British · Female sleuth · Historical · Mystery

Death Below Stairs (Kat Holloway Mysteries #1)

★★★★★ By Jennifer Ashley Victorian class lines are crossed when cook Kat Holloway is drawn into a murder that reaches all the way to the throne. Highly sought-after young cook Kat Holloway takes a position in a Mayfair mansion and soon finds herself immersed in the odd household of Lord Rankin. Kat is unbothered by… Continue reading Death Below Stairs (Kat Holloway Mysteries #1)

3 stars · Contemporary · Female sleuth · Mystery

The Book Club Murders (Oakwood Mystery #1)

★★★ By Leslie Nagel In a charming cozy mystery series debut, Leslie Nagel’s irrepressible small-town heroine finds that her fellow mystery book club members may be taking their Agatha Christie a bit too literally—and murder a bit too lightly. Charley Carpenter has poured heart and soul into her clothing store, Old Hat Vintage Fashions. She’ll… Continue reading The Book Club Murders (Oakwood Mystery #1)

5 stars · British · Contemporary · Female sleuth · Mystery

Cruel Winter (County Cork #5)

★★★★★ By Sheila Connolly Snow is a rarity in Maura Donovan’s small village in County Cork, Ireland, so she wasn’t sure what to expect when a major snowstorm rolled in around Sullivan’s pub. But now she’s stranded in a bar full of patrons–and a suspected killer in a long-ago murder. Maura’s been in Ireland less… Continue reading Cruel Winter (County Cork #5)

5 stars · Mystery

Miraculous Mysteries: Locked Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes

★★★★★ By ed. by Martin Edwards Impossible crime stories have been relished by puzzle-lovers ever since the invention of detective fiction. Fiendishly intricate cases were particularly well suited to the cerebral type of detective story that became so popular during the ‘golden age of murder’ between the two world wars. But the tradition goes back… Continue reading Miraculous Mysteries: Locked Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes

5 stars · British · Historical · Mystery · Uncategorized

The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes

★★★★★ By Lyndsay Faye Internationally bestselling author Lyndsay Faye was introduced to the Sherlock Holmes mysteries when she was ten years old and her dad suggested she read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story “The Adventure of the Speckled Band.” She immediately became enamored with tales of Holmes and his esteemed biographer Dr. John Watson,… Continue reading The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes

4 stars · 5 stars · Female sleuth · Historical · Mystery · Severn House

Fool’s Gold (Liberty Lane, #8)

★★★★½ By Caro Peacock September, 1841. A new arrival has taken London society by storm. Lord Byron’s handsome illegitimate son, George, recently arrived from the exotic island of Cephalonia in the company of his guardian, the mysterious Mr Vickery, has been setting female hearts aflutter. But not all the attention George attracts is welcome. Mr… Continue reading Fool’s Gold (Liberty Lane, #8)

3 stars · British · Female sleuth · Historical · Mystery · Severn House

The Heretic’s Creed (Ursula Blanchard #14)

★★★ By Fiona Buckley Ursula Blanchard must acquire a mysterious medieval manuscript in the latest enthralling historical adventure.” “February, 1577. ” Sir William Cecil has a dangerous new mission for Ursula Blanchard. He has asked her to visit Stonemoor House on the bleak Yorkshire moors, the home of a group of recusant women led by… Continue reading The Heretic’s Creed (Ursula Blanchard #14)