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Post by Tanzanite » Tue July 24th, 2012, 11:01 pm

Lady of Ashes by Christine Trent. US release February 26, 2013.


In 1861 London, Violet Morgan is struggling to establish a good reputation for the undertaking business that her husband has largely abandoned. She provides comfort for the grieving, advises them on funeral fashion and etiquette, and arranges funerals.


Unbeknownst to his wife, Graham, who has nursed a hatred of America since his grandfather soldiered for Great Britain in the War of 1812, becomes involved in a scheme to sell arms to the South. Meanwhile, Violet receives the commission of a lifetime: undertaking the funeral for a friend of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. But her position remains precarious, especially when Graham disappears and she begins investigating a series of deaths among the poor. And the closer she gets to the truth, the greater the danger for them both…
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Post by Tanzanite » Tue July 24th, 2012, 11:03 pm

The Paris Affair by Teresa Grant . US release March 26, 2013.


In the wake of the Battle of Waterloo, the Bourbon court in Paris and their victorious allies give lavish parties while the Royalists are quick to exact vengeance for everything since the Revolution. Countless Bonapartists are arrested and executed in what comes to be known as the White Terror. In this seething atmosphere British attaché and spy Malcolm Rannoch learns that his murdered half-sister, Princess Tatiana Kirsanova, may have left behind a secret child in Paris; a child who may now be in grave danger.


While friends and former associates are imprisoned and executed around them, Malcolm and his wife Suzanne set out to find the girl. And as kings argue over legitimacy and relations battle over estates, trusting the wrong side can be deadly…
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Post by Tanzanite » Tue July 24th, 2012, 11:05 pm

Bristol House by Beverly Swerling. US release April 9, 2013.


In the tradition of Kate Mosse, a swiftly-paced mystery that stretches from modern London to Tudor England


In modern-day London, architectural historian and recovering alcoholic Annie Kendall hopes to turn her life around and restart her career by locating several long-missing pieces of ancient Judaica. Geoff Harris, an investigative reporter, is soon drawn into her quest, both by romantic interest and suspicions about the head of the Shalom Foundation, the organization sponsoring her work. He’s also a dead ringer for the ghost of a monk Annie believes she has seen at the flat she is subletting in Bristol House.


In 1535, Tudor London is a very different city, one in which monks are being executed by Henry VIII and Jews are banished. In this treacherous environment of religious persecution, Dom Justin, a Carthusian monk, and a goldsmith known as the Jew of Holborn must navigate a shadowy world of intrigue involving Thomas Cromwell, Jewish treasure, and sexual secrets. Their struggles shed light on the mysteries Annie and Geoff aim to puzzle out—at their own peril.


This riveting dual-period narrative seamlessly blends a haunting supernatural thriller with vivid historical fiction. Beverly Swerling, widely acclaimed for her City of Dreams series, delivers a bewitching and epic story of a historian and a monk, half a millennium apart, whose destinies are on a collision course.
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Post by Tanzanite » Tue July 24th, 2012, 11:06 pm

The Passion of the Purple Plumeria by Lauren Willig. August 6, 2013.


Colonel William Reid has returned home from India to retire near his children, who are safely stowed in an academy in Bath. Upon his return to the Isles, however, he finds that one of his daughters has vanished, along with one of her classmates.


Having served as second-in-command to the Pink Carnation, one of England’s most intrepid spies, it would be impossible for Gwendolyn Meadows to give up the intrigue of Paris for a quiet life in the English countryside – especially when she’s just overheard news of an alliance forming between Napoleon and an Ottoman Sultan. But when the Pink Carnation’s little sister goes missing from her English boarding school, Gwen reluctantly returns home to investigate the girl’s disappearance.


Thrown together by circumstance, Gwen and William must cooperate to track down the young ladies before others with nefarious intent get their hands on them. But Gwen’s partnership with quick-tongues, roguish William may prove to be even more of an adventure for her than finding the lost girls…

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Post by Tanzanite » Tue July 24th, 2012, 11:08 pm

[quote=""annis""]Posted by emr


Right! He's still going strong on the Tyrant series (at least 2 more books scheduled), so who knows just how long the Long War series might be :)

I'm also interested to see mention of a forthcoming Cameron book (May 2013) called The Ill-Made Knight, set during the 100 Years War period and based around the Battle of Poitiers. Coincidentally Bernard Cornwell also has a forthcoming book set around the Battle of Poitiers, and reviving Thomas of Hookton from his Grail Quest series.[/quote]

I've about given up on trying to keep all of Cameron's books straight - there are so many of them and they change titles, dates etc. Ugh!!!!!

