C.W. Gortner’s novel The Last Queen (Ballantine Books) was a Marin Independent Journal bestseller and is currently being translated into eight languages. His next novel, The Confessions of Catherine de Medici will be published in 2010. He holds a MFA in Writing with an emphasis on Renaissance Studies and is a regular contributor to the Historical Novels Review. Visit him here or at his blog.

A female pope, a Japanese sleuth, stolen treasure, and a deal with the Devil—six sparkling new works of historical fiction that will replace your nixed trip to Bermuda with some time travel.