“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
“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.”
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.
“Allott delivers her intricate and suspenseful story with the voice of a literary writer.
“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
“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.”
“The Body in the Garden has a good story, is well researched, and employs good writing.”
“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
“an incredibly researched and compelling psychological thriller.”
“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
“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.
“The Second Sleep by Robert Harris is highly recommended for those who demand complexity, eloquence, and questions that disturb one’s sleep.”
“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
“Beginning with that very first sentence, this novel is definitely one for the historical mystery buff.
“TR deputized Hay to investigate the accident . . . or was it an attempted assassination?”
“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.”
“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.”
“As with all other Bess Crawford mysteries, this one is historically accurate, entertainingly written, and thoroughly enjoyable.”
“Perry is a master of the British historical novel, this time leaving the Victorian era behind and delving into a new but volatile century.”
“Invigoratingly engaging from start to finish, Nicholas Meyer has yet again created a fresh take on an old genre.”
“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
“A thriller recommended for fans of the genre, and also for those who enjoy historical fiction.”
“Martin Edwards crafts vivid descriptions of both character and setting that embed the reader into the scene in a way few writers can achieve.”
“The craft and care with which author Truss weaves her facts into a richly narrated but utterly hilarious tapestry is amazing.
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.