Historical Mystery

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Island of the Mad

I’ve been a huge fan of the Mary Russell series since The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, which came out almost twenty-five years ago. After fourteen books, and five novellas, Mary Russell’s world is well developed, and definitely something I can highly recommend to historical mystery fans. While I en ...

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A Forgotten Place

A Forgotten Place is the pivotal tenth novel of the Bess Crawford series. Set in the months immediately following WWI, this book places army nurse Bess in one of her most chilling adventures yet. Because these mysteries are heavily character driven and the character building takes place across all t ...

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The Glass Ocean

After reading and absolutely loving both Lauren Willig's The English Wife and Beatriz Williams' The Summer Wives, I was thrilled to see these two authors teaming up with Karen White, whose books have routinely been some of my favorites. I'm normally a little leery of author mashups like this, since ...

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Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

Lady Georgiana cannot believe her good fortune. At last she’s going to marry Darcy! The invitations have been sent: at 2 pm, Saturday, 27th July, at The Church of the Immaculate Conception in Mayfair, she’ll wed the Honorable Darcy Byrne O’Mara. Georgiana is staying with her friend Princess Zo ...

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Scandal Above Stairs

Scandal Above Stairs, the second book in Jennifer Ashley’s series of historical mysteries featuring the no-nonsense cook, Kat Ashley, takes place a few months after the events of book one, Death Below Stairs, and sees our intrepid heroine once again embroiled in the search for a killer, aided by h ...

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The Golden Hairpin

There are a lot of historical mysteries on the market these days, but not so many set in ancient China. And of those, how many, in English, were originally written by a Chinese author for a Chinese audience? The Golden Hairpin by Qinghan CeCe, originally written in 2015 and translated into English j ...

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Why Kill the Innocent

C.S. Harris has maintained a consistently high standard throughout her long-running Sebastian St. Cyr series of historical mysteries, but the last two or three books, in particular, have been outstanding - which is quite remarkable when one considers that this latest instalment, Why Kill the Innocen ...

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To Die But Once

Long series and I are not friends. I tend to prefer story arcs that have a definite end because I’ve found that most which don’t wind up having a great beginning but increasingly weak novels as the series continues into infinity. Some writers rise above that though and Jacqueline Winspear is one ...

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Murder at Half Moon Gate

Murder at Half Moon Gate is the second book in Andrea Penrose’s series of historical mysteries featuring the scandalous but scientifically-minded Earl of Wrexford and Mrs. Charlotte Sloane, otherwise known as A.J. Quill, London’s premier satirical cartoonist.  In Murder on Black Swan Lane, Wrex ...

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The Broken Girls

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James: A Roundtable Discussion Simone St. James is well-loved by the staff here at AAR, so we have been eagerly anticipating her new book. The Broken Girls is a dual-timeline story centered around a boarding school for the teenaged girls society has turned its back ...