Historical Mystery

B+
City of Scoundrels

In this third installment in her Counterfeit Lady series, Victoria Thompson continues the story of con-woman-turned-society-lady Elizabeth Miles, a self-reliant young woman determined to right some of the wrongs society has done to others of her sex. This is not my favorite book in the series, but i ...

B
Penny for Your Secrets

Note: This title is part of an ongoing series featuring the same characters, so there will be spoilers for the previous books in this review. This third book in Anna Lee Huber’s series of mysteries featuring the intrepid Verity Kent sees our eponymous heroine and her recently returned husband S ...

B
A Cruel Deception

Fans of historical mysteries who have not yet read the Bess Crawford series by the writing duo known as Charles Todd should do so immediately.  Set during the peace accords in France following WWI, A Cruel Deception (the eleventh in the series) finds Bess stepping away from her nursing duties to do ...

B-
Who's Sorry Now?

Adelaide (Addie) Compton is back, and so is her dead husband, Rupert, who is still her guardian angel, searching for the right deed that will get him through the Pearly Gates and into the good graces of The Fellow Upstairs.  They continue to struggle with this as Adelaide struggles to enjoy a good ...

A-
The Art of Theft

The Art of Theft is the eagerly awaited fourth book in Sherry Thomas’ superb series of historical mysteries starring Charlotte Holmes, a most unusual young woman whose keen, logical mind and incredible deductive skills would have been completely disregarded in Victorian England had she not invente ...

B
A Golden Grave

In A Golden Grave, Erin Lindsey has crafted a novel that is mystery, romance, paranormal, and history lesson all in one. A few months before the story begins, Rose Gallagher was a poor Irish maid in the household of Thomas Wiltshire. After helping to solve the mystery of Thomas’ kidnap in the prev ...

B+
Murder at Kensington Palace

In Murder at Kensington Palace, the third book in Andrea Penrose’s Wrexford and Sloane series, the author once again sets an intriguing, well-conceived mystery against the backdrop of the scientific discovery and innovation taking place during the Regency era while also continuing to explore the s ...

B+
Nobody's Sweetheart Now

If you have any kind of fondness for Nick and Nora Charles, then you’re probably going to get a kick out of Maggie Robinson’s Lady Adelaide  series of cozy mysteries. If you try not to picture Adelaide as Carole Lombard,  you won’t be able to avoid it! Lady Adelaide Compton is in a bit of ...

C+
Midnight on the River Grey

I enjoy a good romantic suspense story, and when this title appeared with its hint of classic Gothic romance from a well-known Christian publisher, I was intrigued. Although Midnight on the River Grey is classed by online retailers as a Christian mystery, the book is a sweet romantic mystery with no ...

A
Lady in the Lake

In Lady in the Lake, Laura Lippman sweeps readers back in time to 1960s Baltimore, where the body of a young, African-American woman is found floating in a lake. No one seems to know who she is, nor do they seem all that interested in finding out, so housewife-turned-reporter Maddie Schwartz decides ...