The School of Night

Readers like me who've become quietly addicted to Louis Bayard's historical novels of suspense—the first, Mr. Timothy, imagined Dickens's Tiny Tim as a Victorian-era sleuth; the second, The Pale Blue Eye, detailed the adventures of Edgar Allan Poe as a West Point cadet—will welcome this new one, about a disgraced scholar in modern-day Washington, D.C., who follows the trail of a missing letter into the secretive world of Elizabethan intrigue, with perilous results.

April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.