Historical

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“A convoluted story of how justice will prevail, even if it takes an extraordinarily long time to do so.”

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The Abstainer is a page turner. It begins with a dramatic real event, the hanging of three Fenian agitators, members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, in Manchester, England, in 1867.

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“Close enough to Christie’s own style that the reader could segue from Murder on the Orient Express into this present novel without a stumble.”

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“Throughout the story, Maxwell weaves new and enticing situations that make the reader turn the page.”

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“Montclair does a good job of keeping the reader on his or her toes until the very end."

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“A cozy delight, with a charming heroine possessing an irrepressible ‘nose for mystery’ and an able hero willing to aid and abet.”

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“a tangled web of history that slowly unravels as an ambitious chief inspector and a down-and-out private investigator, once colleagues, work against each other to discover

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“Spain lays out a good story plot and every clue follows a path to the end of the story with no deviations, no short cuts, just good detective work.”

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You know you’ve got a great book in your hands when you update your partner on the story at each meal and follow them around the house during the day reading out special passages.

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“Allott delivers her intricate and suspenseful story with the voice of a literary writer.

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“Just as Hammett made imagined crime feel real, McAlpine makes metafiction mischief suffused with meaning; from the masterful Hammett Unwritten, to the too-wonderful-not-to-mention

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“a thoroughly enjoyable book, for both the plot centering around a still-contemporary malady, as well as its historical description of a world on the brink of a new century.”

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The Body in the Garden has a good story, is well researched, and employs good writing.”

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Murder at the Mena House reflects a much more glamorous and gentler age of sleuthing, when the detective wore a tuxedo instead of a trench coat and his lovely com

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“an incredibly researched and compelling psychological thriller.”

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“Those who enjoy a mingling of historical fact with fiction, the intrigue of the Tudor spy network, the disparate splendor and squalor between the Elizabethan Court and the common world, an

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“No matter how well you know someone, you can never fully know what’s in their heart and mind. Eight Perfect Murders proves the point.

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The Second Sleep by Robert Harris is highly recommended for those who demand complexity, eloquence, and questions that disturb one’s sleep.”

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“In this ancient myth transformed into a frightening Gothic tale, author Jess Kidd has created a winsome but tough heroine in Bridie Devine, whom readers could happily follow through a seri

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“Beginning with that very first sentence, this novel is definitely one for the historical mystery buff.

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“TR deputized Hay to investigate the accident . . . or was it an attempted assassination?”

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“an intriguing and tightly written drama, pointing out as it does that what one wishes to be true, and what actually is the truth don’t always mesh.”

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“Simpson’s depiction of the south after the Civil War is chilling, with lynchings, beatings, voodoo, and hidden secrets sprinkled throughout that keep us turning the pages.”

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“As with all other Bess Crawford mysteries, this one is historically accurate, entertainingly written, and thoroughly enjoyable.”

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“Perry is a master of the British historical novel, this time leaving the Victorian era behind and delving into a new but volatile century.”

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