Historical Mysteries and Thrillers

Historical mysteries and thrillers ranging from pre-history to the mid 1900s (plus or minus); includes Golden Age

Two historical mysteries by Joan Wolf are on sale right now in the US

Joan Wolf is one of my favorite Regency romance authors, but she also wrote two medieval mysteries many years ago. Now both are on sale for $1.99 in the US, and discountable at Kobo. There are definitely romance elements in them, but I think of them more as mysteries, and SYKM lists them too. I […]

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Two fun Manning Coles books are now available as ebooks

I’ve long been quite fond of the four humorous/ghostly mysteries by Manning Coles – a pen name for Cyril Henry Coles and A.K.O. (Adelaide Frances Oke) Manning. Three of them are the books in the too-short James and Charles Latimer series, and one is a stand-alone. They’ve been on my “wish they were e-books” list

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A review of The Bitter Past by Bruce Borgos, coming on July 18

A compelling mix of spy thriller and mystery… Long ago, on a pre-pandemic trip to Las Vegas, my husband and I visited the National Atomic Testing Museum, which showcases the history of the dawn of the nuclear age and the bomb tests that occurred at the nearby Nevada Test Site.   Although going to a museum

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A review of The Traitor Beside Her by Mary Anna Evans – published today

The Physicists’ Daughter was one of my four or five most favorite mysteries of 2022, so I’ve been eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series, The Traitor Beside Her.   And it doesn’t disappoint! All of the same elements that I loved in the first book are still there in this one, however

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Review of The Starlet Letter by Julie Mathison – out tomorrow

A fun YA mystery that’s good for adults too… I hadn’t realized that The Starlet Letter was a young adult mystery when I requested a review copy.  But that didn’t really matter too much – it was still a fun mystery with an engaging pair of protagonists, and a really nicely developed historical background.   Vivian

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A review of The Net of Steel by Fiona Buckley – coming soon

It’s hard to believe that The Net of Steel is Fiona Buckley’s twenty-second Ursula Blanchard (now Ursula Stannard) mystery, and the series is still going strong.    And in fact, it might even be getting better…    As The Net of Steel opens, Ursula faces a number of life’s milestones: her son, Harry, has gotten engaged;

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Heart of the Nile by Will Thomas is out today – a review

Whose mummy was it, and what was inside??? Heart of the Nile is the second book I’ve read in the Cyrus Barker/Thomas Llewelyn series by Will Thomas, and I liked this one a lot too.  (See my earlier review of Lethal Pursuit here.) As Heart opens, Barker and Llewelyn are approached by the wife of Phillip

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A review of Green for Danger by Christianna Brand – coming soon

Nice plot and stylish writing, but I couldn’t get into the characters… It’s unusual to find a murder mystery that is so obviously set during World War II that was also written during the war, rather than after the fighting was over.    And Christianna Brand’s Green for Danger is one of those books.   It was

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A review of The Rewards of Treachery by Rosemary Rowe – coming soon

Now starring Libertus’ son, Junio… Rosemary Rowe’s The Rewards of Treachery is another excellent entry in her Libertus series – although in Treachery, the focus shifts from Libertus, who fled Glevum at the end of the previous book, to Libertus’ adopted son, Junio, who has taken up his father’s mosaic business, and also more-or-less inherited

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