Albert, Edoardo. Edwin: High King of Britain: The Northumbrian Thrones, Bk. 1. Apr. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781782640332. pap. $14.99. HISTORICAL
Journalist Albert, who coauthored Northumbria: The Lost Kingdom with archaeologist Paul Gething, debuts as a fiction writer with a historical novel set in seventh-century Northumbria, where Christianity had its start in England. The deposed king, Edwin, hears a prophecy that he will become High King of Britain. “Highly entertaining and refreshing” (PW).
Dunn, C.F. Rope of Sand: The Secret of the Journal, Bk. 3. Jun. 2014. 448p. ISBN 9781782640875. pap. $14.99. THRILLER
In this third book in a romantic thriller series, set in snowbound rural Maine, British historian Emma D’Eresby and American surgeon Matthew Lynes are bound by love and faith—and a deep secret about Matthew that cannot be shared with the wider world. The first two books in the series are Mortal Fire (384p. ISBN 9780857212023. pap. $14.99), gold-medal winner in Adult Romance, ForeWordBook of the Year Awards, 2012, and Death Be Not Proud (384p. ISBN 9781782640349. pap. $14.95).
Hudson, Jill Francis. The Last Queen of Sheba. Jun. 2014. 384p. ISBN 9781782640974. pap. $14.99. HISTORICAL
Hudson, who has already used her first-class honors degree in classics and theology from Cambridge to write Hadassah, Rabshakeh, and Zoheleth, here re-creates the meeting of Solomon, king of Israel, and the Queen of Sheba, with whom he falls in love. He tricks her into sleeping with him and, in an effort to replicate their passion with hundreds of wives and concubines, ends up in opposition to God.
Moran, Beth. Making Marion: Where’s Robin Hood When You Need Him? Jul. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781782640998. pap. $14.99. POP FICTION
Hoping to uncover secrets in her father’s past, Marion Miller travels to Nottinghamshire (yes, the home of Sherwood Forest) but instead ends up working the desk at the Peace and Pigs campground (yes, the pigs roam free) and falling for gorgeous Reuben when she tumbles into his arms from her bike.
Ockley, Martha. The Reluctant Detective: A Faith Morgan Mystery. Jul. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9781782640684. pap. $14.99. MYSTERY
Visiting the parish of Little Worthy, newly minted vicar Faith Morgan can’t help asking questions when a fellow priest is murdered, as she was once a policewoman. This first in a faith-based cozy series was originally released here in 2011 and called “pleasantly quirky” by PW; it is now being rereleased with a new cover. The second in the series, The Advent of Murder (224p. ISBN 9781782640066. pap. $14.99), appeared here in fall 2013.
Rhodes, Pam. Casting the Net: The Dunbridge Chronicles, Bk. 2. Mar. 2014. 224p. ISBN 9781782640622 . pap. $14.99.
Rhodes, Pam. If You Follow Me: The Dunbridge Chronicles, Bk. 3. Oct. 2014. 244p. ISBN 9781782640790. pap. $14.99. CONTEMPORARY
In Fisher of Men: The Dunbridge Chronicles, Bk. 1 (256p. ISBN 9781782640004. pap. $14.99), released here in spring 2013, gentle, conscientious Neil Fisher heads to the country church of St Stephen’s, Dunbridge, to fill his first posting—and promptly falls for two women, one the devout leader of the church music group and the other a nonbelieving single mom who lives next door. The forthcoming titles follow Neil as he matures into his role and works out his love life. [See “Pam Rhodes: Faith Through Fiction.”]
Thayer, Anna. The Traitor’s Heir: The Knight of Eldaran, Bk. 1. Jun. 2014. 576p. ISBN 9781782640752. pap. $15.99.
Thayer, Anna. The King’s Hand: The Knight of Eldaran, Bk. 2. Jun. 2014. 512p. ISBN 9781782640776. pap. $15.99. HISTORICAL/FANTASY
Cambridge grad Thayer lectures on both Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, so it’s no surprise that these two books open a fantasy series. Blessed with Sight, Eamon Goodhand fulfills his dream of joining the Gauntlet, the army of the overlord Eldered, a usurper. But he begins to question Eldered’s bloody rule and ends up swearing allegiance to Hughan, the rightful king. That puts him in a real bind as a traitor to both sides. Forthcoming: The Broken Blade.
Vyner-Brooks, Henry. The Heretic. Sept. 2014. 608p. ISBN 9781782640950. pap. $16.99. HISTORICAL/MYSTERY
As the Reformation roils 1536 England, Brother Pacificus’s house, the Abbey of St Benet’s in Norfolk, is spared dissolution and becomes the last Benedictine house standing. But now it’s swept by murder—and Pacificus himself is a suspect. Landscape architect Vyner-Brooks doubles as assistant pastor at his local church.