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A death in Venice  by Verity Bright

A death in Venice

Verity Bright

"Stunning views across the Grand Canal and a hotel suite fit for royalty... Lady Eleanor Swift is having a jolly good time on her Italian vacation, until a gondola ride is cut murderously short! 1924. Lady Eleanor Swift has been on a grand tour around Italy...

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The missing maid  by Holly Hepburn

The missing maid

Holly Hepburn

"London, 1932. When Harriet White rebuffs the advances of her boss at the Baker Street Building Society, she finds herself demoted to a new position... a very unusual position. Deep in the postal department beneath the bank, she is tasked with working her way...

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Murder on a midsummer night  by Kerry Greenwood

Murder on a midsummer night

Kerry Greenwood

"The Hon. Phryne Fisher, languid and slightly bored at the start of 1929, is engaged to find out if the antique-shop-owning son of a Pre-Raphaelite model has died by homicide or suicide. At the same time she is asked to discover the fate of the lost...

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Nemesis  by Lindsey Davis

Nemesis

Lindsey Davis

"When a pair of his father's associates disappear under suspicious circumstances, informer Marcus Didius Falco of A.D. 77 Rome investigates allegations of a feud involving a group of notorious freedmen, who are receiving high-level protection from corrupt...

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A body at the dance hall  by Marty Wingate

A body at the dance hall

Marty Wingate

"1922. Amateur sleuth Mabel Canning is surrounded by the bright lights of London as she chaperones a young American woman to a dance. But when someone is murdered, a deadly tango begins. Meet plucky woman-about-town Mabel Canning, leader of the London Ladies'...

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Deadly election  by Lindsey Davis

Deadly election

Lindsey Davis

"In the first century A.D., during Domitian's reign, Flavia Albia is ready for a short break from her family. So despite the oppressive July heat, she returns to Rome, leaving them at their place on the coast. Albia, daughter of Marcus Didius Falco, the famed...

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Speculations in sin  by Jennifer Ashley

Speculations in sin

Jennifer Ashley

"To save an innocent man's life, amateur sleuth and cook Kat Holloway must expose a financial scam that could ruin the most powerful aristocrats in Victorian-era London. Kat Holloway is distressed to learn that Samuel Millburn, husband of the woman who looks...

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Moriarty  by Anthony Horowitz

Moriarty

Anthony Horowitz

"Sherlock Holmes is dead. Days after Holmes and his arch-enemy Moriarty fall to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls, Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase arrives from New York. The death of Moriarty has created a poisonous vacuum which has been swiftly filled by a...

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Malice at the palace  by Rhys Bowen

Malice at the palace

Rhys Bowen

"Lady Georgiana Rannoch won't deny that being thirty-fifth in line for the British throne has its advantages. Unfortunately, money isn't one of them. And sometimes making ends meet requires her to investigate a little royal wrongdoing... While my beau Darcy is...

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The Montford Maniac  by M. R. C. (Martin R. C.) Kasasian

The Montford Maniac

M. R. C. (Martin R. C.) Kasasian

"Lady Violet Thorn's awful Aunt Igitha arrives uninvited to stay, wreaking havoc in the household. When Violet plucks up courage to ask her to leave, Igitha's chilling threats are soon realised with deadly effect. In a devastating series of events, a woman is...

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A well-earned death  by L. C. Tyler

A well-earned death

L. C. Tyler

"In 1671 there are fortunes to be made in Barbados, owning slaves and planting sugar cane. But drought, floods, locusts and his own incompetence have brought Hubert Umfraville down and caused him to flee the island in the most humiliating fashion. Now back in...

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Come to kill  by Wendy M. Wilson

Come to kill

Wendy M. Wilson

"He's all that's standing between his family and a hired assassin. And he's unarmed. After Sergeant Frank Hardy watches the invasion of a peaceful Maori village by the Armed Constabulary, with crops destroyed and innocent men imprisoned, he lays down his rifle...

