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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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“Invigoratingly engaging from start to finish, Nicholas Meyer has yet again created a fresh take on an old genre.”

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“One of Hand’s remarkable abilities is the deftness with which she creates dynamic and unique voices for each point-of-view character, helping the reader track multiple storylines throughou

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“A thriller recommended for fans of the genre, and also for those who enjoy historical fiction.”

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“Martin Edwards crafts vivid descriptions of both character and setting that embed the reader into the scene in a way few writers can achieve.”

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“The craft and care with which author Truss weaves her facts into a richly narrated but utterly hilarious tapestry is amazing.

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Well-researched historical fiction takes readers to new (old) places and brings the time and people alive. That is, if the story works as a story.

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“Heart-wrenching does not begin to describe the reaction to The Girl in the Letter.”

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“as easy to read as one of Mr. Dickens’ actual novels and as entertaining. As the subtitle reveals, it’s a Dickens of a tale . . .”

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“Fashioning modern methods of investigation as well as other 21st century conventions into acceptable practices in the daily life of ancient Rome may sound like an insurmountable task, but

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“The Burning Chambers is a masterful novel . . .”

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