Historical Mystery

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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-fisted to pay for ...

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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 ...

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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 ...