Historical Mystery

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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 ...

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The Last Protector

The Last Protector is the fourth book in Andrew Taylor’s series of historical mysteries featuring James Marwood and Cat Lovett.  The majority of the historical mysteries I read (and that are published) are set in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, so I really like the fact that this series ...

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A Study in Murder

Bestselling historical romance author Callie Hutton makes a memorable cozy mystery debut with A Study in Murder (book one in the Victorian Book Club Mysteries). Hutton succeeds in crafting a compelling murder mystery featuring a captivating, fabulous woman detective that hooks readers with clever hu ...

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The Body in the Garden

I’ve read many historical mysteries this past year. Many have been awesome, some not so great. The Body in the Garden rates somewhere in between - a well-written mystery with clever twists but a little too slow-paced for my taste, and featuring a heroine I never warmed to. Lily Adler, a widow o ...

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A Stroke of Malice

Anna Lee Huber continues to deliver intriguing whodunits in A Stroke of Malice, the eighth book in the A Lady Darby Mystery series. I will go further and suggest that this may be the best book of the series so far! Lady Darby (Kiera Gage) and her husband and inquiry agent Sebastian Gage are enjoy ...

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Who Speaks for the Damned

Who Speaks for the Damned is book fifteen in C.S. Harris’ series of historical mysteries featuring aristocratic sleuth, Sebastian St. Cyr, and could, at a pinch, be read as a standalone.  While earlier books in the series featured a long-running plotline concerning Sebastian’s his search for th ...

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A Murderous Relation

Take Veronica and Stoker’s steamy attraction, add an engrossing mystery, and you’ve got another hit in the Veronica Speedwell series. A Murderous Relation starts off where A Dangerous Collaboration ends - right after Stoker has uttered the words “Veronica Speedwell, I meant it then and I m ...

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Above the Bay of Angels

A weak mystery and problematic history made Above the Bay of Angels my most difficult read of 2020 (so far). While I’ve loved previous novels by Rhys Bowen, this book was an absolute struggle to get through. Bella (Isabella) Waverly’s childhood is idyllic. Her father is an aristocrat estrange ...

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Cartier's Hope

I've been meaning to pick up one of M.J. Rose’s novels for the past couple of years, but I always seemed to get distracted by other books. But when I learned her latest novel, Cartier's Hope, was set in early 1900's New York, I moved it to the top of my TBR list, and I'm so glad I did! Vera Gar ...