Category: Mystery or Suspense Elements

SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT: The Pursuit of Mrs. Pennyworth by Callie Hutton

From USA Today Bestselling Author Callie Hutton is a new captivating and suspenseful historical romance… Recently widowed, Charlotte Pennyworth is relishing her independence and it rankles to have to rely on a man to help her with an increasingly sinister stalker. Former Yardman, Elliot Baker, is reluctant to take on Charlotte’s case but despite himself and his history with woman,...

RETRO REVIEW: Written on Your Skin by Meredith Duran

Review by Hollis Jade Written on Your Skin might only be my second read by this author but it was a book that I was hugely anticipating after my first experience with her work, some general hype, and a relentless ‘do not put this book off’ recommendation by a buddy; so my expectations were rather off the charts. And for...

The Darkling Bride by Laura Andersen

The Gallagher family has called Deeprath Castle home for seven hundred years. Nestled in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland, the estate is now slated to become a public trust, and book lover and scholar Carragh Ryan is hired to take inventory of its historic library. But after meeting Aidan, the current Viscount Gallagher, and his enigmatic family, Carragh knows that...

A Treacherous Curse (Veronica Speedwell #3) by Deanna Raybourn

Review by Em Note:  This review contains spoilers for earlier books in the series. In A Treacherous Curse, Deanna Raybourn continues to detail the adventurous lives of heroine Veronica Speedwell, a professional lepidopterist, and her associate the Honorable Revelstoke (“Stoker”) Templeton-Vane, a scientist and natural historian.  If you are new to the series, you will be lost starting with this...

Death Below Stairs (Kat Holloway #1) by Jennifer Ashley

Review by Jenny Q Given the popularity of contemporary food-themed mystery series, it’s about time someone brought that trend to historical fiction. As a big fan of Jennifer Ashley’s MacKenzie & McBrides historical romance series, I had high hopes for Death Below Stairs, and I was not disappointed! I do recommend you begin with the novella that kicks this series...

The English Wife by Lauren Willig

Review by Em The English Wife presents a unique reviewing challenge.  A brilliant murder mystery, it’s difficult to review without spoiling its many secrets.  And because much of the terrible pleasure of this novel lies in the painstakingly slow revelation of these secrets, I can only very generally touch on the events at its heart.  But The English Wife is...

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SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT: Surrendering the Past (The Granville Legacy Series Book 1) by Pamela Lynne

Purchase Now from Amazon In a world of honor and obligation, falling in love can be a dangerous game. Captain Richard Granville has returned to London after serving the Crown in perilous missions fighting Napoleon’s army. Bone weary and distrustful of all around him, the captivating Jane Dawson awakens his long dormant desire for more than a solitary existence. When...

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SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT: Brambles and Thorns by Jocelyn Kirk

Purchase Now from Amazon Elena Bellwood’s life is thrown into chaos when her mother dies and leaves her penniless. She is forced to move from her beloved home in New York City to live with an aunt in Connecticut—an aunt she never knew existed. During her journey north, she meets Benjamin Garrick, a blunt-spoken gentleman with a strange hobby. Against...

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SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT: Murder in the Forbidden City (Qing Dynasty Mysteries #1) by Amanda Roberts

Purchase Now from Amazon Peking, 1867 When one of the Empress’s ladies-in-waiting is killed in the Forbidden City, she orders Inspector Gong to find the killer. Unfortunately, as a man, he is forbidden from entering the Inner Court. How is he supposed to solve a murder when he cannot visit the scene of the crime or talk to the women...

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An Unsuitable Heir (Sins of the Cities #3) by K.J. Charles

Purchase Now from Amazon On the trail of an aristocrat’s secret son, enquiry agent Mark Braglewicz finds his quarry in a music hall, performing as a trapeze artist with his twin sister. Graceful, beautiful, elusive, and strong, Pen Starling is like nobody Mark’s ever met—and everything he’s ever wanted. But the long-haired acrobat has an earldom and a fortune to...

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