a German archaeologist forced into the Nazi Party. Dual-timeline)

Paul Doherty, The Stone of Destiny, Severn House (series of grisly deaths are linked to the sacred Stone of Scone)

Nadine Dorries, Coming Home to the Four Streets, Head of Zeus (next installment in the Four Streets saga)

David Downing, Wedding Station, Soho Crime (prequel to the Station series introduces John Russell, an Englishman with a political past who must keep his head down as the Nazis solidify their power)

Stephanie Dray, The Women of Chateau LaFayette, Berkley (based on the true story of a castle in the heart of France and the women bound by its legacy)

Ruth Druart, While Paris Slept, Headline Review (a family’s love is tested when heroes-turned-criminals are forced to make the hardest decisions of their lives during WWII)

Kimberly Duffy, A Tapestry of Light, Bethany House (set in Calcutta, 1886, novel tells of personal transformation and legacy)

Loren D. Estleman, The Eagle and the Viper, Forge (alternative history – Christmas time, 1880 – a time of improvised explosive devices, terrorist training camps, international assassins, and war on civilians)

Elaine Everest, A Mother Forever, Pan (one woman’s journey through the worst trials of her life – poverty, grief, and betrayal; set in 1905)

Lynne Francis, The Secret Child, Piatkus (Regency romance set in Kent, 1814)

Helen Fripp, The Champagne Widow, Bookouture (inspired by the true story of how Nicole Clicquot blazed her own path to build the world’s greatest champagne house: Veuve Clicquot)

Kaitlyn Greenidge, Libertie, Algonquin (inspired by the life of one of the first Black female doctors in the United States, this new novel resonates in our times)

Michelle Griep, Kathleen Y’Barbo, Kimberley Woodhouse, The Daughters of the Mayflower: Groundbreakers, Barbour (new romance series)

John Scott Gruner, The Infidel, Deep River Books LLC (a financial thriller set inside Nazi Germany which exposes the historical SS occult conspiracy against the Jews and the church)

John Guzlowski, Retreat, Kasva Press (a story of the terrible costs of war, of love amid crushing defeat, of complicity—and redemption)

Michelle Butler Hallett, Constant Nobody, Goose Lane (a Spanish War thriller that asks how far an individual will go to protect another. Set in Moscow, 1937)

Matthew Harffy, A Time for Swords, Head of Zeus (it is 8th June AD 793, and with the pillage of the monastery on Lindisfarne, the Viking Age has begun)

Amy Harmon, The Songbook of Benny Lament, Lake Union (love story about a musical duo, New York 1960)

Cora Harrison, Summer of Secrets, Severn House (when a murder is staged at magnificent Knebworth House, Victorian writer-sleuths, Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins investigate)

Helen A. Harrison, An Artful Corpse, PPP (third book in the Art of Murder mystery series, featuring the buzzing art scene of 1960s New York!)

Gracie Hart, The Gin Palace, Ebury (romance saga)

Sarah Hawkswood, Blood Runs Thicker, Allison & Busby (undersheriff Hugh Bradecote, the wily Serjeant Catchpoll and apprentice Walkelin have suspects aplenty in this new murder mystery)

Jane Healey, The Secret Stealers, Lake Union (a female American spy in Nazi-occupied France finds purpose behind enemy lines)

Stephen Henighan, The World After, Cormorant (ranging from a 1920/30s Oxford, to post-Referendum Montreal, war-ravaged former Yugoslavia, London, Moscow, Poland and Berlin – multi-narrative novel depicts the 1990s as an interlude of freedom and enriching self-discovery)

Grace Hitchcock, My Dear Miss Dupré, Bethany House (when the daughter of a sugar titan must secure a husband, all of society’s most eligible bachelors step forward. American Royalty #1 of 3)

Mike Hollow, The Dockland Murder, Allison & Busby (when a dock worker is found murdered, DI Jago uncovers a web of secrets about family, war and the British Empire)

Charlie N. Holmberg, Spellmaker, 47North (dead wizards, stolen enchantments, and broken promises force a young spell breaker out of the shadows in England, 1895)

Jenny Holmes, The Air Raid Girls, Bantam (in May, 1941 three young women are keen to do their bit during the Yorkshire blitz)

Martha Hall Kelly, Sunflower Sisters, Ballantine (tells the story of Georgeanna Woolsey, a Union nurse who joins the war effort during the Civil War)

Hervé Le Corre (trans.Tina Kover), In the Shadow of the Fire, Europa (1871 – traces the Paris Communards’ tragic odyssey, while following a criminal investigation)

Kathleen Marple Kalb, A Fatal Finale, Kensington (first book in a new historical mystery series set in Gilded Age New York and following the adventures of swashbuckling opera singer Ella Shane)

Mitchell James Kaplan, Rhapsody, Gallery (set in Jazz Age New York City – explores the timeless bond between two brilliant, strong-willed artists, Kay Swift and George Gershwin)

Emily R. King, Wings of Fury, 47North (a novel of Ancient Greece)

T. E. Kinsey, The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds, Thomas & Mercer (missing diamonds and mysterious deaths in London, 1925)

Marion Kummerow, Not Without My Sister, Bookouture (1944, Germany: After years of hiding from the Nazis, Rachel Epstein and her little sister Mindel are captured by the Gestapo and sent to the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen)

A.D. Lawrence, The Purple Nightgown, Barbour (true but forgotten history when patients check into Linda Hazzard’s Washington state spa in 1912 and soon become victim of her twisted greed)

Bonnie MacBird, The Three Locks, Collins Crime Club (the next Sherlock Holmes novel from the author of The Devil’s Due)

A. J. MacKenzie, A Flight of Arrows, Canelo (1328. After years of civil unrest between England and France, Charles IV dies, leaving no apparent heir)

Meghan Masterson, The Girl From Versailles, Bookouture (at the French court nothing shines brighter than Queen Marie Antoinette, but on the grim streets of Paris, the people are starving and revolution is in the air)

Peter May, The Night Gate, Quercus (dual-narrative thriller set in 1940 and 2020)

Rosie Meddon, Her Heart’s Choice, Canelo (WWII saga)

Ellie Midwood, The Girl Who Escaped from Auschwitz, Bookouture (novel tells the true story of Mala Zimetbaum, whose heroism will never be forgotten, and whose fate altered the course of history)

Mary Monroe, Mrs Wiggins, Dafina (tale of a woman determined to have a respectable life—and do anything to keep it. Set in Depression-era South)

Jess Montgomery, The Stills, Minotaur (Ohio, 1927 – third in the Kinship series)

Robbie Morrison, Edge of the Grave, Macmillan (first in an historical crime series set against the backdrop of 1930s Glasgow)

Erica Ruth Neubauer, Murder at Wedgefield Manor, Kensington (post-WW I, Jane Wunderly is traveling abroad, enjoying the hospitality of an English lord, until murder makes an appearance)

Chris Nickson, To the Dark, Severn House (thief-taker Simon Westow is drawn into a deadly puzzle when the melting snow reveals a dark secret)

Kayte Nunn, The Last Reunion, Hachette AU (multi narratives of 3 women, inspired by the women who served in ‘the forgotten war’ in Burma)

Sarah Penner, The Lost Apothecary, Park Row/Legend Press (a female apothecary secretly dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged them—setting three lives across centuries on a dangerous collision course)

Tracie Peterson, Destined for You, Bethany House (1869 Duluth, Minnesota. Ladies of the Lake series, #1 of 3)

Steven Pressfield, A Man at Arms, W.W.Norton (AD 55. In the turbulent aftermath of the crucifixion of Jesus, agents of the Roman Empire receive information about a pilgrim bearing an incendiary letter from a religious fanatic calling himself Paul the Apostle)

Kate Quinn, The Rose Code, Wm Morrow (World War II story of three female code breakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over)

Joanna Rees, The Runaway Daughter, Pan (first novel in A Stitch in Time trilogy)

Nick Rennison, American Sherlocks, No Exit Press (stories from the Golden Age of the American detective)

Nancy Revell, The Shipyard Girls on the Home Front, Arrow (next in Shipyard Girls series)

Craig Russell, Hyde, Constable (gothic horror set in Victorian Edinburgh)

Constance Sayers, The Ladies of the Secret Circus, Redhook (spanning from Jazz Age Paris to present-day America of family secrets, sacrifice, and lost love set against the backdrop of a mysterious circus)

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

Philipp Schott, The Willow Wren, ECW Press (based on the true story of a neuro-divergent boy growing up in Nazi Germany, surviving bombing, the Hitler Youth, and Russian occupation before escaping to the west)

