I Love Historical Fiction




Lyn Andrews, From Liverpool with Love, Headline (Liverpool saga set in 1920s: workhouse orphans have to make their way in life after the death of their mother)

**Nancy Bilyeau, The Tapestry, Touchstone (3rd novel of Joanna Stafford, former nun in Henry VIII’s England, who tries to save her friend Catherine Howard from becoming his next victim)

Robin Blake, The Hidden Man, Minotaur (dark mystery set in small-town Georgian England)

Robin Blake, The Scrivener, Constable (latest in Cragg & Fidelis mystery series set in C18 Preston, Lancs)

Rhys Bowen, The Edge of Dreams, Minotaur (Molly Murphy mystery set in early 20th-c NYC; Molly’s husband, a police captain, has been receiving taunting notes)

Vito Bruschini, The Prince, Atria (tells the epic story of the mafia’s beginnings in war-torn Italy and Roaring Twenties New York)

**Sandra Byrd, Mist of Midnight, Howard (Victorian-era novel; a young woman returns home from India after the death of her family to discover her identity and inheritance are challenged by the man who holds her future in his hands)

John M. Cahill, Primitive Passions, Bygone Era (Book 1 of the Boschloper Saga, following an Irish deserter from the British Navy who settles into an upstate New York Dutch colony and helps them with their relations with the Iroquois)

Jennifer Chiaverini, Mrs Grant and Madame Jule, Dutton (First Lady Julia Grant and her complex relationship with the slave who was her namesake)

Cassandra Clark, The Dragon of Handale, Minotaur (historical mystery set in 14th-c England; latest in series about Hildegard, Abbess of Meaux)

Clive Cussler and Justin Scott, The Assassin, Putnam (action-adventure fiction in the Isaac Bell series, early 20th century)

Maurizio di Giovanni, Viper, Europa (evil lurks in Naples of 1932; Commissario Ricciardi mystery)

John Donoghue, The Death’s Head Chess Club, Atlantic (the impossibilities of forgiveness and friendship between a Nazi and a Jew when a Nazi officer sets up a chess club to improve soldiers’ morale in Auschwitz, then hears of a Jew in the camp who is reputed to be unbeatable)

Anne Donovan, Gone Are The Leaves, Canongate (story set in medieval Scotland of the friendship between a lost boy and a girl who must choose between marriage and a life of prayer)

**Kathy Lynn Emerson, Murder in the Queen’s Wardrobe, Severn House (Elizabethan spy thriller about a female spymaster)

Vaughn Entwistle, The Dead Assassin, Minotaur (paranormal mystery with Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde)

Robert Fabbri, Rome’s Lost Son, Corvus (Rome, AD 51: latest in adventure series about rise to power of Emperor Vespasian)

David Flusfeder, John the Pupil, Harper (mystery-laden novel set in 13th-century Europe, against the backdrop of a medieval world where beauty and violence, science and mysticism, carnality and faith, exist side by side)

Christopher Fowler, Bryant & May: The Burning Man, Transworld (latest in WWII mystery series set in London, featuring the cases of the Peculiar Crimes Unit)

Miranda France, The Day Before The Fire, Chatto & Windus (paper restorer working on restoration of a stately home is forced to bring out the truth about her own past)

Patrick Gale, A Place Called Winter, Tinder Press (chance encounter and resulting scandal force a man to emigrate to the Canadian prairies in 1900s)

Ian Garbutt, Wasp, Polygon (18thC governess finds herself in a high-class brothel where secrets reach into government circles and the monarchy)

Gabriella Ghermandi, Queen of Flowers and Pearls, Indiana University Press (an Ethiopian girl links thousands of stories from ancient times to the 20th century, from Africa to Europe)

Jean Giono, The Man Who Planted Trees, Harvill Secker (fable set in 1910 about a man who creates a forest in Provence)

**C.W. Gortner, Mademoiselle Chanel, Morrow (the life of iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel)

Kerry Greenwood, Miss Phryne Fisher (10 novels: 11-20 in series), Allen & Unwin (detective series set in 1920s Australia)

**Patricia Harman, The Reluctant Midwife, Morrow Paperbacks (sequel to Midwife of Hope River, set in Depression-era West Virginia)

Gregory Harris, The Connicle Curse, Kensington (Victorian mystery featuring detective Colin Pendragon in which a wealthy financier is found murdered)

**Joanna Hickson, The Tudor Bride, Harper (Katherine de Valois, Queen of England)

Bruce Holsinger, The Invention of Fire, Morrow (thriller featuring medieval poet and fixer John Gower, followup to A Burnable Book)

Aislinn Hunter, The World Before Us, Hamish Hamilton (disappearance of a young girl evokes memories of a young woman who walked out of a Victorian lunatic asylum one day in 1877)

Glyn Iliffe, King of Ithaca, Macmillan (exiled soldier joins Odysseus on his voyage from Troy to Ithaca)

Roy Jakobsen, Borders, Maclehose Press (1942: can a father’s love save the doomed German 6th Army at Stalingrad when Hitler will not permit a retreat?)

