Historical Mystery

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The Corset

Laura Purcell first came to my attention as the author of a couple of very fine pieces of historical fiction, and earlier this year, I awarded her fabulous, spooky supernatural/gothic mystery The Silent Companions DIK status and gushed about it to everyone who crossed my path!  I’ve been waiting ...

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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 ...

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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 ...