Review: Changeling by Matt Wesolowski


Changeling by Matt Wesolowski

Publication Date: January 24, 2019
Orenda Books

Genre: Thriller/Mystery

A missing child. A family in denial.

Six witnesses. Six stories.

Which one is true?

On Christmas Eve in 1988, seven-year-old Alfie Marsden vanished in the dark Wentshire Forest Pass, when his father, Sorrel, stopped the car to investigate a mysterious knocking sound. No trace of the child, nor his remains, have ever been found. Alfie Marsden was declared officially dead in 1995.

Elusive online journalist, Scott King, whose ‘Six Stories’ podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the disappearance, interviewing six witnesses, including Sorrel and his ex-partner, to try to find out what really happened that fateful night. Journeying through the trees of the Wentshire Forest – a place synonymous with strange sightings, and tales of hidden folk who dwell there, he talks to a company that tried and failed to build a development in the forest, and a psychic who claims to know what happened to the little boy…

Intensely dark, deeply chilling and searingly thought-provoking, Changeling is the latest in the critically acclaimed, international bestselling Six Stories series, written as six Serial-style podcasts, and which are being adapted for TV by a major US studio.

‘Wonderfully horrifying … the suspense crackles’ -James Oswald

‘Wonderfully atmospheric. Matt Wesolowski is a skilled storyteller with a unique voice. Definitely one to watch’ -Mari Hannah

‘Original, inventive and brilliantly clever’ -Fiona Cummins

My Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Okay, so this isn't historical BUT thrillers are my other favorite genre and I've been dying to read this series from Matt Wesolowski after seeing all of the rave reviews on social media, so I jumped at the chance to join his blog tour when Anne Cater from Random Things Through My Letterbox emailed me.

Changeling exceeded all of my expectations! Matt Wesolowski is a damn genius I tell you! A GENIUS!

Scott King is the host of the Six Stories podcast. He receives a letter from a listener one day asking him to cover a 30 year old case of a missing child. He's reluctant to do it, but he's intrigued and ultimately agrees. The Six Stories podcast looks at a case from 6 different points of view with King interviewing people associated with the case. Each installment of the podcast gives a new perspective and new angle of the case, slowly unfolding the story.

This is the third book in the series and despite not having read the first two books I didn't feel lost at all. But after reading this I immediately purchased the first two books in eBook. I think I might pick up the whole series in print too because the covers are so cool.

Changeling was brilliantly executed! Smart writing, intense suspense, and a fantastic mystery, I was hooked from the first page. Usually I can read wherever and no matter what noise is around but with Changeling all I wanted to do was lock myself in my closet, put noise-canceling headphones on, and just become immersed in the story. My husband got the evil eye every time he dared interrupt me :)

I've never read a book that spooked me so much. I swear, I was jumping at every little noise! At one point my kiddo tapped on the wall and I about hit the roof! And the ending! OMG, the ending! I won't say more than that, you're just going to have to read it and find out.

I know it's still super early in the year, but I already know that Changeling will be in my best reads of 2019 list. It was so incredible! Absolutely mind blowing, I highly highly recommend you check this book out!

I want to thank Anne and Matt for allowing me the chance to read Changeling. I am now an official fan girl :)

About the Author

Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor for young people in care. Matt started his writing career in horror, and his short horror fiction has been published in numerous UK- an US-based anthologies such as Midnight Movie Creature, Selfies from the End of the World, Cold Iron and many more. His novella, The Black Land, a horror story set on the Northumberland coast, was published in 2013. Matt was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015. His debut thriller, Six Stories, was an Amazon bestseller in the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia, and a WH Smith Fresh Talent pick, and TV rights were sold to a major Hollywood studio. A prequel, Hydra, was published in 2018 and became an international bestseller.

Interview & Giveaway: A Murder By Any Name by Suzanne M. Wolfe

Hey everyone! Today on the blog I have an interview with Suzanne M. Wolfe who is currently on a blog tour with HF Virtual Book Tours for A Murder By Any Name, the first book in her new historical mystery series.

I loved this book and you can find my review here.

I hope you enjoy getting to know Suzanne! You can enter to win a gorgeous hardcover copy of the book too, so be sure to see the giveaway below.


Hello Suzanne and welcome to Passages to the Past! Thanks so much for stopping by today to talk about A Murder By Any Name!

To begin, can you please tell us a little about yourself and your writing?

I have always loved history and literature. In fact, I almost read history at Oxford but then I switched to literature. I didn’t plan on writing historical fiction, it just sort of happened.

Even though my first novel, Unveiling (second edition, 2018) is contemporary fiction, there is a historical element to it because my protagonist is an art conservator who has been sent to Rome to restore a medieval painting. The history of the painting—who painted it and why—is the mystery at the heart of the novel.

No one was more astonished than I was to see the historical element emerge after so many years of lying dormant. I have always pictured my imagination as a swamp into which random objects and experiences fall over time…and then suddenly pop up again. I guess that the biggest surprise was the re-emergence of my love of history in the plot of the first novel. Since then, my inspiration for stories seems to come entirely from the past.

My second novel, The Confessions of X (2016), tells the story in the first person of St. Augustine’s concubine, a woman who has been “lost to history.” In this novel, she speaks to us from the ancient world of Carthage at the end of the Roman Empire.

The Nicholas Holt spy mystery series is set in Elizabethan times; the first one, A Murder by Any Name, is set in London in 1585. The second, The Course of All Treasons, is set in 1586. This period in British history is crammed with drama, colorful characters—not least among them, Elizabeth herself—and is one of the most fascinating, if terrifying, eras of treachery, death, and intrigue in all of British history. What’s not to like?

What inspired you to write A Murder By Any Name?

Being a Brit, I was raised on the novels of Agatha Christie. The British penchant for murder mysteries lies, I think, in the discrepancy between the polite, social veneer of manners and the dark undercurrents of the human heart.

Why did you choose to write in the Elizabethan era?

No era in British history is more paradoxical than Elizabethan England. Beneath the brittle gaiety of a court presided over by the glittering Virgin Queen lies a malevolent and violent religious and political war zone; its soldiers are secret agents; its weapons are treachery and brutality. It is a war that is waged to the death.

