Historical Mystery

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What the Devil Knows

This sixteenth book in C.S Harris’ series of historical mysteries featuring aristocratic sleuth Sebastian St. Cyr is an entertaining page-turner which sees Sebastian investigating a number of particularly gruesome murders in and around London’s East End.  As always with these books, the histori ...

B+
The Consequences of Fear

The Consequences of Fear is the sixteenth novel in the Maisie Dobbs series. This latest volume shows our titular heroine contemplating the vagaries of war-time justice as she tries to find a murderer in an England bombarded with death due to incessant Nazi aggression. While the mystery portion might ...

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An Unexpected Peril

As an avid reader of romance I’d be hard-pressed to pick one hero to spend a lifetime with, but it might well be Revelstoke Templeton-Vane, better known as the hunky, clever, and oh so sensitive and poetic Stoker! You are not among the good that has happened to me. You are the best of all that I ...

B
A Lady Compromised

A Lady Compromised by Darcie Wilde drops the reader solidly into Regency England and the business (and busybody-ness) of a small, countryside town. In this fourth book of the Rosalind Thorne Mysteries, Rosalind is visiting her friend Louisa at Cassel House, ostensibly to help Louisa with wedding pla ...

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The Hidden Moon

Jeannie Lin’s Lotus Palace Mysteries hit a trifecta of unusual setting, richly drawn characters, and engaging plots. The Hidden Moon, book four in this series, continues this record, and I’m happy to be able to recommend it. Who would dare assassinate a chancellor on the very steps of the Ch ...

B+
A Pretty Deceit

The fourth book in Anna Lee Huber’s Verity Kent series follows closely on the heels of the end of the previous novel, Penny for Your Secrets, where some mysteries were solved and some were left for another day. When A Pretty Deceit begins, Verity and her husband Sidney are off to visit Verity’s ...

C+
Murder at Queen's Landing

The fourth book in Andrea Penrose’s series of Regency-era mysteries featuring the Earl of Wrexford and Charlotte Sloane, Murder at Queen’s Landing once again finds our two amateur sleuths drawn into a murder investigation – this time, one that could have far-reaching consequences not just for ...

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Murder on Cold Street

Murder on Cold Street, the fifth book in Sherry Thomas’ acclaimed Lady Sherlock series picks up immediately where the previous book (The Art of Theft) left off, so if you haven’t read it yet, then you might want to wait to read this review until you have.  In fact, there will probably be spoile ...

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The Deadly Hours

The Deadly Hours is a multi-author anthology featuring four new historical novellas which revolve around a watch known as La Sirène. The timepiece, made from gold stolen from a church during a deadly raid, is said to be cursed as a result of the bloodshed surrounding it. But is the artifact truly t ...

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Murder in the East End

I love historical mysteries with a good romance thrown in. That’s why I picked up Murder in the East End to review. But I made a critical error - the historical mysteries that I love are series mysteries that build on the story and add some new information to the character development with each bo ...