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Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule

Fans of Civil War fiction and readers who enjoyed the author's other historicals will find this title absorbing. [See Prepub Alert, 9/22/14.]

Murder at the Brightwell

A pleasant debut novel, nicely evoking the 1930s with strong atmosphere and the beginnings of some intriguing characters. Readers who enjoy this period will not want to miss what is likely the first in a new series.

Tabula Rasa: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire

Like the other titles in the series, Downie's latest mixes an engaging story line, provocative characters, and a satisfying evocation of time and place. The minor and major threads merge seamlessly at the end, providing a satisfying conclusion for (almost) everyone. Series fans and Roman history buffs will enjoy this page-turner. [See Prepub Alert, 2/10/14.]

Small Plates: Short Fiction

Series fans and readers who enjoy light short stories will savor this delectable treat. [Library marketing.]

The Baklava Club

If this is indeed the final book in the series, as the author has indicated, it is a worthy conclusion. Fans of the entries will not be disappointed, and new readers who enjoy historical mysteries set in exotic locations and periods will probably go back to read each title.

The King's Hounds

Jensen is a best-selling author in Denmark. This is his first work to be translated into English and also the first of a series featuring Winston and Halfdan. With its good pacing, colorful historical backdrop, and well-rounded characters, this title will appeal to fans of historical mysteries set in the Middle Ages.

I Always Loved You

Oliveira has woven a rich tapestry of the artist's life in Belle Époque Paris, in a close, intimate rendering rather than a grand, sweeping landscape. Readers who enjoy historical fiction set in this time period will enjoy the novel, as will those who like fictionalized accounts of historical figures.

The Skull and the Nightingale

Set in 18th-century England, this debut novel of manipulation and seduction evokes Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's classic Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The author brings James Gilbert to chilling life and vividly renders the darker side of the Age of Enlightenment. Readers who like their history served up with conquest and betrayal will enjoy this page-turner. [See Prepub Alert, 2/18/13.]

The White Princess

Like the other titles in the series (The Red Queen; The White Queen; The Lady of the Rivers; The Kingmaker's Daughter), this rich tapestry brings to vivid life the court of Henry and Elizabeth. Meticulously drawn characters with a seamless blending of historical fact and fiction combine in a page-turning epic of a story. Tudor-fiction fans can never get enough, and they will snap this one up. [See Prepub Alert, 2/11/13.]

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