An age which boasts a Shakespeare and a Christopher Marlowe also boasts the rack and the Scavenger’s Daughter (fearsome instruments of torture in the Tower of London). The good citizens of London might flock to the plays of Shakespeare, but they also flocked to see Catholic priests hung, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn.

I want the reader to walk the streets of London, to gape at the opulent rooms of Whitehall Palace, to sit on a bench in the Black Sheep Tavern and listen to the gossip of the Bankside locals. Above all, I want the reader to walk alongside Nick and Hector as they negotiate the minefield of hidden threats beneath the honeyed words of courtiers, the cast-iron alibis of suspects, the bald-faced lies of villains.

What research did you undertake when writing A Murder by Any Name?

I already had a pretty good working knowledge of the era from my studies of Shakespeare and the Elizabethan and Metaphysical poets. And growing up in England, I studied the reign of the Tudor kings and queens in school. I also felt comfortable with the era because I had visited Tudor homes and manors many times in my childhood and adolescence. So being a Brit was definitely an advantage as it gave me a level of familiarity with the era right off the bat.

But then I had to research the details, of course. That was a lot of work but it is something I really enjoy. For example: I had to figure out how long it would take a horse to gallop to and from Oxford in bad weather. I have to say that I live for this kind of detail. I guess I’m a history nerd that way.

How did your personal feelings about Queen Elizabeth I shape the way you wrote her? What do you think of Elizabeth I as a monarch?

I have always loved Elizabeth. She always struck me as a survivor and I have always admired her intelligence and independence. Perhaps it’s because I am a Brit, but I have never seen Elizabeth in a romantic light. It was always her strength and wit that appealed to me. The novel, A Murder by Any Name, starts off with Elizabeth’s voice—“God’s bollocks, girl. I’m freezing my tits off”—and it is definitely not a romantic voice. It is salty, acerbic, witty, coarse, intelligent, and, above all, commanding.

Elizabeth is one hell of a strong woman and she had to be; the religious and political warfare that characterized the time put a target on her back. She survived more assassination attempts than any monarch in British history. She is the consummate survivor. I think I love her for that most of all.

What was your favorite scene to write?

I adored writing the Codpiece scenes—he’s the fictional fool I’ve given to Elizabeth. I just love him.

What was the most difficult scene to write?

The romance scenes (or those that hint at, perhaps, future romance). That’s all I’m giving away.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

When I was 3 and began to read. And before anyone thinks I’m a prodigy, I may have been reading by the age of 3 but I couldn’t tell the time until I was 12. I am number dyslexic. That makes date checking very important and brings me out in a cold sweat.

What does your daily writing routine look like?

I like to get up early and write in the morning. If I am writing to deadline, I will write again in the evening or as long as it takes to get the job done. I’m not really big on waiting for inspiration to strike before I write; my Muse tends to be a lazy slut.

What has been your greatest challenge as a writer? Have you been able to overcome it?

My greatest challenge is probably myself, just not wanting to buckle down and do the hard work of writing. I have overcome it by being very disciplined about writing.

Who are your writing inspirations?

For historical fiction, my muses are Patrick O’Brian, Colleen McCullough, Sigrid Undset, Marguerite Yourcenar, Mary Renault, to name a few. Other writers I greatly admire: Tolstoy, Virginia Woolf, Tim Winton, Cormac McCarthy, Dennis Lehane, Jo Nesbo, Ian Rankin, Lawrence Block.

What was the first historical novel you read?

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, by Joan Aiken. I think I was 6 or 7.

What is the last historical novel you read?

The Memoirs of Hadrian, by Marguerite Yourcenar

What are three things people may not know about you?

I am a Brit; I have a pit-bull named Charlie who is the gentlest and most loving creature in the world; I am number dyslexic and frequently sit in the wrong seat on airplanes.

What appeals to you most about your chosen genre?

The world is there: the historical novelist only has to find it. I love being a history detective.

What historical time period do you gravitate towards the most with your personal reading?

As evinced by my own novels, I love all time periods. I have written about the ancient world, the medieval era and, with this series, the Elizabethan era.

What do you like to do when you aren't writing?

Reading, gardening, and hanging out with Charlie (the pit-bull).

Lastly, what are you working on next?

I am revising the second novel in the series, The Course of All Treasons.

I can't wait for the next book in the series! Thank you for spending time with us today, Suzanne!


A Murder By Any Name by Suzanne M. Wolfe

Publication Date: October 9, 2018
Crooked Lane Books
Hardcover & eBook; 326 Pages

Genre: Historical Mystery


When a brutal murder threatens the sanctity of the Elizabethan court, it’s up to a hot-tempered spy to save the day.

The court of Elizabeth I is no stranger to plotting and intrigue, but the royal retinue is thrown into chaos when the Queen’s youngest and sweetest lady-in-waiting is murdered, her body left on the high altar of the Chapel Royal in Whitehall Palace. Solving the murder will require the cunning and savvy possessed by only one man. Enter Nicholas Holt, younger brother of the Earl of Blackwell—spy, rake, and owner of the infamous Black Sheep tavern in the seedy district of Bankside. Nick quickly learns that working for the Queen is a mixed blessing. Elizabeth—salty-tongued, vain, and fiercely intelligent—can, with a glance, either reward Nick with a purse of gold or have his head forcibly removed.

When a second lady-in-waiting is slain at Whitehall, the court once again reels with shock and dismay. On the trail of a diabolical killer, Nick and his faithful sidekick—an enormous Irish Wolfhound named Hector—are treading on treacherous ground, and only the killer’s head on a platter can keep them in the Queen’s good graces.

