Historical Mystery

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Dark Road to Darjeeling

Filled with complex adult characters, beautifully evocative prose, and an intriguing mystery, the latest entry in the Lady Julia Grey series does not disappoint. If you’re a fan of historical mysteries with a strong romantic thread, I highly recommend you read Silent in the Grave, the first book i ...

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Bellfield Hall, or the Observations of Miss Dido Kent

Bellfield Hall by Anna Dean is the first installment in a new series of historical mysteries set in the Regency period, with a spinster as amateur sleuth. I am a sucker for this setup; so once I had read about this book’s existence, I had to get it. Fortunately, I was not disappointed. ...

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The Ninth Daughter

The Colonial/Revolutionary Period seems to be enjoying a resurgence - in fiction, if not in romance. That's where I'm getting my fix these days. The Ninth Daughter is the first in a mystery series featuring Abigail Adams as a sleuth. It kind of seems like a bad idea, and it is. Granted, I am probab ...

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And Only to Deceive

And Only to Deceive is the first entry in Tasha Alexander’s Victorian era suspense/mystery series featuring Lady Emily Ashton. Since it came out in 2005, I have read it at least once a year. I absolutely adore this book. Lady Emily Ashton’s husband Philip died one year earlie ...

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Silent on the Moor

Note: This review contains series spoilers. We get many review submissions here at AAR and sometimes a book will slip under the radar of both reviewers and readers and, with a series this good, that's almost a crime. I discovered Deanna Raybourn’s Silent series late last year and quickly read ...

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A Dead Bore

A Dead Bore is anything but. The second installment in Sheri Cobb South’s John Pickett mysteries is a sweet story filled with humor, emotion and endearing characters. Julia, Lady Fieldhurst needs to escape London for a while in wake of the scandal of her newly dead husband (see: In Milady’s C ...

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The Bone Garden

The Bone Garden was my book club book this month, and since Tess Gerritsen got her start in romance, I thought it might hold some interest for romance fans. Indeed, it has some romantic elements, but oddly, those are the book's weaker elements; its medical and historical aspects are better written a ...

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Mistress of the Art of Death

A variety of reasons compelled me to buy Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin. One, I love the historical novels she has written as Diana Norman, with Shores of Darkness being by absolute favorite. Two, my sister lived in Cambridge for four years, and any novel set in Cambridge arouses my ...

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The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte

Jane Austen has turned detective, so have Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde (courtesy to Stephanie Barron, William J. Palmer and Gyles Brandreth, respectively). Why not Charlotte Brontë? The author of The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Brontë, Laura Joh Rowland, is best known for the Sano Ichiro mys ...

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Crocodile on the Sandbank

I first read Crocodile on the Sandbank more than 20 years ago, and fell in love with Amelia Peabody, Emerson, and the rest of the gang. I've thought fondly of the book ever since, but managed to forget the title and the author. Finally, in 2002 I did some searches on the web and discovered not only ...