Historical Mystery

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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 ...

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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 ...