Historical Mystery

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A Mischief in the Snow

In the first book of the Braceridge series, the victim died by spontaneously combusting. It's a method that immediately piqued the reader's interest, which was further held by a well-written plot. In this, the fourth in the series, the murder method isn't nearly as intriguing and sadly, neither is t ...

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Die Upon a Kiss

Barbara Hambly’s first mystery set in antebellum New Orleans, A Free Man of Color, has a prominent place on my keeper shelf. Though I haven’t read the intervening several books in the series I was eager to review the latest installment, Die Upon a Kiss. Benjamin January is an ...

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One O'Clock Jump

Tom Brokaw's bestseller The Greatest Generation made a lot of people nostalgic for the WWII era. Certainly, Brokaw's book didn't sugar-coat things, but people's memories do. The problem with nostalgia is that we only tend to dwell on the heroic, adventurous aspects of a time, and forget about the da ...

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The Tidal Poole

Many books (some of them mysteries) are set in Elizabethan England but there aren't any others that can claim to have Queen Elizabeth herself doing the investigating. What amazed me in Karen Harper's first historical mystery, The Poyson Garden and this one, is that Elizabeth's sleuthing actually m ...

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Queen's Ransom

I was almost disappointed that I enjoyed this book so much because it means that I have yet another series to follow! This is the fourth book featuring Elizabethan spy Ursula Blanchard as the heroine, but not having read the first three books did not present a problem for me, other than making me wa ...

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Deadly Love

B.D. Joyce is the pseudonym adopted by Brenda Joyce for her new series of historical mysteries set in turn of the century New York City. Such a pseudonym might invite comparisons to Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb and the similarities go beyond the name. Deadly Love sets up Francesca Cahill, a wealthy reform ...

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No Dark Place

Mysteries provide a pleasant change of pace for me, and this one was refreshing in setting, plot and characterizations. The book has enough medieval flavor to demonstrate the author's research, but does not overwhelm the story. Hugh Corbaille was orphaned at the age of seven and ta ...

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The Poisoned Serpent

The Poisoned Serpent is the second book in a series of medieval mysteries written by Joan Wolf, who is well-known in romance circles both for her Regency Romances and for regency-set historicals. I enjoy a good mystery now and then, and I've read a couple of Margaret Fraser's medieval mysteries, in ...

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The Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Mysteries

I love the Victorian period dearly. To me it is one of the most interesting of all times. My favorite series of books that take place in this dynamic age are the mysteries featuring Thomas Pitt and his wife Charlotte, written by Anne Perry. These are not only excellent mysteries, but insightful s ...

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A Breach of Promise

A Breach of Promise is the ninth book featuring William Monk, Hester Latterly and Sir Oliver Rathbone. Those of us that have been waiting, not so patiently, for some kind of resolution between Hester, Monk, and Rathbone, good news, the wait is over! However, I am not going to spoil the surprise for ...