Lisa Scottoline, Eternal, G.P. Putnam’s Sons (unfolding over decades, this is a tale of loyalty and loss, love and war as Mussolini asserts his power, aligning Italy’s Fascists with Hitler’s Nazis)

Cathy Sharp, An Orphan’s Dream, HarperCollins (historical saga from the author of The Orphans of Halfpenny Street)

Victoria Shorr, The Plum Trees, W.W.Norton (one woman’s quest to recover her family’s history, and a story of loss and survival during the Holocaust)

Jill Eileen Smith, Miriam’s Song, Revell (follows Miriam’s journey from childhood to motherhood and yearning to fulfillment, as she learns that what God promises he provides)

Lauraine Snelling, The Seeds of Change, Bethany House (Leah’s Garden series #1 of 4, featuring the Western migration in post-Civil War America)

Amy Sommers, Rumors from Shanghai, Earnshaw Books (novel based on true events set in old Shanghai, Yokohama, Seattle and Honolulu)

Emma Stonex, The Lamplighters, Viking / Picador (inspired by a haunting true story, a novel about the mysterious disappearance of three lighthouse keepers from a remote tower, miles from the Cornish coast)

Maryla Szymiczkowa (trans. Antonia Lloyd-Jones), Karolina and the Torn Curtain, Mariner Books (when amateur sleuth Zofia Turbotyńska’s beloved maid goes missing, she dives into Cracow’s web of crime, with only her trusted cook for company. Set in 1895)

M. J. Trow, Last Nocturne, Severn House (private detectives Grand & Batchelor’s latest case draws them into the arcane world of high art and high society)

Erica Vetsch, The Indebted Earl, Kregel (inspirational romance set in Devon, England)

Heidi von Palleske, Two White Queens and the One-Eyed Jack, Dundurn (literary novel with mythic and gothic overtones set between the shores of Lake Ontario and Berlin between the 1960s and the 1980s)

Peter Watt, The Queen’s Captain, Pan Macmillan Aus (Colonial series book 3 follows the fortunes of Ian Steele and Samuel Forbes)

Jeri Westerson, Spiteful Bones, Severn House (the restoration of a crumbling manor house leaves Crispin Guest grappling with a troubling discovery)

Lauren Willig, Band of Sisters, Wm Morrow (based on a true story – a group of young women from Smith College risk their lives in France at the height of World War I)

Jacqueline Winspear, The Consequences of Fear, Harper (as Europe buckles under Nazi occupation, Maisie Dobbs investigates a possible murder that threatens devastating repercussions for Britain’s war efforts)

Richard Woodman, The Bomb Vessel, McBooks (1801. Cpt. Drinkwater is caught up in the Battle of Copenhagen)
Also: The Corvette (Cpt. Drinkwater escorts a whaling fleet to Greenland and meets disaster and treachery)

Toshihiko Yahagi (trans. Alfred Birnbaum), The Wrong Goodbye, MacLehose (loose strands flashback to Vietnam, and the string of official lies and mysterious allegiances build into a dark picture of the U.S.-Japan postwar alliance)

Alice Zeniter (trans. Frank Wynne), The Art of Losing, FSG (multigenerational tale of a French Algerian woman reckoning with her family’s secret past and the inescapable legacies of colonialism)

April 2021

Jeffrey Archer, Turn a Blind Eye, Macmillan (third installment of Detective Inspector William Warwick series)

Guillermo Arriaga (trans. Frank Wynne and Jessie Mendez Sayer), The Untameable, MacLehose (coming of age thriller of vengeance and destiny set between Mexico City’s murderous 1960s underworld and the bleak tundras of Canada’s most remote province)

Dominique Barbéris (trans. John Cullen), A Sunday in Ville-d’Avray, Other Press (a married woman confesses her encounter with a mysterious man, which threatens the stilted calm of life in a Paris suburb)

Kerry Barrett, The Moon Girl, HQ Digital (historical time-slip from the author of The Girl in the Picture)

Pepper Basham, Hope Between the Pages, Barbour (historical adventure romance)

Tania Bayard, Murder in the Cloister, Severn House (Christine de Pizan is in danger when she is sent to the Priory of Poissy to catch the killer of a young nun)

Kristin Beck, Courage My Love, Berkley (when the Nazi occupation of Rome begins, two courageous young women are plunged deep into the Italian Resistance)

Kerry Bell, The Emmerdale Girls, Trapeze (saga set towards the end of WWII)

Chris Bohjalian, Hour of the Witch, Doubleday (Boston 1662 – a young Puritan woman plots her escape from a violent marriage)

Adrien Bosc (trans. Frank Wynne), Outrageous Horizon, Serpent’s Tail (March 1941. A converted cargo ship filled with immigrants from the East, exiled Spanish Republicans, Jews, stateless persons and decadent artists, leaves Marseille on a voyage to the Caribbean, fleeing the devastation of the war)

Rhys Bowen, The Venice Sketchbook, Lake Union (love and secrets collide in Venice during WWII)

Gerald Brennan, Infinite Blues, Tortoise Books (imagines a militarized Space Race in a Cold War that never was, with America trying to find its way back to normalcy after the MacArthur presidency, and watching as Beria’s Soviet Union builds ballistic missiles)

Kayt Burgess, Connection at Newcombe, Latitude 46 (a campaign against time and government to guarantee the survival of a small community in post-WWI Northern Ontario)

Laura Carlin, Requiem for a Knave, Hodder (a saga of passion, romance and secrets set in 14th-c rural Derbyshire)

Mary Casanova, Waterfall, Univ. of Minnesota Press (inspired by the burgeoning growth of women’s rights in early 20th-c, a story of an inspired, ambitious, and soulful young woman’s fight to find her way)

Elzbieta Cherezinska (trans. Maya Zakrzewska-Pim), The Widow Queen, Forge (story of a Polish queen whose life and name are all but forgotten)

Catherine Chidgey, Remote Sympathy, Europa (compels us to question our continuing ability to look the other way in a world that is once more in thrall to the idea that everything—even facts, truth and morals—is relative)

Alan Robert Clark, The Prince of Mirrors, Fairlight Books (a novel of the heir presumptive to the British throne – Prince Albert Victor)

Stuart Condie, The Uganda Sails Wednesday, RedDoor Press (a woman, pregnant with her lover’s child, makes a voyage to Kenya in hopes of convincing her tea plantation owner husband that he is the father)

Ellen Crosby, The French Paradox, Severn House (Lucie Montgomery’s discovery of her grandfather’s Parisian romance unlocks a series of shocking secrets)

Jasmin Darznik, The Bohemians, Ballantine (tells of one of America’s most celebrated photographers, Dorothea Lange, exploring the wild years in San Francisco that awakened her career-defining grit, compassion, and daring)

Lindsey Davis, A Comedy of Terrors, Hodder & Stoughton (Flavia’s husband becomes a target of a bloody gang war in Rome 89AD)

Robert Fabbri, The Three Paradises, Corvus (as wars on land and sea are lost and won, long-buried secrets come to light in the quest for the true circumstances surrounding Alexander’s death)

Jim Fergus, Strongheart, SMG (the One Thousand White Women trilogy, mixes the struggle of women and Native Americans in the face of oppression, from the end of the 19th century ‘til today)

Patry Francis, All the Children Are Home, Harper Perennial (saga set in late 1950s to 1960s following a foster family through almost a decade of triumph and heartbreak)

Mariah Fredericks, Death of a Showman, Minotaur (fourth in series set in Gilded Age New York- lady’s maid Jane Prescott is thrust into the world of show business, where a killer is stalking Broadway)

Charles E. Gannon, Robert Waters, 1636: Calabar’s War, Baen (Ring of Fire alternative history series)

Gabriela Garcia, Of Women and Salt, Flatiron / Picador (debut about a daughter’s fateful choice, a mother motivated by her own past, and a family legacy that begins in Cuba before either of them were born)

Alex Gerlis, End of Spies, Canelo (last in Richard Price thriller series)

Lynne Golding, The Mending, Blue Moon (3rd in series – set between 1918 and 1931, Jessie comes of age on the heels of the Spanish flu epidemic, in a time where skirt hems rose and marriageable men were in short supply)

Genevieve Graham, Letters Across the Sea, S&S (inspired by a little-known chapter of World War II history, a young Protestant girl and her Jewish neighbour are caught up in the terrible wave of hate sweeping the globe)

Molly Greeley, The Heiress, Hodder & Stoughton (combines the knowing eye of Jane Austen with Gothic intrigue to reimagine the life of the mysterious Anne de Bourgh)

Michelle Grierson, Becoming Leidah, S&S (love story set in 19th-century Norway, about a woman rescued from the sea, the fisherman who marries her,  and their tiny and unusually gifted daughter)

