A Study In Honor by Claire O’Dell

A Study In Honor by Claire O’Dell takes the underlying story-structure of the Sherlock Holmes stories and re-envisions it as a near-future thriller where Watson and Holmes are both queer black women in a USA that would be called dystopian if it weren’t to easy to see how we might get from here to there. Dr. Janet Watson, former army surgeon, has been discharged after losing an arm to the

The Covert Captain by Jeannelle M Ferreira

The Covert Captain: Or, A Marriage Of Equals by Jeannelle M. Ferreira is quite simply the best, most enjoyable lesbian Regency romance I have read so far. (And I’m something of a collector of the genre.) Captain Nathaniel Flemming comes home from the battle of Waterloo traumatized by the war, struggling on a peacetime half-pay salary, and still carrying the secret held since the day of enlistment: that Nathaniel is

Passing Strange by Ellen Klages

Passing Strange by Ellen Klages is a lightly fantastic tale of life in San Francisco’s lesbian culture in the 1940s: part wistful romance, part mystery, and with a modern framing story immersed in the culture of geeky collectables. A group of women of very different backgrounds and personalities are thrown together in the way that underground, closeted cultures tend to do. Then one woman’s past and a chance tragedy call

Spring Flowering by Farah Mendlesohn

Spring Flowering by Farah Mendlesohn takes place in an English Regency-era setting that owes more to Jane Austen, with its parson’s daughters and everyday family dynamics, than to Georgette Heyer’s dashing aristocrats and Gothic perils. We are invited into the life of Ann Gray. The death of her father has left her unmoored, once the formalities of mourning have become routine. Living with relatives in a Birmingham manufacturing family, her