Magic for Liars - Sarah Gailey (Tor Books)

A private investigator is hired by a magical boarding school to figure out the strange circumstances surrounding the death of a student and soon finds herself caught up in her own lies; the classic detective noir with a magical twist.

 


The Garden of Evening Mists - Tan Ewan Eng (Hachette)

his novel of an unexpected relationship between a war-scarred Malaysian woman and an exiled Japanese gardener is set in post-World War II Malaysia; a deceptively quiet novel that packs quite a punch with exceptional writing. * Starred Kirkus review.

 


George VI and Elizabeth = Sally Bedell Smith (Random House)

A well-researched and written book that tells the intimate story of the marriage of Britain's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen "Mum"; the author was granted access to their letters and diaries enabling her to share details of their loving and devoted marriage and how they met the challenges of the Abdication and World War II while training their eldest daughter to be a very successful monarch.

 

 


Frenchman's Creek - Daphne DuMaurier (Sourcebooks)

From the author of "Rebecca" (so you know the novel will be "atmospheric"), the story of a young British woman escaping the narrow confines of London society at a family country home; romance, danger, and adventure await as she glories in her countryside freedom and "put-of-the-box" adventures.

 


The Bookbinder - Pip Williams (Ballantine)

From the author of Dictionary of Lost Words, a World War 1-era story of a young, somewhat scholarly woman who not only binds books at Oxford University Press but also dreams of attending Oxford. A moving, well-written tale of two sisters bound together by the loss of their mother and a very supportive close circle of friends. Loved it!

 

 


Bert and Mamie Take a Cruise - John Keyse Walker (Severn House)

OK, it's not an English mystery but it's great stuff from a NE Ohio author. A well-off American Ohio farm couple take a 1939 cruise around Africa on a German-flagged ocean line; they encounter murder, Nazis, British intelligence and numerous evocatively described exotic locales. Think Nick and Nora without as many cocktails but with as much banter!

 

 


Cicadas Sing of Summer Graves - Quinn Connor (Sourcebooks)

Lake Prosper is a hidden tourist destination in rural Arkansas, but underneath its surface lie long lost secrets. A haunting southern gothic filled with romance, mystery and magical realism.

 

 

 


Monstrilio - Gerardo Samano Cordova (Zando)

Put aside any logic or reason or sense of reality for this read; there is a little horror, but the strength and power of love and marriage are the forces driving this story. Magical realism in the Spanish style.

 

 

 


Churchill's Shadow: The Life and Afterlife of Winston Churchill - Geoffrey

A fascinating insight into notable political speeches that were never delivered, showing what could have been if history had gone down a different path.

For almost every delivered speech, there exists an undelivered opposite. These "second speeches" provide alternative histories of what could have been if not for schedule changes, changes of heart, or momentous turns of events.

In Undelivered, political speechwriter Jeff Nussbaum presents the most notable speeches the public never heard, from Dwight Eisenhower's apology for a D-Day failure to Richard Nixon's refusal to resign the presidency, and even Hillary Clinton's acceptance for a 2016 victory--the latter never seen until now.

Examining the content of these speeches and the context of the historic moments that almost came to be, Nussbaum considers not only what they tell us about the past but also what they can inform us about our present.

 

 


Undelivered: The Never-Heard Speeches That Would Have Rewritten History - Jeff Nussbaum (Flatiron Books)

A fascinating insight into notable political speeches that were never delivered, showing what could have been if history had gone down a different path.

For almost every delivered speech, there exists an undelivered opposite. These "second speeches" provide alternative histories of what could have been if not for schedule changes, changes of heart, or momentous turns of events.

In Undelivered, political speechwriter Jeff Nussbaum presents the most notable speeches the public never heard, from Dwight Eisenhower's apology for a D-Day failure to Richard Nixon's refusal to resign the presidency, and even Hillary Clinton's acceptance for a 2016 victory--the latter never seen until now.

Examining the content of these speeches and the context of the historic moments that almost came to be, Nussbaum considers not only what they tell us about the past but also what they can inform us about our present.