Historical Mystery

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The Girl Who Knew Too Much

Legendary author Amanda Quick returns with her latest romantic suspense novel, The Girl Who Knew Too Much, an historical mystery set in the outskirts of Hollywood’s secret-laden movie colony in the 1930s. After stumbling onto the scene of the murder of her socialite employer and benefactress, A ...

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Where the Dead Lie

When it comes to C.S. Harris’ long-running series of historical mysteries featuring the aristocratic sleuth, Sebastian St. Cyr, I arrived rather late to the party.  With eleven books already available, I wasn’t going to be able to catch up on them all in print, so, as I often do in such cases, ...

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The Ashes of London

The Ashes of London is an absorbing, intricately plotted historical mystery set in Restoration London in the aftermath of the Great Fire; indeed the book opens with one of the main characters – lowly clerk, James Marwood  - standing amid the crowds one night in early September 1666 watching in ho ...

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For Deader or Worse

For Deader or Worse is the sixth full-length novel in Sheri Cobb South’s series of historical mysteries featuring the young Bow Street Runner, John Pickett who was first introduced in In Milady’s Chamber.  In that book, the newly appointed runner encountered Lady Julia Fieldhurst, a beautiful y ...

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In Farleigh Field

In Farleigh Field is a standalone murder mystery with a patina of romance set in Kent involving MI5 operatives and Bletchley Park decoders during World War II. Simply knowing this sold me on the book, and Ms. Bowen delivers on the promise of the premise with an exciting story. She’s really a maste ...

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A Perilous Undertaking

In A Perilous Undertaking, the second book in Deanna Raybourn’s Veronica Speedwell series, Veronica and Stoker are called upon to investigate the murder of an artist. Having just read and loved A Curious Beginning, the first book in the series, I couldn’t wait to see what the pair were going to ...

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A Terrible Beauty

A Terrible Beauty, the eleventh entry in the Lady Emily series, returns to a pivotal event that occurred prior to the first book: the death of Lady Emily’s first husband Lord Philip Ashton. Over the course of the series Lady Emily has gone from being a recent widow to being a respected Greek schol ...

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The Secrets of Wishtide

My favorite mystery sub-genre is historical mysteries. I was excited to discover The Secrets of Wishtide,  set in 1850s England, a slightly different time period to those I normally read. The book features Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, the widow of an Archdeacon, who does investigations for her barrister bro ...

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Yesternight

Stories about reincarnation have both fascinated and terrified me ever since I read The Mirror by Marlys Millhiser in high school. Therefore, it was with equal parts trepidation and excitement that I picked up Cat Winter’s Yesternight, a book about a child psychologist investigating claims of rein ...

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A Study in Scarlet Women

I admit that when I heard that Sherry Thomas, one of my favourite and without doubt one of the finest authors of Historical Romance currently writing was going to be shifting genres and embarking on a series of Historical Mysteries, my first thought was to go and curl up in the corner with a box of ...