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Lost Hills

Angelenos may enjoy the geographic details, but most mystery buffs will find this less than compelling.

Sword of Kings

One can start with this volume, but readers of history and warfare, not to mention Game of Thrones fans, will want to go back and read the entire series, especially with four seasons filmed for British television. [See Prepub Alert, 5/13/19.]

Call upon the Water

Historian and author (Tides of War) Tillyard’s lyrical novel aptly recounts the dour days of Cromwell, the promise of the Restoration Era, and everyday life during those times, offering something for history buffs and romantics alike.


A long and leisurely spy novel, reminiscent of a 1950s movie. Recommended where there is voracious genre readership.


The Moroccan Girl

Frequent readers of spy novels will get a vicarious pleasure following an author who's up to his earlobes in what he is supposed to know.

The Falcon of Sparta

A rousing retelling of a singular event, as seen through the eyes of three leaders on a momentous trek, this latest historical novel by Iggulden (The Abbot's Tale; "Wars of the Roses" series) will be of interest to both young and old readers of military and ancient history.

War of the Wolf

For those who enjoy their historical fiction told with verve and imagination. [See Prepub Alert, 4/9/18.]

The General's Cook

Recommended for anyone, from high school up, looking for an understanding of American culture in our early republic and the juxtaposition of talent with slavery. [See "Editors' Fall Picks," LJ 8/18.]

The Devil's Half Mile

Loads of period atmosphere and slang (a glossary is included) propel this series-potential story through alleys and plenty of twists, making it a solid choice for historical fiction buffs and lovers of political plots. [Previewed in Lisa Levy's "Crime Fiction's 'Girl Power,'" LJ 4/15/18.]

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