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by Kathleen Costa


It’s London. It’s the early nineteenth century. It’s a time of stark differences, upper class privilege, and women a century away from emancipation. Miss Rosalind Thorne, daughter of a baronet, had been a member of the upper crust of English society enjoying position and wealth prepped to be matched in a relationship that would strengthen her stand in society…until her father’s penchant for bad investments cost the family it’s fortune.

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Historical Mystery Catchup!

IN THE January 11 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
SECTIONS

by Sandra Murphy


This week we have a trio of historical mysteries-City of Scoundrels: A Counterfeit Lady series by Victoria Thompson, Murder Cuts the Mustard: A Beryl and Edwina Mystery by Jessica Ellicott, and The Body on the Train: A Kate Shackleton series by Frances Brody.

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by Sandra Murphy


Rose Gallagher is a Pinkerton agent, one of the very few women who were hired. She was a housemaid and now must learn to pass as gentry, as well as learn self-defense, etiquette, and how to interrogate suspects. It’s all a little much, especially since she has a crush on her former employer, now her partner, Thomas Wiltshire.

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by Diana Hockley


I am starting this review with a statement—this book is a masterpiece!
Like many people, I had no idea of the politics of French Colonial Vietnam as the Second World War was about to start. Margaret Mendel’s book gives a clearly written description of the events, cloaked in a riveting fictional account of the happenings in Saigon in 1939.

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by Kathleen Costa


“What if…?” is an intriguing question posed by authors of historical fiction, and more than just “changing names to protect the innocent” or avoiding libel claims, it is a way of enhancing true events and real people by providing realistic and plausible connections, interactions…love affairs? Henry VIII’s court, the Black Ladies’ Priory, Thomas Giffard, and Isabella Launder are real, but in the Roses in the Tempest the author envelopes a fictional story around them to bring to us a wonderful tale of Tudor England. “But, in the end, it is only a pleasing story.”

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by Sandra Murphy


England, 1933. Amory and Milo were set to go to Italy until Amory got a note from her cousin Laurel. It was short, cryptic, and urgent, so they set out for Lyonsgate, home of Reginald Lyons. It’s been seven years since the house was occupied due to a tragedy after a party where drink and drugs flowed freely. Edwin Green was discovered frozen to death on the lawn. It was thought he had too much to drink and passed out before managing the trek from the summerhouse to the main house.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Recently author Jeri Westerson spoke at the Fresno chapter of Sisters In Crime meeting, and we had a great time hearing about the many different types of books she is writing now, not just mysteries. She also showed us some Medieval items like you would find in her Crispin Guest Medieval Noir books. Check out this fun video interview with Jeri to learn more about what all she has going on right now!

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by Sunny Frazier



Set in London during the mid-60s (of the 1600s), Lady Isobel Wilde is sought out by 12-year-old American Susanna Barber. Barber claims to be her niece, daughter of Isobel’s dead brother, Adam. Not only is Isobel surprised to find her brother had married, she is shocked when her niece says Adam didn’t die of the plague but was murdered.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


My wife and I are big fans of the mystery writings of Janet Quin-Harkin, known to her readers by the pen name of Rhys Bowen. From the Wales of Constable Evans, to the globe-hopping of the penniless Lady Georgie in the 1930’s, to the early 1900’s with Molly Murphy, we have followed every character, every word, fearing that the next book will sink into formula or lose that indefinable sparkle. City of Darkness and Light is the thirteenth Molly Murphy mystery. We’ll have to keep waiting for Bowen to falter, because this one is a corker!

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by Cynthia Chow
& Lorie Lewis Ham




In 1929 Melbourne, Australia, beautiful and independent Phryne Fisher only wanted to have a pleasant evening of conversation and a good drink at the Adventuress Club with a friend when, the ladies interrupt an attack upon novice reporter Polly Mettle in the sketchy Little Lon part of the city.

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