Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE MAGNOLIA PALACE by Fiona Davis


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is THE MAGNOLIA PALACE by Fiona Davis. Davis writes historical fiction novels that are set in iconic buildings in New York City, including the New York Public Library, Grand Central Station, The Chelsea Hotel, the Barbizon Hotel for Women, and the Dakota apartment building.  As someone who loves historical fiction and New York City, Davis’ books are a perfect fit for me and I’ve enjoyed all that I’ve read so far.


Publication Date:  January 25, 2022 by Dutton


From Goodreads:

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.

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

20 replies
  1. verushka
    verushka says:

    I wasn’t expecting this blurb to lead to a murder mystery! But more than that, Lillian is especially intriguing — considering everything she goes through in her timeline.

  2. Angela
    Angela says:

    Great pick! I have it scheduled for a couple weeks from now, lol! Fiona Davis has definitely become a go-to author for me!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I hope you’ll get to read one soon. I just finished The Masterpiece a couple of weeks ago and really loved it. It features Grand Central Station.

  3. Greg
    Greg says:

    I love it when authors incorporate real life locations like that, especially when they do it well. Looks like an awesome pick!

  4. Mica
    Mica says:

    It sounds like an interesting story although thriller/mystery books aren’t the kind I normally read, it would be really gripping I imagine!

    Hope that you are having a great week 🙂

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I always find her books to be real page turners because of the mystery element, but I also just really love the NYC history she incorporates into each story.

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