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The King of Infinite Space

Faye first won fans with an eclectic array of historical novels revisiting Jane Eyre and Sherlock Holmes. Her exciting new work should be especially appealing to readers who were intrigued by the reimaginings of Anne Tyler, Margaret Atwood, or Jeanette Winterson for the Hogarth Press Shakespeare project.

The Paragon Hotel

A treat for those who enjoyed Faye's other novels, as well as fans of historical crime/thrillers.

The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlockians will be delighted, as will Faye's many fans. A nice companion to The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories, edited by Otto Penzler. [See Prepub Alert, 9/19/16; library marketing.]

Jane Steele

In an arresting tale of dark humor and sometimes gory imagination, Faye (Dust and Shadow; The Gods of Gotham) has produced a heroine worthy of the gothic literature canon but reminiscent of detective fiction. Her novel will draw in readers of gothic and historical crime fiction, and nonfiction such as Kate Summerscale's The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher. Fans of Victorian detectives like Sherlock Holmes and C. Auguste Dupin will also find Jane a worthy sleuth. [See Prepub Alert, 10/5/15.]

The Fatal Flame

While this is the third entry in Faye's trilogy (after The Gods of Gotham and Seven for a Secret), it could easily stand alone. Her use of period language effectively conveys the grit and flavor of the times, but can be a barrier to the reader's understanding, even with a handy glossary of flash terminology (criminals' slang). For the patient reader fond of historical mysteries, this is a rewarding tale of loyalty and courage. [See Prepub Alert, 11/25/14.]

Seven for a Secret

Faye's first novel won popular and critical success with its pairing of early police work and the criminal underworld of 19th-century New York. Her second novel is doubly impressive. Readers of historical and genre fiction will appreciate the twists and turns of this original series.

The Gods of Gotham

The Wilde brothers are a valiantly flawed pair (they commit illegal acts for good reasons) whose adventures dramatically light up this turbulent era. Faye's use of flash, an underground language akin to thieves' cant (British criminal jargon), further enriches this engrossing historical thriller, the first in a new series. [See Prepub Alert, 10/2/11.]

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