Historical Mystery

B+
A Dangerous Collaboration

Like many a fan of Deanna Raybourn’s series of Victorian-set historical mysteries starring the intrepid lady lepidopterist, Veronica Speedwell, I’m as much drawn to the complicated relationship established between Veronica and her delicious partner-in-crime, Revelstoke Templeton-Vane (Stoker), a ...

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Beneath a Silent Moon

Note: This review contains slight spoilers for earlier books in the series. If you've not been reading Tracy Grant, you really have been missing out. Her Rannoch/Fraser series of romantic suspense features a compelling relationship, fascinating characters and worldbuilding that I just love. If yo ...

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City of Secrets

I don't usually gravitate toward historical mysteries, not because that I dislike them exactly, but the few I’ve read have left me feeling vaguely unsatisfied. Still, when I first heard about Victoria Thompson's Counterfeit Lady series with its con artist heroine, I decided to give it a try. Fortu ...

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Nobody's Sweetheart Now

Set primarily in the English Countryside in the summer of 1924,  Nobody’s Sweetheart Now is the first in Maggie Robinson’s new series of Lady Adelaide Mysteries. A forward-thinking woman in the 1920s, a proper but swoon-worthy police inspector, a hint of the paranormal, and the little dog too, ...

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A Dangerous Duet

In her latest historical mystery, A Dangerous Duet, author Karen Odden takes us into the passionate heart of music and introduces a young woman so determined to play it that she puts herself at great risk. To earn enough money to attend the Royal Academy of Music, the quite talented Elinor – Ne ...

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Uneasy Lies the Crown

Uneasy Lies the Crown is the thirteenth book in Tasha Alexander’s series of historical mysteries featuring Lady Emily Hargreaves and her husband, the dashing Lord Colin, agent of the crown. I knew this before going in and decided to give it a go anyway, so it’s entirely possible that fans who ha ...

B+
The Vanishing Box

The popular teaming of cool minded inspector General Edgar Stephens and his best friend, the old-school magician Max “Mephisto” Miller continues with this fourth volume, The Vanishing Box, set in 1953 during the Christmas season. Max and his daughter (who is also his assistant) Ruby are curre ...

B+
Treacherous is the Night

Treacherous is the Night is the second book in Anna Lee Huber’s latest series of post-WW1 historical mysteries featuring former secret service agent Verity Kent.  The events of this story unfold just a few weeks after those of the previous book, This Side of Murder, and if you’ve not read that, ...

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The Hollow of Fear

It seems that my reaction, whenever I finish one of Sherry Thomas’ Lady Sherlock books, is forever destined to be one of complete awe as I sit stunned, with my brain trying to catch up while I’m also trying to scrape my jaw up off the floor.  I’m not sure I’m capable of forming whole senten ...

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Frost Fair

Like many romance readers, we were quite saddened to learn of the death of Edith Layton in 2009. She had a remarkable voice that was gone from us too soon. However, her daughter has been working hard not only to see her backlist republished digitally, but to publish new work as well. Frost Fair i ...