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Queen of hearts  by Rhys Bowen

Queen of hearts

Rhys Bowen

"Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty-fifth in line for the British throne, knows how to play the part of an almost royal--but now she's off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene... My mother,...

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Fatal by design  by Cara Devlin

Fatal by design

Cara Devlin

"A summer house party in the countryside takes a deadly turn after the abduction of a viscountess. After the shocking events of the spring, Audrey Sinclair and Hugh Marsden are adjusting to their new lives when an apparent highway robbery ends in the violent...

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Blessed are the dead  by Catherine Hanley

Blessed are the dead

Catherine Hanley

"April 1219: Edwin Weaver finds himself at Tickhill Castle under false pretences. Earl Warenne wants Tickhill for himself and is convinced that a royal order for the castle to be handed over has been hidden, so he's sent Edwin to find it and told him not to...

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Disturbing the dead  by Kelley Armstrong

Disturbing the dead

Kelley Armstrong

"Victorian Scotland is becoming less strange to modern-day homicide detective Mallory Atkinson. Though inhabiting someone else's body will always be unsettling, even if her employers know that she's not actually housemaid Catriona Mitchell, ever since the...

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The peculiar case of Lord Finsbury's diamonds  by Stephanie Laurens

The peculiar case of Lord Finsbury's diamonds

Stephanie Laurens

"Penelope Adair, wife and partner of amateur sleuth Barnaby Adair, is so hugely pregnant, she cannot even waddle. When Barnaby is summoned to assist Inspector Stokes of Scotland Yard in investigating the violent murder of a gentleman at a house party,...

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A nest of vipers  by Harini Nagendra

A nest of vipers

Harini Nagendra

"This latest novel in the Bangalore Detectives Club mystery series takes the reader deep into the historical era surrounding the visit by Edward, Prince of Wales, to Bangalore in 1921. When the prince begins a tour of a number of Indian cities, he encounters...

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A fine summer's day  by Charles Todd

A fine summer's day

Charles Todd

"On a fine summer's day in June 1914, Ian Ritledge is planning to propose to a woman he deeply loves, despite hints from his family and friends that she may not be the most suitable choice for a policeman's wife. To the north, another man in love - a Scottish...

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To seize a queen  by Fiona Buckley

To seize a queen

Fiona Buckley

"1594. Ursula Stannard is attending on her half-sister, Queen Elizabeth, when she receives an urgent summons from Sir Robert Cecil. Cornishman Master Roskilly was fished out of the sea by Sir Francis Godolphin, and has a shocking tale of being snatched by...

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The Skeleton Army  by Alis Hawkins

The Skeleton Army

Alis Hawkins

"Why should the devil have all the best tunes?The Salvation Army has come prancing and singing from the slums of London to the poorest quarters of Oxford, but along with its red hot gospel preaching and music hall songs it brings a prohibition message which...

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Murder in Rose Hill  by Victoria (Victoria E.) Thompson

Murder in Rose Hill

Victoria (Victoria E.) Thompson

"Midwife Sarah Malloy and her private investigator husband, Frank, must shine a light on the truth and catch the fiend who killed a young reporter in this new entry in the USA Today bestselling Gaslight Mystery series. Louisa Rodgers is working as a magazine...

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A murder most French  by Colleen Cambridge

A murder most French

Colleen Cambridge

"Tabitha Knight investigates the sudden death of a chef at a cooking school who poured himself a glass of wine from a rare vintage bottle. Set in midcentury Paris and starring Julia Child's fictional best friend, this magnifique reimagining of the iconic...

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Death and glory  by Will Thomas

Death and glory

Will Thomas

"In 1894, Cyrus Barker, London's premier enquiry agent, is entangled in a conspiracy to revive the American Civil War by prominent figures, long believed deceased. Private Enquiry agent Cyrus Barker, along with his partner Thomas Llewelyn, has a long,...

