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 August 24, 2020

January 2021

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Charles Fergus, A Stranger Here Below, Arcade Crimewise (set in 1835 in the Pennsylvania town of Adamant, new mystery series introduces Sheriff Gideon Stoltz)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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

Marie-Bernadette Dupuy, The Manhattan Secret, Hodder (saga of secrets, love and betrayal set in late 1800s)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Sofía Segovia (trans. Simon Bruni), Tears of Amber, Amazon Crossing (no further details available)

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)

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

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

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)

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)

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 a tender precision)

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

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

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

June 2021

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)

July 2021

David Hurley, Kyiv, Head of Zeus (thriller set against one of the most horrific scenes in the Second World War)

August 2021

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

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