Secrets from a century ago are uncovered when a woman travels to Ireland, to go through the things her late uncle left behind in his lakeside cottage, and finds a manuscript written by a woman named Eliza Drury. The author's previous novel, Liberty Silk, was a multi-generational novel written with both style and warmth. Transworld Ireland, July.
After hearing Geraldine Brooks speak with the Washington Post's "totally hip book reviewer" Ron Charles at BEA, I've been eager to read her upcoming novel, focusing on the life of King David. An ARC appeared in my mail yesterday, and I'll be reading it shortly. I had reviewed her previous novel Caleb's Crossing for the Globe & Mail and reposted it here shortly thereafter. Viking, October.
The two wealthy Melville sisters see their lives upended during WWI and try to establish new roots in the new, resulting world. Clark moves ahead into the trendy early 20th-century timeframe following a visit to colonial Louisiana with Savage Lands and Victorian London with Beautiful Lies. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October.
Marina Fiorato's earlier novels are set in historic Italy, and at first Kit, which opens in 18th-century Dublin, seems not to follow that pattern - but wait and see where Kit Kavanagh's adventures lead her. Daughter of Siena, which I reviewed a few years ago, centers on the Palio horse race in the 18th century. Hodder & Stoughton, July.
This is my most anticipated novel of the fall season. As one would expect from Kate Morton, it's a generational mystery filled with family secrets and suspense, this time surrounding a child's disappearance in Depression-era Cornwall and the repercussions decades later. For my earlier reviews of Morton's novels, see The Secret Keeper and The Distant Hours. Atria, October.
The market town of Chesterfield in Derbyshire may not be as high-profile as other locales Nickson's written about, like Seattle or Leeds, but I appreciate the chance to spend time in lesser-known places - especially when I've been there in real-life. Great title for this upcoming sequel to the medieval mystery The Crooked Spire, which I read on my way home from the UK last September. The Mystery Press, March 2016.
With her new release, Raybourn begins a new Victorian-era mystery series, this time featuring world traveler Veronica Speedwell, another of the adventurous historical heroines she's known for. I've previously reviewed Night of a Thousand Stars, set in the Middle East in the '20s, and interviewed her about her first Victorian mystery, Silent in the Grave, way back in 2007. NAL, September.
In the vein of her breakout novel The House at Tyneford, Solomons' latest focuses on family, music, and moving beyond grief and takes place on an English country estate in the '40s and half a century later. Plume, December.
The grandfather of Layla Roy from Patel's debut, Teatime for the Firefly, is the protagonist of Flame Tree Road, set in 1870s India. After seeing how his mother is shamefully treated after his father's death, Biren Roy decides to fight for a brighter future for women. I'll be reviewing this later on in the summer. MIRA, June.
Three star authors team up for a mystery surrounding a Gilded Age mansion, a woman from an old portrait, and an expensive heirloom. Williams' The Secret Life of Violet Grant was reviewed here earlier, as was Willig's The Ashford Affair - and a review of Karen White's new book will be forthcoming. NAL, January 2016.