C. S. Harris, What the Devil Knows, Berkley (historical mystery series set in Regency England, featuring Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin)

David Hewson, The Garden of Angels, Severn House (at his beloved Nonno Paolo’s deathbed, fifteen-year-old Nico receives a gift that will change his life forever)

Alan Hlad, Churchill’s Secret Messenger, John Scognamiglio (recruited from Churchill’s typing pool to become an undercover spy, a young woman bravely endures daring missions, and harrowing imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp)

Lucy Holland, Sistersong, PanMacmillan (535 AD. In the ancient kingdom of Dumnonia, King Cador’s children inherit a fragmented land abandoned by the Romans)

Karla FC Holloway, Gone Missing in Harlem, Triquarterly (mystery set in the Harlem Renaissance probes the precarious interactions between Harlem residents and Manhattan’s white families)

Christophe Huang, Cat’s Paw, Inkshares (when Sir Lawrence Linwood is murdered, his children find that his will contains a strange provision)

Anna Lee Huber, A Wicked Conceit, Berkley (a Lady Darby mystery, book 9)

Damion Hunter, The Border Wolves, Canelo (a novel of Ancient Rome)

Kristi Ann Hunter, Winning the Gentleman, Bethany House (a talented heroine and a guarded hero come together in the Regency horse-racing world)

Kathleen Marple Kalb, A Fatal First Night, Kensington (new historical mystery series starring opera singer Ella Shane, an Irish-Jewish orphan who finds fame and fortune singing male “trouser roles.”)

Georgia Kaufman, The Dressmaker of Paris, Quercus (WWII saga)

Carolyn Kirby, When We Fall, No Exit Press (based on the WWII war atrocity that became known as the Katyn Massacre)

Viliam Klimácek (trans. Peter Petro), The Hot Summer of 1968, Mandel Vilar Press (a hymn to tolerance, acceptance of others, and the need to support and help the weakest or poorest)

Michael Kurland, Whatever the Cost, Severn House (counter-intelligence agent Jacob Welker is on a special mission to find a group of scientists who could change the course of World War II)

Caroline Lea, The Metal Heart, Michael Joseph (Second World War love story about courage, brutality, freedom and beauty and the essence of what makes us human during the darkest of times)

Elizabeth Lee, Cunning Women, Windmill Books (a tale of young love and a story of the intolerance that reigned during the long shadow of the Pendle Witch Trials)

Gilles Legardinier, The Paris Labyrinth, Flammarion (ingenious illusionist Vincent embarks on an adventure in early 20th– century France to unlock the mysteries of the past in a quest for lost treasure)

Siegfried Lenz (trans. Ernst Kaiser, Eithne Wilkins), The German Lesson, New Directions (novel about the rise of fascism)

Deborah Lincoln, An Irish Wife, Blank Slate Press (1880s Pennsylvania – Harry Robinson, the hope of his family for the next generation, falls in love with an Irish immigrant woman who is married to a coal miner)

Posy Lovell, The Kew Gardens Girls, G.P. Putnam’s Sons (inspired by real life events, about the brave women during WWI who worked in the historic grounds of London’s Kew Gardens)

K. J. Maitland, The Drowned City, Headline Review (a year to the day that men were executed for conspiring to blow up Parliament, a towering wave devastates the Bristol Channel)

Edward Marston, Tragedy on the Branch Line, Allison & Busby (a young undergraduate at Corpus Christi College is killed on the railway)

Madeline Martin, The Last Bookshop in London, Hanover Square (inspired by the true World War II history of the only bookshop to survive the Blitz)

Maggie Mason, The Halfpenny Girls, Sphere (family saga about overcoming hardship and the value of friendship – set in 1937)

Clara McKenna, Murder at Blackwater Bend, Kensington (a wild-hearted Kentuckian “Dollar Princess” is shipped off to England for an aristocratic marriage)

Rachel McMillan, The Mozart Code, Thomas Nelson (romance taking place in post-World War II Europe)

Eva Meijer (trans. Antoinette Fawcett), Bird Cottage, Pushkin Press (based on the true story of a remarkable woman, her lifelong relationship with birds and the joy she drew from it)

Carolyn Miller, Dusk’s Darkest Shores, Kregel (inspirational Regency romance)

Kelly Mustian, The Girls in the Stilt House, Sourcebooks Landmark (set in 1920s Mississippi, this debut Southern novel weaves the story of two teenage girls cast in an unlikely partnership)

Danial Neil, Dominion of Mercy, NeWest Press (Edinburgh, 1917: headstrong Highland lass Mary Stewart is a vibrant woman forced into the world’s oldest profession in order to provide for her ailing father and younger sister)

Wayne Ng, Letters from Johnny, Guernica Editions (set in Toronto 1970, just as the FLQ crisis emerges, 11-yr-old Johnny Wong uncovers an underbelly to his tight, downtown neighbourhood)

Amélie Nothom (trans. Alison Anderson), Thirst, Europa (narrates Jesus’s final days, from his trial to his crucifixion to the resurrection)

Leonardo Padura (trans. Anna Kushner), The Transparency of Time, FSG (Detective Conde is engaged to track down a stolen statue, which sets him on a quest that spans 21st-century Havana as well as the distant past, as he delves as far back as the Crusades)

Anne Perry, A Darker Reality, Headline (Elena Standish spy thriller series set in 1930s, book 3)

Sylvia Petter, All the Beautiful Liars, Lightning Books (set between the new world and the old, novel is a tale about making peace with the past and finding closure for the future)

Oliver Pötzsch (trans. Lisa Reinhardt), The Devil’s Pawn, Amazon Crossing (a showman’s fate is in the hands of the devil in this novel inspired by the Faust legend)

Sharon Robart-Johnson, Jude and Diana, Fernwood Publishing (story of two black sisters taken in by a slave-owning family who were then accused of Jude’s murder in Nova Scotia 1801 and acquitted)

Margaret Rodenberg, Finding Napoleon, She Writes (the defeated emperor and his little-known last love—Albine de Montholon—plot to escape exile and free his young son)

Renée Rosen, The Social Graces, Berkley (one of the most remarkable feuds in history: Alva Vanderbilt and Mrs. Astor’s notorious battle for control of New York society during the Gilded Age)

Dianna Rostad, You Belong Here Now, Wm Morrow (1925 – three orphans journey westward from New York City to the Big Sky Country of Montana, hoping for a better life)

Randi Samuelson-Brown, Market Street Madam, TwoDot (story of Annie Ryan, a woman who is running a second-rate brothel in 1890s Denver)

Sofía Segovia (trans. Simon Bruni), Tears of Amber, Amazon Crossing (two families uprooted by war and united by the bonds of love and courage)

Mary Sharratt, Revelations, HMH (illuminates the intersecting lives of two 15th-c female mystics who changed history—Margery Kempe and Julian of Norwich)

David Stafford, Skelton’s Guide to Domestic Poisons, Allison & Busby (Arthur Skelton, a celebrated barrister, agrees to defend Mary Dutton, dubbed ‘The Collingford Poisoner’ by the press)
Also: Skelton’s Guide to Suitcase Murders (an investigation concerns not only this world but the one beyond)

Camilla Sten (trans. Alexandra Fleming), The Lost Village, Minotaur (story of the vanishing residents of an old mining town in 1959)

Andrew Taylor, The Royal Secret, HarperCollins (next installment of the James Marwood series set during the reign of King Charles II)

Will Thomas, Dance With Death, Minotaur (Tsar Nicholas is in England for a royal wedding and is the target of conspiracies and an assassin)

E. S. Thompson, Nightshade, Constable (murder mystery set in London 1851)

Victoria Thompson, Murder on Wall Street, Berkley (in Victorian-era New York, the Malloys may be new to high society life, but they’re no strangers to solving mysteries)

Curtis Urness, Stars and Crosses, Kasva Press (Chic Lucas—born Czesław Łukaszczyk—journeys to Poland, where his grandfather died in Auschwitz and his father came out scarred for life)

V. L. Valentine, The Plague Letters, Viper (a serial killer stalks London during the Great Plague of 1665)

Aimee Wall, We, Jane, Book*hug Press (debut about intergenerational female relationships and explores the precarity of rural existence and the essential nature of abortion)

S. Kirk Walsh, The Elephant of Belfast, Counterpoint (story of a young woman zookeeper and the elephant she’s compelled to protect through the German blitz of Belfast during WWll)

Eva Weaver, The Puppet Boy of Warsaw, W & N (story of a Jewish boy who finds a way to survive in the Warsaw ghetto)

Karen White, The Last Night in London, Berkley (story moves between war-torn London during the Blitz and the present day)

