Historical Mystery

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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 ...

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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 ...