Historical Mystery

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Mortal Arts

There is something about a well-done mystery that grabs the reader, regardless of whether or not you are a mystery lover. I am not a mystery lover. That being said, I love Sherlock Holmes (kind of the ultimate detective, yeah?), I love the Lady Julia series by Deanna Raybourn, and I love Laurie R. K ...

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Murder at Hatfield House

There was a reason that Queen Mary received the sobriquet Bloody Mary and it is that she instigated the ruthless, violent treatment of her subjects. Elizabeth, her half-sister, seemed the only hope of a people plagued by religious persecution. But Elizabeth’s rise to the throne was fraught with pe ...

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Leaving Everything Most Loved

Anyone who has ever been on a diet knows the truth. Saying no to yourself is far, far harder than saying yes. Most of us grant little indulgences to ourselves every day. But what happens when the small indulgences turn into big desires? What do we do when something that will change our life becomes ...

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An Inquiry into Love and Death

An Inquiry into Love and Death is a mystery/ghost story set in 1924 England - perhaps capitalizing on Downton Abbey's popularity. But if we have Downton to thank for the fact that we now find a new period of history interesting (and therefore marketable), then thank God for it. Ji ...

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Death in the Floating City

I’ve been a fan of Tasha Alexander’s Lady Emily series since Emily’s first appearance in And Only to Deceive. Emily has gone through a lot of changes and solved many mysteries since then. The latest entry finds Lady Emily and her husband Colin in Venice to investigate a recent murder. However, ...

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Tainted Innocence

Great worldbuilding is the kind of thing that makes a reader hopeful. After all, if the world a story inhabits feels real and intriguing, the story itself just might have some of that magic, too. However, without a polished story, a fascinating world isn't enough on its own and that ended up being t ...

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Babes in Tinseltown

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For once, the cover conveys it perfectly. Do the pastels make you think light and frothy? You’d be right, but skew it over to superficial, and it would be bang on. As much as I wanted to like Ms. South’s 1930s-set mystery, I found it clichéd, indecisive, and one-dimensional – which, I migh ...

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Death Comes to Pemberley

Like many romance readers, I can’t get enough of Elizabeth, Darcy, Jane, and Mr. Bingley. However, unlike many romance readers, I haven’t fallen prey to the seemingly endless supply of Pride and Prejudice sequels. Until P.D. James, one of my favorite modern authors, tried her hand at it, that is ...

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Maisie Dobbs

I really enjoy stories set during World War I and afterward, and am always looking for new ones. One day at the library, I saw a book on display titled Maisie Dobbs. The cover picture featured a young woman wearing a cloche hat, and the blurb promised an interesting story. I checked it out and ended ...

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A Man in Uniform

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One of the great things about suspense novels is that they are primarily a duel of wits. While technology may - I should say always does - change, the heart of crime solving remains outwitting the criminal. It has been awhile since I've read a novel that wasn't caught up in what technology could and ...