Something Sinister by Olivier Bosman
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Something Sinister by Olivier Bosman

I really enjoy Victorian mysteries, so was pleased to accept a copy of this book from the author.  I should note first off that this is the third book in the D.S. Billings Victorian Mystery series, and I much prefer to read a series in order, but was willing to read Book 3 on the … Continue reading

A Lady in the Smoke by Karen Odden
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A Lady in the Smoke by Karen Odden

Readers of Anne Perry will enjoy this mystery set in Victorian England.  It’s a mystery that concentrates more on social and historical issues of the time, in this case railroad safety.  The characters are interesting and the story is fast-paced and engaging. Set in the 1870’s, Elizabeth Fraser is returning home from her “Fourth Season” … Continue reading

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
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A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

If you’ve finished the Lady Julia Grey series, you’ll be excited about this new series by Deanna Raybourn. Raybourn seems to have started three other series in the last few years (A Blade of Summer Grass, City of Jasmine, and Night of a Thousand Stars), so I’m not quite sure if this one will stick. … Continue reading

The Constable’s Tale by Donald Smith
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The Constable’s Tale by Donald Smith

If you’re interested in historical fiction set in Colonial America, this was a great read. It blends history, mystery, and interesting characters. Even better, this is a travel story as well, winding from North Carolina all the way to Quebec. I love when reading coincides with life, and this book was a happy surprise. Last … Continue reading

The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan
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The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Mysteries are a perfect genre for informing readers about difficult political or historical issues. The Unquiet Dead is a perfect example. It begins with a case about a Canadian man who falls off a cliff. But it delves into much more sensitive matter when it’s discovered that the dead man is actually a war criminal … Continue reading

Snow White Red-Handed by Maia Chance
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Snow White Red-Handed by Maia Chance

This was a fun book that combines a 19th century mystery with fairy tale folklore and a good dose of modern-day snark. Ophelia and Prudence are friends traveling to Europe for an acting job. Along the way, they lose their jobs and lie their way into maid positions with Mrs. Coop, who has a castle … Continue reading