Forthcoming historical novels for 2021

The Historical Novel Society lists mainstream and small press titles set in the 1960s and earlier.  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 June 28, 2020

January 2021

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, St. Martin’s Press (romance set in Bombay, India, 1913)

Marie Benedict, The Mystery of Mrs Christie, Sourcebooks Landmark (no further information available)

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)

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

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

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)

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)

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

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)

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 (Rowland Sinclair murder mystery set in Shanghai 1935)

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

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)

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

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

Richard Hopton, The Straits of Treachery, Allison & Busby (Straits of Messina, 1810 – a shadowy underworld of spies, traitors and informers where nothing is quite as it seems)

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

Brian Kaufman, Dread Tribunal of Last Resort, Five Star (when the country is divided by Civil War, Decker Brown and Paula Crane’s loyalty to each other is put to the ultimate test)

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)

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

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)

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

Edward Marston, The Lions of the North, Allison & Busby (a Ralph Delchard and Gervase Bret mystery)
Also: The Serpents of Harbledown and The Stallions of Woodstock

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

Simon Scarrow, Eagles of the Empire #19, Headline (series featuring Tribune Cato and Centurion Macro)

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

Andrew Taylor, The Last Protector, HarperCollins (next book in the series following James Marwood and Cat Lovett in 17th-century London)

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

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)

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 to earth?)

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: A Murphy Western, Five Star (Regulator Series book 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)

K. Lyn Wurth, The Not So Quiet Life of Calamity Jane, Five Star (revives an original woman of the American West)

Glenda Young, The Paper Mill Girl, Headline (family saga)

February 2021

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)

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)

Steve Berry, The Kaiser’s Web, Minotaur (a secret dossier from a World War II-era Soviet spy comes to light containing information that, if proven true, would rewrite history)

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

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

Éric Giacometti, Jacques Ravenne, (trans. Maren Baudet-Lackner), Good & Evil, Hodder (second volume in the WWII treasure-hunt thriller)

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

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)

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)

Edward Massey, Founding Sheriff, Five Star (a sheriff investigates a girl murdered in her bed and tracks her husband who escaped)

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)

Rod Miller, A Thousand Dead Horses, Five Star (based on a historic horse-stealing adventure, novel dramatizes the violence and perils of the Old West)

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)

Pinkie Paranya, St. Louis Sam and the Desperados, Five Star (a brother & sister travel from St. Louis, Missouri to the Arizona Territoryin 1874)

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

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)

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)

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)

Ethan J Wolfe, The Illinois Detective Agency: The Case of the Missing Cattle, Five Star (hundreds of cattle are being stolen off the open ranges, and the local sheriff and army outposts are helpless to stop it)

March 2021

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)

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)

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)

T.L. Davis, Deputized, Five Star (Frank Whittaker is just an unemployed trail hand when he witnesses a bank robbery and is deputized into a posse to track the outlaws)

Patrick Dearen, Haunted Border, Five Star (in 1870, Jake Graves faced a choice: let Comanches carry off his sister, or shoot her. Unwilling to fire, he is haunted for decades by her fate)

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)

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)

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!)

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)

McKendree Long, Curly Jack, Five Star (a story of justice in the early American West)

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

Linda Lael Miller, The Yankee Widow, Mira (novel about one woman’s courage and the choices she must make in the face of a dangerous war)

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)

Kathleen Morris, The Transformation of Chastity James, Five Star (when new schoolmistress Chastity James arrives in 1878 Dodge City, she finds a turbulent town full of cowboys and saloons but she’s no prim spinster)

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)

Sarah Penner, The Lost Apothecary, Park Row (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)

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)

Kim Michele Richardson, Godpretty in the Tobacco Field, Kensington (follows RubyLyn through the course of one blazing summer, as life-changing decisions propel her toward her future)

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

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)

April 2021

Tomas Alamilla, Mario Acevedo, Luther, Wyoming, Five Star (a tale of larceny and betrayal)

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

Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz, The Passenger (c. 1938), Metropolitan Books (written fresh in the wake of the Kristallnacht pogroms –  as storm troopers pound on his door, Otto Silbermann, a respected businessman who fought for Germany in the Great War, is forced to sneak out the back of his own home)

Elzbieta Cherezinska, The Widow Queen, Forge (story of a Polish queen whose life and name are all but forgotten)

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 dazzling triumph and wrenching 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)

Gabriela Garcia, Of Women and Salt, Flatiron (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)

Scott Hibbard, Beyond the Rio Gila, Five Star (19th-century Western)

Aaron Jackson, The Astonishing Life of August March, Harper Perennial (a coming-of-age comic debut novel of an oddball orphan raised in the theater who must survive by his wits in postwar New York City)

Gregory J. Lalire, Man from Montana, Five Star (Woodrow Russell Hart relates how, at age 15, he came from Washington, D.C., to the violent goldfields of what would become Montana Territory)

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

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)

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

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)

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)

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

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

May 2021

 


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