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 October 22, 2020

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 Raymundo Mata, a visually impaired member of a 19th century 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, St. Martin’s Press (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 series; romance)

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)

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)

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 my 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)

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)

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

Jim Eldridge, Murder at the Ritz Hotel, 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)

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 (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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 foul 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)

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 (story 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)

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 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)

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

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

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)

Anne O’Brien, A Tapestry of Treason, HQ (1399: Constance of York, Lady Despenser, proves herself more than a mere observer in the devious intrigues of her magnificently dysfunctional family)

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)

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)

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

Larry D. Sweazy, The Return of the Wolf, Five Star (a Josiah Wolfe, Texas Ranger novel)

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

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)

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

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)

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

February 2021

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 (WW2 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)

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)

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)

Janet Dailey, Calder Brand, Kensington (first installment in a Calder series spin-off beginning in the late 1800s)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Olivia Campbell, Women in White Coats, Park Row (story of three Victorian women who broke down barriers in the medical field to become the first women doctors, revolutionizing the way women receive health care)

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)

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)

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)

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

Marguerite Duras (trans. Kelsey L. Haskett), The Impudent Ones, The New Press (evoking both beauty and brutality, Duras depicts the scalding effect of seduction and disrepute on the soul of a young French girl)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Ethan J. Wolfe, The Case of the Missing Cattle, Five Star (1884 –the Stock Growers Association of Montana appeals to Porter for help with a major cattle theft problem inside the Montana Territory)

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 trreachery)

April 2021

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)

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)

John Boyne, The Absolutist, Other Press (tale of passion, jealousy, heroism, and betrayal set in one of the most gruesome trenches of France during World War I)

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

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

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)

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 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)

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

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)

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

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)

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

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

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)

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

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)

Caolyn 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. It leads us all to ask questions, reflect and perhaps to see certain things differently)

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)

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)

K. J. Maitland, The Drowned City, Headline Review (1606. 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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

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)

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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)

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 sage set in Devon)

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)

JJA 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)

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 twentieth century, author peers into the dusty corners of his family’s past, illuminating them with precision)

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)

Joy Lansendorfer, 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, HarperCollins (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)

Kathleen McGurl, The Secret of the Chateau, HQ Digital (dual-narrative set during the French Revolution in 179 and the present day)

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

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

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. Regency romance)

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 that embodies the paradoxes of Italian society)

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

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

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)

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)

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)

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. From 1609 to 1620 they lived in Leiden, after which some of them left for America)

June 2021

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

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)

Diney Costeloe, The Stolen Boy, Head of Zeus (story of one baby boy, forgotten by his family after an air raid in Plymouth, who then disappears)

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)

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)

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

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

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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

Anne O’Brien, The Queen’s Rival, HQ (the all but forgotten story of Cecily Neville, Duchess of York)

Francine Prose, The Vixen, Harper (novel set in the glamorous 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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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

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

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)

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)

Norman Lock, Tooth of the Covenant, Bellevue Literary Press (Lock imagines guilt-ridden author 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)

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

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)

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)

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)

August 2021

Kaia Alderson, Soldier Girls, Wm Morrow (WWII historical fiction – no further info ava)

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)

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

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)

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)

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

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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

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 )

 


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