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Once upon a murder  by Samantha Larsen

Once upon a murder

Samantha Larsen

"1784 England. Officially hired as the librarian for the Duchess of Beaufort, Miss Tiffany Woodall is through with masquerades and murders for good. That is, until she stumbles upon the frozen dead body of former footman Mr. Bernard Coram. The speed with which...

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The Mayfair dagger  by Ava January

The Mayfair dagger

Ava January

"London, 1894. Albertine Honeycombe never wanted a husband and certainly not the one with fifteen children that her cousin, Aubrey, is trying to marry her off to. She reinvents herself as Countess Von Dagga, a private detective aiding the upper echelons of...

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The judge  by Peter Colt

The judge

Peter Colt

"Boston, 1985. With the late December cold comes a new job for ex-military operative turned private investigator Andy Roark. Boston judge Ambrose Messer is being blackmailed, and he needs Roark's help to stop the culprit. Messer is judging the bench trial of a...

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The innocents  by Bridget Walsh

The innocents

Bridget Walsh

"The Variety Palace Music Hall is in trouble, due in no small part to a gruesome spate of murders that unfolded around it a few months previously. Between writing, managing the music hall and trying to dissuade her boss from installing a water tank in the...

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The murder of Mr. Ma  by John Shen Yen Nee

The murder of Mr. Ma

John Shen Yen Nee

"London, 1924. When shy academic Lao She meets larger-than-life Judge Dee Ren Jie, his life abruptly turns from books and lectures to daring chases and narrow escapes. Dee has come to London to investigate the murder of a man he'd known during World War I when...

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Ash dark as night  by Gary Phillips

Ash dark as night

Gary Phillips

"Los Angeles, 1965. Tempers have boiled over in the Watts neighborhood, sparked by the traffic stop of two Black motorists, the Frye brothers, by the Highway Patrol. Freelance crime photographer Harry Ingram is on the scene, capturing images of the cops as...

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Blood and circuses  by Kerry Greenwood

Blood and circuses

Kerry Greenwood

"Honourable Miss Phyrne Fisher is feeling dull. But is she bored enough to leave her identity, her home and family behind and join Farrell's Circus and Wild Beast Show? There have been strange things happening in the circus. And when Phyrne is asked by her...

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Murder in a country village  by F. L. Everett

Murder in a country village

F. L. Everett

"England, 1941. With World War Two shaking the nation, rookie reporter Edie York wants to write the front-page news. But she ends up as the headlines when she stumbles over a body on the moors... Eager to follow Churchill's order to keep calm and carry on,...

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A gentleman in pursuit of truth  by Grace Burrowes

A gentleman in pursuit of truth

Grace Burrowes

"When Lord Julian Caldicott agrees to look into the case of a missing prize foxhound for a family friend, little does he suspect that the investigation will lead him to uncover crimes of slander, blackmail and fraud, as well as challenge Lord Julian with...

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A gentleman in challenging circumstances  by Grace Burrowes

A gentleman in challenging circumstances

Grace Burrowes

"Lord Julian Caldicott, still recovering from his years at war, is tasked with investigating the circumstances of a small boy who could be either the salvation of the Waltham dukedom or a pawn in a scheme to sink the Caldicott family in endless scandal. The...

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Holy spy  by Rory Clements

Holy spy

Rory Clements

"In London's smoky taverns, a conspiracy is brewing: a group of wealthy young Catholic dissidents plot to assassinate Elizabeth, free Mary Queen of Scots, and open England to Spanish invasion. The conspirators don't know they have been infiltrated by Sir...

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Murder at the island hotel  by Helena Dixon

Murder at the island hotel

Helena Dixon

"A gorgeous island off the English coast, a beautiful hotel perched on the cliffs, a group of glamourous friends... and a suspicious death? Kitty Underhay's invitation didn't mention murder! Spring, 1936. As the boat draws into the harbour of Bird Island,...