Pip Williams, The Dictionary of Lost Words, Ballantine (as a team of male scholars compiles the first Oxford English Dictionary, one of their daughters decides to collect the “objectionable” words they omit)

Iona Wishaw, A Lethal Lesson, Touchwood Editions (a Lane Winslow mystery)

Camron Wright, In Times of Rain and War, Shadow Mountain (during World War II, an American soldier encounters a German woman living a secret life in bomb-blighted London)

Jin Yong (trans. Gigi Chang and Shelly Bryant), A Heart Divided, St. Martin’s Griffin (fourth in Legends of the Condor Heroes series)

May 2021

Kaouther Adimi (trans. Chris Andrews), A Bookshop in Algiers, Serpent’s Tail (charts the changing fortunes of Charlot’s bookshop through the political drama of Algeria’s turbulent 20th century of war, revolution and independence)

Rebecca Anderson, Isabelle and Alexander, Shadow Mountain (though arranged marriages have fallen out of fashion, Isabelle’s has been settled for some time to combine upper-middle-class wealth)

Martine Bailey, The Prophet, Severn House (destiny, prophecy and murder weave an intricate web in this historical mystery set in 1753)

Gail Benick, Memory’s Shadow, Inanna Fiction (story of a family that survived the Holocaust and their ongoing engagement with that legacy long after World War II has ended)

Audrey Blake, The Girl in his Shadow, Sourcebooks Landmark (at a time when women are expected to live in the shadows of great men, one woman chooses to step into the light)

Robin Blake, Secret Mischief, Canongate (discovery of a body in a pigsty leads Coroner Titus Cragg and Dr Luke Fidelis into a complex and baffling murder investigation)

Paul Bryers, Sea of Silence, Mcbooks (Nathan Peake series of nautical historical fiction set during the wars with Revolutionary and Napoleonic France)

Ashley Clark, Paint & Nectar, Bethany House (dual-narrative set in 1929 and present day. Christian romance)

P. Djèlí Clark, A Master of Djinn, Tordotcom (in 1912 Cairo, humans brush elbows with djinn in crowded tramcars and airships sail the skies – historical fantasy)

Chanel Cleeton, The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba, Berkley (at the end of the nineteenth century, three revolutionary women fight for freedom. Novel inspired by true events)

Lorna Cook, The Girl from the Island, Avon (dual-narrative set on Guernsey in 1940 and 2016)

Poppy Cooper, The Post Office Girls, Hodder (1915. Beth and her new friends Nora and Milly have joined the post office to do their bit for Britain’s war effort)

Connilyn Cossette, Between the Wild Branches, Bethany House (explores complex Biblical questions and provides fresh perspective on the Old Testament)

Dilly Court, The Reluctant Heiress, HarperCollins (saga set in East-End London, 1858)

Victor del Árbol (trans. Lisa Dillman), Above the Rain, Other Press (past, present, and future intertwine on a journey from Tangier in 1955 to Malmö in 2014)

Gordon Doherty & Simon Turney, Masters of Rome, Head of Zeus (second instalment of the Rise of Emperors trilogy, set in the 3rd century AD)

Carol Drinkwater, An Act of Love, Penguin UK (France, 1943; Forced to flee war ravaged Poland, Sara and her parents are offered refuge in a dilapidated house in the French alps)

Ashraf El-Ashmawi (trans. Peter Daniel), The Lady of Zamalek, Hoopoe (rags-to-riches tale that spans twentieth-century Egyptian history)

Anjali Enjeti, The Parted Earth, Hub City Press (portrait of the long shadow the Partition of India played on the lives of three generations of women)

Lissa Evans, V For Victory, Harper (the life of lies a small time scammer and her adopted son have constructed in London becomes endangered during the tumultuous final months of World War II)

Richard Falkirk, The Chill Factor, Collins Crime Club (thriller set in Iceland in 1971 at the height of the Cold War)

Linda Finlay, The Girl with the Silver Bangle, HQ (turn-of-the-century saga set in Devon)

Mark Frutkin, The Artist and the Assassin, Porcupine’s Quill (narrative based on the life of the seventeenth-century painter known as Caravaggio)

J. H. Gelernter, Hold Fast, W. W. Norton (1803, and the British Secret Service is contending with a belligerent France under Napoleon)

Philip Gray, Two Storm Wood, Harvill Secker (thriller set on the battlefields of the Somme after the end of World War I)

Molly Green, A Sister’s War, Avon (conclusion of the Victory Sisters saga)

Flora Harding, Before the Crown, One More Chapter (Windsor Castle, 1943 — as war rages across the world, Princess Elizabeth comes face to face with the dashing naval officer she first met in London nine years before)

Elodie Harper, The Wolf Den, Head of Zeus (the streets of Pompeii have become Amara’s home. Day after day she walks them, looking for business to bring back to the Wolf Den, Pompeii’s infamous brothel)

J. J. A. Harwood, The Shadow in the Glass, HarperVoyager (gothic story of wishes and curses—a new dark fairy tale set against a Victorian backdrop full of lace and smoke)

Veronica Henry, Bacchanal, 47North (set in the Depression-era South, about a young woman who must learn to control her latent, Orisha-infused magical abilities in order to defeat an ancient evil)

Nydia Hetherington, A Girl Made of Air, Quercus (brings the circus to life with magical realism)

Suzanne Hillier, My Best Friend Was Angela Bennett, Inanna Fiction (two high school friends take very different paths during WWII)

David Hirshberg, Jacobo’s Rainbow, Fig Tree Books LLC (literary novel set primarily in the 1960s during the convulsive period of the student protest movements and the Vietnam War)

Kevin Holowack, Light on a Part of the Field, NeWest Press (set in B.C. and Alberta in the 1960s and 1970s – a novel of vignettes offering a refracted look at art and family in the Canadian West)

Angela Hunt, A Woman of Words, Bethany House (disciple Matthew, a former tax collector, is invited to work with Peter, James, and John in Jerusalem. Jerusalem Road series #3 of 4)

Seth Hunter, The Sea of Silence, McBooks (seventh novel in the Nathan Peake series of nautical historical fiction set during the wars with Revolutionary and Napoleonic France)

Stephen Hunter, Basil’s War, Mysterious Press (a swashbuckling British agent goes behind enemy lines to search for a religious text that might hold the key to ending WWII)

Glen Huser, Burning the Night, NeWest Press (spans generations and distance, from Vancouver to Halifax, as it bears down on the history of Canadian painting and Curtis’s awakening as a gay man

Anna Jacobs, A Valley Dream, Hodder & Stoughton (Book 1 in the new Backshaw Moss series)

Pam Jenoff, The Woman with the Blue Star, Park Row (a tale of unfathomable sacrifice and unlikely friendship during World War II)

Miljenko Jergovic (trans. Russell Scott Valentino), Kin, Archipelago (in a narrative which spans the entire 20th century, author peers into the dusty corners of his family’s past)

Mick Kitson, Featherweight, Canongate (story of overcoming all the odds, and a woman centuries ahead of her time: set on the canals of 19th-century England)

Alanna Knight, Murder at the World’s Edge, Allison & Busby (1587- when Tam Eildor arrives on a Scottish island after his time machine develops a fault, he finds himself embroiled in the lives of locals who are trying to escape the tyranny of Earl Robert Stewart)

Joy Lanzendorfer, Right Back Where We Started From, Blackstone (multigenerational novel that explores the lust for ambition that entered the American consciousness during the Gold Rush and how it affected our nation’s ideas of success, failure, and the pursuit of happiness)

Ulla Lenze (trans. Marshall Yarbrough), The Radio Operator, HarperVia (based on a true story, a novel about a German immigrant who becomes embroiled in a Nazi spy ring operating in NYC in the early days of WWII)

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

Kathleen McGurl, The Secret of the Chateau, HQ Digital (dual-narrative set during the French Revolution in 1789 and the present day)

Michelle McLean, Hitched to the Gunslinger, Amara (new humorous western romance series)

Louise Michalos, Marilla Before Anne, Vagrant Press (takes readers back to Green Gables where Marilla Cuthbert lived, loved, and learned, long before Anne)

Elizabeth Morton, Angel of Liverpool, Macmillan (historical saga set in the aftermath of WWII)

Sheila Murray, Finding Edward, Cormorant (a suitcase full of photographs and letters dating back to the early 1920s tell the story of a white mother forced to give up her mixed-race baby)

Glynis Peters, The Forgotten Orphan, One More Chapter (a World War II story of love and fate)

Rafe Posey, The Stars We Share, Pamela Dorman Books (WWII novel about the secrets we keep from the ones we love, and a couple tested again and again by distance)

