Historical Mystery

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The Golden Hairpin

There are a lot of historical mysteries on the market these days, but not so many set in ancient China. And of those, how many, in English, were originally written by a Chinese author for a Chinese audience? The Golden Hairpin by Qinghan CeCe, originally written in 2015 and translated into English j ...

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Why Kill the Innocent

C.S. Harris has maintained a consistently high standard throughout her long-running Sebastian St. Cyr series of historical mysteries, but the last two or three books, in particular, have been outstanding - which is quite remarkable when one considers that this latest instalment, Why Kill the Innocen ...

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To Die But Once

Long series and I are not friends. I tend to prefer story arcs that have a definite end because I’ve found that most which don’t wind up having a great beginning but increasingly weak novels as the series continues into infinity. Some writers rise above that though and Jacqueline Winspear is one ...

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Murder at Half Moon Gate

Murder at Half Moon Gate is the second book in Andrea Penrose’s series of historical mysteries featuring the scandalous but scientifically-minded Earl of Wrexford and Mrs. Charlotte Sloane, otherwise known as A.J. Quill, London’s premier satirical cartoonist.  In Murder on Black Swan Lane, Wrex ...

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The Broken Girls

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James: A Roundtable Discussion Simone St. James is well-loved by the staff here at AAR, so we have been eagerly anticipating her new book. The Broken Girls is a dual-timeline story centered around a boarding school for the teenaged girls society has turned its back ...

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A Brush with Shadows

At the end of As Death Draws Near, the fifth book in Anna Lee Huber’s series of historical mysteries, the recently-wed Lady Darby and her husband, private enquiry agent Sebastian Gage, were urgently summoned to England – specifically, to Gage’s family home at Langstone Manor in Dartmoor.  Gag ...

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Winter Sisters

Winter Sisters is the follow-up novel to Robin Oliveira's bestselling My Name Is Mary Sutter. It picks up some fifteen years after the end of the previous book, and can be read perfectly well as a standalone. However, if you, like me, haven't gotten around to reading My Name Is Mary Sutter quite yet ...

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A Treacherous Curse

Deanna Raybourn continues her series of late-Victorian historical mysteries featuring the intrepid lepidopterist Veronica Speedwell and her piratically handsome, enigmatic associate, Revelstoke Templeton-Vane (Stoker)  in A Treacherous Curse.  The big draw of this third instalment was th ...

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Dangerous Crossing

If you're a fan of classic mysteries with exotic settings, Rachel Rhys' Dangerous Crossing is the perfect book for you. It's set aboard a fancy ocean liner making its way from England to Australia on the eve of the Second World War, and it's filled with all the drama, romance, and suspense you could ...

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Death Below Stairs

Jennifer Ashley is the author of a number of very popular historical romances about the various members of the MacKenzie family as well as of the Captain Lacey series of historical mysteries, which she publishes as Ashley Gardner.  I confess that I haven’t read any of the Captain’s regency-set ...