Archive for October, 2017

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, October 20th, 2017

I should listen to my best friend more often. Back in the spring, she recommended Elly Griffiths’s Ruth Galloway mysteries, about an academic in Norfolk who stumbles upon crime– or has crime brought to her, in the form of bones to be dated. This time it was Judith Flanders’s Sam Clair series, about an editor turned accidental sleuth in modern London. I read the first one, A Murder of Magpies, this week and loved the smart, snarky voice (think Vicky Bliss, but British).

Right now, I’m continuing the mystery kick with Laurie King’s The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, the first in her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series (which I last read when it came out back in nineteen-ninety-mumble), and so enjoying the feel of it, like being inside a Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes episode– but with a clever leading lady.

What have you been reading this week?

p.s. today is the last day to enter to win one of fifty advance copies of The English Wife on Goodreeads, so if you haven’t entered yet, now’s your chance!



ENGLISH WIFE Goodreads Contest– Ending Today!

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Here’s what early readers on Goodreads have been saying about The English Wife….

“This book had so much to recommend itself. Romance, murder, family secrets…..everything that make it the perfect fall read. I found myself reading late into the night and not anticipating all the little twists and turns in the story. I was so hooked by about 30% through and I found annoyed when I had to put it down for something as trivial as sleep! Willig’s writing is witty, charming, and captivating. I loved this book on so many levels.” — The Lit Bitch

“The English Wife is a tantalizing, scandalous story; a masterful blend of suspense and historical fiction. I was completely engrossed from the very first page, completely and utterly surprised along the way! The characters in this book were so interesting, so full of life; they could have become caricatures, but instead were fully-fleshed out, complex and multi-layered.” — Susan Peterson

“Pre order this book now because if you don’t you will be kicking yourself. I really wish I could give it six stars. It was such a great story with enough twists and turns keeping you engaged until the last pages. I loved it all from the story to the characters and everything in between.” — Aida Alberto, Ninja Review Team

“The English Wife will not disappoint. The characters are complex and the plot twists fun and unpredictable.” — Carol

“I recently told a friend “I’m not really into thriller or mystery books”. Had I read The English Wife before that, I never would have said it. This suspenseful novel had me completely captivated from the beginning.” — Michelle

“This is officially my new favorite book, hands down!”
— Stacie

And there’s more!

St. Martin’s has fifty more advance copies up for grabs on Goodreads!

Have you entered to win your advance copy yet?

The English Wife



L’Autre Héritière– THE OTHER DAUGHTER goes to France!

Monday, October 16th, 2017

This fall, The Other Daughter is going to France!

Which is pretty funny, because, at the beginning of the book, the heroine (aka the other daughter) leaves France to return to England. Perhaps she was missing it?

In any event, I am delighted to announce that The Other Daughter will be transforming her look and making her French debut as L’Autre Héritière on November 2nd, available in France wherever books are sold.

Other Daughter France

Happy reading!



ENGLISH WIFE Give Away!

Friday, October 13th, 2017

St. Martin’s Press is giving away fifty advance copies of The English Wife on Goodreads!

For a chance to win, just click through to the Goodreads contest page between now and October 20th.

Here’s the official blurb:

The English WifeFrom New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Willig, comes this scandalous novel set in the Gilded Age, full of family secrets, affairs, and even murder.

Annabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil live a charmed life in New York: he’s the scion of an old Knickerbocker family, she grew up in a Tudor manor in England, they had a whirlwind romance in London, they have three year old twins on whom they dote, and he’s recreated her family home on the banks of the Hudson and renamed it Illyria. Yes, there are rumors that she’s having an affair with the architect, but rumors are rumors and people will gossip. But then Bayard is found dead with a knife in his chest on the night of their Twelfth Night Ball, Annabelle goes missing, presumed drowned, and the papers go mad. Bay’s sister, Janie, forms an unlikely alliance with a reporter to uncover the truth, convinced that Bay would never have killed his wife, that it must be a third party, but the more she learns about her brother and his wife, the more everything she thought she knew about them starts to unravel. Who were her brother and his wife, really? And why did her brother die with the name George on his lips?

“Willig creates a story that is full of rich historical details about the Gilded Age in New York—the jewels, the luxurious fashions, the opulent homes, and the scandal that lurked behind the beautiful exteriors. The mystery is not easily solved, and readers will find themselves guessing until the very end…. A dark, romantic mystery full of twists and turns.” — Kirkus Reviews

“[Willig] has a knack for creating sympathetic characters and fully fleshed settings, adding some juicy plot twists to this atmospheric period piece.” — Library Journal

“Lauren Willig’s historical novels are so immersive, so note-perfect in their mastery of setting and voice, that I’m tempted to wonder if she has a time machine at her disposal. THE ENGLISH WIFE, with its deliciously evocative portrait of the splendours, sorrows and intrigues of Gilded Age high society, is her best book yet.” — Jennifer Robson, USA Today and #1 Toronto Globe & Mail bestselling author of Goodnight from London

“The English Wife is an atmospheric, instantly absorbing page-turner. Lauren Willig delivers a richly detailed, expertly plotted novel that will instantly transport you back in time. This novel has it all―an intriguing mystery, a love affair for the ages and secrets worth dying for.” — Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Not A Sound

Good luck!!



Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, October 13th, 2017

What with the recent heat wave, it’s hard to believe it’s almost the middle of October already! To get myself into the right mood, I started my annual Halloween reading with Simone St. James’s Lost Among the Living, a ghost story set in the aftermath of the first World War. If you haven’t read St. James’s wonderfully creepy 1920s ghost stories, I highly recommend them, especially The Haunting of Maddy Clare and Silence for the Dead.

Not very Halloween-y, but I was lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy of Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie’s My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, an old school, Jean Plaidy-esque first person account of the life of the wife of Alexander Hamilton. It’s been a long time since I’ve read this particular sub-genre of fictionalized biography, and I’m finding it fascinating getting a behind the scenes look at the much revered Hamilton (who may not have been quite so revered in his lifetime). I may have to also snap up Susan Holloway Scott’s I, Eliza Hamilton to see how different authors portray the same subject.

What have you been reading this week?

p.s. if you’d like something to read for the week after next… St. Martin’s Press is giving away fifty copies of The English Wife on Goodreads between now and October 20th! Just click through to the Goodreads contest page to enter.



Save the Date for the ENGLISH WIFE Book Tour!

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Have author will travel!

It’s time to mark your calendars for the English Wife January book tour. I’ll be doing events in New York, Georgia, Texas, and Arizona, joined by some of my favorite writer friends.

New York: come join me for the English Wife launch party at The Corner Bookstore at 6:00 on Tuesday, January 9th.

The English Wife NYT Forgotten Room

Georgia: everything is more fun with Karen White! Karen and I will be appearing together at FoxTale Book Shoppe at 1:00 on Saturday, January 13th.

with Karen (2)

Arizona: the gang’s all here! It has been YEARS since Deanna Raybourn, Tasha Alexander, and I have gotten to do an event together (maybe people got sick of seeing us pretend to be Charlie’s Angels?). But this time… we’re finally being reunited. With the addition of one of my other favorite people, Beatriz Williams. Come find all of us at the legendary Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale at 2:00 on Sunday, January 14th.

Houston with Beatriz

Texas: more fun with Deanna! Deanna and I will be teaming up for another event at our beloved Murder by the Book in Houston at 6:30 on Wednesday, January 17th.

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Also on the calendar: I’ll be in Gwinnett and Cobb counties in Georgia for events hosted by their respective library systems on February 9th and 10th— more on those soon!

You can pre-order a signed copy of The English Wife from The Corner Bookstore, FoxTale Book Shoppe , The Poisoned Pen , or Murder by the Book.

The English Wife

The English Wife is also available for pre-order from all the usual suspects: in hardcover from from your favorite local bookseller, Amazon, B&N, Books-A-Million, Indiebound, and Powell’s; in e-book on Kindle and Nook; and on audio CD.

Here’s the official blurb:

From New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Willig, comes this scandalous novel set in the Gilded Age, full of family secrets, affairs, and even murder.

Annabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil live a charmed life in New York: he’s the scion of an old Knickerbocker family, she grew up in a Tudor manor in England, they had a whirlwind romance in London, they have three year old twins on whom they dote, and he’s recreated her family home on the banks of the Hudson and renamed it Illyria. Yes, there are rumors that she’s having an affair with the architect, but rumors are rumors and people will gossip. But then Bayard is found dead with a knife in his chest on the night of their Twelfth Night Ball, Annabelle goes missing, presumed drowned, and the papers go mad. Bay’s sister, Janie, forms an unlikely alliance with a reporter to uncover the truth, convinced that Bay would never have killed his wife, that it must be a third party, but the more she learns about her brother and his wife, the more everything she thought she knew about them starts to unravel. Who were her brother and his wife, really? And why did her brother die with the name George on his lips?

“Willig creates a story that is full of rich historical details about the Gilded Age in New York—the jewels, the luxurious fashions, the opulent homes, and the scandal that lurked behind the beautiful exteriors. The mystery is not easily solved, and readers will find themselves guessing until the very end…. A dark, romantic mystery full of twists and turns.” — Kirkus Reviews

Let the countdown to January begin!



Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Mostly, I’ve been reading research books about 19th century Barbados this week, which, while absolutely fascinating, don’t really qualify as light reading. (But if you want to know about liminal groups in late 18th century plantation culture, I’m your gal!)

For fun, though, I finally picked up Maureen Sherry’s Opening Belle, an incisive satire about the indignities of being a woman on Wall Street and Upper East Side life in general. This is all familiar turf to me, so it’s been very enjoyable to read a book that gets it right.

After that… I’ve been thinking of picking up The Magpie Murders. Or maybe some Lord Peter Wimsey.

What have you been reading this week?



New On the Website: Lost Chapters

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Now up on in a permanent place on the Diversions Page, from now unto the next time my website crashes, you can find two chapters that were excised by my editor: the “lost” Chapter 29 of The Ashford Affair, in which All Was Explained, and the discarded Epilogue of That Summer (in which some things were explained, but not all).

Ashford Paperback That Summer discount edition

Warning! Both of these extras contain major spoilers, so don’t click unless you’ve already read the books. Or are one of those people who likes reading books backwards.

Happy reading!

Is there anything else I should be adding to the website? Let me know….