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Praise for A Murder By Any Name

“Captivating… Fans of Fiona Buckley’s Ursula Blanchard and Kathy Lynn Emerson’s Rosamond Jaffrey will be delighted to add Wolfe to their reading lists.” ―Booklist

“[A] promising series launch… Fans of Elizabethan historicals will be satisfied.” ―Publishers Weekly

“An excellent series kickoff by Wolfe that cleverly highlights both the mystery and the many ills of Elizabethan times.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“In vivid passages, Suzanne Wolfe’s novel brings to the reader the light and dark of Elizabethan England, its squalor and splendor, filth and riches, intrigues and delights.” ―NY Journal of Books

“A deeply atmospheric and richly textured Elizabethan mystery... I was captivated by Nicholas and Hector as they navigated court treachery and the dark recesses of the lower classes in this compelling Elizabethan mystery.” ―Shelley Freydont, New York Times bestselling author

"Wolfe’s descriptions are unparalleled, immersing the reader in the time period as they join her wily protagonist on his quest to catch a cold-hearted killer.” ―Anna Lee Huber, bestselling author of the Lady Darby Mysteries

"I stayed up reading much too late to finish this book! Wonderful Elizabethan atmosphere, well-drawn and unusual characters, action and intrigue and excitement―I felt like I was in the 1570s" ―Amanda Carmack, award-winning author of the Elizabethan mysteries

“Bewitching! Suzanne Wolfe opens the door to Elizabethan life through her masterful creation of the sympathetic spy, Nicholas Holt. An exciting start to a promising new historical mystery series.” ―Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award-winning author of the Mas Arai series

“A classically plotted whodunit set against the background of Elizabethan London and the court of Queen Elizabeth the First, both of them well researched and vividly realized, with a wealth of detail. One can almost smell the reek of the 16th century streets and waterways.” ―Fiona Buckley, author of the Ursula Blanchard Elizabethan mysteries

About the Author

Suzanne M. Wolfe grew up in Manchester, England and read English Literature at Oxford University, where she co-founded the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society. She served as Writer in Residence at Seattle Pacific University and taught literature and creative writing there for nearly two decades. Wolfe is the author of three novels: A Murder by Any Name, The Confessions of X, and Unveiling.

Thirty years ago, she and her husband, Gregory Wolfe, co-founded Image, a journal of the arts and faith. They have also co-authored many books on literature and prayer including Books That Build Character: How to Teach Your Child Moral Values Through Stories, and Bless This House: Prayers For Children and Families. Her essays and blog posts have appeared in Image and other publications. She and her husband are the parents of four grown children. They live in Richmond Beach, Washington.

For more information, please visit Suzanne M. Wolfe's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, December 17
Review at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, December 18
Excerpt at Let Them Read Books

Wednesday, December 19
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Guest Post at Jathan & Heather

Thursday, December 20
Feature at The Lit Bitch
Review at Peppermint Ph.D.

Friday, December 21
Feature at What Is That Book About

Sunday, December 23
Review at Carole's Ramblings

Thursday, December 27
Review & Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

Friday, December 28
Review at Tar Heel Reader
Review at Amy's Booket List

Monday, December 31
Review at Tudor Enthusiast

Wednesday, January 2
Excerpt at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Thursday, January 3
Excerpt at T's Stuff
Guest Post at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Friday, January 4
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Monday, January 7
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Tuesday, January 8
Guest Post at On the Tudor Trail

Wednesday, January 9
Review at Reading the Past

Thursday, January 10
Review at Broken Teepee
Review at Clarissa Reads it All

Friday, January 11
Feature at The Book Junkie Reads
Feature at View from the Birdhouse

Monday, January 14
Review at Maiden of the Pages

Tuesday, January 15
Interview at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, January 16
Review at A Book Geek

Thursday, January 17
Review at Coffee and Ink
Review at CelticLady's Reviews

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away 3 hardcover copies of A Murder By Any Name! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on January 17th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to US residents only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

A Murder By Any Name


2019 Release: The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis

One of my most anticipated reads of the year is Fiona Davis' The Chelsea Girls! Releasing on July 30 from Penguin/Dutton. Isn't the cover gorgeous?!


From Fiona Davis, the nationally bestselling author of The Dollhouse and The Address, the bright lights of the theater district, the glamour and danger of 1950s New York, and the wild scene at the iconic Chelsea Hotel come together in a dazzling new novel about the twenty-year friendship that will irrevocably change two women's lives.

From the dramatic redbrick facade to the sweeping staircase dripping with art, the Chelsea Hotel has long been New York City's creative oasis for the many artists, writers, musicians, actors, filmmakers, and poets who have called it home—a scene playwright Hazel Riley and actress Maxine Mead are determined to use to their advantage. Yet they soon discover that the greatest obstacle to putting up a show on Broadway has nothing to do with their art, and everything to do with politics. A Red scare is sweeping across America, and Senator Joseph McCarthy has started a witch hunt for Communists, with those in the entertainment industry in the crosshairs. As the pressure builds to name names, it is more than Hazel and Maxine's Broadway dreams that may suffer as they grapple with the terrible consequences, but also their livelihood, their friendship, and even their freedom.

Spanning from the 1940s to the 1960s, The Chelsea Girls deftly pulls back the curtain on the desperate political pressures of McCarthyism, the complicated bonds of female friendship, and the siren call of the uninhibited Chelsea Hotel.

Available for pre-order on Amazon

Interview & Giveaway: The Blue by Nancy Bilyeau

Hello, dear readers! Happy Saturday! Today on the blog I have a fun interview with Nancy Bilyeau, author of the incredible novel, The Blue! I hope you enjoy it and don't forget to enter the giveaway for an eBook.

I absolutely loved The Blue and you can read my review here.


Hello Nancy and welcome to Passages to the Past! Thanks so much for stopping by today to talk about The Blue!

To begin, can you please tell us a little about yourself and your writing?

I am a Midwesterner who moved east to New York City to work as an editor and a writer in the magazine business, and now my passion is writing historical fiction, stories of suspense with strong female characters. I’m married to my wonderful Canadian husband and I have two children, one of them in college and the other in her senior year in high school. I can’t believe she is going to graduate this year.

What inspired you to write The Blue?

I was touring Hillwood Estate, the house of heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, with my sister, looking at the collection of French porcelain, when the tour guide said that in the 18th century, the competition to produce the best porcelain was the “space race of its time.” That made something in my brain go “Click!”

