© 2020 by Brad Ricca

From the author of the bestselling MRS. SHERLOCK HOLMES comes an unforgettable new adventure.


Olive MacLeod was a thirty-year-old, redheaded Scottish socialite who was the life of every party.

But in 1910, her world changed when her fiancé, a handsome naturalist she had just met, went missing in Africa.

So she went to find him.


Olive the Lionheart is a love story that defies all boundaries, set against the backdrop of a beautiful, unconquerable Africa.


Brad Ricca’s Olive MacLeod is my favorite sort of woman from history — bold and unconventional, utterly unsinkable—and her story is so full of adventure and acts of courage, it’s hard to believe she actually lived. And yet she did! Brad Ricca has found a heroine for the ages, and written her tale with a winning combination of accuracy and imagination.

—Paula McLain,

author of Love and Ruin and The Paris Wife



On Sale 8/11/20

St. Martin's Press

Hardcover, 400 pages





I like books so I eventually worked to get a Ph.D. in English from Case Western Reserve University where I sometimes teach. I've written Sherlock Holmes (St. Martin’s, 2017), Super Boys (St. Martin’s, 2013), and American Mastodon (Black Lawrence Press, 2011). I made a movie, Last Son, that won a 2010 Silver Ace Award at the Las Vegas Film Festival. I've also written for The Beat, Belt, Book Riot, Narratively, History Extra, and the official Star Wars website (bows deeply). I've been in documentaries on the History Channel, AMC, and have been a guest on All Things Considered, BBC radio, and Innovation Hub, among others. I live in Shaker Heights (still Cleveland) with Caroline and our three boys, in a 100-year-old house that, if it is haunted, is probably more scared of us than we are of it.

I am not a journalist or a historian really or maybe even a biographer. I just want to tell unconventional stories that haven't been told before, in sometimes unconventional ways. And I really appreciate you reading them.



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