Historical Mystery

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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 ...

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The Queen's Accomplice

The Queen’s Accomplice is the sixth entry in the author’s World War II era mystery series featuring Maggie Hope, a former MIT mathematics graduate student and current secret operative for the British government. Over the course of the series Maggie has moved from working in Winston Churchill’s ...

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A Most Extraordinary Pursuit

Having previously enjoyed Juliana Gray’s historical romances, I was intrigued when I learned she would be venturing into the sub-genre of historical mysteries with her latest series.  It is connected to her Princess in Hiding books by virtue of the fact that the plot of A Most Extraordinary Pursu ...

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The Darkness Knows

I have a weakness for Film Noir. There’s something about the genre that I have loved since I was a kid (because no one will ever be able to convince me Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is anything but Film Noir in animated form). The trope of the lone wolf investigator confronted by the dangerously beauti ...

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Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d

Whenever anyone asks what my favorite mystery series is, I respond, without hesitation, the Flavia de Luce series!  Set in the early 1950s, the books center around the activities of Flavia de Luce, a pigtailed, twelve-year old with a love of chemistry (poisons in particular) and an uncanny knack fo ...

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The Shattered Tree

Mysteries which aren’t police procedurals typically require an extra dose of suspended disbelief. While a caterer, hotel owner or nurse might solve a crime at some point in their career it is unlikely that they will ever close case after interesting case with a speed and efficiency which New York ...

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Crowned and Dangerous

This is the tenth entry in the author’s Royal Spyness series, featuring Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty-fifth in line to the British throne. The series is primarily set in England between the World Wars and while often touching on darker world events, falls clearly on the side of a light mystery se ...

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Eleventh Hour

Eleventh Hour is an historical m/m romance featuring agents for the British Secret Intelligence Service set between World War 1 and 2.  The premise sounded intriguing and this book should have been a slam dunk for me - but wasn’t.  Some things about it are great (refer to the first sentence of t ...

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As Death Draws Near

In the latest instalment of Anna Lee Huber’s Lady Darby series of historical mysteries, Keira and Gage’s honeymoon is cut short as they are summoned to Rathfarnham Abbey in Ireland to investigate the mysterious death of a nun. What they expect to be a straightforward investigation proves anythin ...

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A Front Page Affair

The vintage style cover of A Front Page Affair features a young woman in a matching red jacket and skirt, staring into the distance in front a city skyline. The blurb from the publisher describes a heroine who finds herself “plunged into the midst of a wartime conspiracy that threatens to derail t ...