Natasha Pulley, The Kingdoms, Bloomsbury (alternative history imagines a world where the French defeated the British at the Battle of Trafalgar)

Amanda Quick, The Lady Has a Past, Berkley (an investigative apprentice and a mild-mannered antiquarian book dealer team up to find a missing socialite. 1930s California)

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

Vanessa Riley, The Earl, a Girl, and a Toddler, Zebra (a shipwrecked woman searches for her memories after being imprisoned in Bedlam)

Edward Rutherfurd, China, Hodder & Stoughton / Doubleday (a tale of 19th-century China)

Sunjeev Sahota, China Room, Harvill Secker (1929 & 1999; novel about two people seeking to free themselves—one from the expectations placed on women in early 20th-c Punjab, and the other from the weight of life in the contemporary Indian diaspora)

Jennifer Saint, Ariadne, Flatiron/Wildfire (feminist retelling of the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur)

Polly Samson, A Theater for Dreamers, Algonquin (novel about the beauty between naïveté and cruelty, chaos and utopia, artist and muse – set in 1960 on the Greek island of Hydra)

Goliarda Sapienza (trans. Brian Robert Moore), Meeting in Positano, Other Press (novel set against the Amalfi Coast of the 1950s ― two women form an intense and lasting friendship embodying the paradoxes of Italian society)

Sergio Schmucler (trans. Jessica Mendez Sayer), The Guardian of Amsterdam Street, Anansi International (portrait of the 20th century, witnessed by one boy from his self-imposed refuge in Mexico City)

Seth, Clyde Fans, Drawn & Quarterly (peels back the optimism of mid-20th century capitalism, showing the rituals, hopes, and delusions of a vanished middleclass)

Liz MacRae Shaw, Had We Never Loved So Blindly, Top Hat Books (1937 – a chance meeting during a London air raid leads to a tentative romance, which becomes long distance when John joins the Navy and Felicity takes a job at Bletchley Park)

Maggie Shipstead, Great Circle, Knopf (the story of a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life, at any cost)

Samantha Silva, Love and Fury, Flatiron (an ode to the dazzling life of Mary Wollstonecraft, one of the world’s most influential thinkers)

Rebecca Smith, The Ash Museum, Legend Press (dual-narrative intergenerational story of loss, migration and the search for somewhere to feel at home)

Francis Spufford, Light Perpetual, Scribner (traces the infinite possibilities of five lives in the bustling neighborhoods of 20th-century London)

Loren Stephens, All Sorrows Can Be Borne, Rare Bird (set in Hiroshima, Osaka, and the badlands of eastern Montana, 1939 to 1982 – told primarily in the voice of Noriko, a feisty aspiring actress who fails her audition to enter the Takarazuka Theater Academy)

Julian Stockwin, Untitled Thomas Kydd #24, Hodder & Stoughton (Britain’s ambitions turn to the Spice Islands, where Admiral Pellew has been sent to confront the enemy’s vastly rich holdings)

Maggie Sullivan, The Postmistress, One More Chapter (new WWII saga series)

Mark Sullivan, The Last Green Valley, Lake Union (inspired by one family’s story of daring, survival, and triumph)

David Swinson, City on the Edge, Mulholland (follows a son’s journey to uncover his father’s secret past in the city of Beirut, in 1972)

John Talton, City of Dark Corners, PPP (Phoenix, AZ 1933: a private investigator looks into the death of a dismembered young woman)

Jake Tapper, The Devil May Dance, Little, Brown (husband-and-wife heroes of The Hellfire Club head to Hollywood to investigate Frank Sinatra — and become mired in a world of blackmail, the mob, and Hollywood scandal)

Penny Thorpe, The Mothers of Quality Street, HarperCollins (the chocolate factory is anticipating a visit from King and Queen and two young princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret)

Liz Tolsma, The Silver Shadow, Barbour (fiction based on strange but true history. Set in Denver, 1900)

Liz Trenow, The Secret of the Lake, Pan (dual narrative set just after WWII and present day)

Ashley Weaver, A Peculiar Combination, Minotaur (new Electra McDonnell series set in England during WW II ― a mystery filled with spies, murder, romance, and wit)

Amanda Weinberg, The Tears of Monterini, RedDoor Press (inspired by true events, debut will appeal to readers interested in Italy, romance, family dynamics, and conflict)

Roseanna M. White, The Nature of a Lady, Bethany House (1906, Lady Elizabeth “Libby” Sinclair flees to the Isles of Scilly where she stumbles into dangerous secrets. Inspirational fiction)

Clare Whitfield, People of Abandoned Character, Head of Zeus (London 1888―dark historical crime novel with a hook: what would you do if you thought your husband was Jack the Ripper?)

K.R. Wilson, Call Me Stan: A Tragedy in Three Milennia, Guernica Editions (an exploration of what it is to outlive everyone you love)

Jeroen Windmeijer, The Pilgrim Conspiracy, One More Chapter (an old manuscript is discovered in which an anonymous author tells the hidden history of the Pilgrims – the Founding Fathers of the United States)

Mary Wood, Secrets of the Jam Factory Girls, Pan (2nd installment)

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

June 2021

Nekesa Afia, Dead Dead Girls, Berkley (new historical mystery series set in 1920s Harlem featuring Louise Lloyd, a young black woman caught up in a series of murders way too close to home)

Tessa Arlen, In Royal Service to the Queen, Berkley (story of Queen Elizabeth II’s governess, who spent sixteen years in loyal service to the royal family and was later shunned by those she has loved and served)

Camille Aubray, The Godmothers, Wm Morrow (suspenseful novel about four women in a prosperous Italian family who must take charge of the family’s business when their husbands are forced to leave them to go to war)

Mary Balogh, Someone to Cherish, Berkley/Piatkus (Book 8 of 8 in Westcott series)

Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray, The Personal Librarian, Berkley (little-known story of Belle da Costa Greene, J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian—who became one of the most powerful women in New York despite the dangerous secret she kept)

John Brandon, Ivory Shoals, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern (twelve-year-old Gussie Dwyer undertakes to trek across the perilous peninsula of post-Civil War Florida in search of his father)

Alex Brown, A Postcard From Paris, HarperCollins (dual-narrative involving a set of diaries from 1916 France)

Jim Eldridge, Murder at Madame Tussaud’s, Allison & Busby (London, 1896. Madame Tussauds opens to find one of its nightwatchmen decapitated and his colleague nowhere to be found)

Mario Escobar, The Librarian of Saint-Malo, Thomas Nelson (through letters with a famous author, one French librarian tells her love story and describes the brutal Nazi occupation of her small coastal village)

Suzanne Feldman, The Sisters’ War, Mira (in 1914, two American sisters travel to Europe to volunteer as a nurse and an ambulance driver during WWI)

Nick Fonda, Murder on the Orford Mountain Railway, Baraka Books (on an August evening in 1905, a 12-year-old boy is shot and killed near the Orford Mountain Railway construction site in rural Quebec)

Rachel Fordham, A Lady in Attendance, Revell (tale of a soft-spoken man, a hardened woman, and the friends that stand by them as they work toward a common purpose. Inspirational romance)

Suzanne Fortin, The Forgotten Life of Arthur Pettinger, Aria (a family history is uncovered dating back to WWII and a mysterious woman named Maryse)

Ann H. Gabhart, Along a Storied Trail, Revell (novel about a Kentucky pack-horse librarian during the Great Depression. Inspirational romance)

Rivka Galchen, Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch, FSG (1618. Plague is spreading, the Thirty Years’ War has begun, and fear and suspicion are in the air when Katharina Kepler is accused of being a witch)

Leonard Goldberg, The Abduction of Pretty Penny, Minotaur (a Daughter of Sherlock Holmes mystery)

Adrian Goldsworthy, The Fort, Head of Zeus (adventure set on Rome’s Danubian frontier. AD 105)

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

Kerry Greenwood, Death in Daylesford, PPP (new Phryne Fisher mystery, post WWI)

Kate Grenville, A Room Made of Leaves, Text Publishing (alternative history imagining that Elizabeth, wife to John Macarthur, wool baron, has written a candid secret memoir)

Sally Cabot Gunning, Painting the Light, Wm Morrow (novel of love, loss, and reinvention, set on Martha’s Vineyard at the turn of the nineteenth century)

Jody Hedlund, Come Back to Me, Revell (novel set in 1300s Canterbury, a volatile era of superstition, peasant revolts, and chivalry. Inspirational fiction)

Miranda Cowley Heller, The Paper Palace, Riverhead (set against the beaches of Cape Cod, story unfolds over twenty-four hours and across fifty years, with decades of family legacy, love, lies, & secrets)

