Thanks to the amount of research I’m doing for my new Storical podcast, I have been completely immersed in historical fiction this year…even more so than usual! To help you stay up to date on all the 2019 releases that are going on my TBR pile, I give you my list of all the 2019 historical fiction releases I’m most excited about. You can also check out my list from 2018.
The Paragon Hotel – Lyndsay Faye
Lyndsay Faye wrote Jane Steele, a play on Jane Eyre that I talked about in the Charlotte Bronte episode of Storical. Jane Steele was extremely well-written so I’m excited to check out her new book. The Paragon Hotel begins with a woman fleeing from 1920s Harlem to a hotel in Portland, Oregon which at this point was still something of a frontier. Run ins with the Ku Klux Klan ensue as does a mystery involving the hotel.
The Coronation – Boris Akunin
This book was originally published in Russia in 2000 but the English translation just came out this year. Set during Tsar Nicholas II’s coronation, this is a mystery with Agatha Christie flair and Romanov levels of intrigue.
The Night Tiger – Yangsze Choo
I’ve seen this book everywhere and you need to read the book’s full description to really get a flavor for what it’s about because there is A LOT going on. But what I find intriguing is that it’s set in 1930s Malaysia and uses Chinese folklore to tell the story. Sign me up.
The Familiars – Stacey Halls
WITCHES. The Familiars is the story of a pregnant noble woman who hires a midwife to deliver her baby. But then the midwife is accused of witchcraft and the noble woman tries to prove her innocence. Many historical figures make cameos in this book which is an examination of the Pendle Hill Witch Trials of 1612.
The Beast’s Heart – Leife Shallcross
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST FROM THE BEAST’S POINT OF VIEW!!!
House of Glass – Susan Fletcher
I love a good haunted house story and this one looks like a perfect fall read. Tasked with creating a greenhouse in an old manor in 1914, Clara finds herself in the midst of haunting activity. I’ve seen comparisons of this book to Rebecca so here’s a chance to get your goth on.
Oscar Wilde and the Return of Jack the Ripper – Gyles Brandreth
It was in the year 2019 that I discovered that there is a whole series of books with OSCAR WILDE as a detective, where have I been?! This is the seventh book in the series and a follow up to a previous title about Jack the Ripper. This one is told from the point of view of SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE.
Dark Queen Rising – Paul Doherty
Technically this came out in 2018 but the paperback comes out this year. This is the first in a new series about Margaret Beaufort aka Henry VII’s mom and Henry VIII’s grandmother. If you’ve been watching The White Queen and/or The White Princess, this needs to go straight to your TBR pile.
Anna of Kleve – Alison Weir
Alison Weir is at book four in her series of books told from the point of view of each of Henry VIII’s wives. Check out my reviews of the Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn books. Confession: I haven’t gotten around to Jane Seymour’s book yet because honestly, I find her boring but I need to get on it so I can get to this one.
Black Death – M.J. Trow
Again, it was in the year 2019 that I discovered there is a whole series of books with CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE solving mysteries. In this book, Kit Marlowe has a new play opening but there’s also a murder to be solved with Queen Elizabeth’s spymaster Sir Robert Cecil breathing down his neck. There goes my summer.
Gods of Jade and Shadow – Silvia Moreno-Garcia
I LOVE this author. Her vampire book Certain Dark Thinks was superb. In Gods of Jade and Shadow, the Mayan god of death sends a young woman on a quest that takes her across Mexico and into the Mayan underworld. YES PLEASE. This is slated to be released in July.
The Water Dancer – Ta-Nehisi Coates
I’ve only read non-fiction from Ta-Nehisi Coates so I’m very excited to marvel at how he writes fiction. In this tale, a boy born into slavery has a mysterious power which he uses in an underground war between slavers and the enslaved.
The Vanished Bride – Bella Ellis
THE BRONTE SISTERS AS DETECTIVES! Apparently all historical figures we love would have been detectives in other lives and I’m totally ok with this.
The Glass Woman – Caroline Lea
WITCHES IN ICELAND!
Medici: Ascendancy – Matteo Strukul and translated by Richard McKenna
The Medici’s pop up in history constantly yet I don’t know their full history. This is the first in a planned trilogy about the family and I’m so excited to learn more and maybe take a break from the Tudors. (Probably won’t though.)