Alexander, Tasha. Tears of Pearl (St Martins $27 Signed).
Lady Emily and Colin Hargreaves are on honeymoon in Istanbul but it's more a busman's holiday as a near-poisoning on the Orient Express is followed by murder in the harem. A wonderful tour of the city as Alexander envisions it in the 1890s enhances the plot. And of Topkapi Palace, one of my favorite haunts. Romance! Intrigue! Perfect for the Victoria Holt fan.
Rowland, Laura Joh. The Cloud Pavilion (St Martins $27 Signed).
In 1701 Japan, a young wife and mother is raped and left on the streets of Edo. Chamberlain Sano Ichiro (The Fire Kimono) is asked by his uncle to find the person responsible. The fact that Ichiro's mother was declared dead by her family when she married his father just adds to the antagonism Ichiro feels toward his uncle, and he must also keep a sharp eye on his mortal enemy, Yanagisawa, who is gaining in political strength and readying himself to destroy Ichiro.