What research did you undertake when writing the book?

I read everything I could find about making 18th century porcelain and the history of the color blue, along with reading a lot of nonfiction about life in mid-18th century England and books written during that time, like “The Life of Samuel Johnson.” Because my main character, Genevieve, is a Huguenot living in London, and my own background on my father’s side is Huguenot, I did a lot of research into the experience of the French Protestant immigrants, and that was very rewarding on a personal as well as a professional level.


What would you like readers to take away from reading The Blue?

I want them to be entertained as well as informed about something new—and most of all to be immersed in life in a different time and place.

What was your favorite scene to write?

I love to write the beginnings of my novels, and this one was no exception. I really enjoyed the first chapter, the Christmas party at the home of William Hogarth that Genevieve crashes.

What was the most difficult scene to write?

It was tricky to write the scene when Sir Gabriel Courtenay comes to Spitalfields and dines with Genevieve and her grandfather. I had to convey that this man, while charming and intelligent, with beautiful manners, has an agenda, and it’s not a pleasant one. Also this is the chapter when I start to tell the story of the blue, and its elusive and mystical nature. But I have to keep the plot moving too!

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

When I was eight years old. I’ve always loved to write.

What does your daily writing routine look like?

Oh, I wish I had a routine!! I have a fulltime job at a college media center, plus I write freelance magazine stories. And my daughter is in high school. So I have to tuck my fiction into either early morning sessions, weekends, or vacations.

What has been your greatest challenge as a writer? Have you been able to overcome it?

It makes me smile a little sadly when I see that readers think novelists can publish whatever we want. We can write whatever we want, sure, but publishing it is another story. My biggest challenge is working in this industry. I was put under a lot of pressure to not write what I am most excited about or what I feel is the best way to tell the story in “The Blue” but to write commercially. I am a very business-minded person, and I want to succeed, but I feel that I know how to connect with my readers with my creativity. If I can’t follow my own ideas and instincts, then I’m not sure what the point of all this is! I was able to overcome this challenge by finding a new publisher, Endeavour Quill, that didn’t insist on a World War Two novel or a romance about a pirate or a domestic thriller copying “Gone Girl.”

What are your writing inspirations? 

Music, art, long walks, and reading literature that inspires and humbles me.

What was the first historical novel you read?

Wow, that’s a great question! I’m not sure, but I think it was Mary Stewart’s “The Crystal Cave”

What is the last historical novel you read?

Right now I’m reading an advance copy of Kris Waldherr’s “The Lost History of Dreams,” a deliciously written Gothic Victorian novel.

What are three things people may not know about you?

(1.) I loved rock & roll in high school with a passion, and when I got a job as an assistant editor at Rolling Stone, I felt as if I were in heaven.

(2.) I went through a horse stage as a teenager and I can still draw a horse with some skill

(3.) I’m fascinated by the mafia and I’ve seen all the mafia movies—I can quote “The Godfather” nearly line by line and I have a recipe for Clemenza’s tomato sauce for when the men have “to go to the mattresses.”

via GIPHY


What appeals to you most about your chosen genre?

There’s a magical thrill to plunging into a good historical novel that I just don’t get with any other genre.

What historical time period do you gravitate towards the most with your personal reading?

It’s funny, but I am on a Victorian-era streak—a period that I don’t write in or anticipate writing in.

What do you like to do when you aren't writing?

Hiking and cooking, though not at the same time. 😊

Lastly, what are you working on next?

Another historical novel, one that has something to do with art again. But apart from that, I must keep it a secret.

Oh, what a tease 😊 I am certainly looking forward to whatever you have coming up.



The Blue by Nancy Bilyeau

Publication Date: December 3, 2018
Endeavour Quill
Paperback & eBook; 430 Pages
ASIN: B07HZ4C3K5

Genre: Historical Fiction


In eighteenth century London, porcelain is the most seductive of commodities; fortunes are made and lost upon it. Kings do battle with knights and knaves for possession of the finest pieces and the secrets of their manufacture.

For Genevieve Planché, an English-born descendant of Huguenot refugees, porcelain holds far less allure; she wants to be an artist, a painter of international repute, but nobody takes the idea of a female artist seriously in London. If only she could reach Venice.

When Genevieve meets the charming Sir Gabriel Courtenay, he offers her an opportunity she can’t refuse; if she learns the secrets of porcelain, he will send her to Venice. But in particular, she must learn the secrets of the colour blue…

The ensuing events take Genevieve deep into England’s emerging industrial heartlands, where not only does she learn about porcelain, but also about the art of industrial espionage.

With the heart and spirit of her Huguenot ancestors, Genevieve faces her challenges head on, but how much is she willing to suffer in pursuit and protection of the colour blue?

Available on Amazon and other retailers

Praise for The Blue

A Goodreads’ Recommended Choice for Historical Novel in December 2018 Newslette and a BookBub Editors' Choice/New Releases

"Nancy Bilyeau, whose wonderful Crown trilogy I hugely enjoyed, has just published a new novel, The Blue, which I highly recommend." – Alison Weir

"Historical fans will be well satisfied." - Publishers Weekly

"...transports the reader into the heart of the 18th century porcelain trade—where the price of beauty was death." - E.M. Powell, author of the Stanton & Barling medieval mystery series.

"Bilyeau is an impressive talent who brings to life a heart-stopping story of adventure, art and espionage during the Seven Years War." - Stephanie Dray, bestselling author of My Dear Hamilton

"With rich writing, surprising twists, and a riveting sense of 'you are there,' The Blue is spine-tingling entertainment." – Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Assassins


About the Author

Nancy Bilyeau is the author of the historical thriller "The Blue" and the Tudor mystery series "The Crown," "The Chalice," and "The Tapestry," on sale in nine countries. She is a magazine editor who has lived in the United States and Canada.

In "The Blue," Nancy draws on her own heritage as a Huguenot. She is a direct descendant of Pierre Billiou, a French Huguenot who immigrated to what was then New Amsterdam (later New York City) in 1661. Nancy's ancestor, Isaac, was born on the boat crossing the Atlantic, the St. Jean de Baptiste. Pierre's stone house still stands and is the third oldest house in New York State.

