Category: Mystery or Suspense Elements

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 Unnatural 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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This Side of Murder (Verity Kent #1) by Anna Lee Huber

Purchase Now from Amazon England, 1919. Verity Kent’s grief over the loss of her husband pierces anew when she receives a cryptic letter, suggesting her beloved Sidney may have committed treason before his untimely death. Determined to dull her pain with revelry, Verity’s first impulse is to dismiss the derogatory claim. But the mystery sender knows too much—including the fact...

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SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT: A Secret Engagement (House of Caruthers Book 2) by Sarah Richmond

Purchase Now from Amazon Edmund Caruthers, London barrister and gentleman, defies his father and his class to represent the poor. With few paying customers, he struggles financially. He’s frustrated his betrothed won’t set a date to marry him. Dolly Wycliffe dreams of becoming a famous milliner. She loves Edmund, but the life of a society matron isn’t for her. Edmund’s...

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A Conspiracy in Belgravia (Lady Sherlock #2) by Sherry Thomas

Purchase Now from Amazon Being shunned by Society gives Charlotte Holmes the time and freedom to put her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. As “Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective,” aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, she’s had great success helping with all manner of inquiries, but she’s not prepared for the new client who arrives at her Upper Baker...

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