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Recent Placements and Scheduled Publications for 2020-2021:

Shoot The Bastards.  Poisoned Pen, January, 2020.
Michael Stanley's new thriller series introduces investigative journalist Crystal Nguyen in an extraordinary tale of extreme measures taken to combat international poaching and smuggling in South Africa. 

Facets Of Death: A Detective Kubu Mystery. Poisoned Pen, February, 2020.
"Under the African sun, Michael Stanley's Kubu investigates crimes as dark as the darkest of Nordic Noir.  Call it Sunshine Noir, if you will—a must read."  — Yrsa Siguroardottir.

The Forgotten Home Child. Simon & Schuster, March 2020.
Genevieve Graham's unforgettable new novel (The Home for Unwanted Girls meets Orphan Train) about a young girl caught in a scheme to rid England's streets of destitute children, and the lengths she will go to find her way home—based on the true story of the British Home Children.  "Time and time again, Genevieve Graham shows us just how fascinating our past is." — Jennifer Robson.

Red Comet: The Short Life and Enduring Art of Sylvia Plath. Alfred Knopf, August, 2020.
Heather Clark's magisterial biography of the great poet.

The Dungeons & Dragons Cookbook. Ten Speed, Fall, 2020.
The team of Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, and Michael Witwer artfully present 75 recipes, history and lore from the D & D arsenal.

The Opium Prince. Soho Press, early 2021.
Jasmine Aimaq's debut novel set mostly in Afghanistan, upmarket fiction touching on the opium trade, Russian power, the rise of Islamism in this part of the world, and America's long and continuing presence there.

The Little French Bridal Shop. St. Martin's Press, early 2021.
Jennifer Dupee's surprising first novel about a young woman who returns to her small seaside home town on Boston's North Shore to take charge of the grand family house upon the death of her Great Aunt only to impulsively buy a perfect wedding dress despite there being no groom.  Which leads to a veritable Rubrik's Cube of deception and trouble.

The Game Wizards: Gary Gygax, Dave Arneson, and the Epic Battle for Dungeons & Dragons. M.I.T. Press, late 2021.
Jon Peterson, an authority on the history of games, covers how D & D came to be made, why is became and remains so popular, and what happened to the people who created it.

Uniting America: How FDR and Henry L. Stimson Built the Bipartisan Alliance That Defeated Global Fascism. St. Martin's Press, late 2021.
In his new book Peter Shinkle (Ike's Mystery Man) writes about this exceptional alliance in another divisive and partisan era, offering new information about how Stimson was able to bring GOP presidential nominee Wendell Wilkie into FDR's circle and how as Secretary of War Stimson supported and advised his president during the great conflict of WWII.