Nancy, who studied History at the University of Michigan, has worked on the staffs of "InStyle," "Good Housekeeping," and "Rolling Stone." She is currently the deputy editor of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at the Research Foundation of CUNY and a regular contributor to "Town & Country" and "The Vintage News."

Nancy's mind is always in past centuries but she currently lives with her husband and two children in New York City.

Connect with Nancy Bilyeau
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Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, January 9
Review at A Bookish Affair

Thursday, January 10
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Friday, January 11
Review at Passages to the Past

Saturday, January 12
Interview at Passages to the Past

Sunday, January 13
Interview at V.S. Kemanis

Monday, January 14
Review at Let Them Read Books

Tuesday, January 15
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Wednesday, January 16
Excerpt at Umut Reviews

Thursday, January 17
Review at Reading the Past

Friday, January 18
Review at Tar Heel Reader

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away an eBook of The Blue by Nancy Bilyeau! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on January 18th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open internationally.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

The Blue


Review & Giveaway: The Road to Newgate by Kate Braithwaite


The Road to Newgate by Kate Braithwaite

Publication Date: July 16, 2018
Crooked Cat Books
Paperback & eBook; 280 Pages

Genre: Historical/Mystery


What price justice?

London 1678.

Titus Oates, an unknown preacher, creates panic with wild stories of a Catholic uprising against Charles II. The murder of a prominent Protestant magistrate appears to confirm that the Popish Plot is real.

Only Nathaniel Thompson, writer and Licenser of the Presses, instinctively doubts Oates’s revelations. Even his young wife, Anne, is not so sure. And neither know that their friend William Smith has personal history with Titus Oates.

When Nathaniel takes a public stand, questioning the plot and Oates’s integrity, the consequences threaten them all.

"Moved me greatly and brought tears to my eyes. Gripping, moving and brilliantly captures this tense and sometimes brutal episode in late seventeenth-century English history." -Andrea Zuvich, Author & Historian

"A real pleasure to read," -Denis Bock, author of The Ash Garden & The Communist's Daughter

"Meticulously researched, vividly imagined, and deftly plotted. Rich, resonating and relevant." -Catherine Hokin, author of Blood & Roses, the story of Margaret of Anjou.

My Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The best feeling in the world for me is when I find a new author that I absolutely adore, and I have found a new favorite in Kate Braithwaite!

Braithwaite has written a story filled with intrigue, danger, drama, and mystery. We are taken to 17th century London and introduced to a man named Titus Oates, the key instigator in the "Popish Plot". Now I had heard of Titus and the Popish Plot but never knew the details. Thankfully we have Braithwaite to help us out and she does it wonderfully. I pratically flew through the pages!

The main characters - Nathaniel and Anne - are wonderful protagonists, the setting descriptions are brilliantly written, the history is intriguing, and the dialogue is clever and witty.

Case in point....“Might I pick myself out of the gutter?” Nat asks. “Literally you may. I can’t speak for metaphorically.”

I don't want to go too much into the plot because if you're like me, you like to go in fresh and the synopsis above is a perfect starting point. I will say that The Road to Newgate is stellar historical fiction. I absolutely loved every minnute I spent reading this book, and I've already ordered Braithwaite's other novel, Charlatan, which I can't wait to devour as well.

There is also a helpful Author's Note at the end of the book, which is also a bonus with historical fiction books.

Kudos to Kate and thank you for the excellent read!

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound

About the Author

Kate Braithwaite grew up in Edinburgh but has lived in various parts of the UK, in Canada and the US. Her first novel, CHARLATAN, was long-listed for the Mslexia New Novel Award and the Historical Novel Society Novel Award in 2015. Her next book, THE ROAD TO NEWGATE was released on July 16, 2018.

Kate and her family live in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

For more information, please visit Kate's website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, January 10
Review & Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads

Friday, January 11
Review at Passages to the Past

Monday, January 14
Guest Post at Short Book and Scribes

Tuesday, January 15
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Wednesday, January 16
Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Thursday, January 17
Review & Excerpt at Locks, Hooks and Books

Friday, January 18
Feature at The Writing Desk
Feature at What Is That Book About

Monday, January 21
Review at Bookish Rantings

Tuesday, January 22
Feature at CelticLady's Reviews

Wednesday, January 23
Interview at Passages to the Past

Friday, January 25
Review at Coffee and Ink
Review at A Darn Good Read

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away a paperback copy of The Road to Newgate! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on January 25th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to US residents only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

The Road to Newgate


Review & Giveaway: The Blue by Nancy Bilyeau


The Blue by Nancy Bilyeau

Publication Date: December 3, 2018
Endeavour Quill
Paperback & eBook; 430 Pages
ASIN: B07HZ4C3K5

Genre: Historical Fiction


In eighteenth century London, porcelain is the most seductive of commodities; fortunes are made and lost upon it. Kings do battle with knights and knaves for possession of the finest pieces and the secrets of their manufacture.

For Genevieve Planché, an English-born descendant of Huguenot refugees, porcelain holds far less allure; she wants to be an artist, a painter of international repute, but nobody takes the idea of a female artist seriously in London. If only she could reach Venice.

When Genevieve meets the charming Sir Gabriel Courtenay, he offers her an opportunity she can’t refuse; if she learns the secrets of porcelain, he will send her to Venice. But in particular, she must learn the secrets of the colour blue…

The ensuing events take Genevieve deep into England’s emerging industrial heartlands, where not only does she learn about porcelain, but also about the art of industrial espionage.

With the heart and spirit of her Huguenot ancestors, Genevieve faces her challenges head on, but how much is she willing to suffer in pursuit and protection of the colour blue?

My Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Well my reading year just kicked off with a BANG! Nancy Bilyeau has truly written a masterpiece of a novel! It has everything I look for in a good historical fiction novel - to be education yet entertained, to be taken back in time and immersed in a new world, and I loved every minute I spent within the pages.

Genevieve is a young Hugenot woman living in England who yearns to become a painter in a time where women were not welcome.