Lucy Holland, Sistersong, Macmillan US (535 AD. In the ancient kingdom of Dumnonia, King Cador’s children inherit a fragmented land abandoned by the Romans)

M. J. Hollows, The German Nurse, HQ Digital (WWII historical set on Guernsey 1940)

India Holton, The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels, Berkley (romance debut about a proper young Victorian lady’s quest to save her kidnapped aunt while navigating magical hijinks)

Paul Howarth, Dust off the Bones, Harper (raises timeless issues of injustice, honor, morality, endemic racism, and violence. Sequel to Only Killers and Thieves)

Virginia Hume, Haven Point, SMP (multi-timeline set in Maine, 1944, 1970 and present day)

Nick Jones, The Shadows of London, Blackstone (an antiques dealer is flung back to 1960s London where he comes face-to-face with a ruthless gangster and witnesses the brutal murder of an innocent woman)

Alka Joshi, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur, Mira (sequel to The Henna Artist)

Laurie R. King, Castle Shade, Bantam (mystery suspense novel with Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes)

Mick Kitson, Featherweight, Canongate (story of overcoming all the odds, and a woman centuries ahead of her time, set on the canals of nineteenth-century England)

Caroline Lea, The Metal Heart, Harper Perennial (in the dark days of World War II, an unlikely romance blossoms between a Scottish woman and an Italian prisoner of war)

Jonathan Lee, The Great Mistake, Granta/Knopf (set in 1903 – story of the father of New York City, his mysterious assassination and his hidden life)

Yan Lianke (trans. Carlos Rojas), Hard Like Water, Grove Press (portrayal of the rise and fall of two young communist revolutionaries who fall in love and come to power during China’s Cultural Revolution)

A.M. Linden, The Oath, She Writes (The Druid Chronicles, Book One)

Christine Mangan, Palace of the Drowned, Flatiron (literary thriller about a British novelist who heads to Venice after a public mental breakdown. Set in 1966)

Susan Anne Mason, To Find Her Place, Bethany House (n the midst of WWII, Jane Linder pours all her energy and dreams for a family into her career at the Toronto Children’s Aid Society. Inspirational)

Sujata Massey, The Bombay Prince, Soho Crime (India’s only female lawyer is compelled to bring justice to the family of a murdered student as Bombay’s streets erupt in riots to protest British colonial rule)

Clara McKenna, Murder at Keyhaven Castle, Kensington (a Stella and Lyndy mystery)

Lori McMullen, Among the Beautiful Beasts, She Writes (set in the early 1900s, the untold story of the early life of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, known in her later years as a tireless activist for the Florida Everglades)

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

Allison Montclair, A Rogue’s Company, Minotaur (business becomes personal when a new client, a brutal murder, and two kidnappings threaten everything that Sparks & Bainbridge hold dear)

Katy Moran, Scandalous Alchemy, Head of Zeus (intrigue, gossip, lust and long-held hatreds abound in this Regency romance with a twist)

Alex Myers, The Story of Silence, HarperVoyager (Arthurian historical fantasy)

Janette Oke, Laurel Oke Logan, Sustaining Faith, Bethany House (When Hope Calls, book 2 of 3 about settling orphaned children from England into homes in Canada. Inspirational)

Leonardo Padura (trans. Anna Kushner), The Transparency of Time, FSG (Detective Mario Conde returns to solve a mystery spanning centuries of occult history)

AJ Pearce, Yours Cheerfully, Picador (sequel to Dear Mrs Bird – a funny and uplifting story of courage at the height of WWII)

Francine Prose, The Vixen, Harper (set in world of 1950s New York publishing; the story of a young man tasked with editing a steamy bodice-ripper based on the recent trial and execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg)

Laura Purcell, The Shape of Darkness, Penguin (a struggling silhouette artist in Victorian Bath seeks out a renowned child spirit medium in order to speak to the dead)

Seeley Regester, The Dead Letter, PPP (a deadly puncture from a sharp stiletto heel gives “love triangle” a murderous new meaning in this gothic mystery)

Kelly Rimmer, The Warsaw Orphan, Graydon House (WWII saga and love story, based on the real-life efforts of two young people taking extraordinary risks to save their countrymen)

Karen Robards, Fire in the Sky, Hodder & Stoughton (WWII novel of bravery, danger, and love)

Nicholas Ruddock, Last Hummingbird West of Chile, Breakwater Books (19th-c tale of murder, privilege, and servitude – of both humans and nature)

Steven Saylor, Dominus, SMP (spanning 160 years and seven generations, full of ancient Rome’s most vivid figures: brings to life some of the most tumultuous and consequential chapters of human history)

Cat Sebastian, The Queer Principles of Kit Webb, Avon (historical romance about a reluctantly reformed highwayman and the aristocrat who threatens to steal his heart)

Jeff Shaara, The Eagle’s Claw, Ballantine (novel of the Battle of the Midway)

Rebecca Starford, An Unlikely Spy (AS title The Imitator), Ecco (World War II novel following a spy who goes undercover as a part of MI5)

Gracie Taylor, Edie’s Home for Strays, Avon (tale of wartime courage, and the untold story of the animals who needed a home)

Joanna Toye, A Store at War, HarperCollins (weaves together a strong sense of community when every man, woman and child was doing their bit)

Nghi Vo, The Chosen and the Beautiful, Tordotcom (historical fantasy set in 1920s America)

Larry Watson, The Lives of Edie Pritchard, Algonquin (examines a woman aware of her physical power and constrained by it, & how perceptions of someone in a small town can shape her life through the decades)

Helene Wecker, The Hidden Palace, Harper (set in New York City and the Middle East in the years leading to World War I. Sequel to The Golem and the Jinni)

Christine Wells, Sisters of the Resistance, Wm Morrow (set in the Paris Resistance movement during WWII, novel tells of the deep involvement of Catherine Dior and two young women who risked their lives to support her efforts)

Beatriz Williams, Our Woman in Moscow, Wm Morrow (human story of Cold War espionage and family devotion)

Judy Willmore, The Menagerie, Artemesia Publishing (passion, power and poison in the court of the Sun King)

Karen Witemeyer, The Heart’s Charge, Bethany House (when a handful of urchin children go missing, a pair of Horsemen are exactly what’s needed to find them. Western Christian romance)

Jamie Jo Wright, On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor, Bethany House (dual-narrative inspirational mystery set in the upper peninsula in 1885 and present day)

Kimberley Woodhouse, Bridge of Gold, Barbour (an archaeologist is called to the Golden Gate Bridge where repairs uncover two human remains from the late 1800s and the 1930s)

Ovidia Yu, The Cannonball Tree Mystery, Constable (mystery set in 1930s Japanese-occupied Singapore)

July 2021

Sara Ackerman, Radar Girls, Mira (inspired by the real women of the Women’s Air Raid Defense, story follows one unlikely recruit as she trains and serves in secrecy as a radar plotter on Hawaii)

Suzanne Allain, Miss Lattimore’s Letter, Berkley/Piatkus (the woman who never made a match of her own is making matches for everyone else in this Regency comedy of manners)

Ann Aptaker, Murder and Gold, Bywater Books (New York City, 1954 – after two acquaintances are murdered Cantor Gold struggles to prove her innocence)

Jennifer Ashley, Death at the Crystal Palace, Berkley (cook Kat Holloway puts aside her apron to delve into Victorian London’s high society and catch a killer)

Caroline Beecham, When We Meet Again, G.P. Putnam’s Sons (tale of love and mystery set in the publishing world of World War II London)

Matt Bell, Appleseed, Custom House (explores climate change, manifest destiny, humanity’s unchecked exploitation of natural resources – set in 18th-c, second half of 21st-c and 1000 yrs into the future)

Brendan Carlson, Midnight, Dundurn (in a gritty, tech-noir version of 1930s Manhattan, an ex-cop and his robot partner must stop a killer who’s sending the city into chaos)

Caroline Caugant (trans. Jackie Smith), Sunlight Hours, Hodder (paints a picture of three generations of women united by the secrets of a river)

Jennifer Chiaverini, The Women’s March, Wm Morrow (novel of the woman’s suffrage movement inspired by three courageous women who bravely risked their lives and liberty in the fight to win the vote)

J’nell Ciesielski, The Ice Swan, Thomas Nelson (amid the violent last days of the glittering Russian court, a Russian princess on the run finds her heart where she least expects it)

Mary Connealy, A Man with a Past, Bethany House (Christian romance series Brothers in Arms, book #2 of 3 captures the atmosphere of the 19th-c American West)

M. Shelly Conner, everyman, Blackstone OwnVoices, (Georgia, 1972 – novel about a young black woman’s journey to connect with her unknown lineage)

