Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The Magnolia Palace

Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings and helps us spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating!
Fiona Davis
Expected publication date: January 25, 2022
Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue, returns with a tantalizing novel about the secrets, betrayal, and murder within one of New York City’s most impressive Gilded Age mansions.

Eight months since losing her mother in the Spanish flu outbreak of 1919, twenty-one-year-old Lillian Carter’s life has completely fallen apart. For the past six years, under the moniker Angelica, Lillian was one of the most sought-after artists’ models in New York City, with statues based on her figure gracing landmarks from the Plaza Hotel to the Brooklyn Bridge. But with her mother gone, a grieving Lillian is rudderless and desperate—the work has dried up and a looming scandal has left her entirely without a safe haven. So when she stumbles upon an employment opportunity at the Frick mansion—a building that, ironically, bears her own visage—Lillian jumps at the chance. But the longer she works as a private secretary to the imperious and demanding Helen Frick, the daughter and heiress of industrialist and art patron Henry Clay Frick, the more deeply her life gets intertwined with that of the family—pulling her into a tangled web of romantic trysts, stolen jewels, and family drama that runs so deep, the stakes just may be life or death.

Nearly fifty years later, mod English model Veronica Weber has her own chance to make her career—and with it, earn the money she needs to support her family back home—within the walls of the former Frick residence, now converted into one of New York City’s most impressive museums. But when she—along with a charming intern/budding art curator named Joshua—is dismissed from the Vogue shoot taking place at the Frick Collection, she chances upon a series of hidden messages in the museum: messages that will lead her and Joshua on a hunt that could not only solve Veronica’s financial woes, but could finally reveal the truth behind a decades-old murder in the infamous Frick family. - from Goodreads

Fiona Davis is a go-to author for me, and I always love seeing which iconic NYC building she's going to feature next!


  1. I am so taken with Davis featuring buildings in her novels as a central theme -- or rather almost like a character itself maybe?

    1. Yes, the buildings play such a central role!

  2. Set in the time of the Spanish Flu. Hmmmm, like life imitating art imitating life.

  3. Hidden messages in a NYC building- yes please. I like a good dual timeline story too. Sounds fun!

  4. I'm really looking forward to this one, too! I love that the buildings are a central focus of her books.

  5. I'm really excited for this one as well. I also saw her post somewhere (maybe Facebook?) that she's researching her 7th novel and that it will feature Radio City Music Hall so that's exciting too. :)


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