"We are females that do not fit into the world we must live in."

Faced with a unwanted future she takes the opportunity to cahnge her circumstances by accepting a proposition from a mysterious, yet influential man.

Genevieve is bold, clever, and passionate about what she wants and is adamant on getting it. She was quite the character! Naive at times, but a woman good at heart and ardent on pursuing her love of art.

The sights, the smells, the gritty of 18th century London is brought to glorious life under the master hand of Nancy Bilyeau.

One thing that I really loved was how it kept me guessing, unsure of how it would all pan out at the end. Which made it easy to fly through the pages!

If you're looking for a fascinating look into the porcelain craze of the 18th century and the quest to find the color blue, I highly recommend this book. It has over 130 five star reviews on Goodreads, so I'm not the only one that found it exceptional. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy! You can thank me later :)

Available on Amazon and other retailers

Praise for The Blue

A Goodreads’ Recommended Choice for Historical Novel in December 2018 Newslette and a BookBub Editors' Choice/New Releases

"Nancy Bilyeau, whose wonderful Crown trilogy I hugely enjoyed, has just published a new novel, The Blue, which I highly recommend." – Alison Weir

"Historical fans will be well satisfied." - Publishers Weekly

"...transports the reader into the heart of the 18th century porcelain trade—where the price of beauty was death." - E.M. Powell, author of the Stanton & Barling medieval mystery series.

"Bilyeau is an impressive talent who brings to life a heart-stopping story of adventure, art and espionage during the Seven Years War." - Stephanie Dray, bestselling author of My Dear Hamilton

"With rich writing, surprising twists, and a riveting sense of 'you are there,' The Blue is spine-tingling entertainment." – Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Assassins


About the Author

Nancy Bilyeau is the author of the historical thriller "The Blue" and the Tudor mystery series "The Crown," "The Chalice," and "The Tapestry," on sale in nine countries. She is a magazine editor who has lived in the United States and Canada.

In "The Blue," Nancy draws on her own heritage as a Huguenot. She is a direct descendant of Pierre Billiou, a French Huguenot who immigrated to what was then New Amsterdam (later New York City) in 1661. Nancy's ancestor, Isaac, was born on the boat crossing the Atlantic, the St. Jean de Baptiste. Pierre's stone house still stands and is the third oldest house in New York State.

Nancy, who studied History at the University of Michigan, has worked on the staffs of "InStyle," "Good Housekeeping," and "Rolling Stone." She is currently the deputy editor of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at the Research Foundation of CUNY and a regular contributor to "Town & Country" and "The Vintage News."

Nancy's mind is always in past centuries but she currently lives with her husband and two children in New York City.

Connect with Nancy Bilyeau
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, January 9
Review at A Bookish Affair

Thursday, January 10
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Friday, January 11
Review at Passages to the Past

Saturday, January 12
Interview at Passages to the Past

Sunday, January 13
Interview at V.S. Kemanis

Monday, January 14
Review at Let Them Read Books

Tuesday, January 15
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Wednesday, January 16
Excerpt at Umut Reviews

Thursday, January 17
Review at Reading the Past

Friday, January 18
Review at Tar Heel Reader

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away an eBook of The Blue by Nancy Bilyeau! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on January 18th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open internationally.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

The Blue


Now Reading: A Hangman for Ghosts by Andrei Baltakmens

I'm on to my 3rd read of 2019 and it sounds like a great adventure! Review will be posted on January 21st for the blog tour!


A Hangman for Ghosts by Andrei Baltakmens

Publication Date: July 1, 2018
Top Five Books
Paperback & eBook; 288 Pages

Genre: Historical Mystery



“We are transported. We are consigned to the ends of the Earth. And we are therefore as good as dead to the realm and its judges. There can be no hope of reprieve...”

Gabriel Carver, the convict hangman of Sydney Prison, knows that none of his kind may depart Australia’s penal colony without the system’s leave. Then three people are murdered, seemingly to protect the “Rats’ Line,” an illicit path to freedom that exists only in the fevered imaginations of transported felons. But why kill to protect something that doesn’t exist?

When an innocent woman from Carver’s past is charged with one of the murders and faces execution at his hands, she threatens to reveal an incriminating secret of his own unless he helps her. So Carver must try to unmask the killer among the convicts, soldiers, sailors, and fallen women roaming 1829 Sydney. If he can find the murderer, he may discover who is defying the system under its very nose. His search will take him back to the scene of his ruin—to London and a past he can never remake nor ever escape, not even at the edge of the world.

"Baltakmens (The Raven’s Seal, 2012), echoing the voices of 19th-century masters like Conrad and Melville, combines adventure and mystery in a high-stakes tale of class, morality, and justice." -Kirkus Reviews

“With rich historical details that evoke Australia’s early colonial days, this is a wonderful, traditional novel.…Folding in vivid details, bright characters, and compelling dialogue, the story is a page-turner, a savory treat to be devoured.” - Foreward Reviews

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About the Author

Andrei Baltakmens was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, of Latvian descent. He has a Ph.D. in English literature, focused on Charles Dickens and Victorian urban mysteries.

His first novel, The Battleship Regal, was published in New Zealand in 1996. His short fiction has appeared in various literary journals, and his first historical mystery, The Raven's Seal, was published in 2012.

Since 2004, he has lived in Ithaca, New York and Brisbane, Australia, where he recently completed a doctorate in Creative Writing at The University of Queensland. He now lives in Palo Alto, California, with his wife and son, and works for Stanford University as an instructional designer.

New Release Tuesday!

It's every bookworms favorite day of the week....Tuesday! The first new release day for 2019 and we got some good ones!

Have you read any yet? Are you planning to?


The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye

G.P. Putnam's Sons | ebook, Hardcover, Audio

The new and exciting historical thriller by Lyndsay Faye, author of Edgar-nominated Jane Steele and Gods of Gotham, which follows Alice "Nobody" from Prohibition-era Harlem to Portland's the Paragon Hotel.

