Media Kit

Murder & Magic Series

The Conductors (Murder & Magic #1)

  • Publication Date: March 2, 2021
  • Publisher: Mariner Books/ HarperCollins
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358197058
  • ISBN-10: 0358197058
  • Genre: Historical Fantasy
  • Cover illustrator: Elizabeth Leggett
  • Cover Designer: Martha Kennedy
  • Publisher Website
  • Publication Date: March 4, 2021
  • Publisher: Del Rey/ Penguin Random House UK
  • ISBN 9781529102079
  • Genre: Historical Fantasy
  • Cover Designer: Henry Petrides
  • Publisher Website

The Undertakers (Murder & Magic #2)

  • Publication Date: Nov 9, 2021
  • Publisher: Mariner Books /HarperCollins
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358197102
  • ISBN-10: 0358197104
  • Genre: Historical Fantasy
  • Cover Illustrator: Hillary Wilson
  • Cover Designer: Martha Kennedy
  • Publisher Website
  • Publication Date: Nov 11, 2021
  • Publisher: Del Rey/ Penguin Random House UK
  • ISBN: 9781529102086
  • Genre: Historical Fantasy
  • Cover Designer: Henry Petrides
  • Publisher Website

Book Blurbs

The Conductors

Blurb #1

From a bold new voice comes a vibrant historical fantasy of magic and murder set in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Hetty Rhodes and her husband, Benjy, were Conductors on the Underground Railroad, ferrying dozens of slaves to freedom with daring, cunning, and magic that draws its power from the stars. With the war over, those skills find new purpose as they solve mysteries and murders in their community that white authorities would otherwise ignore.

In the heart of Philadelphia’s Seventh Ward, everyone knows that when there’s a strange death or magical curses causing trouble, Hetty and Benjy are the only ones that can solve the case. But when an old friend is murdered their investigation stirs up a wasp nest of intrigue, lies, and long-buried secrets—and a mystery unlike anything they’ve handled before. A clever, cold-blooded killer is on the prowl, and as death draws near, testing their magic and placing their lives at risk, Hetty and Benjy will discover how little they really know about their neighbors . . . and themselves.

In the proud tradition of Victor LaValle and Zen Cho, Nicole Glover speaks truth to history in the language of the fantastic. 

Blurb #2

As a conductor on the Underground Railroad, Hetty Rhodes helped usher dozens of people north with her wits and magic. Now that the Civil War is over, Hetty and her husband, Benjy, have settled in Philadelphia, solving murders and mysteries that the white authorities won’t touch. When they find one of their friends slain in an alley, Hetty and Benjy bury the body and set off to find answers. But the secrets and intricate lies of the elites of Black Philadelphia only serve to dredge up more questions. To solve this mystery, they will have to face ugly truths all around them, including the ones about each other.

In this vibrant and original novel, Nicole Glover joins a roster of contemporary fantasy writers, such as Victor LaValle and Zen Cho, who use speculative fiction to delve into important historical and cultural threads. 

The Undertakers

Nothing bothers Hetty and Benjy Rhodes more than a case where the answers, motives, and the murder itself feel a bit too neat. Raimond Duval, a victim of one of the many fires that have erupted recently in Philadelphia, is officially declared dead after the accident, but Hetty and Benjy’s investigation points to a powerful Fire Company known to let homes in the Black community burn to the ground. Before long, another death breathes new life into the Duval investigation: Raimond’s son, Valentine, is also found dead.

Finding themselves with the dubious honor of taking on Valentine Duval as their first major funeral, it becomes clear that his passing was intentional. Valentine and his father’s deaths are connected, and the recent fires plaguing the city might be more linked to recent community events than Hetty and Benjy originally thought.

The Undertakers continues the adventures of murder and magic, where even the most powerful enchantments can’t always protect you from the ghosts of the past . . .

The Conductors

Inventively mixing mystery, magic, and alternate history, Glover’s nail-biting debut takes readers to Reconstruction era Philadelphia…… Glover is a writer to watch.

Most fantasy novels don’t begin with fugitive slave ads, and most fugitive slave ads don’t warn of
dangerous magical practitioners. But Glover’s debut defies many expectations. ….

DEBUT Set at the end of the Civil War, this magical first novel follows Hetty and Benjy, runaways who ferry people to safety from slavecatchers, as well as solve crimes, often with the aid of celestial magic. …..

VERDICT Blending historical fantasy and mystery, this fast-paced debut with predominantly Black characters will engage fans eager for a combination of each.

Library Reads – March 2021

“Hetty and Benjy meet as Underground Railroad conductors, settling in Pennsylvania where they’re known for their celestial magic. Glover does an incredible job of world building in this supernatural mystery. Her cast is almost exclusively Black, and the characters are rich, with Hetty and Benjy’s relationship showcased as a lovely progression of romantic ideals…”

The Undertakers

Glover’s charming sequel to The Conductors digs deeper into the captivating Black society of a post–Civil War Philadelphia that’s infused with celestial magic…….The easy momentum will keep both new and returning readers racing along to the end. It’s fun, twisty, and richly detailed.

The sequel to Glover’s historical mystery/fantasy The Conductors picks up where it left off with magic-practicing detectives Hetty and Benjy, a Black formerly enslaved couple in post–Civil War Philadelphia who have recently become undertakers. …Characters from The Conductors return and new ones are introduced, but Glover’s latest can be read as a standalone.

VERDICT Glover has written another fast-paced story of luck, fate, and betrayal. Readers will be engrossed by its celestial magic, hidden tunnels leading to unexpected places, and cliffhanger ending.

“….Hetty and Benjy’s camaraderie is the real star of the show, no matter how many spells they fire off at assailants.”

Author Bio

Nicole Glover is the author of the Murder and Magic series which includes The Conductors and The Undertakers.  She works as a UX researcher in Virginia. She believes libraries are magical places and problems seem smaller with a cup of tea in hand. Her life outside of books include bicycles, video games, and baking the perfect banana bread. She can be found at

%d bloggers like this: