Blog Tour: Seven For A Secret by Lyndsay Faye

Thursday 17 July 2014

Today I am excited to be part of Lyndsay Faye's blog tour for Seven For A Secret. Lyndsay will be talking about her top ten historical novels and why she likes them. Historicals aren't something I've read a lot of but I am intrigued by the sound of some of the books listed below.

I recently reviewed Seven For A Secret and also the first book in the series The Gods of Gotham so be sure to check them out if you haven't already. For crime fiction fans looking for something a bit different I highly reccommend them, both extremely enjoyable reads that I read in no time at all. I am now impatiently waiting for more from Lyndsay.

Lyndsay's Top 10 Favourite Historical Novels

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber: I adore this book for its lush language, its feminism, its unsparing look at the sex industry, and most of all for Sugar--she just rocks likes absolutely nobody's business.

The Solitary House by Lynn Shepherd: I have seldom encountered a novelist who so deftly plays with existing canons. This book toys with the gaps in Dickens's Bleak House, and the results are absolutely marvelous.

Mr. Timothy by Louis Bayard: Any fan of historicals who hasn't read Louis is missing out, big time. A novel about a grown-up Timothy Cratchit who is finding himself and solving crime? Yes, please.

Sutton by J. R. Moehringer: I was doing a book tour and had run through my plane reads and picked this up at random. Touching, beautiful, and a continual guessing game, entirely first-rate writing.

The Bones of Paris by Laurie R. King: Laurie is really just the gold standard when it comes to style and storytelling. She is outstanding, and a wonderful person to boot.

The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe: Did you want a historical mystery that touched on the Boston Brahmins, the wreck of the Titanic, and spiritualism in the early 20th century? Here you are!

The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell: sometimes a historical novel toys with an era in the best possible way, and Gatsby lovers will adore this Jazz Age tribute to excess, obsession, and girls behaving badly.

City of Women by David R. Gillham: a taut, mesmerizing account of the lives of the German women left to fend for themselves in the last days of WWII era Berlin, and the wrenching choices they make.

Beloved by Toni Morrison: occasionally, a historical novel is not merely artful, but important. Every accolade ever given this book is deserved, and her unflinching examination of the devastation wrought by slavery will never cease to be heartrending.

Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters: how often do you get to pick up a book starring a touching and sympathetic lesbian protagonist who passes as a man in 1890s London? Pick up this one.

Seven For A Secret is out now and is published by Headline. Buy from Amazon

Author Bio

Lyndsay was born in 1980. She worked as an actor doing professional theatre for ten years before turning to writing. In the course of her acting career, she went to college in the Bay Area, learned how to sing, moved to NYC with her husband, and had a ferociously, indecently great time. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Dust and Shadow: an Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H Watson and The Gods of Gotham and is a member of The Baker Street Babes, Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes, and The Baker Street Irregulars. For more information on Lyndsay, go to

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