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Murder in Moscow  by Kelly Oliver

Murder in Moscow

Kelly Oliver

"1918 Moscow. Will following her heart mean losing her head? It could mean losing her job. Fiona Figg trails her nemesis Fredrick Fredricks to Moscow. But when she arrives at the grand Metropol Hotel, the bounder has vanished. After Fiona doesn't show up for...

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Pride and prescience ; by Carrie Bebris

Pride and prescience ;

Carrie Bebris

"Just after their wedding, the newlywed hero and heroine of Pride & Prejudice become involved in a bizarre mystery involving wedding guest Caroline Bingley, who has become engaged to wed a wealthy, charismatic American."--Provided by publisher.

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The Covent Garden murder  by Mike Hollow

The Covent Garden murder

Mike Hollow

"December, 1940. Christmas is coming, but the season of goodwill is overshadowed by the death and destruction of the Blitz. In London's Covent Garden, where the glamour of theatreland rubs shoulders with the bustle of the capital's biggest fruit and vegetable...

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The nurse murders  by Jon Talton

The nurse murders

Jon Talton

"1936 Phoenix: Business has never been better for private investigator Gene Hammons in this young city of big ambitions and even bigger corruption. But when smuggled gold, kidnapping, blackmail, and a brutal murder intrude upon 'Happy Days are Here Again,'...

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1795  by Niklas Natt och Dag

1795

Niklas Natt och Dag

"The year is 1795 and evil lurks in the winding alleys of eighteenth-century Stockholm. The sinister, vengeful landowner, Tycho Ceton, remains at large after he set a devastating fire that claimed many lives. In 1795, the third and final instalment of Niklas...

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Under the paper moon  by Shaina Steinberg

Under the paper moon

Shaina Steinberg

"Five years after working for the Office of Strategic Services with Nick, whom she gets close to until the World War II end brings with it an act of deep betrayal, former spy Evelyn, now working as a PI, finds herself back in Nick's orbit when her latest case...

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Death of a foreign gentleman  by Steven Carroll

Death of a foreign gentleman

Steven Carroll

"Cambridge, UK, 1947. Martin Friedrich, a German philosopher, is cycling through an intersection on his way to give a lecture when a speeding car strikes and kills him. Shortly afterwards, Detective Sergeant Stephen Minter, an Austrian-born cockney Jew, whose...

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Death in the details  by Katie Tietjen

Death in the details

Katie Tietjen

"Maple Bishop is ready to put WWII and the grief of losing her husband, Bill, behind her. But when she discovers that Bill left her penniless, Maple realizes she could lose her Vermont home next and sets out to make money the only way she knows how- by selling...

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A killing on the hill  by Robert Dugoni

A killing on the hill

Robert Dugoni

"The Great Depression. High-level corruption. And a murder that's about to become Seattle's hottest mystery. It's the kind of story that can make a reporter's career. If he lives to write about it."--

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The Red Hollow  by Natalie Marlow

The Red Hollow

Natalie Marlow

"Warwickshire, 1934. Deep in a hamlet in the Warwickshire countryside, Red Hollow Hall is a male-only sanitorium run by the charismatic psychiatrist Dr Moon. However, all is not well, and Dr Moon's patients are leaving Red Hollow in droves. Recent...

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Gallows thief  by Bernard Cornwell

Gallows thief

Bernard Cornwell

"In 1820, Rider Sandman, a hero of Waterloo fallen on hard times, takes a job as a private investigator to re-open the case of a painter due to be hanged for a murder he didn't commit. Soon Sandman is mired in a grisly murder plot that keeps thickening. He...

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The widow spy  by Megan Campisi

The widow spy

Megan Campisi

"Kate Warne is many things: the country's first female detective, a Pinkerton agent, and a union spy. It's August 1863, and her latest assignment could finally end the bloody war and bring the fractured United States together again. All she has to do is win...

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Murder in masquerade  by Mary Winters

Murder in masquerade

Mary Winters

"Victorian Countess Amelia Amesbury's secret hobby, writing an advice column for a London penny paper, has gotten her into hot water before; after all, Amelia will do whatever it takes to help a reader in need. But now, handsome Marquis Simon Bainbridge...

