Historical Mysteries and Thrillers

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

Review of The Texas Job by Reavis Z Wortham – coming soon

I’m predisposed to be a big fan of historical mysteries set in unusual places or times, and The Texas Job qualifies on both counts – I’m definitely unaware of any other mysteries set in the 1930-ish early days of the East Texas oil boom!  Reavis Z Wortham’s prequel (of sorts) to his Red River series …

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Review of Shadow of Spain by Fiona Buckley – coming soon

Another wonderful historical novel from Fiona Buckley… Shadow of Spain is the twentieth in Fiona Buckley’s wonderful Ursula Blanchard series, which is (full disclosure) one of my favorite mystery series.  So I was very happy to receive an advance copy of this soon-to-be-published title to review.  And Shadow is a great addition to the series.   …

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Review of The Mirror Dance by Catriona McPherson – recently published

A nice mystery and great historical background…. I had read several early titles in Catriona McPherson’s Dandy Gilver series back in “real paperback book” days, and remember them fondly.   However during my transition to reading e-books almost exclusively, I had somehow kind of lost track of this series.   So I was happy to be offered …

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Review of The Return of the Pharaoh by Nicholas Meyer – coming soon

Holmes and Watson in Egypt – what a treat… Nicholas Meyer has been “editing” the posthumous memoirs of John H Watson, MD, for decades, albeit rather sporadically, starting with The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, which came out in 1974, and won a Gold Dagger Award.   Now he’s come out with a fifth rip-roaring Holmes and Watson tale, …

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Review of Mrs Hudson and the Blue Daisy Affair by Martin Davies – coming soon

What a fun, fun book… The Sherlock Holmes stories were some of the first mysteries I graduated to after Encyclopedia Brown and Nancy Drew, and I loved them.  But I’ve always felt that a lot of Holmes pastiches (Laurie R King’s Mary Russell series aside) fall a little flat.    So I was very pleasantly surprised …

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A review of A Darker Reality by Anne Perry – out today

Elena visits Washington DC… A Darker Reality is the third book in Anne Perry’s still young Elena Standish series, and I hope there are many more to come.   Elena is the child of a British diplomat and his American wife, whose parents, Wyatt and Dorothy Baylor, are a wealthy and connected couple with a large …

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Review of The Man Who Wasn’t There by Henrietta Hamilton – just published

Light and fun… In my last review of a Henrietta Hamilton book, I expressed hope that Agora Books would continue re-issuing her books.   And not only have they done so, they’ve even managed to acquire the rights to some of her previously unpublished books, including this one, The Man Who Wasn’t There, which is part …

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Review of Answer in the Negative by Henrietta Hamilton – recently republished

An enjoyable classic British mystery… Agora Books makes a business of re-issuing older British mysteries, such as Answer in the Negative, which was originally published in 1959.   Although I had never heard of Henrietta Hamilton before being offered an ARC of this title, I tend to like the sort of mysteries where the detectives, whether …

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