Trent Dalton, All Our Shimmering Skies, Harper Perennial (novel of adventure and unlikely friendships in World War II Australia)

Lindsey Davis, A Comedy of Terrors, Minotaur (Flavia’s husband becomes a target of a bloody gang war in Rome 89AD)

P. T. Deutermann, Trial by Fire, SMP (WWII novel of attack, survival, and triumph on board an aircraft carrier in the Pacific)

William di Canzio, Alec, FSG (reimagining and continuation of E. M. Forster’s literary masterpiece Maurice, told from the gamekeeper Alec Scudder’s perspective)

Paul Doherty, Mother Midnight, Headline (Hugh Corbett 22 murder mystery)

Mick Finlay, Arrowood and the Meeting House Murders, HQ (London, 1879 – murder mystery series)

John Fletcher, Wuhan, Head of Zeus (multi-stranded historical epic set in China in 1937, when Wuhan stood alone against a whirlwind of war and violence)

Dianne Freeman, A Fiancée’s Guide to First Wives and Murder, Kensington (historical mystery)

Esther Freud, I Couldn’t Love You More, Ecco (story of three generations of women, crossing from London to Ireland and back again, and the enduring effort to retrieve the secrets of the past)

Hazel Gaynor, Heather Webb, Three Words for Goodbye, Wm Morrow (coming-of-age novel set in pre-WWII Europe)

Kristin Harmel, The Forest of Vanishing Stars, Gallery (coming-of-age World War II story about a young woman who uses her knowledge of the wilderness to help Jewish refugees escape the Nazis)

Matthew Harffy, For Lord and Land, Aries (war rages between the two kingdoms of Northumbria in the newest instalment of the Bernicia Chronicles, set in ad 647 Anglo-Saxon Britain)

Nathan Harris, The Sweetness of Water, Little, Brown/Tinder Press (debut about the unlikely bond between two freedmen who are brothers and the Georgia farmer whose alliance and protection will alter their lives)

Claire Heywood, Daughters of Sparta, Hodder & Stoughton/Dutton (the women behind mythology’s most devastating war, the infamous Helen and her sister Klytemnestra)

Graham Hurley, KYIV, Head of Zeus (thriller set against one of the most horrific scenes in the Second World War: June 22, 1941)

Lisa Kleypas, Devil in Disguise, Avon (romance between a widowed lady and a Scot on the run—who may have connections to one of London’s most noble families)

James Knowles, The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights, Sirius (a journey through the land of ancient England where magic, mystery and warring factions come together)

E. J. Levy, The Cape Doctor, Little, Brown (based on Cape Town’s Dr. James Barry, born in 1795 as Margaret Anne Bulkley, an Irish girl who changed her name, lived as a man, and revolutionized medicine in the Western world)

Norman Lock, Tooth of the Covenant, Bellevue Literary Press (Lock imagines guilt-ridden author Nathaniel Hawthorne writing a tale in which he sends his fictional surrogate, Isaac Page, back to the year 1692 to save Bridget Bishop and rescue the other victims from execution)

Jennifer Macaire, A Remedy in Time, Headline Accent (time-slip: two scientists are sent back to get blood samples from the megafauna of the time)

Susan Elia MacNeal, The Hollywood Spy, Bantam (a Maggie Hope mystery set in Los Angeles, 1943)

Owen Matthews, Red Traitor, Doubleday (thriller set during the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis)

Abir Mukherjee, The Shadows of Men, Harvill Secker/Pegasus Crime (next in Wyneham & Banerjee Mysteries set in 1920s Calcutta)

S. W. Perry, The Heretic’s Mark, Atlantic Books (next installment of The Jackdaw Mysteries)

Tracie Peterson, Forever My Own, Bethany House (Christian romance set in 1871 Duluth, Minnesota – series explores the events that made Duluth a major Great Lakes port)

Michael Punke, Ridgeline, Henry Holt (1866 – Colonel Henry Carrington arrives in Montana to build a fort in the middle of critical Lakota hunting grounds, leading to a clash with the chiefs, Crazy Horse and Red Cloud)

Vanessa Riley, Island Queen, Wm Morrow (based on the real life of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, a free woman of color who rose from slavery to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful landowners in the colonial West Indies)

Sunjeev Sahota, China Room, Knopf Canada/Viking (1929 & 1999; novel about two people seeking to free themselves—one from the expectations placed on women in early 20th-c Punjab, and the other from the weight of life in the contemporary Indian diaspora)

Laura Sebastian, Half Sick of Shadows, Ace (the Lady of Shalott reclaims her story in this feminist reimagining of the Arthurian myth)

Bianca M. Schwarz, The Gentleman’s Daughter, Central Avenue (Sir Henry, secret agent to the crown, must marry a lady above reproach to afford his illegitimate daughter entrance into society)

Amanda Skenandore, The Second Life of Mirielle West, Kensington (inspired by the true story of a Louisiana leprosy hospital where patients were forcibly quarantined)

Deidre Sinnott, The Third Mrs. Galway, Kaylie Jones/Akashic (antislavery agitation is rocking Utica in 1835 when a young bride discovers an enslaved family hiding in her shed, setting in motion the exhumation of long-buried family secrets)

Daisy Styles, Keep Smiling Through, Penguin UK (World War Two saga)

Karin Tanabe, A Woman of Intelligence, SMP (tale of post-war New York City, and one woman’s journey from Manhattan society to the secretive ranks of the FBI)

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

Charles Todd, An Irish Hostage, Wm Morrow (in the uneasy peace following World War I, nurse Bess Crawford runs into trouble and treachery in Ireland – 12th in series)

Peter Tremayne, The House of Death, Headline (Sister Fidelma murder mysteries, book 32)

Jennifer Uhlarik, The Scarlet Pen, Barbour (a tale of true but forgotten history of an 19th-c serial killer whose silver-tongued ways almost trap a young woman into a nightmarish marriage)

Leah Weiss, All the Little Hopes, Sourcebooks Landmark (a Southern story of friendship, mystery, and the complex nature of right and wrong)

Tracey Enerson Wood, The War Nurse, Sourcebooks Landmark (based on a true story of one nurse in France during World War I who must battle the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic)

August 2021

Kaia Alderson, Sisters in Arms, Wm Morrow (true story of the only all-Black battalion of the Women’s Army Corps, who made the voyage to Europe to ensure American servicemen received word from their loved ones during World War II)

Johnnie Alexander, The Cryptographer’s Dilemma, Barbour (a code developer uncovers a Japanese spy ring)

Addison Armstrong, The Light of Luna Park, G.P. Putnam’s Sons (debut about a nurse who chooses to save a baby’s life, and risks her own in the process)

Shana Ave, The Second Mrs. Astor, Kensington (inspired by the real-life Titanic love story between America’s richest man and teenaged beauty Madeleine Force)

Joanne Bischof, The Gold in These Hills, Thomas Nelson (dual-narrative love story set during California Gold-rush)

Georgie Blalock, The Last Debutantes, Wm Morrow (novel set on the eve of World War II in the glittering world of English society and one of the last debutante seasons)

Owen Booth, The All True Adventures (and Rare Education) of the Daredevil Daniel Bones, Fourth Estate (novel about a young man’s sentimental education in late 19th-Century Europe)

Fern Britton, Daughters of Cornwall, HarperCollins (multi period novel set in 1918, 1939 and 2020)

Amy Belding Brown, Emily’s House, Berkley (Massachusetts, 1869; about Emily Dickinson’s long-time maid, Margaret Maher, whose bond with—and ultimate betrayal of—the poet ensured Dickinson’s work would live on)

Brian Castleberry, Nine Shiny Objects, Custom House (debut novel chronicling the eerily intersecting lives of a line of dreamers over the course of half a century that reveals the divided heart of modern America)

Jennifer Delamere, Crossed Lines, Bethany House (Love Along the Wires, book #2 of 3 – series spotlights the world of telegraph operation in 1880s London. Inspirational romance)

Amanda Dykes, Yours is the Night, Bethany House (an inspirational story of hope set during WWI)

Sarah M. Eden, The Merchant and the Rogue, Shadow Mountain (romance set in London, 1865)

Louis Edwards, Ramadan Ramsey, Amistad (spanning from the Deep South to the Middle East, story bridges four countries, two cultures, and three families who struggle to love and survive in the face of war, natural disasters, and other calamities beyond their control)

Courtney Ellis, At Summer’s End, Berkley (novel about finding the courage to heal after the ravages of war)

Michelle Gable, The Bookseller’s Secret, Graydon House (dual-narrative set in London about a struggling American writer on the hunt for a rumored lost manuscript written by Nancy Mitford—bookseller, spy, author, and socialite—during World War II)

