Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller

NANCY BILYEAU is a magazine writer and editor who has worked on the staffs of Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and InStyle. She is currently a contributor to Town & Country, Closer, Lifetime/A&E, First for Women, and The Vintage News and the deputy editor at the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College in NYC. The editor of The Big Thrill, the monthly digital magazine of International Thriller Writers Inc., she is the author of a trilogy of historical thrillers published by Touchstone Books—The Crown, The Chalice, and The Tapestry—and her standalone historical thriller The Blue will be published on Dec. 3, 2018.

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Nancy Bilyeau Books


The Crown (2012)

The Chalice (2013)

The Tapestry (2015)

Articles About the Author

Oprah Review of The Crown:

“Bilyeau deftly weaves extensive historical detail throughout, but the real draw of this suspenseful novel is its juicy blend of lust, murder, conspiracy, and betrayal.”

Daily Beast feature: “Historical Fiction: A Conversation Between Nancy Bilyeau and Bruce Holsinger”

Historical Novel Society Review of “The Tapestry”


“Nancy Bilyeau’s passion for history infuses her books.”

— Bestselling author Alison Weir

“Nancy Bilyeau’s polished, inventive debut, The Crown, has all the ingredients of the best historical fiction: a broad cast of characters, well-imagined settings, and vivid storytelling. . . . will satisfy even the most ardent mystery fans.”

– Deborah Harkness, author of A Discovery of Witches