A monthly meme to keep up with the latest publications, featuring advance copy reviews to look forward to reading.
Hanging Mary by Susan Higginbotham
(Sourcebooks Landmark, March 1)
In 1864 Washington, one has to be careful with talk of secession. Better to speak only when in the company of the trustworthy, like Mrs. Surratt. A widow who runs a small boarding house, Mary Surratt isn’t half as committed to the cause as her son, Johnny. If he’s not escorting veiled spies, he’s inviting home men like John Wilkes Booth, the actor who is even more charming in person than he is on the stage. But when President Lincoln is killed, the question of what Mary knew becomes more important than anything else.
Hanging Mary is based on the true history of Mary Surratt. For those of us interested in historical fiction and obsessing over Mercy Street…you’re welcome.
The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
(HarperTeen, March 8)
A strange beast stirs fear in the kingdom of Lochlanach, terrorizing towns with its brutality and hunger. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.
If you like your fairytales a bit more Grimm-based, this retelling of “The Singing Bone” just might be what you’re looking for.
What are you looking forward to in March?