The Conductors

Magic, murder, and a bit of mayhem is all in a day’s work…

Whether it’s bodies found chopped up in a trunk, cursed necklaces, or deadly magic, Hetty and Benjy Rhodes are on the case.

As former Underground Railroad Conductors, solving murders and other mysteries is work they gladly take on as they navigate Post Civil War Philadelphia. While Hetty and her husband have solved dozens of murders, their newest case involves the brutal murder of a friend.

While the death is terrible enough, the circumstances around it lead Hetty and Benjy into a number perils. Perils that involved snobby elites, doubts about their closest friends, magic of the most dangerous sort, and unexpected revelations that will change everything….

Praise For The Conductors

Inventively mixing mystery, magic, and alternate history…Readers will be surprised but gratified by an ending that shows just how past actions inform the present in unexpected ways. Glover is a writer to watch.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

The Conductors is a seamless blending of magic, mystery, and history, creating power and wonder with its rarefied glimpse of Black life in the late 1800s. The Vigilance Society and the magic-wielding couple at the core of this story are a welcome addition to the growing chorus of voices in Black speculative fiction. Glover’s worldbuilding, characters, and attention to historical detail create a delightfully genre-bending debut!” —Tananarive Due, American Book Award winner, author of Ghost Summer: Stories

“Community dynamics mixed with a magical alternate Reconstruction-era mystery. The Conductors has all the elements I was looking for in a good story.”—Mary Robinette Kowal, Hugo Award–winning author of The Calculating Stars

“With The Conductors, Nicole Glover creates a fascinating world where even magic is segregated. She effortlessly weaves both the constellation-based magical system and the real life struggles of being Black in post–Civil War America. The characters, led by former Underground Railroad conductors Hetty and Benjy Rhodes, are as intriguing as the mystery. It’s hard to believe this is Glover’s first book. I found it as enchanting as one of Hetty’s spells.”—Kellye Garrett, winner of the Anthony, Agatha, and Lefty awards and author of Hollywood Homicide and Hollywood Ending

“An Underground Railroad—but with magic. With compelling characters and wondrous worldbuilding, Glover weaves a tangled mystery of murder, spellwork, and freedom amid the remnants of slavery’s lingering memories.”—P. Djèlí Clark, Nebula Award–winning author of Ring Shout

“Nicole Glover blends historical detail and magical elements into an unforgettable debut. The Conductors is a wholly original and thoroughly riveting story. This is no doubt the first of many brilliant books to come.”—Deanna Raybourn, New York Times best-selling author of A Murderous Relation

The Conductors is a conjured novel. Reimagining a past that helps us navigate our present, it weaves a rich tapestry of history and magic to create a story of resilience and resistance through the power of Black girl magic. It’s the perfect book for our times.”—Maurice Broaddus, author of Pimp My Airship

The Conductors is a wildly inventive alternate history that combines compelling characters, a propulsive plot, and lots of intrigue. It is also radical as hell. Thought-provoking and powerful, Glover’s novel is a must-read.” —Cadwell Turnbull, author of The Lesson    

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