The year is 1921, and "Nobody" Alice James is on a cross-country train, carrying a bullet wound and fleeing for her life following an illicit drug and liquor deal gone horribly wrong. Desperate to get as far away as possible from New York City and those who want her dead, she has her sights set on Oregon: a distant frontier that seems the end of the line.

She befriends Max, a black Pullman porter who reminds her achingly of Harlem, who leads Alice to the Paragon Hotel upon arrival in Portland. Her unlikely sanctuary turns out to be the only all-black hotel in the city, and its lodgers seem unduly terrified of a white woman on the premises. But as she meets the churlish Dr. Pendleton, the stately Mavereen, and the unforgettable club chanteuse Blossom Fontaine, she begins to understand the reason for their dread. The Ku Klux Klan has arrived in Portland in fearful numbers--burning crosses, inciting violence, electing officials, and brutalizing blacks. And only Alice, along with her new "family" of Paragon residents, are willing to search for a missing mulatto child who has mysteriously vanished into the Oregon woods.

Why was "Nobody" Alice James forced to escape Harlem? Why do the Paragon's denizens live in fear--and what other sins are they hiding? Where did the orphaned child who went missing from the hotel, Davy Lee, come from in the first place? And, perhaps most important, why does Blossom Fontaine seem to be at the very center of this tangled web?

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The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

Sourcebooks Landmark | eBook, Paperback

She possessed a stunning beauty. She also possessed a stunning mind. Could the world handle both?

Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. Underestimated in everything else, she overheard the Third Reich's plans while at her husband's side, understanding more than anyone would guess. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star.

But she kept a secret more shocking than her heritage or her marriage: she was a scientist. And she knew a few secrets about the enemy. She had an idea that might help the country fight the Nazis...if anyone would listen to her.

A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication, The Only Woman in the Room is a masterpiece.

Order at Amazon



Light Over London by Julia Kelly

Gallery Books | eBook, Hardcover, Audio

Reminiscent of Martha Hall Kelly's Lilac Girls and Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale, this sweeping, entrancing story is a must-read for fans of remarkable women rising to challenges they could never have predicted.

It’s always been easier for Cara Hargraves to bury herself in the past than confront the present, which is why working with a gruff but brilliant antiques dealer is perfect. While clearing out an estate, she pries open an old tin that holds the relics of a lost relationship: among the treasures, a World War II-era diary and a photograph of a young woman in uniform. Eager to find the author of the hauntingly beautiful, unfinished diary, Cara digs into this soldier’s life, but soon realizes she may not have been ready for the stark reality of wartime London she finds within the pages.

In 1941, nineteen-year-old Louise Keene’s life had been decided for her—she’ll wait at home in her Cornish village until her wealthy suitor returns from war to ask for her hand. But when Louise unexpectedly meets Flight Lieutenant Paul Bolton, a dashing RAF pilot stationed at a local base, everything changes. And changes again when Paul’s unit is deployed without warning.

Desperate for a larger life, Louise joins the women’s branch of the British Army in the anti-aircraft gun unit as a Gunner Girl. As bombs fall on London, she and the other Gunner Girls relish in their duties to be exact in their calculations, and quick in their identification of enemy planes during air raids. The only thing that gets Louise through those dark, bullet-filled nights is knowing she and Paul will be together when the war is over. But when a bundle of her letters to him are returned unanswered, she learns that wartime romance can have a much darker side.

Illuminating the story of these two women separated by generations and experience, Julia Kelly transports us to World War II London in this heartbreakingly beautiful novel through forgotten antique treasures, remembered triumphs, and fierce family ties.

The Hangman's Secret by Laura Joh Rowland

Crooked Lane Books | eBook, Hardcover, Audio

From award-winning author Laura Joh Rowland, a story about the darkness that lurks within and the deadly secrets that beg to be revealed.

Intrepid photographer Sarah Bain and her motley crew of friends are back to hunt criminals in the dark, seedy underbelly of Victorian London, but little do they know, the darkness may lurk closer than they first divined.

Photographer Sarah Bain and her friends Lord Hugh Staunton and sometime street urchin Mick O’Reilly are private detectives with a new gig—photographing crime scenes for London’s Daily World newspaper. The Daily World is the latest business venture of their sole client, Sir Gerald Mariner, a fabulously wealthy and powerful banker.

One cold, snowy January morning, Sarah, Hugh, and Mick are summoned to the goriest crime scene they’ve ever encountered. A pub owner named Harry Warbrick has been found hanged and decapitated amid evidence of foul play. His murder becomes a sensation because he was England’s top hangman and he’s met the same fate that he inflicted on hundreds of criminals.

Sir Gerald announces that the Daily World—meaning Sarah and her friends—will investigate and solve Harry Warbrick’s murder before the police do. The contest pits Sarah against the man she loves, Police Constable Barrett. She and her friends discover a connection between Harry Warbrick’s murder and the most notorious criminal he ever executed—Amelia Carlisle, the “Baby-Butcher,” who murdered hundreds of infants placed in her care.

Something happened at Amelia’s execution. The Official Secrets Act forbids the seven witnesses present to divulge any information about it. But Harry had a bad habit of leaking tips to the press. Sarah and her friends suspect that one of the other witnesses killed Harry to prevent him from revealing a secret related to the execution. What is the secret, and who hanged the hangman?

Order at Amazon

Happy Reading!


My new book cart!

In my quest to become more bookish in 2019 I finally splurged and got my very own book cart! And it's a Rose Gold color, my absolute favorite!



For those that want a book cart I found this at Michael's art store. They have a big sale on them for $30. It's super easy to put together and feels nice and sturdy. I love it! Hubs just rolled his eyes at it, but he's a trooper for practically living in a mini-library!

My 6 year old helped me put it together (that's how easy it is), so I of course had to give him and his brother the bottom shelf for their favorite books :)

Now to think of a name for my new book buddy....

Now Reading: Changeling by Matt Wesolowski

This is a change-up from my normal historical reads but thrillers are my next favorite genre and I've been wanting to read one of Matt Wesolowski's books for a while so I was super excited to jump on the Blog Tour!


Changeling by Matt Wesolowski

Publication Date: November 15, 2018
Orenda Books

On Christmas Eve in 1988, seven-year-old Alfie Marsden vanished in the Wentshire Forest Pass, when a burst tyre forced his father, Sorrel, to stop the car. Leaving the car to summon the emergency services, Sorrel returned to find his son gone. No trace of the child, nor his remains, have ever been found. Alfie Marsden was declared officially dead in 1995.

Elusive online journalist, Scott King, whose ‘Six Stories’ podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the disappearance, interviewing six witnesses, including Sorrel, his son and his ex-partner, to try to find out what really happened that fateful night. He takes a journey through the trees of the Wentshire Forest – a place synonymous with strange sightings, and tales of hidden folk who dwell there. He talks to a company that tried and failed to build a development in the forest, and a psychic who claims to know where Alfie is…

Intensely dark, deeply chilling and searingly thought provoking, Changeling is an up-to-the-minute, startling thriller, taking you to places you will never, ever forget.

2019 Upcoming Release: Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb


The uber-fabulous team that brought you Last Christmas in Paris are back with a new collab! Meet Me in Monaco comes out in July - just in time for moi's birthday! And the cover is delicious!


Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

Publication Date: July 23, 2019| William Morrow

Set in the 1950s against the backdrop of Grace Kelly’s whirlwind romance and glamourous wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco, New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb take the reader on an evocative sun-drenched journey along the Côte d’Azur in this page-turning novel of passion, fate, and second-chances.

Movie stars and paparazzi flock to Cannes for the glamorous film festival, but Grace Kelly, the biggest star of all, wants only to escape from the flash-bulbs. When struggling perfumer Sophie Duval shelters Miss Kelly in her boutique, fending off a persistent British press photographer, James Henderson, a bond is forged between the two women and sets in motion a chain of events that stretches across thirty years of friendship, love, and tragedy.

James Henderson cannot forget his brief encounter with Sophie Duval. Despite his guilt at being away from his daughter, he takes an assignment to cover the wedding of the century, sailing with Grace Kelly’s wedding party on the SS Constitution from New York. In Monaco, as wedding fever soars and passions and tempers escalate, James and Sophie—like Princess Grace—must ultimately decide what they are prepared to give up for love.

Available for Pre-Order on Amazon

2019 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: January Reviews


HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone 🎉! It's the first day of the New Year & the HistFic Reading Challenge! I can't wait to see what everyone reads this year!

Welcome to the January link page for the 2019 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. This is the page where you will enter the links to your reviews during the month of January 2019.

Reading Challenge Instructions...

  • Add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky we’ll be adding to our monthly post (please, do not add your blog link, but the correct address that will guide us directly to your review). A direct link to your Goodreads review is also acceptable
  • Any sub-genre of historical fiction is accepted (Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Young Adult, etc.)
  • Don't forget to look some of the other links that are present. You never know when you will discover new blogs or books!

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Now Reading: The Blue by Nancy Bilyeau

There's nothing better than ending this year with a fabulous read! I am so enjoying Nancy Bilyeau's new historical, The Blue, and can't wait to share my review with you soon for her blog tour!


The Blue by Nancy Bilyeau

Publication Date: December 3, 2018
Endeavour Quill
Paperback & eBook; 430 Pages
ASIN: B07HZ4C3K5

Genre: Historical Fiction


In eighteenth century London, porcelain is the most seductive of commodities; fortunes are made and lost upon it. Kings do battle with knights and knaves for possession of the finest pieces and the secrets of their manufacture.

For Genevieve Planché, an English-born descendant of Huguenot refugees, porcelain holds far less allure; she wants to be an artist, a painter of international repute, but nobody takes the idea of a female artist seriously in London. If only she could reach Venice.

When Genevieve meets the charming Sir Gabriel Courtenay, he offers her an opportunity she can’t refuse; if she learns the secrets of porcelain, he will send her to Venice. But in particular, she must learn the secrets of the colour blue…

The ensuing events take Genevieve deep into England’s emerging industrial heartlands, where not only does she learn about porcelain, but also about the art of industrial espionage.

With the heart and spirit of her Huguenot ancestors, Genevieve faces her challenges head on, but how much is she willing to suffer in pursuit and protection of the colour blue?

Available on Amazon and other retailers

Praise for The Blue

A Goodreads’ Recommended Choice for Historical Novel in December 2018 Newslette and a BookBub Editors' Choice/New Releases

"Nancy Bilyeau, whose wonderful Crown trilogy I hugely enjoyed, has just published a new novel, The Blue, which I highly recommend." – Alison Weir

"Historical fans will be well satisfied." - Publishers Weekly

"...transports the reader into the heart of the 18th century porcelain trade—where the price of beauty was death." - E.M. Powell, author of the Stanton & Barling medieval mystery series.

"Bilyeau is an impressive talent who brings to life a heart-stopping story of adventure, art and espionage during the Seven Years War." - Stephanie Dray, bestselling author of My Dear Hamilton

"With rich writing, surprising twists, and a riveting sense of 'you are there,' The Blue is spine-tingling entertainment." – Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Assassins


About the Author

Nancy Bilyeau is the author of the historical thriller "The Blue" and the Tudor mystery series "The Crown," "The Chalice," and "The Tapestry," on sale in nine countries. She is a magazine editor who has lived in the United States and Canada.

In "The Blue," Nancy draws on her own heritage as a Huguenot. She is a direct descendant of Pierre Billiou, a French Huguenot who immigrated to what was then New Amsterdam (later New York City) in 1661. Nancy's ancestor, Isaac, was born on the boat crossing the Atlantic, the St. Jean de Baptiste. Pierre's stone house still stands and is the third oldest house in New York State.

Nancy, who studied History at the University of Michigan, has worked on the staffs of "InStyle," "Good Housekeeping," and "Rolling Stone." She is currently the deputy editor of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at the Research Foundation of CUNY and a regular contributor to "Town & Country" and "The Vintage News."

Nancy's mind is always in past centuries but she currently lives with her husband and two children in New York City.

Connect with Nancy Bilyeau
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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