Fiona Davis was born in Canada and raised in New Jersey, Utah, and Texas. She began her career in New York City as an actress, where she worked on Broadway, off-Broadway and in regional theater. After 10 years, she changed careers, working as an editor and writer and specializing in health, fitness, nutrition, dance and theater.
Shes a graduate of the College of William and Mary and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and is based in in New York City. She loves nothing better than hitting farmers markets on weekends in search of the perfect tomato, and traveling to foreign cities steeped in history, like London and Cartagena. The Dollhouse is her first novel.
Genres: Historical, Historical Mystery
The Dollhouse (2016)
The Address (2017)
The Masterpiece (2018)
The Chelsea Girls (2019)
The Lions of Fifth Avenue (2020)
The Address (2017)
The Masterpiece (2018)
The Chelsea Girls (2019)
The Lions of Fifth Avenue (2020)
Fiona Davis recommends
The Forever Summer (2017)
"She brings the quirky beach community of Provincetown to delicious life, while the final chapters left me rapt and choking back tears."
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (2017)
Taylor Jenkins Reid
"A glamorous romp through Hollywood in its heyday, Taylor Jenkins Reid’s latest offers up several unexpected twists and a dazzling, ambitious movie star who will break your heart."
As Bright as Heaven (2018)
"Meissner brings a ravaged Philadelphia dramatically to life amidst a terrible virus. Her masterful portrayal of the Bright family makes her novel sing: with hope, love, and gentle forgiveness."
Lady Be Good (2018)
"Kitty Tessler, a headstrong glamour girl determined to move up in the world, steals the spotlight in Amber Brock's latest, a tour-de-force filled with intrigue and surprises."
Eagle & Crane (2018)
"In this blazing saga about a flying circus, Rindell performs death-defying plot twists that race toward the shocking conclusion. Eagle & Crane is a majestic historical novel that is profoundly relevant in today’s world."
The Subway Girls (2018)
Susie Orman Schnall
"The Subway Girls is a joyous romp through New York City, with a magnetic cast of characters you'll root for from page one. Dazzling and delicious."
The Kennedy Debutante (2018)
"An outstanding deep dive into a fascinating person and time. For fans of The Crown, the riveting story of a headstrong American girl captivated by a dashing British aristocrat. I'm blown away."
The Only Woman in the Room (2019)
"Once again, Benedict shines a literary spotlight on a historical figure whose talents and achievements have been overlooked, with sparkling results. The Only Woman in the Room is page-turning tapestry of intrigue and glamour about a woman who refuses to be taken for granted. Spell-binding and timely."
The Paragon Hotel (2019)
"From the opening scene, this novel had me in its grip. Faye delivers a riveting story filled with unforgettable characters and stunning prose, while never flinching from the painful truths surrounding America’s legacy of racial injustice. A remarkable, significant novel."
The Secret of Clouds (2019)
"Exquisite and haunting. Richman writes with the soul of a poet, and her captivating new novel enchants while tugging ever so gently at the heart. Her story stands as a reminder to never take any day for granted."
Woman 99 (2019)
"A gripping story that exposes the Gilded Age's tarnished veneer, when women who didn't acquiesce to the standards of the day were locked away. Powerful and electrifying, Macallister is at the top of her game."
When We Left Cuba (2019)
(Cuba Saga, book 2)
"Cleeton once again delivers a masterful tale of political intrigue tinged with personal heartbreak. Her ferocity and fearlessness can be found on every page, and Beatriz's story--one of vengeance, betrayal, and bravery--astonishes and thrills."
The Orphan's Song (2019)
"A tangled knot of betrayal and love, lies and redemption. Marvelous."
"Beautifully written and impeccably researched, Dreamland is a rollicking ride."
Recipe for a Perfect Wife (2019)
"A sly, smart look at two women across two different decades as they navigate marriage, secrets, and society's expectations. Brown's vivid storytelling deftly explores the joys and limitations of the role of wife - a wonderful read."
Cartier's Hope (2020)
M J Rose
"MJ Rose’s latest encapsulates everything I love about historical fiction: a heroine whose journey is as timely today as it is in the 1910s, a glamorous setting that perfectly melds fact and fiction into an unputdownable tale, and at the sparkling center of it all: New York City. A true gem by an author at the top of her game."
The Whispers of War (2020)
"Julia Kelly’s story about the bonds of female friendship threatened by senseless government policies is timeless and moving, and her trio of heroines had my heart from the start. A gripping tale by a writer at the top of her game."
Red Letter Days (2020)
Sarah Jane Stratford
"Stratford’s novel effortlessly walks the line between hilarious and harrowing in her account of the tribulations of the victims of the blacklist all told from a perspective that is unique and refreshing. And I simply adored the heroines Phoebe and Hannah, crafted from Stratford’s meticulous research and fabulous imagination."