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Death holds the key  by Alexander (Novelist) Thorpe

Death holds the key

Alexander (Novelist) Thorpe

"When loathed landholder Fred O'Donnell is found dead in a locked room with a bullet in his chest, rookie Detective Hartley must seek help from a mysterious wanderer to solve the case. And it's one where everyone, including his family, has a motive and a...

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Bone lands  by Pip Fioretti

Bone lands

Pip Fioretti

"1911, on a winter's night in arid New South Wales wool country, mounted trooper Augustus Hawkins discovers the bodies of three young people. They are scions of the richest family in the district, savagely murdered on a road that Hawkins should have been...

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The library thief  by Kuchenga Shenjé

The library thief

Kuchenga Shenjé

"The library is under lock and key. But its secrets can't be contained... 1896. After he brought her home from Jamaica as a baby, Florence's father had her hair hot-combed to make her look like the other girls. But as a young woman, Florence is not so easy to...

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The assassin in the greenwood  by P. C. Doherty

The assassin in the greenwood

P. C. Doherty

"In the summer of 1302 the famous Robin of Locksley, popularly known as Robin Hood, has gone back to his outlaw ways in Sherwood Forest where he battles against royal authority, culminating in the barborous massacre of royal tax collectors and the mysterious...

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Murder on the Ballarat train  by Kerry Greenwood

Murder on the Ballarat train

Kerry Greenwood

"What was planned as a restful country sojourn turns into the stuff of nightmares: a young girl who can't remember anything, rumours of vile white slavery and the body of an old woman missing her emerald rings - Phryne is at the centre, working through the...

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The death of Lucy Kyte  by Nicola Upson

The death of Lucy Kyte

Nicola Upson

"When Josephine inherited a remote Suffolk cottage from her godmother, it came full of secrets. Sorting through the artefacts of her godmother's life, Josephine is intrigued by an infamous murder committed near the cottage a century before. Yet this old crime...

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The mark of a murderer  by Susanna Gregory

The mark of a murderer

Susanna Gregory

"On St Scholastica's Day in February 1355, Oxford explodes in one of the most serious riots of its turbulent history. Fearing for their lives, the scholars flee the city, and some choose the University at Cambridge as their temporary refuge. However, they...

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A perilous alliance  by Fiona Buckley

A perilous alliance

Fiona Buckley

"Widow Ursula Blanchard is urged to remarry for the sake of Queen and Country in this latest enthralling historical adventure January, 1576. After three husbands, widow Ursula Blanchard has no desire to marry again. However, she is not in a position to refuse...

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The unspeakable acts of Zina Pavlou  by Eleni Kyriacou

The unspeakable acts of Zina Pavlou

Eleni Kyriacou

"London, 1954. Eva Georgiou has just returned from her shift at the glamorous Café de Paris, when she's summoned to her second job: Greek interpreter for the Metropolitan Police. There, she is tasked with representing Zina Pavlou, a Cypriot woman who has been...

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In sunshine or in shadow  by Rhys Bowen

In sunshine or in shadow

Rhys Bowen

"New York, 1908: The days are getting longer - and warmer - in Manhattan. Molly Murphy Sullivan doesn't want to leave her home in the city, but typhoid is back, and she's expecting. So she heads north with the children to summer with her mother-in-law in...

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Murder by lamplight  by Patrice McDonough

Murder by lamplight

Patrice McDonough

"When a vengeful, sadistic killer terrorizes London twenty years before Jack the Ripper will stalk its same streets, an unlikely duo is prompted to investigate- one of Britain's first female physicians, Dr. Julia Lewis, and Scotland Yard's Inspector Richard...

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Where they lie  by Claire Coughlan

Where they lie

Claire Coughlan

"Dublin, 1943. Actress Julia Bridges disappears. She was last seen entering the house of Gloria Fitzpatrick, who is later put on trial for the murder of a woman whose abortion she facilitated. But it's never proved that Gloria had a hand in Julia's death - and...

