Historical Mysteries and Thrillers

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

Review of A Desperate Undertaking by Lindsey Davis – recently published

A bit disappointing… I have been a big fan of Lindsey Davis’ original Falco series and spin-off Flavia Albia books for years.   I’ve enjoyed Falco’s snark, Helena Justina’s class, Falco and Helena Justina’s odd and happy partnership, Falco’s odder and somewhat hapless family, Helena Justina’s almost as hapless brothers, Flavia Albia’s own style of snark, …

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A review of Golden Cargoes by Fiona Buckley – recently published

Ursula Blanchard is still at the top of her game… In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve been a fan of Fiona Buckley’s Ursula Blanchard series for years – and years – and years.   And Golden Cargoes exemplifies what I like most about the series:  Buckley’s ability to craft an engaging tale in a detailed …

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Review of Unnatural Ends by Christopher Huang – coming in January 2023

Christopher Huang has written a thoroughly enjoyable, slightly gothic, Golden-Age style mystery, set in an appropriately spooky Norman-era manor on the edge of the North Yorkshire moors.   Readers are introduced to the three main characters (Sir Lawrence Linwood’s children) while they are young, in a prologue set a decade or so before World War I, …

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review of The Lady with the Gun Asks the Questions by Kerry Greenwood – coming soon

Simply fun… It’s hard to say which is more enjoyable – Kerry Greenwood’s note at the beginning of this collection of short stories, letting readers in on how she “discovered” The Honourable Phryne Fisher, or the short stories themselves.   Both are delightful.    And I was amused to find that the author thinks of Phryne as …

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Review of Blackout by Simon Scarrow – recently published

Author Simon Scarrow has written a taut and enjoyable mystery, set in Berlin during the ice-cold winter of 1939-40.  Although much better known for his Eagles of the Empire series, which takes place during the first-century AD, Scarrow moves to “recent past history” with no apparent effort or problems.   And he also transitions smoothly to …

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Review of The Physicists’ Daughter by Mary Anna Evans – coming in early June

A wonderful historical mystery in an unusual setting… Mary Anna Evans has written a wonderful historical mystery, set in an intriguing time and place.  Most World War II books are set in Europe, or the Pacific Islands, or Asia, where the active fighting took place. Evans, however, has chosen to tell her tale in the …

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Review of Murder at Westminster by Magda Alexander – recently published

A fun historical cozy, with a few serious moments… I’m a big fan of historical mysteries, so I was happy to have a chance to read a review copy of Murder at Westminster.  And, even though reading the second book in a series first can sometimes be a bit problematic, I really enjoyed it.  Murder …

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Review of Wedded Spirits by Alice Duncan – coming soon

Another fun Daisy Gumm Majesty mystery, with just a bit of bite… Wedded Spirits is the seventeenth in the Daisy Gumm Majesty series, which I’ve been quite fond of over the years.   And Wedded Spirits, which will be coming out on April 5, is a fun addition to the series, albeit with occasional serious moments.    …

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