The Grace Kelly Dress (2020)
"Janowitz's latest is just like the multi-generational wedding dress of the title: elegant, layered, and utterly original. She once again delivers a powerful story brimming with love."
The Daughters of Foxcote Manor (2020)
"Eve Chase is right up there with Tana French and Sarah Waters as an author who writes page-turning masterpieces that meld a vibrant sense of place with a heartbreaking cast of characters. I devoured her latest, and will be recommending it to everyone I know. Her plot twists floored me, and this haunting story will stay with me for a very long time."
A Hundred Suns (2020)
"A haunting, evocative tale that left me both richly satisfied and deeply unsettled - yet another Tanabe triumph. Captivating, suspenseful, and full of surprises."
Happy and You Know It (2020)
"Hankin has concocted a delicious, rollicking story that features a captivating ensemble of cosmopolitan moms and a down-on-her-luck musician who's paid to entertain their kids. Packed with laughs and unexpected twists, think Liane Moriarty meets Sex and the City--simply irresistible."
The War Widow (2020)
(Billie Walker Mystery, book 1)
"In Billie Walker, Moss has conjured up one kick-ass 1940s heroine: a tough-talking, glamorous feminist who’s as adept with a pistol as she is on the dance floor, haunted by a tragic past, and unafraid to take on the darkest of foes. An artful, original take on noir suspense that resonates in today’s times."
The Book of Lost Names (2020)
"Not since 'The Nightingale' have I finished a book and been so choked with emotion. Harmel was inspired by the true story of French citizens who fought against evil during WWII with courage and conviction. She shines a brilliant light on those who had their identities erased and lives destroyed, on a country and its people torn apart, and young women like Eva, who risked their lives with everyday acts of epic heroism. Sweeping and magnificent."
One to Watch (2020)
"A fast, furious read, one that is brimming with wit but also packs a serious punch. The compelling narratorBea Schumacherwon my heart immediately, and Stayman-London’s storytelling sizzles."
Fifty Words for Rain (2020)
"This virtuosic debut enthralled me from the very first page. Lemmie's compelling and compassionate portrait of a young girl in post-WWII Japan is meticulously researched and beautifully crafted. What a heartbreaking, exceptional story by a sublime talent--I can't wait to see what she does next!"
Under a Gilded Moon (2020)
"Crawdads meets the Crawleys Threaded through with a meticulously researched, well-crafted mystery, this is historical fiction at its best."
A Splendid Ruin (2021)
"An impeccably researched, brilliantly plotted novel set in Gilded Age San Francisco, a city dripping with wealth yet rife with corruption. Enter May Kimble, a poor relation to the flashy Sullivan clan, who is at first overwhelmed by the generosity of her long-lost family, but must ultimately draw on her deepest strengths to solve the devious mystery at the heart of the book. A Splendid Ruin is twisty in the best of ways, with a story that you will devour."
The Paris Library (2021)
Janet Skeslien Charles
"A fresh take on WWII France that will appeal to bibliophiles everywhere. I fell in love with Odile and Lily, with their struggles and triumphs, from the very first page. Meticulously researched, The Paris Library is an irresistible, compelling read."
Band of Sisters (2021)
"A crackling portrayal of everyday American heroines...A triumph."
The Lost Apothecary (2021)
"Penner's debut had me completely under its spell. The women of The Lost Apothecary, separated by centuries, seek both revenge and truth in this powerful story. Riveting and utterly original."
The Rose Code (2021)
"A knockout of a story, written by the reigning queen of historical fiction. Quinn's trio of heroines practically leap off the page in this stunning novel, which melds spy-hunting with love stories that will stir your soul. A book for the ages."
Surviving Savannah (2021)
"The astonishing story of the 'Titanic of the South' is brought to vivid life....This tale of survival, love, and loss, as well as Callahan's epic portrayals of a trio of strong, passionate women, gripped me from the very first page. Simply masterful."
The Bohemians (2021)
"You'll never look at a Dorothea Lange photograph the same way after reading Darznik's compelling portrait of the trailblazer who carved a glorious path through 1920s San Francisco. Darznik doesn't flinch when confronting the parallels to today, whether racism or anti-immigrant sentiment, yet her impeccable research grounds the story firmly in the heyday of the Jazz Age. A superb read."
The Social Graces (2021)
"Rosen's novel opens with a sly wink to that grande dame of the Gilded Age, Edith Wharton, before she deftly spins a captivating tale of her own, based upon the legendary rivalry between Caroline Astor and Alva Vanderbilt. And what a rich story it is, full of opulent balls and monstrous mansions, yet firmly rooted in the parallel struggles of two very different heroines as they fight for their dignity and rights as wives, as mothers, and as women."
The Show Girl (2021)
"Fans of City of Girls will adore this exploration of love and ambition."
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