Christopher Jory, The Art of Waiting, Polygon (Russia 1943: a girl rescues a soldier but when he gets home he must choose between love and revenge)

Joseph Kanon, Leaving Berlin, Atria (historical thriller about a German Jew who returns to Berlin in 1948 as a member of the CIA)

Judith Kinghorn, The Snow Globe, NAL (love and loss in 1920s England)

Laura Lebow, The Figaro Murders, Minotaur (Lorenzo La Ponte, Mozart’s librettist, must either find a killer or take the fall himself)

Yan Lianke, The Four Books, Chatto & Windus (story set in a labour camp during China’s Great Famine)

Karen Maitland, The Raven’s Head, Headline Review (medieval apprentice librarian stumbles on a secret and is on the run after using it in a failed blackmail attempt)

Allan Mallinson, Words of Command, Transworld (1830: Lieutenant-Colonel Matthew Hervey returns to take command of the 6th Light Dragoons)

Francine Mathews, Too Bad to Die, Riverhead (historical thriller featuring British Naval Intelligence officer Ian Fleming)

Judith Claire Mitchell, A Reunion of Ghosts, Harper (multi-generational literary novel; three sisters who have decided to kill themselves at the end of the 20th century look back on their family’s legacy and achievements)

Jan Moran, Scent of Triumph, St. Martin’s Griffin (WWII-era romantic novel about a French perfumer and an American naval captain)

Michelle Moran, Rebel Queen, Touchstone (story of Queen Lakshmi—India’s Joan of Arc—who against all odds defied the mighty British invasion to defend her beloved kingdom)

David Morrell, Inspector of the Dead, Mulholland (latest in detective series set in mid-19th London)

Mary Morris, The Jazz Palace, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday (two Jewish families in Jazz Age Chicago)

James Naughtie, Paris Spring, Head of Zeus (in Paris in 1968, a city full of revolutionaries and spies, Will Flemyng and his brother are caught in the thick of the action)

Caryl Phillips, The Lost Child, FSG (literary reimagining of Wuthering Heights)

Malcolm Pryce, The Case of the ‘Hail Mary’ Celeste, Bloomsbury (a Boy’s Own derring-do adventure of disappearing nuns, trainspotting and an unforgettable new detective, set in 1948 just before the nationalisation of the British railway system

**Kate Quinn, Lady of the Eternal City, Berkley (fourth volume in the Empress of Rome series; the fate of Rome lies in the hands of an untried girl)

**M.J. Rose, The Witch of Painted Sorrows, Atria (gothic novel set against the lavish spectacle of 1890s Belle Époque Paris)

Mary Doria Russell, Epitaph, Ecco (subtitled “a novel of the O.K. Corral,” continuing the story she began in Doc)

Eleanor Parker Sapia, A Decent Woman, Booktrope (Puerto Rico, 1900: Spanning thirty years, this is the unforgettable journey of friendship between an Afro-Cuban midwife and a socialite set against the backdrop of colonial Puerto Rico.)

Amy Scheibe, A Fireproof Home for the Bride, St. Martin’s (coming-of-age of a young woman in the strict Lutheran world of 1958 Minnesota)

Dan Simmons, The Fifth Heart, Little Brown (In 1893, Sherlock Holmes and Henry James come to America to investigate the suicide of Clover Adams, wife of the historian Henry Adams – a member of the family that has given the United States two Presidents)

Diana Souhami, Gwendolen, Holt (a 19th-century Englishwoman looks back on her difficult formative years)

Cynthia Swanson, The Bookseller, Harper (follows a woman in the 1960s who must reconcile her reality with the tantalizing alternate world of her dreams)

David C. Taylor, Night Life, Forge (historical crime novel set in 1950s NY, first in series)

Sara Taylor, The Shore, William Heinemann (set on a group of islands off Virginia, various generations over the course of 150 years tell interconnecting stories)

Jane Thynne, War of Flowers, Simon & Schuster (latest in Berlin mystery series: in 1938 British actress Clara Vine is tasked by British Secret Service to befriend Hitler’s girlfriend Eva Braun and pass on any information)

Donna Thorland, Mistress Firebrand, NAL (action-packed novel with romance, set during the American Revolution)

Jacqueline Winspear, A Dangerous Place, Harper (Maisie Dobbs mystery, set in 1937; a brutal murder in the British garrison town of Gilbraltar leads the investigator into a web of lies, deceit and danger)

Russell Whitfield, Imperatrix, Myrmidon (latest in female gladiator series set in ancient Rome)

D K Wilson, The Traitor’s Mark, Sphere (latest in Tudor crime series featuring goldsmith Thomas Treviot, based on a real mystery of Henry VIII’s reign)

Louisa Young, The Heroes’ Welcome, HarperPerennial (the turbulence of the year 1919, in the sequel to My Dear I Want To Tell You)
*= want to read!
Source: Historical Novel Society

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