Here are 12 new and upcoming books with titles that caught my attention and made me curious about what's inside. Which historical novels have the most memorable titles as far as you're concerned?
The King of Rock and Roll? Guess again. The 6th volume in Gary Corby's historical mystery series set in the ancient Greek world moves over to Egypt in the company of not-yet-famous historian Herodotus. Soho Crime, May 2016.
An intriguing title for this biographical novel about the controversial founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, who sacrificed much to champion women's sexual equality. Harper, March 2016.
The subtitle reveals this novel's subject: a young woman of Renaissance Italy who was pushed into prominence and notoriety due to her status as the Pope's daughter. Ballantine, February 2016.
A debut novel spanning 70 years, and focusing on a love triangle between an American couple – a rabbi and his wife – and a German refugee. HarperPerennial, February 2016.
Hite's third novel set on Black Mountain in western North Carolina is a story of women, family heritage, and ghosts set between the Depression and the 1960s. Mercer University Press, September 2015.
Alice James, sister to William and Henry, shares her family's wit and appetite for gossip. By 1889, she's bedridden with an unknown illness but still manages to stay involved in events of the day. Counterpoint, September 2015.
Fans of King's long-running suspense series about Sherlock Holmes and his partner Mary Russell may feel nervous after reading this novel's title. Bantam, April 2016.
A terrific title (and stark, creepy cover) for McCrumb's newest Ballad Novel, centering on a female sheriff in rural Tennessee during the Depression and based on a famous public execution. Atria, May 2016.
This literary multi-period novel links a modern-day Czech historian with an anarchist from '20s Europe who attempted to assassinate a prominent businessman. Bellevue Literary Press, May 2016.
The first book in Robb's new mystery series, set in 14th-century York, stars a young widow who runs a guesthouse – which is occasionally used for illicit purposes. Pegasus, May 2016.
Romano-Lax's third novel delves into the ambitious personalities and behaviorist research of two prominent early 20th-century psychologists and their controversial studies of children. Expect to be enlightened and disturbed. Soho, March 2016.
St. James is known for her post-WWI English ghost stories. The heroine of her fifth book is a young widow who slowly uncovers her late husband's dark secrets. NAL, April 2016.