The Lady Evelyn mysteries will appeal to fans of cozies set in the 1920s. The Study of Silence in the third Lady Evelyn novel, but it is not necessary to read the novels in order.
In The Study of Silence, Lady Evelyn Carlisle is back at Oxford working on finishing her degree. Trouble, however is near at hand, and soon one of St Hugh’s respected tutors is found dead, murdered. Suspicion falls on his wife, but Lady Evelyn is certain she is innocent. The more she investigates, the more certain she becomes that the crime is linked to the victim’s abuse of women. Although this is a historical mystery, it brings up many current issues regarding the treatment of women, physical and sexual abuse, and the tendency to blame the victim.
The Study of Silence is an excellent cozy, well researched, with characters that can be understood and empathized with....
Sitting Murder A Baffling Victorian Whodunnit
by A. J. Wright
Horror , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 12 Oct 2017
Sitting Murder is a competently written but somewhat lacklustre Victorian mystery. From the start you know that not all is kosher with Alice Goodway and her seances. She knows more than she otherwise should, but DS Michael Brennan does not believe in ghosts. When Goodway’s husband’s Aunt is murdered, he must unravel the threads of the past to find a clever and determined killer.
Conceptually the plot is acceptable. The problem is that the characters are difficult to empathize with. There is no one that is remotely interesting or in the least likable. Brennan seems to simply plod along. As an investigator he isn’t a compelling or unique figure. When you don’t care about the characters, you don’t care what happens.
On the whole, I can’t recommend Sitting Murder. There are many far better historical mysteries.
THE NINJA'S ILLUSION
A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery by Gigi Pandian
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 03 Oct 2017
Don’t be put off by the slow start to The Ninja’s Illusion. It takes a bit of time to get to the meat of the mystery, but once you are there the novel becomes impossible to put down. Jaya Jones is a treasure hunter/researcher. Alone she isn’t that exceptional but together with her unusual friends and associates that is another matter entirely. Jaya travels to Japan to meet up with her friend Sanjay who is performing with Japan’s most controversial magician, Akira. Akira intends to perform the impossible - a rope trick that was witnessed long ago and no one has been able to perform since. But his show preparations are first plagued with sabotage, and then murder. The situation is desperate but Jaya is determined to unravel the mystery before Sanjay unravels. What does the impossible illusion have to do with a missing ship...
A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn
Berkley Publishing Group
Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 16 Jan 2018
What is more thrilling than an Egyptian archaeological expedition cursed by an ancient mummy? Veronica Speedwell, adventuress and investigator extraordinaire and her partner Stoker are drawn into investigating the disappearance of one of the expedition’s members - the man who stole Stoker’s wife and left him for dead. Stoker’s enmity is well known so it is only a matter of time before the worst is suspected. A missing diadem and the repeated appearance of Anubis complicate the situation. Who can be trusted? Is the missing man a thief - or has something worse occurred? Veronica can handle any situation thrown her way, but will she be able to save Stoker in time?
This is the second Veronica Speedwell mystery that I've read and I can heartily recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical mysteries. Raybourn’s stories are fast pa...
The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross is a decent, but entirely unremarkable paranormal mystery. I expected more based on the description.
What would you do if a man enters your home, cries witch and dies at your feet? In the case of Jesperson and Lane, you investigate, particularly when the unknown man has your card in his pocket. Charles Manning died of no known poison, but the peculiar circumstances surrounding his death imply foul play. The man, previously employed in the city had recently abandoned all practical concerns to write poetry and research the occult in Aylmerton. At his brother’s request, the two travel to Aylmerton to uncover the mystery of his last days. Amongst the suspects number Felix Ott an occult researcher and lecturer, Miss Buls...
The Ghost of Christmas Past A Molly Murphy Mystery
by Rhys Bowen
St. Martin's Press
Pub Date 14 Nov 2017
Rhys Bowen’s newest Molly Murphy novel is an entertaining holiday mystery, offering a taste of early 20th century celebrations as well as an interesting plot. Unfortunately it isn't without problems.
In The Ghost of Christmas Past, Molly Murphy Sullivan and her family accept an invitation to celebrate the holidays with the family of an old friend of Captain Sullivan’s mother. While the estate is sumptuous, there is tension in the house. Winnie is clearly afraid of her husband Cedric, and is still in mourning for the daughter who disappeared 10 years earlier. Cedric continually claims Winnie is unstable - and appears to be seeking any excuse to have her committed. Naturally Molly wants to help, but is there anything that can be discovered after so long a time?
For most of the novel, Molly attempts to uncover the closel...
I’ve encountered few historicals as cleverly plotted as RJ Koreto’s Death at the Emerald. Lady France's Ffolkes is an innovator, a feminist who uses her position to challenge convention, just as her lady’s maid Mallow is the perfect servant - a supporter and confidant who pairs acceptable behavior with acting as Lady Frances’s “Watson”. Koreto skillfully paints a picture of a society in the midst of change, a society where class means everything.
Lady France's Ffolkes is asked to investigate the disappearance of a young woman 30 years previous. Her family assumes she is dead, but one family friend wants Lady Frances to uncover the truth behind the young beauty’s disappearance. The trail begins at the Emerald Theater and leads them on a merry chase that begins and ends with murder. Expect to meet a few historical figures and see how a motion...
Simply exquisite, Creatures of Will and Temper is an exotic bloom of a fantasy novel. It is not only a wondrous homage to Wilde’s Dorian Gray, it stands in it’s own right as a literary work.
The novel centers around two sisters, Evagne and Dorina Gray. The younger Dorina yearns to be an art critic, to experience and explore the art world of London. Her vibrance makes Evagne’s taciturn stolidness seem all the more dull and unpalatable. Evagne has limited love of beauty and has been disappointed both in love and by her sister’s actions. Her only love is that of fencing, the physical pleasure of achievement. It is only natural that the connection that Dorina forms with the captivating and completely unconventional Lady Henry troubles her. Lady Henry is a diabolist whose focus is aesthetic enjoyment. Henry’s unconventional approach...
A Dangerous Language The Rowland Sinclair Mysteries: Book 8
by Sulari Gentill
Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Oct 2017
A Dangerous Language is a profoundly affecting historical mystery. The amount of time Sulari Gentill spent researching shows. This is one impeccably plotted mystery. Politics, particularly the conflict between communism and fascism, play an important role in this complex story.
Rowland Sinclair has experienced firsthand the threat of fascism and seen the rise of the Nazis in Germany. His experiences have led him to support many of the communist ideals and he is friends with communists, although he is not a party member himself. There are two distinct but merging plotlines. A communist agent is murdered on the steps of Parliament House moments before meeting with a friend of Rowland’s. The murder is clearly politically motivated, but anticommunist sentiment makes justice unlikely to occur. Rowland,...
She Be Damned A Heloise Chancey Mystery
by M.J. Tjia Legend Press
Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Aug 2017
She Be Damned is a difficult book to read, not because of the writing which is excellent, but the troubling topics it addresses. Prostitutes are being killed, but more than that their sexual organs are mutilated and removed. The victims are pregnant young women and their victimization is horrifying. Mrs. Heloise Chancey is similar to the girls in that as a courtesan, she too is dependent upon the goodwill of men, but differs in her status and treatment. She is also an accomplished actress, and has acted as a detective on previous occasions. This case is different, both because she is blackmailed into it and because it hits close to home. Heloise is to find a young pregnant who may have become a victim since she was banished from her home. It’s a difficult case both because it forces Heloise to visit places and people from her past, and puts her at...