Historical Mystery

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Murder on the Last Frontier

I fully admit - I’m not the biggest fan of mystery novels. When I saw that Murder on the Last Frontier was set in Alaska, I was curious. When I saw the amateur detective was a woman in 1919, I decided to give it a shot. When I finally read the blurb for the book, and saw the heroine was a suffrage ...

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The Secret Life of Anna Blanc

I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out where The Secret Life of Anna Blanc fits into the genres. And the thing is, it doesn’t. Not really. It’s one part historical mystery, one part historical fiction, one part chick-lit (kinda), and all dusted with just a dash of romance. It’s a com ...

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Deadly Peril

Deadly Peril, the third of Lucinda Brant’s Georgian era Alec Halsey Mysteries, is possibly the best yet. And that’s saying something, because the preceding books - Deadly Engagement and Deadly Affair are both excellent, engrossing reads boasting tightly written, well thought-out plots, a colourf ...

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A Curious Beginning

I admit it. When I saw that Deanna Raybourn was going to be writing another series of mysteries set in the Victorian era featuring an independently-minded female protagonist, my initial thought was – “how are these books going to be different to the Lady Julia ones?” But I enjoyed both those a ...

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The Other Side of Midnight

This was my first book by Simone St. James, but will definitely not be my last. The Other Side of Midnight was a refreshing tale of intrigue and suspense set in the unusual era of post WWI England. I love romantic suspense as well as historical fiction, and while I have read a few authors who do bo ...

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A Study in Death

This is the fourth book in Anna Lee Huber’s series of historical mysteries featuring Lady Keira Derby and her gorgeous but enigmatic partner-in-investigation, Sebastian Gage. At the end of A Grave Matter (the previous book in this series) readers were at last treated to the thing that many of us ...

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The Alchemist's Daughter

The latest trend in mystery novels seems to be a writing device I call “land them in the middle”. When done well this can mean the reader enters the tale just as things are really starting to happen, which increases the action factor and keeps the pace of the story brisk. Many times however I fi ...

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Family Plot

When Lady Julia Fieldhurst is banished by her late husband's family (along with her three nephews), she wasn't expecting to stumble upon a body on the beach. Luckily, the body in question survives, but this leads to a new conundrum - is this truly the long lost daughter of the local Laird? Or is she ...

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A Grave Matter

This is the third in Anna Lee Huber’s series of romantic mysteries set in 19th century Scotland and it’s a highly satisfying read on both counts. Lady Keira Darby is the widow of a renowned physician and anatomist who married her solely for her talents as an artist. Too tight-fis ...

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Murder at Westminster Abbey

If you've read many of my reviews and blogs, you've probably figured out that I love historical romance and historical fiction. Even though I have fewer go-to authors in historical mystery, that's a genre I tend to love as well, and if Murder at Westminster Abbey is anything to go by, I just may ha ...