Despite occasional requests, we don't follow historical fiction much here, fiction coverage being (relatively) extensive -- and anyway, too often tending to encourage the "no one reads history past high school" attitude among literati who should know better.
An exception, however, for two current publications.
series of young-adult novels on the imagined mystery-solving gifts of future Canadian prime ministers. After previous novels featuring youthful John Diefenbaker, John A. Macdonald, R.B. Bennett, and Arthur Meighen, Fireside launches its
Second, a new novel by travel writer, historian, essayist Ronald Wright. Wright came to attention with his Latin-America travel books Cut Stones and Cross-Roads and Time among the Maya, and consolidated his big-history chops with Stolen Continents and A Short History of Progress, and all of these were widely published and influential.
In recent years, he has turned to fiction as well, and his new historical novel, The Gold Eaters, has been drawing pretty terrific reviews, as in the New York Times this weekend.
Possibilities for your "I only read fiction" children, students, friends?