Barbara Clark-Greene

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The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols: Adapted from the Journals of John H. Watson, M.D

Director and author Meyer puts his own stamp on the Holmes and Watson tradition, basing his story on historic events with contemporary relevance, as lies become accepted as truth by means of willful ignorance. Holmes enthusiasts will relish this well-crafted novel.

A Keeper

Norton is a teller of beguiling tales, but the author’s true strength is in his grasp of human nature, giving emotional authenticity to his characters. Anyone who enjoys a well-crafted novel, skillfully imbued with drama and gothic sensibility, will love this book and clamor for more from Norton. [See Prepub Alert, 2/4/19.]


This is truly entertaining historical fiction, an imaginative retelling of a classic from a new viewpoint. Readers will identify with Milady’s struggle to find her place in the world, to find happiness and love. Fanciers of adventurous historical fiction will love her story.


Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor

Readers of biographical fiction, especially fans of Wild West tales, will appreciate this novel.

The Parting Glass

Well-researched historical details lend authenticity to Guadagnino's captivating work, right down to the diction of the dialog. The limited opportunities afforded to women and immigrants by society colors this tale of passion and lies, which will appeal especially to fans of Sarah Waters.

The Blood

Fans of Victorian mysteries will be unable to resist this novel.

The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King

Lovers of biographical historical fiction, especially fans of Roosevelt, will enjoy this novel peopled by real-life heroes and villains.

The Way of All Flesh

This compelling debut captures the essence of Victorian language, depicting Edinburgh, awash in both vice and virtue, vividly. Aficionados of Victorian crime novels will savor this tasty start to a new series and anxiously await the next entry. For fans of Anne Perry's Victorian mysteries and Caleb Carr's The Alienist. [See "Editors' Fall Picks," LJ 8/18.]

Edgar Allan Poe and the Jewel of Peru: A Poe and Dupin Mystery

Street excels at seamlessly joining history and fiction, displaying a literary style not unlike Poe's, complete with touches of the macabre and melodramatic. Her depiction of Poe's relationship with Sissy, his young wife, and Muddy, his mother-in-law, is skillfully drawn and very touching. Fans of Poe and Dupin will look forward to more adventures of the detecting duo.

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