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Elegy for Eddie  by Jacqueline Winspear

Elegy for Eddie

Jacqueline Winspear

"When Eddie Pettit's death is ruled an accident by the police, many believe that this gentle soul was murdered and Maisy Dobbs, determined to do right by Eddie, searches for the truth amid the working-class of Lambeth. Set in London between the two world...

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What remains of heaven  by C. S. Harris

What remains of heaven

C. S. Harris

"Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, investigates the identity of two corpses found in an ancient crypt with possible ties to William Franklin, the embittered son of American patriot Ben Franklin."--Publisher.

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To slip the bonds of Earth  by Amanda Flower

To slip the bonds of Earth

Amanda Flower

"December 1903: While Wilbur and Orville Wright's flying machine is quite literally taking off in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina with its historic fifty-seven second flight, their sister Katharine is back home in Dayton, Ohio, running the bicycle shop, teaching...

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A grave robbery  by Deanna Raybourn

A grave robbery

Deanna Raybourn

"Lord Rosemorran has purchased a wax figure of a beautiful reclining woman and asks Stoker to incorporate a clockwork mechanism to give the Rosemorran Collection its own Sleeping Beauty in the style of Madame Tussaud's. But when Stoker goes to cut the...

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Death of a suffragette  by Anita Davison

Death of a suffragette

Anita Davison

"1903. London is bustling and glamorous. With troubling secrets simmering and worrying signs of war Flora Maguire must solve a deadly mystery which leads right to the heart of the corridors of power. When the body of a London socialite, and leading light of...

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The silver bone  by Andreĭ Kurkov

The silver bone

Andreĭ Kurkov

"Kyiv, 1919. The Soviets control the city, but White armies menace them from the West. No man trusts his neighbour and any spark of resistance may ignite into open rebellion. When Samson Kolechko's father is murdered, his last act is to save his son from a...

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The sister queens  by Justin Scott

The sister queens

Justin Scott

"Two rival queens. History's greatest playwright. And a deadly plot for the crown. London, 1600. With no legitimate heir to Queen Elizabeth's throne, and no clear successor with her modern vision of a civilization that thrives in peace and diversity, England...

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A death in diamonds  by Sophia Bennett

A death in diamonds

Sophia Bennett

"1957. A young woman is found dead in a mews house a mile from Buckingham Palace, wearing only silk underwear and a diamond tiara. An older man is discovered nearby, garrotted and pierced through the eye with a long, sharp implement. According to the police, a...

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An instance of the fingerpost  by Iain Pears

An instance of the fingerpost

Iain Pears

"When a fellow of New College in seventeenth-century Oxford is found dead and a young woman is accused of his murder, four witnesses, each with his own agenda, tell what they saw, but only one speaks the truth."--Publisher.

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Murder in the library  by Anita Davison

Murder in the library

Anita Davison

"1916, London: Keen to support the war effort, bookshop manager and sometime amateur sleuth Hannah Merrill has taken a volunteer role in the library of the nearby military hospital. But arriving at the hospital one cold winter's morning, she is horrified to...

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The war widow  by Tara Moss

The war widow

Tara Moss

"Bestselling author Tara Moss returns to crime fiction with a stunning new series, and a stunning new heroine. Meet PI Billie Walker - smart and sexy, with a dash of Mae West humour, she's a hard-boiled detective with a twist. World War II has left Billie...

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On the horns of death  by Eleanor Kuhns

On the horns of death

Eleanor Kuhns

"Martis once again finds herself thrown into a dangerous game of hunting down a murderer as the deaths start to mount. An old friend of Martis' sister, and possible lover to Duzi, is the next person to be found dead, and Martis' investigations lead her to...

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Eliza Mace  by Sarah Burton

Eliza Mace

Sarah Burton

"The Welsh borders, 1870s. On the cusp of adulthood, Eliza Mace is battling for her independence. Stuck in a crumbling manor house on the fringe of a small town, she is thwarted by powers that conspire to protect, control and deceive her. But when her father...