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Post by Brenna » Wed July 25th, 2012, 12:18 am

[quote=""Tanzanite""]The Paris Affair by Teresa Grant . US release March 26, 2013.


In the wake of the Battle of Waterloo, the Bourbon court in Paris and their victorious allies give lavish parties while the Royalists are quick to exact vengeance for everything since the Revolution. Countless Bonapartists are arrested and executed in what comes to be known as the White Terror. In this seething atmosphere British attaché and spy Malcolm Rannoch learns that his murdered half-sister, Princess Tatiana Kirsanova, may have left behind a secret child in Paris; a child who may now be in grave danger.


While friends and former associates are imprisoned and executed around them, Malcolm and his wife Suzanne set out to find the girl. And as kings argue over legitimacy and relations battle over estates, trusting the wrong side can be deadly…[/quote]

Having just finished the Vienna Waltz, I'm super excited about this!
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Post by Berengaria » Wed July 25th, 2012, 12:32 am

[quote=""Tanzanite""]The Forgotten Queen by D.L. Bogdan. US release January 29, 2013.


From her earliest days, Margaret Tudor knows she will not have the luxury of choosing a husband. Her duty is to gain alliances for England. Barely out of girlhood, Margaret is married by proxy to James IV and travels to Edinburgh to become Queen of Scotland.


Despite her doubts, Margaret falls under the spell of her adopted home. But while Jamie is an affectionate husband, he is not a faithful one. And nothing can guarantee Margaret’s safety when Jamie leads an army against her own brother, Henry VIII. In the wake of loss she falls prey to an ambitious earl and brings Scotland to the brink of anarchy. Beset by betrayal and secret alliances, Margaret has one aim—to preserve the crown of Scotland for her son, no matter what the cost…[/quote]
Putting this one on my list....I tried the Jean Plaidy(?) book about Margaret and Mary Tudor, but couldn't get into it. Margaret, though, has quite a story to tell!
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Post by annis » Wed July 25th, 2012, 2:43 am

Margaret Tudor also appears to a lesser extent in a couple of novels about the court of James IV and the disastrous Battle of Flodden Field:

Elizabeth Byrd, Flowers of the Forest and Elisabeth McNeill, Flodden Field

James had a favourite mistress, Margaret Drummond, who died of food poisoning just before the marriage settlement went through and her death has been the subject of various murder conspiracies, including the one that Henry VIII colluded in her death so as to clear the way for his sister - James and Margaret D being suspected of having undergone a secret wedding.

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Post by Divia » Wed July 25th, 2012, 3:23 pm

[quote=""Tanzanite""]Lady of Ashes by Christine Trent. US release February 26, 2013.


In 1861 London, Violet Morgan is struggling to establish a good reputation for the undertaking business that her husband has largely abandoned. She provides comfort for the grieving, advises them on funeral fashion and etiquette, and arranges funerals.


Unbeknownst to his wife, Graham, who has nursed a hatred of America since his grandfather soldiered for Great Britain in the War of 1812, becomes involved in a scheme to sell arms to the South. Meanwhile, Violet receives the commission of a lifetime: undertaking the funeral for a friend of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. But her position remains precarious, especially when Graham disappears and she begins investigating a series of deaths among the poor. And the closer she gets to the truth, the greater the danger for them both…[/quote]

Hello! Must read! It deals with Victorian Mourning with a little bit of the Civil War in there. Whoa. Whats not to like? Score!!!!
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Post by princess garnet » Wed July 25th, 2012, 7:33 pm

[quote=""Divia""]Hello! Must read! It deals with Victorian Mourning with a little bit of the Civil War in there. Whoa. Whats not to like? Score!!!![/quote]
Divia, the backstory and excerpt is posted on her website for your reading pleasure.

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