Monday, October 07, 2013

October's New Releases (Part 2)

New this month: Info on other historical novels that were compiled by the Historical Novel Society. There are lots of interesting choices here, too -- so many we can't really list them all! Here's a sample, and check out the full list on the HNS website.

Peter Ackroyd, Three Brothers, Chatto & Windus (young men from a Camden Town council estate making their way in London in the 1960s, involved with criminal gangs, big business, crooked landlords and newspaper magnates)

Tasha Alexander, Behind the Shattered Glass, Minotaur (Lady Emily mystery set in Victorian England, surrounding a ruined abbey on a beautiful estate in Darbyshire, a murdered peer, and a most unlikely romance)

Jo Baker, Longbourn, Knopf (revisits the setting of Pride & Prejudice, this time from the servants’ viewpoint)

Ronald H. Balson, Once We Were Brothers, St. Martin’s (love and coming-of-age story as two boys and their family struggle to survive in war-torn Poland)

Charles Belfoure, The Paris Architect, Sourcebooks (a gifted architect and his secret life devising ingenious hiding places for Jews in Nazi-occupied Pari)

Joanne Bischof, My Hope Is Found, Multnomah (inspirational romance set in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the late 19th century, 3rd in series)

Mirko Bonne, The Ice-Cold Heaven, Duckworth (story of stowaway on Shackleton’s Endeavour expedition to Antarctica, 1914)

Robert Olen Butler, The Star of Istanbul, Mysterious Press (historical mystery set during WWI; Aboard the passenger liner Lusitania, war correspondent and American spy Kit Cobb has been assigned to shadow a German intellectual believed to have information vital to the war effort)

Amanda Carmack, Murder at Hatfield House, Signet (first in new Elizabethan mystery series featuring Kate Haywood, a simple musician in the employ of a princess in 1558)

Jennifer Chiaverini, The Spymistress, Dutton (biographical fiction about Elizabeth Van Lew, a Union spy working in the heart of the Confederacy)

Angus Donald, King’s Man, St. Martin’s Griffin (novel of Robin Hood)

Martin Fletcher, Jacob’s Oath, Thomas Dunne (literary thriller about Holocaust survivors’ return home, the husband determined to avenge his brother’s murder)

James Forrester, The Final Sacrament, Sourcebooks (3rd in Clarenceux trilogy of Elizabethan thrillers)

Kate Furnivall, Shadows on the Nile, Berkley (story of courage, adventure, romance, and betrayal set in 1932 London and in the Egyptian desert)
Robert Harris, An Officer And A Spy, Hutchinson (French army officer regrets his part in the prosecution of Alfred Dreyfus as a German spy)

Pamela Hartshorne, The Memory of Midnight, Macmillan (two women bound by time and place, one in Elizabethan York, one in modern York)

Jennifer Laam, The Secret Daughter of the Tsar, St. Martin’s Griffin (alternate history of the Romanovs)

Dennis McFarland, Nostalgia, Pantheon (literary historical fiction set during the Civil War; the journey of a nineteen-year-old private abandoned by his comrades in the Wilderness)

Dan Simmons, The Abominable, Little Brown/Sphere (supernatural adventure, set on the snowy peaks of Mount Everest in 1926)

Neil Spring, The Ghost Hunters, Quercus (novel about 1930s ghost hunter Harry Price at Borley Rectory, based on his assistant’s notes)

Jeffrey Stepakoff, The Melody of Secrets, Thomas Dunne (epic love story set against the 1960s U.S. space program, where deeply-buried secrets could threaten not just a marriage, but a country)

Deborah Swift, A Divided Inheritance, Pan Macmillan (sweeping tale of family and ambition set in Jacobean London and 17th-c Spain)

Jeri Westerson, Shadow of the Alchemist, Minotaur (Crispin Guest mystery set in 14th-c England, in which Crispin is asked to find the missing wife and apprentice of alchemist Nicholas Flamel)

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