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Kiss of death  by Stephen Tester

Kiss of death

Stephen Tester

"It's 1918, in a Wellington that few people would recognise today, and two major events are about to collide: the signing of the Armistice to end World War I, and the soldier-borne plague we now call the Spanish flu. Into this comes Wellington's only female...

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Queens of London  by Heather Webb

Queens of London

Heather Webb

"1925. London. When Alice Diamond, AKA 'Diamond Annie,' is elected the Queen of the Forty Elephants, she's determined to take the all-girl gang to new heights. She's ambitious, tough as nails, and a brilliant mastermind, with a plan to create a dynasty the...

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The devil's daughter  by Gordon Greisman

The devil's daughter

Gordon Greisman

"Most nights PI Jack Coffey can be found hanging out in smoky Greenwich Village jazz clubs with well-known mobsters, jazzmen, and hoods. So, when an uptown financier calls him in for a job, it seems like he's headed for tonier climes. But it turns out the view...

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Of hoaxes and homicide  by Anastasia Hastings

Of hoaxes and homicide

Anastasia Hastings

""Dear Miss Hermione-what is a mother to do?" Sensible Violet Manville and her very ladylike half-sister Sephora are absolutely bored, thank you very much. Though neither of them would ever admit it aloud, they're missing the thrill of playing detective. So...

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A body at the seance  by Marty Wingate

A body at the seance

Marty Wingate

"When a body turns up at a glamorous seance, Mabel Canning's sleuthing skills are put to the test. Because it appears the victim died twice.. London, 1921: As a winter wind blows through the streets of London, Mabel Canning is hired by the Useful Women's...

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A body on the doorstep  by Marty Wingate

A body on the doorstep

Marty Wingate

"London, 1921: Mabel Canning is proud to be a modern woman working for the Useful Women's Agency, carrying out tasks for gentlewomen from flower arranging to washing muddy dogs. But when she answers the door for wealthy widow Rosalind Despard, she almost...

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The lantern's dance  by Laurie R. King

The lantern's dance

Laurie R. King

"Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, hoping for a respite in the French countryside, are instead caught up in a case that turns both bewildering and intensely personal. After their recent adventures in Transylvania, Russell and Holmes look forward to spending...

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A long shadow  by Charles Todd

A long shadow

Charles Todd

"In 1919, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge finds himself the target of a mysterious person who is leaving oddly engraved cartridge casings around that seem to point to unfinished business involving the Great War."--Publisher.

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Death on the Lusitania  by R. L. (Novelist) author. Graham

Death on the Lusitania

R. L. (Novelist) author. Graham

"New York, 1915. RMS Lusitania, one of the world's most luxurious ocean liners, departs for war-torn Europe. Among those on board is Patrick Gallagher, a civil servant in Her Majesty's government tasked with escorting a British diplomat back to England. When a...

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Murder in Barcelona  by Christina Koning

Murder in Barcelona

Christina Koning

"Summer, 1937. Frederick Rowlands' peaceful holiday in Cornwall is derailed when a film star is found dead in his hotel. The suspicious nature of Dolores La Mar's death points to murder and Rowlands soon finds himself caught up in the police investigation....

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Murder in Cambridge  by Christina Koning

Murder in Cambridge

Christina Koning

"Cambridge, 1935. Frederick Rowlands, blind war veteran, is attending an event at St Gertrude's College. However, the festivities are harshly interrupted when when a research student is found dead in suspicious circumstances. As one of the last people to see...

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Miss Austen investigates  by Jessica Bull

Miss Austen investigates

Jessica Bull

"Welcome to Hampshire, 1795, where a young Jane Austen has her sights set on securing a marriage proposal from the dashing Tom Lefroy at a local ball. But when a shocking discovery is made - a milliner's lifeless body tucked away in a linen closet - Jane finds...