Wendy Guerra (trans. Alicia Obejas), I Was Never the First Lady, HarperVia (tale of family, love, and history, set against the backdrop of the Cuban Revolution and its aftermath)

Nicola Harrison, The Show Girl, SMP (1927 – highlights the glamorous world of the Ziegfeld Follies, through the eyes of a young midwestern woman who comes to New York City to find her destiny)

Naomi Hirahara, Clark and Division, Soho Crime (a young woman searches for the truth about her revered older sister’s death, bringing to focus the struggles of one Japanese American family released from mass incarceration at Manzanar during World War II)

Anna Lee Huber, Murder Most Fair, Kensington (Verity Kent Mystery, Book 5)

Todd M. Johnson, The Barrister and the Letter of Marque, Bethany House (a tangled legal thriller set in early 19th-century London. Inspirational fiction)

Anita Kopacz, Shallow Waters, Atria/Black Privilege Publishing (the Yoruban deity of the sea, Yemaya, is brought to life as a young woman discovers the power of Black resilience, love, and feminine strength during the Atlantic slave trade)

William Kent Krueger, Lightning Strike, Atria (prequel to Cork O’Connor series—a book about fathers and sons, long-simmering tensions in a small Minnesota town, and young Cork’s coming of age in the summer of 1963P

Tim Leach, A Winter War, Head of Zeus (a disgraced warrior must navigate a course between honour and shame, his people and the Roman Empire, in a new trilogy set in the second century AD)

Tessa Lunney, Autumn Leaves, Pegasus (a Kiki Button mystery set in Paris 1922)

Melanie Magidow, trans., The Tale of Princess Fatima, Warrior Woman, Penguin (recounts the adventures of a legendary medieval warrior universally known throughout the Middle East)

Alyssa Maxwell, Murder at Wakehurst, Kensington (in Newport, Rhode Island, at the close of the 19th century, journalist Emma Cross discovers a cold-blooded murder on the grounds of a mansion)

Shannon McNear, MaryLu Tyndall, Kimberley Woodhouse, Daughters of the Mayflower: Defenders, Barbour (three early American adventures with intrigue and romance)

Daniel V. Meier, Bloodroot, BQB Publishing (an account of survival in America’s earliest settlement, Jamestown, Virginia)

Sabina Murray, The Human Zoo, Grove Press (follows a Filipino American journalist’s return to dictatorship-ruled Manila to research her book on tribes)

Pier Paolo Pasolini, The City of Mist, Rare Bird (Milan, 1959. A mob of teenage bullies roams the town. Self-styled teddy boys, they arm-wrestle, rob, flirt, and fight)

Rachel Pastan, In the Field, Delphinium (a woman scientist confronts bias and scientific dishonesty as she struggles to have her surprising discovery valued by a male-dominated world)

A. J. Pearce, Yours Cheerfully, Scribner (sequel to Dear Mrs Bird – a funny and uplifting story of courage at the height of WWII)

Robert Lee Primeaux, Will Chase, “The Sioux Lands”, Trineday Fiction (a Sioux legend of Will Chase/Chasing Hawk, a man who lives in both worlds with honour and integrity)

Joanna Rees, The Hidden Wife, Pan (second novel in A Stitch in Time historical trilogy)

Vanessa Riley, The Brides of London, Amara (two Regency romances)

JoAnn Ross, Swann’s Daughters, HQN (the past influences the present when three half-sisters meet for the first time after their father’s death)

Jonathan Santlofer, The Last Mona Lisa, Sourcebooks Landmark (art theft dual-narrative set in 1911 and present day)

Gordy Sauer, Child in the Valley, Hub City Press (coming-of-age Western set in Independence, Missouri in 1849. Lgbt)

Lila Slimani, In the Country of Others, Penguin (interracial love story between a Moroccan soldier who fought for France in World War II and a French woman whose fierce desire for autonomy parallels colonial Morocco’s fight for independence)

Rosalyn Story, Sing Her Name, Agate (tells the intertwined stories of two Black opera singers whose lives connect across time)

Matteo Strukul (trans. Richard McKenna), Medici – Legacy, Head of Zeus (third instalment in series charting the rise of the House of Medici as they become Masters of Florence and progenitors of the Renaissance)

Defne Suman (trans. Betsy Goksel), The Silence of Scheherazade, Apollo (told through the intertwining fates of a Levantine, a Greek, a Turkish and an Armenian family, novel reveals a city, and a culture, now lost to time)

Liza Nash Taylor, In All Good Faith, Blackstone (dual narrative, telling parallel stories of questioning faith in times of adversity and two women’s resourcefulness and unlikely success during the Great Depression)

Joanna Toye, Wartime for the Shop Girls, HarperCollins (war brings changes three friends could never foresee)

Jen Turano, To Write a Wrong, Bethany House (an amusing inspirational romance set during the Gilded Age)

Roxanne Veletzos, When the Summer Was Ours, Washington Square (World War II tale of star-crossed lovers separated by class, circumstance, and tragedy)

Boo Walker, The Singing Trees, Lake Union (Maine, 1969 – a young artist forges a path of self-discovery in a story about forgiving the past and embracing second chances)

Jane Walsh, Her Countess to Cherish, Bold Strokes Books (London Society’s material girl falls in love with a non-binary bluestocking. LGBT historical romance )

September 2021

Pepper Basham, The Mistletoe Countess, Barbour (historical romance)

Ron Blumenfeld, The King’s Anatomist, History Through Fiction (a medical history blended with meaningful relationships and a mystery, set in Brussels, 1565)

Diney Costeloe, The Stolen Baby, Head of Zeus (tale of a child stolen from his home in the aftermath of a terrible air raid in Plymouth, 1941 – based on a true story)

Louise Fein, The Hidden Child, Head of Zeus (Eleanor and Edward Hamilton are harbouring a shameful secret that threatens to fracture their entire world. London, 1929)

Edvard Hoem (trans. Tara Chace), Haymaker in Heaven, Milkweed Editions (saga—drawn from author’s family history—and a portrait of two countries at the turn of the 20th-c)

William W. Johnstone, J. A. Johnstone, To the River’s End, Kensington (story of the American frontier–and the trailblazing fur trappers who lived it, conquered it, and often died for it)

Alison Macleod, Tenderness, Bloomsbury (novel about D. H. Lawrence’s infamous Lady Chatterley’s Lover and the battle to free it from censors)

Rachel Scott McDaniel, Undercurrent of Secrets, Barbour (Doors to the Past vol. 4)

Anne O’Brien, The Royal Game, HQN (novel tells of the Paston family who went from peasants to aristocrats in two generations, in medieval England)

Andrea Penrose, Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kensington (Wrexford & Sloane book 5)

Jim R. Woolard, When the Missouri Ran Red, Kensington (epic follows a young man’s harrowing journey from Confederate captive to Union prisoner to unchained force of vengeance)

October 2021

Colleen Cambridge, Murder at Mallowan Hall, Kensington (a Phyllida Bright Mystery, Book 1. Setting Devon, England 1931)

Jessica Ellicott, Murder in an English Glade, Kensington (newest installment of the Beryl and Edwina mysteries)

J.S. Emery, A Clockwork River, Ad Astra (steampunk historical fantasy)

Iain Gale, SBS: Special Boat Squadron, Aries (series chronicling the exploits of the Special Boat Squadron, who executed World War Two’s most daring covert operations)

Dan Jones, The Tale of the Tailor and the Three Dead Kings, Head of Zeus (mediaeval ghost story originally recorded in the early fifteenth century by an unknown monk)

Debra May Macleod (trans. Barbara Ostrop), To Be Wolves, Blackstone (2nd in the Vesta Shadows series set in Ancient Rome)

Heather Redmond, The Pickwick Murders, Kensington (next in the Dickens of a Crime series)

Lavie Tidhar, The Hood, Ad Astra (second in the Anti-Matter of Britain sequence – retelling of Sherwood Forest and the legend of Robin Hood)

November 2021

Anthony Riches, untitled: Empire XII, Hodder & Stoughton (next in series after River of Gold)

Constance Sayers, The Ladies of the Secret Circus, Piatkus (spanning from Jazz Age Paris to present-day America of family secrets, sacrifice, and lost love set against the backdrop of a mysterious circus)

Rosemary Simpson, The Dead Cry Justice, Kensington (a Gilded Age mystery)

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

Gordon Doherty & Simon Turney, Gods of Rome, Aries (final instalment of the Rise of Emperors trilogy, set in the 3rd century AD)

Darcie Wilde, A Counterfeit Suitor, Kensington (mystery series featuring Rosalind Thorne, a young woman adept at helping ladies of the ton navigate the darker corners of Regency England)


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