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Murder at Holly House  by Denzil Meyrick

Murder at Holly House

Denzil Meyrick

"It's December 1952, and a dead stranger has been found lodged up the chimney of Holly House in the remote town of Elderby. Is he a simple thief, or a would-be killer? Either way, he wasn't on anyone's Christmas wish list. A mystery that can't be solved...

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I heard a fly buzz when I died  by Amanda Flower

I heard a fly buzz when I died

Amanda Flower

"August 1856. The Dickinson family is comfortably settled in their homestead on Main Street. Emily's brother, Austin Dickinson, and his new wife are delighted when famous thinker and writer Ralph Waldo Emerson comes to Amherst to speak at a local literary...

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The Wharton plot  by Mariah Fredericks

The Wharton plot

Mariah Fredericks

"New York City, 1911. Edith Wharton, almost equally famed for her novels and her sharp tongue, is bone-tired of Manhattan. Finding herself at a crossroads with both her marriage and her writing, she makes the decision to leave America, her publisher, and her...

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Once these hills  by Chris McGinley

Once these hills

Chris McGinley

"1898, Black Boar Mountain in eastern Kentucky - a place where spirits, dangerous animals, and escaped criminals roam the terrain right alongside the settlers who seek only to live simply. But when Lydia King unearths an ancient preserved body on the seep bog,...

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The snake stone  by Jason Goodwin

The snake stone

Jason Goodwin

"When a French archaeologist arrives in 1830s Istanbul determined to track down a lost Byzantine treasure, the local Greek communities are uncertain how to react; the man seems dangerously well informed. Yashim Togalu, who so brilliantly solved the mysterious...

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The Bellini card  by Jason Goodwin

The Bellini card

Jason Goodwin

"Istanbul, 1840: the new sultan, Abdulmecid, has heard a rumor that Bellini's vanished masterpiece - a portrait of Mehmed the Conqueror - may have resurfaced in Venice. Yashim, our eunuch detective, is promptly sent to investigate, but - aware that the...

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The baklava club  by Jason Goodwin

The baklava club

Jason Goodwin

"In nineteenth-century Istanbul, a Polish prince has been kidnapped. His assassination has been bungled and he's held captive in an unused farmhouse. Little do the kidnappers realise that their revolutionary cell has been penetrated by their enemies. Yashim is...

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An evil eye  by Jason Goodwin

An evil eye

Jason Goodwin

"When the admiral of the Ottoman fleet defects to the Egyptians, Yashim attempts to uncover the man's motives. But Fevzi Pasha is no stranger to Yashim: it was Pasha, in fact, who taught the investigator his craft years ago. He is the only man whom Yashim has...

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Murder on the Flying Scotsman  by Carola Dunn

Murder on the Flying Scotsman

Carola Dunn

"In the spring of 1923, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple boards the Flying Scotsman, the famous London-to-Edinburgh train. On board, she meets an old schoolmate, Anne Breton, along with all her relatives. They are all en route to the deathbed of the family scion...

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The secret of the lady's maid  by Darcie Wilde

The secret of the lady's maid

Darcie Wilde

"Rosalind Thorne's quick wits and discretion have proved invaluable to London's haut ton. Success has at last brought her financial stability and a new home, which she shares with her best friend, Alice Littlefield. But now trouble has infiltrated Rosalind's...

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Blood of the Knights  by B. M. Howard

Blood of the Knights

B. M. Howard

"Tasked by General Napoleon Bonaparte with effecting a perilous entry into the fortress convent of Valletta, Lieutenant Vanderville sides with a renegade Maltese desperate to end the oppressive rule of the Knights of St John. When his companion is lost, the...

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A death in the Dales  by Frances Brody

A death in the Dales

Frances Brody

"When the landlord of a Yorkshire tavern is killed in plain sight, Freda Simonson, the only witness to the crime, becomes plagued with guilt, believing the wrong man has been convicted. Following her death, it seems that the truth will never be uncovered in...

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